Facebook’s F8 plans include camera effects platform, offline Instagram

 What will Facebook launch next week at its F8 conference? The schedule reveals plans to give Instagram offline features that are already in testing, opening its Camera Effects Platform to developers so they can create more powerful photo and video overlays for people to use, and a Places Graph for developers to do more with…

Facebook under fire for spreading illegal content

 An investigation by a British newspaper into child sexual abuse content and terrorist propaganda being shared on Facebook has once again drawn critical attention to how the company handles complaints about offensive and extremist content being shared on its platform. Read More

Taking the Bodleian less seriously (with GIFs)

 Pop quiz, hotshot. You’re appointed the social media manager for a world-renowned institution like Oxford’s Bodleian Library. What do you do? Obviously, you spend the next year making GIFs out of the thousands of precious cultural treasures hoarded there. At least that’s what Adam Koszary did. Read More

Facebook Moments gets a standalone website

 Late last year, Facebook brought its mobile photo-sharing application Moments to the web in a limited capacity by adding a link to the service in the desktop version of Facebook. Now, Facebook is again expanding Moments to the web, this time by setting up a standalone web version for the service that offers access to…

Facebook Messenger hits 1.2 billion monthly users, up from 1B in July

 Normally adding 200 million users in 8 months to a product that already has a billion would reduce the average engagement, but most apps don’t have Facebook Messenger’s network effect. Now with 1.2 billion monthly active users, “we increased engagement massively in terms of number of messages sent per active user. We had double-digit growth percentage-wise&#8221……

Facebook Messenger now supports group payments

 Facebook introduced person-to-person payments within Messenger in early 2015, but today the company announced the feature is expanding to support groups, as well. The payments feature essentially works the same in group chats as in private ones, but now allows users to pay either everyone in the group or individual members through a click of the payments…

The Shade Room’s Angie Nwandu is coming to Disrupt NY

 While many traditional publishers are figuring out their social media strategies, The Shade Room has already built an Instagram-centric media juggernaut. Since its founding in 2014, the startup’s Instagram account (which offers celebrity news aimed at a black audience) has attracted more than 8.9 million followers — compare that to The New York Times’ 2.4 million,……

Instagram Direct unites ephemeral and permanent messaging for 375M users

 After successfully cloning Snapchat Stories, Instagram is looking to one-up its competitor in chat with a reimagining of its sleeping giant of a private messaging feature, Instagram Direct. Rolling out today to everyone, Instagram Direct will now combine disappearing ephemeral photo and video messages with traditional permanent text and image messages in the same one-on-one…