#Newsfeed: Twitter targets tie-ins with pay TV broadcasters in live video push; Spotify Premium users to receive UMG albums 2 weeks ahead of free users; The Life of Pablo becomes the first album to go platinum from streams alone
Plus why it’s getting harder and harder to tell Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter apart.
Facebook has become part of a US$14-million effort to combat fake news. Dubbed the News Integrity Initiative, the group is spearheaded by Craigslist founder and journalism advocate Craig Newmark and will fund research and projects related to improving news literacy and trust in journalism, as well as hosting events at which experts will discuss related issues. “Consumers want news we can trust. I know I do, but trust works both ways,” Newmark told Fortune. “We have to put some demands on news orgs that they be as transparent as possible.”
Read more about this new initiative here.
According to The Telegraph, Twitter is seeking to ink deals with pay-TV companies that would let subscribers watch live channels over the social network as part of a major video push. Under mooted deals with broadcasters such as Sky and ESPN, customers who already have TV subscriptions would be able to link their subscriptions with their Twitter account, giving them access to paid-for channels within the Twitter app.
Read why this social media/TV combo is a gamechanger here.
Love him or hate him, DJ Khaled is an unstoppable social media force – so much so that he’s landed a new collaboration with music lifestyle brand WeBuyGold. Khaled’s new show The Bless Up – in which he tries to instill joy and happiness into the lives of several lucky fans – will debut exclusively on Instagram next week, and will require fans to follow @WEBUYGOLD on Instagram and direct message the company a video describing an obstacle they’re currently battling in their lives in order to be considered for a visit by Khaled.
Read the full details of the collab here.
Spotify has agreed to a new licensing agreement with Universal Music Group that will see new albums from Universal artists be restricted to Spotify’s premium service for up to two weeks. In a statement, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek admitted that Spotify understands that its policy of releasing albums across its entire service couldn’t last forever. “We know that not every album by every artist should be released the same way, and we’ve worked hard with UMG to develop a new, flexible release policy,” Ek stated.
Read more about this story here.
Kanye West’s last album has just made streaming history. The Life of Pablo has gone platinum, making it the first streaming-only album in history to gain RIAA certification. The album has been streamed over 3 billion times worldwide since its release, and achieved the milestone through no paid downloads.
See how TechCrunch crunched the numbers to make this achievement seem even more impressive here.
- Facebook Partners With Craigslist’s Founder to Fight Fake News [via Fortune]
- Can Anything Stop The Facebook Train? [via Seeking Alpha]
- Twitter targets tie-ups with pay-TV broadcasters in live video push [via The Telegraph UK]
- Twitter reveals its employees have equitable pay on #EqualPayDay [via Mashable]
- Mastodon.social is an open-source Twitter competitor that’s growing like crazy [via The Verge]
- This college student got to cover the Final Four for Instagram [via USA Today]
- DJ Khaled Lands Creative Director Role & Instagram Series ‘The Bless Up’ With Music Lifestyle Brand WeBuyGold [via Billboard]
- Spotify Premium users will get some albums two weeks before free users [via The Verge]
- Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo is the first album to go platinum from streaming only [via TechCrunch]
- YouTube mobile live-streaming has just opened up to a lot more users [via Digital Trends]
- It’s getting harder and harder to tell Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter apart [via Recode]
- Amazon will soon refund up to $70 million of in-app purchases made by children [via The Verge]
- Parent lovingly embarrasses their teen with a custom Snapchat filter [via Mashable]
- Shopify’s Burst is a new free stock photography resource [via TechCrunch]
- HiSmile channels $10m ad budget to Facebook/Instagram over SnapChat [via AFR]
- Uber pitches creative account [via Mumbrella]
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