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Instagram comment keyword filtering aims to hide harassment

Instagram comment keyword filtering aims to hide harassment

Instagram is launching comment keyword filtering for all users, hoping to cut down on harassment on the photo-centric social network. The new feature offers Instagram users the option to enable a preset list of potentially offensive words which, if they're spotted in another person's comment, will automatically see that remark removed.

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Inside Area 404, where Facebook hardware teams work together

Inside Area 404, where Facebook hardware teams work together

Facebook's hardware lab Area 404 has been revealed and profiled by Facebook this week, giving the public a glimpse at what happens when teams converge. This area is located in Facebook's Menlo Park office, and allows 22,000 square feet to be dedicated to modeling, prototyping, and failure analysis for hardware. Facebook's hardware teams from Connectivity Lab, Oculus, Building 8, and their Infrastructure team all work together collaboratively in this lab.

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Facebook boosts birthday celebrations with next-day recap video

Facebook boosts birthday celebrations with next-day recap video

Facebook doesn’t make it easy to avoid having your birthday broadcast to all your friends; in fact, it has taken steps to boost birthday celebrations on the social network, including things like launching the Facebook Birthday Cam earlier this year. If you love the digital celebrations, then good news: Facebook has launched a new cheesy birthday recap video that takes at least three of your birthday well wishes and mashes them up into a cake-filled celebratory video.

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Tinder Social launches to bring groups together for a night out

Tinder Social launches to bring groups together for a night out

Tinder has decided to try its hand at the social scene, today announcing that it will be rolling out Tinder Social in the US and other, less specific countries. Tinder Social seems to operate much in the same way Tinder does, except instead of focusing on one-on-one dating, it will match groups of Tinder users with other groups who are interested in sharing a night out together, whether that's going out for drinks or hitting up a concert.

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Now you can ask to be verified on Twitter

Now you can ask to be verified on Twitter

Of all the questions about Twitter, the most common is probably "how do I get verified?" Now, the 140-character social network is throwing open the verification process to applications, inviting those who believe they're notable enough to get the coveted blue tick to apply for consideration.

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Messenger on Android gets Instant Articles

Messenger on Android gets Instant Articles

Facebook Instant Articles, the articles from participating publications that load instantly when clicked, have made their way to Messenger. The social network opened up Instant Articles to all publishers a few months back; it only makes sense that they’d expand them to cover Messenger, too, as they've done today. Kicking them off are Instant Articles on Android, but they'll be coming to iOS in future weeks, too.

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Twitter bumps up GIF size limit to 15MB

Twitter bumps up GIF size limit to 15MB

If you fancy yourself something of a GIF connoisseur, then you may be pleased to hear this: Twitter has upped its GIF size limit to 15MB. Before today, Twitter users were limited to using GIFs that maxed out at 5MB in size, so this is a pretty significant upgrade for those who have decided to forgo the whole typing thing and have instead chosen GIFs as their main form of communication on the social media platform.

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Facebook tests multilingual composer for individuals

Facebook tests multilingual composer for individuals

Earlier this year, Facebook rolled out a feature for Pages that allows users to share a message in multiple languages, making them more friendly to a larger, more diverse customer base. Starting today, Facebook is testing that same multi-language story feature for individual Facebook users, giving them the same status tool that’ll eliminate the need to publish multiple versions of the same status or publish one very long status that contains multiple language versions of the same message.

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Instagram celebrates 500m users with some surprising trends

Instagram celebrates 500m users with some surprising trends

Selfies, food photos, gratuitous humble-brags... Instagram has them all, and it also has, as of today, 500 million members active every month. The new user milestone comes on the heels of the photo sharing service's big brand revamp which left many members spitting over the pared-back icon and more minimalistic app, but that controversy doesn't appear to have had a negative impact on how many actually use it.

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Facebook expands suicide prevention tools around the world

Facebook expands suicide prevention tools around the world

Facebook is rolling its suicide and self-harm prevention tools out to users around the world, the company announced on Tuesday, doing so in collaboration with local partners. This follows a controversial update Facebook had rolled out to its suicide prevention tools last year; in that instance, users flagged as suicidal would be temporarily locked out of their Facebook account, being unable to access it until they viewed helpful materials designed to prevent suicides.

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Welcome to your echo-chamber: Twitter turns on self-retweets

Welcome to your echo-chamber: Twitter turns on self-retweets

If there's nothing so lovely to you as the sound of your own voice, rejoice: today, Twitter has turned on the ability to retweet your own tweets. The functionality was promised as part of Twitter's big update back in May, when it also announced changes to how @-names were counted to the 140 character limit.

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Microsoft spends $26.2bn to add LinkedIn to its network

Microsoft spends $26.2bn to add LinkedIn to its network

Microsoft will buy LinkedIn for $26.2bn, the two companies have announced today, with the surprise acquisition of the business-focused social network continuing Satya Nadella's strategy to further invest in services. The deal - announced while Microsoft is also readying at least one new Xbox One console for unveil this morning - will see LinkedIn retain its own brand rather than be subsumed into Microsoft-whole.

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