Snapchat Killing Off “Local Stories” In Favor Of Live Event Feeds

Snapchat Killing Off “Local Stories” In Favor Of Live Event Feeds

If you like checking out “Local Stories” to see what other folks in your city are posting on Snapchat, well, prepare to say farewell: Snapchat is ditching that feature so the company can focus more on its live event channels. [More]

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Report: Apple Working On Video Editing, Sharing App In A Push Towards Social

Instead of just making the hardware that allows folks to use social media, Apple is reportedly working on a video sharing and editing application of its own, and testing out new features for it on its iOS. This way, it can be/ the social tool instead of just the means to an end. [More]

Instagram Launching Live “Events” Video Channel

Instagram Launching Live “Events” Video Channel

Along with viewing your friends’ photos and videos in your feed, or checking out what’s popular on across app, Instagram is adding a new “Live Events” video channel that streams, well, events. Live. [More]

Pinterest Will Join All The Other Social Media Platforms With New “Promoted Video” Ads

Pinterest Will Join All The Other Social Media Platforms With New “Promoted Video” Ads

When it comes to social media, sure, companies want to set themselves apart and be somehow different from all the rest. But they also don’t want to be left behind, which is probably why Pinterest is now joining the video advertising fray. [More]

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Facebook Polling Users To Find “Most Informative” Stories For News Feed

In its quest to show users exactly what they want to see, when they want to see it, Facebook is tweaking its news feed algorithm yet again, this time based on user polling. [More]

Crackdown Coming For Stealth Social Media Ads

Crackdown Coming For Stealth Social Media Ads

We’ve seen Warner Bros. get in trouble for paying YouTubers to hype a new game without properly revealing they were paid, and we’ve seen Lord & Taylor caught paying Instagram influencers to shill for a new dress. Yet our social media feeds are still overflowing with celebrities and semi-celebrities pushing products without disclosing that they are receiving a paycheck to do so. [More]

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Pizza Hut Has Hired A Chatbot To Take Online Orders Via Twitter, Facebook Messenger

If I had a pizza for every time I had a conversation about pizza, no one would see me again because I’d be buried under a pile of pizzas. To capture the essence of that experience, sans pizza burial, Pizza Hut is launching a chatbot that will allow customers to order food in a “conversational” way. [More]

What Do You Do When All Your Instagram Photos Disappear?

What Do You Do When All Your Instagram Photos Disappear?

From that time the cat wouldn’t stop attacking its reflection in the mirror, to the gargantuan bacon cheeseburger you ate last night, Instagram users post all kinds of memories on the photo-sharing site. So when Consumerist reader Dylan was suddenly faced with losing all his pictures, he was understandably upset. [More]

Warner Bros. Paid Popular YouTubers To Post Positive Clips About Video Game

Warner Bros. Paid Popular YouTubers To Post Positive Clips About Video Game

Being a “social media influencer” must be a pretty sweet deal: People send you free stuff, and pay you money just in the hopes that you’ll say nice things about their products. Problem is, those companies can get into trouble if the influencers don’t properly reveal that they were paid for their commentary. [More]

Snapchat Sued Over “Sexually Offensive Content” From Its Media Partners

Snapchat Sued Over “Sexually Offensive Content” From Its Media Partners

While many people might use Snapchat just to share photos and videos with friends, there’s also an area for brands and media companies to post content, which you can see in the app’s “Discover” tab. But according to a new lawsuit against the social media company, that feature is showing minors “sexually offensive content” without warning. [More]

Twitter Debuting Stickers That Act Like Hashtags For Photos

Twitter Debuting Stickers That Act Like Hashtags For Photos

In a move to be more like the cool kids over at Snapchat, Twitter today unveiled a new library of stickers that can be added to photos, which can be searched like hashtags so you can make sure you’re doing social media right. [More]

Instagram Will Start Offering Translations For Captions, Comments, & Bios

Instagram Will Start Offering Translations For Captions, Comments, & Bios

If you’ve ever wondered what that Russian cat is actually saying in her Instagram captions, or what the real story is behind your favorite K-Pop star, you won’t need to step outside the social media service to translate those posts and bios anymore. [More]

Snapchat Users Will Now See Ads Between Their Friends’ Stories

Snapchat Users Will Now See Ads Between Their Friends’ Stories

Whenever a new social media company comes around, ad-free and full of vim and vigor with a select group of devoted users, it’s only a matter of time before that clubhouse for the cool kids starts opening itself up to the masses… which in turn, leads to advertisers banging on the door. Snapchat is the latest social company to join its peers in opening up that door a little wider to advertisers. [More]

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Facebook Now Lets Users Comment On Posts With A Video

There are some moments when a Facebook post cannot be answered in words, or even a photo. For those times, users can now respond to posts through the art of the moving image. In other words, video comments are coming. [More]

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Nearly 33 Million Twitter Passwords May Have Been Leaked

Days after Twitter said that it would investigate a rash of high-profile hackings by checking its data against what’s been shared in recent leaks related to MySpace, Tumblr, and other services, it appears that the passwords for almost 33 million Twitter users were part of a separate hack attack.  [More]

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Twitter Looking Into Rash Of High-Profile Hackings

Days after the king of the modern internet — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg — found several of his social media accounts in the hands of hackers, similar attacks have befallen the NFL and other high-profile Twitter accounts, leading the social network to investigate.  [More]

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This Is How You Fail At Sponsored Social Media Posts

We’ve written in the past about how it’s illegal not to disclose when you’re getting paid to post about a product on social media like. There was nothing under-the-radar about a recent sponsored Instagram photo reality TV person Scott Disick posted, however. [More]

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Report: Twitter Will No Longer Count Links, Photos Against 140-Character Limit

While Twitter isn’t ready to expand its 140-character limit anytime soon, the social media may be willing to exempt photos and URLs from that per-Tweet allotment. [More]