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WhatsApp just hit a major milestone

WhatsApp just hit a major milestone

Financial reports have been landing over the past couple of days, and in determining the who had a good quarter and who didn't, we can safely count WhatsApp among the winners. As part of its end-of-quarter financial report, WhatsApp announced that it has surpassed a major milestone in terms of user count. If there was ever any question that WhatsApp would become one of the world's most popular messaging apps, the matter can now be laid to rest.

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Twitter’s user growth just came to a halt

Twitter’s user growth just came to a halt

Twitter's latest round of financials isn't looking all that hot. The social media company has delivered its reporting for quarter 2, and on top of posting a loss, it also didn't experience any significant user base growth throughout the three month period. That, as you can probably guess, isn't very encouraging for a company that still has yet to turn a profit.

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Facebook app’s camera now makes GIFs

Facebook app’s camera now makes GIFs

Facebook has finally gotten with the times and realized that GIFs are one of our main ways of communicating online these days. With that, the camera in the social network's main app is gradually being updated with a new option to create GIFs. The feature is gradually being rolled out, as is often the case, so it's not available for all users just yet. If you do have access to it, you'll find it to the right after opening the standard camera feature.

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Jayden K Smith, Facebook Hacker: Friendship Request or hoax?

Jayden K Smith, Facebook Hacker: Friendship Request or hoax?

If you've got a Facebook profile, you may have come across a new, scary-sounding warning being shared by some of your friends. Like so many of the viral posts that came before it, this one warns you against adding a certain Facebook user - this time named Jayden K. Smith - for fear of having your profile hacked. The question is if this viral warning is legitimate or if it's all just a ruse to get gullible Facebook users to share the post in question.

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Why the Internet is mad at CNN right now

Why the Internet is mad at CNN right now

This week there was a bit of a firestorm surrounding the posting of meme-like content on Donald Trump's Twitter feed. A Reddit user apparently created a GIF which showed Donald beating up a wrestler which had a CNN logo for a head, then took credit for it once it was Tweeted. The folks at CNN's KFile went to find the Reddit user and write a story about him - that's where things get messy.

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Twitter is testing a tool for reporting fake & offensive content

Twitter is testing a tool for reporting fake & offensive content

In this post-2016 presidential election world, the way social networks combat the spread of fake news has become a major issue. Facebook is the big culprit here, and it's admitted it needs to take steps to improve, but Twitter isn't far behind. While the company has yet to pledge to take action, it appears at least internally they're testing one solution: a tool that allows users to flag tweets that contain things like fake news and harmful content.

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Instagram now uses machine learning to stop offensive comments

Instagram now uses machine learning to stop offensive comments

As social media sites grow, problems with abuse and offensive comments begin coming to the forefront. We've seen Facebook and Twitter both grapple with these issues to varying degrees of success, but now it's Instagram's turn. Today Instagram detailed the roll out of new features that should help it fight abuse and spam within its community.

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Instagram testing private sharing with favorite friends

Instagram testing private sharing with favorite friends

Instagram may be crushing Snapchat when it comes to number of users, but the photo and video social network still suffers from Facebook's biggest frustration: the algorithmic timeline. It's this "feature" that makes it incredibly difficult for users to keep track of and see all the posts from their closest friends. To remedy this, Instagram is testing a new option that gives users more control through private sharing with specific individuals.

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Facebook announces a new video creation app

Facebook announces a new video creation app

It's been clear for some time now that Facebook is betting heavily on video; everything from live streaming to hosting coverage of news and sporting events. But in an effort to really compete with YouTube, the social media behemoth is attempting to lure original video creators with the announcement of a new mobile app that focuses on, well, video creation.

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Facebook update adds new user protections for profile pictures

Facebook update adds new user protections for profile pictures

As part of an effort to focus on what people in individual countries expect of Facebook, today the company announced new controls for users in India. These controls almost entirely concern profile pictures, allowing users to control who can download them, tag themselves in them, or even screenshot them. The hope is that more people will feel comfortable uploading profile pictures, thus helping grow that aspect of community.

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Here’s how to add Instagram Live replays to your Story

Here’s how to add Instagram Live replays to your Story

Instagram announced today that the number of people who use Stories on a daily basis has grown significantly since the last time we checked in. Back in April, Instagram announced that Stories had hit 200 million users, but in the roughly two months since then, that number has grown by 50 million people. To celebrate a quarter of a billion users for Stories, Instagram is rolling out new features that allow you to preserve your Live broadcasts for a short time.

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New Twitter update gets lighter and faster

New Twitter update gets lighter and faster

Twitter is getting a bit of a redesign across a number of different versions today. Though this redesign isn't anything drastic - you'll still know Twitter when see it, in other words - it does make quite a few quality of life improvements across the board. These new features and tweaks are coming to iOS, Android, TweetDeck, and Twitter Lite, though you may not see them right away.

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