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Instagram won’t say why teen’s dead body still shows up in profile pics despite image blocking tech

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Instagram is taking steps to block users from posting horrific photos of a teen’s body after her brutal murder, but the platform’s filters seem to have blind spots: profile pictures and videos.

Days after heavy backlash for not taking down gruesome photos of Bianca Devins’ body quickly enough, Instagram still struggles to get a handle on content moderation. The upsetting situation is another example of social media companies being ill-prepared to keep up with widespread platform abuse.

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Mystery box shows up in random places to help people thinking about suicide

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The blue boxes bear only a graphic of a white anchor. If you found one on the street, it might look like packaging from a store with a nautical theme. But upon lifting upon the lid, you’ll see a message: “This is for you. This is my gift to you. If any of these words describe how you’re feeling, then this box is for you. Lost. Hopeless. Suicidal.”

Ali Borowsky, founder of the small, grassroots nonprofit organization Find Your Anchor, has placed inside the box, among other items, a list of…

Mystery box shows up in random places to help people thinking about suicide

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The blue boxes bear only a graphic of a white anchor. If you found one on the street, it might look like packaging from a store with a nautical theme. But upon lifting upon the lid, you’ll see a message: “This is for you. This is my gift to you. If any of these words describe how you’re feeling, then this box is for you. Lost. Hopeless. Suicidal.”

Ali Borowsky, founder of the small, grassroots nonprofit organization Find Your Anchor, has placed inside the box, among other items, a list of…

While defending Trump, Kellyanne Conway asks reporter: ‘What’s your ethnicity?’

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Kellyanne Conway seems to think it’s OK — and even relevant — to ask what someone’s ethnicity is during a press conference. It’s not. 

Today, reporter Andrew Feinberg asked Conway to clarify what President Trump meant by a series of racist tweets aimed at four congresswomen this week. In response, Conway asked, “What’s your ethnicity?” 

When Feinberg asked why this was relevant, Conway told him that her ancestors are from Ireland and Italy. Feinberg responded that “My ethnicity is…

While defending Trump, Kellyanne Conway asks reporter: ‘What’s your ethnicity?’

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Kellyanne Conway seems to think it’s OK — and even relevant — to ask what someone’s ethnicity is during a press conference. It’s not. 

Today, reporter Andrew Feinberg asked Conway to clarify what President Trump meant by a series of racist tweets aimed at four congresswomen this week. In response, Conway asked, “What’s your ethnicity?” 

When Feinberg asked why this was relevant, Conway told him that her ancestors are from Ireland and Italy. Feinberg responded that “My ethnicity is…

While defending Trump, Kellyanne Conway asks reporter: ‘What’s your ethnicity?’

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Kellyanne Conway seems to think it’s okay — and even relevant — to ask what someone’s ethnicity is during a press conference. It’s not. 

Today, reporter Andrew Feinberg asked Conway to clarify what President Trump meant by a series of racist tweets aimed at four congresswomen this week. In response, Conway asked, “What’s your ethnicity?” 

When Feinberg asked why this was relevant, Conway told him that her ancestors are from Ireland and Italy. Feinberg responded that “My ethnicity is…

Instagram users step up after platform struggles with quickly removing photos of teen’s gruesome murder

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Devins’ supporters flooded the hashtags with positive and more user-friendly pictures. Users have also tagged Devins’ account so her tagged section isn’t filled with the grotesque image.

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New Instagram features flag potentially offensive comments, allow you to quietly ‘restrict’ users

Instagram announced two new features today that it said are designed to combat online bullying.

In both cases, the Facebook -owned service seems to be trying to find ways to limit bad behavior without outright blocking posts or banning users.

“We can do more to prevent bullying from happening on Instagram, and we can do more to empower the targets of bullying to stand up for themselves,” wrote Instagram head Adam Mosseri in the announcement. “Today we’re announcing one new feature…

Facebook will start taking a cut of fan subscriptions in 2020

Facebook will take a cut of up to 30% on fan subscriptions, beginning on January 1, 2020.

The social network is revealing its plans as part of a broader slate of monetization-related announcements this week at VidCon. The news confirms a TechCrunch report earlier this year that Facebook would be taking a 30% share of subscription revenue.

Facebook first started rolling out fan subscriptions in early 2018, allowing creators to charge their fans $4.99 per month in exchange for access to…

Bumble chief responds to reports of misconduct at parent company

Update 4:30pm PT: “The responses are designed to obfuscate and deflect from the facts as borne out by the rigorous reporting,” a Forbes spokesperson told TechCrunch. “We stand by our reporting 100 percent.”

Following an extensive report in Forbes about Bumble’s parent company and its billionaire founder Andrey Andreev, the female-first dating app’s founder Whitney Wolfe Herd has issued a statement.

While Wolfe Herd says she was “mortified by the allegations” and “saddened…