Author: Josh Constine

Facebook nabs Change.org COO Jennifer Dulski to lead Groups

 Facebook is serious about using Groups to propel its new mission to “bring the world closer together”. That’s why it’s made a big-name hire for the product leader for the Facebook Groups team. Former Change.org COO and President Jennifer Dulski will take the role. In a Facebook post, Facebook’s CPO Chris Cox wrote “This is a big day for us because… Read More

‪Instagram now autoplays video sound once turned on until you close the app

 Autoplay audio can be annoying or convenient depending on the situation. Luckily Instagram has found a happy medium between defaulting autoplay video sound on or off. This weekend TechCrunch spotted that some Instagram videos in the feed were autoplaying with audio. Now Instagram has confirmed to us “this new update rolled out recently” and here’s how it works for all… Read More

Patreon raises big round at ~$450M valuation to get artists paid

 In an era where art is shared and streamed for free, Patreon offers new hope for turning content creation into a career. Illustrators, comedians, game makers, and musicians use Patreon to let fans pay a monthly subscription fee for special access to their work. In exchange, Patreon takes only a tiny 5% cut. With 50,000 creators and 1 million subscribers on board paying an average of $12 per… Read More

Facebook Messenger Day hits 70M daily users as the app reaches 1.3B monthlies

 Facebook has finally revealed how its Snapchat Stories clones is doing, though it’s not seeing the same explosive growth as Instagram or WhatApp’s versions. Messenger Day now sees 70 million daily users posting and viewing photos and video slideshows six months after launch. For comparison, Instagram Stories took just 2 months to get to 100 million users, while WhatsApp Status… Read More

Facebook “Snooze” button temporarily hides people in your feed

 Sick of a friend’s non-stop vacation photos? Bored of hearing about some business Page’s big launch? One of your groups won’t shut up about their upcoming get-together? Now Facebook has a Snooze button that lets you temporarily unfollow friends, Pages, or Groups for 24 hours, 7 days, or 30 days. The Snooze button could deter people from permanently unfollowing, unliking,… Read More

Facebook’s Eddie O’Neil takes over Platform as Deb Liu grows Marketplace

 There’s a new czar running Facebook’s developer platform tools. Since Facebook’s classifieds feature Marketplace is growing, it will now command the full attention of Deb Liu who also previously ran platform. She’s now formally the VP of Marketplace. Eddie O’Neil, a 6-year Facebook who was a director of product management after coming from Salesforce engineering,… Read More

Facebook bans monetization of violence, porn, drugs, hate

 Facebook wants content creators to earn money, but not at the expense of the family-friendly social network it’s built, or the integrity of its advertising clients. So today Facebook established formal rules for what kinds of content can’t be monetized with Branded Content, Instant Articles, and mid-roll video Ad Breaks. These include depictions of death or incendiary social… Read More