Twitter Working Smarter to Mute Trolls
Twitter is stepping up its efforts to clean up conversations on its platform. The company is using a combination of human review processes, machine learning, and policies to find and hide tweets that "distort and detract from the public conversation." Specifically, it is seeking tweets that come from accounts that don't have any followers, or from people who sign up for multiple accounts at once, or that haven't verified their email address. Twitter says tweets from such accounts don't always violate its policies, so they won't be removed from Twitter. Instead, these tweets will not be visible in conversation threads and other places on Twitter. Twitter warns that they may become visible when people click "show more replies" to see an entire thread or conversation. In its early tests, Twitter says it saw a 4% drop in abuse reports from search and 8% fewer abuse reports from conversations. Twitter says it will continue to refine its review processes in order to make Twitter more enjoyable for people to use.
Instagram Slashing Fake Likes and Fake Followers
Nov 19, 2018
Instagram today said it is taking steps to reduce what it calls "inauthentic activity" across the social network. The company says more accounts have begun to use third-party apps to boost their follower numbers and inflate like counts.
Instagram Lets You Mute Your Friends
May 22, 2018
Instagram today rolled out a new tool called mute, what is describes as a new way for people to control what they see in their Instagram feed. "The new feature lets you hide posts in [your] feed from certain accounts, without unfollowing them.
Apple iOS 11 Adopts More Machine Learning
Jun 5, 2017
Apple says iOS 11 will take advantage of machine learning to a much higher degree than before. The the company has new, specific APIs that developers can use in apps such as the camera for face tracking, face detection, landmarks, text, and so on.
Facebook Makes Sweeping Changes to Data Collection Policies as It Admits Cambridge Analytica Breach Impacted 87M
Apr 4, 2018
Facebook today made significant changes to its platform as it continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica breach. To start, the company now believes Cambridge Analytica was given improper access to the data of as many as 87 million people, mostly U.S.
Google's ML Kit Lets Any App Put Machine Learning to Work
May 8, 2018
Google today announced ML Kit, a new SDK that will allow developers to add machine learning to their own applications. ML Kit gives developers access to five ready-to-use APIs: text recognition, face detection, barcode scanning, image labeling, and landmark recognition.