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.
Families affected by the deaths of five Americans in Israel at the hands of Palestinian terrorists are suing Facebook for providing "material support" to Hamas. The lawsuit, which is worth $1 billion, has been filed even though there are protections for companies like Facebook.
GIF files as large as 15 MB can now be attached to posts on Twitter, allowing users to upload higher-quality animated images. Twitter had previously limited GIFs to 5 MB, a limit that still exists for regular photos. A few users came across the change, thereby notifying users.
Just a few days after going live, PostGhost has been hit with a cease-and-desist from Twitter, forcing the service to shut down. Twitter told PostGhost it was violating the site's Developer Agreement and Policy by archiving deleted tweets from a large set of users.
Twitter is already going to stream 10 Thursday Night Football games during the upcoming season and it recently covered Wimbledon, but the social network wants to stream a lot more. Recode reports the company is speaking with the NBA and Major League Soccer (MLS).
Having a strong password is usually a good way to prevent an account takeover, but if you're a big target like Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, someone may still get into your account. Dorsey's account on the network was briefly taken over on July 9 by OurMine.
Graphic videos like the one documenting the aftermath of Philando Castile's shooting will be allowed on Facebook, the social network has confirmed. Even though Facebook has strict content guidelines, it will allow violent videos to be posted/streamed if they "raise awareness."
To help people in low-coverage areas and reduce data usage associated with the network, Facebook will test downloadable videos in India. Users who receive the feature can sync videos while on WiFi and save them in the application for viewing at a later time.
Kaspersky Lab has released a report on malware that's spreading through Facebook which managed to infect 10,000 users in two days. The malware is spread through dangerous messages from friends. All of the messages tell the user they've been mentioned in a comment.
China banned Twitter in 2009, but as with other sites blocked by the country's firewall, the ban hasn't prevented people from using the network. While some estimates have placed Twitter's Chinese user base as high as 30+ million, according to a source in the company.
A couple features that'll allow businesses to benefit more from using Twitter are being trialed. One of the features displays when an account is most responsive, much like how Facebook says whether or not a page is "responsive" to messages from users.
The Israeli government, specifically Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, attacked Facebook over the weekend by claiming it has effectively helped criminals who want to hurt Israel. Erdan says Facebook "sabotaged" police efforts by not turning over information.
Facebook just loves to experiment with its News Feed setup. If we are correct, this is the fifth time this year that the company is changing its News Feed algorithm. Thanks to the latest algorithm tweak, posts from your close friends and family will now surface first.
To increase the sharing of photos and videos, Facebook has introduced a feature that makes it easy to turn your existing content into a "slideshow" video. Called Slideshow, the feature creates a video from your photos and videos. Videos can be customized with themes and music.
Twitter will roll out searchable stickers that can be applied to photo uploads in the coming weeks. With the stickers, which include everything from hats to masks to vehicles, you can change the look of your photos. You can search the stickers like hashtags.
The best way to deal with extremist videos on a platform is to keep them from ever going live, which is exactly what Facebook, YouTube, and others are now doing. Reuters reports the sites are using digital fingerprints to pick up on extremist material.