Twitter was notably absent from the Trump administration's tech summit earlier today and it reportedly didn't make an appearance due to an emoji dispute. Politico says Trump wanted there to be an emoji version of the #CrookedHillary hashtag, but Twitter wasn't on-board.
Twitter now includes a built-in livestreaming feature that removes the need to switch over to Periscope, a broadcasting app owned by the company. In the updated version of the network's app, a "live" option is found in the regular composition screen.
When you come across something impressive or fascinating on Instagram, it'll now be possible to save the content for later viewing in your own collection. The social network has added a bookmark feature that works for photos and videos posted by other users.
Live video streaming in Instagram is rolling out to everyone in the United States. The feature differs from what exists on other social networks in that the videos cannot be saved. Once a broadcast is over, the stream disappears and a VOD doesn't exist for sharing or posting.
Facebook says it is aware of a glitch that is causing old posts and photos to suddenly appear at the top of a user's News Feed. The problem has been reported by many users since earlier this weekend and it appears to be a common glitch. Facebook is now working on a fix.
An inaccuracy in Facebook Live's metrics has been fixed by the social network. The company confirmed a few months ago that metrics throughout the site weren't representative of reality and now it's addressing some problems with its live streaming service.
Twitter has fully eliminated Media Sonar's access to the social network's data due to its violation of a policy against data collection for surveillance. Media Sonar sold its tool to US law enforcement who used it to monitor protests, often those led by African Americans.
Facebook has confirmed it is testing a feature that turns comment threads into Messenger-like group chats. For those who are seeing the test, a chat will pop up when someone comments on your post. You'll also receive a notification if someone replies to your comment or tags you.
To make itself a "welcoming and safe place for everyone," Instagram will let users disable commenting on any of their posts. If you're concerned about the sort of statements people may post in response to your pictures, this feature may be pretty helpful.
Current 4G LTE technology is present on almost every phone, including the most affordable ones. The next step is to implement 5G technology, which is expected to launch in a year or two. Actually, Verizon and AT&T are aiming to launch 5G networks sometime next year.
Facebook has rolled out a survey to ask users how misleading they believe certain article titles are. This survey comes as the network is facing criticism for the widespread availability of fake news on the site. Users are asked whether a title is misleading or not.
Facebook, Twitter, Google, and others still aren't adequately addressing the problem of online hate speech, claims the European Commission. Those companies need to more effectively deal with hate speech soon. If they don't, new legislation may be enacted.
Moments creation on Twitter has expanded beyond the web and is now reaching mobile devices. Regular users have been able to construct Moments since earlier this year. The feature lets users create stories featuring tweets and photos from the network.
Individual tweets within conversations on Twitter are now being ranked on mobile devices. Based on a few factors, individual replies will appear higher or lower. This same setup has been on the web for a while. You can expand a tweet to see the full conversation as usual.
Sneakily screenshotting a temporary direct message in Instagram will no longer be possible. The social network now alerts users if one of their messages has been captured. Alerts are only provided for time-limited messages, which were recently added to the app.
A version of the Locky ransomware has been found spreading on social networks, namely Facebook and LinkedIn. Due to vulnerabilities in those sites, an infected picture file can be sent to a user, downloaded by the browser, and deployed when it's opened.
Russia contributed in a significant way to the spread of fake online news regarding the US presidential election, reports The Washington Post. Researchers claim they have found evidence of Russia-linked bots, troll farms, social media accounts, and news sites.
Developers who are using Twitter's Gnip and API tools for surveillance purposes aren't going to be tolerated, says Twitter. Those tools provide real-time access to the tweets of hundreds of millions of users, opening up the possibility for governments to monitor user activity.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was temporarily suspended from the service on Tuesday. He was entirely unavailable on the network for a few hours and he returned with an explanation, blaming the suspension on an "internal mistake." He didn't fully explain the mistake.
Facebook seems willing to comply with government censorship if it means entering the Chinese market. As such, it has reportedly built a censorship tool that can hide certain kinds of content depending on a user's geographic region. Work on the tool increased in 2015.