Facebook is considering the removal of the Like counter from the News Feed, in something TechCrunch reports is to "protect users' from envy and dissuade them from self-censorship". Mmmhmm.
Jane Manchun Wong, a "reverse engineering master", noticed Facebook is prototyping the hidden Like counts within the Facebook app for Android. TechCrunch reached out to Facebook for clarification, with the site reporting that Facebook confirmed it is "considering testing removal of Like counts. However it's not live for users yet".
Instagram recently did this, and being Facebook-owned it makes sense that Facebook would follow suit. Instagram started the testing of hiding its Like counter in Canada, but spread quickly to Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Ireland, and Japan. I'm in Australia and can confirm the Like counter is hidden.
We live in an age where Likes are super important to some people, and it seems Facebook doesn't want to trigger people in 2019-2020 who don't get lots of Likes on their posts. Sigh. This is where the human race is in 2019.
Instagram has announced a new program called "Data Abuse Bounty" that will put a price on the head of third-party apps who are found to be abusing user data.
Instagram and their parent company, Facebook has issued out a new program that will encourage researchers to track down third-party apps who are found to be abusing user data. An Instagram security engineer, Dan Gurfinkel wrote in a blog post, saying "Our goal is to help protect the information people share on Instagram and encourage security researchers to report potential abuse to us so we can quickly take action."
Instagram hasn't set a flat payment for researchers who discover nefarious third-party apps abusing data, instead they said that will pay researchers based on the impact the violent has caused against their company. The head of Instagram's engineering department, Nam Nguyen has said that "Expanding and building on the Facebook bug bounty program is a key development in our ongoing security efforts, and we are grateful to the wider security community for all they do to help keep our platforms safe."
Twitter is currently in the midst of testing a bunch of new features for users to enjoy, one of these features is a search option for direct-messages.
A few other things Twitter is working on:— Karissa Bell (@karissabe) August 13, 2019
-DM search (finally!) Twitter says it is "re-energizing" investment in DMs
-Live Photo support (will look like a GIF)
-Ability to reorder photos in the app
According to Engadget, Twitter is currently right in the middle of testing new features that will allow for a more utility across the app. One of these features is a search option for users' direct-messages, which will allow for Twitter users to simply search their direct-messages instead of tediously scrolling.
Other things that Twitter are reportedly working on are Live Photo support which is extremely similar to that of GIF's, and the ability to reorder photos from inside the app. According to Mashable's Karissa Bell, "Twitter says it is "re-energizing" investment in DMs". It is unclear when these features will roll out to widespread users, but when they do I'm sure that Twitter will have a full list of the newly added features and changes. If you didn't know, Twitter is also working on a snooze notification option, more on that here.
Remember Tumblr? Well, a recent acquisition has been announced for the once extremely popular microblogging website. The acquisition comes from WordPress' parent company Automattic.
In May of this year, Tumblr owner Verizon announced that they are looking to sell off the microblogging website, after they acquired it from Yahoo in 2017 for $350 million. Verizon has extremely good reason to look for a buyer as Tumblr is undoubtedly on a downwards spiral of return-of-interest. Luckily, Verizon has sold off Tumblr to WordPress' parent company Automattic and Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg told the Wall Street Journal that this is his companies biggest purchase in terms of "price and head count."
While we don't know how much the acquisition was actually worth, Axios says that the "price tag is well bellow $20 million". If that assumption is correct, Tumblr's value has dropped astronomically as back in 2013 Yahoo purchased it for a staggering $1.1 billion. WordPress's parent company purchasing Tumblr does make sense as they could somehow implant Tumblr's social foundations into their already well established WordPress platform.
A new feature could be coming to Twitter and that new feature will allow for users to choose to whether or not they want to snooze their push notifications.
Twitter is testing Snooze feature, allowing users to pause notifications for 1 hour, 3 hours or 12 hours!— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) August 6, 2019
I wrote a blog for the first look of this unreleased feature https://t.co/EoNYaRHraQ
Tip @Techmeme pic.twitter.com/qm3aMM2Q00
Above we have Jane Manchun Wong, she has screenshotted her Twitter feed showcasing the "snooze notifications" options. From the screenshot we can see that Twitter is testing out this feature by allowing users to snooze their notifications for 1, 3 and 12 hours. The snooze option can be found in the top right and corner of the app, under the bell option.
Wong came across this new feature while going through the Twitter background code on her Android device, she has gone into further detail in her blog post which can be found here. It is unclear whether or not this option will be here to stay or Twitter is just monitoring its usage, but hopefully it does stay because I think this feature is very needed as other social media platforms allow for users to mute their notifications.
A new free speech platform has been announced by Dr. Jordan Peterson, an advocate for freedom of speech on social media platforms.
Dr. Jordan Peterson is a tenure professor of psychology at the University of Toronto and author of 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. Peterson is widely known for his stance against the censorship of freedom of speech, and has decided to announce his own social media platform that will allow for users to freely express themselves without the worry of being removed or banned from the platform.
