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    👍|Twitter suspends account sharing Donald Trump’s…

    Twitter has suspended an account which was sharing posts from Donald Trump’s new communications platform. The account – which claimed to be tweeting “on behalf” of the former US President – is said to be violated the site’s bad evasion policy. According to a spokesperson, the profile had broken the rules by sharing content “affiliated with a suspended account”. Under the microblogging platform’s ban evasion policy, users are prohibited from a range of actions regarding permanently suspended accounts. The page reads: “Our rules exist to help keep everyone using Twitter safe and ensure they can …

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    👍|Facebook’s Donald Trump ban upheld but criticised

    Facebook’s Donald Trump ban has been upheld by its Oversight Board. The company gave the former president a permanent ban from both Facebook and Instagram in January following the Capitol Hill riots. Now, the Oversight Board has told the social networking site to review its decision and “justify a proportionate response” to bring the punishment in line with a policy “consistent with the rules that are applied to other users of its platform”. Facebook has been give six months to respond. Co-chair Helle Thorning-Schmidt said in a press conference: “We are telling Facebook to go back and be more …

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    👍|Twitter prompts users to reconsider mean tweets

    Twitter has started prompting its users to reconsider “potentially harmful or offensive” replies. The social media platform tested the feature last year and will now roll it out to English language accounts on Apple and Android. In a blog post, Twitter said: “People come to Twitter to talk about what’s happening, and sometimes conversations about things we care about can get intense and people say things in the moment they might regret later. “That’s why in 2020, we tested prompts that encouraged people to pause and reconsider a potentially harmful or offensive reply before they hit send. “Bas…

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    📱|Google Stadia staff join Haven Studios

    Haven Studios has welcomed more Google Stadia Staff. Corey May – who served as lead writer, script writer and later narrative director on several ‘Assassin’s Creed’ games over a 12-year period – also worked as head of creative services at Stadia. Now, Jade Raymond – who set up Haven earlier this year – has welcomed Corey and several others to bolster the new studio. As reported by Cyberia, Sebastian Puel – who was the brand’s general manager – has also made the jump, alongside at least four more former team members. Raymond founded the Montreal studio in March, which came a month after Google …

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    👍|Instagram Live Rooms’ new feature

    Instagram Live Rooms hosts can now mute audio. The social media platform unveiled the new Live Rooms back in March, which allows four users to chat at once rather than just one on one, but an all important new feature has been added, which will allow the host of the live stream to mute the audio. The user is also able to switch their video off. Instagram said in a statement: “By giving people the option to mute their audio or turn off their video, hosts will have added flexibility for their livestream experience, as the added functionality could help decrease pressure to look or sound a certai…

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    📱|Gmail launching External label

    Google has updated its Gmail service with an “External” label”. The tech giant is looking to help users stay safe from malware and spam, and it’s taking action with email threads including recipients from outside your organisation. They will now be labelled “External” – which will be visible both on desktop and Android this month with a roll-out set to take up to 15 days – inside a yellow button next to the email header. The company will update users once the feature is available on iOS. In a Workspace Updates blog, Google explained “The “External” label and the reply warning banner and label …

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    👍|Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos celebrate 25th we…

    Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are celebrating 25 years of marriage. The couple marked a quarter of a century married on Saturday (01.05.21) with sweet matching posts on photo sharing site Instagram, where Kelly branded Mark the “love of her life”. Taking to Instagram to share a sweet anniversary tribute to her husband, she wrote: “Happy 25th Anniversary to the love of my life @instasuelos in the blink of an eye. Because when you know, you know. Thank you for all of the dreams you made reality … (wedding, 5,10,15,20……..#25) #silver (sic)” Whilst Mark shared a video of some of their favour…

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    👍|Anna Kendrick: The Kid Mero was my guardian ang…

    Anna Kendrick has described The Kid Mero as her “guardian angel” for helping her restore her Twitter after it was hacked. The ‘Pitch Perfect’ star was left in a panic back in December when she lost control of her account to a hacker who proceeded to post a host of offensive messages and spam her friends under her name. The security breach happened late at night so Anna’s team we’re not awake to help her put a halt to the social media crisis, but ‘Desus & Mero’ star The Kid Mero came to her rescue and got her account secured again, something she was so grateful for. Speaking on ‘The Jess Cagle …

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    👍|John Legend explains Chrissy Teigen’s Twitter r…

    John Legend believes women are targeted by social media trolls more than men. The ‘Conversations in the Dark’ singer’s wife Chrissy Teigen recently returned to Twitter after a three-week break and he explained why she felt she needed time away from the platform because of the people who felt they could be “cruel” because the site offers them anonymity. However, the ‘Chrissy’s Court’ star ultimately “missed” the positive moments and interaction with her fans. In an upcoming interview with Tamron Hall, John said: “For social media, the downside is you get lots of feedback, a lot of good feedback…

