News tagged: Social Network
Facebook is constantly experimenting with new features and changes, but its latest change is a pretty bad one. According to various reports from users, Facebook has now made changes to its desktop web version and removed the ability to delete posts.
Sean Parker, the billionaire founding president of Facebook, is now echoing sentiments increasingly promoted in the IT ethics field. He believes the platform is basically damaging people by "exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology." It's always had a corrupt purpose.
Many respectable and even well-known people still haven't received a verification from Twitter, yet Jason Kessler did on Tuesday. Kessler's claim to fame is being the white supremacist who has helped organize racist rallies like the Unite the Right march in Charlottesville.
It's not just tweets that are getting longer on Twitter. The social network has updated its display name restriction, enabling people to use names as long as 50 characters, up from 20. This will help people add more emoji and it'll be useful for those who have longer names.
Facebook is beginning to test a system that'll prevent revenge porn from even being posted on the network, meaning content won't ever have to be reported after the fact. The catch is that potential victims must share their nude photos with the company ahead of time.
The content you post as a Story on Instagram no longer has to be from the past 24 hours. Instagram has updated that portion of the app to include support for older content. Stories now lets you browse all of your photos and videos, with the option of posting whatever you want.
A larger group of users on Instagram now has access to features that make disclosing paid content easier. The social network introduced a paid post tool in June. When used, a post will have a clearly visible tag stating it's part of a "paid partnership" with a given brand.
Facebook is shutting down an experiment that involved boosting certain comments critiquing a post for being fake news. The platform was trying to use naturally arising comments from regular users to reduce the spread of illegitimate stories, but it's opted to pursue other paths.
Twitter began introducing its new 280-character limit in September, with a select group of users joining a test of the new feature. Now the social network is rolling out the updated character limit to all of its users around the globe, meaning 280-character tweets are staying.
Twitter has apologized to users for a bug that led to an absence of results for terms like "bisexual." It says an error was discovered with its search system that led to photo and search results being blocked for affected terms. Posts were inaccurately treated as sensitive.
Twitter has updated its guidelines so that it's now easier for users to figure out what actions will lead to them being banned. A new version of the "Twitter Rules" went out on Friday. In it, the company fleshes out its abuse and suspension-related sections.
126 million Americans were exposed to content ultimately stemming from the Russian government during the 2016 US election period. Because of how significant that content's reach was, Facebook is facing calls from lawmakers and others to inform all affected users.
Russia's posts on Instagram had a reach of 20 million in the United States, Facebook's general counsel Colin Stretch revealed to Congress on Wednesday. Tech companies are testifying in front of a Senate committee about how Russia-linked groups used posts and ads.
Microsoft's Outlook.com email service can now pull in LinkedIn details automatically thanks to a new integration. Email users can easily view insights, profile pictures, work history, and more information while they remain in their inbox. Microsoft now owns LinkedIn.
The reach of Russia's misinformation campaign during the 2016 US election was substantial. Recode reports Facebook will tell a Senate committee that 126 million users in the US saw posts, stores, or other content from Russia-linked groups. It's only publicly shared the ad reach.
Earlier this month, Instagram added an option that allows users cross-post stories to Facebook as well as adding guests to live streams. Today, the social network has pushed out another new update that makes some changes/improvements to the Stories.
Facebook isn't discretely using your phone's microphone to pick up information that could assist with ad targeting, says the social network. This claim has been tossed around for years, though it's stemmed more from a general concern than any strong evidence of eavesdropping.
Twitter has updated its policy against revenge porn and other forms of non-consensual nudity to "better protect victims." The social network is growing its definition of non-consensual nudity and it's also implementing more significant penalties for sharing the content.
Just after we learned of Twitter's new transparency plan for advertisements, particularly political ads, Facebook has detailed a similar initiative. On Friday, the social network announced it would start requiring identity disclosures for all federal election ads in the US.
Twitter has admitted it accidentally inflated user growth figures for three years. In its quarterly earnings report, the company says it discovered it had been including Digits users in its monthly user figure. Digits was the social network's developer toolkit.