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Twitter annoyed everyone last week, because of rumours about changes that where supposed to be coming. There’s talk of timelines going out of order, and a filter being put in place as seen on Facebook, given priority to certain tweets and the like.
While this is mostly rumour, Twitter have come out and talked about one thing they’ll be doing – they are promising to do more to tackle harassment and abuse on their pages. They’re going to put together a new ‘safety council’, who will be made up of charities and experts, in a bid to put the scuppers on harassment.
We’ll be seeing this rolled out throughout the year, and of course, some people will cry that this is anti freedom of speech. Of course, it isn’t – you’re still free to speak your mind on the internet, just not wherever you please – just like if you say something dodgy down the pub and you get barred, certain sites have house rules which must be respected. Besides, you can always go on 4chan if you’re desperate to speak your mind.
Twitter UK’s head of policy, Nick Pickles, said: “I don’t think we will have all the answers, but it is important to seek expertise in these still very young issues. We want to make sure we hear different views and think about these challenges in the fullest and most nuanced way.”
Of course, Twitter has been criticised in the past for not doing enough to stop people being bullied or hounded and what have you. A lot of people have received a lot of death threats, been doxxed (look it up) and generally been given dog’s abuse for having an opinion on something. Both left and right leaning people have been dragged backwards through virtual hedges.
You might recall that Twitter’s old CEO Dick Costolo said: “We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years.”
Either way, Twitter are looking at making their platform safer, which is obviously going to be met with some people testing their luck and pushing boundaries to see what they can get away with it. Do yourself a favour and mute those try-hards.
Facebook have been having all manner of bother regarding everyone’s data, and to date, it doesn’t look like they’re at all bothered. Either way, the ‘Friend Finder’ tool is under the microscope, and the ‘Safe Harbour’ ruling which allows American companies to send your personal stuff back Stateside, is being investigated by EU bigwigs.
Well, the French data protection authority has practically ordered Facebook to stop some of this data transferring, and stop the way they use the data of non-Facebook users.
The Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), said that they’re not happy about the Safe Harbour agreement, as it may allow data to be looked at by American spies! Safe Harbour is going to be changed and updated this year, with the annoyingly named ‘Safer Harbour’ deal.
CNIL has asked the social network to stop compiling the data of account holders for advertising purposes without a legal basis, adding that the harvesting of this data doesn’t constitute the primary object of the contract, which users agree to when they sign-up with Facebook. This compiling of personal data by its very nature, is very likely to be incompatible with the fundamental privacy rights of account holders, said CNIL chair Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin.
Facebook let you block targeted adverts, but they don’t let you opt out of your personal data being mined. The social network has three month to comply with CNIL’s requests, or they’ll come a cropper of the French Data Protection Act.
With investigations by the EU continuing, you can expect more countries to start giving ultimatums to Facebook, and similar companies who use citizens’ personal data.
Have you been talking to someone on Facebook’s messenger, and found them to be about as exciting as an old mop? Well, worry not, as there’s a secret (well, it isn’t a secret now) chess game built-in, which you can play with your pals.
First, in your message, tap in ‘@fbchess play’, and that’ll bring the board up, ready for you to play on. Now, all you need to do is to make the pieces move.
Easy enough – you type the letter of the piece you’d like to move, and then select where it is moving to. Obviously, the position is determined by the corresponding letters and numbers around the board.
The key for the pieces is as follows:
K for king
Q for queen
B for bishop
N for knight
R for rook
P for pawn
You’ll be able to work it out, as you’re incredibly resourceful and bright. However, should you get yourself in a tangle, and need some pointers, then all you have to do is type ‘@fbchess help’ in your chat, and you’ll get all the help you need.
Sadly, we can’t tell you how to be great at chess – you’ll have to do that for yourself. This is what the secret Facebook chess game looks like.
If your Android phone has been slower than an aged sloth that’s been on the bongs lately, and you’ve shut down apps and cleared cache, but to no avail, there might be one more thing you need to try – deleting the Facebook apps.
The apps Facebook make are the kind that constantly work, which can slow your phone down and drain your battery. BW tried it, and the performance of the phones tested improved greatly.
