Clubhouse Payments will use the Stripe gateway, while Signal will use MobileCoin, a cryptocurrency.
Facebook is building a newsletter and website platform to compete with Twitter’s Revue acquisition and subscription newsletter services like Substack and MailerLite.
Twitter accounts can now add several hardware security keys that are used for two-factor authentication on different devices.
The Parler social network was dropped from Amazon Web Services (AWS), Apple's App Store, and Google Play in early January, but its web app is back online after finding a new hosting provider.
Facebook will prompt users of its mobile app to opt-in to device tracking services prior to the Apple opt-in page that will ship with iOS 14.
The Bluesky initiative, a project focused on creating a decentralized social network backed by Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey, shared a 61-page Ecosystem Review of viable protocols and apps.
Chrome and Firefox users can now upload AVIF images to Facebook posts. Facebook automatically converts the AVIF images to JPEG format.
Facebook paid for a full-page ad in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal that accuses Apple will reduce small business revenue by 60%.
The Twitter Communication team announced the success of a test that prompts users to read articles before they Retweet. They plan to make the feature available to everyone globally.
The tool will use image matching to protect copyrighted image content across the Facebook and Instagram platforms. Rights Manager for Images and the Creator Studio tool where it lives are intended for high-volume content creators and publishers.
Facebook Paid Online Events are available for qualifying Pages. Small business owners booking events through Facebook Pay on the web or Android will keep 100 percent of the event’s revenue for at least the first year of the program.
The company says it accelerated its product roadmap to help businesses connect with their communities online and at scale.
Facebook and Instagram have launched new features to help with coronavirus pandemic relief efforts and reduce the spread of misinformation related to the outbreak.
Posts from high-reach Facebook Pages and Instagram accounts outside of the U.S. will now list the account owner’s primary country location at the top of the post.
The $100 million earmarked for Facebook’s SMB Grants Program includes cash grants and ad credits for small businesses around the world.
Twitter enabled a new feature called Fleets in Brazil. Fleets capture fleeting thoughts, and they disappear after 24 hours, similar to Facebook and Instagram Stories.
The popular open-source URL shortener, YOURLS, was updated to version 1.7.6. The update adds a Bitly-like URL randomizer to the core set of plugins and fixes various bugs. Users that rely on the software are also encouraged to sponsor its development via Open Collective.
The standards-based initiative to decentralize social media data known as Solid has been difficult for most people to visualize. Angelo Veltens, a developer and IT consultant, recently shared an example of what a person’s identity could look like using Solid.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announces Bluesky, an initiative to create a decentralized social media standard
Jack Dorsey made a surprise announcement that Twitter is funding a small team of software architects, engineers, and designers to create an open-source standard for social media.
‘Solid’ Decentralized social apps, where users control their data and privacy, could replace Facebook
Tim Berners-Lee’s vision for personal data ownership and privacy on the web gains traction as more companies are committing resources to make Solid-based apps.