Social Feed: Self-destructing friend requests, skip to good parts in live video

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 in this week’s biggest news — like Facebook tracking calls, Pinterest’s new Following feed, and Facebook’s security-focused updates. Find Social Feed every weekend for the latest social news tidbits.

Twitter’s new live timestamp feature lets you skip the boring parts

Live videos may be popular, but they are often shared with a hint of where to fast forward to skip the boring stuff and find what the video is all about. Twitter began rolling out Timestamps, a tool that allows Twitter users to share a live video and choose the starting point. When readers click to view the video, the video starts at that exact spot. If the video is still streaming, a button to jump forward to the current spot in the live-stream will also be displayed with the tweet. The tool began rolling out on March 29 and will make its way into the apps, web platform and Periscope.

Snapchat could be testing third-party app integration

A beta version of Snapchat suggests the app could be considering allowing other apps to connect with the social platform, according to Mashable. The beta program has a section for connected apps, a move that would be new for the network that doesn’t integrate with other apps outside of Bitmoji and a Shazam agreement. Snapchat hasn’t commented on the potential change, so for now, the integration is only a rumored possibility. After Facebook’s fiasco with third-party apps tracking data, launching a similar feature may not be the best move for Snapchat.

Facebook comments on public posts may not have to be public

Commenting on a public post means leaving a public comment — but Facebook is testing an option that could change that. The platform is testing a tool that would allow users to choose between a public comment or a friends-only comment. Facebook says the tool would help friends connect with public comments. Comments may be viewed by the Page owner in a later update, but aren’t currently part of the friends-only setting. The option, for now, is only being tested among a small group of users.

LinkedIn is jumping aboard those autoplay video ads too

The Microsoft-owned professional network LinkedIn will reportedly also use autoplay video ads on the platform. The move comes as LinkedIn adds new video options for ad posts. The ads won’t play with the sound on at first, according to TechCrunch.

Princeton research suggests only 10 percent of YouTube and Pinterest influencers follow laws on ads

Federal Trade Commission guidelines require ads to be clearly labeled, even on social media. But new research suggests that, for YouTube and Pinterest, a majority don’t disclose when links are actually affiliates. The research out of Princeton suggests that 10 percent of YouTubers are following those guidelines and just seven percent of Pinterest users. The study was conducted using around half a million videos and more than 2 million pins, all posted sometime last year.

Facebook’s local news emphasis is expanding

Earlier this year, Facebook launched a new focus on local news, boosting locally reported events higher up in the news feed after reducing general news prominence overall. Now, Facebook is expanding that idea beyond the U.S., along with rolling out the “Today In” local news section to more cities. Now, Facebook is boosting local news in all countries and in all languages higher in the feed.

The Today In feature will also be rolling out to 25 more U.S. cities over the next few weeks, Facebook said. The section includes weather, news, events and other local information. The feature is inside the menu, but users in the cities with the feature can also turn on an option to put a daily update in their news feed.

Twitter gives crypto advertisers the boot

Facebook, Google, and now Twitter have all made moves to ban cryptocurrency ads. Twitter announced the ban earlier this week with a new policy. Cryptocurrency scams are becoming more common, including scams run on Twitter earlier this year.

Those Facebook friend requests may soon expire

Ignored Facebook friend requests may soon self-destruct. Facebook confirmed earlier this week that the network is testing a feature that would automatically delete friend requests that haven’t been acted on after two weeks. Tested features may never see a full rollout, but the option is one that is currently available to some members included in that test group.


Man pleads guilty to scamming Facebook and Google out of more than $100M

One of the men behind an elaborate fraud that saw Facebook and Google each hand over tens of millions of dollars has admitted to his part in the scheme. Lithuanian Evaldas Rimasauskas faces up to 30 years in a U.S. jail.
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A Facebook, Instagram bug exposed millions of passwords to its employees

Facebook, Facebook Lite, and Instagram passwords weren't properly encrypted and could be viewed by employees, the company said Thursday. The network estimates millions of users were affected.
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Facebook Messenger adds quoted replies to better organize group chats

Facebook is rolling out a feature that should help make group chats a whole lot more organized. The feature allows you to reply to specific messages within a group chat, so others will be able to tell what you're replying to.
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Facebook axes alleged discriminatory targeting of ads after civil settlements

Facebook advertisers can no longer use targeting for age, gender or zip code when advertising in the housing, jobs, and credit categories. The changes come as part of a civil settlement, following earlier changes to remove racial targeting.
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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.

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 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.
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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.
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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.

Insta-checkout? New Instagram service lets you shop without leaving the platform

Shopping on Instagram no longer means leaving the platform to checkout in a web browser. Instagram checkout launched in beta today with a handful of retailers, allowing users to checkout without leaving the app.

Switch up your Reddit routine with these interesting, inspiring, and zany subs

So you've just joined the wonderful world of Reddit and want to explore it. But with so many subreddits to choose from, exploring them can be overwhelming. Here are some of the best subreddits to get you started.