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Facebook testing new service that charges for messages sent to strangers

Facebook testing new service that charges for messages sent to strangers

Facebook announced today that they're testing out a new feature in Facebook Messages that will allow you to pay $1 to have a message sent to someone that you're not connected to go straight to their inbox instead of the "Other" folder. This might seem like an intrusive approach to talking to someone you aren't friends with, but it could come in handy if you need to get a hold of someone that's friends with a friend.

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Twitter launches photo filters for iOS and Android apps

Twitter launches photo filters for iOS and Android apps

We've been anticipating the arrival of photo filters on Twitter's app for awhile now, with a rumor having surfaced back on November 2 that the social network was going to launch its own filters to compete against Instagram. The information came from inside sources, who stated that the filters would be launched "in the coming months." Now, a little over a month later, Twitter has officially announced the photo filters and rolled them out to its iOS and Android apps.

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Americans spend over 2 billion hours on social media per month

Americans spend over 2 billion hours on social media per month

It's really not a surprise when you're told that people spend a lot of time on social media. We all know that Facebook has over a billion users, and that all these statistics that get thrown around of how many photos users share on social networking sites are just a fancy way of saying, "people are using social media." However, it turns out that Americans are collectively spending over two billion hours on social media, every month.

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Facebook gets the banhammer in Tajikistan

Facebook gets the banhammer in Tajikistan

Social media, while home to endless cat pictures and game updates, is an excellent medium for voicing social discontent and advocating against authority, whatever that authority may be. Such is the case in politics, where citizens voice their opinion on social media networks to reach a larger audience. Now Facebook has received the proverbial banhammer in Tajikistan, which has blocked access to the website due to "mud and slander."

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Facebook to end user voting on privacy issues

Facebook to end user voting on privacy issues

If you've been a long-time Facebook user, then you know how controversial some of the privacy updates have been on the social networking site. The company launched its current site governance model in 2009, which gave users the right to vote on privacy policy issues. However, Facebook is now proposing to get rid of that system, saying that Facebook has outgrown the old model.

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