Vanity Fair: Is Trump’s Social Media Firewall Starting To Crumble?

Vanity Fair: Is Trump’s Social Media Firewall Starting To Crumble?. “The Snapchat standoff represents Trumpworld’s most recent clash with social media companies. But the conflicts have been ongoing, particularly since the president came out vocally against police-brutality protesters. Last week Twitter added a cautionary disclaimer to his threats against looting ‘THUGS’ and added a fact-check label to his tweets claiming that mail-in ballots boost voter fraud. Neither step made the tweets inaccessible; rather, users simply had to click through the former post’s warning to read it.”

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.”

Tubefilter: Snapchat And NBC Expand Olympics Content Pact Around 2020 Tokyo Games

Tubefilter: Snapchat And NBC Expand Olympics Content Pact Around 2020 Tokyo Games. “NBC has inked a deal with Snapchat to produce four daily shows around the 2020 Summer Olympics, which are set to be hosted in Tokyo. The slate will comprise a total of 70 episodes, Techcrunch reports — which is triple the number of episodes that the two parties produced last year. This is the third time that Snapchat and NBC have teamed on Olympics programming, following similar deals around the Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018 Games.”

US Department of Justice: Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison for Orchestrating Snapchat Sextortion Ring that Targeted Children

US Department of Justice: Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison for Orchestrating Snapchat Sextortion Ring that Targeted Children. “U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan for the Southern District of Florida, Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro of the FBI’s Miami Field Office, Chief W. Howard Harrison of the Planation Police Department, and Chief Dale Engle of the Davie Police Department, announced that Joseph Isaiah Woodson, Jr., 30, of Ashburn, Virginia, was sentenced yesterday to a total of 600 months in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez, after having been convicted at trial of using the internet to target and extort children through sexual exploitation (‘sextortion’) and pornographic offenses.”

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.”

TechCrunch: Snapchat Cameos edit your face into videos

TechCrunch: Snapchat Cameos edit your face into videos. “Snapchat is preparing to launch a big new feature that uses your selfies to replace the faces of people in videos you can then share. It’s essentially a simplified way to Deepfake you into GIFs. Snapchat Cameos are an alternative to Bitmoji for quickly conveying an emotion, reaction, or silly situation in Snapchat messages.”

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.”