• Facebook Expands Focus On Local News
    Facebook is expanding its renewed emphasis on local news to users around the world. “Back in January, the company announced it would begin prioritizing news that emanates from local sources, promoting a local newspaper report as opposed to a national title in your feed, for example,” Venture Beat notes. “This update will now be expanding beyond the U.S. into all the company’s markets and languages.”
  • Messaging Platform Telegram Surpasses 200M MAUs
    Messaging platform Telegram recently passed 200 million monthly active users, TechCrunch reports. “The platform passed 100M MAUs back in February 2016,” TC notes. “At the time it said it was adding 350k new users daily and that there were 15 billion messages generated daily.”
  • Craigslist Pulls Personal Ads Becaue Of Sex-Trafficking Bill
    In light of a new sex-trafficking bill signed by Congress, Craigslist just yanked its entire personal ad section. “Craigslist said it couldn’t afford the risk of continuing to host personal ads,” Axios reports. “US Congress just passed HR 1865, ‘FOSTA’, seeking to subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully.”  
  • Apple Readying 'Foldable' IPhone For 2020
    Apple is planning to release a “foldable” iPhone by 2020, CNBC writes, citing a report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “Our checks … suggest that Apple is working with suppliers on a foldable phone (that potentially could double up as a tablet) for launch in 2020,” analyst Wamsi Mohan writes in a research note, per CNBC.  
  • Facebook Facing Lawsuits Linked To Cambridge Analytica Controversy
    In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica controversy, the lawsuits are adding up for Facebook. The company is already facing four suits, SF Gate reports. “One lawsuit was filed by a Facebook user who claims the Menlo Park company acted with ‘absolute disregard’ for her personal information after allegedly representing that it wouldn't disclose the data without permission or notice,” it writes.            
  • DOJ And AT&T Take Merger Fight To Judge
    The Justice Department told U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon in Washington, D.C. that AT&T's proposed merger with Time Warner will harm consumers as well as rivals.
  • Facebook Shelves Sexual-Orientation-Targeted Ads
    Per a recent change, Facebook no longer lets businesses target their ads to users based on their sexual orientation, BuzzFeed reports. “The move has left organizations offering services to the LGBT community unable to directly target their audiences,” it writes. Yet "Facebook made an exception for dating apps to continue using the targeting options,” according to BuzzFeed.
  • Snap Adds 'Explore' Feature To Maps
    With a new “Explore feature, Snap Maps users can now check in on their friend’s whereabouts more easily. Now, “Your status might update itself based on where your friends are and what Snapchat predicts you're doing,” Mashable reports. “And maps can populate your status when you appear to be taking a road trip, flying to a new destination, or using a particular geofilter.”    
  • Threat To Sue Guardian Was Unwise, Facebook Exec Admits
    Facebook’s head of news partnerships, Campbell Brown, says it was a mistake for Facebook to threaten legal action against The Guardian ahead of the publication’s Cambridge Analytica exposé. “Not probably our wisest move,” Browns tells Variety. Now, “We are in a position now where we have to be judged by our actions,” Brown said of the social giant.  
  • Breitbart Traffic Cut In Half
    From last fall to early this year, Breitbart’s Web traffic has been cut in half, Politico reports, citing comScore data. “The site dropped from 15 million unique visitors in October, per comScore, to 13.7 million in November, 9.9 million in December, 8.5 million in January and 7.8 million in February,” Politico writes. “There are several potential causes for Breitbart’s troubles, including changes to Facebook’s news-feed algorithm, amped up investment in digital by Fox News, and the shifting status of [ex-executive chairman Steve] Bannon.”  
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