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eMarketer principal analysts Nicole Perrin and Andrew Lipsman discuss the wave of contentious subway ads: What's allowed? What isn't? Why have startups become obsessed with marketing on public transit? They also talk about YouTube's latest FTC fine, a new partnership between TikTok and the National Football League and more.

Video-sharing app TikTok was the darling of VidCon this year. The media latched onto its low-fi approach of seeding creators all over the conference, where fans could easily interact with them. By contrast, YouTube creators were often cordoned off into formal presentations and meet-and-greets.

eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson and junior analyst Blake Droesch explain whether Americans want a social app geared toward close friends. Then, forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom discusses whether the Disney+ bundle can lure sports viewers from cable, breaks down whether Waymo’s robot taxi improvements outweigh rider complaints and more.

eMarketer principal analyst Nicole Perrin discusses Facebook’s plan to give publishers more curation control over how their articles look on the platform. She also talks about the implications of letting Yelp users personalize their homepage experience and how effective the BBC’s new voice assistant can be in a competitive digital market.

Measuring attribution and return on investment remains a key challenge when marketing with influencers—which means that it can be hard to quantify the merits of utilizing them. But neuroscience research from the UK, showing cognitive responses to traditional marketing vs. influencer posts, may provide some answers.

eMarketer principal analysts Nicole Perrin and Mark Dolliver join vice president of content studio Paul Verna to chat about YouTube’s announcement that it will stop targeting ads toward kids, whether podcasts are the future of radio, the significance of Facebook’s new ‘Off-Facebook Activity’ feature and more.

Facebook recently announced that it will finally roll out its long-promised “Clear History” tool, now known as “Off-Facebook Activity.” The tool will show users the information third-party websites and apps have shared about them with Facebook and allow them to disconnect that browsing history from their profiles, preventing its use for ad targeting.

eMarketer principal analyst Victoria Petrock explains how much you can learn from someone's voice, British Airways's VR in-flight entertainment headsets and a recent facial recognition ruling against Facebook.

eMarketer principal analysts Nicole Perrin and Mark Dolliver join vice president of content studio Paul Verna to discuss Verizon’s sale of Tumblr to Automattic, the acceleration of cord-cutting, Facebook’s new movie ads, Snapchat’s third pair of sunglasses and more.

eMarketer has downgraded Facebook user growth in both France and Germany, due to declines among younger age groups as they shift their usage to other platforms. Total user growth for the platform will essentially be flat in both countries, according to our latest social user forecast.

eMarketer senior forecasting analyst Cindy Liu breaks down our Facebook audience numbers for key age groups and a silver lining for the social network.

Scrolling through social media, it’s hard not to be influenced by influencers. Do you need another carry-on bag? Probably not. But do you have to have it after you saw an influencer capturing its essence on the hills of Santorini, and you suddenly saw yourself there? Of course you do.