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Fake news ‘threat to democracy’ report gets back-burner response from UK gov’t – TechCrunch

Fake news ‘threat to democracy’ report gets back-burner response from UK gov’t – TechCrunch The UK government has rejected a parliamentary committee’s call for a levy on social media firms to fund digital literacy lessons to combat the impact of disinformation online. The recommendation of a levy on social media …

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Knotch launches Blueprint to help marketers find the best publishers of sponsored content – TechCrunch

Knotch launches Blueprint to help marketers find the best publishers of sponsored content – TechCrunch When I last wrote about Knotch, the company had just patented its color-based feedback system that helps advertisers measure the effectiveness of their sponsored content. Since then, it’s added a competitive intelligence product and now …

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Call for social media adtech to be probed by UK competition watchdog – TechCrunch

Call for social media adtech to be probed by UK competition watchdog – TechCrunch A British Conservative politician, who has called repeatedly for Mark Zuckerberg to come to parliament to answer questions about how Facebook fences fake news — only to be repeatedly rebuffed — has made a public call …

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Google-incubated AdLingo uses chatbot integration to create conversational ads – TechCrunch

Google-incubated AdLingo uses chatbot integration to create conversational ads – TechCrunch “Conversational marketing” is a phrase that I hear a lot, but when the team at AdLingo uses it, they mean something specific — namely, bringing chatbots and other conversational assistants into online advertising. The startup is part of Google’s …

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Facebook rolls out checks for UK political ads – TechCrunch

Facebook rolls out checks for UK political ads – TechCrunch Facebook has announced it rolled out a system of checks on political ads run on its platform in the UK which requires advertisers to verify their identity and location to try to make it harder for foreign actors to meddle …

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Gartner picks digital ethics and privacy as a strategic trend for 2019 – TechCrunch

Gartner picks digital ethics and privacy as a strategic trend for 2019 – TechCrunch Analyst Gartner, best known for crunching device marketshare data; charting technology hype cycles; and churning out predictive listicles of emergent capabilities at software’s cutting edge has now put businesses on watch that as well as dabbling in …

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A fictional Facebook Portal videochat with Mark Zuckerberg – TechCrunch

A fictional Facebook Portal videochat with Mark Zuckerberg – TechCrunch TechCrunch: Hey Portal, dial Mark Portal: Do you mean Mark Zuckerberg? TC: Yes Portal: Dialling Mark… TC: Hi Mark! Nice choice of grey t-shirt. MZ: Uh, new phone who dis? — oh, hi, er, TechCrunch… TC: Thanks for agreeing to …

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Pro-privacy search engine DuckDuckGo hits 30M daily searches, up 50% in a year – TechCrunch

Pro-privacy search engine DuckDuckGo hits 30M daily searches, up 50% in a year – TechCrunch Some nice momentum for privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo which has just announced it’s hit 30 million daily searches a year after reaching 20M — a year-on-year increase of 50%. Hitting the first 10M daily searches …

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Audit Facebook and overhaul competition law, say MEPs responding to breach scandals – TechCrunch

Audit Facebook and overhaul competition law, say MEPs responding to breach scandals – TechCrunch After holding a series of hearings in the wake of the Facebook -Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal this summer, and attending a meeting with Mark Zuckerberg himself in May, the European Union parliament’s civil liberties committee …

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GDPR has cut ad trackers in Europe but helped Google, study suggests – TechCrunch

GDPR has cut ad trackers in Europe but helped Google, study suggests – TechCrunch An analysis of the impact of Europe’s new data protection framework, GDPR, on the adtech industry suggests the regulation has reduced the numbers of ad trackers that websites are hooking into EU visitors. But it also implies …

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