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Twitter’s Dorsey speaks on future Tweet Editing

Twitter’s Dorsey speaks on future Tweet Editing

As we find ourselves in the final days of 2016, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is looking to what his team can do in 2017 to improve the platform. Dorsey went straight to the source yesterday, asking Twitter users what changes they'd like Twitter to make in the new year. He got a ton of replies, with users requesting everything from better security to a stronger and more transparent approach to combating abuse.

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US authorities now ask some foreign visitors for personal social media links

US authorities now ask some foreign visitors for personal social media links

The U.S. government is now asking certain travelers from abroad to voluntarily provide links to their social media accounts, doing so in hopes of spotting signs of potential terrorism. The request is listed as optional, and specifies thirteen different social platforms specifically, as well as providing a field for entering any others travelers may use. This new data request was approved on December 19, and was first revealed earlier this year.

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New Chrome extension fact checks Trump’s tweets in browser

New Chrome extension fact checks Trump’s tweets in browser

RealDonaldContext is a new Chrome extension that's undertaking a rather large task: fact checking Donald Trump's many, many tweets. Created by the Washington Post, the add-on will insert blurbs beneath Trump's tweets when more information may be necessary. Now if we could just get the same treatment for all public officials, we'd be sitting pretty.

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Here’s Facebook’s plan for fighting fake news

Here’s Facebook’s plan for fighting fake news

It isn't exactly a secret that Facebook has a fake news problem. Facebook came under fire during and after this year's US election for the amount of fake news that spread throughout the site, and it wasn't long after that it announced plans to try to combat such stories. Today we're getting our first look at what Facebook will do to combat the spread of fake news on its site.

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Amid war with Snapchat, Instagram hits 600 million users

Amid war with Snapchat, Instagram hits 600 million users

There's been a lot of talk about Snapchat and the threat it poses to Instagram, but Instagram's latest user numbers show that it's still going strong. Instagram, which is a Facebook subsidiary, announced today that it has 600 million users. That's an impressive number, and quite a few more than Snapchat can boast.

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Instagram launches live videos in US – here’s how to use it

Instagram launches live videos in US – here’s how to use it

Instagram's live videos are going live for all users in the US today. We've known about this feature for a little while - first in an October leak that got to steep on its own for a while before Instagram confirmed that live videos were in the works. Today, live videos are being rolled out as part of the Stories feature.

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Facebook bug has old updates and photos reposted as new

Facebook bug has old updates and photos reposted as new

Facebook seems to be once again digging up the past for its users, but not quite in an intended way like the Year In Review video feature. A large number of users on Friday began noting how random photos and updates from months prior began reappearing on their timelines, but with new timestamps making them look like they were just shared. Turns out the cause is an annoying bug on the social network, and while it's not known how widespread it is, Facebook says it's looking into the issue.

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The big problems with Facebook Messenger Instant Games

The big problems with Facebook Messenger Instant Games

In case you missed the news, games are now included on the ever-growing list of Facebook Messenger features. There are a lot of them, too, with arcade classics such as Arkanoid and PAC-MAN joining newer titles like Bust-A-Move Blitz and Words with Friends: Frenzy. It's frankly an excellent idea that makes Messenger more attractive as a chatting platform, but it's not without some glaring flaws at this early stage.

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Beme to shut down after acquisition by CNN

Beme to shut down after acquisition by CNN

The video streaming social media app Beme and the company that makes it have been swooped up by CNN. The announcement came from Beme co-founder and CTO Matt Hackett today, and it comes with some bad news for Beme users. According to Hackett, the app will be shutting down on January 31 as the Beme team focuses on new projects under the CNN banner.

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Telegram app debuts new Telegraph blogging platform

Telegram app debuts new Telegraph blogging platform

The makers of the popular messaging app Telegram debuted a new blogging platform earlier this week, but one with a very interesting feature. Called Telegraph, it allows users to write and publish long-form posts with no requirement to create an account or sign in through other social network accounts such as Facebook or Twitter. In other words, it can be used to quickly write and publish posts to the web, completely anonymously.

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Twitter announces new anti-harassment measures

Twitter announces new anti-harassment measures

As promised, Twitter has detailed some new measures its implementing to combat the troll problem it has. Twitter's struggle against online harassment has been well documented, and it's been said that those same struggles have prevented the social media company from finding a buyer. These features are rolling out today, with Twitter planning to make them more comprehensive as time goes on.

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Snapchat Spectacles vending machine is now in Big Sur, California

Snapchat Spectacles vending machine is now in Big Sur, California

Snapchat created a lot of buzz a few days ago by launching its new Spectacles wearable — sunglasses equipped with a camera — through a bright yellow vending machine placed in Venice Beach, California. The surprise release came without warning, and what's more, the vending machine is the only way to buy a pair of the $130 glasses. But the big yellow box has appeared in a second location today, giving those in central California another chance to snag a pair.

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