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Cluttered Facebook Messenger Could See Big Changes in 2018

If you are starting to feel that the Facebook Messenger app seems to be too overloaded with features, then you are not the only one. Apparently, even Facebook's vice president of messaging products David Marcus had to admit that, indeed, the app became too cluttered.

In a blog post, Marcus wrote that "Over the last two years, we built a lot of capabilities to find the features that continue to set us apart. A lot of them have found their product market fit; some haven't."

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FACEBOOK

Facebook Tightens the Noose on Local Marketers and this is a HUGE Mistake

As of this writing Facebook's stock price is down nearly 4 percent today after its co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is going to deemphasize news and marketing posts in order to make the social platform more social. This is taking Facebook back to its roots of friends connecting with each other and not so much as a place where news is shared and local businesses promote themselves to whoever followed them.

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Facebook, Twitter and Google Hire German Censorship Army to Avoid Millions in Fines

According to a Wall Street Journal article, Facebook, Google and Twitter have hired censorship teams to remove user posted content that German law prohibits. As of January 1, 2018 a new law in Germany puts tech companies that allow user posted content at risk of fines of up to $60 million if they fail to remove posts deemed illegal.

Companies must remove hate speech within 24 hours in simple cases or within 7 days where content evaluation is difficult.

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SNAPCHAT

Snapchat's Redesign Gets Slammed by Users

Snapchat, the popular video and photo-sharing app, has been having a slew of bad luck recently. In the first quarter of 2017, Snapchat suffered a loss of $2.2 billion in revenue, and just this past September watched millions of users abandon its platform. In an effort to rebound, Snapchat rolled out a redesign aimed at making the site easier to use, encouraging more engagement. On Thursday, it went live in a few countries including the U.K., Australia, and Canada. However, it still has yet to roll out to its largest market, the U.S.

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TWITTER

Is Twitter Working on a System to Automate Censorship of Republicans and Conservatives?

Project Veritas, an undercover conservative journalistic organization, has caught Twitter engineers exposing how Twitter currently censors Republicans and conservative tweets. They sometimes allegedly use a concept called shadow banning, where a Twitter user continues to tweet without realizing that Twitter is not allowing their tweets into their followers feed.

On January 3rd, 2018, Abhinov Vadrevu, a former Twitter Software Engineer explains in the undercover video:

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Has Twitter Changed it's Mind on an Advertising Transparency Center?

In October 2017 Twitter announced an Advertising Transparency Center saying "that it will offer everyone visibility into who is advertising on Twitter, details behind those ads, and tools to share your feedback." As of this date, there has been no Ad Transparency Center nor any updates on its progress.

Twitter previously said the Transparency Center will show:

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