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EU recommends Signal messaging app to staff for privacy

This week, leadership at the European Commission (executive branch of the European Union) sent a staff-wide message pushing the secure messaging app Signal. This end-to-end encrypted messaging app was recommended on an EU internal discussion board for all staff. The message included, in part: “Signal has been selected as the recommended application for public instant messaging.” Why would the EU…

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Instagram CEO says it’s too busy to make an iPad app

The majority of popular mobile apps, especially on iOS, started out as iPhone apps. Over time, the popularity of the iPad has encouraged many to adopt the large-screen format. Advances in both software and hardware have given us split-screen windows, dual-screen phones, and foldable tablets whose bigger real estate apps will be able to take advantage of. All throughout, however, Instagram remains…

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Instagram Latest Post feature found, but don’t expect to use it

The Instagram app recently revealed an internal feature called ‘Latest Posts’ that, based on the name, would enable users to view the most recent posts made by the accounts they follow. The feed filter excited some users who hoped this would essentially mark the return of the chronological feed, but it seems you shouldn’t get your hopes up. Instagram confirmed the feature’s existence but said it…

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Facebook removes Iranian accounts targeting US politics and religion

Facebook has announced the removal of three different campaigns of ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior,’ which is a fancy way to say that some governments were using accounts and Pages to spread propaganda and otherwise meddle in foreign affairs. Two of these campaigns targeted international subjects; the third targeted users in the US, particularly those of the pro-Trump and religious persuasions.

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Galaxy Z Flip coming packed with tools to steal iPhone influencers

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip foldable smartphone is coming equipped with tools aplenty aimed at stealing influencers from the iPhone. The iPhone is at war with the Samsung collection of Galaxy smartphones running Android – they’ve been at war for a decade. With the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung’s made a system with which they’re able to give social media influencers a key tool with which they’ll be…

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Instagram now shows which accounts you ignore the most

If you’ve contemplated cleaning up your Instagram follows but aren’t sure where to start, the company’s new feature will be particularly convenient. The service has introduced a new feature that gives users a direct look at the accounts they interact with most often, as well as the accounts they follow but mostly just ignore. The list includes controls for quickly unfollowing the accounts.

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Instagram cracks down on influencers who promote vapes and guns

Instagram is cracking down on influencers who promote tobacco products, including vapes, as well as weapons as part of their branded content, the company has announced. The restriction, which also applies to influencers on Facebook, revolves around what the companies consider ‘branded content,’ namely posts from influencers that are promoted by advertisers, as well as ones from users who are…

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Instagram integrates Layout to take multiple photos in one Story

If a picture can paint a thousand words, multiple ones could probably paint a novel. Considering the number of photos and animated GIFs used in social media these days, that’s no longer really just a figure of speech. That said, even the most photo-centric network is limited to the number of images you can take and post at a time, which is often just one. Instagram is now breaking down that wall…

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Instagram deploys AI to reduce offensive post captions

Instagram is using artificial intelligence to reduce the number of offensive captions on its platform. The company has already used this technology in an effort to get users to self-police the comments they leave on posts. The AI works by warning users that their commentary may be harmful to those who read it (attempting to call someone an idiot, for example, would result in a warning).

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Instagram will soon use age to offer tailored app experiences

Starting next year, Instagram says that some of its users will start seeing app experiences tailored to their age group, a move that is largely intended to help protect the platform’s youngest users. The revelation is part of a larger announcement concerning changes coming to the service, another of which includes the new requirement for users to provide their age when creating an account.

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