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.
Instagram still isn't letting people upload pictures from a desktop computer, but an update to its Windows 10 app has introduced support for sending photo and video DMs. You can access the feature by launching the app and clicking the camera button in the top left.
Twitter could soon be home to live paid television content, turning the social network's app into a streaming TV service. According to The Telegraph, Twitter is working to sign deals with broadcasters like ESPN. Users will need to have active network subscriptions.
A "rocket ship" button has recently appeared in Facebook's app for some users and it brings people to an alternative news feed. The second feed is filled with recommended content Facebook thinks you may find interesting. It's meant for highlighting content from new sources.
Direct messages with businesses on Twitter can now use location sharing. The social network has added the ability for brands to request and share location data. An example of this feature in action is having a wireless subscriber send their phone's location to a carrier.
Twitter "eggs" have become a thing of the past. The social network has finally replaced its default egg profile pictures with a human-shaped icon. People have been presented with an egg for their default photo ever since 2010. Egg accounts are strongly associated with trolls.
Facebook has become an alternative to GoFundMe, with the network now offering a personal fundraising feature. Users can raise money from others on the site in order to cover things like medical bills and tuition. The feature has a few available categories.
Twitter had adjusted its character limit again so that replies can be longer. Usernames in replies are no longer going to count against the limit, thereby increasing the amount of unique text that's allowed. The network has been testing the updated system for months.
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.