Thrillist editors and video staff send strike message by Slack


Office-based social messaging platform Slack apparently is helping transform more than watercooler talk--it's also changing how workers unite. On Monday, editorial and video staff at Thrillist set their Slack statuses to "strike." The Thrillist Union initiated the work stoppage to fight for a new contract. "We all changed our Slack statuses collectively to say that we're taking action," says Leanne Butkovic, Thrillist entertainment editor and union representative. Continue reading at AdAge.com

The Dodo in the coal mine


This is a story of a boy and his dog, inseparable friends, the kind of human-animal bond the internet can't resist, and it will likely be The Dodo's next hit show. Joanna Zelman, Executive Editor at The Dodo, is reviewing the footage, which she filmed recently on assignment in Indiana for a digital video series called "Kid's Best Friend." In one scene, Carter (the kid) and Toby (the dog) are drinking out of the same outdoor toy sprinkler. They lean into what looks like a Fisher-Price plastic fountain, both wagging their tongues at droplets of hose water. It's just what The Dodo looks for when it's producing these shows, made for consumption on social media, and it's sure to make the final cut. Continue reading at AdAge.com

Alex Jones pops up on Facebook again, thwarting a ban on InfoWars


Alex Jones is back on Facebook, just days after the social network purged several of his pages for violating its policies on violence and hate speech. All week, starting Monday, a new page on Facebook called InfoWars Stream was livestreaming Jones' show. The page accumulated 3,500 followers since opening on Monday, the same day that Facebook removed four other pages affiliated with Jones. InfoWars Stream appears to be the new main page for Jones' Facebook presence, and has been able to livestream his daily show this week. Facebook and Jones did not respond to requests for comment. Continue reading at AdAge.com

Redesigned Snapchat sees users drop by 3 million for quarter


Snapchat's ad revenue is on the rise, but the company saw its first decline in users, according to the quarterly report it disclosed on Tuesday. Daily active users fell to 188 million, down 2 percent from the prior quarter. It was the first full quarter that all users were transitioned to the redesigned Snapchat, which rolled out this year. The redesign was widely considered a bust, with famous and everyday users complaining about the confusion caused by the new placement of some of their favorite features. Snapchat was forced to redesign the new look, but not before it started to experience a decline in users at the end of the first quarter, which continued into the latest quarter. To smooth over the decline in daily users, Snapchat revealed monthly users for the first time in hopes of reinforcing its growth prospects with investors. Continue reading at AdAge.com

Redesigned Snapchat sees users drop by 3 million for quarter


Snapchat's ad revenue is on the rise, but the company saw its first decline in users, according to the quarterly report it disclosed on Tuesday. Daily active users fell to 188 million, down 2 percent from the prior quarter. It was the first full quarter that all users were transitioned to the redesigned Snapchat, which rolled out this year. The redesign was widely considered a bust, with famous and everyday users complaining about the confusion caused by the new placement of some of their favorite features. Snapchat was forced to redesign the new look, but not before it started to experience a decline in users at the end of the first quarter, which continued into the latest quarter. To smooth over the decline in daily users, Snapchat revealed monthly users for the first time in hopes of reinforcing its growth prospects with investors. Continue reading at AdAge.com

Facebook and YouTube completely remove Alex Jones channels


Alex Jones has been removed from Facebook, but still has an opportunity to appeal to restore his pages on the social network, and his channel is down on YouTube. On Monday, Facebook said it "unpublished" pages affiliated with Jones, which means there's nothing to see on his pages except a takedown notice. Also, YouTube has a similar notice saying, "This account has been terminated." That follows Apple's move over the weekend to remove a number of his podcasts from the Apple Store. "All four Pages have been unpublished for repeated violations of Community Standards and accumulating too many strikes," Facebook said in a blog post on Monday. "While much of the discussion around InfoWars has been related to false news, which is a serious issue that we are working to address by demoting links marked wrong by fact checkers and suggesting additional content, none of the violations that spurred Continue reading "Facebook and YouTube completely remove Alex Jones channels"