Pinterest, LinkedIn, NextDoor deal with election disinformation

Those social networks have long struggled with the misinformation runoff from bigger rivals, like Facebook and Twitter, who have worked to stifle the spread of election disinformation on their sites. Those tech giants have spent months preparing for this period, marshaling tens of thousands of content moderators to slap labels on posts, hide tweets and even shutting off political ads.

The more misinformation circulates on the large social networks, the more it trickles down to the smaller sites better known for posting wedding photos, connecting with potential employers and complaining about a neighbor’s dog.

“Of course, the Internet is a space without borders, and that means the conspiracy theories and propaganda and misinformation does not remain static across platforms,” said Samuel Woolley, a professor and director of a propaganda research team at the University of Texas at Austin.

In the past week, misinformation and conspiracy theories have surged across the

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3 Reasons Pinterest Stock Is Exploding Higher Again

For the second time in a row, Pinterest (NYSE:PINS) skyrocketed following an earnings report that blew past expectations. This time the image discovery specialist posted strong numbers across the board, including on user growth, revenue growth, and the bottom line. The stock closed up 31% in after-hours trading.

Looking beyond the headline numbers, keep reading to see three reasons Pinterest shares are soaring on its third-quarter earnings report.

A woman looking at a Pinterest board on an iPad.

Image source: Pinterest.

1. Pinterest crushed its own guidance

There were signs coming into the report that Pinterest could surge past its own forecast, and that’s exactly what it did. In its second-quarter earnings report, the company gave guidance that seemed to be conservative: It noted that revenue grew about 50% in July, but called for just 35% top-line growth for the entire quarter, assuming growth would slow to about 27% in August and September.

Instead, revenue jumped 58%, smashing both the

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Ford, Pinterest rise; eBay, Marvell Technology fall

Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially Thursday: Ford, Pinterest rise; eBay, Marvell Technology fall

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially Thursday:

Ford Motor Co., up 20 cents to $7.90.

The car maker reported a surprisingly strong third-quarter profit as demand for cars and trucks recovered.

ServiceNow Inc., up $26.54 to $510.59.

The maker of software to automate companies’ technology operations beat analysts’ third-quarter profit forecasts.

eBay Inc., down $3.97 to $49.28.

The e-commerce company reported fewer active buyers than Wall Street expected during the third quarter.

Pinterest Inc., up $13.26 to $62.51.

The online community reported a rise in active users and beat analysts’ third-quarter profit forecasts.

Marvell Technology Group Ltd., down $1.32 to $38.21.

The chipmaker is buying semiconductor equipment maker Inphi and will reorganize its business in the U.S.


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Pinterest, Snap and Microsoft’s Reports Point to a Online Advertising Rebound

Like Snap (SNAP) and to an extent Microsoft’s (MSFT) recent reports, Pinterest’s (PINS)  Q3 report suggests online ad spend has been rebounding in a big way lately.

For the second time in three months, Pinterest has blasted off post-earnings after trouncing revenue estimates, issuing strong guidance and beating user growth expectations.

Revenue of $442.6 million blew past a FactSet consensus of $383 million, with annual growth soaring to 58% from Q2’s 4%. And in spite of a much tougher annual comp, Pinterest guided for revenue growth to accelerate slightly to 60% in Q4 (the consensus was at just 35%).

Monthly active users (MAUs) rose 6% sequentially and 37% annually to 442 million. U.S. MAUs rose 13% annually to 98 million and international MAUs rose 46% to 343 million.

Pinterest’s revenue growth inflected sharply in Q3. Source: Pinterest.

These numbers arrive eight days after Snap delivered a big Q3 beat of

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