You No Longer Need A Facebook Account To Use Facebook Messenger

You No Longer Need A Facebook Account To Use Facebook Messenger

Because we all needed another avenue to converse with friends and acquaintances other than actual face-to-face conversations, Facebook has opened its Messenger to people without an account on the social media network. [More]

Facebook Develops Technology To Recognize You Even When Your Face Is Covered

Facebook Develops Technology To Recognize You Even When Your Face Is Covered

If you regularly shield your face in photos for fear someone might recognize you on Facebook, then you might need to find another way to stay incognito when it comes to the social media site. [More]

Google Giving Revenge Porn Victims A Way To Remove Pics From Search Results

Google Giving Revenge Porn Victims A Way To Remove Pics From Search Results

This past spring a number of tech companies took steps to crack down on so-called revenge porn – the posting of nude photos or videos online without the consent of the subject. Today, Google announced it was joining those sites by honoring requests to remove nude or sexually explicit images shared without the featured person’s permission from search results. [More]

Are Spirit Airlines Pilots Striking? Customers Say Yes, Airline Remains Mum

Are Spirit Airlines Pilots Striking? Customers Say Yes, Airline Remains Mum

UPDATE: Spirit Airlines says that issues affecting its service across the country are not the result of a strike. [More]

Advertisers Can Now Add Action Buttons Like “Shop Now” To Instagram Ads

Advertisers Can Now Add Action Buttons Like “Shop Now” To Instagram Ads

The days of an ad-free Instagram are long gone, lost in the pre-Facebook ownership days, so it might be no surprise that the photo-and-video-sharing social media app will now feature ads that let viewers take action beyond liking or commenting on them. [More]

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KFC Sues Three Chinese Companies For Allegedly Starting Rumors It Uses Eight-Legged Chickens

Kentucky Fried Chicken wants customers to know that it hasn’t created mutant chickens with eight legs and six wings to fill its big ol’ buckets. While one might think the notion of a chicken with more than two wings and two legs is a bit farcical, a rumor of such genetically modified birds has been circulating in China, leading KFC’s parent company to file lawsuits against three Chinese businesses for allegedly concocting and publicizing fabricated stories about the chain’s products on social media. [More]

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Rhode Island Health Officials Blame Uptick In STDs On Hookup Apps, Social Media

With the arrival of social media and online dating apps, it’s easier than ever to pick out someone you like and, if everything works out, perhaps meet that stranger in person. But what that convenience comes unwanted consequences, according to the Rhode Island Department of Health. [More]

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Twitter Reportedly Looking To Buy Article-Curating App Flipboard For $1B

If you’re one of the largest social media networks in the world and happen to have $1 billion burning a hole in your pocket, what do you do? If you’re Twitter, you apparently start talks to buy article-sharing app Flipboard. [More]

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Survey Says: 30% Of People Who Admit To Tweeting While Driving Do It “All The Time”

While we’ve heard of people doing things they shouldn’t be doing while they’re driving — like playing the guitar and taking selfies, not to mention texting — it’s still shocking to look at the numbers tied to distracted driving. A new survey says the trendy thing to do behind the wheel now is using social media like Twitter, with plenty of people admitting they do it “all the time.” [More]

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Facebook Testing In-App Search Engine Powered By Users’ Posts

For those moments when it’s just too much work to copy a link on your phone’s web browser, open up the Facebook app and hit “paste,” the social network is now testing out an “add link” option that uses an in-app search engine. [More]

Data Analysis Proves That Some Brands Are Really Good At Twitter

Data Analysis Proves That Some Brands Are Really Good At Twitter

As more members of the public have turned to Twitter to keep up with the news and post photos of their lunches, brands have also turned to the service to promote themselves and to reach out to customers. As we’ve seen, some companies are really fantastic at social media, and others aren’t. Yet it is possible to scientifically prove which brands are good at Twitter and which aren’t. [More]

Instagram has clarified its community guidelines, adding details to already existing policies.

Instagram Updates Community Standards To Clarify Rules On Porn, Harassment

So far in 2015, some of the top social media and blogger platform companies have made changes to their content policies. While Facebook clarified its approach to complaints about supposedly offensive posts, Google went back-and-forth on its content policy regarding sexually explicit or graphic nudity on its Blogger platform. Now, Instagram is getting in on the action by adding details to rules governing user conduct and what is deemed appropriate content on the photo sharing site. [More]

Hostess Claims It Actually Does Know The Difference Between Baseball And Football

Hostess Claims It Actually Does Know The Difference Between Baseball And Football

The arrival of spring means one thing for many sports fans across the country: Baseball is back, and with it, warm days and cool beers at the stadium. So how could Hostess possibly think there are touchdowns in baseball? [More]

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Judge Rules: Woman Can Serve Elusive Husband Divorce Papers Via Facebook Message

The times, they are completely and totally changing: Used to be serving someone with divorce papers required some sort of face-to-face interaction, which can be difficult if the other party gets squirrelly and tries to avoid the encounter. But now it seems repeatedly pinging someone’s Facebook inbox will do just as well. [More]

HBO Finally Gets Around To Replying To Consumers Who Said They’d Pay For HBO Go…. Three Years Ago

HBO Finally Gets Around To Replying To Consumers Who Said They’d Pay For HBO Go…. Three Years Ago

With the launch of standalone streaming service HBO Now just around the corner, it appears the premium cable channel is attempting to drum up sales by going back in time and replying to Tweets from three years ago. [More]

Facebook is rolling out a new feature on its Messenger platform that allows customers to talk directly to businesses.

Facebook Messenger Now Allows For Real-Time Customer Service Chat

Peppering a company’s Facebook page with questions and comments appears to be yesterday’s form of communication, as the social media site announced today that it’s giving users and companies the ability to chat with each other through its messenger app. [More]

Facebook Clarifies: Bared Nipples, Hate Speech Not Allowed

Facebook Clarifies: Bared Nipples, Hate Speech Not Allowed

Facebook, like a lot of online sharing platforms with a large user base, frequently takes a “shoot first, ask questions later” approach to complaints about supposedly offensive posts. This has led to automated removal of rather innocent images — mothers breastfeeding, photos of nude paintings and sculptures — and other content that may offend some but was not intended to injure anyone. Today, Facebook tried to give users clearer guidelines about what sort of posts actually violate the site’s standards. [More]

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Twitter Cracks Down On Revenge Porn In Update To Site Rules

After leaked emails showed Twitter CEO Dick Costolo admitting that the social media site isn’t all that great at dealing with abuse and trolls, and in fact has “sucked at it for years,” the company included a new bit in its terms of service on Wednesday that outlaws revenge porn. [More]