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Following the revelation that Facebook allowed advertisers to target people based on hateful ideologies (i.e. targeting people self-identified as "Jew hater"), COO Sheryl Sandberg has come out to explain the mistake. Sanberg said there's no place for hate on the network.
Facebook's role in the Russian government's effort to boost Donald Trump's chance of winning the 2016 US presidential election continues to grow. According to reporting in The Daily Beast, Russia used the social network to organize rallies supporting Trump.
After facing criticism from those who felt it had enabled the spread of terror-related messaging, Twitter implemented new anti-terrorism policies. With those policies, the social network has suspended 935,897 accounts since 2015. It shared new figures in a Transparency Report.
Facebook already gives users ways to reduce how much content they see from certain friends, but apparently those options aren't sufficient. The social network is trying out a "snooze" capability that lets people temporarily mute a friend. It's an alternative to unfollowing.
Facebook Messenger grew to 1.2 billion monthly active users in April 2017 and it has already added another 100 million, the social network announced Thursday. With the addition of features like filters and video chat reactions, Facebook has been working to expand Messenger.
Rumors that Disney and Salesforce were pursuing an acquisition of Twitter last year may have been accurate. When those acquisition rumors were in the air, CEO Jack Dorsey unexpectedly pulled out of an in-person appearance with Martin Sorrell, an advertising CEO.
Spain's data protection agency, Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD), has fined Facebook $1.4 million. The social network was found to have collected personal data on multiple occasions without adequately informing users. It didn't explain how data would be used.
Facebook is trying out a feature that'll automatically download videos over WiFi, making them immediately accessible whenever you feel like watching. The feature, known as Instant Videos, will also reduce your data usage. It's being tested with some Android users.
Twitter is trying out a feature that'll make it easier to post tweetstorms, which effectively give people a way to skirt around the social network's 140-character limit. A user on Twitter, Devesh Logendran, sent screenshots of the feature in the Android app to TheNextWeb.
Twitter has officially rolled out its highly requested Night Mode display option on desktop. When it's enabled, the theme becomes dark, something many people prefer all the time or at least in the evening. Night Mode has already existed on mobile devices.
Facebook is offering the music industry millions of dollars in return for letting users on the social network include copyrighted songs in homemade videos. Bloomberg reports the company has offered publishers hundreds of millions of dollars to retain music rights.
Facebook is spending a lot to stream sports content and it nearly spent $610 million to acquire the rights to stream five years of cricket matches from The Indian Premiere League (IPL). But 21st Century Fox's $2.5 billion bid was far more substantial than Facebook's.
A bug in Instagram was used by a hacker to access the emails and phone numbers of some "high-profile" accounts, says the social network. Passwords weren't compromised as part of the breach. Instagram says the bug responsible for this breach was in its API.
Instagram has improved its photo album feature, letting users post albums with landscape and portrait shots. The feature has been available since February, but it's been restricted to the square photo format that dominated the earlier days of Instagram.
Facebook Pages caught regularly sharing fake news will be prevented from growing their audience through ads on the social network. It is already using multiple techniques to figure out when stories should be considered fake. Those that fit that description can't be promoted.
360-degree photos can now be captured in Facebook's mobile applications. The new feature is immediately rolling out around the globe. This ability gives people an easy way to capture 360-degree content without needing a standalone camera for spherical content.
Safety Check is now a permanently accessible feature on Facebook, with the ability located in its own section. It's no longer going to exclusively appear when there is a serious incident somewhere in the world. Instead, people can access Safety Check whenever they like.
Facebook continues improving and expanding its social network. By the end of 2016, Facebook launched a feature called Marketplace that allows people to sell and buy things. At first, the Marketplace was only available in a handful of countries, including the US, Australia, Canada
Facebook has finally launched the Watch tab, a new section of the social network built around original content. It's only available in the United States right now and it has initially reached a subset of users across platforms. The Watch tab will feature original videos.
After finally bringing a night mode option to Twitter for iOS in August 2016, the social network has begun testing the same design on desktop. Many people prefer dark designs, especially by the evening when it can become more comfortable to limit a site or app's brightness.