New Zealand Herald: Annabel Langbein is considering legal action against Facebook and Google to stop scam ads. “Celebrity chef Annabel Langbein is considering legal action against Facebook and Google for allowing scammers to use her image to lure in victims.”
The New York Times: When Instagram Killed the Tabloid Star. “Instagram gave us a new way of seeing celebrities, drawing us closer to them both physically and psychologically. The images that Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner post there may seem like extensions of their reality television empire, but television only works in one direction: We watch it. On Instagram, we look and we post. We watch other people, and we watch ourselves.”
San Francisco Chronicle: How to go viral on TikTok, the app you need to know now. “There isn’t an easy way to describe TikTok. Not really. Some people call it the ‘new Vine.’ Technically, you could call it a short-form video app. But both feel deeply inadequate. They miss the weird, unpredictable places people take memes on TikTok or the way the app seems to serve up exactly what you never knew you wanted on the mysterious ‘for you’ page.” I promised myself I’d ease up on the TikTok articles, but I enjoyed Ryan Kost’s writing on this so much…
Tubefilter: IGTV Is Funding Creator Content — When It Doesn’t Touch On Politics, Social Issues. “Bloomberg reports that Instagram is offering to cover production costs for celebrities and influencers to post to IGTV, so long as their content doesn’t touch on politics or social issues. Such a move could be percieved to be at odds with parent company Facebook, which has controversially opted to continue to run political ads even when they contain lies.”
Stuff NZ: Facebook launches reporting tool to combat celebrity-bait ads in NZ. “Facebook has launched a new reporting tool to help New Zealanders flag misleading, celebrity-bait advertisements. The ads use images of public figures to encourage users to sign up to investment schemes or buy beauty products, for example. Users then struggle to get out of payment schemes.”
Pitchfork: Red Bull Music Academy, Which Shuts Down This Week, Shares Archive With Over 500 Lectures. “The archive contains over 500 RBMA lectures, as well as interviews, features, videos, and more. RBMA, which launched back in 1998, has hosted SOPHIE, Flying Lotus, Nina Kraviz, Objekt, and so many more.” Some other names I saw as I scrolled through the list: Bootsy Collins, Brian Eno, Chuck D, Debbie Harry, Harry Belafonte, Iggy Pop, Laurie Anderson, Sheila E.
Mashable: Twitter quietly killed its secret ad-free version for fancy people . “The minds behind everyone’s favorite apocalypse-themed ticker tape confirmed today that Twitter has done away with a little-known version of the service that displayed no ads to certain high-value users. In other words, previously if your account met a certain list of criteria, then you never saw promoted tweets in your timeline.”