Hide and tweet
Twitter has confirmed it is working on a feature that would allow users to hide replies to their tweets.
This would work in the same ways as Facebook’s ‘hide’ button which lets business pages hide replies to their posts, instead of blocking or muting the users.
Unlike Facebook’s versions, Twitter users would still be able to see the hidden tweets by clicking on a ‘View Hidden Tweets’ Tool.
After the feature was spotted in app’s code, Twitter confirmed it was working on the feature and plan to begin testing it publicly soon.
Facebook to introduce ‘clear history’ feature
Facebook has announced it is planning to release a ‘clear history’ feature.
This feature will allow users to delete the data that is linked to their Facebook account from apps and websites. It would also allow users to prevent Facebook from recording data going forward.
The feature was first discussed as an idea during the F8 conference last year but was confirmed last week by Facebook CFO David Wehner in an interview with CNBC.
By giving users greater control over their data, Facebook will hope this addresses privacy concerns raised by the Cambridge Analytica scandal. For advertisers on the platform, this will likely reduce ability to target ads.
LinkedIn introduce new Salary Tool
LinkedIn has announced a new job searching feature.
When you now search for jobs, the LinkedIn Salary tool will display insights about salaries of the results and where more money can be made.
Also, by submitting your salary within the LinkedIn Salary tool, you will receive personalised insights about how your income compares to similar jobs on the market.
The LinkedIn Salary tool is now available in more than 10 countries around the world, including the UK.
Facebook Stories introduce event sharing
Facebook stories has a new feature which lets you share your interest in an event.
While visiting a event page in Facebook, you can now click ‘Share To Your Story’ to let your friends know you’re interested in attending. The tappable sticker within the Story shows the event details, allows friends to respond ‘Interested’ or ‘Going’ directly from the story.
The introduction of Stories on Facebook has not been as popular as on platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram. However, one area where Facebook dominates is the organisation of events and meet-ups. This new Stories function could be a way to improve their functionality and differentiate them similar features on different platforms.
In the last week, Facebook Stories also rolled out a new set of stickers and frames for International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month designed by artist Kenesha Sneed.
Facebook sues companies selling fake followers
Facebook has filed a lawsuit against four companies and three individuals based in China, accusing them of promoting the sale of fake accounts, likes and followers on their platforms Facebook and Instagram.
This is the first time Facebook has taken legal action against such parties rather than simply banning them from the platform.
This follows a case last month where American company Devumi was taken to court for selling fake followers and where it was then ruled that the sale of likes and follows is illegal. As such, Facebook’s lawyers have clear legal ground to pursue such providers, which could see the company, and other social media providers, ramp up their action against fake sellers.