Reddit Teams With Tagboard To Enable Content Sharing On TV

LinkedIn CEO Steps Aside After 11 Years

NEW YORK (AP) — The LinkedIn professional networking service is getting a new CEO. Jeff Weiner will become executive chairman after 11 years as chief of the Microsoft-owned business. Ryan Roslansky, senior vice president of product, will become CEO as of June 1. Weiner said the timing felt right personally and professionally, with a ready […]

Tegna’s Texas Stations to Livestream U.S. Senate Democratic Debate

KVUE, Tegna’s ABC affiliate in Austin, Texas (DMA 40), will host a live debate between the Texas Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. CT as part of KVUE’s Emmy-winning Vote Texas initiative. Partnering with KVUE to host and distribute the debate are The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit news organization that reports on […]

QUARTERLY REPORT

Twitter’s 4Q Users, Sales Top Expectations

Twitter early Thursday posted $1.01 billion in fourth-quarter revenue, beating Wall Street estimates in a crucial quarter that’s being heavily scrutinized after some glitches in its advertising products resulted in disappointing  sales growth in the quarter before.

9 Tips For A Journalist’s Social Media Success

Every journalist needs to be on social media, especially Facebook and Twitter. It takes time to attract followers but the payoff is worth it in story ideas and an expanded audience for your work. So how do you get there?

Facebook Settles Faceprint Fight For $550M

One week after the Supreme Court rejected Facebook’s request to intervene in a class-action over facial recognition technology, the company announced it will pay an eye-popping $550 million to resolve the matter.

Q&A WITH REED HUNDT

Reed Hundt: ‘We Were Naive’ About The Internet

Former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt talks about antitrust, Big Tech platforms, the future of the 1996 provision that provided legal protection to social media companies from liability for harmful content, and Facebook. 

Facebook Awards $700,000 In Local News Grants

Facebook on Tuesday will announce a new round of investment worth $700,000 in various news organizations across the country, executives tell Axios. Many of the new commitments focus on newsrooms that cover diversity. The investment is part of a greater than $300 million commitment from Facebook to invest in the news, especially local news.

Supreme Court Turns Down Facebook Fight

The Supreme Court on Tuesday left in place a ruling that allows Illinois residents to proceed with a lawsuit accusing Facebook of violating a state biometric privacy law by compiling “faceprints.”

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

Social Media Specialist Opening At Sinclair

The social media specialist’s primary responsibility is to work directly with Sinclair’s stations to define and enhance their social media strategy.

‘Jeopardy’ Sparks Social Media Uproar With Bethlehem Question

Facebook To Make Political Ads Optional

Facebook said Thursday it will give consumers the option to stop seeing political ads in their feeds moving forward. Facebook has been heavily criticized for its policies around political ads, especially for its decision not to fact-check political ads.

Facebook Bans Deepfake Videos

Facebook has announced that it is banning videos manipulated to distort reality, commonly called “deepfakes.” “While these videos are still rare on the internet, they present a significant challenge for our industry and society as their use increases,” Facebook Vice President Global Policy Management Monika Bickert posted on the platform’s blog.

Spotify Will ‘Pause’ Political Ads In Early 2020

Facebook To Advertise In Super Bowl

The social media giant confirmed to Adweek that it will be running an ad during Super Bowl 54, marking the first time the company has ever advertised in a Super Bowl. Facebook will be running a 60-second ad during the game — it has not yet revealed which quarter the ad will appear in — focused on Facebook Groups “showcasing how people from different backgrounds come together over shared interests and experiences, all through Facebook Groups,” it said.

Facebook To Use VR Consumer Data To Target Ads

Facebook has notified consumers who use Oculus virtual reality headsets that it will collect their data from the gaming world and use it for advertising on the social network. Facebook made an update to Oculus privacy policies on Thursday, describing how it plans to track players in the virtual world and incorporate that activity into the company’s broader understanding of users.

FTC Weighs Seeking Injunction Against Facebook

Federal officials are considering seeking a preliminary injunction against Facebook over antitrust concerns related to how its products interact, according to people familiar with the matter. A majority of the five-member FTC would be needed to seek an injunction, which the commission would need to file suit in federal court to obtain.

Reporters Slam Social As Threat To News

Reporters Without Borders is seeking donations to its campaign to hold tech companies to the same ethical standards as news publishers, suggesting without it the click-driven ad model is a threat to reliable and accurate news. Currently, social media companies are not legally liable for their content, as are publishers, and generally argue they are not published, but rather platforms allowing others to publish speech.

Social Media Is A Trap

Jim Brady: “While we’ve been chasing that adulation and virality, social has been chipping away at the core of what journalism has spent decades building.”

