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Facebook Gaming Tournaments let people Play Apart Together competitively

Facebook Gaming Tournaments let people Play Apart Together competitively

Next to streaming, the gaming market has experienced a sudden surge of activity and sales thanks to people being cooped up at home. But contrary to stereotypes, many gamers have social inclinations, sometimes even a competitive bent. E-sports isn't the only way gamers can pit their skills against one another and Facebook is introducing one more to the mix with Facebook Gaming's early access Tournaments that Facebook hopes will encourage "friendly competition".

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WhatsApp is limiting message forward to curb the spread of misinformation

WhatsApp is limiting message forward to curb the spread of misinformation

Many things about the COVID-19 coronavirus still remain a mystery even for doctors and scientists, let alone ordinary people. During such times of fear and uncertainty, there is no shortage of incomplete or downright misleading information being passed around disguised as truth. Today's messaging technologies have made it all too easy to spread such misinformation. WhatsApp, which was already in hot water for such cases, is now putting some hard limits when forwarding messages due to the COVID-19 situation.

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Facebook tries to match Zoom with desktop Messenger update

Facebook tries to match Zoom with desktop Messenger update

A Facebook Messenger app was released this week for group chats between Facebook users. Users could've done video chat before now, with Messenger from Facebook, but this app makes the entire process feel a bit more official. This release comes just as the app Zoom sees a massive increase in use thanks to quarantine for global pandemic thanks to COVID-19.*

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YouTube Shorts to take on TikTok, Bedtime Reminders coming soon

YouTube Shorts to take on TikTok, Bedtime Reminders coming soon

TikTok unsurprisingly saw a sudden surge in new users within the past days but the social network's history hasn't always been bright. After quickly taking over the Internet, its connections to the Chinese government cast it in a less favorable light, at least among the security and privacy-conscious population. Despite that, TikTok continues to thrive mostly because it remains unrivaled. That, however, might soon come to an end with YouTube Shorts.

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Zoom privacy: A guide for ZoomBombing

Zoom privacy: A guide for ZoomBombing

The video chat app Zoom isn't private by default. You've got to do a few things before your Zoom meeting is secure. You'll need to make sure you're not downloading a malicious bit of software. You need to make sure you're not sharing your room name. You've got to tap a few buttons and follow a few rules - and it CAN BE relatively easy to make certain you're entirely safe from negative elements like "zoombombing" or "zoom-bombing".

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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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Facebook struggles to handle traffic surge caused by quarantine

Facebook struggles to handle traffic surge caused by quarantine

Facebook says that it has experienced a huge uptick in the use of many of its services as the number of people quarantined grows. These increases are largely impacting the services that Facebook hasn't monetized; as well, it says that its ad business has dipped in countries taking more 'aggressive' measures against the pandemic. As a result, it has taken multiple steps to keep its platform stable.

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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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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’s desktop dark mode and redesign rolls out to most users

Facebook’s desktop dark mode and redesign rolls out to most users

The desktop dark mode Facebook first announced last year is now available to the majority of its users, the company has announced. You won't see the dark mode when you sign in today -- rather, you must opt into the new redesign and related dark mode in order to test it. Some users still don't have access to the new setting, however, so there's a chance you'll have to wait until it finally rolls your way.

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Netflix Party makes virtual movie theater for COVID-19 quarantine

Netflix Party makes virtual movie theater for COVID-19 quarantine

There's a new system called Netflix Party with which you'll be able to connect with friends and sync streaming video. You'll all drop in a sort of virtual movie theater where, at the time chosen by the host, a movie or show will begin. There, you'll all be able to chat (in a text sidebar) while the movie or show is playing.

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Facebook launches COVID-19 info portal in the News Feed

Facebook launches COVID-19 info portal in the News Feed

On Wednesday, Facebook announced that it is launching a new COVID-19 Information Center that will help its users get access to accurate details about the infectious disease. The portal will soon appear at the top of users' News Feeds where they can be followed for faster access to info. As well, the company has revealed that it'll make Workplace Advanced available to certain agencies for free.

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