The topic of Trump's executive orders against TikTok and WeChat has been viewed over 500 million times on Chinese social media platform Weibo.
The agency says it can now obtain details including your phone's location history, social media information, and photos and videos.
As part of an internal investigation probing communities with potential ties to violence on its site, Facebook found millions of followers across thousands of groups associated with the far-right fringe conspiracy theory QAnon, per an NBC News report.
However, some Facebook employees fear the company won't take the necessary action against the 3 million online QAnon group members, according to internal documents viewed by NBC News.
The employees also expressed concern that QAnon's presence on the popular social network might influence the upcoming 2020 presidential election.
Facebook has received pushback for its hands-off approach to content moderation in the past. It also isn't the only social media firm that has cracked down on QAnon content recently — Twitter and TikTok have also made similar strides.
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Facebook reportedly led an internal investigation into QAnon, which turned up evidence that the conspiracy theory may have reached millions of users, through thousands of groups on the platform.
Internal company documents viewed by NBC News show that Facebook's scrutiny of QAnon's spread was just one aspect of a broader scan of communities on the platform with possible ties to violence, including "militias and other violent social movements."
The investigation into the communities was launched to help Facebook in deciding how to address QAnon's presence on the platform. Per the report, one option could be for the social media firm to avoid amplifying QAnon group pages in its recommendations reel. The company could also ban advertising associated with the far-right movement.
One finding in the preliminary report showed 185 ads for merchandise and demonstrations that were "praising, supporting, or representing" QAnon, according to NBC News, which, over a 30-day period, turned $12,000 into the company's pockets and generated 4 million impressions.
But anonymous Facebook employees involved in the investigation told NBC News they don't think the company will implement outright bans of QAnon groups and will instead respond instead with weaker actions. The employees reportedly also said that there is concern at the company over how much influence QAnon's Facebook presence could have on the upcoming 2020 presidential election.
Since Facebook's Groups feature has been used to form a broad range of communities, but it's also served as a meeting ground for radical groups, including QAnon supporters, as NBC News notes.
In an emailed statement to Business Insider, a Facebook spokesperson said, "enforcing against QAnon on Facebook is not new: we consistently take action against accounts, Groups, and Pages tied to QAnon that break our rules. Just last week, we removed a large Group with QAnon affiliations for violating our content policies, and removed a network of accounts for violating our policies against coordinated inauthentic behavior. We have teams assessing our policies against QAnon and are currently exploring additional actions we can take."
QAnon is a far-right movement whose members support the unfounded belief that a secret coalition of powerful figures is targeting President Donald Trump. QAnon members are largely supporters of the president and have circulated disproven theories in the past surrounding President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, including that they practice Satanism and are involved in a global pedophilia ring.
Facebook has faced scrutiny over its laissez-faire approach to content moderation, and employees have raised concerns about it in the past. Just last week, Facebook also said it removed a QAnon group page that had more than 200,000 members after it found they were "repeatedly posting content that violated our policies."
Facebook isn't the only social media company that has cracked down on QAnon content. Twitter said in July that it was zeroing in on "so-called QAnon activity" and reportedly removed 7,000 accounts associated with content pertaining to the movement. TikTok disabled two popular hashtags associated with QAnon in late July as well.
The FBI has also warned that conspiracy theories pose domestic terrorism threats. The bureau identified how an individual's belief in conspiracy theories or hoaxes may have or did result in violence, citing the Tree of Life synagogue shooting and the QAnon conspiracy.
You can read the full report on NBC News here.SEE ALSO: What is 'QAnon'? Understanding the far-right conspiracy movement embraced by Trump supporters that originated on 4chan.
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The amount of travel and tourism sponsored content from influencers has rebounded by 34% since bottoming out in April, according to a recent report from Izea, an influencer-marketing tech company.
Across the travel and tourism industry, sponsored content has been steadily increasing over the course of the past few months but has not returned to pre-pandemic levels.
While travel content has begun to make a comeback, influencers are still at the center of several controversies when it comes to sharing travel-focused posts and content that features them not following social-distancing guidelines.
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Travel is still out of the picture for many Americans as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread and affect millions of people.
But for some influencers, sponsored-content opportunities related to tourism and travel are rebounding after hitting rock bottom in April, according to a recent report from Izea, an influencer-marketing tech company.
