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Instagram influencers and celebrities had their private data exposed

Instagram influencers and celebrities had their private data exposed

In the midst of the storm that blasted Facebook over the past two years, Instagram remained mostly unshaken and a shining beacon in the company's portfolio. Yes, it had its fair share of lapses, but those seemed to pale in comparison to Facebook's faults. Now, however, it seems that Instagram's past may be coming back to haunt it, as a still unresolved mystery may cause its most popular and most profitable users to lose trust in the social network.

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Facebook’s latest News Feed tweak gives priority to close friends

Facebook’s latest News Feed tweak gives priority to close friends

Facebook is planning yet another News Feed tweak, this one targeting content in general rather than just the video changes announced days ago. The social network is about to make things a bit more personal with an adjustment to the content users see in their respective feeds; priority will be given to posts from people who (probably) matter most to you.

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Instagram killing another feature: Should I just quit?

Instagram killing another feature: Should I just quit?

Instagram announced the death of another feature this week, not long after rumors surfaced of the axing of public likes. This is just the latest in a line of changes for Instagram, an app and company that's coming closer and closer to its parent company, Facebook. I quit using Facebook a few months ago for all but the rarest family communication - is it time I gave Instagram the boot as well? NOTE: If it weren't clear already, the opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily shared by SlashGear or associated entities.

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Facebook Live imposes stricter rules in light of Christchurch shooting

Facebook Live imposes stricter rules in light of Christchurch shooting

Social media has significantly changed the way we communicate and consume content. Sometimes we even get our news from Facebook and Twitter before actual news sites. Unfortunately, it has also allowed not just misinformation to creep in but, worse, harmful content. After receiving a lot of flak for what is perceived to be complacency, Facebook is tightening the noose on users of its Live streaming platform to prevent it from being misused in such manner again.

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Twitter’s new tool helps users avoid anti-vax misinformation

Twitter’s new tool helps users avoid anti-vax misinformation

Twitter has launched a new tool that helps protect its users from anti-vaccination misinformation, the company has announced. The tool targets certain keywords that may expose users to anti-vax materials, including 'vaccine,' and it works by directing the user to the government website Vaccines.gov. The tool was launched in partnership with the US Department of Health & Human Services.

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Twitter retweets can now contain photos, videos, and GIFs

Twitter retweets can now contain photos, videos, and GIFs

Sometimes you can say more with a single image can say more than a few words, especially if you're on a 280-character limit. Even with Twitter's expanded quota, some expressions are best shown rather than told. You can already reply to tweets with more than just text but what if you wanted to share the original tweet as well? Well then whip up your phone and begin hunting for the appropriate GIF because now you can include those in retweets, too.

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Facebook video ranking tweak gives original content priority

Facebook video ranking tweak gives original content priority

Facebook announced an upcoming change to its video ranking on Monday, stating that it will boost its prioritization of original content to help creators grow their audiences, among other things. The changes will roll out over 'coming months,' according to the company, and they'll revolve around three factors that Facebook says have an impact on how a video ranks.

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Facebook’s fact-checking partners will soon target Instagram memes

Facebook’s fact-checking partners will soon target Instagram memes

In late 2016, Facebook launched a fact-checking program designed to cut down on the amount of false information spread through its primary social network. The company currently has 52 fact-checking partners throughout more than 30 countries, and they'll soon turn their focus to Instagram, where an increasing number of false information is spread in the form of memes and photos.

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Razer Toaster is real: We’ve reached peak gamer gadget

Razer Toaster is real: We’ve reached peak gamer gadget

The Razer Toaster was supposed to be a joke. It was an April Fool's joke over three years ago. But that wasn't the start of this adventure. Back in the year 2012, a fan by the name of Mark Withers struck a deal with the CEO of Razer, Min-Liang Tan. He'd seen a Razer fan named Michael make an offhand comment about a Razer Toaster - he took the idea and ran with it.

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Instagram likes may not be public for much longer

Instagram likes may not be public for much longer

A future where Instagram hides likes from public view may not be very far off. The social media network has revealed that it's testing a dramatic shift in the way likes are displayed. The test is only going live in Canada for the time being, but once it does, only the person who published a post will be able to see the total number of likes it has garnered.

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Purism Librem One offers “ethical” chat, email, social media services

Purism Librem One offers “ethical” chat, email, social media services

News today is filled with stories of how Big Tech, companies like Facebook, Google, or Amazon, repeatedly violate their own users' privacy, intentionally or otherwise. One big problem, however, is how we've become so dependent on their apps and services that it's nearly impossible to break free. And while there are indeed more privacy-focused alternatives, setting those up sometimes feels like you need to be a computer scientist first. That is why Purism, a startup whose business is providing "ethical" laptops and software, has launched Librem One, a suite of services to do all of the dirty work for you. At a price, of course.

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The four weirdest things at Facebook F8 2019 today

The four weirdest things at Facebook F8 2019 today

Facebook F8 2019 has begun, and the social network would like you to know that it has changed. Privacy, convenience, and supercharging your love-life are all on the agenda this year, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces the unenviable task of upending years of data scandals and growing mistrust among users. Read on for four of Facebook's most ambitious - or most misguided - announcements.

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