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Facebook Local app launches to replace Events

Facebook Local app launches to replace Events

Facebook has made a notable update to one of its many standalone apps: the app known as Events, which first launched last year as a way to bring users' calendar and event listings together, has been renamed to Facebook Local. Available now on both iOS and Android, Local combines the previous features with things like local business listings and user reviews. In other words, it's Facebook's take on the Yelp formula.

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Facebook has a surprisingly good reason to see your naked photos

Facebook has a surprisingly good reason to see your naked photos

A couple of days back, Facebook launched a limited-scale pilot program in Australia to combat the particularly troubling problem of revenge porn. Revenge porn has become a major issue on a lot of social media sites, and this new pilot is meant to put an end to it. In reality, though, the way Facebook is going about combating revenge porn left a lot of people scratching their heads.

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Twitter now doubling display name length as well

Twitter now doubling display name length as well

Some people’s solution to problems, especially business problems, is to throw more money at the problem. Twitter’s solution to its declining numbers? Throw more letters. It has just recently doubled the amount of characters you can type into a tweet, which isn’t exactly doing it any favors. Now it is doubling the number of characters you can use in your display name, which will potentially open things up to further abuse and, therefore, more criticism.

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Facebook anti-revenge porn system: send yourself nude photos

Facebook anti-revenge porn system: send yourself nude photos

The fake news problem that has plagued social networking services like Facebook and Twitter definitely has severe impact on a global scale. But the social media problem christened “revenge porn” is perhaps even more devastating as it happens on a deeply personal level. Tech companies, as well as authorities, have been thinking of ways to curb the problem, because simply telling teens, or even grownups, not to do something is totally ineffective. Facebook has come up with perhaps the most curious technology-based solution of all, which involves sending yourself your own nude photos on Facebook Messenger.

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Instagram Live update brings split screen live videos with friends

Instagram Live update brings split screen live videos with friends

By most accounts, Instagram Live has been a success with users since it was rolled out as part of Stories nearly a year ago. The entire time, Instagram has been bolstering Live with new features, whether it's adding replays from your Live broadcasts to your Story or tossing in some Snapchat-like face filters as your friends watch. Today, Instagram announced perhaps the biggest new feature for Live since it launched: the ability to broadcast alongside a friend.

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Facebook is down for users around the world

Facebook is down for users around the world

If you're currently having troubles using Facebook, you can take solace in the fact that it isn't just you. Facebook seems to be dealing with an outage on a worldwide scale at the moment, leaving many people without access to the social media service. For now, there's no word on when service might return to the website.

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Snapchat Context Cards offer up more information about the Snaps you see

Snapchat Context Cards offer up more information about the Snaps you see

Today we're seeing Snapchat bolster its feature set in the face of increasing competition from the likes of Instagram. Launching today is a new feature called "Context Cards," which will offer extra information on the Snaps that you look at. Context Cards seem to go hand-in-hand with Snapchat Maps, and indeed, those who use Maps will probably get a lot of use out of Context Cards as well.

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Instagram Stories now let you poll your friends

Instagram Stories now let you poll your friends

Another day, another Instagram Stories update. Instagram has been seemingly launching new features for Stories left and right, and just when you might think that it's running out of new things to implement, it comes right back and introduces polls. Beginning today, you can poll your friends in Instagram Stories and see the results of your poll in real time.

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Zuckerberg replies to Trump’s tweet with a list of Facebook benefits

Zuckerberg replies to Trump’s tweet with a list of Facebook benefits

In case you missed it (and no one would blame you), Trump fired off a tweet this morning accusing Facebook of being "anti-Trump," also blaming "The Networks" of the same, presumably referring to major news networks. He specifically pointed fingers at the New York Times, at the Washington Post, making accusations of fake news.

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Homeland Security plans to monitor all immigrants’ social media accounts

Homeland Security plans to monitor all immigrants’ social media accounts

The Department of Homeland Security has been slowly encroaching upon social media, having first done things like asking visitors to voluntarily provide their social accounts to more direct things like authorizing the examination of social media accounts as part of background checks for visa applicants. Now that people have grown accustomed to that news, the DHS is again invading the social space, this time for all immigrants.

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Twitter says it won’t delete “newsworthy” Trump tweets

Twitter says it won’t delete “newsworthy” Trump tweets

US President Donald Trump's "Modern Day Presidential" use of social media has undoubtedly raised a few legal questions and tested the limits of such services' policies. Twitter, his favorite social network pulpit, has been thrown into the center of that hurricane. There have been calls for the social media giant to pull down some of Trump's tweets that they claim are in violation of Twitter's own policies. Without admitting that such tweets do violate its rules or not, Twitter defends its decision not to delete those tweets for the sake of newsworthiness, transparency, and, perhaps, evidence.

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Instagram closes in on one billion monthly users

Instagram closes in on one billion monthly users

Instagram's user base keeps on growing, and that growth seems to be accelerating. Today Instagram revealed that it now has 800 million monthly active users, a figure that has added an impressive 100 million since April of this year. That's impressive growth on its own, but the climb Instagram has experienced in daily active users is even more noteworthy.

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