News tagged: Twitter
Twitter has signed livestreaming deals with ESL and DreamHack that'll see the network be home to 1,500 hours of live eSports content. The deals cover 15 events, such as ESL One and Intel Extreme Masters. ESL will also provide live original content for Twitter.
Twitter continues to introduce more anti-abuse measures, with the latest option letting users filter out mentions from accounts that lack a profile photo, known as "eggs." It's also possible to filter out content from accounts that lack verified phone numbers or email addresses.
Twitter is adding custom profiles for customer support providers so that users don't feel as though they're speaking to bots when interacting with businesses. With the feature, users can see a customer support employee's profile when direct messaging a company.
Abusive accounts that Twitter doesn't deem worthy of complete suspensions are now being hit with temporary restrictions. When an account is restricted, their reach on the platform significantly declines. Restricted users won't have their tweets shown to non-followers.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey isn't planning to change his leadership position at Twitter and Square. During a conference call about the network's fourth-quarter earnings, Dorsey said to investors that he will remain the chief executive of both tech companies.
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.
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.
Twitter has revealed two data requests from the FBI that some believe could be unconstitutional and a major overreach from the agency. It received the national security letters (NSLs) in 2015 and 2016. They were delivered along with gag orders, preventing their disclosure.
Twitter has updated its "explore" tab to help people discover more new content. That section of the app will now show you a collection of Moments, live video, and trending topics. It replaces the section previously dedicated to Moments, which no longer seems as important.
Vine officially closed its doors on January 17 as a part of restructuring effort of Twitter. The 6-second video platform continues to live as "Vine Camera" that lets you record videos in the classic Vine format. Twitter has also launched searchable online archive for Vine
Twitter has assisted mobile development through its Fabric platform for years, but it's made the decision to sell the platform to Google. Although Fabric will no longer be run by Twitter, the network is still going to utilize some of its services, like Crashlytics.
Twitter is moving away from eCommerce, an area it was only partially involved in. With the shift, the network is getting rid of its "buy" button and it'll end partnerships with retailers and other businesses. However, it appears the site will continue supporting donations.
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.
Twitter has announced another livestreaming partnership. This time it'll work with PBS to stream Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, which begins at 11 a.m. ET on January 20. Users will see the stream on all Twitter apps and at inauguration.twitter.com.
Vine has finally provided an exact shutdown date. The Twitter-owned app is closing on January 17 and the only thing that'll remain is "Vine Camera," which lets you record videos in the classic Vine format. You can use the app to capture 6-second videos that can be saved.
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.
Periscope, a livestreaming service operated by Twitter, now offers support for 360-degree videos. It has immediately rolled out to "select partners" and the first stream with the feature can be viewed here. An expansion to all users doesn't have a date.
Twitter accounts managed by Sony were hacked by an unknown entity earlier this morning and proceeded to falsely tweet about Britney Spears' death. Since the posts came from verified accounts, some people temporarily believed the singer was indeed dead.
To more thoroughly monitor who is visiting the United States, the government has begun requesting social media information from those using the visa waiver program. Travelers are asked to provide their Facebook, Google+, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn usernames.
Faulty metrics caused by Twitter's Android app have led to the social network offering refunds to advertisers. Video ad metrics were inflated up to 35%, which had an impact on payments from advertisers and the ability for companies to know how effective Twitter is.