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Facebook declares war on “engagement bait”

Facebook declares war on “engagement bait”

In combating things like fake news, misleading ads, and even revenge porn, Facebook certainly has a lot on its plate at the moment. That isn't stopping it from waging a new war on what it calls "engagement bait." It doesn't matter how long you've used Facebook, you've likely encountered engagement bait before, and now the company is looking to get rid of it.

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Facebook warns against passively browsing your News Feed

Facebook warns against passively browsing your News Feed

Facebook has once again faced sharp criticism over the potential negative effects social media can have on someone's life, but this time it is back with more than a simple statement. The company has warned that passively browsing your News Feed could have a negative effect on your mood, citing research the found passive activities may lead to feeling bad whereas active participation -- such as leaving comments on friends' posts -- may be beneficial.

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Facebook Snooze lands in time to avoid Star Wars spoilers

Facebook Snooze lands in time to avoid Star Wars spoilers

This is a big weekend for Star Wars fans. The Last Jedi launches in the US today, which means that the race is now on for those who would rather not be spoiled. Those fans need to see the movie as quickly as possible or risk running into spoilers on the internet, which are unsurprisingly everywhere. What if you can't see the new movie right away, though? A new feature being rolled out by Facebook could help with that.

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Twitter Threads make tweet storms an official feature

Twitter Threads make tweet storms an official feature

For as long as Twitter has existed, users have been circumventing its 140 character limit (which, as of last month, is now 280). One way most people do this is through the tweet storm - instead of boiling down opinions, news, or arguments into a single tweet, users will instead create a string of tweets, each one replying to the last, to form a thread of connected thoughts.

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Instagram update lets you follow hashtags to stay in the loop

Instagram update lets you follow hashtags to stay in the loop

Discovery is becoming an increasingly large part of social media. After all, if you can easily follow topics you're interested in, you're not only more likely to stay on a site like Facebook or Instagram, but you're also more likely to come back. It shouldn't come as much of a surprise, then, that Instagram is today launching new tools that will allow you to more easily follow the topics you're interested in.

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Instagram Archive and Highlights make your Stories permanent

Instagram Archive and Highlights make your Stories permanent

Throughout 2017, we've seen Instagram roll out new features Stories at a fairly consistent pace. Today, Instagram Stories is getting two new features that might be bigger than all of the rest. Stories Highlights and Stories Archive are both being introduced today, and they're both meant to give your stories a little more longevity.

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Instagram wants you to stop endangering animals for selfies

Instagram wants you to stop endangering animals for selfies

While the world has begrudgingly accepted selfies as something that isn’t completely going away, that doesn’t mean it has become an acceptable behavior in all circumstances. People have done so many things in the name of selfies, resulting in the destruction of irreplaceable objects, harm to living creatures, and sometimes even death. Instagram, one of the biggest havens for selfies, wants to put a stop to at least one of those by discouraging selfies that encourage putting animals in danger.

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Facebook Messenger Kids goes heavy on parental controls for safe chatting

Facebook Messenger Kids goes heavy on parental controls for safe chatting

With more than 2 billion monthly users, Facebook can't exactly guarantee that it's going to be a safe place for kids. In fact, Facebook bars anyone younger than 13 from creating a profile, and has done so from the start. While that's probably for the best, Facebook still offers tools that are handy for keeping in touch - specifically Messenger - and now you have an new option if you'd like to let your child have a presence on Messenger while at the same time staying away from the larger Facebook ecosystem.

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Vine co-founder begins teasing a successor

Vine co-founder begins teasing a successor

Back in 2016, Vine fans were blindsided when Twitter announced its plan to shut the service down. Though it may not have been able to compete with other services like YouTube in terms of user numbers, it still built itself a rather large following of devoted users in the time since it launched. Though Twitter revived the name and used it in a new app called Vine Camera in January, it wasn't the return of Vine many were hoping for.

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Facebook test makes users share a selfie to unlock their accounts

Facebook test makes users share a selfie to unlock their accounts

Facebook is testing a security feature that requires an affected user to upload a selfie in order to unlock their account. The test surfaced after some users complained about receiving a notice that they had to upload an image of their face to unlock their account features. Facebook has since confirmed the test, explaining that it is a way for catching "suspicious activity" and weeding out spammy accounts.

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Imgur hack exposes 1.7m accounts: What you need to know

Imgur hack exposes 1.7m accounts: What you need to know

Another day, another security breach: Imgur has confirmed reports of a breach affected around 1.7 million users. While Imgur has a vast user base and that's a comparatively small chunk of it, that's still a whole lot of affected users, making this a hugely important issue for the company. Even though security breaches like this one seem all too common these days, there are a few things about this Imgur breach that make it stand out from the rest.

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Facebook will soon alert users who liked a Russia-linked page

Facebook will soon alert users who liked a Russia-linked page

Facebook will start alerting users who 'liked' a page that has been linked to Russia, the company says. This is part of Facebook's transparency over the matter, it said in a recent release, explaining that "this is part of our ongoing effort to protect our platforms and the people who use them from bad actors who try to undermine our democracy."

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