Mashable: Snap reportedly hires law firm to investigate claims of racially insensitive behavior

Mashable: Snap reportedly hires law firm to investigate claims of racially insensitive behavior. “Snap has hired a law firm to investigate racial insensitivity at the company, according to a new report from Business Insider. In June, Mashable talked to several former Snap employees who recalled incidents of racial bias and insensitivity, which some of them initially wrote about on Twitter.”

CNET: Snap’s newest AR filter makes floors full of lava (or water)

CNET: Snap’s newest AR filter makes floors full of lava (or water). “I took a look at two of Snap’s new Lenses, one that makes floors full of lava and one that makes everything look flooded. The effect stretches out pretty far, but not infinitely, and moving around causes the effect to redraw in new areas. The water effect was particularly effective: It looks like a weird office mirage.”

Fast Company: Snapchat introduces new interventions for mental health

Fast Company: Snapchat introduces new interventions for mental health. “While Snap has fact-checked all public content on Snapchat for years, the company is adding a new tool called Here For You to the service. So if you search topics ranging from depression to thinspo (the ‘thinsperation’ content that can promote anorexia), Snap’s results will intervene with helpful content written by experts.”

CNET: Snap misses on revenue but attracts more daily users

CNET: Snap misses on revenue but attracts more daily users. “Snapchat roped in new users during the last three months of 2019 but didn’t rake in as many ad dollars as expected, a sign that the ephemeral messaging app is still struggling to keep up with rivals such as Facebook-owned Instagram and TikTok. Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, said Tuesday that 218 million people logged into the app daily during the fourth quarter, up 17% from the same period last year.”

Snapchat launches Bitmoji TV: zany 4-min cartoons of your avatar (TechCrunch)

TechCrunch: Snapchat launches Bitmoji TV: zany 4-min cartoons of your avatar. “f you were the star of every show, would you watch more mobile television? Snapchat is betting that narcissism drives resonance for its new weekly videos that put you and your friends’ customizable Bitmoji avatars into a flurry of silly animated situations. Bitmoji TV premieres on Saturday morning, and it’s remarkably funny, exciting and addictive. Think cartoon SNL on fast-forward, with you playing a secret agent, a zombie president or a Moonlympics athlete.”

CNET: Snap reportedly acquires a deepfake startup

CNET: Snap reportedly acquires a deepfake startup. “Snap has purchased AI Factory, an image and video recognition startup, according to Variety on Friday. Snapchat reportedly used AI Factory’s technology to launch its new Cameos feature, which allows users to insert selfies into a scene to send as a looping video and raises concerns about the possibility of creating deepfakes.”

TechCrunch: Snapchat will launch Bitmoji TV, a personalized cartoon show

TechCrunch: Snapchat will launch Bitmoji TV, a personalized cartoon show. “Snapchat’s most popular yet under-exploited feature is finally getting the spotlight in 2020. Starting in February with a global release, your customizable Bitmoji avatar will become the star of a full-motion cartoon series called Bitmoji TV. It’s a massive evolution for Bitmoji beyond the chat stickers and comic strip-style Stories where they were being squandered to date.”

The Verge: The Snapchat cat filter shows how little we know about cat cognition

The Verge: The Snapchat cat filter shows how little we know about cat cognition. “Apologies to Taylor Swift and Andrew Lloyd Webber, but the most interesting cat content online right now is a Snapchat filter that lets humans try on a feline face. The resulting clips are adorable, confounding, and a great example of just how little we know about cat cognition.”

USA Today: Snapchat Time Machine is a selfie-altering feature that lets you ‘age’ before your eyes

USA Today: Snapchat Time Machine is a selfie-altering feature that lets you ‘age’ before your eyes. “Snapchat is picking up where Face App left off by rolling out a new tool that tries to show you what you look like at every phase of life. The app’s latest Lens is called Time Machine, and it includes a slider you can drag across your screen to watch the years add up. You can also use the feature to see what you supposedly looked like when you were younger.”

CNBC: Snapchat fact-checks political ads, unlike Facebook, says CEO Evan Spiegel

CNBC: Snapchat fact-checks political ads, unlike Facebook, says CEO Evan Spiegel. “As pressure mounts on Big Tech companies to address the spread of misinformation, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel said Monday that his company fact-checks all political advertising.”

MakeUseOf: 20 Common Snapchat Terms You Need to Know

MakeUseOf: 20 Common Snapchat Terms You Need to Know. “Snapchat can be intimidating. The social media platform has a language all of its own, with various Snapchat terms meaning users can struggle to understand what’s going on. Whether you need help getting started with Snapchat or you’re a longtime user who has encountered a new phrase, here are the common Snapchat terms you need to know.”

Los Angeles Times: Justice Department and SEC drop investigation of Snap

Los Angeles Times: Justice Department and SEC drop investigation of Snap. “According to a regulatory filing published by the social media company Wednesday morning, U.S. authorities have officially dropped investigations into whether Snap misled investors about the threat posed by Facebook-owned Instagram at the time of its IPO.”

CNET: Snap’s earnings show growth despite competition from Facebook, TikTok

CNET: Snap’s earnings show growth despite competition from Facebook, TikTok. “Snap appears to be making a comeback, attracting new users after it announced a new version of its augmented reality sunglasses. The parent company of ephemeral-messaging app Snapchat said Tuesday that it had 210 million daily active users, an increase from the 203 million daily active users the company reported in the second quarter.”

CNET: Snap reportedly kept file on Facebook called ‘Project Voldemort’

CNET: Snap reportedly kept file on Facebook called ‘Project Voldemort’. “Facebook hasn’t been quiet about copying features made popular by Snapchat and adding them to Instagram and its other apps. Apparently Snap, the parent company of the messaging app, kept track of Facebook’s competitive moves in a dossier called ‘Project Voldemort.'”