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Twitter to reveal new security measures to combat trolls next month

Twitter to reveal new security measures to combat trolls next month

If you're a frequent Twitter user, you might have noticed that the site has a bit of a troll problem. This isn't a new problem, either, with harassment long being at the forefront of conversations about Twitter. The company has tried a number of things to prevent more unsavory folks from using Twitter as a platform for harassment, but those measures haven't always been the most successful.

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Get spooky on Facebook Live with Halloween-themed filters

Get spooky on Facebook Live with Halloween-themed filters

The scariest time of year has arrived, and I don't mean election season. To help users get in the Halloween spirits, Facebook Live has taken a page from Snapchat and rolled out some spooky new face filters that take the form of masks. Among the options to choose from are a witch, skull, jack o'lantern, and a handful of animals, including a panda.

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Instagram testing live video streaming feature

Instagram testing live video streaming feature

Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter's Periscope — these social networks all have features that allow users to stream or watch live video from their mobile devices, and now it appears that Instagram is joining their ranks. Russian news outlet T Journal has discovered the functionality within the Instagram Stories feature, albeit in an incomplete, non-working state.

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Facebook Recommendations aim to enlist friends to assist

Facebook Recommendations aim to enlist friends to assist

The Facebook feature train keeps on rolling, with the company today introducing friend recommendations and revamping the Events page. On top of that, the number of options users have when interacting with local businesses is increasing. In short, there are a lot of changes being made with the intention of making Facebook the only place you ever have to visit on the internet.

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Tinder Smart Photos algorithm wants to make your profile more appealing

Tinder Smart Photos algorithm wants to make your profile more appealing

Lots of people use Tinder today and if you don't get as many swipes on your profile as you would like, Tinder has something new that might help you out. The new Smart Photos algorithm is a new system that will alternate the first photos seen by people viewing your profile and then notes the responses to the photos as they swipe on your profile.

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Snapchat rolls out Story Playlists, ending Auto Advance frustrations

Snapchat rolls out Story Playlists, ending Auto Advance frustrations

Frequent Snapchat users will be pleased to hear about a set of changes coming to the app's popular Story feature. The first is a removal of the Auto Advance setting, which would automatically play every new video from friends, jumping to one after the other, when you only wanted to watch one. Replacing this is something new called Story Playlists, which lets users choose which friends' videos they want to watch and in what order.

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Apple threatens its first ban on iMessage prank sticker app

Apple threatens its first ban on iMessage prank sticker app

Depending on your point of view (and probably your age bracket), Apple's introduction of stickers and screen effects to iMessage is either a blessing or a curse. For those who dig stickers, there's plenty of funny and creative third-party offerings on the App Store. One popular option — the most popular, in fact, sitting at the top of the paid iMessage apps list — is "Phoneys," a sticker pack with blue text bubbles that are designed to replace a message sent from a friend. Apple, however, doesn't find this funny, and is about to put a stop to it.

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Instagram posts can now be saved as drafts

Instagram posts can now be saved as drafts

If you've ever found yourself trying to come up with the perfect post for Instagram but just knew the creative juices weren't quite there at that moment, then chances are you'll be overjoyed to hear of the platform's newest feature. Instagram is currently rolling out a "save as draft" option across its apps, allowing users to come back to posts later.

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Instagram’s photo maps will soon be a thing of the past

Instagram’s photo maps will soon be a thing of the past

Instagram has been adding features at a relatively quick pace, but now it's becoming clear that it also intends to remove ones that just aren't working anymore. Get ready to say goodbye to photo maps, as Instagram has confirmed that they'll soon be going the way of the Dodo. In fact, for some users, the photo maps purge has already begun.

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Facebook Messenger rolls out Instant Video feature

Facebook Messenger rolls out Instant Video feature

Facebook is looking to make video chatting a little easier its Messenger platform, today announcing that it's made starting a video message with friends a lot more seamless. The new feature is called Instant Video, and it essentially allows for two people to quickly begin a video chat without the need to first place a call.

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Instagram brings pinch-to-zoom functionality to iOS

Instagram brings pinch-to-zoom functionality to iOS

Lately, Instagram has been rolling out a significant number of changes and new features. From changing up its app icon to keep things on the fresh side to rolling out a new stories feature that seemed to borrow heavily from another popular social media app, Instagram has been making a large number of tweaks and firing them out the door quickly. Today, the features list is growing once again with the addition of a small yet frequently requested feature: pinch-to-zoom.

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Facebook launches Blizzard Streaming for live broadcasting of games like Overwatch

Facebook launches Blizzard Streaming for live broadcasting of games like Overwatch

If you're a frequent Overwatch player, you now have a new option for live broadcasting your gameplay. Thanks to the previously announced partnership between developer Blizzard and Facebook, gamers can now stream to Facebook Live with just one click. The feature is called Blizzard Streaming, and it's not just limited to the recent hit Overwatch, but works with any of the developer's games, including Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Diablo 3.

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