Author: Catherine Shu

Interfaith social network raises $14M Series A to add new features to its mobile app, an interfaith social networking app for members of religious communities, has raised a $14 million Series A led by TPG Growth. Previous investors Science Inc. and Greylock Partners also returned for the round, which brings the Santa Monica-based startup’s total funding, including a seed round announced last June, to $16 million. Founded in 2016, […]

Facebook will verify the location of US election ad buyers by mailing them postcards

 Facebook’s global director of policy programs says it will start sending postcards by snail mail to verify buyers of ads related to U.S. elections. Katie Harbath, who described the plan at a conference held by the National Association of Secretaries of State, didn’t reveal when the program will start, but told Reuters it would be before the congressional midterm elections in November. Read More

Library of Congress will no longer archive all public tweets, citing longer character limits

 The Library of Congress announced today that it will no longer add every public tweet to its archives, an ambitious project it launched seven years ago. It cited the much larger volume of tweets generated now, as well as Twitter’s decision to double the character limit from 140 to 280. Instead, starting on Jan. 1, the Library will be more selective about what tweets to preserve, a… Read More

Twitter will tell users if content was blocked to comply with local laws or legal demands

 Twitter will now display messages to inform users if blocked tweets were withheld to comply with local laws or court orders, which it calls Country Withheld Content (CWC). The public already has information about CWC through notices sent directly to affected accounts, Lumen, a database of legal requests for the removal of online content, and Twitter’s own biannual transparency reports.… Read More