Continuing to add features that are found in Snapchat, Instagram has introduced geostickers to its Stories feature. Snapchat added the same location-based stickers to its platform in August 2016. For the launch on Stories, geostickers can be used in NYC and Jakarta.
The BBC is investigating the existence of child abuse photos on Facebook and the network's tools for finding and removing them. Its stance on the matter, based on what it has seen so far, is that Facebook's current manner of operation is insufficient.
Continuing its conquest against fake news, Facebook has rolled out its "disputed news" tag. That label will appear on any content that's known to be largely or entirely false, potentially making it harder for fake stores to gain traction on the network.
Facebook is said to be working on original shows and it'll reportedly promote that content using a new and improved video tab on the network. The Wall Street Journal says the company is working on deals for episodic TV-like shows. The content will be available across platforms.
Facebook is expanding its suicide prevention tools to include the use of artificial intelligence so the network can find potentially suicidal people who are livestreaming. Reporting options are available in case someone is concerned about a streamer.
Twitter continues to introduce more anti-abuse measures, with the latest option letting users filter out mentions from accounts that lack a profile photo, known as "eggs." It's also possible to filter out content from accounts that lack verified phone numbers or email addresses.
Facebook is updating its algorithm so that posts are ranked differently based on the kind of responses they receive. The new News Feed algorithm prioritizes reactions over likes since they're a better indicator that someone is truly interested in a certain kind of content.
Facebook is adding more ad breaks to live and on-demand videos. The new mid-roll ads have been tested with select partners for a little while and now they're launching more widely. As an incentive to use the platform, Facebook is giving publishers a 55% cut of revenue.
A simple tool has been added to Facebook that lets users add their country's flag to their profile photo. The social network introduced support for photo frames in December 2016 and now it has added around 200 flags to the frame maker, which is found on the web and mobile.
Instagram has taken a step beyond letting people post single photos and videos. The image-centric social network now comes with support for albums, enabling users to attach up to 10 photos and videos to a single post. The feature appeared in the beta earlier this month.
Twitter is adding custom profiles for customer support providers so that users don't feel as though they're speaking to bots when interacting with businesses. With the feature, users can see a customer support employee's profile when direct messaging a company.
Abusive accounts that Twitter doesn't deem worthy of complete suspensions are now being hit with temporary restrictions. When an account is restricted, their reach on the platform significantly declines. Restricted users won't have their tweets shown to non-followers.
Almost every device now has a wireless chip inside, but not every supports the latest standard. To improve performance of current chips, and lower the cost, Qualcomm has unveiled a new pair of chips that support the latest 802.11ax standard, called IPQ8074 and QCA6290.
AT&T is on track to close its $85 billion merger with Time Warner by the end of the year, says CEO Randall Stephenson. He noted that the Department of Justice's "one-track review" is "at pace" to finish in time. AT&T will gain HBO, CNN, and Warner Bros.
Facebook has admitted serious mistakes with its metrics, so it has committed to an audit by the Media Rating Council to "verify the accuracy of the information we deliver to our partners." The network has revealed issues with metrics for things like advertising and reach.
Over 200 million people are using Facebook Lite each month. Lite is a version of the network's mobile app intended for people with limited data connections. It works better than the regular mobile app in low-bandwidth situations, making it a good option in 2G regions.
Twitter has outlined three changes it's implementing to deal with abuse and harassment on the platform. First, it wants to make bans more effective by doing what it can to prevent people from making new accounts. It'll try to identify people who've been permanently suspended.
A version of the BBC's Planet Earth II is headed to Snapchat. Six mini-episodes from the documentary series will premiere on the network beginning February 17, a day before the series' BBC America launch. The episodes are exclusive to users in the US.
The ability to post multiple photos at the same time could be coming to Instagram. That feature, if introduced for everyone, would bring a major change to the social network. Reports have appeared of the feature being tested on Android in some areas.
Facebook's user base continues to expand and is headed towards 2 billion. The company's latest financial report revealed $8.8 billion in revenue for the last quarter. Over 1.23 billion people are using the social network daily, with 1.15 billion accessing from mobile daily.