WWE's Mixed Match Challenge™ will return for season 2, streaming live exclusively on Facebook Watch on Tuesday nights beginning September 18 at 10 p.m. ET.
The series will be available in the U.S. and, for the first time, now stream live on Facebook Watch in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, Philippines, Spain, Thailand and Vietnam. Fans can follow the Mixed Match Challenge Facebook Page to add episodes to their personal Watchlists.
New elements for season 2 include: 14 episodes, each 30 minutes in length; a round-robin elimination format; two matches in each show; and an interactive pre-show beginning at 9:50 p.m. ET. In addition, the season 2 finale will take place during WWE’s TLC pay-per-view event on Sunday, December 16.
Mixed Match Challenge Participants
Mixed Match Challenge season 2 is a round-robin mixed tag team tournament, where male and female Superstars from Raw and SmackDown Live team up to determine which combination of strength, skill, athleticism and experience reigns supreme.
Each season 2 episode will reflect a progressive approach to production, with elements optimized for mobile consumption and social interaction, including the ability for fans to engage with Superstars during the show. Fans will also have the opportunity to vote on different aspects that directly impact the action for all 14 episodes on Facebook Watch throughout the season.
The unique storylines for Mixed Match Challenge season 2 will continue between episodes across WWE’s Facebook Pages with short-form videos and social content. WWE will also promote and recap each episode across its extensive digital and social footprint, including on the Mixed Match Challenge Facebook Page.
Facebook has begun to assign its users a reputation score, predicting their trustworthiness on a scale from zero to 1.
As part of a broader effort to reduce the spread of misinformation, the social media platform has been calculating and assigning reputation scores to users who report content as fake, the company confirmed. Facebook then takes a user’s score into account when the individual flags future stories as false or misleading.
The goal of the system is to account for instances when users report accurate news reports as false just because they disagree with their premise, Facebook product manager Tessa Lyons said. The score is presumably also meant to counteract organized disinformation campaigns that rely on mass reporting of unwanted posts.
Right now, it isn’t clear if the trust score is being used for anything other than reports on news stories, as well as reports on whether another Facebook user has posted something inappropriate or otherwise needing the company’s attention.
There's no such thing as too young live your dreams, and 11-year-old Alaya High knows that well. The viral sensation took social media by storm with her lyrical world play, and some big names took notice. Now, she is the youngest female rap artist to sign with a major label.
Alaya, a.k.a. “Lay Lay” signed a record deal with Empire, the Houston native announced Wednesday (Aug. 1), via an Instagram photo from the company’s Atlanta office. In the caption, Lay Lay the record label and her fans, father, and management team. “Look out for my first single ‘Go Lay Lay Go’ ALBUM ON THE WAY!!!” she added.
Empire, a San Francisco-based independent distribution, recording and publishing company, has forged a strong arm in the music game by offering non-traditional contracts to recording artists. “The idea was not to lock people in and get rights from them,” founder Ghazi Shami told Billboard in 2016. ”The approach was, ‘What’s the fastest path to business?’ And if we start to do good things together then naturally those rights will evolve into other revenue streams: publishing, touring and things of that nature.”
The company’s roster includes D.R.A.M., Remy Ma, Tyga, Young Dolph, and the late XXXTentacion.
Chris Pratt and his fellow Guardians Of The Galaxy stars have released an open letter in support of ousted director James Gunn.
“Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man,” Chris Pratt wrote Monday. “I’d personally love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3. If you please, read the following statement- signed by our entire cast.”
The statement is signed by Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker and Karen Gillan. Disney fired Gunn after a series of offensive tweets were unearthed from years ago, where the writer and director appeared to make light of subjects such as pedophilia and rape.
The Walt Disney Company, which controls the Guardians series through its Marvel Studios unit, swiftly fired Gunn, calling the old tweets “indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values.” Gunn also apologized. But Disney was quickly condemned in some quarters for reacting to a social media shaming that appeared to have been undertaken as political payback.
By Sonshine Wiley
Social Media gives us access to the family and friends we aren’t able to see all the time. It provides a way for us to access people within the networks of those friends and families as well. Sometimes we are completely blown away by the amazing connections we are able to make, and then there are the times we are totally not on board with a someone’s personality. This is the power of having a choice to friend and unfriend whomever is within your reach.
So, what happens when you are a 35 year old woman who’s new suggested friend happens to be your rapist from when you were an 8 year old little girl? This is not an uncommon occurrence, and many are faced with the decision to run and tell the world about this horrible person or (for fear that many will defend and victim blame) hide in the shadows afraid that this person still has the power.
