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Facebook tweaks Trending to help you find new stories quicker

Facebook has announced it's expanding the search results page for its Trending feature on mobile devices to include more alternative viewpoints on major stories. The company is also improving the visibility of Trending to help you quickly access the news.

Emojipedia adds trends to let you check which emoji are popular

A new emoji tool hopes to help you avoid digital embarrassment by letting you know when your most frequented symbols are heading out of fashion. The current trends suggest you should be accompanying your tweets and messages with dog icons today.

Most dangerous social media app for mental health revealed

London - Social media platforms are rated in different ways, covering the spectrum from marketability to user experience. How about mental health? Instagram is rated, from a new survey, as the worst social media platform for young people's mental health.

Instagram launches face filters, the last big Snapchat feature

Instagram is rolling out support for face filters, an augmented reality feature that lets you overlay your selfies with masks and props. Predictably, the implementation strays little from Snapchat's original, completing Instagram's clone of its rival.

Emails with capital letters in the headline get low responses

Want to get people to respond to an urgent email? There are different tactics, but one thing to avoid is completely capitalizing those urgent email subjects. This will probably negatively impact the fast response rates you actually want.

Top analyst said Snap reminds him of Apple 'in its younger days'

One way that Snap resembles Apple in its early days is that Snap CEO Evan Spiegel is a product impresario, like late Apple founder Steve Jobs was.

Snapchat shares plummet after dramatically missing growth targets

The value of shares in Snapchat parent company Snap has fallen dramatically in the wake of the company's disappointing first earnings call. After missing its targets, the company's value plummeted by a quarter amid analyst concern about its future.

The most ‘tweeted’ tweet exceeds three million

Social media records are there to be broken and this has happened with Twitter, where a new record for the most tweeted tweet has been set. The record-breaking tweet is consumer focused and it comes from a teenage boy.

Facebook to cut down on 'shocking' and 'malicious' content

Facebook is adjusting the way it ranks posts in the News Feed to help filter out content that people may find offensive or abusive. The company is targeting links to websites that contain clickbait, misleading headlines and low-quality ads.

Instagram finally lets you upload images from your computer

Instagram is rolling out the ability to upload photos without using a smartphone. It's now possible to add new images from the company's website, a change that will please users who've wanted the ability for years. It expands the service's appeal.

Four Wisconsin schools block social media access in pilot project

Madison - Access to popular social media platforms are being blocked in four Madison, Wisconsin high schools in an effort to study the effect of social media usage during school hours on grades and behaviour. As expected, not everyone is happy.

Facebook approaches two billion users as profit spikes

Facebook has revealed it will soon pass the two billion user mark, its most significant milestone yet. The company has surprised analysts by announcing better than expected results in its first-quarter earnings call, caused by a rise in ad revenue.

U.K. MPs want social media companies fined for illegal material

A Commons committee is recommending social media companies be fined for not removing illegal material from their platforms quickly enough or at all. The report also recommends these firms be required to pay policing charges regarding illegal content.

Instagram passes 700 million active global users

Instagram has reached the 700 million users mark, another major milestone for the still rapidly growing app. It comes just a couple of weeks after the number of people using the app's Stories feature sailed well beyond rival Snapchat's entire audience.

Twitter returns to growth, surprising its investors

Twitter has unexpectedly returned to growth, causing its stock price to rise significantly. Although the company is still losing money, it has made large gains in user activity. Its losses have consequently been reduced even though ad revenue has fallen.

Wikipedia creator fights fake news with volunteer-led journalism

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a news site to oppose the spread of fake news by putting fact-checking and neutrality at the heart of each article. The site will use volunteers to check and edit articles written by professional journalists.

Some Instagrammers can make as much as $1,000 per post

Can you hack it making your living as an Instagram influencer? The money companies are pumping into it is steadily growing, too.

Mastodon is an open alternative to Twitter

Mastodon is a rapidly growing social network that's like a more open, less abusive version of Twitter. Open-source and decentralised, Mastodon gives you a say over how your data is used. It takes away the algorithms and returns to simple chronology.

Instagram takes on Pinterest with new 'Collections' feature

Instagram is rolling out a new feature that expands its recently-added "Save" button with the ability to create Collections of posts that you can look back on in the future. It allows Instagram to move closer to popular social network Pinterest.

Pokémon Go players are happier and friendlier

The strange psychological research story of the week looks into gamers, players of Pokémon Go in particular, and seeks to find out whether the character chasing adventurers are happier and friendlier than the general population.

The more you use Facebook the worse you feel: Study

Addicted to Facebook? Enjoy liking posts and making comments? Be warned, a new psychology study has found the more people use Facebook the lower their self-esteem becomes.

Burger King ad sabotaged

An advert for Burger King was sabotaged by someone altering the Wikipedia page for the hamburger chain. The ad has since been removed, but it caused a period of panic for the burger group across social media.

Facebook Messenger reaches another incredible milestone

Facebook Messenger is now used by over 1.2 billion people every month, making it one of the most successful apps ever created. Messenger is now twice as popular as Instagram, another Facebook property, having overcome initial scepticism at its launch.

Instagram Stories now more popular than Snapchat

Instagram has announced that over 200 million people now use its Stories feature every month. It raises concerns for Snapchat, the app on which Stories is based. Snapchat currently has 160 million users, a figure Instagram has surpassed in under a year.

Twitter tests new chatbot to handle support requests

Twitter is testing a new chatbot that will take responsibility for basic customer service exchanges, handling your feature requests and responding to complaints. The development comes as Twitter tries to make its platform a safer place.

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz makes a bad situation worse

Chicago - According to the CEO of United Airlines, the passenger who was forcibly removed from a Chicago to Louisville flight because of overbooking was “disruptive and belligerent.” Many are calling for a boycott of United and the firing of the CEO.

Facebook adds suggestions to its Messenger assistant

Facebook has updated M, the digital assistant inside its Messenger app, with the ability to make suggestions. The company is pitching the feature as a way to sustain conversations by suggesting relevant content that keeps messages flowing.

Boy, 11, hanged himself after 'horrific social media prank'

Marquette - The mother of Tysen Benz is speaking out after her 11-year-old son was taken off life support and passed away. She says her son hanged himself after a social media prank wherein his 13-year-old girlfriend pretended to kill herself.

Twitter Lite cuts back the bloat, launches 30% faster

Twitter has become the latest social network to offer a pared-back version of its app for people with sub-standard mobile connections. Twitter Lite is tailored towards the 2G networks used in many emerging regions of the world, improving user experiences.

Facebook uses photo-matching tech to address revenge porn issue

Facebook has announced a new community management tool that's meant to stop revenge porn spreading across its network. A photo-matching system will detect when an intimate image is being uploaded without permission and report the event.
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