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Twitter may soon let users filter out offensive keywords

Twitter may soon let users filter out offensive keywords

According to new reports, Twitter may eventually grant its hundreds of millions of users a keyword filter, allowing them to automatically block keywords they find offensive. The social networking site is said to be working on such a feature, though no official announcement has been made. If these reports prove to be true, it'll be Twitter's latest attempt to combat the abuse that can, at times, run rampant on the site and drive users away.

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YouTube’s Backstage feature could move beyond video

YouTube’s Backstage feature could move beyond video

Currently, YouTube is king of the video streaming world, but other competitors like Facebook Live and Snapchat are beginning to rise up. So what do you do when these ubiquitous social networks begin encroaching on your territory and challenging your position as ruler of the roost? You become more like them, apparently, with YouTube rumored to be rolling out a new feature called Backstage later this year.

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Apple said to be producing new video sharing social media app

Apple said to be producing new video sharing social media app

Apple, in its search to increase profits after seeing hardware sales trending downward, is said to be looking to the success of companies like Facebook and Snapchat for its inspiration. New reports say that the company is looking into creating an app that will allow users to record, edit, and then share videos either with contacts other to other social media accounts.

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Latest Facebook test brings autoplay audio to News Feed videos

Latest Facebook test brings autoplay audio to News Feed videos

It isn't exactly a secret that Facebook is continually trying to fine-tune the News Feed through various tweaks and tests, but the company has rolled out a new, small-scale test that leaves us scratching our heads. Some users in Australia might find that those autoplay videos that show up in News Feeds are now accompanied by, of all things, autoplay sound.

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Facebook releases Lifestage, an app for teens only

Facebook releases Lifestage, an app for teens only

As the world's most popular social network, Facebook's biggest competition in recent years has been Snapchat, the messaging app that's hugely popular with teens. In order to prove that it's still hip and cool to the younger generations, Facebook has just released a new social media app for iOS called Lifestage, and to make sure it doesn't catch on among boring adults, it can only be used by those who are 21 or younger.

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Instagram Stories come to the web with this Chrome extension

Instagram Stories come to the web with this Chrome extension

Photo-sharing social network Instagram took a big swipe at rival Snapchat earlier this month with the launch of Instagram Stories. But whether or not you feel like it's a cheap copy or it one-ups Snapchat's version, the feature is turning out to be very popular among users. The only draw-back at this point is that Instagram Stories can only be viewed in the mobile apps, and not on the desktop via browser.

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Facebook tweaks News Feed to show more informative stories to users

Facebook tweaks News Feed to show more informative stories to users

Facebook's News Feed is an interesting beast, and it's been receiving a lot of tweaking recently. From offering up personally relevant advertisements to limiting the number of clickbait articles that make it through, the News Feed has been changing quite a bit this summer. Facebook isn't done with its adjustments, today announcing a new update that will hopefully show more relevant and informative stories to its users.

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No, Twitter is not shutting down next year

No, Twitter is not shutting down next year

If you have a look at Twitter right now, you might notice a particularly strange trending hashtag. #SaveTwitter is currently at the top of the trending list, and clicking it displays a whole slew of people who think Twitter is going to be shutting down early next year. Such a notion, as you may have already guessed, is making these people freak out.

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Facebook Messenger’s new bot allows you to message the president

Facebook Messenger’s new bot allows you to message the president

Revealed back in April, Facebook Messenger's bots have taken off in a big way. Now numbering in the thousands, these chat bots do all sorts of things, from helping you find travel deals to bots that allow you to send whatever feedback you may have to brands and corporations. Messenger is adding another bot to the list today, but this one definitely stands out from the rest, as it lets you send a note to President Obama.

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Twitter Moments rolls out to more creators, everyone else soon

Twitter Moments rolls out to more creators, everyone else soon

Twitter has announced that it's rolling out its Moments feature to more users today. The feature, which allows users to string together a series of tweets to make one comprehensive story, was launched last year and has so far been slow to move into wider tests. That's changing today, but the feature won't be available for all Twitter users for some time to come.

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FTC sets its sights on sneaky sponsored social media posts

FTC sets its sights on sneaky sponsored social media posts

While some types of sponsored content are easy to spot, that kind of transparency hasn't quite made its way into the social media realm. Tweets, status updates, Instagram photos and more dot the digital landscape with celebrities holding or using products, slyly showcasing notable brands to their thousands or millions of followers. Often times, these posts are advertisements the individual is getting paid to publish...but rarely are the statuses flagged as such.

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Facebook takes another swing at Snapchat with MSQRD selfie filter test

Facebook takes another swing at Snapchat with MSQRD selfie filter test

Don't look now, but Facebook is making another move to attempt to woo some users away from Snapchat. After Instagram introduced a Snapchat-inspired Stories feature, Facebook has rolled out a new Olympics-themed test in Brazil and Canada that features selfie filters from MSQRD, a company the social media giant acquired earlier this year.

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