For F***'s Sake Twitter, Stop Allowing Hate Speech In Promoted Tweets

“Get a rope — hang yourself.” The tweets are wildly, flagrantly hateful. The kind of offensive language, in fact, that Twitter just developed an algorithm to detect. Yet Twitter is getting paid to publish them, pushing abusive speech to a wide audience.


A 'No Harassing' Policy Won't Fix Reddit's Toxic Culture 

Every social network has a different personality, and Reddit has long been the leering uncle who occasionally gives you a pat on the back when you need it most and tells you where to buy weed. But Uncle Reddit is having a crisis of conscience. The site just introduced a new anti-harassment policy, following on the heels of announcing its “commitment to diversity” and a policy change that prohibited revenge porn.


Where To Find The Best Live Streams On Meerkat And Periscope

Meerkat and Periscope are two apps with a similar purpose: To let you broadcast live video over the web for anyone who wants to tune in. But what if your circle of friends aren’t live streaming enthusiasts? Here’s how you can find some streams of note on both networks.


A New Study From Facebook Reveals Just How Much It Filters What You See

A few years ago, I gave a talk about how algorithms and social media shape what we know. I focused on the dangers of the “filter bubble” — the personalised universe of information that makes it into our feed — and argued that news-filtering algorithms narrow what we know, surrounding us in information that tends to support what we already believe. The image at the top is the main slide.


Please Don't Call Me On Facebook Messenger 

Facebook Messenger just introduced video calling. Since Messenger is supposed to be a full-fledged communication plaform, this feels a little overdue. But overdue doesn’t mean welcome: Now our Facebook friends have the ability to cold video call us whenever chat is turned on.


Facebook Messenger Adds Video Calls 

Facebook’s relentless push to make Messenger happen is still happening, and you can now make video calls over data and Wi-Fi with Facebook’s messaging app.


This Taut, Cruel Horror Flick Is Shot Through A Teen's Laptop Screen 

There are certain films that are so obviously meant to be projected on a big screen it feels wrong to watch them for the first time at home — grandiose, SFX-heavy space sagas like Gravity only feel right splayed across an IMAX canvass. Unfriended, in its scale, has the reverse affect. It’s best watched on a laptop, huddled in bed, alone.


Teens Are Actually On Google+ For Some Reason

A new Pew research study on teenagers’ social media habits has a few surprising results. Teens are still on The Facebook en masse, with Instagram and Snapchat close behind. But 33 per cent reported using Google+. Tied with Twitter! Come again?


A Google Patent May Soon Make Social Media Spoiler-Free

It’s something we’ve all felt. The low, sinking kick in the metaphorical groin when you’ve read some arsehole’s tweet or post, expounding on some previously unknown spoiler. But maybe social media doesn’t need to be such a minefield of potential despair.


Facebook's Messenger App Is Now A Full-Fledged Social Network

Facebook just checked off another step in its plan to turn Messenger into its own separate service — launching a distinct web version of its messaging app. If you go to Messenger.com today, you’ll see all your Facebook messages without dealing with Newsfeed.