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    👍|Facebook and Instagram looking to help creators…

    Mark Zuckerberg has revealed Facebook and Instagram are working on tools to help creators make more money. The company’s CEO is looking at building online shops and a marketplace to help people get a cut of their sales. Speaking to Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri this week, Mark said: “Our view is that if we help creators make more money on their content that will help a broader creator economy emerge.” On Instagram – which is owned by Facebook – influencers can make money through advertising products in their posts. However, Adam explained that brands usually work with more popular social media us…

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    👍|Hailey Bieber doesn’t use Instagram in the week

    Hailey Bieber doesn’t use Instagram in the week. The model has revealed she doesn’t use social media between Monday and Friday as she admits she has some “insecurities” from seeing so many perfect people posting across the platform. Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar magazine, she said: “I’m only 24, and I’m still figuring out who I am as a woman. Who I am in my career. Who I am as a wife. There’s so much going on, I had to give myself a break from looking at myself and other people, though. I had to start doing this thing where I don’t go on Instagram Monday through Friday. If something needs to be …

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    👍|Facebook News Feed improvements

    Facebook wants to improve users’ News Feed experience. The company is looking to gather more feedback from users about the posts they see on the social networking platform, and use that information to improve how the content is displayed. The company is running global tests to survey people and find out which posts are inspirational, which are seen as the material users prefer to see. Facebook will also ask people about the amount of posts they see about specific topics. In a blog post, the site added: “Even though your News Feed contains posts from the friends, Groups and Pages you’ve chosen …

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    👍|Maya Jama: Instagram can warp minds

    Maya Jama thinks Instagram filters can “warp” minds. The 26-year-old star has admitted to experimenting with various filters over the years, but she recognises that they can have a damaging impact. She shared: “I’ve tried to stay away, but there was one stage in lockdown when I was using them loads. “I did a story saying I’m going to stop using them because you end up getting used to it, and then, when you don’t have them on you think, ‘Actually I don’t really like how that looks’ and it warps your own mind, so I’ve tried to cut down.” Maya – who previously dated the rapper Stormzy – observed …

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    👍|Facebook launching Live Audio Rooms as Clubhous…

    Facebook is planning to launch Live Audio Rooms “by the summer”. The social networking site has announced a range of audio features coming over the next few months, including its own take on Clubhouse. In a statement, Fidji Simon – Head of Facebook App – said: “Audio seamlessly fits within our busy lives, allows us to be inspired by new ideas, and talk with other like-minded people without pressure. “You can share your personal story or join in on a global conversation in any way, anytime, anywhere — even on a bad hair day without any makeup — or in your car or on a run! “At Facebook, we’ve se…

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    👍|Facebook backs work-from-home plans

    Facebook employees can continue working from home for the time being. The tech giant has revealed that it thinks remote work is “the future” – unlike some of its rivals in the sector. The company’s employees have been “thriving” at home, according to Brynn Harrington, Facebook’s vice president of People Growth, who added that many workers are keen to continue from home. She explained: “For example, parents who are closer to their children and are happy to cut their commute time and optimise their work day, they’re thrilled to work from home.” Despite this, she acknowledged that it’s not been u…

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    👍|Mark and Donnie Wahlberg’s mother Alma passes a…

    Alma Wahlberg has died at the age of 78. The ‘Wahlburgers’ star and mother to Mark and Donnie Wahlberg passed away after battling dementia, her sons confirmed on Sunday (18.04.21). In a touching tribute, Donnie, 51, hailed the Wahlberg matriarch as the “most loving human being” he’s “ever known”, who “undoubtedly shaped” him into “the man” he is. Part of his lengthy tribute posted on Instagram, which featured a video montage of memories with his parent, read: “I’m so blessed to have been brought into this world by, raised by, taught by and set on my life’s path by, such an amazing woman. My mo…

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    👍|Chrissy Teigen returns to Twitter

    Chrissy Teigen has returned to Twitter three weeks after quitting due to negativity on the app. The 35-year-old model had stepped back from the micro-blogging site – on which she has 13.7 million followers – after feeling “deeply bruised” by nasty comments left on her page, but now she has made a surprise comeback. On Friday (16.04.21), she tweeted: “Turns out it feels TERRIBLE to silence yourself and also no longer enjoy belly chuckles randomly throughout the day and also lose like 2000 friends at once lol “I choose to take the bad with the good!! (sic)” Her followers have welcomed her back w…

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    👍|Facebook urged to drop plans for child-friendly…

