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    👍|Facebook ‘wants to become more like TikTok’

    Facebook is making a concerted effort to become more like TikTok, according to a whistleblower. Frances Haugen hasn’t been impressed with Facebook’s efforts to evolve over recent months, arguing that it’s “a bad idea”. Speaking at Vox Media’s Code Conference, Haugen said: “The world that they’re choosing to go towards is one where you have to do censorship to be safe and I think that’s a bad idea.” Haugen made the comments after Facebook took the decision to transform its home feed to include a new tab that recommends short videos called Reels. The change led social media users to draw a paral…

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    👍|Elon Musk calls for a delay to Twitter trial

    Elon Musk has called for a delay to the trial over his proposed takeover of Twitter. The billionaire businessman launched a $44 billion deal to buy the micro-blogging platform earlier this year – but he’s now called for a delay to the trial after a whistleblower made claims about security on the social media platform. Alex Spiro, his lawyer, said at a hearing in Delaware: “Doesn’t justice demand a few weeks to look into this?” Musk withdrew from his attempt to buy Twitter earlier this year, claiming that the company failed to comply with its obligations in the merger agreement. However, the Te…

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    👍|Instagram hit with €405 million fine for childr…

    Instagram has been fined€405 million for violating children’s privacy. Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) confirmed the penalty following a long-running complaint that Instagram allowed teenagers to set up accounts on the platform that displayed their phone numbers and email addresses. Some had reportedly upgraded to business accounts to access analytics tools such as profile visits but did not realise that this made more of the data public. It was also found that the platform had operated a user registration system where the accounts of users aged from 13 to 17 were set to ‘public’ by…

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    👍|John Legend hails Chrissy Teigen as a social me…

    John Legend believes Chrissy Teigen is a “natural” on social media. The 36-year-old model has built-up a huge online following over the years and John accepts that his wife is better at social media than he is. The 43-year-old singer explained: “She’s more natural at it. She’s exactly the right age and temperament to be very fluent in the ways of Twitter and Instagram. “She’s funnier than me. She’s prettier than me. I enjoy being a part of her photos and her public conversations, but I’m just not as good at doing it as she is.” Chrissy has more than 39 million followers on Instagram and more t…

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    👍|Bethenny Frankel: Instagram filters are lying t…

    Bethenny Frankel has branded Instagram filters as “deceptive.” The 51-year-old businesswoman – who is known to TV audiences for appearing on ‘The Real Housewives of New York City’ for more than a decade – took to social media to post before-and-after filtered photos of herself in a bikini where she explained that images doctored by filters on Instagram are harmful to young women. She wrote on Instagram: “This is NOT what I look like…and you know that bc I’m not vain and show you the real me. But if I posted a version of this every day you might start to believe that it might be. This is just h…

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    📱|Google Play bars Donald Trump’s Truth Social app

    Google Play has barred Donald Trump’s Truth Social platform. Google has ruled that the former US President’s social media service violates its policies on issues like physical threats and incitement to violence. A Google spokesperson told the BBC: “On August 19 we notified Truth Social of several violations of standard policies. “Having effective systems for moderating user-generated content is a condition of our terms of service for any app to go live on Google Play.” The tech giant added that it has offered advice on how Truth Social can fix the problems. Last week the platform’s CEO Devin N…

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    👍|Facebook and Instagram users can share NFTs

    Facebook and Instagram users will be able to share their NFTs from this week. Meta – the parent company for both social media platforms – has revealed the feature for a limited number of users in the US, which will allow people to display their nonfungible tokens by connecting their digital wallets to show purchased or created collectibles. In a blog post this week, the social media giant said: “As we continue rolling out digital collectibles on Facebook and Instagram, we’ve started giving people the ability to post digital collectibles that they own across both Facebook and Instagram. “This w…

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    📱|Google Play Games for PC beta rolls out in 5 co…

    Google Play Games for PC beta has rolled out in five countries, Those in South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Australia are able to play 50 Android games on their Windows computers. Google wrote in a blog post: “Our catalogue includes many of the most popular mobile games in the world including Summoners War, Cookie Run: Kingdom, Last Fortress: Underground, and Top War. Together, these games are played by hundreds of millions of players globally.” The tech giant plans to expand the service into other terriroties across the globe.

