Social networks

Meta showed what Twitter’s future competitor will look like

One of the top managers of Meta showed employees of the technological giant a preview of the future competitor of the social network Twitter during a meeting in the company. This is reported by The Verge. The new standalone app will be based on Instagram and will integrate with the ... Read more

Hyundai agreed to a settlement and will pay $200 million to customers in the United States over the TikTok challenge that led to a mass theft of cars

Hyundai has decided to quickly end a class action lawsuit arising out of in connection with the mass theft of cars through the TikTok challenge. The auto giant agreed to a settlement amounting to approximately $200 million to compensate approximately 9 million to Hyundai and Kia owners in the United ... Read more

Musk still can’t write all he wants about Tesla yet

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has again failed to appeal a restraining order requiring lawyers to review some of his Tesla-related tweets, reports Engadget. A federal appeals court in Manhattan rejected Musk’s claim that a 2018 settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) unfairly imposed “prior restraints” on his free ... Read more

Twitter is improving its direct messaging feature and announcing audio and video calls

Twitter will improve the direct messages function. For this, the platform started to launch updates of its applications for iOS and Android. This was reported by the company’s CEO Elon Musk, writes 9to5Mac. According to him, the latest version of the application will allow users to reply to any message ... Read more

Musk threatened the news organization NPR to take away their Twitter account if they didn’t continue using it

Twitter owner Elon Musk sent an email letter to NPR, asking if the news organization would return to the social network and threatening to take down the account if it didn’t. The email read: “So is NPR going to start posting on Twitter again, or should we reassign @NPR to ... Read more

Nextdoor uses generative AI to encourage users to “rephrase” unfriendly messages

Nextdoor is a social network for a community of neighbors where you can get local advice, buy and sell things, borrow tools, learn about local businesses and read the news. The service presented a new function that uses generative artificial intelligence. An in-app assistant will help users rephrase “potentially unfriendly” ... Read more

Elon Musk has returned free verification to celebrities on Twitter

Elon Musk has restored blue verification badges on Twitter for users with more than 1 million followers, writes The Daily Beast. “Friends told me my blue verified check was restored. Dont know why. I’ve paid nothing. I gave no number,” tweeted Seinfeld star Jason Alexander. This goes against Musk’s idea ... Read more

Twitter removed free verification, but now Musk is paying for some celebrities himself

LeBron James and several other celebrities still have verified blue verification badges on Twitter. The option remains available to them even though they do not pay for it, writes The Verge. Twitter began removing blue badges en masse from old verified accounts, which was one of Elon Musk’s long-standing plans. ... Read more

Instagram finally allowed to add 5 links to the profile

Instagram is launching a feature that allows users to add up to 5 links to their profile bio. Links can direct followers, for example, to online businesses or brands of account holders, writes TechCrunch. By introducing this option, Instagram is challenging Linktree and Beacons. The latter actually appeared due to ... Read more

The Twitter company no longer exists, now the social network belongs to X Corp

Twitter Inc. made an unexpected revelation: it no longer exists. The social network is currently fighting a lawsuit by far-right provocateur Laura Loomer, who accused Twitter of violating federal racketeering laws when her account was suspended in 2019. Although Loomer’s lawsuit is considered absurd and doomed to failure, Twitter, as ... Read more

Not Twitter, but Titter: Elon Musk changed the name of the company’s office building in San Francisco

It seems that Elon Musk is finding it increasingly difficult to get attention on Twitter, so he is resorting to the most absurd measures. Last week, residents of San Francisco noticed that someone had taped the letter “w” on Twitter’s headquarters building, thus changing the company’s name to Titter. Elon ... Read more

Twitter has stopped restricting Chinese and Russian state-backed media

Elon Musk’s Twitter has stopped following its own policy of restricting state-controlled media from China and Russia, violating its own rules, reports Semafor. In 2020, Twitter began labelling the accounts of official government and state-controlled media and blocked them from appearing in search results. The platform also announced it will ... Read more

Twitter took away the verification badge from The New York Times because Musk was offended that the publication refused to pay