    Facebook is being urged to scrap plans for a version of Instagram for children. The social media giant is reportedly planning to launch a special version of the photo-sharing platform – which normally has a joining age of 13 – for youngsters that would be “managed by parents”. But their plans have been slammed in a letter from the Campaign for a Commercial-free Childhood, which has been signed by 99 groups and individuals who claim the “image-obsessed” platform is too dangerous for children. The letter cites research from The Royal Society for Public Health which rated Instagram as the worst s…

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    👍|Paul Mescal quits Instagram

    Paul Mescal has quit Instagram. The ‘Normal People’ star has deactivated his Instagram account, as he reportedly felt as though he was getting too invested in responding to the negative comments left by his critics and wanted to save his mental health. A source close to the actor said: “Paul deactivated his Instagram account because it just became a drain. “He felt like he was wasting time on there, reading the comments is no good for anyone’s mental health. “There are more important things going on in his life and he wants to focus his energy into his personal life and his work, he doesn’t ne…

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    📱|NHS’ COVID-19 app update blocked by Apple and G…

    The NHS contact tracing app for COVID-19 has been blocked for breaking the terms of an agreement made with Apple and Google. An update to the app – which allows users to check-in to locations such as pubs and hairdressers in order to be notified about possible exposure to COVID-19 – on Monday (12.04.21) has seen the app banned on the iOS and Google Play app stores for breaching the terms of a privacy agreement. The plan had been to ask users to upload logs of venue check-ins if they tested positive for the virus so that they could be used to warn others, but both Apple and Google had explicitl…

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    📱|Google to shut down Google Shopping app for iOS…

    Google is shutting down the Google Shopping app for iOS and Android devices. The tech giant will soon axe the special mobile app used for browsing and buying items from various online retailers, according to a Google spokesperson. Google Shopping will still exist in its web form and the current Shopping tab in Google Search will remain in place, but support for the app will be coming to an end “within the next few weeks”. The spokesperson told 9to5Google: “Within the next few weeks, we’ll no longer be supporting the Shopping app. All of the functionality the app offered users is available on t…

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    📱|Pensions minister urges Brits not to trust Google

    The UK’s pensions minister has urged the public not to trust Google. Guy Opperman has issued a warning to the public and accused the tech giant of dragging its feet over pledges to vet its advertisers. He told The Times newspaper: “One of the biggest companies on the planet needs to either change its ways or be legislated against to ensure it does.” The minister has also accused Google – which owns YouTube – of profiting from from people who promote investment scams. Reflecting on the problem, he explained: “Google is winning two ways because the fraudsters are advertising with them and [Googl…

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    👍|Katie Price to document home improvement projec…

    Katie Price has launched a home renovation Instagram account so people can follow the makeover of her mansion. The 42-year-old star is moving back into the £2 million Sussex property, which fell into a state of disrepair in 2019, after spending the past several months living at her boyfriend Carl Woods’ Essex home and she is going to be carrying out a major overhaul on the house. Katie announced her plans to her fans on social media, sharing an aerial view of the building and commenting: “Follow my new Instagram page @plucky_mansion dedicated to my house I’ve decided to transform back to a fam…

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    👍|Lauren Goodger wants to be ‘as real as possible…

    Lauren Goodger wants her Instagram posts to look “as real as possible”. The ‘TOWIE’ star – who has come under fire for heavily editing her social media posts – has defended the use of filters on photographs and insisted they are just “a little bit of fun”. She told Closer magazine: “Filters were invented for a little bit of fun. Who doesn’t like to look good in a picture? “I feel like the user of filters is taken so seriously when it really doesn’t need to be. They are there to change up your look. “I try to keep my pictures as real as possible, but I do have a bit of fun with it. “I think it’…

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    👍|Hailey Bieber: Twitter is toxic

    Hailey Bieber says she deleted Twitter because it was “toxic”. The 24-year-old model revealed she deleted the micro-blogging app as she was getting “bad anxiety” from the trolling she received on her looks after she attracting more attention following her marriage to Justin Bieber in 2018. She said in a video on her YouTube channel: “I think one of the biggest things I struggled with for sure was the comparison aspect of body comparison and looks comparison and behavior comparison. I think when you’re going through a situation where you just have so many people hounding you with the same thing…

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    👍|Dionne Warwick ‘having fun’ on Twitter

    Dionne Warwick is “having fun” with social media. The 79-year-old singer signed up to Twitter during the coronavirus pandemic and she is really enjoying interacting with so many people using the platform. Speaking about social media, she said: “I’m enjoying the fact that so many are following me. You know, I’m happy and I’m taking the opportunity to be able to talk to youngsters, which is wonderful … They have a lot of fun with me because I’m having fun with it. I love to laugh, you know.” And the ‘That’s What Friends Are For’ hitmaker says social media has also put her onto some amazing young…

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    👍|Facebook introducing news feed changes

