Facebook has partnered with Kaspersky to fight malware on the social network. Kaspersky is one of a number of companies helping Facebook rid the network of malicious content. Facebook has already been working with ESET, Trend Micro, and F-Secure for the past year.
It is no longer necessary to have a Facebook account when using Facebook Messenger. The social network has dropped that requirement, opening up Facebook Messenger to a wider array of potential users. Facebook has removed the requirement in the US, Canada, and Venezuela.
A big update has rolled out for Instagram on iOS that includes changes to the app's Explore tab. Users will now be given a real-time look at trending events and pictures from the nearby area. Instagram is trying to showcase trending topics with the latest version of its app.
Facebook has developed an algorithm that can recognize people without even seeing their face. The AI lab at the social network created an algorithm that can figure out who someone is just by looking at clothing, pose, hair style, and body type, among other things.
Ello will probably never catch on as a real alternative to Facebook but the ad-free social network has made its way to iOS with the goal of staying alive. The network arrived last year and became popular in the summer of 2014. The new iOS app connects with a phone's contacts.
Twitter has begun testing some new pages that would be used just for products and businesses. The social network announced two new types of pages, one of which shares some elements with Pinterest. Collections are Pinterest-like pages that are used by brands.
Videos on Twitter will now automatically begin playing as people scroll through their timeline. By default, videos hosted on Twitter will play automatically, removing the multiple steps previously required to get a video to play. Video autoplay is first coming to iOS and the web.
Facebook personalizes news feeds for all of its users and one way it'll now do so is by monitoring how long users look at different types of content. The social network is currently changing its algorithms to account for how long a user is stuck on one piece of content.
Twitter is going to test experimental features beyond Android. The social network will begin testing new features with iOS users if people opt-in to be part of the service's experimental program. A report in TechCrunch revealed the existence of beta testing on iOS.
It'll soon be easier to have full conversations on Twitter as long as you are willing to have those conversations in private. The social network is keeping its character limit on tweets but removing its limit on direct messages. This change goes into effect next month.
Instagram is coming out with a new version of its website that will feature larger photos. The picture-based social network has changed its web view on desktop and mobile by increasing the size of photos and cleaning up the interface. Everyone will see the design this week.
Facebook has a new app, Facebook Lite, that's targeted at emerging markets with sub-par infrastructure. The app is a stripped-down version of Facebook and it uses less bandwidth, allowing people in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Europe to access the network.
There is a growing set of people who want Facebook to stop requiring real names on the network. Drag queens, victims of abuse, and other groups have all complained about the real name policy. As many as 100 protesters recently gathered at Facebook's headquarters.
OpenPGP keys can now be listed by users to make secure communication easier. There is an encrypted messaging feature that's been released by Facebook alongside the ability to list keys. Facebook is quick to note that this is only an "experimental" feature.
GIFs are now being supported on the world's most popular social network, Facebook. The network is rolling out support for GIFs in the News Feed. Users can place a GIF on the site by copying its URL and sharing it just like they would any other link. You cannot upload GIFs.
Money transfers are now available in Facebook Messenger in New York City (NYC) and there are some new features included. The money transfers first became available a few months ago and were available in a few cities. Payments are initiated when a user taps on a dollar symbol.
President Obama recently gained a new presence on Twitter in the form of @POTUS. In doing so, Obama broke a worldwide record on the social network by reaching 1 million followers faster than anyone else. It took 5 hours for the president to reach that amount of followers.
Twitter's updated search results interface has expanded to become available for all web users. Logged-in users will see more filter options and a cleaner design when searching the network. Some users have had access to the interface since 2014. Many filters are available.
Games could be the next addition to Facebook Messenger, according to a report in The Information. Facebook has confirmed it is talking with developers about games for Messenger that would be available inside of its app store. Games for Messenger could be months away.
After six years of being president of the United States, Barack Obama now has a presidential Twitter account. The president has communicated with the country through @WhiteHouse and a personal account for the past few years but now there is @POTUS for the president.