Facebook will let researchers study its election ad targeting data

  • January 25, 2021
Facebook is attempting to increase transparency around ads that ran in the lead up to November’s US elections. Starting on February 1st, researchers will have access to targeting data on more than 1.3 million social issues, electoral and political ad…

Instagram tests new design for Stories on desktop

  • January 4, 2021
Browsing Instagram Stories from your desktop may soon be a bit easier: Instagram is testing a new design for Stories on its website that gives the feature a much-needed facelift. With the new look, Stories appear in a carousel rather than a single ti…

The New York Times brings its crossword to AR

  • December 22, 2020
As easily one of the most popular daily puzzles in the world, you can play The New York Times crossword in the paper, online and on mobile devices. And now you can add augmented reality to that list as well. You’ll find the NYT’s new Shattered Crossw…

Facebook sues website owner who scraped 100,000 Instagram profiles

  • November 19, 2020
Facebook has filed another lawsuit against a developer who misused its platform. The company said it’s suing Ensar Sahinturk, who allegedly ran a network of cloned Instagram sites using information scraped from public profiles.According to Facebook,…

Instagram and Messenger get ‘vanish mode’ for disappearing chats

  • November 12, 2020
Facebook is giving users a new way to chat with disappearing messages. Messenger and Instagram will soon get a new “vanish mode” feature for ephemeral messages. When enabled — via a swipe up on a chat — messages sent while in vanish mode will disappe…

How social media platforms are handling the 2020 election

  • November 4, 2020
Election night ended the way many experts predicted it might: with several races too close to call and President Donald Trump claiming victory anyway. For social media platforms, Election Day was also their chance to prove that tightening their polic…

Facebook allegedly went soft on Trump allies who violated rules

  • November 1, 2020
Facebook regularly deals with accusations of anti-conservative bias, but a new report suggests it may have been particularly forgiving. Washington Post sources say Facebook has limited punishment for Donald Trump allies who repeatedly violate rules a…