The US Senate Commerce Committee has publicly opened up an inquiry into Facebook and it’s potential manipulation of political posts in the social media site’s Trending Topics. Senate chairman John Thune is leading the questioning, asking Facebook to clarify reports that the teams of people managing Trending Topics were actively suppressing certain stories. In this case, the Senate believes those suppressed stories had a conservative slant.
Thune claims that Facebook’s political manipulation was a strike against an open and fair internet, which is interesting coming from a guy that publicly decried the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules. Read more
The amount of sharing on Facebook’s social media network is down about 21% year-over-year, and that’s bad for the company. The solution? A standalone camera app!
Really, this is just Facebook’s next attempt to cash in by copying Snapchat. Read more
Facebook’s feature to share live video using Facebook Live may have been a late entrant to the market, but that is not stopping the social media giant from jumping right in. Shortly after launching Facebook Live for the Android and iOS apps, Facebook is adding several new features to make it even easier for users to tap into the power of live video events. Read more
The world’s largest social network will not be the exclusive streaming home of Thursday Night Football for at least the next two years. A person familiar with the NFL’s plans for streaming the weekly Thursday Night Football games told Bloomberg that Facebook has dropped out of bidding for the package. Other companies, though, are still in the mix to stream sports’ most valuable content.
Good news! Instagram isn’t mucking your social feed up. Not yet, anyway. Even better news! You’ll soon be able to upload 60 second clips to that feed, showing up Vine’s significantly shorter six second clips. Read more
According to The Information, Facebook Messenger is set to be updated with a host of new features, including the ability to buy store items through the app.
The team behind ‘video selfie’ app Masquerade has joined Facebook to bring its fun technology to even more people around the world.
Facebook’s head of their Messaging Products division announced an update to the Facebook Messenger on Android app that will start rolling out later today. David Marcus announced the changes and describes it as a “major redesign” of the app. Looking at the images posted by Marcus, it appears Facebook is bringing Google’s Material design guidelines to the Messenger app. Read more
Facebook has done some restructuring of how things are done in the UK branch of their business, and that looks like it’s going to result in some heavily increased taxes over the next few years. The company faced pretty serious pressure for routing things through Ireland for its biggest advertisers, which helped Facebook avoid the UK’s 20% tax on corporate profits. Read more
Promoting yourself across multiple social media platforms is nothing out of the ordinary. We all do it because we want people to see what we’re posting, tweeting, and sharing throughout the day. Mentioning your presence on other services is very common, and it’s a simple way to grow your digital brand. Just don’t think about doing so on Instagram. The photo- and video-sharing service doesn’t want its users to promoting their profiles on “another service” anymore.