The Next Web: Instagram’s new policy to blur ‘sensitive’ photos is bound to get messy. “Instagram has long struggled with moderating its posts (most often around whether or not female nipples are allowed). Now the company is offering up a partial solution: it will soon begin blurring ‘sensitive’ posts, which you will need to manually reveal.” I actually think this is a pretty good idea; the content stays up and can be viewed, but doesn’t intrude if it really is offensive or problematic (Instagram does not have the best track record in identifying actual offensive content.)
CNET: No network? No problem for Google Docs on Firefox. “If you use Google’s G Suite apps and Mozilla’s Firefox browser, good news: The two are going to get along much better.”
TechCrunch: Facebook introduces a new ad format — product-focused ‘collection’. “Facebook is introducing a new ad format that should help retailers showcase their products. The last big addition to Facebook’s ad lineup came last year, with the launch of Canvas, a fast-loading, rich media ad. Like Canvas, a collection is created specifically for mobile, and seems designed to win users over in the Facebook app — before directing them to the advertiser’s mobile website.”
Bloomberg Quint: YouTube Hate Videos Snare Ikea Ads as Google Crisis Spreads. “Major advertisers across Europe and Asia are still appearing alongside extremist YouTube videos days after technology giant Google said it was taking steps to protect its clients from inadvertently supporting hate.”
The Verge: Twitter might build a paid subscription service for power users. “Twitter is considering offering a paid subscription to power users, including brands and news organizations, The Verge has confirmed. Twitter users today began tweeting screenshots of the survey and a mock-up of what the premium version of Twitter could look like, with new analytics, alerts about breaking news, and information about what an account’s followers are tweeting about. The advanced features would be contained within Tweetdeck, the company’s app for professionals. The core service would remain free.” Open up the API and charge for it! How many years have I been saying that? OPEN UP THE API AND CHARGE FOR IT!
WIRED: Instagram Has Two-Factor Authentication Now, So Turn It On. “While Instagram had made two-factor available to a select group of users previously, the extra layer of protection is now available to all, meaning you, meaning it’s time to fiddle with some settings.”
The Next Web: Apple acquires automation app Workflow and makes it free. “Apple has acquired Workflow, an automation app for iOS that lets you connect apps and create quick shortcuts to actions like texting a contact to let them know you’ll be late for your appointment, find a convenience store near you, make PDFs from Web pages and record an audio note to yourself that’s accessible in the Reminders app.”