The platform is called Thinkspot and is a subscription based "anti-censorship" platform that will encourage people to express themselves intellectually and engage in meaningful discourse. One of the ways Peterson has devised Thinkspot to naturally encourage this level of discourse is to have a minimum word count for posts. Posts will have to be more than 50 words, "If minimum comment length is 50 words, you're gonna have to put a little thought into it. Even if you're being a troll, you'll be a quasi-witty troll." Peterson said.
YouTube has certainly been through its ups and downs these past couple of years with algorithm changes and other tweaks here and there. Google will now be introducing a new change that everyone will be able to notice.
According to a new blog post on the official support page for Google, YouTube's subscriber count on everyone's channel will soon become abbreviated. The changes will be applied to anyone who has their subscriber count on public, and will effect channels that have over 1,000 subscribers.
The changes will be as follows; if a channel has 1,000 subscribers, instead of the figure appearing as '1,000' it will appear as '1K'. An example of this would be if a channel has 133,017 subscribers, it will now appear as 133K subscribers. This decision was made to "create more consistency everywhere that we publicly display subscriber counts, starting in August 2019, we'll begin showing the abbreviated subscriber number across all public YouTube surfaces."
While Facebook is currently on a full frontal assault against hate speech, explicit content and fake accounts, there is another category that it will be taking responsibility for removing. Revenge porn.
According to an announcement from Facebook 's Global Head of Safety, Antigone Davis, Facebook will soon be implementing a new form of AI. This new AI will be targeting "non-consensual intimate images" or "revenge porn" of people to protect them against public shame and online abuse.
The move from Facebook to stop "revenge porn" is to minimilze the amount of online abuse its userbase is currently experiencing. A survey that consisted of a sample size of 1606 people had "61% of respondents said they had taken a nude photos/videos of themselves and shared it with someone else" and that "23% of respondents were victims of revenge porn." The survey also details that "93%" of the victims suffered "significant emotional distress" and "42% sought out psychological services." Facebook has created a new hub called "Not without my consent" for victims to report their images/video, a link to that can be found here.
Facebook has 2.2 billion monthly active users (MAUs) and a huge 1.49 billion daily active users (DAUs) that blow most companies away with the amount of MAUs and DAUs possible without an explosion of human beings on this planet.
There are over 7 billion people but over half of those don't have access to internet, let alone social media, so the number of users that Facebook has on a monthly and more impressively, daily, is amazing. But it seems we're being lied to, or at least very intricately tricked into these numbers by Facebook and it seems, many other companies. Do Facebook shareholders know this? Does the media know this, or want to alarm people that Facebook could be lying to the world and it could have disastrous effects?
I've only just come across this article, but it's only a few days old - from the New York Times, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg during her time with the Senate Intelligence Committee. Last week, Sandberg met with the SIC and said that from October 2017 through to March 2018, Facebook deleted a mind blowing 1.3 billion fake accounts. That's 1,300,000,000 to put it into perspective, out of the 2,250,000,000 that use it every month.
According to the Q2 2018 statistics from StreetAccount and FactSet, Facebook has 2.25 billion MAUs and 1.49 billion DAUs. But if we take the new information into account from Facebook's own Chief Operating Officer and the deletion of 1.3 billion fake accounts, how many of those MAUs and DAUs are real? If we're talking about 1.3 billion accounts, let's shave 60% off those numbers.
- MAUs from Facebook data: 2.25 billion
- DAUs from Facebook data: 1.49 billion
- MAUs with 60% accounts deleted: 900 million
- DAUs with 60% accounts deleted: 600 million
That's a very big difference, considering th at Facebook said in its Transparency Report back in May 2018 that fake accounts resulted in only 3-4% of its MAUs, I find this ridiculous given the social media giant ADMITTED it had deleted 1.3 billion FAKE accounts. How can there be that many fake accounts now? It was only in July 2017 that Mark Zuckerberg himself said: "As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially two billion people! We're making progress connecting the world, and now let's bring the world closer together".
Now that the World Cup is over we have some social media numbers to share courtesy of Twitter, with an absolutely huge 115 billion impressions during the World Cup.
115,000,000,000 impressions during the World Cup is absolutely huge, especially when we compare it against the 2014 World Cup with the Germany vs. Brazil finals pushing 35 million tweets. Video views were also huge with the Fox Sports-produced FIFA World Cup Now show that was a Twitter exclusive drawing 7.1 million views over the World Cup.
The final World Cup match had the most tweets, with Brazil's last two matches against Mexico and Belgium drawing in number two and three for Twitter engagement. Kylian Mbappe's fourth goal in the France vs. Croatia finale was the most-tweeted moment of the entire World Cup, while the most-mentioned player of the World Cup goes to Neymar, Jr.