In the first few months of the pandemic, many travel-focused influencers saw their trips, sponsorships, and brand deals canceled or postponed. Their careers faced new unknowns, and some creators pivoted to at-home content categories, such as fitness, cooking, and lifestyle.
"I focus on luxury travel, and that is definitely not what people were thinking about in mid-to-late March and in all of April," Christina Vidal, an influencer, told Business Insider in May.
But as the months have passed, travel has slowly picked back up (though it's still well below pre-pandemic rates) as some restrictions are eased. On August 6, the US State Department lifted its "do not travel" advisory, which had encouraged citizens to avoid international travel since March 19.
As more cities navigate reopening this summer, travel and tourism brands are looking to influencers to ease customers back in through social-media marketing. That has meant an increase in sponsored content.
According to the Izea report, the amount of travel and tourism sponsored content had increased 34% in July from its low in April (which was down 66% from March). The report looked at over 520 million pieces of social content from over 4.5 million influencers between August 2019 and July.
Here is the full chart from Izea:
Izea also said that within the travel and tourism sector, hotels were seeing "the largest increase in sponsored content volume since hitting bottom" in April and had seen an increase in engagement rates.
Airline content, however, had lagged and seen a spike in "negative sentiment" around its shared posts.
Influencers have been at the center of several controversies for promoting travel and not following social-distancing guidelines
But the increase in travel content from influencers has also brought controversy.
In June, Clubhouse BH (a TikTok influencer group based in California) launched a "travel house" named Clubhouse Explore with a three-part video series documenting a trip of 16 influencers to Tulum, Mexico.
"Have y'all forgot about the pandemic?" one user commented on a Clubhouse Instagram post.
"So are influencers like immune to coronavirus?" another commenter wrote on one of its YouTube vlogs.
Clubhouse manager Chris Young said one fitness brand decided to not renew a contract with a Clubhouse influencer after the trip, though he said he didn't consider the trip a mistake.
Other travel influencers, like Sarah Dandashy (@askaconcierge on Instagram), have also continued to travel and share content on their feeds.
"Some people think it's too soon to travel; others question if it's ethical to act like all is normal when things are not normal," Dandashy told Business Insider earlier this month. "But generally, I find that people are really looking to those individuals who are traveling now to get a sense for what it's like."
Besides traveling, some influencers have been criticized for throwing and attending parties in Los Angeles and not following social-distancing guidelines.
For more about how the influencer marketing industry is evolving as a result of the pandemic, read these Business Insider stories:
Travel Instagram influencers are finding new ways to earn money with the industry frozen and are moving into categories like food and fitness
How the coronavirus is changing the influencer business, according to marketers and top Instagram and YouTube stars
Houseplant sales are booming and so are 'plantfluencers,' the social-media creators sharing plant tips, products, and content
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In this Business Insider webinar, YouTube creators and influencers Katy Bellotte and Ruby Asabor walked us through how they built their businesses using social media.
They also shared how they have adapted their businesses during the pandemic and the various ways digital creators are earning a living in 2020.
The conversation was moderated by Business Insider reporter Amanda Perelli, who covers the influencer industry.
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Advertising revenue for some influencers has taken a hit recently, as brands cut marketing budgets to save on costs and avoid appearing tone-deaf during the coronavirus pandemic.
But the influencer economy isn't going away. Many creators have shifted their focus to alternative revenue streams that have allowed them to continue to earn a living, showing how much the influencer business has expanded in recent years.
In an exclusive webinar with Business Insider, YouTube creators Ruby Asabor and Katy Bellotte shared how they had adapted their businesses during the pandemic and the ways digital creators are earning a living in 2020.
Asabor (176,000 YouTube subscribers) and Bellotte (477,000 subscribers) also walked us through how they built their multifaceted businesses into full-time jobs than span different platforms and content categories.
"Right now, I have about 11 income streams altogether," Asabor said.
When it comes to brand deals, the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement have shifted the way influencers look at brand collaborations. Bellotte, for example, said that she was taking extra precaution when choosing what companies she wants to endorse.
"The first step to any partnership these days has been to do intense research on the brand," Bellotte said. "Of course I only want to be sponsored by brands and endorse products that I use and like, but then even if I like the product, if the brand itself doesn't have a strong foundation and doesn't have the values that I look for, I don't work with them."
