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TikTok Stories tests posts that disappear after 24 hours

TikTok Stories tests posts that disappear after 24 hours

It seems that TikTok is finally ready to turn the tables on big rivals like Instagram, Twitter, and even YouTube. After having been copied repeatedly by those competitors, the once-embattled short video platform is now returning the favor by copying a feature that has become a staple for at least one of those social networks. TikTok is apparently testing out its own ephemeral Stories in an attempt to diversify its features and attract even more users to its platform.

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Twitter adds Google Account and Apple ID to bypass login issues

Twitter adds Google Account and Apple ID to bypass login issues

Twitter just added log in and sign up connections to both Google Account and Apple ID accounts. It would seem like these sign up and log in options should've been a part of the equation since the beginning... but here we go! Twitter JUST added the ability to log in or sign up to "join the conversation on Twitter" with options to use a Google Account on the app and on the web, or an Apple ID on iOS and "soon on web."

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Twitter bounty challenge offers cash for finding algorithmic bias

Twitter bounty challenge offers cash for finding algorithmic bias

Twitter has announced intentions to launch its first algorithmic bias challenge, one that offers cash rewards for individuals who help uncover "potential harms" caused by the company's saliency algorithm. This new competition builds upon the bias identification approach Twitter detailed back in May. The challenge will take place as part of DEF CON AI Village this year.

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Analysis of 100 million tweets finds sources behind early pandemic fake news

Analysis of 100 million tweets finds sources behind early pandemic fake news

An analysis of more than 100 million tweets published in the early months of the pandemic reveals the sources of misinformation and disinformation that have since plagued society and driven mistrust in the COVID-19 vaccines. Misguided medical professionals, conspiracy theorists, and fact-checking the wrong people were all cited as contributing factors.

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Twitter test makes it loud and clear when you’ve made a mistake

Twitter test makes it loud and clear when you’ve made a mistake

Twitter has revealed yet another test, this one that makes it very easy to tell when you've done something that has jeopardized your account. Those who are part of this test may see a new banner above their account's feed if they've had their account locked or suspended, as well as what the penalty means and how the user can proceed in light of it.

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Netflix’s next cartoon for adults is based on a popular Twitter account

Netflix’s next cartoon for adults is based on a popular Twitter account

A popular Twitter account will debut on Netflix in September as a new animated series for adult viewers. Called Chicago Party Aunt, the series will revolve around the character Diane Dunbrowski voiced by Lauren Ash. Though we don't yet have a trailer for the upcoming show, Netflix has revealed a still image of the animation.

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Twitter lets users downvote tweets, but not to encourage negativity

Twitter lets users downvote tweets, but not to encourage negativity

Twitter is now testing upvote and downvote buttons on tweets, though they're only visible to users who access the platform through the company's iOS app at this time. The idea of upvote and downvote buttons are nothing new -- they're a core aspect of Reddit, for example, and many people have asked for them on platforms like Facebook. They're also a potential problem for social media sites.

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Twitter axes Fleets after Stories-style vanishing posts prove a flop

Twitter axes Fleets after Stories-style vanishing posts prove a flop

Twitter is axing Fleets, its attempt to copy the success of Instagram Stories, despite only launching the feature to all users at the end of 2020. Fleets - vanishing text, photos, and videos, which would automatically delete after 24 hours - had been rolled out to all Twitter users in November last year, but struggled to gain traction.

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Twitter makes it easier to control who can reply to published tweets

Twitter makes it easier to control who can reply to published tweets

If you're getting unwanted replies to an already-published tweet, you now have the opportunity to restrict who can join the conversation. Though Twitter has offered the option to limit who is allowed to reply to tweets for around a year, a new update to the feature allows users to apply the same restrictions to tweets after they've been published.

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Twitter on iOS could soon support Sign in with Apple

Twitter on iOS could soon support Sign in with Apple

There are innumerable online services and apps these days that it is almost impossible to keep track of all the usernames and passwords for them. Thankfully, some of those services allow you to sign up and log into their network using a Google account or, sometimes, a Facebook account. Two years ago, Apple launched its own take on that convenience with "Sign in with Apple," and Twitter might be adopting the technology to help make it easier for both old and new users to jump on board with their iPhones and iPad.

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Twitter privacy concepts tease check-ins, tweet prompts, and snoop alerts

Twitter privacy concepts tease check-ins, tweet prompts, and snoop alerts

Twitter has been very transparent about some of the concepts it is considering behind closed doors, the latest batch of which revolve around the issue of privacy. Though none of these concepts are features (yet), they do reveal the kind of perspective Twitter is taking when it approaches this topic, including the best ways it can accommodate the varying needs of its users.

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Twitter tests Trusted Friends to limit who can see tweets

Twitter tests Trusted Friends to limit who can see tweets

Twitter was designed around the idea of something like a public bulletin board where people can post short snippets the length of a normal SMS. It has definitely grown out of that shell quite a while back and has given birth to use cases and concerns that some users might have developed that went beyond the platform's core functionality. It seems that Twitter is experimenting with a few features that give users a bit more control over their posts and replies to their posts but at the expense of a bit more mental overhead for those same users.

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