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    📱|Google Play Games for PC beta rolls out in 5 co…

    Google Play Games for PC beta has rolled out in five countries, Those in South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Australia are able to play 50 Android games on their Windows computers. Google wrote in a blog post: “Our catalogue includes many of the most popular mobile games in the world including Summoners War, Cookie Run: Kingdom, Last Fortress: Underground, and Top War. Together, these games are played by hundreds of millions of players globally.” The tech giant plans to expand the service into other terriroties across the globe.

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    📱|Google reveals plan to fight disinformation

    Google is planning to publish adverts that will educate people about disinformation techniques. The tech giant intends to use its Google Jigsaw platform to educate people about disinformation by running adverts on YouTube, TikTok, Twitter and Facebook. The move has been prompted by recent research from Cambridge University, and it’s ultimately hoped that the move will help online users to identify manipulative content. Google has confirmed that the ads will initially appear in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland, and the efforts will be geared towards combating disinformation surrounding U…

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    📱|Developer creates tool that makes noise every t…

    A developer has created an app that makes a noise every time data is sent to Google. PowerDNS creator Bert Hubert took to Twitter to reveal he has created a “very simple tool”, called Googerteller, which beeps when someone’s computer sends data to the tech giant. Alongside a video of him using the app, Bert tweeted: “I made a very very simple tool that makes some noise every time your computer sends data to Google. Here a demo on the official Dutch government jobs site. The noise starts while typing the domain name already. Code, currently Linux only: (sic)” He also shared a video of his tool …

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    👍|Will Smith catches massive spider on return to …

    Will Smith made a return to Instagram by catching a giant spider. The ‘King Richard’ star has been absent from social media since he controversially slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars earlier this year but shared an Instagram video on Sunday (21.08.22) where he and son Trey trapped the massive arachnid under a bowl. Will quipped that it was Trey’s job to dispose of the spider. The 53-year-old actor says in the clip: “You gotta get that outta here. You’re young and strong, you can handle the bite.” Will’s new Instagram post came a day after he had hinted that he could be making a return to social…

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    📱|YouTube Shorts adds watermark to downloadable c…

    YouTube Shorts has added a watermark to downloadable content. The short-form video-sharing platform – which was launched by YouTube as an apparent rival to social media giant TikTok back in September 2020 – is now embalzoning videos downloaded by creators with a watermark of the company’s logo in order to promote the brand. In a blog post, parent company Google said: “If you’re a creator who downloads your Shorts from YouTube Studio to share across other platforms, you’ll now find a watermark added to your downloaded content. We’ve added a watermark to the Shorts you download so your viewers c…

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    📱|Google invests more than $1bn in cryptocurrency

    Google has reportedly invested in more than $1 billion of cryptocurrency. The search engine giant is said to have joined major players in tech and finance such as Samsung and Microsoft and has invested $1.5 billion in the decentralized system of digital currency through their parent company Alphabet via the financial service Blockchain. A report from Blockchain read: “Banks have started to increase their exposure to crypto and blockchain services given increased client demand. This has led [Google] to make investments in crypto custody, asset management, and trading. As for traditional corpora…

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    👍|Priti Patel: Facebook and Instagram risk grotes…

    Priti Patel says Facebook and Instagram risk a “grotesque betrayal” of children. The 50-year-old politician – who has served as Home Secretary in the UK since 2019 – blasted the Meta-owned social media apps as having the “inadequate protections” in place for children and urged the company to work with the Home Office to keep children safe online. Writing in The Telegraph, she said: “The consequences of inadequate protections – especially for end-to-end encrypted social media platforms – would be catastrophic. A great many child predators use social media platforms such as Facebook to discover,…

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    👍|Eve Hewson admits to having a ‘secret Twitter a…

    Eve Hewson has a “secret Twitter account”. The 31-year-old star – who is the daughter of activist Ali Hewson and U2 lead singer Bono – has revealed that she loves to go undercover on the micro-blogging platform, where she has a “no-holds-barred” approach. Eve said: “I actually have a secret Twitter account where I go no-holds-barred. I really let it rip up on the dating thing. The apps are s***.” Eve actually plans to become more involved in activism in the coming years. The movie star is currently focused on her acting work, but Eve intends to become more involved in activism at some stage. S…

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    📱|Apple to increase ads on iPhones

    Apple is reportedly planning to add more ads to the iPhone. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the Maps, Apple Books and Apple Podcasts apps could also see more advertising. In his recent newsletter, the tech expert said the tech giant has tested having more ads in the Maps app. Currently, the Stocks app and Apple News have ads, as does the App Store and Search bar. Ads first appeared on the App Store in 2016. Last year, Apple asked users if they’d like to see more Personalised Ads. It all comes after the firm’s advertising revenue increased by a whopping 238 per cent to $3.7 billion in 202…

