Twitter rolling out ability to mute keywords and anonymous or unverified accounts

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 1, 2017

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could mute specific keywords from your timeline, as well as cut down abuse from those pesky anonymous “egg” accounts without a profile image? Well, you’re in for a treat. Soon, you’ll be permitted to do just that, and then some more, as Twitter on Wednesday announced a set of new anti-harassment features in another effort to step up its never-ending fight against trolls and prevent abuse on the micro-blogging service. Read More

 

Facebook’s AI identifies posts about self injury & users who’d livestream their suicide

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 1, 2017

Facebook today announced it had begun using artificial intelligence (AI) to identify people on its platform who may be at risk of committing suicide, offering them the option of speaking with a crisis helpline through its Messenger application.

Facebook’s AI algorithm works by spotting warning signs in users’ posts and the comments their friends leave in response. The new tool is being tested only in the US at present. Read More

 

How to disable audio in News Feed videos on Facebook for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 15, 2017

Videos in your Facebook News Feed used to play silently unless you manually turned sound on. The social network recently changed that behavior so videos that previously played silently now play with audio on, with sound fading in and out as you scroll through your News Feed.

In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll tell you about a hidden setting that lets you easily force the mobile Facebook app to autoplay all videos in your News Feed with audio off. Read More

 

Facebook shares details about its video-focused Apple TV app, which is coming soon

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 14, 2017

Facebook has officially confirmed through the mouth of its Vice President of Partnerships Dan Rose and via a press release that it’s indeed planning to launch a video-focused Apple TV app soon. The forthcoming app will let users kick back and watch Facebook videos from the couch. Rose has confirmed the development at the Code Media conference in Dana Point, California. The Wall Street Journal was first to report that Facebook was working on an app for set-top boxes back in January. Read More

 

How to use safe search mode on Twitter.com

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2017

Twitter has many user-focused tools for curbing offensive or abusive content on the service. If you prefer using the micro-blogging service in your web browser, you may want to enable a pair of toggles in settings to prevent unwanted content from cluttering your search results.

You can tell Twitter to prevent sensitive content as well as tweets from blocked and muted accounts from polluting your search results on Twitter.com, here’s how. Read More

 

TweetMuter lets you hide tweets from your timeline based on keywords

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 2, 2017

If you’re a Twitter user and you’re always finding stuff in your Twitter timeline that you could really care less about, then you might like a new free jailbreak tweak called TweetMuter by Tanner Bennett.

This tweak utilizes the existing Muted Words feature in the stock Twitter app, a feature that normally only applies to your notifications tab; but TweetMuter expands this functionality to even your timeline so that you don’t have to mute people entirely, nor will you have to un-follow people to stop seeing only certain things. Read More

 

Facebook working on video-focused app for Apple TV and other set-top boxes

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 1, 2017

Facebook is reportedly working on a video-focused app for media-streaming boxes such as Apple’s fourth-generation Apple TV, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. Last October, the social network launched a feature allowing users to stream videos from the mainland Facebook mobile app to their TVs via Apple TV. Tuning into television’s market with a dedicated streaming app of its own would help the company tap more ad dollars. Read More

 

Facebook rolling out new Privacy Basics feature

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2017

Facebook is today launching a new Privacy Basics feature on the web to make it easier for users to find the tools that let them control and adjust who sees what they share on the service.

The new section provides access to various topics based on users’ most frequently asked questions about privacy and security. Privacy Basics organizes these privacy-related tools in one central place and includes 32 interactive guides in 44 languages. Read More

 

Facebook is about to clone Snapchat again, this time in its mainline mobile app

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 25, 2017

Facebook didn’t stop at ripping off Snapchat’s Stories feature with auto-vanishing slideshows on Instagram. According to a Wednesday report from Business Insider, the social network is currently testing a similar feature in its mainline mobile app.

A company spokesperson told the publication that Facebook Stories will soon start appearing at the top of the mobile Facebook app, allowing you to tap each circle to see a friend’s story. Read More

 

Vine app officially becomes Vine Camera

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 17, 2017

Vine for iPhone was updated today with a cool dark icon, a new name and same old features, making good on Twitter’s promise to sunset the service and morph it into a dedicated mobile camera software.

Rechristened as Vine Camera and bearing version number 6.0, the app is focused on the tools that let you shoot and edit six-second videos shareable on Twitter, where they now loop. You can also add captions, save videos to your iPhone’s Camera roll and more.

Vine Camera is available free of charge from App Store and requires iOS 9.0 or later. Read More

 
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