Google Is Stripping Google+ from Its Services – First Up, YouTube

A few years ago, Google went all in with Google+. Google+ is Google, remember? In an effort to unify all Google products under a common banner, Google tied everything to Google+ – including YouTube. This made a lot of people…

Instagram Has a Bot Problem, Despite ‘Purge’, Say Researchers

After looking at over 10.2 million accounts and studying the behavior of 20,000 purchased fake accounts, some Italian researchers have concluded that Instagram still has a bot problem. How bad is it? According to security researcher Andrea Stroppa, it’s not…

Twitter Is Playing Whack-a-Mole with ISIS Accounts

Twitter has ramped up its own war with the so-called Islamic State, suspending more and more pro-ISIS accounts with every passing month. A recent report from ABC News quoted people familiar with the operation as saying Twitter has suspended at…

Instagram Will Finally Verify Users as It Tops 300 Million

Instagram has just announced a significant milestone – 300 million users. The company says that its user base now shares over 70 million photos and videos every day and CEO Kevin Systrom says that 70 percent is international. Alongside this…

Twitter Says It Has About 23 Million Active Bots [UPDATED]

UPDATE: To clarify Twitter’s statement in the filing, the (up to) 8.5 percent of accounts that “automatically contacted our servers for regular updates without any discernable additional user-initiated action” could include apps pulling content and displaying it without manual user…

Facebook’s New ‘Trusted Contacts’ Lets Your Buddies Help with Account Recovery

Facebook wants you to tap your buddies to help you regain access to your account, should you find yourself locked out. Today, they’re unveiling the all new “Trusted Contacts,” which is a revamp of their “Trusted Friends” feature that they…

Airbnb’s New Verification Program Requires Offline ID, Rolling Out to 25% of Users Today

“Trust is the key to our community,” says Airbnb’s Vivek Wagle. “There is no place for anonymity in a trusted community.” And with that, Airbnb announces a move that is likely to ruffle the feathers of some users, while engendering…

A Funny Look at Getting Verified on Twitter [VIDEO]

For those of you who love Twitter and wish to have influence on the network, the sad fact is that you’ll probably never be verified. No matter how hard you try, Twitter isn’t likely to contact you directly, expressing their…

Twitter Asks You to ‘Welcome Back’ Previously Inactive Users in Order to Promote Engagement

It looks like Twitter is making a small, non-intrusive push to promote more interaction between members of the service. Some users are seeing a new message appear atop their streams on Twitter.com. It notifies them that someone (a particular @person)…

Twitter May Be Getting More Serious About Two-Factor Authentication

Is Twitter ramping up their efforts to implement two-factor authentication to make your accounts more secure? Two-factor authentication (2FA), generically, is any approach to authentication that has multiple layers. Around the web (like with Google for instance), it is usually…