Twitter details how it reviews and enforces rules around hate speech, violence and harassment

 Twitter has been under fire lately (slash always) for its methods to deal with harassment and abuse on its platform. In an effort to provide some insight into its thinking, Twitter has added some new articles to its help center that detail how the company reviews and enforces rules, as well as the factors it considers in its decision-making process.
In a subtopic on “legitimate public… Read More

For the next six hours you can guide a robot through a web of miniature Reddit-themed escape rooms

 Something weird is about to happen on Reddit. Starting at 10 a.m. PT on Tuesday, an AI-powered robot the size of a computer mouse will star in a live event that’s part reality show, part interactive puzzle and all an homage to the internet’s premier repository of dank memes.
The, uh, thing (event? livestream? brand activation?) is known as “Cozmo Lost in Reddit” and… Read More

Twitter launches lower-cost subscription access to its data through new Premium APIs

 Twitter tried to mend its relationship with developers earlier this year with the launch of a new API platform which focused on streamlining APIs and the promise of additional tiers of access. Twitter said it would offer free APIs for testing ideas, self-serve access, as well as paid access for increased functionality, in addition to its enterprise APIs. Today, Twitter is delivering on its… Read More

Facebook says Russia did try to meddle in Brexit vote

 BuzzFeed has obtained a statement from Facebook in which the tech giant admits, for the first time, that some Russia-linked accounts may have used its platform to try to interfere in the UK’s European Union referendum vote in June 2016. Read More

In major policy change YouTube is now taking down more videos of known extremists

 A spokeswoman told us YouTube has broadened its policy for taking down extremist content: Not just removing videos that directly preach hate or seek to incite violence but also removing other videos of named terrorists, unless the content is journalistic or educational in nature — such as news reports and documentaries.  Read More

Facebook launches collaborative Stories for Groups and Events

 Facebook is combining its Snapchat Stories clone with features Snapchat can’t match in a bid to boost usage. Starting today, users of Facebook Groups and Events will be able to contribute to a Story visible to the rest of the members and moderated by the admins. This could be fun for parties, weddings, meetups, and more. In essence, these collaborative Stories will work like a private… Read More

Facebook Stories replaces Messenger Day with synced cross-posting

 Facebook is cleaning up the redundancy in its Snapchat Stories clones. Today Facebook is killing off the Messenger Day brand and merging the chat app’s stories feature with Facebook Stories . Now, just called “Stories”, 24-hour ephemeral posts in either Facebook or Messenger will appear in both apps, and viewing will be synced too so you won’t see a Story in one app… Read More

Snapchat’s epic strategy flip-flop

 It takes courage to say you were wrong about almost everything. But that’s what Snap Inc CEO Evan Spiegel did this week, and that’s what it will take to save Snapchat. From algorithmic feeds to partnerships to target markets to recruiting adults, Snap is planning a 180-degree turn across the board. It’s warranted. The Q3 earnings report was a blood bath with Snap’s… Read More