Social Media Daily News Roundup 12.07.19
Today social media news, rounded up in one place so you don’t have to go anywhere else.
Facebook now tells you where brands are getting your ad targeting data
YouTube is adding more ways for creators to make money
Twitter Hit By Global Outage: ‘Something Is Technically Wrong’
Facebook Built a Texas Hold ’em Poker Bot That Can Beat the Pros
Facebook will now begin to show you more information about the ads you see on the social network.
The tech giant has announced a series of updates to its “Why am I seeing this ad?” and Ad Preferences tools with an aim to bring users greater transparency and control.
YouTube is adding more ways for video creators to make money, as the company and its users work toward becoming less reliant on sometimes-uncertain advertising deals. The new features include more subscription options, additional merchandise partners, and another way to receive tips during live streams. Direct monetization features like these, says YouTube’s chief product officer, Neal Mohan, have already started bringing in money for “thousands and thousands of channels.”
Facebook Inc. doesn’t just own the world’s largest social network -- it may also own the world’s best poker player.
A new artificial intelligence program the company built with Carnegie Mellon University called Pluribus recently beat five poker professionals in a six-player Texas Hold’em tournament. After 10,000 hands, the system averaged profits of about $1,000 per hour using $1 chips, a “decisive margin of victory,” according to a Facebook blog post.
AI has been besting humans at poker for a couple of years, but previous programs could compete with just a single player at a time. Given the complexities that come with poker, including techniques like bluffing, beating five humans in a single game is a significant milestone, Facebook said.
Twitter’s desktop site and its mobile app went offline on Thursday morning, with an error message reading that “something is technically wrong.” The phrase greeted users as they went to tweet or view other users’ tweets.
“We are currently investigating issues people are having accessing Twitter,” a company spokesperson told TheWrap. The Twitter rep added the company will keep users updated here. No timetable for the site and app’s return was provided.