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    📱|Google launches website to help children learn …

    Google has launched a new website that will help children learn to read. The search engine giant – which in the years since its launch back 1998 features such as Gmail, a music store and web browser Chrome – has now created a platform called Read Along, with cartoon AI mascot Diya. When a user opens the website, Diya says: “Hello. My name is Diya and I will help your children to learn to read. Tap the language you want your children to read. I will listen to your children read and help them when they get stuck.” The website – which has been available as an Android app since 2019 and has been d…

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    👍|Tommy Lee appears to have deleted newly infamou…

    Tommy Lee appears to have deleted his newly infamous full-frontal picture posted online from his bathroom – which broke Instagram’s nudity rules. The Mötley Crüe drummer, 59, stunned fans on Thursday (11.08.22) when he shared the no-holds barred image with his 1.4 million Instagram followers, showing him totally nude sitting on a marble floor. The dad-of-two wore only a silver necklace and angled the camera so his whole face wasn’t on show. Tommy captioned the post: “Ooooopppsss.” Fans flocked to the comments section to share their shock at the pic, with one saying: “OH MY GOD.” A second remar…

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    👍|Elon Musk sells $6.9bn of Tesla shares before T…

    Elon Musk has sold $6.9bn of his Tesla shares. The 51-year-old magnate – who founded the electric car company back in 2003 and was set to purchase Twitter for a reported $44bn – had a change of heart about purchasing the social media platform and set to stand trial for failing to carry out agreements in the contract. But, the multi-billionaire has admitted he is selling shares in order to “avoid an emergency sale of Tesla stock” and believes that it is “unlikely” that he will be forced to close the deal with Twitter. Financial expert Sawyer Merritt posted an image on Twitter which appeared to …

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    👍|Britney Spears says her Instagram posts are not…

    Britney Spears says her Instagram posts are not why her kids don’t want to visit her. The ‘Circus’ pop princess denied that her nude photos on social media are the reason her two sons – Sean Preston, 16, and Jayden, 15, – don’t want to stay at her house anymore as their issues pre-date her more liberal usage of the photo sharing app since she was released from the 14 year conservatorship that gave her father Jamie Spears control over her financial, health and professional decisions. The 40-year-old superstar wrote on Instagram on Wednesday (10.08.22): “As we all know, raising teenage boys is n…

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    👍|Jacob Elordi didn’t prepare his Instagram befor…

    Jacob Elordi almost didn’t prepare his social media in time for ‘The Kissing Booth’ release. The ‘Euphoria’ star hadn’t scrubbed his Instagram page when the teen movie – which is based on the trilogy of books by Beth Reekles and also stars Joey King – dropped on Netflix in 2018 so wasn’t prepared for four million strangers seeing his pictures from his high school days. The 25-year-old actor told GQ: “I had to go through and delete my high school pictures because that was the Instagram that I used for my life. I wish people could understand how drastic that change was.” Jacob admitted he lived …

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    📱|Google confirms Stadia is ‘not shutting down’

    Google has shut down a rumour claiming Stadia is closing down. The tech giant has reassured users of its cloud streaming service that it’s going nowhere anytime soon following the hearsay spreading online last week. In a Twitter statement, Google said: “Stadia is not shutting down. Rest assured we’re always working on bringing more great games to the platform and Stadia Pro. Let us know if you have other questions.” Just recently, Google addressed whether they will make it possible to remove games from libraries. They wrote: “We have no news to share about the option to remove games from your …

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    📱|Google confirms Stadia is ‘not shutting down’

    Google has shut down a rumour claiming Stadia is closing down. The tech giant has reassured users of its cloud streaming service that it’s going nowhere anytime soon following the hearsay spreading online last week. In a Twitter statement, Google said: “Stadia is not shutting down. Rest assured we’re always working on bringing more great games to the platform and Stadia Pro. Let us know if you have other questions.” Just recently, Google addressed whether they will make it possible to remove games from libraries. They wrote: “We have no news to share about the option to remove games from your …

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    👍|Constance Wu returns to Instagram after three y…

