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Facebook will test comment GIFs next week

Facebook will test comment GIFs next week

Facebook is currently testing new designs for comments on the social network, and now it is preparing to test a new GIF feature for comments, too. The upcoming GIF feature is said to be similar to the one currently available in Messenger, enabling users to share a GIF from sources like Giphy directly in the comments — a feature users have been requesting for a long time.

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U.S. orders ‘mandatory social media check’ for some visa applicants

U.S. orders ‘mandatory social media check’ for some visa applicants

The U.S. government has ordered a mandatory social media check for some visa applicants, according to a new leak, as well as well as more strenuous screening for applicants identified as ‘warranting increased scrutiny.’ Sources claim the orders were made by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and that the social media checks apply to individuals who are coming from places under ISIS control.

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EU orders Facebook, Google, Twitter to protect users from scams

EU orders Facebook, Google, Twitter to protect users from scams

Trying to fight consumer fraud on the internet as a whole is a never-ending battle due to its nature as an open system. Social media platforms, however, can be more directly controlled, with companies having the power to curb widespread scams. That's the way the EU feels, as regulators have ordered Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other social media networks to take steps to protect consumers from scams.

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Here are the three new Monopoly tokens coming later this year

Here are the three new Monopoly tokens coming later this year

Earlier in the year, Hasbro revealed that Monopoly's thimble was on its way out. Today, it's being joined by two more tokens that have been determined to be no longer relevant: the boot and the wheelbarrow. Those will all be phased out later this year and replaced with three new tokens that were chosen in a fan vote which attracted 4.3 million voters from around the world.

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Facebook Messenger Day lifts another Snapchat feature

Facebook Messenger Day lifts another Snapchat feature

Facebook seems to be taking quite a few pages out of Snapchat's book lately, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that Messenger's newest feature seems awfully familiar. Dubbed Messenger Day, this new feature allows you to take photos and videos you share within Messenger discussions and add them to collection that your friends can view. In other words, this is Facebook's version of Snapchat's Stories, right down to the 24 hour time limit.

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Facebook testing Dislike button, reactions in Messenger

Facebook testing Dislike button, reactions in Messenger

Facebook may finally be giving users one of their most long-desired features: a Dislike button. There's a catch, however. It's not exactly turning up in form that users have asked for — as a response in the News Feed — instead it may be coming to Messenger, along with the already popular reactions. The social network has confirmed that it's testing the two features within its Messenger platform, but only on a limited basis for now.

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Twitter’s latest security update: More muting options, follow-ups for reports

Twitter’s latest security update: More muting options, follow-ups for reports

Twitter's approach to combating abuse on its platform has been multi-layered so far, and today even more security features are being added to the pile. This week, Twitter users will find that they have more control over what they mute and how long that content stays muted, while Twitter itself is doing a lot more behind the scenes to bolster its anti-abuse measures.

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Facebook launches mid-roll ads in Live and on demand videos

Facebook launches mid-roll ads in Live and on demand videos

As the rumors foretold, Facebook is getting ready to launch mid-roll video ads. Though we heard last month that it was considering letting publishers play ads during on demand videos, this roll out includes Live videos as well. In other words, there's no escape from the Facebook ad invasion.

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WhatApp’s revamped Status feature sure seems a lot like Snapchat Stories

WhatApp’s revamped Status feature sure seems a lot like Snapchat Stories

We're dealing with a bit of déjà vu today, as WhatsApp has decided to roll out a massive update to its years-old Status feature. Early adopters will remember that WhatsApp launched as an application for sharing your status with friends and family, which means this feature was in place before even messaging - now the main draw of WhatsApp - was introduced. Today's update to the Status feature is a revamp in every sense of the word, but you'd be forgiven if you find it instantly familiar.

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Snapchat Spectacles, at long last, are now available online

Snapchat Spectacles, at long last, are now available online

Earlier in the month, Snapchat said that it would make its hard-to-obtain Spectacles easier to buy in 2017. Today it's making good on that promise by finally putting Spectacles up for sale online. That means no more waiting in line to purchase your Spectacles from a kiosk, though a fair amount of waiting is still in your future if you decide to buy online.

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US may require visitors to hand over social media passwords

US may require visitors to hand over social media passwords

The Department of Homeland Security is mulling over additional ‘security’ measures that may affect visitors arriving in the U.S. from certain countries, namely the seven Muslim-majority nations recently targeted by Trump’s ban. According to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, one such security measure may involve having visitors provide the passwords to their social media accounts as a requirement in order to gain access to the nation.

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Twitter’s next round of safety measures includes hiding abusive tweets

Twitter’s next round of safety measures includes hiding abusive tweets

Twitter's history with abusive users is pretty well known at this point, and it's been in the news a lot lately. Twitter has been promising to implement new tools that will combat abuse for a few months now, and today we're finding out what the next step in that fight is. Over on the Twitter blog, the company outlined three new features that will be added in the coming weeks and should hopefully contribute a lot in cutting back in the amount of abusive users and tweets.

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