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Instagram, Facebook to Delay Taking Commission From Creators to 2024

Instagram and Facebook will begin taking a cut of creators’ revenues in 2024, a year later than originally planned, according to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The two social platforms will take a commission from offerings like fan subscriptions, paid events, badges and the company’s newsletter platform and Substack competitor Bulletin, where creators currently get to […]

Meta Plans for Larger VidCon Presence Amid Growing Competition

As VidCon makes its in-person return to the Anaheim Convention Center later this month, Instagram parent company Meta is planning to have a sizable presence at the conference with multiple lounges, parties and panel sessions that will promote its Reels and AR/VR product offerings to content creators. At the conference, Meta is hosting five sessions […]

‘Hot Ones’ Spinoff Show Heads to Instagram

Complex Network’s First We Feast, the creators behind the viral Hot Ones celebrity interview show with spicy chicken wings, is launching a spinoff of its Truth or Dab series on Instagram. In Truth or Dab: Rapid Fire, popular online creators like Yungblud, Sommer Ray, Lala Milan, Olivia O’Brien and Adam Waheed (best known as Adam W.) will play from deck of game cards […]

Meta Hits $27.9B in Revenue, But Growth Keeps Slowing

Meta Platforms Inc. reported $27.9 billion in revenue for the first quarter, falling within the low end of its $27–$29 billion revenue projections, and saw a 21 percent year-over-year drop in net income as growth has continued to slow into the new year. Meta’s “family of apps,” which includes Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp, accounted […]

Europe Takes Aim at Big Tech With Digital Markets Act

The European Union has done it again. Three years after a European privacy law forced big tech to overhaul how they deal with user data, European legislators have agreed on new sweeping legislation to rein in the market power of tech giants like Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft. Europe’s antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager on […]

Oscars: Instagram Influencers to Attend Ceremony to Create Behind-the-Scenes Reels (Exclusive)

In another move to appeal to younger and broader audiences, the Academy has partnered with Meta — the parent company of Instagram and Facebook — to bring creators to this Sunday’s Oscars ceremony to create shortform content on Reels. A total of 12 creators — including Boman Martinez-Reid, Rickey Thompson, Remi Bader and Denzel Dion […]

Kanye West Suspended From Instagram for One Day After Posting Slur Targeting Trevor Noah

Kanye West has been suspended from Instagram for 24 hours after the rapper posted a slur targeting The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, a Meta spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. As part of the temporary suspension, West — who legally goes by “Ye” — will not be able to post, comment or send DMs, the spokesperson said. […]

Instagram Defeats Suit Over Embedding Feature

Instagram has defeated a lawsuit from users unhappy with its embedding feature, as a California federal judge has dismissed their suit without leave to amend. Two photographers, Alexis Hunley and Matthew Scott Brauer, in May 2021 sued Instagram on behalf of themselves and any other users who since July 1, 2013 had uploaded content to […]

Instagram Tests Paid Subscriptions With Small Group of U.S. Creators

Instagram rolled out a paid subscription feature with a small group of U.S. creators Wednesday that will allow followers to pay for exclusive content on Instagram Live and Stories. For the test launch, creators have eight different monthly price points to choose from, according to an Instagram spokesperson: 99 cents, $1.99, $2.99, $4.99, $9.99, $19.99, […]

Brands Want Bigger Slice of the Creator Economy

As Hollywood models of theatrical films and linear television undergo rapid change, TikTok, Twitch streams and sponsored posts may be morphing from side businesses to the lucrative main event in some cases. Established stars like, say, Will Smith are seeking to grow their personal brands on a widening array of digital platforms. At the same […]

Facebook CTO Apologizes for Outages as Apps Take Hours to Return Online

Facebook’s chief technology officer apologized on Monday afternoon after Facebook’s suite of applications, including Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, remained offline for several hours around the globe. “Facebook services coming back online now — may take some time to get to 100%. To every small and large business, family, and individual who depends on us, […]

Emily Ratajkowski Instagram Copyright Suit Steps Toward Trial

A few years ago, photographers suing stars for posting paparazzi photos of themselves on social media was all the rage. Many of the fights settled fairly quickly, but actress Emily Ratajkowski fought back and on Tuesday a New York federal judge found her Instagram Story could be a fair use of the image at issue […]