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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.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed during an earnings call that 400 million people are now using Messenger daily for audio and video calls. That figure is up from 300 million in September 2016. The introduction of multi-screen group video chats in December likely helped.
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.
Twitter has been signalling its commitment to addressing abuse on the network for many months and it's about to roll out "long overdue" fixes that'll address some of the network's perceived problems. Ed Ho, VP of engineering, says there are tweaks to the mute and block functions.
A few changes have been made to Facebook's Trending Topics section. With the latest update, the section now displays the same topics to all users in a regional manner and each topic comes with a publisher headline. Facebook has also improved its system for finding topics.
Blizzard's Heroes of the Dorm tournament is leaving ESPN and will be streamed exclusively through Facebook Live. The eSports event for Heroes of the Storm features college teams from the United States and Canada. Those teams compete in order to potentially win free tuition.
LinkedIn has released a significant update for its website, turning the site into something more akin to Facebook. Included in the update are new messaging features, an updated search function, a new feed, and other design changes meant to simplify the service.
Facebook's messaging interface on the web has received a makeover that puts the feature in-line with Messenger. Users have reported the replacement for Facebook's traditional inbox design in the US, Europe, and New Zealand. The Messenger icon is now being used.
Mark Zuckerberg is a high-profile individual, but he keeps his personal Facebook profile open for everyone to see, despite the trouble that may bring. According to Bloomberg, Zuckerberg is able to keep his profile open because there's a team dedicated to moderating content.
Google+ may seem all but dead to many people, but Google isn't giving up on it. In another attempt to make the platform interesting, new features have been unveiled. Google is also fully disabling the network's classic user interface later this month.
Vine will close tomorrow, but some of its features are living on. You can still record short videos with the Vine Camera app and Twitter has just implemented automatic looping for clips under 6.5 seconds. Short looping videos will therefore be quite common on the site.
Facebook's period of heavily promoting live video may be coming to an end. The social network is "de-emphasizing" live video, reports Recode, and that means it'll no longer pay publishers to use the feature. Some publishers reportedly didn't even find the payments were worth it.
It's no longer going to be as obvious if a Facebook post has been edited when you're browsing your feed. The social network has stopped displaying an "edited" label next to the timestamp of posts. You must click the drop-down menu in the corner to see if something has changed.
Instagram has found a new place to include ads. The Facebook-owned social network is testing ads that'll display between Stories, which also means they're skippable. Users will begin seeing the ads in the coming weeks, according to Instagram. The ads are under 15 seconds.
Facebook is going to begin leveraging its large collection of videos by adding mid-roll ads to the platform. Publishers will be given the option of placing ads in their videos that'll appear after at least 20 seconds have been played. 55% of revenue will go to publishers.
Facebook's guidelines pertaining to nudity have been a point of debate in the recent past. The social network was criticized for removing a post featuring the historic "napalm girl" photo from the Vietnam War and now it isn't happy with an image of a nude Neptune statue.
To more completely understand its users, Facebook purchases data about them. It's been doing this for years, but a recent ProPublica report highlights the practice. Facebook pays for information from six data partners in the US, including Experian and TransUnion.
Tweet editing could be on the way, but the social network needs to figure out how it should be implemented. To close out the year, CEO Jack Dorsey polled users on what features they want to see added in 2017. Editable tweets was a common and well received request.
Facebook is working on a YouTube-like tool that'll enable the social network to quickly find copyright infringing videos. Similar to YouTube, Facebook plans to use the tool to automatically identify content that's technically illegal, thereby pleasing copyright holders.