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Twitter is close to turning a quarterly profit for the first time in the social network's history. Its latest financial information reveals the company had net losses of only $21 million during Q3 and Twitter believes a profit could be obtained in the fourth quarter.
Facebook is starting to play nice with 4K video content. The social network has confirmed it's now testing support for 4K uploads and playback based around the 2160p UHD-1 Ultra-High-Definition Television standard. Given how long 4K has been available elsewhere, this is welcome.
Pages on Facebook experienced a massive drop in traffic due to the social network testing a change to its News Feed in six countries. The change led to all Page posts being removed from the core News Feed and relegated to the minimally visited Explore Feed.
You can now add guests to your live video streams on Instagram. The social network has updated the livestreaming side of its service to make the platform a more useful place for streaming. Instagram began testing guest additions with some users in August.
Twitter has laid out a timeline for its plan to reduce abuse, harassment, and bad behavior on the platform. CEO Jack Dorsey recently said the social network understands more needs to be done and now it's explaining how changes will be implemented in the coming months.
Like the temporary profile pics Facebook already offers, the social network is trying out a temporary status feature. The self-destructing status updates have appeared over the past few days, with some users gaining access to the ability. Facebook confirmed the test.
Auto-play video ads are going to become more common in your Twitter feed. All advertisers can now utilize the social network's Video Website Cards, which Twitter found was a fairly successful format in beta tests. This format generates a higher clickthrough rate.
To enhance its ability to fight against politicized abuses of its platform, Facebook is trying to hire people in the US who have national security clearance. By bringing in employees who have access to knowledge about potential threats, it could fight questionable content.
Facebook is trying out a resume feature that could help it become a slightly more business-centric social network and therefore a competitor to LinkedIn. Screenshots of the feature are available now that it has rolled out to some users. Resumes are separate from profiles.
Twitter is working on a bookmarking feature that'll let people save tweets for later viewing, the social network has announced. Because the capability is still in development, Twitter is requesting feedback and ideas from users, which can be submitted with "SaveforLater."
Advertisements that are targeting users based on their race or political affiliation will be manually reviewed by a team at Facebook, the social network has revealed. This will help the company prevent problematic ads from going live, which will reduce the chance of abuses.
Facebook is hiring 1,000 people to improve its policing of ads, the social network has announced. It's also going to "invest more" in machine learning capabilities that'll automate the ad flagging process. Human reviewers are needed to catch certain policy violations.
The less data-intensive version of Facebook Messenger is now available in some of the social network's largest markets: the US, Canada, the UK, and Ireland. With Facebook Messenger Lite, you can reduce your data usage while retaining access to the service's core functionality.
Facebook is launching tools in India that'll help the country's blood donor framework. It's coming out with software to match donors with the individuals and organizations in need of blood. These are the first tools of their kind from the social network.
Facebook has been threatened with a block in Russia if it doesn't comply with the country's local data storage rules. Alexander Zharov, head of the country's Roskomnadzor regulator, says the social network must store user data within the country or it'll be blocked.
We've heard about Twitter's interest in expanding its character limit for years and now it appears the social network is finally ready to move past 140-character tweets. Earlier this week, the network began testing a new 280-character limit with a small set of beta testers.
Instagram's user count has increased significantly in recent months. In just four months, the Facebook-owned social network has seen its user base increase by 100 million people, bringing it to 800 million. The platform is on a path to reach 1 billion users by the middle of 2018.
Your shopping in the real world could have a direct impact on the ads you see on Facebook. The social network has introduced new advertising tools, among which are ones allowing companies to target you if you've recently been to one of their retail locations.
To assist with the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russia's impact on the 2016 presidential election, Facebook will turn over ads linked to the country. Facebook confirmed earlier this month that Russia-linked groups purchased many ads on the social network.
Filters that can alter the appearance of your face are now available for use during livestreams on Instagram. The photo and video-centric social network is letting users add filters to their streams before they begin or during. You can add accessories to your appearance.