Networking News

Twitter Tests A GIF Button

Twitter is trying out a dedicated GIF button that lets you pick from a set of already made images in order to add animation to your post. A number of users have said they see the GIF button, but the feature is not available to everyone yet. Twitter has not commented on it.

Facebook Adding 'Reactions' In A Few Weeks

Facebook will upgrade its like function in a few weeks to include "reactions," which are emojis that let people express different responses to a post. The social network says the feature will roll out worldwide shortly and it will let people respond with things like "sad."

Twitter Tests Removing Ads For Popular Users

If you're a heavy user of Twitter with a relatively large following, the social network may no longer show any ads in your timeline. Twitter is currently experimenting with removing ads for top users in order to boost engagement. It has been reducing ads for users for months.

Lawsuit Claims Twitter Helped ISIS Grow

A lawsuit has been filed against Twitter that claims the social network effectively provided support for ISIS by allowing the terrorist group to spread propaganda. The suit comes from Tamara Fields, wife of Lloyd Fields Jr., who was killed in an ISIS attack in November.

Facebook Mentions Released On Android

Verified Facebook users can now use an Android version of the Mentions app. Mentions is a somewhat exclusive app that lets people share content like livestreams, photos, and status updates with followers. The app helps public figures direct their content specifically at fans.

Twitter Adjusts Rules To Deal With Abuse

Some of Twitter's content rules have been adjusted so that the network can better deal with forms of abuse on its platform. The latest rule changes are meant to more directly combat extremist content, such as what we've seen from ISIS and other groups.

Facebook Testing News Feeds Based On Interests

Facebook is testing a new way to organize a user's news feed on mobile devices. The social network may roll out multiple feeds that are based on interests/topics and the feature already exists for some users. Along with the primary news feed, ones for Travel and Style exist.

Facebook Tests Real-Time Status Comments

Facebook has begun testing real-time comments on status updates. With this test, users can see when one of their friends is in the process of responding to a post. This feature was first seen in November and now more people are reporting they've seen it in operation.