social networking

Twitter follows up voice tweets by testing voice DMs

picture alliance via Getty Images It turns out audio tweets were only the beginning of Twitter’s newfound interest in letting users communicate with more than just the written word. On Wednesday, the company told The Verge it’s testing a new feature, starting in Brazil, that will allow users to send voice messages directly to one another.  “We …

Twitter follows up voice tweets by testing voice DMs Read More »

Twitter has ‘more analysis to do’ after algorithm shows possible racial bias

Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Twitter is learning first-hand about the challenges of eliminating racial bias in algorithms. The social network’s Liz Kelley said the company had “more analysis” to do after cryptographic engineer Tony Arcieri conducted an experiment suggesting Twitter’s algorithm was biased in prioritizing photos. When attaching photos of Barack Obama and …

Twitter has ‘more analysis to do’ after algorithm shows possible racial bias Read More »

Trump approves TikTok deal with Oracle and Walmart ‘in concept’

Sheldon Cooper/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images TikTok appears to have avoided a US ban at the last minute… probably. President Trump has agreed to a deal “in concept” (via CNBC) that theoretically allays US security issues while letting it operate in the country. True to earlier discussions, Oracle and Walmart would claim a 20% investment …

Trump approves TikTok deal with Oracle and Walmart ‘in concept’ Read More »

TikTok’s owner might refuse to sell its algorithm to a US buyer

Sheldon Cooper/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images If TikTok wants to sell itself to a US company and avoid a potential ban, it might have to leave behind one of its most important pieces of code. South China Morning Post sources claim TikTok’s parent, ByteDance, won’t sell or transfer the social video service’s recommendation algorithm to …

TikTok’s owner might refuse to sell its algorithm to a US buyer Read More »

Twitter bans far-right extremist group the Oath Keepers

Scott Olson via Getty Images Twitter has banned the accounts of far-right extremist group the Oath Keepers and its founder, Stewart Rhodes. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the group is one of the US’s largest anti-government movements. It claims to have tens of thousands of members, many of whom identify as former law enforcement …

Twitter bans far-right extremist group the Oath Keepers Read More »

TikTok will sue the US over threatened ban

Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images TikTok’s paths to staying alive in the US apparently include taking the government to court. In the wake of a Reuters report, TikTok has confirmed to CNBC that it plans to sue the Trump administration over an executive order banning transactions with parent company ByteDance. The lawsuit could be …

TikTok will sue the US over threatened ban Read More »

Instagram starts merging chats with Facebook Messenger

Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images Facebook seems to be acting on its plan to unify messaging across its apps, however slowly. People at The Verge (and likely elsewhere) have received notice through Instagram’s Android and iOS apps that they’ll have the ability to “chat with friends who use Facebook” — that is, Messenger. The signature …

Instagram starts merging chats with Facebook Messenger Read More »

Facebook removes massive QAnon group over hate and harassment claims

Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Facebook just took down one of the larger targets in its crackdown on QAnon conspiracy theories. The social network told Reuters that it had removed Official Q/Qanon, a group with almost 200,000 members, after multiple posts reportedly violated policies against harassment, hate, and potentially harmful misinformation. The shutdown took …

Facebook removes massive QAnon group over hate and harassment claims Read More »

Hackers defaced dozens of Reddit communities with pro-Trump messages

REUTERS/Robert Galbraith If your favorite Reddit community looked like a political billboard on August 7th, you can blame it on hackers. Both Motherboard and ZDNet report that hackers defaced dozens of subreddits with pro-Trump messages, including major subreddits like r/food and r/space as well as numerous communities devoted to sports and TV shows. The affected …

Hackers defaced dozens of Reddit communities with pro-Trump messages Read More »

TikTok owner reportedly agrees to sell US stake to avoid ban

NARINDER NANU/AFP via Getty Images TikTok may drop its ties to China in very short order. Reuters sources claim TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance, has agreed to sell its stake in the social network’s US operations to avert a possible ban. The agreement would have Microsoft protect American user data, according to the report, but Microsoft …

TikTok owner reportedly agrees to sell US stake to avoid ban Read More »