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Facebook expands its privacy review alerts to users globally

Facebook expands its privacy review alerts to users globally

Facebook is expanding its data privacy spring cleaning initiative beyond the European Union (EU) to the rest of the world. Last month, the social network first started asking users in the EU to review
Twitter is locking out those who change their birth dates, users say

Twitter is locking out those who change their birth dates, users say

Some Twitter users say that the service is erroneously reporting them as being too young to use the social network, and that it is taking them days to get their accounts unlocked. Since last week,
Facebook adds polls to Messenger Stories

Facebook adds polls to Messenger Stories

As a sign of its continued investment in Stories, Messenger today announced the introduction of polls in Stories. Both Instagram and Facebook Stories already give users the option to add a poll to
Facebook edged out of top 3 social networks by U.S. teens

Facebook edged out of top 3 social networks by U.S. teens

Facebook is losing ground among U.S. teenagers ages 13-17. According to a Pew Research Report released today, Snapchat, Instagram, and YouTube are now more popular than Facebook, a social network with
Facebook bug set 14 million users’ privacy setting for status updates to public

Facebook bug set 14 million users’ privacy setting for status updates to public

Facebook today revealed that a bug last month set some users’ suggested privacy settings for posts to public. The company estimates that 14 million users were affected, and is notifying users of the
Instagram launches IGTV, a standalone app for longform video

Instagram launches IGTV, a standalone app for longform video

Facebook today announced the launch of IGTV, a standalone video app for Instagram users. IGTV content will also be available in the Instagram app. IGTV videos will be able to go beyond the 60-second
Facebook expands its Messenger Kids app beyond the U.S. to Canada and Peru

Facebook expands its Messenger Kids app beyond the U.S. to Canada and Peru

Facebook is expanding its controversial Messenger Kids app beyond the U.S. and into Canada and Peru, the company announced today. Messenger Kids will now also be made available in Spanish and French
ProBeat: Instagram’s 1 billion users make Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition look brilliant

ProBeat: Instagram’s 1 billion users make Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition look brilliant

Instagram this week launched IGTV, a standalone video app for Instagram users. So Facebook is still pushing to compete with YouTube; that’s cool. But I was more interested in the other news announced
Facebook users can now see all the active ads run by a Page

Facebook users can now see all the active ads run by a Page

Facebook today released a new tool that will allow users to see what advertisements a Page is running — whether or not all of those advertisements are targeted at that particular user. It’s the latest
How Facebook and Twitter’s new ad transparency tools fall short

How Facebook and Twitter’s new ad transparency tools fall short

ANALYSIS: Users can now see more information than ever before about how advertisers are using some of the largest social media platforms, thanks to ad transparency tools released earlier this week by
Tinder’s looping profile videos launch globally

Tinder’s looping profile videos launch globally

Tinder is today rolling out a new feature that enables users to add a two-second looping video to their profiles. The dating app first announced the feature back in April, though it was initially
Is building a Facebook alternative worth the effort? MeWe thinks so

Is building a Facebook alternative worth the effort? MeWe thinks so

Facebook’s dominance in the social networking sphere is unparalleled. It claims 2.2 billion monthly active users for its flagship app, while Facebook-owned WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram claim at
Instagram adds Q&A feature to Stories

Instagram adds Q&A feature to Stories

Instagram is encouraging people to use Stories to talk to their friends with the introduction of a new question and answer feature. Called the questions sticker, it will be available as part of
Twitter starts removing locked accounts from your follower count

Twitter starts removing locked accounts from your follower count

Starting this week, some Twitter users may see a drop in their number of followers as the company continues efforts to limit the reach and visibility of suspicious accounts. Twitter announced today
VentureBeat is looking for a social media contractor

VentureBeat is looking for a social media contractor

We’re looking for a social media contractor with experience in the news industry to help expand VentureBeat’s brand through social media. VB’s mission is to be the authoritative source on the most
Facebook sets up subsidiary in China for innovation hub

Facebook sets up subsidiary in China for innovation hub

(Reuters) — Facebook has set up a subsidiary in China and plans to create an “innovation hub” to support local start-ups and developers, the social media company said on Tuesday, ramping up its
ProBeat: Facebook and Twitter are right to prioritize fixing their platforms over satisfying Wall Street

ProBeat: Facebook and Twitter are right to prioritize fixing their platforms over satisfying Wall Street

OPINION: Facebook and Twitter experienced double-digit stock declines this week after reporting earnings that Wall Street didn’t like. Here’s a headline that summarizes what’s happening with both
Twitter is partnering with academics to curb hate speech, polarized discourse

Twitter is partnering with academics to curb hate speech, polarized discourse

Twitter is providing support to two groups of academics looking to study the prevalence of some of the social platform's most problematic content -- as well as how Twitter can make people more open to
Facebook and Instagram add activity trackers to help you limit your time on social media

Facebook and Instagram add activity trackers to help you limit your time on social media

Instagram and Facebook are encouraging users to think more carefully about how much time they’re spending on their apps with the launch of new activity-tracking tools. Today, Facebook announced that
Facebook launches AR games for Messenger group video chat

Facebook launches AR games for Messenger group video chat

Facebook today announced the introduction of augmented reality games in group video chat with up to six people at once. AR games are available today and begin with two games: Don’t Smile, a