Category: social media

Instagram finally lets you manage third-party app access

Instagram remains one of the most popular image-centric social network today and perhaps the only Facebook property (aside from Oculus) that has remained largely untouched by privacy scandals. Its association to Facebook and its popularity, however, also makes it a prime target for less conscientious people who’d love to pilfer users’ private information at every opportunity. Despite that…

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Trump live streams on Twitch for 2020 election rally

Politicians are always looking to ways to appeal younger generations, and that’s led some of them to turn to video game streaming platform Twitch. We can now add US President Donald Trump to that list, as he used the platform to stream a campaign rally from Minneapolis last night. That was likely the first of many Twitch livestreams for the President, who already has a verified account.

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Instagram Direct Messages may still be coming to the desktop after all

Instagram is one of the most popular social networks on the planet but, for all its fame, it remains oddly tied to phones. Never mind the fact that its web-based desktop experience is a few steps from being deplorable, the mobile app seems frozen in a world where people use smartphones in just one and only one way. The Facebook-owned network is very slowly changing, like the standalone Windows…

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Facebook WhatsApp encryption plans draw US government scrutiny

After the almost unending litany of scandals that have rocked Facebook, many drawing intense criticism from the US government, the social networking giant is ready to turn a new leaf. Ironically, it is also receiving criticism from the US, specifically the Justice Department. In its efforts to begger protect the privacy of users that it has violated, Facebook is reportedly planning to introduce…

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Instagram Threads Auto Status: The fine print

There’s a new Snapchat sort of app available starting this week made by the Facebook-owned developers of Instagram. It’s the latest attempt by Facebook – via Instagram – to capture the Snapchat-using youth. The kids don’t want to share things publicly, so they share to friends on Snapchat. Threads just seems to want to have them share to friends on Instagram instead.

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Facebook Dating: Things you should know before using it

Facebook was always about friends. But now it’s also about love. The social media giants have launched Facebook Dating in the U.S., their answer to Tinder, Coffee Meets Bagel, Bumble and other dating apps. The new feature brings together Facebook’s networking infrastructure and data to help find matches that suit you.

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3 Stress-reducing Facebook habits I once feared

Over the past 3 years, my relationship with Facebook changed in several drastic ways. In the year 2015, I discovered the “Unfollow” button, and my journey away from Facebook reliance began. I was a Facebook addict for longer than I care to think about. I lived in fear of getting away from the social network, my former primary source of stress in life. I thought I’d never be able to stop – how…

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Reddit partial outage hits mobile, desktop, comments, and mods

Reddit users have had trouble accessing the service on mobile and desktop for most of Saturday morning, prompting an official response from the company: it is experiencing a partial outage across multiple aspects of its service. The outage, according to Reddit, is due to ‘an incident’ with Amazon Web Services that is impacting the social platform. It’s unclear when the service will be fully…

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Threads app tipped as Zuckerberg’s ideals made real

A potential new Snapchat alternative app “Threads” was tipped in-the-making at Facebook and Instagram. The app seems to be part of Mark Zuckerberg’s vision for a private messaging tie between each of the company’s main social ecosystems. That’d likely include account connections between Facebook and Instagram, but mention of WhatsApp integration was notably absent from report details.

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Multiple Reddit SubReddits banned for apparent spam [UPDATE]

A wave of SubReddit bans occurred this afternoon seemingly at once, including but not limited to r/Android, r/cricket, r/MiamiDolphins, r/golf, r/auckland, r/tennisstreams, r/Wellington, r/Minneapolis, and possibly others. This ban wave likely occurred due to an automatic switch to combat malicious spam attacks. It is unlikely that these bans were due to human analysis and admin judgement.…

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