26 major updates from Facebook, Twitter, Google, Vimeo, Instagram & LinkedIn

Digital platform updates from last week - Twitter shuts Vine, LinkedIn earnings up 23% YoY in Q3 2016, Twitter introduces customer service bots, Facebook scores big in Q3 earnings, and more

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YouTube gives creators more control over comments: YouTube unveiled new tools Thursdaythat give video creators the ability to fight hate speech and abuse in their comments sections. The Google-owned video platform first announced plans for the new features at VidCon earlier this year.

Facebook’s plan to break into the workplace is already used by 1,000 businesses: While the tech world was fascinated and freaking out over Microsoft’s new Slack-killer product Teams, Facebook subtly reminded the world that it had some game in this market, too.

Facebook scores big in Q3 earnings: $7.01B revenue and 1.79B users: Facebook had a wildly successful Q3, earning $7.01 billion in revenue and $1.09 EPS. That’s off of from 1.79 billion monthly users, up 16% year-over-year, and growing 4.67% this quarter, speeding up from 3.63% last quarter. Daily active users rose to 1.18 from 1.13 billion last quarter, and up 17% year-over-year. Facebook now has 1.66 billion mobile MAUs up 5.7% from 1.57 billion in Q2, and it’s hit a new billion-user milestone as it reached 1.055 billion mobile-only users.

Twitch starts selling its own video ads, says they can’t be avoided via ad blockers: Twitch, the Amazon-owned video streaming platform which is today used by over 2 million broadcasters, announced today its plans to begin selling video ads in its partners’ live streams. These ads will roll out this week, and will be delivered through Twitch’s new SureStream video technology platform, which also offers smoother and more reliable streams, including ads, the company claims.

Facebook now has more users on mobile devices than anywhere else: There’s a good reason why Facebook’s mobile business is bigger than ever. The majority of Facebook’s users now access the social network exclusively on a mobile device, Facebook announced as part of its third quarter earnings. Of its 1.79 billion monthly active users, more than 1 billion are so-called “mobile only” users who only use Facebook on mobile devices.

Vimeo to start offering a paid subscription service: Vimeo, which has long been known for offering a premium subscription for video creators, announced its plans Wednesday to launch a consumer-facing subscription business.

Here’s why Facebook stock tanked despite the company crushing targets: Facebook stock is down more than 7% in after-hours trading after the company told investors to brace for a “meaningful” slowdown in revenue growth rates and for “aggressive” investments next year.

Blocking ad blockers boosted Facebook’s desktop ad revenue 18%: Facebook’s recent workaround for Adblock Plus and other ad blockers is already earning it money. On today’s blockbuster Q3 earnings call, the company said desktop ad revenue grew 18 percent year-over-year this quarter compared to around 9 percent in previous quarters, and that thwarting ad blockers was largely the cause for that boost.

Facebook has connected 40M people with Internet.org: Today on Facebook’s blockbuster Q3 earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg said Internet.org has helped 40 million people get online. Indeed, 0.5% percent of the world’s population is now connected to the internet thanks to Facebook’s accessibility initiatives.

YouTube is still having trouble getting people to pay for YouTube: When YouTube Red launched a year ago, the plan was for the service to grow into a competitor against the likes of Netflix and Hulu. Now, less than a year later, subscriber totals show that YouTube still has a long way to go before the public will accept paying a monthly fee for YouTube.

Flipboard’s New Ad Platform Lets Brands Tell Their Stories: News reader app Flipboard has announced the launch of an ad platform called Storyboard that will give brands a way to craft visually appealing narratives for their audience through the use of a variety of formats, from video and articles to images, GIFs and audio.

Facebook makes it easier for indie games to come to its casual platform: Facebook has announced that Gameroom — its new PC gaming platform that looks like Steam for casual games — will soon accept uploads from Unity developers. The app, launched last month, will let game makers using the upcoming Unity 5.6 game engine export their creations directly to the platform, playable alongside big-name Facebook and mobile games like Clash of Kings on Windows PCs outside of Facebook itself.

Instagram’s new shoppable photos are a glimpse at its e-commerce future: Instagram influencers have long tried to hack the app to make money by putting “purchase link in bio” when they photograph something you can buy. The company has noticed, so now it’s making it easier for users to make purchases from within the app — but only for certain brands.

