Facebook’s new ticketing feature is powered by Eventbrite
Facebook’s potential as a platform to sell tickets has been talked about for years, and anecdotally Music Ally hears plenty of positivity from music marketers about its suitability for selling tickets already. Now its partnership...
May 17, 2019
Facebook news-feed to focus more on friends and ‘worthwhile’ links
Earlier this week Music Ally reported on Facebook’s admission that its new privacy tool may impact the way marketers use targeting features to build audiences on the social network. Now the company has followed that with an...
May 17, 2019
Facebook warns that its new privacy tool ‘may impact targeting’
From unintended consequences of its core features to deliberate abuses of the way it made users’ data available to developers, Facebook is firefighting on several fronts in 2019. It should come as no surprise that its attempts...
May 15, 2019
Facebook co-founder argues that the company should be broken up
There have been a few calls from prominent figures in recent months for Facebook (and other tech giants) to be broken up. The latest person suggesting this fate for the social network is its own co-founder though: Chris Hughes,...
May 10, 2019
Facebook adds birthday-themed music stickers to its stories
The song ‘Happy Birthday’ has been the focus of its own copyright shenanigans down the years, culminating in a $14m settlement by publisher Warner/Chappell in early 2016. Now that work, as well as some famous birthday-themed...
May 10, 2019
Facebook boosts original content in its rankings
For a number of years, in part to try and steal a march on YouTube, Facebook has been encouraging native uploads from creators (i.e. posting videos straight to Facebook rather than linking to external sites). Now it is courting...
May 8, 2019
Facebook f8 event kicks off with more privacy promises
There will be plenty of sceptics scoffing at their keyboards today, when they catch sight of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in front of a big ‘The future is private.” slogan. The image is from his keynote at Facebook’s...
May 1, 2019
User-generated content may account for $1.2bn of music revenues
Billboard’s latest article about Facebook’s music strategy is interesting, but the sentence that jumped out at us is actually towards the end of the piece. “UGC already accounts for $1.2 billion of the global recorded-music...
April 26, 2019
Facebook financials strong despite looming multi-billion fine
Facebook’s latest quarterly financials show the company’s business rolling on, with revenues up 26% year-on-year to $15.1bn in the first quarter of 2018, and a net profit of $2.43bn. The latter figure is down from $4.99bn...
April 25, 2019
Facebook is working on its own Alexa-style voice assistant
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s personal interest in AI voice-assistants is well known: in 2016 his personal mission for the year was building an AI ‘butler’ named Jarvis. Now the social network is working on a voice...
April 18, 2019
Report details Facebook’s last ’15 months of fresh hell’
Bring popcorn – and a cushion to hide behind for the worst details – for Wired magazine’s deep, deep dive into ’15 months of fresh hell inside Facebook’, which was published yesterday. “Scandals. Backstabbing....
April 17, 2019
Former Facebook Portal designer working on Renaissance startup
Sometimes we spot a new music/tech startup on investment site AngelList with not much information on what it’s doing, but the people involved will make us prick our ears up. Renaissance is the latest example. The US startup...
April 10, 2019