This Week in Apps: Whistleblowing drama, Instagram’s teen safety features, Twitter adds podcasts

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Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy.

Global app spending reached $65 billion in the first half of 2022, up only slightly from the $64.4 billion during the same period in 2021

hypergrowth fueled by the pandemic has decreased. But overall, the app economy is continuing to grow

having produced a record number of downloads and consumer spending across both the iOS and Google Play stores combined in 2021

according to the latest year-end reports. Global spending across iOS and Google Play last year was $133 billion, and consumers downloaded 143.6 billion apps.