Latest Social Media Developments

Instagram has just added the Story Search feature, so now users can search for a location or a hashtag and see story compiled from posts made by other users. It can be useful in many ways such as checking what’s going on at a specific location. It can also be used to find out what other people are thinking about developing events, TechCrunch reports. There will be a privacy feature, which means only public posts will be seen.

 

Meanwhile, Pinterest has improved its food recognition software. Basically, it allows users to take photos of dishes with its Lens camera search, which the software recognizes and then delivers recipes for those dishes. Pinterest already had a feature that recognized an ingredient, and now is further expanding it.

 

In another development, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon are calling for surveillance reform. These giants are asking the government to overhaul foreign surveillance program.

 

This is likely to lead to further tensions between the White House and the tech giants. In a signed letter sent to House Judiciary Committee, these tech companies are asking for several reforms including greater privacy protections and more transparency.

 

Lately, social media and high-tech companies have become politically active. For example, they have entered into legal battles with Trump’s administration over travel ban and transgender equality. They’re also preparing a battle over net neutrality regulations.