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Instagram users are falling victim to a strange hack

Instagram users are falling victim to a strange hack

If you have an Instagram account, you may want to take some extra precautions and do what you can to lock it down. That, of course, is always good advice, but at the moment it might be particularly important. Reports of hackers taking over Instagram accounts are starting to circulate, but this story is a fair bit more strange than you would initially expect.

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Twitter Lite expands to 21 countries, gets push notifications

Twitter Lite expands to 21 countries, gets push notifications

They might be getting a lot of flak for fake news and inconsistent rules, but social media is just as big if not bigger than ever. It could be even bigger if they actually reached markets where even traditional sources of news and communication have a hard time catering to. That’s why there is a sudden rash of “lite” versions of social apps designed to cater to emerging markets with slow Internet and cramped phones. And now Twitter Lite, one of the first to do so, is making it’s going places before everyone else does.

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Facebook requires additional verification for Pages with large US audience

Facebook requires additional verification for Pages with large US audience

As part of its efforts to be more transparent and accountable for its political influence, Facebook has announced changes to the verification process for Pages with a large following. The social network will require additional measures from Page administrators to prove their identity, in part to make it harder for Pages to be run by fake or compromised accounts.

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Facebook Dating feature enters employee testing, gets early reveal

Facebook Dating feature enters employee testing, gets early reveal

Social media titan Facebook is known for "borrowing" from — or flat-out acquiring — it's largest rivals, including Snapchat and Twitter, and now it appears to be entering the territory of Tinder and OKCupid. Following its first announcement back in May, Facebook's dating service feature has entered an internal testing phase among employees, and a sneak peek has been revealed this weekend.

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Facebook and Instagram launch new activity dashboards

Facebook and Instagram launch new activity dashboards

Facebook and Instagram can be good ways to keep in touch with friends and family, but they can also be major time pits. If you find yourself dealing with a bout of social media addiction, the new tools launching for both services might help you spend less time aimlessly (and endlessly) browsing. Thanks to leaks, we had an idea that these tools were on the way, but now it appears that they're ready for prime time.

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LinkedIn mobile app is getting voice messaging feature

LinkedIn mobile app is getting voice messaging feature

Job-focused social network LinkedIn has just announced an odd new feature for its mobile apps: the ability to send voice messages. As in make a recording of yourself talking and sending it to someone. In other words, it's just like voicemail, one of the most hated things among mobile users. Other than the few people who really like using LinkedIn, it's a safe bet almost no one is looking forward to this.

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Facebook Watch Party launches for real time group video

Facebook Watch Party launches for real time group video

For years, Facebook has been focusing on making video an integral part of its service. More specifically, it's been working to make video a source of consistent revenue, which is not an easy thing to do when sites like YouTube and Twitch dominate the space. Today, the company announced a new feature that aims to bring a sense of community to watching videos on Facebook, and it's called Watch Party.

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Instagram may soon let public accounts remove followers

Instagram may soon let public accounts remove followers

As it stands, those of us with public Instagram profiles don't really have a way to quietly rid ourselves of annoying followers. They can be blocked, of course, but when you do this, they aren't able to access your profile at all, leading them to quickly find out they've been blocked and potentially confront you about it. You can also set your profile to private, but plenty of users would prefer to avoid doing that just to stop harassment from a few unsavory people.

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Instapaper splits from Pinterest, goes solo once more

Instapaper splits from Pinterest, goes solo once more

Way back in August 2016, Pinterest acquired bookmarking service Instapaper. Over the past couple of years, we haven't heard very much from Instapaper as its developers worked on improving the app and focused on various projects for Pinterest, but today brings some big news for the much-loved service. Instapaper's days as a subsidiary are over, at least for now, as it's becoming an independent company.

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Facebook Messenger could soon shine a light on unknown contacts

Facebook Messenger could soon shine a light on unknown contacts

Misinformation seems to be everywhere these days, and Facebook is a hotbed for it. Not only does Facebook act as a platform for fake news to spread quickly and widely, but there's plenty of other opportunities for deception as well, particularly within Messenger. Facebook could be looking to curb that with a new feature it's rolling into testing today.

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Uganda levies social media tax to raise money, silence critics

Uganda levies social media tax to raise money, silence critics

While not everything is Facebook’s fault, its recent high-profile scandal opened a can of worms and opened the doors for increased government scrutiny and pressure on social networks in general. This time, however, it might be those social media giants that are getting a taste of injustice as Uganda starts to impose a social media tax that is being painted as a not so subtle attempt by the ruling government to curtail citizens’ freedom of speech.

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Instagram now tells you when to stop scrolling

Instagram now tells you when to stop scrolling

Trying to keep up with friends on social media can be a stressful task, especially if you have a lot of people populating your feed. At the same time, it can be difficult to know that you're seeing the newest posts on sites like Facebook and Instagram because of the way their respective feeds are arranged. Beginning today, Instagram is launching a new tool to help with that very problem.

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