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The big Biden POTUS social media transfer 2021: Who controls what

The big Biden POTUS social media transfer 2021: Who controls what

Today Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. As it's been with the past couple of Presidents of the United States, this peaceful transition of power includes not only the metaphorical keys to the White House, but the admin powers to "official" social media accounts and webpages.

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Instagram on desktop is getting a fancy new Stories design

Instagram on desktop is getting a fancy new Stories design

Instagram is working on a new interface for its Stories feature on desktop, according to a new report, introducing a cleaner, more sleek way to view these short videos and ephemeral images. Most people watch Stories using Instagram's mobile apps, but the company has made a number of recent changes for its desktop users.

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Facebook warns ePrivacy Directive in Europe could be harmful

Facebook warns ePrivacy Directive in Europe could be harmful

It seems that Facebook is setting itself up as an enemy of endeavors to protect privacy even as it tries to argue how such attempts do more harm than good. In Europe, it is trying to explain why some features in Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram have suddenly become unavailable in order to comply with the Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive (ePrivacy Directive). In the same breath, however, it is also suggesting that this new regulation could actually put users in more danger because Facebook won't be able to report harmful content and activity.

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Facebook Messenger, Instagram temporarily disable some features in Europe

Facebook Messenger, Instagram temporarily disable some features in Europe

Facebook has been on the receiving end of a lot of legislative inquiries and litigations around the world and it has lost many of those fights in Europe. It's not surprising, then, that it is trying to be too careful now that the region has passed new privacy-related rules. European of the social media giant's instant messaging services in Messenger and Instagram (which recently "merged") might now see a worrying notification when they try to use features. Facebook reassures that this situation is only temporary.

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Facebook jabs back at FTC and calls antitrust lawsuits ‘revisionist history’

Facebook jabs back at FTC and calls antitrust lawsuits ‘revisionist history’

Facebook has responded to the lawsuits filed by the Federal Trade Commission and multiple state attorneys general, calling the legal matter an 'attack' and 'revisionist history.' The statement comes hours after the FTC announced the lawsuits over alleged Facebook's 'illegal monopolization.'

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FTC sues Facebook for illegal monopolization – Instagram and WhatsApp at risk

FTC sues Facebook for illegal monopolization – Instagram and WhatsApp at risk

Facebook is being sued by the US Federal Trade Commission along with dozens of states, alleging the social network of illegal monopolization and anticompetitive conduct. The allegations represent one of the most significant challenges Facebook has encountered, with the FTC seeking a permanent injunction that could see Mark Zuckerberg's company forced to sell off high-profile assets like Instagram and WhatsApp.

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Instagram finally adds the ability to search using keywords

Instagram finally adds the ability to search using keywords

The days of only being able to search Instagram using hashtags and account names are finally ending, with the company announcing that it is adding support for keyword searches. The feature is first rolling out to English-speaking users in a handful of countries, but it's unclear at this time when keyword search will expand to other regions and languages.

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Facebook Messenger, Instagram Vanish Mode makes messages disappear

Facebook Messenger, Instagram Vanish Mode makes messages disappear

Once upon a time, Snapchat's unique feature was its ephemeral posts that helped protect user's privacy, especially for more compromising content. Since then, however, almost all social networks and instant messaging platforms have implemented a similar feature or at least tried to. It definitely took a while but Facebook is finally catching up and has announced a new Vanish Mode that's coming to its own Messenger app and Instagram in the coming days.

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Instagram update refocuses on Shop and Reels

Instagram update refocuses on Shop and Reels

Today a massive update for Instagram is in effect. Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram revealed that they'd be making some "big changes" to the platform, focusing on two tabs for all users. One is Reels, the other is Shop. The refocus in Instagram may well change the social network forever.

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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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