Feb 15, 2018

Carrier partnerships could help Snap boost user growth

The Snapchat app is seen on an iPhone on 10 May, 2017. Photo: Jaap Arriens / NurPhoto via Getty Images

Snapchat's parent company could make its app cheaper to use and may boost user growth in certain markets through mobile carrier partnerships, CEO Evan Spiegel said on Thursday at Goldman Sachs' tech conference in San Francisco.

The intrigue: Until recently, the ephemeral messaging app company focused on users in North America and Europe, but it'll now have to shift its efforts to other regions. In some of these markets, mobile data is still expensive, which is an obstacle to acquiring users and increasing their use of the app.

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Trump's big, empty beef with Twitter

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

President Trump finally acted on his now year-old threat to take action against social media platforms for alleged bias against conservatives. But so far, according to experts in both government and the industry, the threat looks mostly empty.

Driving the news: Trump escalated his war on Twitter Friday morning, tweeting repeatedly that the company needs to be regulated after it overnight added a warning label to a tweet of his calling for the military to start shooting looters, which violated Twitter’s rules against glorifying violence.

In photos: Protests over George Floyd's death grip Minneapolis

The Third Police Precinct burns in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Demonstrators demanding justice burned a Minneapolis police station and took control of the streets around it last night, heaving wood onto the flames, kicking down poles with surveillance cameras and torching surrounding stores.

What's happening: The crowd was protesting the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man whose life was snuffed out Tuesday by a white Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on his neck for about eight minutes.

Minneapolis mayor to Trump: “Weakness is pointing your finger” during a crisis

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey fired back at President Trump on Friday, after the president accused the mayor of weak leadership amid violence sparked by the killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.

Driving the news: Trump made his accusations in a pair of tweets early Friday, saying he would bring the national guard into Minneapolis if Frey couldn't “bring the City under control.”