Multiple people have been pointing this out recently, and over at AndroidCentral.com, they’ve been running tests. Over there, Russell Holly wrote: “Recently I noticed some performance issues on multiple phones, and had started paying closer attention to what exactly was causing these problems. When Facebook turned out to be one of the more egregious resource hogs, I uninstalled it to see how things improved.”
“Not only did my performance issues go away entirely, but I discovered I didn’t actually lose any of the Facebook features I cared about by uninstalling the app.”
Basically, if you want to use Facebook while getting rid of the app, you can still use it via your phone’s browser. Basically, you can still access it as normal through Chrome, or whichever browser you use, and still get what you need from the service.
He continued: “Active Facebook users… will notice a few things missing [including Instant Articles, location-based functionality and autoplaying GIFs]. For a more casual user like me, these aren’t features I miss, and I think it’s great Facebook has put so much effort into their mobile implementation so users who find the app to be a little much can still have a great experience.”
If you want to have a designated app for Facebook, that won’t clog up your phone, then one option is an app called ‘Metal’ (which you can get here), which will ensure your phone is faster, and lasts longer.
Facebook themselves have said that they’re going to be looking into this. A spokesperson for the social network said: “We have heard reports of some people experiencing speed issues stemming from our Android app. We are looking into this and will keep [users] posted. We are committed to continuing to improve these issues.”
You may recall that Apple users had similar issues last year, and Facebook were quick to fix the problems that arose. They’ll no doubt be doing the same for Android, but you suspect it might take a little longer. We’ll keep you posted.
Last October, we warned you that Facebook would be replacing ‘Likes’ with emotions. Well, now they’re being rolled out, with a host of new buttons which will stop you having to give a thumbs-up to someone’s upsetting status update.
Now, you’ll be able to choose from a load of emoji faces, so you can express how angry, happy, or whatever you are about something, without having to actually type words out.
And they’re going to look like this.
There was an option for ‘yay’, but in testing, people couldn’t agree on what the face was doing, so they scrapped it.
Anyway, these new emotional buttons will appear on the Facebook mobile app when you push down on the usual thumb for longer than you would normally.
Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer, said: “You can love something, you can be sad about something, you can laugh out loud at something. We know on phones people don’t like to use keyboards and we also know that the like button does not always let you say what you want.”
You’ll be able to try this all out in the next couple of weeks. [/notfussedemoji]
The desktop version has been borked, as well as the mobile app. People visiting the site have been greeted with the ”something is technically wrong” message, leaving non-users to say make that joke about ‘why should anyone care about what [celebrity X] has had for their [insert meal here]‘.
The official app is not working, failing to load up, as well as Tweetdeck (Twitter’s other client), which isn’t doing what it is supposed to.
Twitter’s API status page showed problems with most parts of the site, with things kicking off royally around 8am.
This outage seems to be affecting people from all over the globe too, which is a pain for people who want to make horrible threats to women online, and very annoying for the kind of people who want everything they disagree with, banned and banished. We feel most for those people who just want to shout “QUEEN!” at their favourite popstars.
Anyway, here’s a graph from just now. Things will be fixed soon enough, we suspect.
Well, a high court in Germany has said that the feature is ‘unlawful’, that encourages users to market Facebook to their contacts.
So what’s the problem with that?
The Federal Court of Justice ruled that this constitutes advertising harassment. The ‘Friend Finder’ feature allows Facebook to get permission from users to take all the email addresses from someone’s address book, which the social network can then use to invite non-users to use Facebook.
The court says that this is a deceptive marketing practice, and that Facebook have not sufficiently informed their users that this was how they’d be using their contacts’ data.
The VZBV, who brought the case to court, said that this is going to see a knock-on effect for other companies who employ similar types of advertising: “What the judgement means exactly for the current Friends Finder, we now have to find out. In addition to Facebook, other services use this form of advertising to attract new users. They must now probably rethink.”
It is a sneaky way of Facebook getting the email addresses of people who have no intention of signing up with them, which is something of a worry. Given that a lot of people don’t trust Facebook at all, this court ruling could be seen as good news. However, you suspect FB will find a way around it.
One to keep tabs on.
There’s one thing that unifies all British people, and that’s complaining about trains, or at the very least, taking the piss out of them. A favourite thing to do, is to laugh (or cry) about some of the excuses that we’re given for trains being late.
