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WhatsApp will limit accounts that don’t accept new privacy policy

WhatsApp will limit accounts that don’t accept new privacy policy

There is no stopping WhatsApp's, really Facebook's, changes to its privacy policy despite the immense backlash from its own users as well as privacy advocates. The bottom line remains that if you want to keep using WhatsApp, you'll have to agree to share some of your data with Facebook, despite WhatsApp bragging about its privacy-focused operations. You won't, however, immediately lose access to your account after the May 15th deadline if you don't agree to that policy but you will slowly see yourself pushed out of the service until you do.

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Facebook really wants you to read articles before sharing them

Facebook really wants you to read articles before sharing them

It's a common Internet habit: reading an article's headline and then sharing the work without reading it. There are multiple reasons someone may do this, not the least of which is making assumptions about what the article presents based on its titles. Facebook is taking steps to address this habit, which can be problematic at times, by rolling out a new prompt.

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Clubhouse for Android is now out, slow expansion explained

Clubhouse for Android is now out, slow expansion explained

By now, you're probably tired of hearing how this or that new social network or feature is designed to take on Clubhouse. Although the audio-only platform has become so popular, its reach is actually extremely limited compared to the likes of Facebook and Twitter. In fact, it's only now that it's opening up its doors to Android users but even then it comes with a lot of caveats. Despite that, the startup isn't changing its pace and explains why it's adopting a measured approach to growth instead.

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Twitter Tip Jar feature test arrives: What it is and how to use it

Twitter Tip Jar feature test arrives: What it is and how to use it

Twitter is now testing a feature that may make the platform a bit more appealing to creators: Tip Jar. The new feature has entered testing, according to Twitter, which has previewed the new feature with a tease about returning soon with more information. With this tool, creators can receive money in the form of 'tips' from their fans and followers.

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Facebook Messenger gets Star Wars theme and better inbox management

Facebook Messenger gets Star Wars theme and better inbox management

Facebook has updated Messenger with some new features, including additional themes for stylizing the messaging app. Users get two new themes, including one based on Star Wars and another styled after the Netflix show Selena: The Series. As well, Facebook is making it easier to manage the chat threads in your Messenger inbox.

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Twitter rolls out longer image previews

Twitter rolls out longer image previews

Twitter is used for many things and despite not being as image-centric as Instagram, some artists and photographers still use the platform to show off their stuff. That's despite how Twitter's image processing has long been a gripe among artists, from its low-res requirements to its unpredictable cropping. In the past few weeks, Twitter has addressed both those and its latest gift is to no longer crop most images, though abusers won't be able to get away with gaming that new system.

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Facebook: Trump stays suspended while we do our homework

Facebook: Trump stays suspended while we do our homework

Facebook may have hoped someone else would take the tricky - and politically-nightmarish - decision about whether Donald Trump should be permanently suspended, but with its Oversight Board refusing to play ball it's keeping the former US President on ice until it can figure the new rules out itself. The social media behemoth had referred Trump's suspension to its Oversight Board shortly after President Biden's inauguration, hoping for two main things.

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Facebook Trump ban upheld but Oversight Board refuses to make the toughest decision

Facebook Trump ban upheld but Oversight Board refuses to make the toughest decision

The Facebook Oversight Board has found the social network was right to restrict former President Trump's account in early January 2021, though has insisted on a review of the indefinite suspension the then-President faced on Facebook. The results of the hotly-anticipated - and undoubtedly divisive - Oversight Board investigation centered on Facebook's reaction to incendiary posts by Trump during the DC Capitol Building riot on January 6.

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Instagram automatic captions sticker: How and where

Instagram automatic captions sticker: How and where

This week the folks at Instagram released a system in which users can place a "sticker" in their video that auto-captions audio. This captions sticker was released to Stories for Instagram this week, and it may only be available for a limited set of users at first. If you've seen this same sort of functionality in Instagram before now, chances are you were using said feature with IGTV and the Threads app.

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Twitter’s Scroll acquisition paves way for premium subscription features

Twitter’s Scroll acquisition paves way for premium subscription features

Twitter has announced its acquisition of Scroll, a startup service that enables Internet users to read articles with all of the extraneous bits like advertisements removed. The company notes that Scroll will play a role in its subscription service plans, joining Twitter's newsletter plan with its recent Revue acquisition.

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Clubhouse download numbers don’t bode well for the network

Clubhouse download numbers don’t bode well for the network

It seems that Clubhouse's time in the limelight is coming to a close. Although its name still has some weight in the social media space, its user base may have started to plateau. After raking in millions of downloads earlier this year, the Clubhouse app has reportedly been downloaded less than a million times last month, hinting that its growth spurt might finally be over, giving the social networking giants the chance to take over.

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Twitter Spaces is now available but only if you’re popular

Twitter Spaces is now available but only if you’re popular

The onslaught against Clubhouse's probably short-lived dominance continues as more and more social networks start rolling out their own take on social audio spaces. This time it's Twitter's turn to join the fray by making Spaces available for all. That, however, does come with a caveat that does still limit who can use the audio-only feature to those that have hundreds of followers that would supposedly justify having a Space in the first place.

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