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Instagram live stream feature has been very popular and the social network giant is aware of that and wants to keep the ball rolling with new features. Now, the live stream allows users to add a friend in split-screen mode while broadcasting. The rest of the features, including
Another Facebook app is being shutdown due to the social network giant's plans to bring all of the things into the core application. The Facebook Groups app will be discontinued next month, on September 1, which allows you to create and manage Facebook groups through the app.
Facebook will begin considering site load times when ranking domains in the News Feed, the social network has announced. It's going to roll out an update in the coming months that'll specifically boost the ranking of fast-loading pages. Those will show up higher for mobile users.
Twitter's user engagement figures aren't headed in the right direction. During the second quarter, the social network saw a decline in the number of monthly active users in the US. Revenue also fell by 5% compared to the previous quarter and the active user metric was stagnant.
Facebook's "television" offering is reportedly going to arrive in August. Bloomberg reports we're just two weeks away from the social network offering 5 to 10-minute shows from a variety of partners. It has asked for content creators to send in the first episodes of their shows.
Twitter has long delivered updates about other people's activity through push notifications and now it's bringing the same kind of updates to the Notifications section on the web and mobile. The social network will let you know when people are posting about a topic, for example.
Facebook is said to be working on a smart speaker with a display that'll compete against Amazon's Echo Show, a fairly recent Alexa-based device. DigiTimes says the social network's Building 8 research group is working on a device with a 15-inch touchscreen panel.
360-degree live videos on Facebook can now be broadcast in 4K. This week, the social network added support for higher quality streams, which can be viewed on the web or through the Facebook 360 app for Gear VR. YouTube added this same kind of support late in 2016.
Facebook has updated the way link previews are treated on the social network in order to reduce the spread of fake and misleading content. Until now, pages could alter a link's apparent headline, text, and image, thereby significantly changing what people see in their News Feed.
Facebook is rolling out its Explore Feed to a larger number of users. You can find the feed by clicking on the rocket icon in the social network's app. With the Explore section, which was previously in a beta, users can come across new posts and content.
Facebook is fighting a gag order that's currently preventing it from notifying users about search warrants pertaining to their information. Court filings reveal the social network received warrants for three account records during a 3-month period. They were accompanied by gags.
Livestreamed coverage of Wimbledon and Comic-Con will be featured on Twitter, says Variety. The social network is going to showcase the opening preview night of the San Diego Comic-Con later this month. Its coverage of Wimbledon will begin on July 3.
A couple features have appeared on Instagram that utilize machine learning technology to make the social network seem like a "safe place." In a blog post, CEO Kevin Systrom revealed how Instagram will minimize the impact of bad comments on regular posts and live video.
Facebook has reached a new significant milestone: 2 billion monthly users. That achievement was announced by CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post on his Facebook page. The social network has been near the milestone for months and now it's finally reached 2 billion after 13 years.
Facebook has a large war chest to pull from in its original content push and it's not going to refrain from using it. The Wall Street Journal reports the company plans to spend up to $3 million per episode for some of its original series. It's speaking with players in Hollywood.
Instagram's default feed algorithm often fails to surface posts from friends, which is why the social network is testing a new feature that'll let users see content from specific users. The new "favorites" feature lets posters create a list of users to send their posts to.
The largest redesign in Twitter's history has reached the social network's iOS app and some features are immediately rolling out across platforms. There are now 4, not 5, navigation tabs: Home, Search, Notifications, and Direct Messages. And web links will open in Safari.
Instagram is trying out a new feature that makes it easy for celebrities and influencers on the platform to reveal sponsored content. The tool is a simple label that reads "paid partnership with..." and it's an alternative to posting other disclosures.
Archiving has fully launched on Instagram and is now available for all users. The Archive feature lets users easily hide pictures without actually deleting them. They can restore their content whenever they want to. Instagram began trying out the feature last month.
A couple new versions of "Stories" have been added to Instagram, building upon the network's highly successful post format. On Tuesday, the company introduced location Stories and hashtag Stories. With the former, you can search for any location and find local Stories.