Social Media
Social Media

Facebook’s latest news feed change prioritizes what’s going on nearby

Continuing Facebook's mission to clean up your news Feed, local news will now show up higher in the ranks than before. The change rolls out first in the U.S. and will soon also include expanded testing of another local feature.
Social Media

Twitter’s #BrandBowl puts Super Bowl ads in their own game

Fans that love the Super Bowl commercials just as much as the game could have a new place to look for creative advertising: Twitter's #BrandBowl. The contest will recognize the top ads in several categories.
Social Media

While prepping for new Privacy Center, Facebook shares how data is handled

Facebook privacy settings will get a makeover with a new Privacy Center later this year, but in the meantime, Facebook is working to educate users on privacy control options as part of Data Privacy Day.
Emerging Tech

Facebook is coming closer to humanizing its chatbots

Facebook is working on new ways to improve its AI's chat capabilities. Chief among the methods are efforts to make the bots more interesting by endowing them with rudimentary personalities.
Social Media

Scholarships for journalism students part of Facebook effort to curb fake news

Facebook has announced a new approach to its attempts to mediate its influence on the field of journalism by providing scholarships to students seeking to pursue a career in journalism or communications.
Social Media

Will Twitter be the next network to focus on camera integration?

Twitter takes a few more taps to access the camera than the apps for Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram -- but a leak suggests Twitter is working on changing that. Anonymous sources say the platform is working on making camera access faster.
Mobile

Baby got Beck: Grandmother’s Instagram inspires rock icon’s new music video

When a Japanese Instagrammer started posting photos of her granddaughter and the family's dogs, she had no idea it would one day lead to a meeting with an American indie rock legend -- and a starring role for her family in his music video.
Social Media

Grumpy Cat awarded $710K in lawsuit, but she still won’t crack a smile

Grumpy Cat, the miserable-looking feline that took the internet by storm a few years back, has just been awarded more than $700,000 in a copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit.
Mobile

CNN is closing its doors on Beme, YouTube star Casey Neistat’s video company

YouTube star Casey Neistat's video-sharing app Beme, is officially shutting down. After CNN purchased the company for $25 million dollars in November 2016, both Neistat and his Beme co-founder Matt Hackett are leaving. 
Social Media

Snapchat update abandons that white border on uploaded Stories photos

Didn't shoot that photo inside of Snapchat? Snapchat will no longer add that white border on images uploaded from the Camera Roll. The change comes with new save options and Snap Maps for groups.
Social Media

Facebook’s translation methods are faster — including at catching violations

A new Facebook A.I. means both faster translations -- and more accuracy at catching policy violations across multiple languages. The update is made possible through a technique called multilingual embedding.
Social Media

Twitter is using A.I. to ditch those awful auto-cropped photos

Tired of bad auto crops in your Twitter feed? Twitter is now rolling out new A.I.-based algorithms designed to get a better crop without sacrificing speed by using what's called salient maps.