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Snap’s Spectacles are about to play nicer with other social apps

Snap’s Spectacles are about to play nicer with other social apps

Snap's Spectacles are set to become a lot more useful for video sharing, even if you're not much of a Snapchat user. While exporting video captured with Spectacles has been possible since the first generation sunglasses, until now it has always had some drawbacks.

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Instagram update adds post resharing to Stories

Instagram update adds post resharing to Stories

Instagram is making it easier to flesh out your Instagram Stories, adding the ability to quickly share something there directly from the feed. The new feature further blurs the lines between the traditional Instagram timeline, and the more recently-introduced, ephemeral stories.

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Facebook suspends around 200 apps in privacy audit

Facebook suspends around 200 apps in privacy audit

Facebook has suspended around 200 third-party apps, after its data misuse investigation found signs that they may have been acting improperly. The app audit was part of Facebook's grand mea-culpa earlier this year, after the part the social network played in the Cambridge Analytica scandal was revealed.

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Twitter saved your password as plain text: Now it says to change it

Twitter saved your password as plain text: Now it says to change it

Twitter is warning every user on its service to change their password, after discovering that it was inadvertently storing login credentials as plain text. The company announced it had 336m monthly active users only last month, and it turns out it was storing their passwords completely unmasked in an internal log.

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Facebook’s Clear History promises to flush your digital footprints

Facebook’s Clear History promises to flush your digital footprints

Facebook is making it easier to delete your digital footprint, with a new "Clear History" feature making the apps and websites it shares your data with more transparent. The latest in the social network's ongoing mea-culpa tour amid allegations that it does too little to protect user data, the new feature comes just ahead of F8 2018, its annual developer conference.

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Facebook Messenger Kids sleep mode: Here’s how to use it

Facebook Messenger Kids sleep mode: Here’s how to use it

Facebook is adding a sleep mode for Facebook Messenger Kids, allowing parents to control when young users get access to the app. The new feature follows the launch of the child-friendly version of the instant messaging app last December, intended to quiet concerns that younger users of the social network could be talking with predators.

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Revealed: Facebook’s secret rules for policing your content

Revealed: Facebook’s secret rules for policing your content

Facebook has pulled back the curtain on its Internal Enforcement Guidelines, the long-mysterious rules by which its community standards team decides what's appropriate for the social network. Controversy around those rules has circulated for many years, with Facebook accused of giving little insight into the ways it decides which photos, videos, and posts should be removed, and which are "safe" to stay online.

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Facebook’s fate is skepticism even when it’s innocent

Facebook’s fate is skepticism even when it’s innocent

A new leak on how Facebook uses AI to predict users most susceptible to advertising has thrown trust in the social network back into the spotlight. The company has not been shy in discussing its work on artificial intelligence, which it uses in numerous ways to filter what it believes its users will be most interested in - and will keep them coming back for more.

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You’re apathetic about privacy, and Facebook is counting on it

You’re apathetic about privacy, and Facebook is counting on it

Facebook may be under scrutiny from privacy regulators, and its CEO in the hot seat in front of Congress, but the social network doesn't expect any of this outrage to affect its bottom line. The site has been repeatedly struck with negative headlines over the past month, beginning with revelations about how it provided third-party apps with user data and allegations that such data was used to manipulate the 2016 US presidential election.

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Your personal Facebook messages may also have been shared

Your personal Facebook messages may also have been shared

Facebook has quietly revealed that its huge data sharing snafu with Cambridge Analytica might have seen users personal messages shared with the firm, an unpleasant side-effect of its old third-party app settings. The social network finds itself under siege, with Mark Zuckerberg appearing in front of the US Congress today to explain exactly what went wrong and allowed data on millions of users to be so widely shared.

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Snapchat turns back time, returns chronological Stories feed

Snapchat turns back time, returns chronological Stories feed

Sometimes you win some, sometimes you lose some. For Snapchat, however, it has lately been a series of losses instead. Although not in as terrible a spot as rival Facebook, Snapchat has seen its fair share of one user-losing controversy after another, the latest of which is its much-criticized redesign. Now it seems that Snapchat has conceded defeat and is rolling back at least one feature, bringing back reverse chronological order to your Stories feed.

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Woz drops Facebook, willing to pay for ad-free option

Woz drops Facebook, willing to pay for ad-free option

He may not be as high-profile as the late Steve Jobs, but “the other Steve” Apple co-founder does leave an impression whenever he speaks. Especially when says that he’s leaving Facebook. Steve “Woz” Wozniak is just the latest tech pioneer and luminary to drop the social network and voice concern over the mishandling of data and users. But unlike others, he’s not completely deleting his Facebook account just yet.

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