BBC: Woman falls from car on M25 filming Snapchat video

BBC: Woman falls from car on M25 filming Snapchat video. “A woman fell out of a moving car on the M25 while leaning out of the window to film a video for Snapchat. She fell from the car into a ‘live lane’ between junction six and the Clacket Lane Services at 01:30 BST, Surrey Police traffic officers tweeted. The woman was not badly hurt but police said it was lucky ‘she wasn’t seriously injured or killed’.”

Snapchat: How To Add Stickers To A Snap & Make Your Own Stickers (Screen Rant)

Screen Rant: Snapchat: How To Add Stickers To A Snap & Make Your Own Stickers. “When it comes to enhancing pictures, Snapchat has a variety of stickers available to help users show off their creativity and design skills. Snapchat is not the only social media app that’s geared towards younger individuals with quirky or fun features, although it is one that provides multiple ways to customize the experience and the content shared. While stickers is only one of those options, it is a highly useful one.”

City of Chicago: City of Chicago Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Snapchat Lens Encouraging Residents to Wear Masks

City of Chicago: City of Chicago Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Snapchat Lens Encouraging Residents to Wear Masks. “The City of Chicago today launched another engagement tool to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Chicago—a Snapchat lens. The social media platform is popular amongst Millennials and Gen Zers, a demographic that has seen a recent rise in case numbers in Chicago, and which the City believes is key to stemming the virus. To encourage users to wear masks when in public, this first-of-its-kind Snapchat augmented reality lens deploys new technology that only allows the user to unlock the lens when they put on a mask.”

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: Snapchat adds a meditation feature with the Headspace mini app

CNET: Snapchat adds a meditation feature with the Headspace mini app. “Snapchat wants to make it a little easier for you to relax with its Headspace mini app. The mini app, which is an app within the Snapchat app, launched on Monday alongside three others including group decision-making app Let’s Do It, future-telling app Prediction Master and study app Flashcards.”

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.”