Twitter removed the blue verification badge from The New York Times’ main account on Sunday. As reported by The Washington Post, the move was initiated by Elon Musk after he learned that the news organization would not pay for the Twitter Blue service. The removal of the badge is part ... Read more

Elon Musk still became the most popular person on Twitter

Elon Musk replaced former US President Barack Obama as the most popular person on Twitter. Musk now has 133,068,709 followers, Obama 133,042,819, reports The Verge. Musk’s acquisition of Twitter has undoubtedly helped skyrocket his following, surpassing Obama’s. It hit the 100 million follower mark last June and has continued to ... Read more

Musk decided that from April 15, the “For you” tab on Twitter will show only paid and verified accounts

“How is this social network still free” is a popular ironic saying of Twitter users, which is becoming more and more distant from reality. After all, the owner and CEO of Twitter, Elon Musk, announced that from April 15, the social network will display only paid and verified accounts on ... Read more

In Ukraine, a petition was launched to ban TikTok “at least for the period of the war”

Since March 24, a petition on the ban of TikTok was banned in Ukraine. At the time of publication of the news, it had already managed to collect more than 5.7 thousand votes out of the 25 thousand needed within 90 days to be considered by the President. The very ... Read more

Part of Twitter’s source code has been leaked online

As reported by New York Times, court documents were published on Friday that show that part of Twitter’s source code – the underlying software that makes the platform possible – has been leaked online. According to court documents, Twitter claimed copyright infringement in an attempt to remove the code from ... Read more

Soon, Instagram will show even more ads: in search and by sending reminder notifications

The company Meta continues to fill the Instagram social network with advertising. Soon advertisers will be able to be placed in search. So, opening a post from search and scrolling through subsequent posts, the user will also see promotional posts (the same mechanics as with viewing recommendations or user profiles ... Read more

TikTok’s CEO further fueled Washington’s mistrust of the company

At hearing in the House of Representatives on Thursday, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew faced a barrage of questions about whether the data of American users could be vulnerable to surveillance by China. Referring to Forbes message, later confirmed by the company itself, Florida Rep. Neal Dunn asked Chew whether ... Read more

Twitter Blue subscription is now available worldwide. The old blue checkmarks should disappear on April 1

Twitter confirmed that Blue subscription is now available worldwide. For $8 a month ($11 if you sign up via the iOS or Android app), you’ll get not only the blue checkmark, but 4,000-character tweets, a higher reply rating, the ability to edit posts, and other benefits. The subscription price for ... Read more

The CEO of TikTok will testify before the US House Energy and Commerce Committee

Tensions surrounding TikTok will come to a head on Thursday, March 23, when the company’s CEO, Shou Zi Chew, testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It will give Democrats and Republicans a rare chance to voice their suspicions directly about TikTok, reports New York Times. On Tuesday, Mr. ... Read more

Twitter now automatically responds with poop emojis to media requests

After firing Twitter’s PR team (and pretty much everyone else), CEO Elon Musk has once again decided to show the media what he thinks of them. Musk announced that, the company’s address previously used to handle press inquiries, now automatically responds with a poop emoji. now auto responds ... Read more

More and more countries are joining the ban on TikTok on officials’ smartphones

The US is not the only country concerned that TikTok originated in China. Fears about the app, which is owned by ByteDance, quickly spread around the world. In just a few months, more than 5 countries have implemented full or partial bans on TikTok on government devices, pushing the popular ... Read more

Meta has started offering verification ticks for Facebook and Instagram for $12 in the US

Meta has launched a paid verification system in the US. This was reported by Mark Zuckerberg in his Instagram channel. Users who subscribe to Meta Verified will receive a blue Facebook verification checkmark and Instagram, “proactive impersonation protection” and direct access to customer support. The subscription costs $12/month if done ... Read more

The US is threatening to ban TikTok if its Chinese owners don’t sell their stakes

The Biden administration is demanding that the Chinese owners of TikTok sell their shares in the social network. Otherwise, they could face banning it in the US, reports the WSJ, citing its own sources. TikTok executives said that 60% of ByteDance (the company that owns TikTok) is owned by international ... Read more