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.
Facebook is tweaking its news feed algorithm once again and is this time making adjustments so that your feed is more "personally informative." The social network wants to fully implement an updated ranking system that's personalized to every user based on their interests/habits.
Instagram's new Stories feature, which lets users view collections of photos and videos, isn't officially available beyond mobile devices. Though, a new extension for Google Chrome brings the feature to your browser just as it'd appeared if Instagram released the functionality.
It's now possible to send a message to the White House and President Obama in the same way you message your friends on Facebook. The White House has launched a Facebook Messenger bot that can receive messages, allowing people to "speak" to the president.
Even though Twitter has served as a useful platform for ISIS, the network cannot be held responsible for what individual accounts publish, Judge William H. Orrick has ruled. The district judge's decision came down in response to a class-action lawsuit.
Some users on Instagram now have access to a "save draft" feature that lets you hold on to your image edits instead of losing them just by backing out of the app. More users have gained access to the feature in the recent past and it could be available for everyone soon.
Twitter is opening up Moments to influential users and brands, and it will soon be available for everyone. With Moments, you can gather tweets, videos, and images to create stories based around a particular topic. Those collections of posts appear in the Moments tab.
Clickbait headlines will be a part of the internet for the foreseeable future, but Facebook is doing what it can to limit people's exposure to them. In the coming weeks, the network will introduce an algorithm change that is biased against clickbait content.
Facebook and Twitter are creating new ad models with the goal of attracting high-profile YouTube stars, reports Bloomberg. The networks want YouTube creators to share their content directly on their respective sites. To get people on-board, Twitter may offer up to 70% of revenue.
Everyone on Twitter can now use stickers to alter their photos. Stickers were revealed last month and now they're rolling out for everyone. You can browse through a ton of emoji and other designs to find items you would like to place on your pictures.
Facebook is closing in on the 2 billion user mark. In the second quarter, the social network grew 15% to reach 1.71 billion monthly active users and it had $6.44 billion in revenue, a 59% year-on-year increase. Most of the revenue (84%) is coming from mobile users.
WikiLeaks has jumped on the #FreeMilo train to protest Twitter's allegedly biased banning of users like Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative journalist. In tweeting at Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, WikiLeaks made a number of complaints and then said it would build an alternative site.
Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative journalist, has been banned from Twitter, igniting significant criticism from other users. His time on Twitter certainly wasn't free of troll-ish behavior, but some are arguing his removal was motivated more by politics than by abusive behavior.
Attaining a blue checkmark on Twitter hasn't been easy, but now anyone can apply to become verified. Twitter has opened up applications to "all users," though only certain accounts will be approved and you must wait a month before re-applying if your request is denied.
Saving videos for offline viewing is now possible in the Facebook app on Android. The offline video feature has been in testing for months and while it was originally expected to only widely appear in areas with sub-par infrastructure, it has rolled out to all regions instead.
Twitter removed extremist posts after the Nice attack faster than in the past, a move that hasn't gone unnoticed. Groups operating in the anti-terrorism and anti-extremism space, like the Counter Extremism Project (CEP), say Twitter removed content within hours of the attack.