Here are a few other topics they covered in the webinar:
How to price yourself as an influencer when landing a brand deal and ways to negotiate.
How to start a Patreon, from pricing to choosing what to offer your followers.
Why it's important to have several different revenue streams as a creator, and a breakdown of how they make money through membership programs, YouTube revenue, and sponsorships.
How much time they spend each day and week working on their businesses, and tips for time management.
Lessons for other digital creators who are just starting out in the industry.
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The never ending list of social media’s business benefits has become repetitive and worn out.“Social media connects you with your customers.”“Grow your business using social media!” “Get unfiltered and direct feedback from your customers on social networks.”Hooks like these have resulted in social media being oversold and under delivering.The underlying problem is that these benefits most commonly lack context and examples.How do you go about making that happen?Here are the 5 most oversold (and now overlooked) business benefits of social and how to make them work for you:1) Increased Traffic and ExposureThe missing context here is that by having a social presence for your business, you’ll eventually be able to lead your followers to complete an action.However, without setting up your goals for what you want to get out of social for your business, it’s easy to forget what your motivation should be.How to Make It Work for YouSet up your social media sharing to fit an 80/20 split.But you have to maintain that connection and relationship because they are an excellent source of referral business and future repeat business.The context missing here is that not every post, tweet and link shared on your social media accounts is going to be touched by every one of your followers.
It looks like another large American company, Twitter, could compete with Microsoft to acquire TikTok. According to rumors, the social network is planning a merger ...
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eLearning travel safety Vacations can be an exciting, happy time for people to get away and avoid the everyday worries of home.But fun and leisure can come to a screeching halt if your personal data is compromised while traveling.Booking vacations and travel could put your personal information at risk, due to missteps in how you go about preparing to leave, how you communicate while on vacation, and what you share on social media.Here are nine ways to help keep your personal data safe while on vacation.Read More...
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That the US government under President Trump wants to ban TikTok in the country is no surprise. That it wants TikTok to sell to a US company in order to escape that ban, a deal that includes giving the US Treasury some percentage, is not a shocker either. What was rather unexpected was that Microsoft is apparently so interested in … Continue reading
Salsa Labs today announced that it has launched its online Smart Engagement Technology, Salsa Engage for Salesforce, on Salesforce AppExchange, empowering customers to engage with their supporters, raise funds, and change the world!Built on the Salesforce Platform, Salsa Engage for Salesforce is currently available on AppExchange at https://appexchange.salesforce.com/appxListingDetail?listingId=a0N3A00000FYE1fUAHSalsa Engage for SalesforceSalsa Engage, purpose built for nonprofits, provides a single platform for email marketing, multi-channel advocacy and online fundraising.Salsa’s AppExchange integration is user friendly with no middle-ware requirements.Easy-to-use mapping, configuration, and log screens make it simple to manage the real time bi-directional data sync.Salsa also provides flexible options for adding new supporters and preventing duplicates.The integration provides a cost-effective single source alternative for customers who are juggling many disparate products for emails, donations, event registrations, peer to peer fundraising campaigns, social media advertising, and online Advocacy.Donna Myers, Salsa’s CEO, says, “I am proud of the great job the Salsa team did in building the new Engage solution on Salesforce AppExchange .We were able to provide an integration that is simple to implement, yet powerful enough for advanced users who want to customize their integration.”
Integral Ad Science (IAS), the global leader in digital ad verification, today announced it is the first verification company to integrate with Google Ads Data Hub (ADH), Google’s privacy-focused data platform for advertisers.The IAS integration provides advertisers viewability, ad fraud, and brand safety measurement for YouTube via ADH.While IAS does not collect or use any private audience data for delivering its verification services, being the first with this new integration will help lead the way for setting new data privacy best practices.Ultimately, ADH will enable advertisers to easily access a broader suite of privacy-protected data and measurement services.“IAS is thrilled to be the first partner to provide advanced viewability, fraud, and brand safety metrics via Google’s Ads Data Hub,” said Lisa Utzschneider, CEO at IAS.“Marketers are now even better equipped to provide quality advertising experiences for YouTube audiences while maintaining a high degree of data privacy.”Google Ads Data Hub allows advertisers to understand how their advertising is performing across screens while limiting the use of user data, adding another layer of privacy protection for users while still enabling marketers to measure their YouTube ad campaigns.Combining advertiser data with event-level data from ad campaigns allows marketers to unlock insights, improve advertising efficiency, help achieve data-driven business goals, and yield more effective campaign optimization.“Marketers have made clear that they see a future where we are delivering consumer insights and media measurement that are both actionable and privacy-centric.We’re pleased to have IAS measurement solutions available to advertisers in Ads Data Hub in support of our continued effort and commitment to offering third-party measurement on YouTube,” said Prema Sampath, Senior Product Manager at Google.IAS is a member of the YouTube Measurement Program (YTMP) and is accredited to provide both Brand Suitability and Brand Safety services (including for Google’s premium ‘YouTube Select’ inventory).
