Facebook has begun trying out a GIF button for comments and it'll function similarly to the equivalent feature found in Messenger. Users will begin gaining access to the feature next week, enabling them to post animated images from Giphy and other providers.
Anything deemed "sensitive" on Instagram will be blurred from here on out and you'll have to manually reveal each photo or video you want to view. Instagram provided some details about what content will be considered "sensitive." It'll utilize user reports.
Some investors are calling for Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to step down due to minimal growth and the recent revelation that tens of millions of accounts are bots. A study found at least 48 million accounts on the site aren't real people. That's about 15% of the user base.
Offline functionality may be added to parts of Instagram in the coming months. Based on the agenda for Facebook's F8 event, one of the sessions at F8 deals with "building offline experiences for Instagram." The app is "testing offline experiences" already.
Twitter has significantly increased its suspensions of pro-terrorism accounts over the past year. A new transparency report from the social network reveals terrorism-related suspensions tripled during the second half of 2016. It suspended 376,000 accounts during that period.
Facebook's News Feed has received a seasonal greeting message for the first time. The social network added an animation to celebrate the first day of spring/fall. If you're in the northern hemisphere, you may see a message with birds. The animations are only on mobile.
Numerous Twitter accounts, including those belonging to high-profile and verified users, have been hacked as part of a pro-Erdogan campaign. Possibly thousands of accounts saw their profiles covered with Nazi swastikas and the hashtags #Nazialmanya and #Nazihollanda.
Companies like Facebook and Twitter could face a fine as large as €50 million in Germany if they fail to remove hate speech in 24 hours. The country's Justice Ministry has introduced a draft law that outlines the fine. The fine would appear when there's not a quick response.
A large portion of the accounts on Twitter aren't from humans, according to a study from the University of Southern California and Indiana University. The study has found an estimated 4.8 million accounts are bots and the problem of bots is one many users will be familiar with.
Twitter is trying out a feature that warns users when they encounter an account that has "potentially sensitive content." If you visit a profile that's been marked as potentially problematic, this warning appears: "Caution: This profile may include sensitive content."
Facebook has come out with its first app dedicated to virtual reality. The new Facebook 360 app is initially available for the Gear VR and it can be downloaded from the Oculus Store. It provides access to 360-degree photo and video content from the network.
A social network operated by Microsoft that few people ever heard of is closing down next week. Socl will no longer be available come March 15. It launched over four years ago and never gained much traction. Socl was available on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.
Continuing to add features that are found in Snapchat, Instagram has introduced geostickers to its Stories feature. Snapchat added the same location-based stickers to its platform in August 2016. For the launch on Stories, geostickers can be used in NYC and Jakarta.
The BBC is investigating the existence of child abuse photos on Facebook and the network's tools for finding and removing them. Its stance on the matter, based on what it has seen so far, is that Facebook's current manner of operation is insufficient.
Continuing its conquest against fake news, Facebook has rolled out its "disputed news" tag. That label will appear on any content that's known to be largely or entirely false, potentially making it harder for fake stores to gain traction on the network.
Facebook is said to be working on original shows and it'll reportedly promote that content using a new and improved video tab on the network. The Wall Street Journal says the company is working on deals for episodic TV-like shows. The content will be available across platforms.
Facebook is expanding its suicide prevention tools to include the use of artificial intelligence so the network can find potentially suicidal people who are livestreaming. Reporting options are available in case someone is concerned about a streamer.
Twitter continues to introduce more anti-abuse measures, with the latest option letting users filter out mentions from accounts that lack a profile photo, known as "eggs." It's also possible to filter out content from accounts that lack verified phone numbers or email addresses.
Facebook is updating its algorithm so that posts are ranked differently based on the kind of responses they receive. The new News Feed algorithm prioritizes reactions over likes since they're a better indicator that someone is truly interested in a certain kind of content.
Facebook is adding more ad breaks to live and on-demand videos. The new mid-roll ads have been tested with select partners for a little while and now they're launching more widely. As an incentive to use the platform, Facebook is giving publishers a 55% cut of revenue.