Facebook Stories looks like an ill-fitting mask
 Facebook has finally capped off its strategy of cloning Snapchat’s USP by slotting a camera-first, ephemeral multimedia sharing feature into its entire social sharing estate. Read More ...
Social media firms facing fresh political pressure after London terror attack
 Yesterday UK government ministers once again called for social media companies to do more to combat terrorism. “There should be no place for terrorists to hide,” said Home Secretary Amber Rudd, speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr program. Read More ...
Google is reportedly working on a new social app for photo editing and sharing
Google is reportedly working on yet another photo-based app. Unlike Google Photos, this app may be for groups to edit and share their photos. Google says that it's "just experimenting" and that there aren't any release plans yet. The post Google is reportedly working on a new social app for photo editing and sharing appeared first on Digital Trends....
Facebook will test comment GIFs next week
Facebook is currently testing new designs for comments on the social network, and now it is preparing to test a new GIF feature for comments, too. The upcoming GIF feature is said to be similar to the one currently available in Messenger, enabling users to share a GIF from sources like Giphy directly in the comments — a feature users … Continue reading...
Pay for Twitter? A subscription service for power users could be in the cards
Twitter may overhaul TweetDeck to include a bunch of extra features that power users of the management tool would be asked to pay for. Screenshots of the proposed premium service have been sent out to select users. The post Pay for Twitter? A subscription service for power users could be in the cards appeared first on Digital Trends....
Pay for Twitter? A subscription service for power users could be on the cards
Twitter may overhaul TweetDeck to include a bunch of extra features that power users of the management tool would be asked to pay for. Screenshots of the proposed premium service have been sent out to select users. The post Pay for Twitter? A subscription service for power users could be on the cards appeared first on Digital Trends....
U.S. orders ‘mandatory social media check’ for some visa applicants
The U.S. government has ordered a mandatory social media check for some visa applicants, according to a new leak, as well as well as more strenuous screening for applicants identified as ‘warranting increased scrutiny.’ Sources claim the orders were made by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and that the social media checks apply to individuals who are coming from … Continue reading...
Likes arrive for Facebook Messenger — along with a few new reactions
Facebook's News Feed reactions are debuting in Messenger. The app now allows users to like or use an emoji to react to messages, while mentions also make a new appearance for group chats. The post Likes arrive for Facebook Messenger — along with a few new reactions appeared first on Digital Trends.
Instagram begins blurring some sensitive content, opens two-factor to all
 Instagram is already doing a lot to spot and censor posts that violate its community guidelines, like outright porn, but now it’s also taking steps to block out potentially sensitive material that might not technically run afoul of its rules. The social network is adding a blurred screen with a “Sensitive Content” warning on top of posts that fit this description, which… Read More ...
Twitter says it shuttered 377,000 terrorism accounts in six months
In its latest transparency report, Twitter said it shuttered a total of 376,890 accounts "for violations related to promotion of terrorism," bringing the 17-month total up to the end of 2016 to 636,248. The post Twitter says it shuttered 377,000 terrorism accounts in six months appeared first on Digital Trends.
The power and influence of social media has increased progressively, says President Pranab Mukherjee
Media has expanded with increasing use of technology and the influence of social media has also increased over the years, President Pranab Mukherjee said today. Addressing a function, the President said print journalism has its own impact because journalists through their columns, stories or comments etc find a permanent place in the minds of readers. He said journalism has had a long history in the country. “It has been closely associated with our struggle for independence and social refo...
After YouTube boycott, Google pulls ads from more types of offensive content
 Google is pulling display ads from being placed alongside a wider range of content on YouTube and other sites, in the wake of a spike of criticism that its automatic, programmatic advertising seemingly cannot stop mainstream brands from appearing alongside extremist and offensive material. Read More ...
EU orders Facebook, Google, Twitter to protect users from scams
Trying to fight consumer fraud on the internet as a whole is a never-ending battle due to its nature as an open system. Social media platforms, however, can be more directly controlled, with companies having the power to curb widespread scams. That’s the way the EU feels, as regulators have ordered Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other social media networks to … Continue reading...
Social media firms given a month to fix consumer rights issues in Europe
 Facebook, Twitter and Google are under more pressure in Europe to comply with regional rules. The latest issue they find themselves on the hook for relates to complaints pertaining to a variety of consumer rights that have been investigated by EU regulators since last year. Read More ...
EU consumer protection authorities to ask Facebook, Twitter and Google to amend terms of service
European consumer protection authorities will ask social media companies Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc and Twitter Inc to amend their terms of service within one month or possibly face fines, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The companies proposed some ways to resolve the issues and discussed them with the authorities on Thursday, the person said, adding that the meeting was constructive. The source was not authorized to speak to the media and requested anonymity. U.S. technology...
Emma Watson is planning legal action after her photos were hacked and posted online
“Beauty and the Beast” star Emma Watson is planning legal action over photos said to have been leaked online, but her representatives on Wednesday denied reports that the pictures showed the British actress nude. “Photos from a clothes fitting Emma had with a stylist a couple of years ago have been stolen. They are not nude photographs. Lawyers have been instructed and we are not commenting further,” her publicist said in a statement to Variety and the BBC. Social media a...
With Snapchat Bitmojis, you can now put your favorite friends on speed chat
After popping up early for Android users last week, Snapchat has officially rolled out Bitmoji shortcuts to favorite friends on both iOS and Android. It's speed dial, but for Snapchat. The post With Snapchat Bitmojis, you can now put your favorite friends on speed chat appeared first on Digital Trends.
Internet needs to be monitored to prevent its use as a weapon of harassment against women: UN official
There is a need for regulation and monitoring of social media platforms and the medium cannot be allowed to turn into a “weapon of misogyny and harassment” against women in the name of freedom of expression, a top Indian-origin UN Women official has said. UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri voiced concern over the growing prevalence of cyber bullying, trolling and voyeurism, saying that such threats are “magnified” for women and girls and pose a big risk for t...
Internet needs to be monitored to prevent its use as a weapon of harassment against women: UN official
There is a need for regulation and monitoring of social media platforms and the medium cannot be allowed to turn into a “weapon of misogyny and harassment” against women in the name of freedom of expression, a top Indian-origin UN Women official has said. UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri voiced concern over the growing prevalence of cyber bullying, trolling and voyeurism, saying that such threats are “magnified” for women and girls and pose a big risk for t...
Germany wants to fine social media networks for slanderous or threatening online posts
Germany’s Justice Minister on Tuesday put forward a new draft law calling for social networks like Facebook to remove slanderous or threatening online postings quickly or face fines of up to 50 million euros ($53.15 million). “This (draft law) sets out binding standards for the way operators of social networks deal with complaints and obliges them to delete criminal content,” Justice Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement announcing the plans. Failing to comply could result in...