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Reaching such a big number in terms of downloads signifies the reliance and trust of a huge population on your code and app.This app is undoubtedly one of the very first online messaging apps that shot to fame and is still highly relevant.Features like stories, Instagram Live, IGTV, Instagram carousel, video sharing, Instagram Direct Messaging, and the upcoming Reels are just a few examples of the up-gradation Instagram has witnessed.Despite a lot of controversies, the app has faced in recent times related to privacy and data security, the download statistics of the app seem to be unaffected.Facebook MessengerThe messaging feature was always a part of the social media platform, but the actual app came to the Google Play Store nine years back.Like the platform itself, the Messenger is also equipped with a reasonably easy user interface and gets the job done without any fuss, which is why people prefer it over any of its alternatives.Subway SurfersIt may have been visible that all the apps listed above are social media-related apps.The three ran on train tracks, dodging all hurdles and shuffling to collect bonuses.
Scammers are already profiting from selling fake views on Reels, Instagram's short-form video feature that only launched on August 5.
One seller said they had already made enough from selling fake views for a "good car and a decent home."
Typically, a customer might pay $5 for 1,000 views, or $15 per 1,000 likes.
A Facebook spokesperson said: "Inauthentic activity is bad for the community and since the early days of Instagram we've invested in ways to identify and remove millions of fake or spammy accounts. We'll continue to build on these technologies, to maintain the best possible experience across our platforms."
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Fake views on Reels, Instagram's new short-form video feature, launched on August 5, were being offered for sale just hours after it launched.
Alongside websites offering 100 likes on a Reel for 75 cents, managers of large botnets were offering artificial engagement for a price to their followers on protected encrypted apps, Business Insider has learned.
One botnet manager, who asked not to be named, has already received orders from around 80 people booking 11 million views on Reels.
The manager declined to say how much money they gained for those views, though did say their overall business selling engagement on Instagram was "enough for a good car and a decent home."
He charges $5 per 1,000 views on Reels, up to a maximum of 500,000 views, and $15 per 1,000 likes on Reels, both paid in Bitcoin (unless you're a loyal customer, in which case he'll accept Cash App, PayPal and credit card).
He runs a network of 500,000 Instagram accounts, and works with external partners when more accounts are needed to bolster views. He advertises his wares on secure messaging app Telegram, and counts influencers with large followings amongst his clientele.
The biggest influencer to ask for help with Instagram Reels so far has 1.5 million followers on the app, he claims.
The manager said it was easy to generate fake views on Reels, claiming it took "a few hours".
"I use my bots for followers' stories' Likes, and now for Reels," he said.
He claimed there was "no protection" against view botting on Reels. "I guess Instagram is happy if we push their TikTok copy."
Facebook, Instagram's parent firm, pushed back on this in a statement, saying it continued to crack down on inauthentic behavior.
The advertising of fake engagement isn't just bluster: a Reel of a black screen with a sticker detailing the date posted by Business Insider, which the fake engagement sellers offered to boost for free to show how their product was effective, gained 3,000 views within minutes.
Reels is Instagram's alternative to TikTok, where creators post videos up to 15 seconds long and have the opportunity to add background music and filters to the video. In addition, creators can also use Spark AR filters – which overlay augmented reality graphics onto faces – within the app.
It's Facebook's second attempt to try and capitalize on the short-form video market, after the closure last month of its service Lasso, an app that proved unpopular after its launch and had little takeup.
