Facebook has taken out full-page newspaper ads in the UK to warn people about fake news and to tell them how they can spot illegitimate stories. It purchased ad spots in major newspapers, including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, and The Times. Users are told to be skeptical.
Twitter is partnering with Bloomberg to create a 24/7 news streaming service. It'll build upon Twitter's existing interest in livestreams, which led to 800 hours of live premium video being viewed by 45 million people during Q1 2017. The service should arrive in the fall.
Young adults and teenagers fitting the profile of "depressed" and "insecure" could be targeted by Facebook's system, reports The Australian. Those targeting options were revealed by a 23-page leaked document, triggering an investigation by the company.
Twitter has actually managed to report a good quarterly performance. The company says it added 9 million monthly active users during Q1, beating expectations by 7 million. Much of the growth came from the US, where Twitter saw the addition of 3 million people.
Facebook-owned Instagram now has more than 700 million monthly active users, up from the 600 million in reported in December. It experienced faster growth in the past five months than during any other time in its history. It's added 200 million people since last June.
Twitter is increasing its livestreamed content to include a broadcast at all hours of the day. While speaking with Buzzfeed News, Twitter COO Anthony Noto says the company plans to stream sports, news, and entertainment via its apps and on desktop 24/7.
Facebook is testing a related articles feature that'll show up beneath linked stories in your news feed. It builds upon an existing feature that shows related articles after you've read a story and it's also likely meant to combat fake and biased news.
Facebook and Facebook Live continue to be a go-to location for criminals to broadcast heinous activities. The latest incident involves a Thai man who hanged his infant daughter. He streamed the crime on Facebook before hanging himself. He didn't show his suicide.
Microsoft's business-centric social network LinkedIn now has more than 500 million users. The company announced its milestone in a blog post, revealing it has gained around 33 million people since late 2016. Microsoft acquired the network late last year.
A video showing a murder in Cleveland remained available on Facebook for hours, leading to pointed questions for the social network. In response, Facebook has admitted it needs to do a better job when it comes to policing content and responding to reports.
A new feature in Instagram, Collections, lets users organize their saved pictures. Like with your regular individual saved photos, all of the collections are private. The feature is somewhat similar to how items can be organized in Pinterest. Post saves were added in December.
Facebook is improving its internal tools to track down more fake accounts and fake likes. Over the past six months, the network has been fighting a like spamming operation, which it has finally shut down. That operation generated thousands of fake likes on various pages.
Facebook isn't properly handing terrorism and child abuse content, an investigation by The Times has revealed. A Times reporter established a fake profile and used it to flag legitimately problematic content, such as those showing beheadings or the sexualization of children.
Instagram Stories continues to rack up a ton of users. It has grown to over 200 million daily active users, surpassing the 100 million it had in October and the 150 million that were reported in January. Stories is a copycat of features found in Snapchat.
1.2 billion people are using Facebook Messenger every month, up from the 1 billion Facebook reported in July 2016. Considering 200 million users in total would be a significant user base for most apps, that kind of growth over an 8-month period indicates Messenger is doing well.
If you have a question pertaining to Twitter's platform, a new support bot may be able to help. The social network is testing a bot on its @support account that'll soon answer basic user questions through direct messages. Twitter is still just testing the feature.
Some Twitter users have noticed that tweets opposing United Airlines' controversial removal of a passenger have occasionally disappeared from feeds without explanation. In certain cases, the tweets didn't even directly mention the passenger removal incident.
Different message types are no longer going to be separated in Instagram Direct, the social network service's direct messaging section. With an update to the app, Instagram has combined permanent and ephemeral messages. This should improve some conversations.
A new mobile version of Twitter has been announced that'll use less data and work better on 3G/2G networks. Twitter Lite isn't a new app, but rather a lighter version of the network's mobile site. With its Data Saver mode, the site should be more accessible to more people.
Facebook has announced new tools that'll hopefully reduce the spread of revenge porn on the network. These tools are meant to make Facebook a safer part of the internet, according to Antigone Davis, Facebook's head of global safety. Facebook will use photo-matching technology.