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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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Instagram’s new rules will soon let creators sell products in the app

Instagram’s new rules will soon let creators sell products in the app

Instagram Shopping, the feature that enables sellers to create a storefront showcasing their products to potential customers, is expanding to include a wider number of sellers, including creators. Instagram announced the change on Tuesday, stating that its Commerce Eligibility Requirements now cover more types of businesses, including small-time creators like soap-makers, artists, food bloggers, and more.

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Did you know? Facebook reminds us they own these companies

Did you know? Facebook reminds us they own these companies

This week the Facebook for Android app updated the way they show their brand - with all sorts of icons. You'll see Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus. This is just the tip of the iceberg, really, as Facebook's ramped up acquisitions of companies over the last several years. Do you know if your favorite app and/or service is owned by Facebook? Let's take a look at the list of names that are actually owned and/or run by Facebook, from top to bottom.

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Instagram adjusting spam protocol as Black Lives Matter posts flood the platform

Instagram adjusting spam protocol as Black Lives Matter posts flood the platform

This week a flood of posts to Instagram triggered a protocol built in to the platform to combat spam. One element isn't enough - a billion posts with the same hashtag posted in quick succession probably wouldn't have any problem on Instagram. But a billion posts with the same hashtag and the exact same image, all at once - that's where Instagram's automatic spam protection comes in to take action.

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Black Out Tuesday social media, music campaign made to pause, not to mute

Black Out Tuesday social media, music campaign made to pause, not to mute

A set of social movements were given a name this week starting with an initiative called The Show Must Be Paused. The music industry was implored to take action starting on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Per the announcement of #TheShowMustBePaused, this protest began in force in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black citizens at the hands of police.

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Instagram makes it easier for users to avoid music copyright issues

Instagram makes it easier for users to avoid music copyright issues

This week, Instagram shared an update to its guidelines on the use of music in videos, including live broadcasts. The company is clarifying its restrictions to make it easier for users to understand what is acceptable and what puts their videos at risk. As well, the company has introduced a new alert that gives users a heads up when they're close to crossing the line.

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Instagram Guides serve up advice for pandemic living

Instagram Guides serve up advice for pandemic living

During a global pandemic like the one we're currently in the midst of, it's safe to assume that a lot of people are stressed out. Whether it's fear of the virus itself, uncertainty about the economy moving forward, or just a general frustration that day-to-day life has ground to a halt in many respects, there's a lot of reason to be worked up at the moment. Instagram is looking to help with that, today announcing a new feature called Guides.

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Facebook just bought GIPHY to better bake GIFs into Instagram

Facebook just bought GIPHY to better bake GIFs into Instagram

Facebook has acquired GIPHY, with plans to fully integrate the GIF-search tool into apps like Instagram and Messenger so as to make finding animated responses easier. The GIPHY team will be folded into Instagram, Facebook says, though other apps and services will still be able to use the various GIF search and hosting too.

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Instagram reveals bulk comment delete, Pin Comment for power users

Instagram reveals bulk comment delete, Pin Comment for power users

Two new features for Instagram were revealed this week for users that have to deal with large numbers of comments. Power users on Instagram - influencers, photographers, and general celebrities - will benefit most from the two new features shown as part of the fifth edition Community Standards Enforcement report from Instagram and Facebook. Not all users will be able to use these features at first - they'll be appearing on iOS first, Android second. It does not appear that users will be selected for testing based on any sort of follower count or popularity - this is out there for everyone, it'll just be most useful for those users that need to deal with masses of followers.

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Instagram Lite pulled out at an inopportune time, new version planned

Instagram Lite pulled out at an inopportune time, new version planned

There was a short time when "lite" mobile apps were al the rage, marketed at emerging markets where both phone space and mobile data are at a premium. Those investments may now be paying off as users everywhere have become more reliant on their mobile devices and use up more space and data in the process. Given that situation, it's rather baffling that Facebook has silently decided to take down its Instagram Lite app exactly at a time when some users might have been using it the most.

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WhatsApp update expands features: Group Video chat, stickers, forwards

WhatsApp update expands features: Group Video chat, stickers, forwards

Today the folks at WhatsApp - owned by Facebook - increased the number of people that can join a group video meeting to 8 users. WhatsApp calls this Group Video - and before now, the service was slightly more limited, with a max of 4 users at a time. Per WhatsApp officials, this boost is due in part to the drastic increase in use of WhatsApp over the past month, during our current global pandemic.

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