However, Instagram is eager to try and make Reels a success, launching on August 5 with a star-studded video filled with some of TikTok's most popular names.
The Wall Street Journal has previously reported Instagram was offering top TikTok creators hundreds of thousands of dollars to join their app.
The selling of fake engagement is not unique to Reels: the same public-facing site offering likes for Reels also sells views and engagement on TikTok videos – 1,000 views on a video will cost you $1.10. (The Telegram-based view botter for Reels only works on Instagram, saying TikTok is harder to hoodwink.)
However, the speed at which the shadow economy around social media engagement moved to adopt Reels was surprising.
"Me and my team hadn't time to study Reels from this point of view because it's a really new function, [but] I'm not surprised at all: the issue of bots on Instagram is well known," said independent cybersecurity researcher Andrea Stroppa, who has monitored the volume of fake engagement on social networks.
"Instagram during the years improved against bots, but they are not winning," he added. "The problem is related about the security of the app and its AI detection systems.
"While Instagram is improving and we should give credit to its new head Adam Mosseri, on the other side botnet managers are improving using new techniques and technologies like 4G proxies for running fake accounts. It doesn't mean a lot for Instagram but it should be disturbing in my opinion."
A Facebook company spokesperson said: "Inauthentic activity is bad for the community and since the early days of Instagram we've invested in ways to identify and remove millions of fake or spammy accounts.
"We'll continue to build on these technologies, to maintain the best possible experience across our platforms."
While it's early days for Reels, the manager of the 500,000-strong network of Instagram accounts isn't hopeful for its future – at least not without his help.
"It's not popular," he said. "Instagram and people like me will make it popular."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: The rise and fall of Donald Trump's $365 million airline
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As TikTok changed its fashion strategy, many luxury brands came in awe.The video-sharing app has the potential to influence a vast customer base and is a great tool to gain momentum in the market.Though the app’s existence becomes a question mark, this new strategy changes its landscape, and numerous brands are trying to appease TikTok stars.The 3d shoe design software offers a modern customization solution to brands that will let its buyers become influencers on their own.Custom Shoe Designing Assists Brands to Let Customers Become InfluencersDuring the pandemic, TikTok has encouraged a pivot to fashion by recruiting established influencers to join the app and helping luxury brands launch TikTok accounts, collaborations, and campaigns.Many leading brands have launched their report this year, while some are sponsoring or collaborating with them.The USA based label, Abercrombie & Fitch’s daughter company Hollister is joining forces with TikTok Stars Charli and Dixie D’Amelio, along with brand ambassador Noah Pugliano, for Back-to-School campaign.With 800 million active users, TikTok’s vast audience and popularity with Gen Z customers make it a competitive force to Instagram, which has long been fashion’s de facto social media platform, thanks to its focus on commerce and visual layout.Let’s find out how social media influencers can add value to luxury brands:Helps Promoting Various StylesThe video-sharing app has very open-minded in reference to the fashion content.
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Bill Gates says there's one massive problem with COVID-19 tests in the US: results take too long to come back.
He said in a recent interview with WIRED that the majority of US COVID-19 tests are "completely garbage" and "wasted."
To solve the problem of slow testing, Gates said medical providers shouldn't receive payment for COVID-19 tests unless they can produce results within 48 hours.
He also called on Mark Zuckerberg to do more to combat the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories on Facebook.
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Bill Gates believes one of the biggest roadblocks to effective COVID-19 testing in the US is "stupidity," he said in an interview with WIRED published Friday.
Specifically, Gates said most US tests are "completely garbage" because it takes so long to return results. Coronavirus tests across the US regularly take more than a week to return results, frustrating public health authorities who rely on timely testing data.
"Well, that's just stupidity," Gates said when asked about the delays in testing results. "The majority of all US tests are completely garbage, wasted."
The Microsoft founder-turned-philanthropist said he thinks there's a simple solution: Medical providers should only receive payment for tests if they return results within 48 hours.
"If you don't care how late the date is and you reimburse at the same level, of course they're going to take every customer. Because they are making ridiculous money," Gates said. "You have to have the reimbursement system pay a little bit extra for 24 hours, pay the normal fee for 48 hours, and pay nothing [if it isn't done by then]. And they will fix it overnight."
For years, Gates had warned that the US was unprepared for a massive pandemic. Since the onset of COVID-19, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has heavily funded testing and vaccine research.
