Virtual reality will be a big part of Facebook's future, says CEO Mark Zuckerberg. While talking about the company's latest earnings report, Zuckerberg was asked about how the Oculus Rift will be used. He responded by saying social applications will be on devices like the Rift.
As Facebook continues pushing users to use their real names on the social network, there is one country where it cannot have a real name policy: Germany. The data protection authority in Hamburg has ruled Germans cannot be forced to use their real names.
Twitter's user base is growing, albeit very slowly, and the social network is now up to 316 million users. That user count is up 15% compared to the same quarter last year and Twitter reported 308 million users in the previous quarter. 80% of Twitter's monthly users are mobile.
Interactive notifications have been turned on for Twitter on iOS. A small update for the app has enabled those notifications. Users can now favorite tweets that show up while they are in another app and the interactive notifications also let users reply to tweets.
Since the Twitter for Windows 8 application was released in March 2013, few updates have been provided for it. Rather than update the Windows 8 app, Twitter's Windows 10 app will come with a big design update. Twitter is expected to release its new app shortly.
An appeals court in New York has ruled Facebook is not able to challenge search warrants on behalf of users. Facebook challenged 381 search warrants submitted by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. in 2013 and it has been fighting the case since then.
Twitter updated its web design on Monday and removed wallpapers from timelines and homepages. This change has angered many Twitter users since they are only seeing an all-white background instead of custom backgrounds across the network. Backgrounds are now entirely white.
The new CEO of Reddit, Steve Huffman, proposed a new set of guidelines for the website on Thursday. In those guidelines, Huffman explains the site will completely ban any form of harassment and further restrict NSFW content. Huffman says there's too much harassment.
Some Americans are abandoning traditional news sources in favor of social media like Twitter and Facebook. Pew Research Center conducted a survey of 2,000 adults and found 63% of Americans are now using Twitter or Facebook to get their daily news. That's up from 50% in 2013.
Facebook is reportedly building a digital assistant that will be powered by humans. The assistant is called Moneypenny, according to The Information, and it shares very little with other digital assistants like Siri and Cortana. Moneypenny will connect users with real helpers.
Facebook has introduced a feature that lets users adjust their News Feed so that it displays posts from the most important people first. New adjustments can be made in the News Feed Preferences area--this feature only works on iOS right now. Users can prioritize accounts.
Facebook has partnered with Kaspersky to fight malware on the social network. Kaspersky is one of a number of companies helping Facebook rid the network of malicious content. Facebook has already been working with ESET, Trend Micro, and F-Secure for the past year.
It is no longer necessary to have a Facebook account when using Facebook Messenger. The social network has dropped that requirement, opening up Facebook Messenger to a wider array of potential users. Facebook has removed the requirement in the US, Canada, and Venezuela.
A big update has rolled out for Instagram on iOS that includes changes to the app's Explore tab. Users will now be given a real-time look at trending events and pictures from the nearby area. Instagram is trying to showcase trending topics with the latest version of its app.
Facebook has developed an algorithm that can recognize people without even seeing their face. The AI lab at the social network created an algorithm that can figure out who someone is just by looking at clothing, pose, hair style, and body type, among other things.
Ello will probably never catch on as a real alternative to Facebook but the ad-free social network has made its way to iOS with the goal of staying alive. The network arrived last year and became popular in the summer of 2014. The new iOS app connects with a phone's contacts.
Twitter has begun testing some new pages that would be used just for products and businesses. The social network announced two new types of pages, one of which shares some elements with Pinterest. Collections are Pinterest-like pages that are used by brands.
Videos on Twitter will now automatically begin playing as people scroll through their timeline. By default, videos hosted on Twitter will play automatically, removing the multiple steps previously required to get a video to play. Video autoplay is first coming to iOS and the web.
Facebook personalizes news feeds for all of its users and one way it'll now do so is by monitoring how long users look at different types of content. The social network is currently changing its algorithms to account for how long a user is stuck on one piece of content.
Twitter is going to test experimental features beyond Android. The social network will begin testing new features with iOS users if people opt-in to be part of the service's experimental program. A report in TechCrunch revealed the existence of beta testing on iOS.