Quartz: China’s crackdown on the country’s livestreaming craze is getting more intense. “On Thursday, China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), a branch of China’s state council that oversees the media industry, published a notice (link in Chinese) that unlicensed providers of ‘audio-visual’ services must cease related activities until they obtain the required permissions. The directive singled out three internet companies, the largest of which was Weibo–the Twitter-esque social media platform, which has recently jumped on the livestreaming bandwagon to much success.”
Los Angeles Times: This year’s hot graduation gift: Snapchat geofilters. “In the year since Snapchat began welcoming geofilters, paid submissions have increased to tens of thousands per day. Graphics tied to weddings and birthdays are most popular. But graduations, with 15% of buys, claimed the No. 2 spot from birthdays last month, according to data from Snapchat’s template library. About half of users design from templates provided by Snap Inc., with the rest turning to their own skills or contractors found online.”
CNET: Google Maps dismissed as ‘unreliable’ by Indian government. “The country’s mapping and surveying agency, Survey of India, urged citizens to stop relying on Google Maps and Google Earth, saying neither has been authenticated by the government, reported Business Standard. To encourage this, the SoI made its own maps available online for citizens to use at no cost.” Is this the same Indian government that’s using Google Maps in a court case?.
Also, The Outline: Yahoo Didn’t Kill Tumblr but Verizon Surely Will. “When Yahoo acquired Tumblr in May 2013 for $1.1 billion, there were concerns that the company would run Tumblr into the ground in the way that Yahoo did with other acquisitions like Flickr and Delicious. It didn’t, but its successor sure might.”
Radio Free Asia: Vietnam’s State Media Now Look to Social Media For Timely, Accurate News. “State-controlled media in Vietnam are looking more and more to private citizens’ postings on social media as sources of objective information and for leads to news stories, according to Central Propaganda Department chief Vo Van Thuong, speaking on June 20 at a press conference in Hanoi.”
The Verge: Verizon Is Killing Tumblr’s Fight For Net Neutrality. “In 2014, Tumblr was on the front lines of the battle for net neutrality. The company stood alongside Amazon, Kickstarter, Etsy, Vimeo, Reddit, and Netflix during Battle for the Net’s day of action. Tumblr CEO David Karp was also part of a group of New York tech CEOs that met with then-FCC chairman Tom Wheeler in Brooklyn that summer, while the FCC was fielding public comment on new Title II rules. President Obama invited Karp to the White House to discuss various issues around public education, and in February 2015 The Wall Street Journal reported that it was the influence of Karp and a small group of liberal tech CEOs that swayed Obama toward a philosophy of internet as public utility. But three years later, as the battle for net neutrality heats up once again, Tumblr has been uncharacteristically silent.”
Reuters: Facebook to keep wraps on political ads data despite researchers’ demands. “Facebook (FB.O) said it would not disclose information about political campaign advertising or related data such as how many users click on ads and if advertising messages are consistent across demographics, despite arguments from political scientists who want the data for research.”