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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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Facebook Messenger rolls out new Home screen, inbox features

Facebook Messenger rolls out new Home screen, inbox features

The Facebook Messenger app continues to see updates and changes this week, following the Android version's new support for SMS. The latest version of both the iOS and Android app introduces a Home tab, which, replacing the previous launch screen, basically acts like an inbox for the messaging platform. In addition to a list of recent conversations, this screen will show which contacts are currently online, upcoming birthdays, and the friends you chat with the most.

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Facebook Messenger has a hidden soccer game, too

Facebook Messenger has a hidden soccer game, too

Remember that 'secret' basketball game Facebook added to Messenger during March Madness? The game ended up being quite popular, even though most people who played it weren't very good. Perhaps due to that popularity, Facebook has added another game to its messaging app, this one revolving around soccer. Send your friends a soccer ball and you'll be taken to a game of "keep it in the air."

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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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Twitter makes it easier to block the trolls that won’t go away

Twitter makes it easier to block the trolls that won’t go away

Twitter, which has previously been under fire over claims that it doesn’t do enough to stop abusive users, has introduced a newly streamlined blocking process that makes it quicker than ever to block a user. Blocking a user is nothing new, of course, but Twitter is making sure you can do it as quickly and easily as possible, adding 'block' to the same menu where 'mute' is located.

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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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Twitter didn’t have a password breach, your uncle did

Twitter didn’t have a password breach, your uncle did

This week a leak to the dark web included the passwords of thousands if not millions of Twitter users. Through our first report on this leak, LeakedSource suggests that the bulk of the users affected by this data breach were and are in Russia. It was also reported earlier this week that it was not Twitter itself that was hacked, but a vast number of users that, via malware, were being monitored and, as they used Twitter, their Twitter passwords were recorded.

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Facebook is deleting your synced photos, here’s how to keep them

Facebook is deleting your synced photos, here’s how to keep them

Today the folks at Facebook responsible for photo syncing within their system have announced that Moments will be taking over. What on earth is Moments, you might wonder. Moments is an app which organizes and "privately shares" your photos from your smartphone. What if you don't want Moments, but want to keep your synced photos? There's only one option - save and exit. The desktop viewing segment of Facebook's photo sync is about to go away forever.

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Twitter gets a whole new look (on your phone)

Twitter gets a whole new look (on your phone)

This afternoon Twitter sent out an update for Android - one that puts it well in line with the design language of the platform. Material Design is the name of the game. Twitter's new look is meant to reflect not just the look Google's design masters have set forth as a guide - it's about to act like Android, too. This will be especially true if you have a Nexus device, running a Vanilla version of Android. This app is now set to match the look and the feel of the user interface in Android 6.x Marshmallow.

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Facebook denies reports it’s using phone mics to eavesdrop

Facebook denies reports it’s using phone mics to eavesdrop

Internet giant Facebook has released an official statement refuting recent reports that it uses the microphones on users' smartphones to eavesdrop and record conversations, using the data to deliver targeted ads. The company wrote that it "does not use your phone’s microphone to inform ads or to change what you see in News Feed," noting that ads are only based on users' profiles and interests.

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Social networks should not need EU hate speech rules (but they do)

Social networks should not need EU hate speech rules (but they do)

Internet mega-brands Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and YouTube agree on a "code of conduct" with the European Commission to remove "hate speech" from their networks in less than 24 hours. This update does not necessarily hold these companies accountable the same way a hard-and-fast written law would in any one individual country. Instead, this would be more of an agreement - a hand-shake - between the companies to combat hate speech. According to this code of conduct, they'll be "developing counter-narratives promoting non-discrimination, tolerance and respect, including through awareness-raising activities."

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Reddit debuts native photo uploads hinting at split from Imgur

Reddit debuts native photo uploads hinting at split from Imgur

The website Imgur has long been the unofficial partner for Reddit when it comes to media uploads. When you check out the pictures and GIFs on your favorite subreddit, it's almost guaranteed that they are hosted on Imgur. But this week, Reddit has announced the launch of its own native media upload option, with support for images up to 20MB and GIFs up to 100MB, which are then hosted on the site itself.

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