Ever since Facebook introduced video advertisements in 2014, it has been miscalculating view times and thereby misleading advertisers about the performance of their videos. Until recently, the network only paid attention to views lasting longer than 3 seconds
Governments around the world have requested more user data from Twitter this year than at any point in the past. The company's latest transparency report, which comes out twice a year, reveals the US made 2,520 requests covering 8,009 accounts between January and June 2016.
Viewing the 2016 US presidential debates without a cable subscription will be easy as long as you have a Facebook account. ABC News and Facebook have announced a lot of 2016 election-related content will be available on the social network, including the debates themselves.
Facebook Live has not been available on desktops since its launch earlier this year, but it has now begun rolling out to some people in response to requests from users. According to the network, it is introducing the ability for "people to broadcast live" from desktops.
Instagram Stories has received an update that brings "muting" and auto-saving to the feature. You can now save all of the photos you share by activating the "save shared photos" option, which is accessible in Story mode's settings area. Individual photos cannot be saved.
Filtering out certain content in the comments section of your Instagram posts is now possible for all users. Some high-profile accounts received the ability to hide certain comments earlier this year and now everyone has a "hide inappropriate comments" option.
In case you really don't want to miss a livestream from someone you're following on Twitter, you can now receive alerts from the app when one begins. On mobile devices, you can turn on the feature by tapping the new notification icon on a user's page.
After receiving a huge amount of backlash from upset users, Facebook restored a post from a Norwegian journalist that included the iconic "napalm girl" photo from the Vietnam War. Once the initial post was removed, Norway's prime minister entered the situation.
Twitter isn't significantly increasing its tweet character limit like had once been reported, but it is going to exempt most attachments from the limit, thereby effectively increasing the character limit. On September 19, attachments like images, polls, and videos will be exempt.
There are many kinds of nudity, some that most would consider acceptable on social media and some that most people wouldn't. An image that reliably falls into the former group has been removed by Facebook and many users aren't happy with that decision.
A few additions to Twitter's direct message feature have made that part of the social network more like a full-fledged messaging app. The large DM-centric update includes read receipts, typing indicators, and web link previews, among some other things.
Instagram's Photo Map, which lets you browse the world and see thumbnails of photos connected to various locations, is on its way out. The company has confirmed Photo Map is already disabled for some users and it will soon be disabled for every user.
A select group of Twitter users have received a new way to monetize their content. Twitter has introduced the option to add a pre-roll ad to videos, allowing them to become a source of revenue akin to videos on YouTube. This feature is first headed to US users.
Facebook's Safety Check feature will be activated more often in the future when the network gives users control over it. The feature, which helps users connect with friends during emergencies, will no longer be exclusively controlled on Facebook's side.
Facebook's trending tab came under fire months ago due to allegations of anti-conservative bias and now it seems to be in even worse shape. The network recently got rid of the humans in charge of editing the section, leaving the algorithm to find and surface content.
Twitter has made it easier for people to contact you privately by releasing an embeddable message button that is hooked up to Twitter's direct message function. With the button, individuals visiting your site can easily message you without looking for your profile on the network.
Facebook is trying out new auto-play videos in the News Feed that include sound, a change few people have asked for. A small number of users have reported encountering videos that automatically play with the sound enabled unless you disable them or silence your phone.
Facebook's Instagram app has been installed more than a billion times on Android, according to the Google Play Store. This is the fourth Facebook app to reach that milestone following Facebook, WhatsApp, and Messenger. Few apps have reached that point.
Facebook has debuted a social media platform that's only available for people under the age of 21.The app, called Lifestage, is based around letting people answer questions with short video responses, which are then placed in a feed. Lifestage turns your profile into videos.
Hundreds of thousands of accounts were removed from Twitter for featuring extremist or terrorist content over the past six months. According to the network, it has removed 235,000 accounts since February. It previously removed 125,000 accounts between mid-2015 and February.