More People Downloading Instagram Threads Than X/Twitter

Elon Musk is doing a perfectly fine job of destroying X/Twitter without outside help.  But it’s still worth noting that Meta’s intended alternative, Instagram Threads, has reportedly been downloaded more times than X/Twitter since September with a particular jump at the end of November.  Threads is steadily adding new features and will reportedly launch an EU version that will comply with EU privacy regulations.

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Meta Attacks FTC Authority to Enforce Privacy Agreement (or Anything Else)

December 5, 2023

It’s a sad world where consumers must look to Meta for responsible business practices.  As a reminder of Meta’s own history, they are contesting efforts by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to add new conditions to the privacy consent agreement reached in 2019 – or, as the FTC probably sees it, to comply with the spirit of the original agreement.  Taking a page from a century-old right-wing playbook, Meta is arguing the FTC’s enforcement structure is fundamentally unconstitutional, so it should have no authority regardless of Meta’s behavior.

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Ad Fontes Media Partners with The Trade Desk to Support Brand Safe Advertising

February 23, 2024

Ad Fontes Media, a company that rates news sites for reliability and bias, has announced the integration of its rating data with The Trade Desk’s programmatic advertising platform. This will allow the screening out of highly partisan, AI-generated and clickbait sites, preferentially serving ads to sites containing quality journalism. Directing ad spend to low quality sites not only wastes dollars and threatens brand safety but de-monetizes quality news operations.

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