Abusive accounts that Twitter doesn't deem worthy of complete suspensions are now being hit with temporary restrictions. When an account is restricted, their reach on the platform significantly declines. Restricted users won't have their tweets shown to non-followers.
Almost every device now has a wireless chip inside, but not every supports the latest standard. To improve performance of current chips, and lower the cost, Qualcomm has unveiled a new pair of chips that support the latest 802.11ax standard, called IPQ8074 and QCA6290.
AT&T is on track to close its $85 billion merger with Time Warner by the end of the year, says CEO Randall Stephenson. He noted that the Department of Justice's "one-track review" is "at pace" to finish in time. AT&T will gain HBO, CNN, and Warner Bros.
Facebook has admitted serious mistakes with its metrics, so it has committed to an audit by the Media Rating Council to "verify the accuracy of the information we deliver to our partners." The network has revealed issues with metrics for things like advertising and reach.
Over 200 million people are using Facebook Lite each month. Lite is a version of the network's mobile app intended for people with limited data connections. It works better than the regular mobile app in low-bandwidth situations, making it a good option in 2G regions.
Twitter has outlined three changes it's implementing to deal with abuse and harassment on the platform. First, it wants to make bans more effective by doing what it can to prevent people from making new accounts. It'll try to identify people who've been permanently suspended.
A version of the BBC's Planet Earth II is headed to Snapchat. Six mini-episodes from the documentary series will premiere on the network beginning February 17, a day before the series' BBC America launch. The episodes are exclusive to users in the US.
The ability to post multiple photos at the same time could be coming to Instagram. That feature, if introduced for everyone, would bring a major change to the social network. Reports have appeared of the feature being tested on Android in some areas.
Facebook's user base continues to expand and is headed towards 2 billion. The company's latest financial report revealed $8.8 billion in revenue for the last quarter. Over 1.23 billion people are using the social network daily, with 1.15 billion accessing from mobile daily.
Facebook is updating its news feed algorithm with an emphasis on placing "authentic" content higher in the feed. It'll demote content that is deemed to be "misleading, sensational, or spammy." This means "fake news" as well as slightly less egregious content will be demoted.
Twitter has been signalling its commitment to addressing abuse on the network for many months and it's about to roll out "long overdue" fixes that'll address some of the network's perceived problems. Ed Ho, VP of engineering, says there are tweaks to the mute and block functions.
Twitter has revealed two data requests from the FBI that some believe could be unconstitutional and a major overreach from the agency. It received the national security letters (NSLs) in 2015 and 2016. They were delivered along with gag orders, preventing their disclosure.
Hacker group OurMine temporarily gained control of multiple CNN accounts on Facebook. It gained access to CNN's primary page, CNN International, and CNN Politics. The group proceeded to make its presence known by posting information about itself and linking to its site.
Officials with the US border patrol are using data from Facebook to figure out if green card holders can re-enter the US, claims immigration lawyer Mana Yegani. Following President Trump's executive order on immigration, agents have been extensively questioning people.
Longer videos are receiving a boost in their News Feed presence, though only if people actually watch them. Facebook says it decided the "percent competition" figure should mean more when a video is longer. Therefore, long videos that hold a user's attention will appear higher.
Facebook's Slideshow feature arrived on iOS in June 2016 and it's finally beginning to roll out on Android. It's only slowly beginning to arrive, so not everyone has access to it yet. When it's available, the feature shows up when making a new status post.
Twitter has updated its "explore" tab to help people discover more new content. That section of the app will now show you a collection of Moments, live video, and trending topics. It replaces the section previously dedicated to Moments, which no longer seems as important.
Instagram's Stories feature, which was in many ways borrowed from Snapchat, is now being added to Facebook. The feature lets users display short photo and video montages that'll disappear in 24 hours. Facebook is only testing Stories in Ireland at the moment.
A few changes have been made to Facebook's Trending Topics section. With the latest update, the section now displays the same topics to all users in a regional manner and each topic comes with a publisher headline. Facebook has also improved its system for finding topics.
Instagram's livestreaming option is rolling out to mobile devices around the world. The Live Stories feature first premiered in the US in November 2016, allowing users to begin a livestream in the "Stories" section of the app. Live Stories is found in version 10.0+ of the app.