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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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Facebook builds AI watchdog chips to filter live video

Facebook builds AI watchdog chips to filter live video

Facebook is developing its own chips that can analyze and filter video content in real-time, paving the way for potentially replacing human moderators as streaming on the social network grows exponentially. The site has been criticized in recent years for allowing users to share controversial or offensive content, including footage of people being assaulted or committing suicide.

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Snapchat Send and Request Location is thankfully less invasive

Snapchat Send and Request Location is thankfully less invasive

Snapchat seems to need no help from third-party actors to stir up controversy. But, as they say, bad publicity is still publicity. Even before the widely unpopular redesign or the more recent unskippable ads, Snapchat had its always-on location broadcasting Snap Map feature. That potentially privacy-invasive feature eventually sagged after a brief surge of popularity but now Snapchat has found a compromise: a feature that lets you send or request a location when and where you need it and not forever.

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Instagram mute ousts humblebrags from the feed: Here’s how

Instagram mute ousts humblebrags from the feed: Here’s how

Instagram is adding a new mute feature to its feed, a more discreet way to oust bragging friends from your timeline without prompting unfollow arguments. It's being billed as a useful option to curate your timeline, and there'll still be ways to see content that muted friends share - or that you're tagged in.

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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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