We’ve heard about leaves on the line, and the wrong types of rain, but now we have a real beauty – sunlight.
Southeastern were asked about why the delays happened at Lewisham in London, and they said that it was the fault of “strong sunlight”. This was a reply on Twitter, where they said: “We had severe congestion through Lewisham due to dispatching issues as a result of strong sunlight.”
“The low winter sun has been hitting the dispatch monitor which prevents the driver from being able to see.”
Of course, we know that low, winter sun can really fry your eyeballs and it makes it difficult to drive your car when it is shining into your face, but that shouldn’t stop us from indulging in the great British pastime of laughing at train delay excuses. Of course, with this response being shared on Twitter, people were quick to pile-on.
One person said it was “the weakest excuse ever”, while another said; “”How do they go on in hot countries where they have sunshine all the time?”
A Southeastern spokesperson said: “We know that sometimes it seems that if it is not leaves on the line or snow on the track then it is some other weather issue. But actually glare this morning made it impossible for some drivers to see the full length of their train in their mirrors before leaving stations.”
“When this happens they have to get out and check to ensure everybody has got on or off their train safely before they can move. This can take a little more time but thankfully for all it doesn’t happen very often.”
Facebook have realised that not everyone likes using their main app and desktop service. It’s annoying, and filled with people with different political opinions that you. With that, the social network has realised that diversifying what they do is the way forward.
So, they launched the Messenger app, so you could use Facebook like the old MSN app, as well as buying WhatsApp, so people who don’t like Facebook can feel like they’re not using it at all.
Turns out that Facebook have looked at desktops, and want in on that too. Apparently, they’ve created a standalone Messenger app for people with Macs, which basically looks and feels like the Skype app.
Instead of logging into Facebook, you can open up the desktop version of the Messenger app, and you’re away. Facebook tried something very similar to this with Windows users back in 2012, but they got rid of that in 2014. Looks like this new one is here to stay though.
While it might seem pointless to people who already have, and use apps like this on their desktop, you just know that less techie people will trust Facebook and use this app as an add-on to their usual social media services. If you download it, chances are, your mum and dad will be all over it and sending you messages while you’re online doing work or watching dirty films.
What a treat, obviously.
Mobile phones have got us to the point where we simply don’t have to remember them – as long as you know the name they’re under in your address book. And failing that, you can always message them on social media and ask them for it again.
Facebook now want to finally kill off the phone number in 2016.
The social network’s VP of Messaging Products, David Marcus, says: “We made Messenger blazing fast, we introduced video calling, the ability to customize conversations with colours, nicknames and emojis and with Businesses on Messenger, we introduced a new way for businesses to engage their customers by providing them with a delightful, personal experience.”
“We added helpful information at the top of new conversations so you always have the context of who you’re talking to if it’s not a Facebook friend, and with Message Requests, we built the foundational step of enabling you to find and talk to anyone.”
Of course, if you don’t have Facebook, this is all a complete nonsense, not to mention the idea of killing off phone numbers altogether. Then again, Facebook are a bit crazy these days.
They suggest that using phone numbers is a bit ‘backward’, in the paragraph that’s titled ‘The Disappearance Of The Phone Number’, saying that Messenger offers “so much more,” adding “as well as texting, you can send stickers, photos, videos, voice clips, GIFs, your location, and money to people.”
Well, it clearly hasn’t been taken up by many people, so they’re getting rid of the paid-for Lens Store, instead, focusing on getting advertising in, instead.
If you’re really old and don’t know what these filters are, on Snapchat, you can apply filters to your face that make a variety of special effects happen. You can vomit rainbows and get hit in the face by pretend vegetables and the like. And no, they don’t work if you try and superimpose them over videos and photos of your nether regions.
Snapchat have been charging 79p for these FX, but they’re backing away from that, and it looks like they’ll be generating money by having sponsored lenses instead. This was already a feature for some, but now, Snapchat are going to go for it and chase the money.
You’ll be able to keep any lenses you’ve already bought, and others will become free of charge. Snapchat say they’ll be adding around 10 new ones per day.
Since all the shops got on Twitter and Facebook, people have been able to converse with them quicker, and easier, than at any other time in history. You don’t even have to get off the couch to complain about stuff.
