Twitter Devises Country-Specific Censoring Tools
Twitter announced that it has given itself the ability to remove Tweets from single, specific countries while keeping those same Tweets visible to the rest of the world. Twitter devised this capability in response to government requests and actions over the course of the last year. While Twitter still believes in freedom of expression, it recognizes that "for historical or cultural reasons, [some countries] restrict certain types of content," such as hate speech. Twitter said it has not used this feature yet, and when it must, it will do its best to inform the user whose Tweet has been removed and let others know the Tweet was censored. Previously, Twitter could remove Tweets globally — meaning they were no longer visible to anyone.
Google Assistant Lets Device Makers Create Custom Actions
Mar 9, 2018
Google today introduced new Custom Device Actions for Google Assistant that will give devices native functionality specific to their hardware. Custom Device Actions build on the Assistant's existing Actions tool for issuing specific commands.
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.
Twitter @Replies No Longer Count Toward 140-Character Limit
Mar 30, 2017
Twitter today improved its service a little bit by cutting @replies from the character limit. Moving forward, when people reply to an individual or to a group, the @username(s) will not count toward the Tweet's 140 characters.
Facebook Brings Crisis and Emergency Tools Under One Roof
Sep 14, 2017
Facebook today announced Crisis Response, a single spot where users will be able to find information about a range of natural and man-made disasters, weather events, and more. Crisis Response houses existing Facebook tools such as Safety Check, Community Help, and Fundraisers.