Gates himself has also become the target of conspiracy theories stemming from his high-profile advocacy for a more robust response to the virus, including a false theory that Gates plans to inject people with microchips under the pretense of administering vaccines.
In Friday's WIRED interview, Gates acknowledged that conspiracy theories spread like wildfire on social media and suggested that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg should do more to combat misinformation on Facebook.
"I like Mark, I think he's got very good values, but he and I do disagree on the trade-offs involved there," Gates said. "We give literally tens of billions for vaccines to save lives, then people turn around saying, 'No, we're trying to make money and we're trying to end lives.' That's kind of a wild inversion of what our values are and what our track record is."
Gates also weighed in on the potential Microsoft acquisition of TikTok's US and international operations, calling President Trump's interference in the deal "pretty bizarre."
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A 17-year-old New Jersey high school student has developed an Android app that allows users to record their interactions with police and then notify a loved one or share it to social media, like Instagram.
Aaditya Agrawal told Business Insider that he was compelled to create the app in part after a close friend of his, who is Black, was pulled over without cause.
"You see it in the news all the time, but when it happens to one of your close friends — and he tells you how it felt for that to happen to him — then you understand the significance," he said.
Accountability in law enforcement has been thrust into the national discourse surrounding how Black Americans are treated by police even more so since the police killing of Minneapolis resident George Floyd in May.
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In 2018, Apple launched a series of Siri Shortcuts, one of which allowed users to record police interactions and then text a designated contact when they are pulled over with the footage.
The app, dubbed Police, has seen an uptick in use as the nation has erupted in widespread protests against police brutality, law enforcement's abuse of power, and systemic racism following the police killing of Minneapolis resident George Floyd. Holding law enforcement more accountable has become a centerpiece of the national discussion, and technology could play a major role in it.
That mission has driven a 17-year-old New Jersey high school student to create an app that not only more easily records your interaction with police when you are pulled over but is equipped to instantly share the footage on social media platforms, including Instagram and WhatsApp.
Aaditya Agrawal, a student at Livingston High School in New Jersey, told Business Insider he's been working on the app, dubbed PulledOver, for a while. But he has focused more heavily on its development over the past few months in light of the renewed sense of urgency surrounding law enforcement's treatment of Black Americans.
And he also has a personal motivation in seeing the app come to fruition — Agrawal said a friend of his, who is Black, recently was pulled over seemingly without cause.
"You see it in the news all the time, but when it happens to one of your close friends — and he tells you how it felt for that to happen to him — then you understand the significance," Agrawal said.
Here's how it works: You can download PulledOver in the Google Play Store, and you don't have to sign in or create an account to use the app. Simply add an emergency contact, and that's it.
"The last thing you want to be worrying about is how an app works when you get pulled over," he said.
If you get pulled over, you launch the app, which will take you to your phone's native camera app. Press record, then when you're done, you'll be automatically taken back to the PulledOver app and given the option to notify your emergency contact, or share it to social media.
You can also share the footage with others who use the PulledOver app, a feature that Agrawal said he hasn't seen yet.
"It's almost like a community where you can share videos — you can see how other people are being treated," he said.
Agrawal said another intended purpose for the app is to elevate the "many good police officers as well."
"If you share good police officers and you celebrate them, hopefully, it will inspire others to become better as well," Agrawal said.
The app officially launched on June 20, about a month after Floyd was killed.
Agrawal said the app currently has 350 installs, and he has yet to do any paid marketing for it yet, instead opting for word-of-mouth through friends and family. The app is currently only available for Android smartphones in the Google Play Store, but Agrawal said he'll have hopefully successfully translated it into iOS language by the end of the year.
He's also currently working with major organizations involved in the Black Lives Matter movement, like Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) and Campaign Zero, to build an app specifically for their communities.
But Agrawal said he's hesitant for the service to be labeled as merely a piece of software.
"I'm not really going for the app market," he said. "It's more like a tool for people who can use something like this when they need it the most."SEE ALSO: 26 simple charts to show friends and family who aren't convinced racism is still a problem in America
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The social media company has reportedly eyed the Chinese-owned app, which has been feeling the heat from the US over national security concerns.
It's unclear if it will be able to outbid Microsoft
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