    Facebook will now let users limit comments on their public posts to friends or only people tagged in the post. The social networking site is also planning to make it easier for people to have their main news feed in a “chronological” order with the latest posts up first. This model was ditched back in 2009, with the company preferring to use algorithms to rank the content. However, Facebook’s vice-president Nick Clegg acknowledged a lack of transparency and information which had led to users not trusting the feed. Now, the ‘most recent’ option has been moved to a new ‘feed filter bar’ which ca…

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    👍|Jessica Simpson reveals she previously tested p…

    Jessica Simpson has revealed she previously tested positive for COVID-19. The 40-year-old star has penned an essay for Amazon Original Stories called ‘Take The Lead’, and while promoting the text on her Instagram page, she shared that she had the virus sometime during the “intense” past year. Jessica further explained how despite the “challenges and fears” in everyone’s lives amid the global pandemic, she instead chose to “manifest a hopeful conversation” with her fans. She wrote on Instagram: “This is the cover of my new Amazon Original Stories essay on self-acceptance, parenthood and overcom…

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    📱|Google’s new tool to boost hybrid network manag…

    Google Cloud has started previewing a new tool to give network admins a single pane of glass to network on-site and cloud-based services. The new Network Connectivity Center (NCC) has been teased as a unified management tool letting companies create, connect and manage their diverse networks. As reported by Tech Radar, Rohith Ramkumar – Google’s Product Manager for Cloud Networking – said: “Network Connectivity Center serves as a vantage point to seamlessly connect VPNs, partner and dedicated interconnects, as well as third-party routers and Software-Defined WANs, helping you optimise connecti…

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    👍|Twitter ‘testing emoji reactions’

    Twitter is reportedly testing emoji reactions. Currently, users can only ‘like’ a tweet, comment or reply using the love heart symbol, but the microblogging site has been asking its users about adding more reaction options. As reported by TechCrunch, the survey included some sets of reactions and asked users which they preferred. Five of them featured in all sets – Like, Funny, Sad, Interesting and Awesome – with commonly used emojis, while the other two had different descriptions. In one set, they were known as Support or Angry, but others had them replaced by Agree and Disagree. However, the…

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    📱|Google fixes Android apps issues

    Google has fixed an issue which meant Android phone apps were crashing. The likes of Facebook, Gmail and Amazon were impacted by the problems, which started on Monday (22.03.21) and seemed to be down to the Android System WebView, which lets Android apps display web content. A Google spokesman told the BBC: “We have resolved the issue with WebView that caused some apps on Android to crash for some users. Updating Android System WebView and Google Chrome via Google Play should now resolve the issue.” DownDetector – which measures outages – revealed a surge in issues for both Amazon and Gmail, a…

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    📱|JiveBird launches on iOS and Android

    JiveBird has launched on iOS and Android devices. The greetings and gifting platform is now available on smartphones and tablets with its “100% digital offering” which means customers don’t rely on the post to send a message to their loves ones. Through the online platform, you can choose an eCard “from hundreds of funky designs”, as well as create a PhotoCard using a selfie or image from your own library. You can also personalise the eGreeting with a recorded message to send with the eCard, or add a song from a choice of over 35,000 fully licenced tracks. Prices start at just 99p, and once si…

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    👍|Halsey clarifies their pronouns: ‘I’m happy wit…

    Halsey is “happy with either” she or they pronouns. The ‘Without Me’ hitmaker – who is currently expecting their first child with their boyfriend Alev Aydin – recently changed their bio on Instagram and Twitter to let their fans know their pronouns are “she/they”, and has now clarified exactly what that means. In a post on their Instagram Story, Halsey wrote: “for those asking RE: my updated IG bio, I am happy with either pronouns 🙂 the inclusion of ‘they’, in addition to ‘she’, feels most authentic to me. If you know me at all you know what it means to me to express this outwardly. thanks fo…

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    👍|Twitter testing new YouTube feature

    Twitter is testing a new feature for YouTube videos. The micro-blogging platform is hoping to allow IOS user to view YouTube videos on the social media app instead of being taken directly to YouTube. Users can currently only view YouTube videos within Twitter itself is if a user has uploaded it directly from their device to the social media platform or mobile users are booted off Twitter to view the video on the video streaming platform. However, Twitter is only sampling the new feature on a handful of IOS users with no parrel tests on Andriod devices but developers are hoping to receive posit…

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    📱|Google has launched ThreadIt

    Google has launched video messaging platform ThreadIt. The technology company hopes to make remote working easier with the release of the short video messaging platform that has been created to minimise unwanted long conference calls. ThreadIt has been created by Google’s in-house incubator, Area 120, and will be available both as a website and as a Chrome extension. Users will be able to record a short video of themselves talking and share it with their co-workers, who can reply to their team when they are available and creating a chronological thread of video communication. The new technolog…