Bloomberg Chooses Blackbird For Digital News Production

Cloud video platform provider Blackbird has signed a multi-year deal with Bloomberg Media for fast turnaround news editing and social publishing. Bloomberg Media will use Blackbird for simple, fast, collaborative video editing and publishing from the cloud. The Blackbird platform provides users with the ability to edit and enrich clips, craft packages and longer form […]

Facebook Working On Podcasts, Travel Apps

The social network is exploring new product areas through a team dedicated to building the company’s future.

TVN’S SOCIAL MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARDS

On Facebook, KABC Focuses On Essentials

The Los Angeles ABC Owned Television Station, winner of TVNewsCheck’s Social Media Excellence Award for large market stations, aims to “dial in to the information people are going to need” on Facebook. Its high engagement there reflects efforts to connect with the market’s sizeable Hispanic viewership and its deft management of topic-specific Facebook Groups.

TVN’S SOCIAL MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARDS

KKTV Builds Facebook Loyalty With Content

The Gray-owned, Colorado Springs CBS affiliate is this year’s Social Media Excellence Award winner for small-medium markets. Its robust audience has grown around the station’s commitment to a steady stream of locally important content there.

Internet Cos. Prepare To Fight ‘Deepfake’ Future

Researchers are creating tools to find AI-generated fake videos before they become impossible to detect. Some experts fear it is a losing battle. Above, actors were filmed in a variety of scenes. The top picture is their actual image, with a deepfake altered image below it.

DMA 37: CINCINNATI

How WKRC Hopes To Lure Younger Viewers

YouTube is not a new platform, but young reporters like WKRC Cincinnati’s Clancy Burke are part of a growing phenomenon that reflects its popularity. Millennial and Gen-Z hires in local TV newsrooms are increasingly likely to have established YouTube “brands” of their own — creating both a challenge and an opportunity for their bosses.

Campaigns Press Facebook On Political Ads

When Google said it would limit the ability of political advertisers to target voters, campaigns said they did not want Facebook to follow.

COMMENTARY

Reporting Is On Trial In Trump Coverage

Emily Bell: Newsrooms often lack a strategy to cope with the new world of instant social media outrage.

Al Jazeera To Facebook: Get Your Shit Together on Disinformation

Facebook Under Scrutiny As News Publisher

A little more than two weeks after Facebook announced a news initiative, the social network was on the defensive, responding to a published report that a website co-founded by the company’s top news executive had displayed bias against Elizabeth Warren.

Facebook Ponders Limits On Campaign Ads

Facebook is considering restricting politicians’ ability to use highly detailed demographic and personal information to narrowly target would-be voters with ads, policy chief Nick Clegg confirmed Thursday in an interview with Politico — in a possible shift in the social network’s broadly permissive policy on political advertising.

Fox News Approaches One Year Without Main Twitter Feed

Facebook Sued For Age, Gender Bias In Ads

Facebook Inc was sued on Thursday in a proposed class action accusing it of discriminating against older and female users by withholding advertising for financial services such as bank accounts, insurance, investments and loans.

Twitter Shakes Up Fight Over Political Ads

The company earned a wave of praise from Democrats over its move, announced Wednesday, but faced harsh criticism from many on the right, who questioned if it amounted to censorship.

COMMENTARY

Kara Swisher: Your Move, Facebook

Twitter will no longer allow political advertising, a move that places Twitter and Jack Dorsey in stark contrast to Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg.

Dissent Erupts At Facebook Over Hands-Off Stance On Political Ads

QUARTERLY REPORT

Twitter Rev Hit By Lower Advertising, Demand

Twitter Inc. posted worse-than-expected third quarter revenue and profit on Thursday, which the company attributed to advertising problems including product bugs and unusually low demand over the summer, sending its shares down about 15%.

Hill Hammers Zuckerberg Over Controversies

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday fielded sharp criticism and tough questions about nearly all aspects of his company’s business practices at a hearing about Facebook’s new cryptocurrency project Libra. The aggressive questioning underlined how difficult it will be for the Libra project to move past the baggage of Facebook’s various controversies, which have angered lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

States Launch Facebook Antitrust Investigation

The investigation by a coalition of 47 state attroneys general focuses on whether Facebook’s dominance in the industry may have led to anticompetitive behavior that harms consumers.

Senators Want Portable Social Media Data

Three U.S. lawmakers active in tech issues will introduce a bill requiring social networks like Facebook to allow users to pack up their data and go elsewhere, Sen. Mark Warner’s office said in a statement on Tuesday. The senators, Republican Josh Hawley and Democrats Warner and Richard Blumenthal, are introducing the bill at a time when there is growing concern that Facebook, along with Alphabet’s Google, have become so powerful that smaller rivals are unable to lure away their users.

What Facebook Is Doing To Protect The 2020 U.S. Elections