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T he Realest Place, Snap Discounts and Facebook Standards

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Nick Cotton May 26, 2017

Here’s the news we’re talking about around the Zbra Studios water cooler. We’ve provided key bullet points from each article for the speed readers out there. For those looking to dig in, click on the links for the full story.

How Instagram Explore Became the Realest Place on the Web
  • “Explore shows all stuff you might like, plucked from the infinite pool of ‘grams. Unlike your feed, Explore isn’t constrained by who you follow or what you claim to like. Explore watches you use Instagram, and honestly reflects what it sees it in a three-wide grid.”
  • “ Open Instagram and go to Explore, and the first thing you see is a story from wherever you are right now. You can search any location or hashtag and peek inside, as long as at least one Instagrammer has posted something in the last 24 hours.”
  • “Now Explore is more like a personal inside joke, a collection of things only you could possibly understand. You can actually see it chase your affections. Watch a bunch of wrestling videos and the WWE comes crashing into your feed. Tap through a few #transformationtuesday posts and Instagram rushes to show you more. In a way, Explore makes delivers the great promise of the internet as a place to find people just like you.”
Snap said to leverage discounts to drive growth
By  Alex Wilhelm From TechCrunch
  • “Snap is working to drive new and increased business ahead of the end of its second quarter. To do so, the company is said to be cutting deals. In the words of the report, Snap is “looking to goose its ad business with offers of discounts and incentives to ad buyers.””
  • “Its quicker-to-declines results are hard to read positively, except the following perspective: Snap grew so quickly that vetting it against the results of historically similar companies is silly. That sort of argument works for private companies that want to present adjusted EBITDA as profit and other such silly things.”
  • “Snap not only fell behind historical antecedents’ results but fell under the already low bar that investors set for it, regarding sequential revenue growth consistency. That’s doubly not good.”
Facebook’s Community Standards: How and Where We Draw the Line
By Monika Bickert, Head of Global Policy Management at Facebook
  • “The cases we review aren’t the easy ones: they are often in a grey area where people disagree. Art and pornography aren’t always easily distinguished, but we’ve found that digitally generated images of nudity are more likely to be pornographic than handmade ones, so our policy reflects that.”
  • “We face criticism from people who want more censorship and people who want less. We see that as a useful signal that we are not leaning too far in any one direction.”
  • “All of us know there is more we can do. Last month, we announced that we are hiring an extra 3,000 reviewers. This is demanding work, and we will continue to do more to ensure we are giving them the right support, both by making it easier to escalate hard decisions quickly and by providing the psychological support they need.”

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