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Facebook competitor Path is shutting down: Download your data now

Facebook competitor Path is shutting down: Download your data now

This morning we've got some bad news for those of you who claim Path as your social network of choice, as its creators have announced that it will soon be shutting down. Path has been with us for nearly eight years now, originally launching back in November 2010. It isn't quite going make it to its eighth birthday, however, as the shut down is scheduled to happen next month.

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Facebook is secretly rating users’ trustworthiness

Facebook is secretly rating users’ trustworthiness

Facebook is using a new, secret rating to judge how trustworthy each user is, as the social network continues to battle against accusations that it's an incubator for fake news. The site's role in the manipulated 2016 US presidential election has prompted numerous changes to Facebook policy, but most users have been unaware that their truthfulness has quietly been assessed.

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EU to force Facebook, Twitter, YouTube to remove terrorist content

EU to force Facebook, Twitter, YouTube to remove terrorist content

The European Union is becoming the champion of digital privacy, safety, and fair play, whether you like it or not. And some companies definitely don’t. After the still controversial GDPR and its high-profile fine of Google for its monopoly over Android, the European Commission, the EU’s legal body, is turning its sights on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. The body may start fining these platforms if they are unable to delete online terrorist propaganda within an hour after they have been flagged.

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Twitter Lite expands to 21 countries, gets push notifications

Twitter Lite expands to 21 countries, gets push notifications

They might be getting a lot of flak for fake news and inconsistent rules, but social media is just as big if not bigger than ever. It could be even bigger if they actually reached markets where even traditional sources of news and communication have a hard time catering to. That’s why there is a sudden rash of “lite” versions of social apps designed to cater to emerging markets with slow Internet and cramped phones. And now Twitter Lite, one of the first to do so, is making it’s going places before everyone else does.

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Now Facebook wants to see your bank account [Update]

Now Facebook wants to see your bank account [Update]

Facebook is trying to persuade banks to share your financial information with the social network, a further escalation of its personal data aggregation efforts. The company, still stinging from criticism around how it handled the Cambridge Analytica privacy disaster, has nonetheless faced renewed pressure from investors to increase engagement across its services.

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Instagram’s new status indicators are yet another thing to turn off

Instagram’s new status indicators are yet another thing to turn off

If it can't make you share more photos, Instagram instead plans to coax you into chatting, with a new feature underscoring the app's direct messaging. Although direct messaged have long been offered on Instagram, they're now getting status indicators which show whether someone is currently active.

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Tinder Loops give you 2 seconds to show yourself worthy of love

Tinder Loops give you 2 seconds to show yourself worthy of love

If still images can't quite capture your dating majesty, great news: Tinder has gone live with video loop in its app. The new Tinder Loops feature was announced back in April, giving users the opportunity to add a GIF-like animated clip to their profile in the hope of making it more attention-grabbing.

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Uganda levies social media tax to raise money, silence critics

Uganda levies social media tax to raise money, silence critics

While not everything is Facebook’s fault, its recent high-profile scandal opened a can of worms and opened the doors for increased government scrutiny and pressure on social networks in general. This time, however, it might be those social media giants that are getting a taste of injustice as Uganda starts to impose a social media tax that is being painted as a not so subtle attempt by the ruling government to curtail citizens’ freedom of speech.

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Now Facebook Messenger is getting autoplay video ads

Now Facebook Messenger is getting autoplay video ads

Facebook is about to get even more annoying, with the promise of autoplaying video adverts inserted into Facebook Messenger. The commercials are the latest attempt by the social network to squeeze ad dollars out of the eyeballs of its users, having run short on space in the regular app.

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Facebook knows these things and you might be surprised (or not)

Facebook knows these things and you might be surprised (or not)

Given its explicit mission to index the world’s data, you’d think Google would have the most data on you. That may be true but it’s turning out that Facebook comes a very close second. It has come under fire for its mishandling of the Cambridge Analytica matter and was forced to reveal more of its secrets. A whole heap of details has just been dumped for the public to see and you might be shocked or at least baffled at what Facebook is tracking.

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Facebook Memories shows how much Facebook knows about you

Facebook Memories shows how much Facebook knows about you

It’s probably no secret by now how much Facebook has on you, with or without your knowledge. You might not remember, however, just how far back you’ve been sharing your life’s moments on the social network. That’s pretty much what the “On This Day” feature was made for. But that’s almost random and sparse. That’s why Facebook is giving its users a brand new Memories page that brings together all those memories, yours or your friends, in one easily accessible place.

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The Instagram algorithm just spilled its secrets

The Instagram algorithm just spilled its secrets

Fewer likes on your Instagram selfies are probably just because they're bad photos, not because the app's algorithm is trying to neg you. At least, that's the takeaway from the Facebook-owned photo and video sharing service drawing back the curtain - at least a little - on just how it decides what and when to show content each time you open the app.

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