Facebook has confirmed it is testing a feature that turns comment threads into Messenger-like group chats. For those who are seeing the test, a chat will pop up when someone comments on your post. You'll also receive a notification if someone replies to your comment or tags you.
To make itself a "welcoming and safe place for everyone," Instagram will let users disable commenting on any of their posts. If you're concerned about the sort of statements people may post in response to your pictures, this feature may be pretty helpful.
Current 4G LTE technology is present on almost every phone, including the most affordable ones. The next step is to implement 5G technology, which is expected to launch in a year or two. Actually, Verizon and AT&T are aiming to launch 5G networks sometime next year.
Facebook has rolled out a survey to ask users how misleading they believe certain article titles are. This survey comes as the network is facing criticism for the widespread availability of fake news on the site. Users are asked whether a title is misleading or not.
Facebook, Twitter, Google, and others still aren't adequately addressing the problem of online hate speech, claims the European Commission. Those companies need to more effectively deal with hate speech soon. If they don't, new legislation may be enacted.
Moments creation on Twitter has expanded beyond the web and is now reaching mobile devices. Regular users have been able to construct Moments since earlier this year. The feature lets users create stories featuring tweets and photos from the network.
Individual tweets within conversations on Twitter are now being ranked on mobile devices. Based on a few factors, individual replies will appear higher or lower. This same setup has been on the web for a while. You can expand a tweet to see the full conversation as usual.
Sneakily screenshotting a temporary direct message in Instagram will no longer be possible. The social network now alerts users if one of their messages has been captured. Alerts are only provided for time-limited messages, which were recently added to the app.
A version of the Locky ransomware has been found spreading on social networks, namely Facebook and LinkedIn. Due to vulnerabilities in those sites, an infected picture file can be sent to a user, downloaded by the browser, and deployed when it's opened.
Russia contributed in a significant way to the spread of fake online news regarding the US presidential election, reports The Washington Post. Researchers claim they have found evidence of Russia-linked bots, troll farms, social media accounts, and news sites.
Developers who are using Twitter's Gnip and API tools for surveillance purposes aren't going to be tolerated, says Twitter. Those tools provide real-time access to the tweets of hundreds of millions of users, opening up the possibility for governments to monitor user activity.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was temporarily suspended from the service on Tuesday. He was entirely unavailable on the network for a few hours and he returned with an explanation, blaming the suspension on an "internal mistake." He didn't fully explain the mistake.
Facebook seems willing to comply with government censorship if it means entering the Chinese market. As such, it has reportedly built a censorship tool that can hide certain kinds of content depending on a user's geographic region. Work on the tool increased in 2015.
Using the data associated with Pages, Facebook's app is receiving a WiFi finder feature. The social network has been promoting the availability of free WiFi and trying to get businesses to offer it. You can search your area to find free and public WiFi.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg continues to face criticism from those who believe fake news on the social network is causing real-world issues. Over the past couple weeks, he has responded to the issue multiple times. His latest response explains what Facebook is working on.
The Alt-Right's rise during the past couple years has partly come from its significant presence on social media, including Facebook and Twitter. Those networks have faced criticism from some groups due to Alt-Right personalities not being suspended for allegedly racist content.
In what appears to be a violation of Twitter's policies, the FBI has been using the network's Dataminr tool to monitor criminals and terrorist groups in real-time. Dataminr provides constant access to the site's posts, but it cannot be used for surveillance purposes.
In its continued fight against abusive behavior, Twitter has introduced more muting and reporting features. Muting, which is currently limited to specific people, will now be possible for keywords, phrases, emojis, and hashtags. Users can therefore filter out almost anything.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has downplayed the real world impact of fake news on the network, but the company's employees believe it's a more important issue. Buzzfeed reports "more than dozens" of employees have formed a "task force" that'll recommend changes.
Facebook has updated the News Feed multiple times in the past couple years with the goal of combating fake/clickbait news. Much of the network's filtering system relies on user reports, but machine learning does play a significant role, reports TechCrunch.