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Facebook, Instagram download data now include how they personalize experiences

Facebook, Instagram download data now include how they personalize experiences

It shouldn't really be a surprise these days that Internet services accumulate a wealth of data from each and every user, especially those that offer said services for free. More often than not, this data collection activity is explained as a way to improve the user experience, mostly by personalizing what users see to match what they might be interested in. All of this is, of course, invisible to the user, which has been the subject of much debate and legislation. Complying with those laws, Facebook and Instagram are updating their data download tools to include not just your direct data but the information it uses to infer what users like.

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Instragram just made some big coronavirus changes: This is why

Instragram just made some big coronavirus changes: This is why

When dealing with a pandemic like COVID-19, accuracy in the information that's put out there is important. Unfortunately, social media has proven that it can be a hotbed for inaccurate information to spread like wild fire, and today, Instagram announced some new measures to help ensure that doesn't happen. At the same time, it's giving users the ability to easily urge friends and followers to stay home while we wait for the outbreak to play out.

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Facebook joins Netflix, Disney+ in reducing streaming quality in Europe

Facebook joins Netflix, Disney+ in reducing streaming quality in Europe

A lot of people are now talking about how the work you thought couldn't be done or even taken home has now proven to be otherwise out of necessity. Working from home has suddenly become more than a luxury but an essential way to stay in employment even during lockdowns and quarantines. Unfortunately, our Internet infrastructure and services might not have been prepared for a sudden flood of users, forcing many video streaming services, now including Facebook, to throttle their quality to prevent taking down Europe's Internet because of congestion.

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Instagram is testing its own style of disappearing messages

Instagram is testing its own style of disappearing messages

Snapchat's ephemeral messaging feature was such a hit that it didn't take long for other social networking services to try and copy it. Instagram is often regarded to be Snapchat's biggest fan (in terms of copying features) but there is one feature it hasn't copied yet. That may be changing soon as Instagram has been revealed to be finally testing its ephemeral messaging system which may or may not resemble other implementations out there.

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Facebook Stories may be coming to Instagram soon

Facebook Stories may be coming to Instagram soon

While it does have its fair of controversy, Instagram has so far remained a force to reckon with in the social media space. It may have even started to threaten Facebook so it's not really that surprising that its parent company has been making moves to make sure everyone knows who owns who. Its latest attempt, fortunately, may actually be a welcome one, depending on how Facebook ultimately implements the ability to cross-post its Stories to Instagram.

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EU recommends Signal messaging app to staff for privacy

EU recommends Signal messaging app to staff for privacy

This week, leadership at the European Commission (executive branch of the European Union) sent a staff-wide message pushing the secure messaging app Signal. This end-to-end encrypted messaging app was recommended on an EU internal discussion board for all staff. The message included, in part: "Signal has been selected as the recommended application for public instant messaging." Why would the EU do this?

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Instagram CEO says it’s too busy to make an iPad app

Instagram CEO says it’s too busy to make an iPad app

The majority of popular mobile apps, especially on iOS, started out as iPhone apps. Over time, the popularity of the iPad has encouraged many to adopt the large-screen format. Advances in both software and hardware have given us split-screen windows, dual-screen phones, and foldable tablets whose bigger real estate apps will be able to take advantage of. All throughout, however, Instagram remains one of the few high-profile apps that forces its own users into a smartphone layout and its CEO just explained why.

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Instagram Latest Post feature found, but don’t expect to use it

Instagram Latest Post feature found, but don’t expect to use it

The Instagram app recently revealed an internal feature called 'Latest Posts' that, based on the name, would enable users to view the most recent posts made by the accounts they follow. The feed filter excited some users who hoped this would essentially mark the return of the chronological feed, but it seems you shouldn't get your hopes up. Instagram confirmed the feature's existence but said it isn't what it appears to be.

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Facebook removes Iranian accounts targeting US politics and religion

Facebook removes Iranian accounts targeting US politics and religion

Facebook has announced the removal of three different campaigns of 'coordinated inauthentic behavior,' which is a fancy way to say that some governments were using accounts and Pages to spread propaganda and otherwise meddle in foreign affairs. Two of these campaigns targeted international subjects; the third targeted users in the US, particularly those of the pro-Trump and religious persuasions.

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Galaxy Z Flip coming packed with tools to steal iPhone influencers

Galaxy Z Flip coming packed with tools to steal iPhone influencers

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip foldable smartphone is coming equipped with tools aplenty aimed at stealing influencers from the iPhone. The iPhone is at war with the Samsung collection of Galaxy smartphones running Android - they've been at war for a decade. With the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung's made a system with which they're able to give social media influencers a key tool with which they'll be able to gain a larger following and expand their chosen tribe.

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Instagram now shows which accounts you ignore the most

Instagram now shows which accounts you ignore the most

If you've contemplated cleaning up your Instagram follows but aren't sure where to start, the company's new feature will be particularly convenient. The service has introduced a new feature that gives users a direct look at the accounts they interact with most often, as well as the accounts they follow but mostly just ignore. The list includes controls for quickly unfollowing the accounts.

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Coronavirus fake news is everywhere: Now sites say they’re pushing back

Coronavirus fake news is everywhere: Now sites say they’re pushing back

Misinformation and attention-seeking nonsense is appearing on social networks as coronavirus is declared a public health emergency worldwide. Social media brands like Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others are in the process of enacting crack-downs on the spread of health-threatening and/or public safety-threatening coronavirus-centric information that's false or otherwise unverified. One way the networks have begun to do this is to attach notes to pages with hashtags, or as Facebook calls them, "pop-ups with credible information."

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