Now Facebook plans to eat the $500 billion telecom equipment market: After taking on the multibillion-dollar data center equipment industry, Facebook has now set its sights on the $500 billion telecom equipment market, too. On Tuesday it revealed several details of its plans.

Medium adds supports for drag and drop images, mobile image grids, and inline code:Medium is making its publishing platform a bit more fluid to work with the needs of its content creators. The company announced that it will now support drag and drop images on the web, mobile image grids, and also inline code.

Twitter introduces customer service bots in direct messages: Twitter is rolling out bot-like features inside its direct messaging feature in an effort to lure more brands into using it as a customer service platform. The company today introduced automated “welcome” messages for customers who send a DM to a brand, along with “quick replies” that let customers choose from pre-written messages to complete common tasks.

Instapaper’s most useful features are now free for everyone: Pinterest which acquired read-it-later app Instapaper earlier this year, announced Tuesday that the app’s premium features are now available to all users for free. Those who have already paid for a yearly subscription to the app will get a prorated refund.

How publishers are making money from Facebook Live: Facebook officially opened its doors to branded content this April, letting media owners publish advertorials, either co-created with brands or sponsored by them, to their verified Facebook pages. There’s also the option to run short ad breaks within Facebook Live videos, though this is just running with a handful of test publishers. And while there hasn’t been an avalanche of publishers running sponsored live videos — most are just figuring out how to develop audiences for Facebook Live — some are starting to see dollar signs.

Facebook reportedly attempted to acquire Snapchat clone Snow: Facebook reportedly tried to buy South Korean Snapchat clone Snow over the summer after learning about its popularity in Asia. The visual messaging app, which both looks and functions like its western counterpart, has been accumulating tens of millions of downloads across Japan, South Korea and China throughout the course of the year.

Facebook rolls out Halloween reactions, Live video masks: There are certain holidays that seem to be tailor-made for the internet, and Halloween would have to be at the top of the list. Whether sites are changing their front door logo or updating their Twitter icon, there is no shortage of special edition fun to be had for this day. Facebook is no exception. The social media giant has rolled out special Halloween-themed reaction buttons, which we assume will be in place through the end of October.

LinkedIn earnings up 23% YoY in Q3 2016 with revenue at $960M: LinkedIn released its Q3 2016 earnings report, showing a 23-percent year-over-year increase for the quarter, with $960 million in revenue. According to the announcement, the site grew its member base by 18 percent year over year and now stands at 467 million members. LinkedIn says its member page views were up 27 percent in Q3, and that more than 60 percent of all traffic to LinkedIn is now on mobile.

Google parent Alphabet’s Q3 beats expectations with $22.5 billion in revenue: This afternoon Google parent Alphabet delivered a strong quarter, beating Wall Street’s revenue and earnings expectations. Revenues grew at 20 percent year over year. Net income was $6.3 billion. Total quarterly revenues were $22.25 billion (ad revenues were $19.8 billion), while so-called “other bets” generated $197 million (mostly Nest and Fiber). That was an increase vs. last year. There was also a smaller loss of $865 million on other bets compared to a year ago.

What advertisers should know from Twitter’s Q3 2016 earnings call: Twitter’s third-quarter earnings report and corresponding call with analysts on Thursday covered a lot of things you probably already knew about the company. Its ad revenue continues to grow, but slowly. Its monthly audience continues to grow, but slowly. It still hasn’t turned a profit. Its ads are getting more engagements, but it’s getting less money per engagement.

Twitter Just Shut Down Vine 4 Years After Buying It for $30 Million: It was four years ago this month when Twitter bought Vine for a reported $30 million, but now the relationship has fully withered. On a Medium blog post, Twitter revealed that it’s shutting down the looping video app in the coming weeks.

YouTube’s new End Screens designed to keep viewers tuned-in on mobile & desktop: YouTube rolled out End Screens yesterday, a new “mobile-friendly” feature for creators, designed to help them better engage their audience. The End Screens are thumbnail images that can be displayed during the last five to 20 seconds of a video, prompting viewers to watch another video, subscribe to a channel or visit a collaborator’s channel.

Facebook’s Trending Algorithm Can’t Stop Fake News, Computer Scientists Say: Facebook has placed a high-stakes — and, experts say, unwise — bet that an algorithm can play the lead role in stanching the flood of misinformation the powerful social network promotes to its users.