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Facebook Oversight Board opens for content appeals – Here’s how it works

Facebook Oversight Board opens for content appeals – Here’s how it works

Facebook and Instagram users frustrated that content moderation has taken down their photos, posts, and videos will now be able to appeal that decision to a new Oversight Board, it's been announced today. The group - which will make independent judgements about what should and should not be allowed on the social networks - will be made up of global representatives "with backgrounds in free expression, digital rights, online safety and other related fields."

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Facebook prepares to challenge plans to breakup Instagram, WhatsApp

Facebook prepares to challenge plans to breakup Instagram, WhatsApp

It just recently made a major step in unifying its messaging systems but Facebook might soon be facing pressure to break it up again. It is no secret that the US government wants to break up Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp due to the parent company's influence in social as well as political spheres and Facebook's numerous missteps in those same areas. Of course, Facebook won't be taking it sitting down and the bottom line of its defense might boil down to "it's too hard".

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Instagram Facebook Messenger merging day is here

Instagram Facebook Messenger merging day is here

Facebook's latest move with Instagram - this week - was to integrate several "familiar features" from Messenger. If you have no issue whatsoever with Facebook as a company or a social media entity, this shouldn't be much concern to your personal wellbeing. If, on the other hand, you've been using Instagram since inception and have been bummed to find Facebook's acquisition of the property meant it'd be integrated into The Social Network further, and further, and further... today is another dark day.

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Instagram reposts may be outlawed soon

Instagram reposts may be outlawed soon

Facebook and Instagram Rights Manager for Images now allows creators to claim ownership over imagery. This means they're able to work with Instagram and/or Facebook to issue takedown notices to accounts that re-post imagery - both manually and automatically. This system is live now - the effects of this system's release should appear this week.

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Facebook lawsuit targets paid-for Instagram likes and comments

Facebook lawsuit targets paid-for Instagram likes and comments

In an announcement on Thursday, Facebook detailed a number of lawsuits it has filed in the United States and the United Kingdom, including one that targets 'abuse' of the platform in the form of paid-for likes, comments, views, and followers. In this case, the lawsuit is against a developer accused of repeatedly violating Facebook's Terms by offering these services.

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Instagram Suggested Posts add extra personalized content to feeds

Instagram Suggested Posts add extra personalized content to feeds

Instagram has rolled out a new element called Suggested Posts that places personalized content in each user's feed, displaying it at the bottom of the latest posts where they encounter the 'All Caught Up' message. The new suggested posts feature more content to scroll through, things Instagram thinks the user will like based on the kind of content they usually like, share, and view.

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Facebook wants permission to merge your Instagram with Messenger chat

Facebook wants permission to merge your Instagram with Messenger chat

Instagram's inevitable absorption into Facebook continues, with users beginning to see notifications that Instagram messaging is now merging with Facebook Messenger. It's the latest step in a strategy Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apparently been focused on since 2019 or even earlier, bringing together the various apps the company operates with a single, unified backend.

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Instagram Reels is like TikTok with less controversy

Instagram Reels is like TikTok with less controversy

Instagram has added a new feature, Instagram Reels, but if you've used TikTok it'll all probably feel very familiar. Focusing on looping videos, Reels shoots 15 seconds of footage at most, and then offers up an array of audio, effects, and editing tools to chop up and remix that clip.

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Instagram tests personal fundraising tool in US and UK

Instagram tests personal fundraising tool in US and UK

Facebook has announced that it is testing personal fundraisers on Instagram, allowing users to raise money for the causes they support. This feature joins the similar fundraising option offered on the main Facebook platform, the company points out, though it is limited to users in certain regions at this time. Users with access to the test will see the new option in their Edit Profile settings.

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Instagram cracks down on posts promoting conversion therapy

Instagram cracks down on posts promoting conversion therapy

Facebook's image-based social media platform Instagram is cracking down on conversion therapy content, declaring that it will ban any content that promotes this unscientific practice. The platform's policies are being updated to include a global ban on any posts promotes or otherwise advertises conversion therapy, Instagram has confirmed.

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Facebook and Instagram users can now opt out of seeing political ads

Facebook and Instagram users can now opt out of seeing political ads

Facebook has announced that users in the United States, including those on Instagram, can now opt out of seeing certain types of advertisements on the social media platforms, including ones related to politics. Users may still see some of these types of ads even if they opt out, but Facebook is giving users the ability to tag advertisements that made it past the filters.

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YouTube beta testing TikTok video size, just like Instagram Reels

YouTube beta testing TikTok video size, just like Instagram Reels

If you're all about the content created in TikTok but you're not excited about the negative news, YouTube might have your back. An update this week from Google's YouTube Help group showed how they were "testing out a way to record multi-segment videos." These videos will have "a maximum length of 15 seconds" - with as many tiny videos (inside a total of 15 seconds) as you like.

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