Social Media
Social Media

Twitter pulls flashing Vine ads following claims they could cause seizures

Twitter bowed to pressure from a U.K. epilepsy charity recently after it was accused of posting "massively dangerous" ads that had the potential to cause seizures. The flashing, looping Vine ads were removed by the social media company…
Social Media

Justin Bieber’s gratuitous photo shows Instagram’s ‘no nudity’ policy is broken

How much bare skin can one show before it violates Instagram's strict "no nudity" policy? Justin Bieber was able to get away with a full backside photo, so why didn't the social network enforce its rules?
Web

SRI International wants machines to deal with cyberbullying so you don’t have to

SRI International, which first came to prominence for developing Siri, is now working on computer algorithms that can identify cyberbullying as it happens, and put a much quicker end to it
Mobile

Bangalore’s police force wants people to use Periscope to record crimes

Bangalore's police force wants to embrace Periscope by initially live-broadcasting its press conferences. Ultimately, however, it wants citizens to use the app to record crimes, with one goal to seemingly cut down response times.
Social Media

Twitter’s integration with Madbits flags NSFW content to keep you from getting fired

Twitter's acquisition of artificial intelligence company Madbits is recognizing and flagging pornography to make your Twitter feed safer for work, and the implications for artificial intelligence are boudnless.
Social Media

WhatsApp for Web now lets you do a whole lot more

WhatsApp has shown some love to the Web version of its messaging software, rolling out a bunch of new features in an unannounced update that comes six months after it launched the desktop client.
Social Media

Snapchat’s #WestBankLive story feature shows the real power of social media

July 9's Live Story feature on Twitter covered the West Bank, offering the world a rare glimpse into part of the world that is too often wracked with violence and covered only by camera crews of media outlets with their own stories to tell.
Mobile

Facebook loosens grip – allows users to customize news feeds … within reason 0:44

New controls allow Facebook users to customize the composition of their news feeds. Set to debut on iOS first, they signal a reversal for the social network, which has historically favored behavioral algorithms to recommend…
Movies & TV

Whipclip lets you share TV and music video clips legally and easily

Whipclip lets TV watchers share segments of their favorite shows with friends. The app has secured licensing from networks like Comedy Central, ABC, CBS, Fox, Universal Music Group, and Sony Music.
Social Media

Facebook finally features a woman in front in its friends icon

On Tuesday, Caitlin Winner, a design manager at Facebook, wrote a Medium post about how she changed the friends icon to prominently feature a woman, and perhaps more importantly, why she did it.
Social Media

New Cameo feature lets you take over Meerkat live streams

In an effort to move from "broadcasting to" toward "broadcasting with," Meerkat introduced a new feature, called Cameo, that gives users the ability to take over a live video stream for up to 60 seconds.
Cool Tech

Facebook’s upcoming Texas data center will be powered almost entirely by wind

Facebook's newest data center in Fort Worth, Texas will run on 100% renewable energy, including 200-MW of wind energy, as well as solar power as part of Facebook's dedication to energy efficiency.