How many times has someone who committed horrible acts been exonerated by the public because to those people this person is a “good person”? Our society no longer yields to moral compass and accountability, but to public opinion. However, in an effort to support victims, there are resources available to assist with instances such as this both on and off social media platforms.
The ability to block the person and all of their mutual connections is available as well as emotional support through therapy and online support groups. Seeking out these options may not bring a person to further accountability, but it does save the victim from suffering more than they already have. In addition, making sure the act is reported to the proper authorities so that justice is served can provide a solution.
Every voice that speaks in truth contributes to this solution. Breaking the silence could potentially keep this from happening to others.
Shares of Facebook fell 19 percent on Thursday, a day after the world’s largest social media company disclosed that its quarterly revenue did not live up to expectations and that its user metrics grew slower than some on Wall Street had predicted.
The dollar value of the loss was the largest ever by a publicly traded company in the U.S.
Facebook stock had recovered from a decline earlier this year in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, one of several controversies and warning signs that the company had managed to weather with little damage to its stock. But declining revenue and user growth, topped by a warning from executives that it will continue, seemed to end that run.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth plummeted more than $15 billion with the stock dive, although it’s still around $67 billion, according to Forbes’ real-time net worth tracker.
Instagram has a new feature that its users are bound to love. The social media platform announced that it would be adding a feature that allows users to include music in their Instagram Stories on June 28.
Instagram now features a library of songs users can search and pick from. Users can select a song by clicking on the “tap to add” sticker to a photo or video in the Stories section. There, they will find a browser for music, which they can search by song, artist, or mood. “We have a growing library of songs on Instagram, and you can search for a specific song, browse by mood, genre or what’s popular,” the official announcement states. “When you’ve selected your song, you can fast-forward and rewind through the track to choose the exact part that fits your story.”
You can also choose a song before capturing a video by selecting “new music” once the camera in IG Stories is opened. Once selecting the right song, you can assign it as background for the visual. Friends and followers will watch the video and the song playing upon viewing. They’ll also see the song credits in case they want to add it to their music library.
Check out the new feature today!
Jay Rock is taking his talents on the road. He recently released his third studio album called Redemption. Now the Cali rapper is headlining a tour. Rock has announced the "Big Redemption Tour", which will kick of in September.
The tour will visit 29 cities and kick-off in Lawrence, KS on Sept. 12 and will end in Los Angeles, CA on Oct. 29.
Rock’s latest effort, Redemption is spearheaded by popular singles “Win,” and “The Bloodiest,” and the J. Cole-assisted “OSOM.” The 13-song album features Kendrick Lamar, Future, Jeremih, among others.
You can check out the entire tour schedule in the social media post below.
Nothing says more about the release of a new app from a social media giant than technical difficulties or an early released blog post, spoiling the news.
Facebook’s Instagram app is loosening its restraints on video in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from YouTube. The expansion announced Wednesday, dubbed IGTV, will increase Instagram’s video time limit from one minute to 10 minutes for most users.
GTV is launching now as a standalone app for iOS and Android and will also be available in the main Instagram app.
At its heart, IGTV will be both a hub within the existing Instagram app, as well as a new dedicated app that will allow users to watch IGTV videos. These are basically vertical videos produced by some of Instagram’s top creators, and curated based on past viewing behavior of Instagram’s users.
If President Trump wants to continue using his Twitter account as a public forum, he must adhere to the First Amendment, which means no blocking other Twitter users, according to a court ruling Wednesday.
U.S. District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled that Twitter serves as a “designated public forum” and is protected under the plaintiffs’ First Amendment rights. Therefore, the judge added, their “exclusion” from the platform constitutes a breach of those rights.
The court rejected the argument from Trump’s lawyers that the president’s own First Amendment rights would be abridged if he was not allowed to block users.
In addition to the president, defendants named in the lawsuit include former White House communications director Hope Hicks, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and social media director Dan Scavino—the man thought to be behind much of Trump’s unusual social media behavior. However, Judge Buchwald excused Hicks and Sanders as defendants.
The Justice Department defended Trump’s Twitter activity, contending that muting is within the president’s “associational freedoms.” He may be president, the DOJ argued, but Trump still maintains a right to decide who he spends time with on the social media platform. A Justice Department spokeswoman said “We respectfully disagree with the court’s decision and are considering our next steps.”