WhatsApp hits 1.5 billion monthly users. $19B? Not so bad.

 Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp sounds smarter and smarter. Today CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on the Q4 2017 earnings call that WhatsApp now has 1.5 billion users and sees 60 billion messages sent per day. That’s compared to 1.3 billion monthly users and 1 billion daily active users in July. The massive growth makes Facebook’s choice to pay over $19 billion… Read More

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Facebook reduces time spent by 2 min/user/day to push well-being

 Facebook is putting its short-term money where it’s mouth is, reducing the presence of viral videos in an effort to boost well-being of users of its site. Today in Facebook’s Q4 2017 earnings report CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that “Already last quarter, we made changes to show fewer viral videos to make sure people’s time is well spent. In total, we made changes… Read More

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Twitter now says 1.4 million people interacted with Russian trolls during 2016 presidential campaign

 Twitter has now updated the number of people engaging with Russian trolls during the 2016 presidential campaign to 1.4 million. That’s more than double the initial 677,775 Twitter originally said had seen, followed or retweeted one of these accounts earlier this month. The new number reflects those who may have also replied to or @ mentioned these accounts. “We have expanded the… Read More

from Social – TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/31/twitter-now-says-1-4-million-people-interacted-with-russian-trolls-during-2016-presidential-campaign/?ncid=rss
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