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Vine's successor Byte is now out on the Play Store

Vine's successor Byte is now out on the Play Store

Vine was the internet phenomenon that proved that short, easily digestible video clips could be tremendously popular and spark creativity. However, the rigid six-second format had soon been adopted
George Soros Says Facebook Is Conspiring to Re-Elect Trump

George Soros Says Facebook Is Conspiring to Re-Elect Trump

Billionaire George Soros said that nothing is keeping Facebook Inc. from spreading disinformation and the company may be in cahoots with President Donald Trump to get him re-elected.
Twitter DMs now have emoji reactions

Twitter DMs now have emoji reactions

Twitter is pouring a little more fuel on the messaging fire. It has added a heart+ button to its direct messaging interface, which lets users shortcut to a pop-up menu of seven emoji reactions so they
Marc Benioff Wants to Change the World, But Not as a Politician

Marc Benioff Wants to Change the World, But Not as a Politician

Salesforce.com Inc. co-founder Marc Benioff has become a reliable critic of capitalism, skewering an ethos of profit at all cost. While that has sparked speculation he may consider public office, the

PGA Tour highlight videos are coming to Facebook Watch

You won't have to venture far beyond your Facebook feed to get a pro golf fix this year. The social network has reached a deal with the PGA Tour to bring daily round recaps and player-oriented

Facebook says glitch led to rude translation of Chinese leader's name

Facebook is learning first-hand about the limitations of modern translation technology. The social media firm has apologized after people discovered that that translating Chinese President Xi

Instagram removes the IGTV button you weren't using

Instagram's IGTV was supposed to usher in a new era for video in the social network, but that's not quite how it panned out. And now, the company is tempering its expectations. A Facebook spokesperson

Mark Zuckerberg’s Plan to Merge All Facebook Apps Draws 4th Antitrust Probe

Facebook is already under three separate antitrust investigations by federal regulators.

Instagram offers access to DMs on the web

Instagram on the web has long played second fiddle to the mobile apps (look at how long it took to get notifications), but that gap is about to narrow considerably. The social network is rolling out

Instagram removes posts backing slain Iranian leader to obey US sanctions

Instagram appears to be caught in the crossfire of international politics. Facebook has confirmed to CNN that it pulled posts and accounts supporting slain Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in order
Facebook won’t ban political ads, prefers to keep screwing democracy

Facebook won’t ban political ads, prefers to keep screwing democracy

It’s 2020 — a key election year in the U.S. — and Facebook is doubling down on its policy of letting people pay it to fuck around with democracy. Despite trenchant criticism — including from U.S.
Facebook to Give Users the Option to See Fewer Political Ads

Facebook to Give Users the Option to See Fewer Political Ads

Facebook Inc. said it will soon give users the option to see fewer political and social issue advertisements in their feeds, but the company held firm on its controversial stance against fact-checking

Facebook is still running anti-vaccination ads despite ban

Facebook ostensibly frowns on anti-vaccination ads, but it's apparently letting some promos slide. BuzzFeed News has learned that alternative medicine company Earthley is running Facebook and

Twitter will give you control over who can reply to tweets

Twitter has yet another way to reduce harassment in your mentions: prevent ne'er-do-wells from replying in the first place. It's developing a feature that lets you determine who's allowed to

Facebook exec says the company should stay the course for elections

In a newly leaked memo published by the New York Times, one of Mark Zuckerberg's closest confidants at Facebook argues the company has a "moral" duty to not tip the scales against President Donald

Twitter offers more support to researchers — to ‘keep us accountable’

Twitter has kicked off the New Year by taking the wraps off a new hub for academic researchers to more easily access information and support around its APIs — saying the move is in response to

India ruling party accused of tricking Twitter users into backing a law

India's governing Bhratiya Janata Party has been accused of using Twitter to artificially drum up support for a law. Multiple observers have noticed that thousands of Twitter users, many of them

Nearly the whole US military has banned TikTok

When the Army, Marines and Navy all put the kibosh on TikTok, you knew it was just a matter of time before other US military branches followed suit -- and sure enough, they have. The Air Force and

TikTok report says China didn't request user info in the first half of 2019

In its first-ever transparency report, TikTok claims it didn't receive any user information requests from the Chinese government in the first half of 2019. Instead, the majority of both legal and

US Army is the latest military branch to ban TikTok

The Navy isn't the only American military branch clamping down on TikTok. The Army has banned the use of TikTok on government-issued phones, with Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Robin Ochoa telling