Facebook has been ordered to stop tracking non-users by a French data protection authority. The social network must stop tracking people who have not given their consent within three months. If Facebook doesn't change its data collection practices, there will be fines.
Twitter has formed a safety council that'll help the company combat abuse on the network. It's new Trust and Safety Council has the goal of making Twitter a platform where "anyone, anywhere can express themselves safely and confidently." Dozens of people are on the council.
You are likely connected to every single person on Facebook, the largest social network in the world, by less than four people. Facebook has released a blog post claiming there are 3.57 degrees of separation, on average, between any two users of the network.
Twitter is trying out a dedicated GIF button that lets you pick from a set of already made images in order to add animation to your post. A number of users have said they see the GIF button, but the feature is not available to everyone yet. Twitter has not commented on it.
Support for multiple accounts is rolling out to some users on Android and iOS. It was previously found in a beta on Android, but it went away in an update. For heavy users of the network, the feature makes it much easier to stay on top of more than one account.
As long as Facebook does not get entirely replaced by a new social network-type site, CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes it will have 5 billion users by 2030. While making that prediction, Zuckerberg said Facebook would have "5 billion of the world's 7 billion humans connected."
Mobile and desktop users, even if they do not have a Twitter account, will now see some tweets on the network. Both non-users and logged out users will see content on the site, whereas Twitter had only been showing those visitors a basic login screen.
Facebook is updating the news feed algorithm so that more engaging content is shown. The network says it has begun considering two additional signals when ranking content. Those include the probability of you wanting to see a post and the probability you'll engage with it.
Facebook will upgrade its like function in a few weeks to include "reactions," which are emojis that let people express different responses to a post. The social network says the feature will roll out worldwide shortly and it will let people respond with things like "sad."
If you're a heavy user of Twitter with a relatively large following, the social network may no longer show any ads in your timeline. Twitter is currently experimenting with removing ads for top users in order to boost engagement. It has been reducing ads for users for months.
Sports fans now have a dedicated hub for game chat inside Facebook. The social network's newly introduced Sports Stadium serves as a go-to spot for major sporting events. Four tabs are found in the hub and they include content about the game as well as posts from friends.
A lawsuit has been filed against Twitter that claims the social network effectively provided support for ISIS by allowing the terrorist group to spread propaganda. The suit comes from Tamara Fields, wife of Lloyd Fields Jr., who was killed in an ISIS attack in November.
Twitter has reportedly developed a system that will help brands on the platform use positive tweets to their advantage. With the new "brand enthusiast gallery," which Digiday has reported on, Twitter will let brands showcase positive posts from regular users in their ads.
Verified Facebook users can now use an Android version of the Mentions app. Mentions is a somewhat exclusive app that lets people share content like livestreams, photos, and status updates with followers. The app helps public figures direct their content specifically at fans.
Some of Twitter's content rules have been adjusted so that the network can better deal with forms of abuse on its platform. The latest rule changes are meant to more directly combat extremist content, such as what we've seen from ISIS and other groups.
Facebook is testing a new way to organize a user's news feed on mobile devices. The social network may roll out multiple feeds that are based on interests/topics and the feature already exists for some users. Along with the primary news feed, ones for Travel and Style exist.
Germany is working with popular web companies to remove hate speech from the internet as soon as possible. With its agreement with Facebook, Twitter, and Google, hate speech will now be removed within 24 hours of it being reported. Hate speech is considered dangerous.
Twitter's curated Moments feeds are now available in the United Kingdom, which is the first European market to receive the feature. Moments arrived in the US two months ago and it is available on Android, iOS, and the web. A team at the network curates the feeds.
The Department of Homeland Security doesn't currently check the social media profiles of US visa applicants, but that may change. A spokesperson for the agency has said the DHS is "actively considering additional ways" to look into an applicant's past.
Facebook has begun testing real-time comments on status updates. With this test, users can see when one of their friends is in the process of responding to a post. This feature was first seen in November and now more people are reporting they've seen it in operation.