One man, Luke Mitchell, tweeted an image of a pizza he’d bought from Tesco and, as you’ll immediately see from the image below, the base was a bit on the moudly side.
Linda, who works on Tesco’s social media customer service team, was on hand to deal with the problem. She’d either had a very long day, or was dealing with a huge volume of people on Twitter, as she missed the nasty underside of the pizza.
Of course, Luke wasn’t having any of it.
Lots of people piled in, having fun with the whole situation, while some people said that Luke might want to revise the way he speaks to people dealing with his query.
In the end, it all got sorted and refunds were offered.
There’s a lot of talk about Twitter ditching their famous 140 character limit, which of course, would make Twitter the same as every other social media service. That means a lot of people are tutting about the whole thing, worried that the service will go from short, snappy posts, to people boring on for paragraphs at a time.
In a reports, it says that people will be able to have 10,000 at their disposal, including in their Direct Messages feature. Apparently, the product provisionally named ‘Beyond 140′ will arrive toward the end of ‘Q1′.
The Re/Code report says: “Twitter is currently testing a version of the product in which tweets appear the same way they do now, displaying just 140 characters, with some kind of call to action that there is more content you can’t see. Clicking on the tweets would then expand them to reveal more content.”
So basically, posts could have a ‘read more’ function.
Responding to criticism, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey showed why he’d like a larger character limit, writing a bunch of words and sharing it as an image.
Here it is.
Sounds like Twitter want to have a thing where you can embed entire articles, which effectively open things up in Twitter without having to leave the site. You’ll have seen a similar thing with Facebook.
Articles that pre-load within the app means that Twitter can retain users and get them spending more time on their site.
Of course, Twitter has been losing ground to Facebook and Instagram, because they haven’t made as many changes, and as such, haven’t seen the desired revenues. Could this be just the thing to lure new users into the fold? In the third quarter, Twitter reported a loss of $132 million, so they need to do something.
Facebook have to be one of the oddest companies around. Not only do they constantly tinker with their platform and have a problem with women’s nipples, but they like messing with you and your feelings. Ages ago, they actually played with people’s emotions just to see what would happen, and now, they’re testing your loyalty.
That’s right! To see if you really love them, they ran some tests where they kept making their app crash for certain users.
Facebook wanted to know how loyal you were, so they made the app crash continually, just to see how much you’d try and log-in, and how frequently.
According to reports, one person familiar with the test said: ”People never stopped coming back!” Users were monitored to see how they’d react emotionally, and often, they’d blame their browser before shouting at Facebook, or giving up trying to log-in all the time.
There’s more to this test. It is said that Facebook’s goal was to be ready in case it runs into trouble with Google, and the Android operating system. ”Facebook’s goal is to be ready in case it has an intractable conflict with Google, which operates the Android mobile operating system, over future rules governing how apps can function on Android,” said the Information.
We’re just waiting for them to start issuing Facebook branded tinfoil hats, because they’re sounding a bit manic at the minute.
Making a complaint can be a tricky business, but for the most part, quietly and patiently gets you compensated. However, sometimes you need to go above and beyond, if the complaint procedure is not up to scratch – that’s why some people go to Facebook for a massive rant.
However, sometimes, people get it wildly, wildly wrong.
And so, we go to a lady called Holly Jones, who kicked off with Kilroy’s Downtown Indy, after she’d spent $700 there. She was furious that she wasn’t being treated well enough, because of “a dead person being wheeled out from an overdose”. She also referred to the person who was being treated as “a junkie”, and more.
Here’s the rant.
Now, some of you might not be bothered about some junkie dying, however, this woman was wrong – the person who needed urgent treatment was a 57-year-old woman who was having a heart attack.
So now, the complaint from Holly is basically about being inconvenienced by someone nearly dying, and the staff being stressed out by it, at an already stressful time.
Since this spleen went on Facebook, Holly has deleted her Facebook account, and claimed that she’d been hacked. Who is buying that? Either way, this is a lesson in not shooting your mouth off before kicking your brains into gear.
And if you’re feeling generous, the lady who had the heart-attack survived and there’s a gofundme to help her with her medical bills.