FaceApp has seen viral success by letting users change their appearance in selfies, including changing their gender or age, but it has come under fire for lightening skin in "hot mode." Users have expressed anger on social media, with one person saying, "The #FaceApp idea of making me hot is making me white."
Nearly half of consumers surveyed worldwide say they have growing concerns about their privacy online, particularly when it comes to shopping, an Ipsos and the Centre for International Governance Innovation study said. "The results of this global survey offer a glimpse into why policymakers should be concerned and why there is a strong link between user trust and the health of e-commerce," said CIGI's Fen Osler Hampson.
IPG Mediabrands is following up on its launch of social media specialists Mediabrands Society in Hong Kong with a mobile media and technology business in Singapore. Ansible Singapore is the company's sixth office in the Asia-Pacific region and 24th office globally.
TPG Telecom is stepping up to challenge Australia's three existing mobile phone networks, Optus, Telstra and Vodafone. TPG plans a network that will be available to 80% of the population, giving it a potential market of AU$8 billion.
A game app based on Anima Estudios' "Las Leyendas" ("The Legends") will be Netflix's first animated original series from Latin America, thanks to a collaboration between Colombia-based video game developer Teravision and Mexico's Anima Estudios. The two will also create mobile apps based on the Mexican studio's internet protocol for children and families.
The number of smartphones in Brazil is currently 198 million, a little under the country's population of just over 200 million, but that number should rise and match the population of 236 million between 2020 and 2022. That's the prediction of think tank and university Fundaçao Getulio Vargas, which ascribes the accelerating growth to Brazilians switching from desktop computers to smartphones.
Eighty-one percent of Nigerians now use mobile phones, part of the reason the internet now reaches more than half the population for the highest rate in Africa, according to the latest African Mobile Trends Paper. The report also found there are 960 million mobile subscriptions across Africa, an 80% rate of penetration among its population.
Square may be looking to extend its reach in a new direction with the reported acquisition of five to 10 engineers from social network Yik Yak. Yik Yak has lost a lot of ground since its debut in 2013 as a smartphone app for anonymous chat groups in a defined geographical area.
Social media stars who post sponsored content on Instagram without disclosing the sponsorship are getting new attention from the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC says posts should make it clear when there is sponsorship.
YouTube has given creators and viewers a tool to report videos they think have been wrongly blocked by the platform's Restricted Mode feature. The move comes after the feature was criticized for blocking content from LGBTQ users.