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The Twitter icon is seen. The social media platform enacted a host of changes involving advertising and abuse.

**This blog post was updated to reflect Facebook's announcement to join Twitter in disclosing advertisers.***

Last week, Twitter announced it would give users a glimpse into advertisers and enact new policies on hate and abuse on the 140-character social media platform.

One way Twitter is responding to criticism is making the appeals process clearer. The company says it will provide detailed descriptions of rule violations. They will also email users if they are suspected of account violations. 

As for the man in the White House, calls by liberal activists to ban him from the service for violating harassment terms; the company said they are highly unlikely to do so, whether he follows the rules or not.

With election season in full swing, Twitter unveiled new rules on political paid messages which involved Russian hackers in the past election.

On Thursday, Twitter announced it will ban ads from RT and Sputnik, two state-sponsored Russian news outlets that the U.S. intelligence community has said tried to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

On Friday, Facebook joined Twitter announcing they would also give insights to political advertisements.

This all comes ahead of Twitter, Google and Facebook scheduled to testify at congressional hearings next week on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.  

Information about political ads will include who is paying for them, who they target and the cost spent on each ad campaign.

Other advertisers will be required to disclose how long the ads have been running and who they target only.

Twitter vows to also work on issue-based ads based on hot topics that hackers allegedly used to target users.

According to a report, the new policies do not address spam and fake accounts. 

As for Facebook, the company is cutting down on slow loading webpages.

On Tuesday, they rolled out a test to the news feed in six countries.

The "experiment" moves non-promoted posts to a secondary location, which is harder to find. 

Four points are stressed in the News Feed algorithm which include inventory, signals, predictions that equates to a score.

Facebook said Tuesday at an event at CUNY in New York that there was not a plan to push the test out globally but it does strike fear that Facebook is setting a pay to play feature.

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Adam Colver is the online editor at The Post-Star. He manages The Post-Star's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and poststar.com. He can be reached at acolver@poststar.com.

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Adam Colver is the online editor at The Post-Star. He manages poststar.com, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram social media accounts.

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