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Instagram lets creepers be creepers by dropping alerts for Story screenshots

Instagram lets creepers be creepers by dropping alerts for Story screenshots

Back at the beginning of February, Instagram announced that it would begin notifying users when other people snapped a screenshot of the Stories they shared. Snapchat, which has been a continuous source of inspiration for Instagram, has done something similar for years, so it wasn't really surprising to see Instagram follow suit in this instance. What is surprising is what's happening today, as Instagram has confirmed that it's scrapping these notifications instead of rolling them out to everyone.

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Twitter puts major focus on news with latest updates

Twitter puts major focus on news with latest updates

Twitter, if you couldn't already tell, not only wants to be a place to keep in touch with your friends, but also a platform you can use to keep up with news and other matters that are important to you. We've seen Twitter roll out a number of features over the years to achieve these goals, including Moments and the Explore tab. Today, however, Twitter has detailed plans for a fairly massive expansion of this new initiative, and a number of improvements to existing features are coming along with it.

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Snapchat now lets you delete sent (and unopened) messages

Snapchat now lets you delete sent (and unopened) messages

The fact that Snapchat messages are only temporary might make some of us a little more bold with our words than we normally would be. Many Snapchat users know that it's still entirely possible to send a message you regret even with the knowledge that it isn't permanent, and now, Snap is rolling out new tools to help you erase those moments. With the latest Snapchat update, functionality that allows you to delete unread messages is beginning to roll out.

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Instagram now lets you share stories you’ve been mentioned in

Instagram now lets you share stories you’ve been mentioned in

Instagram has launched an interesting new feature for Stories that builds the feed resharing capabilities it launched last month. With the latest update to Instagram on iOS and Android, you can now share stories created by others that mention you. You can even share that mention as part of your own story, so you can dive pretty deep down the sharing rabbit hole if you so choose.

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Facebook bug exposed 14 million users’ private posts to public

Facebook bug exposed 14 million users’ private posts to public

Facebook is no stranger to privacy issues, and that includes bugs. In the latest example of a bug leaving private communications exposed, it has been revealed that a Facebook glitch active for a little over a week made private posts visible to the public. Around 14 million Facebook users were potentially impacted by the issue, which Facebook has since fixed.

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Facebook’s Trending section is getting the axe

Facebook’s Trending section is getting the axe

The days of Facebook's Trending section are officially numbeeds. Though it's been a mainstay in Facebook's right-hand sidebar for more than four years now, Facebook is ready to pull the plug on Trending. There are a number of reasons for this decision, but the biggest seems to be the simple fact that people just weren't using it.

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Facebook is turning off teens

Facebook is turning off teens

Facebook, once the dominate social network, is struggling to earn and retain teenage users, according to Pew Research Center. The organization found that Facebook ranks in the fourth popularity slot among teens, falling behind Snapchat, Instagram, and YouTube. However, the social network does outrank Twitter and other services.

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YouTube subscribers aren’t happy about the new feed

YouTube subscribers aren’t happy about the new feed

YouTube is optimizing itself for views - more views, as many views as possible, at all costs. It begins with the changing of the chronology of the videos in YouTube subscriber feeds. This is real, it's happening, and for some users it's already happened. Instead of acting as a platform, as it should, YouTube is turning into Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. It's becoming awful.

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Facebook’s AI now filters out those photos you trusted your ex with

Facebook’s AI now filters out those photos you trusted your ex with

Late last year, we learned of Facebook's plan to combat the spread of revenge porn through its services. The plan was admittedly a little weird, as it involved sending your own naked photos to yourself through Messenger and having a Facebook engineers create a unique hash for those images that would prevent them from being shared across the whole of Facebook. The company has fine-tuned its approach to revenge porn prevention in the months since we first heard about this initiative, and today it's launching this new program in a few regions around the world.

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Facebook Stories video ads arrive in the US and Mexico

Facebook Stories video ads arrive in the US and Mexico

Facebook Stories, the social network's version of Instagram Stories, have been available for a little over a year. During that time, Facebook slowly amassed users, ultimately hitting the 150 million active user milestone. Now that the user base is there in sufficient enough quantities, the company will begin testing advertisements in it, with the first batch of ads arriving for some users in the US and elsewhere.

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Snapchat ads unskippable: How to delete (the app)

Snapchat ads unskippable: How to delete (the app)

A new feature on Snapchat makes 6-second advertisements unskippable. They're real, they're here, and they're not going away any time soon. As such, it's time to discuss once again how to delete an app - namely Snapchat. It's actually pretty easy when it comes down to it. If you just want to get rid of notifications, we've got a guide for that too.

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Facebook RED Camera: Will we be able to afford it?

Facebook RED Camera: Will we be able to afford it?

Facebook announced they'd be collaborating with RED Digital Cinema to create a 6DoF camera. That's 6 degrees of freedom, a term which encapsulates the essence of the current must-have features for believable, usable virtual reality experiences. "Over the past year, we’ve worked to realize the next phase of our x6 and x24 6DoF capture prototypes and set out to find a camera hardware partner with uncompromising image quality and cinematographic acumen," said a Facebook/Oculus representative. "Today, we’re pleased to announce our partnership with RED Digital Cinema."

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