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November 14, 2019

Instagram Goes After TikTok with New 'Reels' Mode (Social Media Today)

In what will likely come as little surprise, Instagram has launched a new feature which aims to replicate the key functionality of rising app TikTok. But rather than taking on parent-company Facebook's usual tactic of launching a separate app, Instagram is adding its new 'Reels' feature as an element within Instagram Stories, using the app's scale to try and beat TikTok at its own game - and blunt its potential to take away younger users. Read more:

Facebook Says Government Demands for User Data Are at a Record High (TechCrunch)

Facebook’s latest transparency report is out. The social media giant said the number of government demands for user data increased by 16% to 128,617 demands during the first half of this year compared to the second half of last year. That’s the highest number of government demands it has received in any reporting period since it published its first transparency report in 2013. Read more:

Facebook Rolls Out Facebook Pay to the US, Expanding On-Platform Payments (Social Media Today)

[...] This week, Facebook has announced the roll-out of Facebook Pay to US users, which will facilitate on-platform payments, in-stream, making it easier for people to buy products on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger. Read more:

Facebook And Instagram Removed More Than 12 Million Pieces Of Child Porn (Forbes)

Facebook published its biannual community standards enforcement report on Wednesday. It shows an increase in child exploitation content removal. Facebook removed tens of millions of posts, photos and videos over the past six months for violating its terms of service that restrict the use of child pornography, drug and gun sales, and terrorism. Read more:

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