Social Media

Facebook Taking Shady Dress Retailers “Very Seriously”

Source: Facebook, Rosegal via Buzzfeed Facebook is working on new ways to police advertisers whose products are “overwhelmingly unsatisfactory,” after a BuzzFeed News report this week showed a cottage industry of shady online retailers operating openly on the social network and using its advertising services to target users. More from Buzzfeed: Say no to the dress The dark, scammy history ... Read More »

Zuck tries Facebook Live … doesn’t go well

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg attempted to demonstrate his company’s live-streaming capabilities Wednesday afternoon, but may have learned the perils of live broadcasting in the process. After a few seconds of talking into a camera, Zuckerberg stood up and the video stream went down. On his page, the video link still said it was “live,” but continued to play an 8-second ... Read More »

Jet app allows you to share flights with celebrities

JetSmarter, widely considered the Uber for jets, is going the extra mile to help users get closer to their favorite celebrities. The private transportation start-up, which is part of a disruptive clutch of companies trying to make private jets more affordable, now offers a function to notify members when certain celebrities will be on a flight — allowing them to ... Read More »

Microsoft Created a Twitter Bot to Learn From Users. It Quickly Became a Racist Jerk.

Damien Meyer | AFP | Getty Images Microsoft set out to learn about “conversational understanding” by creating a bot designed to have automated discussions with Twitterusers, mimicking the language they use. What could go wrong? If you guessed, “It will probably become really racist,” you’ve clearly spent time on the Internet. Less than 24 hours after the bot, @TayandYou, went ... Read More »

Instagram follows Facebook with algorithm-run feeds

Photo and video-sharing app Instagram is following in the footsteps of its parent Facebook, by testing out an algorithm-based feed, showing moments users “care about the most” first. Announced in a blog post Tuesday, Instagram photos and videos will soon be arranged based on the likelihood of interest a user has in the content, their relationship to the person posting ... Read More »

How Snapchat won this year’s SXSW

This year, the app that everyone was talking about at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival wasn’t something that debuted at the event. The platform didn’t throw a massive party, or even have an official presence. Still, for some reason, everyone couldn’t stop talking about Snapchat. “With SXSW you have people who tend to experiment with technology and a place ... Read More »

Twitter to stream Thursday night NFL games in 2016 season

The National Football League said it had chosen Twitter as its exclusive global partner for streaming its Thursday night games during the 2016 regular season. Twitter, whose shares were up about 1 percent in early trading Tuesday before reversing to end down modestly, will stream 10 games for free,the NFL said in a statement. The deal also includes in-game highlights ... Read More »

New Facebook tool lets blind people ‘see’ photos

Social media platforms may be a great way of telling the world about your life, but not everyone can appreciate these moments in full. Facebook is launching “automatic alternative text”; a tool that uses object recognition technology to identify and describe an image, so that visually impaired and blind people using screen readers will be able to hear—and therefore visualize—what’s ... Read More »

Why Instagram wants to re-order your photo feed

Instagram will soon rearrange its users’ feeds based on relevancy rather than chronological order, the photo-sharing app said in an official blogpost on Tuesday. Instagram said it hopes that a more tailored feed will improve the overall user experience. The company told CNBC it’s using machine learning to detect patterns and adapt to users’ behavior. “If your favorite musician shares ... Read More »

More advertisers plan to spend less on Twitter: Mahaney

As if Twitter needed another problem, a recent survey suggests advertisers are souring on the social media platform. Advertiser interest in Twitter began cresting early last year, but the latest survey by RBC Capital Markets found a significant jump in the number of advertisers who plan to decrease their spending on the website. According to the survey, 23 percent of ... Read More »