Vine will close tomorrow, but some of its features are living on. You can still record short videos with the Vine Camera app and Twitter has just implemented automatic looping for clips under 6.5 seconds. Short looping videos will therefore be quite common on the site.
Facebook's period of heavily promoting live video may be coming to an end. The social network is "de-emphasizing" live video, reports Recode, and that means it'll no longer pay publishers to use the feature. Some publishers reportedly didn't even find the payments were worth it.
Facebook's new tools intended to combat the spread of fake news will first roll out in Germany. The fake news identification tools were unveiled in late 2016 and have been tested in the US. Aine Kerr says the roll out will occur in the next few weeks.
It's no longer going to be as obvious if a Facebook post has been edited when you're browsing your feed. The social network has stopped displaying an "edited" label next to the timestamp of posts. You must click the drop-down menu in the corner to see if something has changed.
Twitter has announced another livestreaming partnership. This time it'll work with PBS to stream Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, which begins at 11 a.m. ET on January 20. Users will see the stream on all Twitter apps and at inauguration.twitter.com.
Content on Facebook is being censored in Thailand in accordance with what the government views as acceptable. The nation doesn't allow people to criticize the royal family. In cases where high-profile users have posted "controversial" content, their posts are being blocked.
Instagram has found a new place to include ads. The Facebook-owned social network is testing ads that'll display between Stories, which also means they're skippable. Users will begin seeing the ads in the coming weeks, according to Instagram. The ads are under 15 seconds.
4G infrastructure is now available in almost every country and companies have started pushing out the new 5G connectivity. While it will take a while before public gets 5G network, Intel has now announced its 5G modem at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 in Las Vegas.
Facebook's guidelines pertaining to nudity have been a point of debate in the recent past. The social network was criticized for removing a post featuring the historic "napalm girl" photo from the Vietnam War and now it isn't happy with an image of a nude Neptune statue.
To more completely understand its users, Facebook purchases data about them. It's been doing this for years, but a recent ProPublica report highlights the practice. Facebook pays for information from six data partners in the US, including Experian and TransUnion.
Tweet editing could be on the way, but the social network needs to figure out how it should be implemented. To close out the year, CEO Jack Dorsey polled users on what features they want to see added in 2017. Editable tweets was a common and well received request.
Twitter accounts managed by Sony were hacked by an unknown entity earlier this morning and proceeded to falsely tweet about Britney Spears' death. Since the posts came from verified accounts, some people temporarily believed the singer was indeed dead.
To more thoroughly monitor who is visiting the United States, the government has begun requesting social media information from those using the visa waiver program. Travelers are asked to provide their Facebook, Google+, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn usernames.
Government requests for Facebook account data were up 27% during the first half of the year, according to the network's Global Government Requests Report. The majority of the 59,229 requests were from the US. 56% of the time, a gag order was included.
In another move away from reverse chronological listings, Twitter will pull up search results by relevance. It hopes to improve the search function by showing potentially more relevant information rather than just listing every tweet with a matching keyword.
Facebook is going to put more shareable moments at the top of user news feeds. The messages encourage users to post about the topic. Facebook's current moment is for the holidays, but future ones will cover other cultural moments, similar to Google's Doodles.
Facebook is expanding its livestreaming feature with audio-only streams, which have been introduced with content from the BBC and others. The other initial partners for the feature include Harper Collins, LBC radio, and authors Adam Grant and Brit Bennett.
Recording videos for Instagram Stories no longer requires holding down the camera button. An update for that part of the app allows you to record by tapping the button a single time, which is bound to be more convenient in many use cases. Stickers are also included.
Twitter users who rely on the social network as a source of news may soon gain another way to learn about the day's biggest stories. A breaking news alert feature is in testing and is being trialed with users. Many people were exposed to the alerts for the first time yesterday.
Text status updates on Facebook can now come with color backgrounds. The social network added support for a number of background colors, though it only allows them to be used on text posts. You cannot apply the colors when links, images, or videos are involved.