Instagram is attempting to limit abusive content on its platform by adding a new feature that allows users to choose who is allowed to comment on their posts. Facebook is testing a new facial recognition feature that will be used for account security purposes. Twitter is making moves to double the original 140 character restriction on tweets, currently granting a small group of users the ability to post with up to 280 characters.
In an effort to prevent hateful and offensive interactions online, Instagram has introduced the ability to restrict who can comment on posts. Public accounts can choose to limit the comment section to groups of people such as their followers, or accounts that they follow. Additionally, both public and private accounts can now block specific accounts from commenting on their posts.
Facebook is developing a security feature that will allow users to recover their accounts simply by scanning their face. This facial recognition feature will only be allowed on devices that have been previously used to log into a user’s account, and will be reserved as a supplementary recovery option. Other options such as two-factor authentication via SMS will remain available as well.
Tweets may double in size as Twitter experiments with expanding the character limit to 280 characters. The original 140 character restriction was allegedly never meant to be permanent, and was set in place solely so that a tweet could meet the 160 character limit of a SMS message. Twitter plans to only expand the character limit for users with languages that require larger amounts of characters.
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