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Facebook outage blamed on faulty configuration, no hacking involved

Facebook outage blamed on faulty configuration, no hacking involved

For the past few years, Facebook has not only been criticized but also sued for this or that improper behavior, ranging from privacy missteps to monopolistic business practices to harmful work cultures. There have been repeated calls to boycott Facebook and its properties Instagram and WhatsApp, and there has even been some mass exodus of users over the years. Despite all that negative publicity, Facebook still has a firm hold over people's lives today, something that was confirmed by the hours-long outage that affected not just users but even businesses worldwide.

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Facebook outage: Twitter, TikTok, more buckle as social refugees flood rivals

Facebook outage: Twitter, TikTok, more buckle as social refugees flood rivals

Most of you already know this, but Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp have been down for most of the day. What might be even more surprising than those three services being down for more than a few minutes at a time is the fact that this outage is having a noticeable knock-on effect on the rest of the internet. In fact, many other social media websites are buckling under the strain of Facebook and Instagram users who are flocking to other services.

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Facebook is down: Huge outage also takes Instagram & WhatsApp offline

Facebook is down: Huge outage also takes Instagram & WhatsApp offline

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are experiencing a widespread outage, with the social networks and instant messaging platform all offline for users in multiple locations. The outage comes amid renewed criticism of Facebook, after a whistleblower came forward with the company's own internal research that suggests it could have a negative impact on users.

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Instagram Kids on hold amid devastating Facebook mental health leaks

Instagram Kids on hold amid devastating Facebook mental health leaks

Instagram Kids, the version of the social network that Facebook hoped to hook children 10-12 years old on, is being put on pause, the company has confirmed today. The service, details of which leaked earlier this year, has been increasingly under fire by parents and child privacy advocates, particularly given recent revelations about Facebook's own research on how damaging social media can be to younger users.

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Twitter edge-to-edge images for iOS make it more like Instagram

Twitter edge-to-edge images for iOS make it more like Instagram

Twitter is testing a new feature this week that'll make the whole platform a lot more like Instagram. Starting on iOS devices (of course), Twitter is testing what they're calling "edge-to-edge" images. This goes for individual images as well as sets of images in a gallery. With this feature, there'll be no space between images posted in a Tweet and the edge of a display screen.

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Instagram will start forcing users to provide their birthday details

Instagram will start forcing users to provide their birthday details

Instagram recently announced changes intended to keep young users safe, but these features depend on knowing the user's age. For that reason, Instagram says it has started asking users for their birthdays, assuming the user hasn't already provided that information. Beyond that, the company says that by providing this information, it is also able to provide users a personalized experience.

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Instagram is about to replace a swiping feature with stickers

Instagram is about to replace a swiping feature with stickers

Starting next week, Instagram says its users will no longer be able to swipe up on content to open an external link. Instead, the company is getting rid of the useful feature and replacing it with link stickers. Though that will require the user to tap instead of swipe, the company says it'll offer creators customization options.

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Instagram updates its anti-abuse features

Instagram updates its anti-abuse features

Everyone who uses social media knows that while it's a good place to share ideas and communicate with friends and family, social media is also where rampant abuse can happen. Instagram has announced that it's adding new features to its service to help protect users from abuse. Instagram says it has a responsibility to ensure people feel safe while using the service.

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TikTok Stories tests posts that disappear after 24 hours

TikTok Stories tests posts that disappear after 24 hours

It seems that TikTok is finally ready to turn the tables on big rivals like Instagram, Twitter, and even YouTube. After having been copied repeatedly by those competitors, the once-embattled short video platform is now returning the favor by copying a feature that has become a staple for at least one of those social networks. TikTok is apparently testing out its own ephemeral Stories in an attempt to diversify its features and attract even more users to its platform.

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Instagram Limits lets users lock down their accounts when bullies flood in

Instagram Limits lets users lock down their accounts when bullies flood in

Instagram's Adam Mosseri has published a new video addressing the presence of hate speech, including racism, on its platform, as well as some of the tools it offers users who want better control over what is said on their posts. In addition to those existing tools, Mosseri confirmed that Instagram is also working on a new feature called Limits that'll allow users to temporarily lock down their accounts.

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Instagram debuts Sensitive Content Control

Instagram debuts Sensitive Content Control

This week Facebook announced that it was launching a new Sensitive Content Control feature on Instagram. The new control allows users to decide how much sensitive content shows up in Explore. Facebook says it believes people should be able to shape Instagram into the experience they want.

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Instagram is giving up on what made it so popular

Instagram is giving up on what made it so popular

Instagram is chasing TikTok and YouTube into video, with platform chief Adam Mosseri arguing that it's "no longer a photo sharing app" despite how it may have started out. Taking a backseat will be the photos and traditional feeds that helped make Instagram so popular - culminating in its acquisition by Facebook - with things like full-screen video and more recommendations coming.

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