Social Feed: Twitter is not kidding, YouTube goes dark, Facebook says game on

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Social media is a fluid technology — nearly every day, the major social media networks are announcing a big change, coming under fire for the latest controversy or moving forward in smaller ways. Social Feed is a collection of those smaller changes that you may have missed with this week’s biggest news — like Twitter’s deals with NASCAR and MLS;  YouTube’s Wikipedia verification plan; Snapchat’s 3D-modeling patent; and Facebook’s MLB deal. Find Social Feed every weekend for the latest social news tidbits.

Get ready for more Facebook Instant Games

Facebook’s Instant games that live inside Messenger and the news feed were limited to a handful of developers, but not Facebook is opening up the platform to any programmer as the program exits the closed beta. Now, developers can build games using HTML-5. For Facebook users, that means the list of available games is going to grow. The change also comes with a few new features for the gaming platforms, including ads, because, of course, those developers need an incentive to build free online games.

YouTube goes dark — on iOS and Android

YouTube’s dark mode is launching to the platform’s mobile apps. After launching a black background on desktop last year, YouTube says a mobile version has become a highly requested feature. The setting is already out on iOS and coming to Android soon. Switching to the dark theme inside the settings offers a black backdrop, which can be easier on the eyes for viewing videos.

Twitter was serious about those bot threats

Twitter wasn’t kidding when it launched new guidelines to prevent third-party apps from creating bots. BuzzFeed reported the platform suspended a list of accounts known for the mass-retweeting practice commonly referred to as “Tweetdecking” that is now banned. The changes limit retweets and prevent users from tweeting the same thing from multiple accounts. It’s unclear if those suspensions are permanent, or if Twitter plans to allow the users back if the practice is discontinued.

Snapchat bans advertiser for an ad on domestic violence

A Snapchat ad last weekend for the game Would You Rather? asked users one of the games many questions — and got the app booted off Snapchat advertising. The problem? The question asked readers to choose to either slip Rihanna or punch Chris Brown. Rihanna herself called Snapchat out for allowing an ad that promotes domestic violence (Brown put Rihanna in the hospital back in 2009 while the two were dating). Snapchat apologized for the ad, saying the ad violated guidelines and that the ad should not have appeared. The company says they are investigating how the ad managed to get approved.

Imgur Story-like Snacks are now on Android

After launching a Stories-like reel of the GIFs that never end on iOS last year, Imgur is now bringing the feature to Android. Unlike the more social Stories, Snacks are a loop of GIFs designed for entertainment, not following another user’s day. The feature launched with an Android update on March 15.

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New Zealand attack shows that as A.I. filters get smarter, so do violators

The shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand were livestreamed to social media, and while stats show networks are improving at removing offending videos, as the system improves, so do the violators' workarounds.
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Twitter is testing a handy subscription feature for following threads

Twitter has recently started testing a feature that lets you subscribe to a thread so that you’ll no longer need to like a comment or post to it yourself in order to receive notifications of new contributions.

Snapchat could soon let you play games in between your selfies

If a new report is accurate, Snapchat will be getting an integrated gaming platform in April. The platform will feature mobile games form third-party developers, and one publisher is already signed on.
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Twitter takes a cue from Instagram and Snapchat with new quick-swipe camera

Twitter is giving the "what's happening" treatment to photos and video by allowing users to access the in-app camera fast enough to catch and share the moment. The new Twitter camera is now accessible with a swipe.
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Twitter wants you to help shape the future design of its app

Twitter is launching an app for testing new design features and it wants you to get involved. Those accepted into the program will have the chance to try out different conversation designs aimed at improving the user experience.
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Professional drone racing is flying onto Twitter this summer

Professional drone racing is coming to Twitter for the first time this summer. Organizers hope the streaming deal with the social media platform will help the growing sport to further broaden its audience.
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Yep, it’s not just you. Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are down for many

Facebook's family of apps has been suffering issues for much of the day. Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Facebook itself have been out of action for users around the world, with the company scrambling to sort it out.

Make a GIF of your favorite YouTube video with these great tools

Making a GIF from a YouTube video is easier today than ever, but choosing the right tool for the job isn't always so simple. In this guide, we'll teach you how to make a GIF from a YouTube video with our two favorite online tools.
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Facebook may soon let you watch live TV with friends in Watch Party

Facebook Watch Party is designed to allow friends to watch together, even when they can't be in the same physical space. Now, that feature could be expanding to include live TV. Facebook announced a test of the feature, starting with live…
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Federal investigation digs into Facebook’s data-sharing deals

Facebook confirmed it is cooperating with a federal criminal investigation. According to a report, the company is under investigation for sharing user data with smartphone and tablet companies.
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Facebook explains its worst outage as 3 million users head to Telegram

Facebook, if you didn't already know it, suffered a bit of an issue on Wednesday, March 13. An issue that took down not only its social networking site, but also Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger. On Thursday it offered an explanation.
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Your Google+ public content will remain viewable on the web, if you want it to

Google's failed social network — Google+ — will soon be wiped from the internet, but there's a team of volunteers working right now to save its public content for the Internet Archive.

There’s more space on MySpace after ‘accidental’ wipe of 50 million songs

MySpace is no longer a safe refuge for music and media produced in the 2000s. It said that almost any artistic content uploaded to the site between 2003 and 2015 may have been lost as part of a server migration last year.

Intel and Facebook team up to give Cooper Lake an artificial intelligence boost

Intel's upcoming Cooper Lake microarchitecture will be getting a boost when it comes to artificial intelligence processes, thanks to a partnership with Facebook. The results are CPUs that are able to work faster.