Meet Dongtu, the Giphy of China

Meet Dongtu, the Giphy of China

With its own universe of homegrown social networks, e-commerce platforms and search engines, the Chinese internet is a world apart from its counterpart in the U.S. But in some areas, the two countries are surprisingly similar. That’s particularly true of people’s love for GIFs . Some feelings are better expressed in Read more…

Despite bans, Giphy still hosts self-harm, hate speech, and child sex abuse content

Despite bans, Giphy still hosts self-harm, hate speech, and child sex abuse content

Image search engine Giphy bills itself as providing “fun and safe way” to search and create animated GIFs. But despite its ban on illicit content, the site is littered with self-harm and child sex abuse imagery, TechCrunch has learned. A new report from Israeli online child protection startup L1ght — Read more…

Lightspeed’s Jeremy Liew is on the hunt for always-on media startups

Lightspeed’s Jeremy Liew is on the hunt for always-on media startups

Perhaps best known for a career-making seed investment in Snapchat, Lightspeed partner Jeremy Liew is a leading investor across media and entertainment, making bets on startups like Cheddar, Giphy, HQ, SpecialGuest, Mic, Beme, Playdom, Duta and Flixster. I spoke to him earlier this week about how he assesses the market Read more…

Instagram Create On This Day

Instagram launches Create mode with On This Day throwbacks

Instagram has finally turned Throwback Thursday into an official feature. Today Instagram launched “Create” mode in Stories, which brings the app beyond the camera and makes it a more omnipurpose social network. Instagram has added an “On This Day” option that shows a random feed post you shared on the Read more…