    Constance Wu has returned to Instagram after three years away. The 40-year-old actress took a break from social media back in 2019 and in her first post back “on the grid” on Wednesday (27.07.22), she opened up about how much she “loved” working on 2021 family drama movie ‘I Was a Simple Man.’ Alongside an image of the movie’s poster, she wrote on Instagram: “While I was off the grid recovering, I took a little break from my acting career. But during that time I did do a couple select small projects with people I love and trusted. I Was a Simple Man was one of those projects. It premiered at S…

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    👍|Instagram to become more focused on video

    Instagram is to become more focused on video. The social media app – which has more than 600 million active monthly users – was initially known as a photo-sharing site but has launched more video-based features such as Reels in recent months and head of Instagram Adam Mosseri explained that while snaps are “part of their heritage”, the company needs to embrace the “shift” as it appears to be naturally indicated by consumers in the first place. He said: “I’m hearing a lot of concerns about photos right now and how we’re shifting to video. I want to be clear – we’re gonna continue to support pho…

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    📱|Google has been blocked in Eastern Ukraine by R…

    Google has been blocked in Eastern Ukraine by Russian-supported separatists. The search engine will be unable to be used in the areas of Donetsk and Luhansk after the pro-Russian figures accused the company of spreading “terrorism and violence against all Russians” following the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin, which since February has caused 10,000 recorded deaths and created 9.1 million refugees. In a message posted on Telegram, Denis Pushilin, the leader of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic said: “The inhuman propaganda of Ukraine and the west ha…

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    👍|Instagram reveals new dynamic map update

    Instagram has unveiled a searchable and dynamic map. The Meta-owned photo sharing platform has updated its map experience to let users explore popular nearby tagged locations, as well as filtering locations by categories such as cafes, restaurants and beauty salons. In an Instagram Story this week, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said: “We’re introducing a new searchable map on IG today. “You can now discover popular local businesses near you and filter by category.” To make use of the new feature, users can tap location tags in posts on both your Feed or Stories, or use the Explore page to search fo…

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    👍|Gen Z prefer to get news from social media, Ofc…

    Teenagers in the UK prefer to get their news from social media over traditional media outlets, Ofcom has found. The government-approved regulatory body has found that apps like Instagram and TikTok are more popular sources of the latest news than the likes of Sky News with Gen Z. Meta-owned app Instagram is used by 29 per cent of teenagers aged between 12 and 15, while TikTok and YouTube, are used by 28 per cent. As for adults, a whopping 3.9 million use TikTok compared with 0.8 million two years ago. The News Consumption in the UK 2021/22 report also revealed that BBC One and BBC Two have pla…

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    👍|Leigh-Anne Pinnock joins Twitter

    Leigh-Anne Pinnock has posted her first tweet more than a year after joining Twitter. The 30-year-old pop star – who was part of BRIT Award-winning group Little Mix from 2011 until they went on hiatus in 2022 – signed up to social media platform Twitter in April 2021 under the handle of @LeighAnneMusic, but only posted for the first time on Tuesday (19.07.22). She tweeted: “Is this thing on? [side eyes emoji]” The ‘Confetti’ hitmaker – who welcomed twins with fiance Andre Gray in August 2021 – has so far amassed 45.5k followers on the microblogging platform, but is yet to follow anyone herself…

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    👍|Chrissy Teigen marks one year sober with frank …

    Chrissy Teigen is celebrating one year sober. The ‘Cravings: All Together’ cookbook writer, 36, marked her alcohol-free anniversary in a frank message on Instagram. In a video showing the model with her singer husband John Legend, 43, and their kids Luna Simone, six, and Miles Theodore, four, Chrissy reflected on a series of moments that passed her by due to drinking. She said: “Not a drop of alcohol in 365 days! I miss feeling loopy and carefree sometimes, but to be honest toward the end, it didn’t give that fun feeling anymore anyhow. “I drank to end crazy anxiety that later mostly went away…

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    👍|Twitter share value tumbles after Elon Musk pu…

    Twitter shares have taken a tumble in value after Elon Musk pulls out of his £36 billion buyout deal. The social media giant took a tumble on the New York Stock Exchange after the Tesla founder and CEO withdrew his offer to purchase the microblogging site after months of stalling on the deal, which included a $1 billion break clause for the 50-year-old tech mogul. Twitter – who plan to take legal action against the SpaceX founder for his refusal to honour the purchase after he cast doubts about the number of bot accounts on the site – were trading for $34.40 in the early hours of Monday mornin…

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    👍|Twitter tests custom timelines

    Twitter is testing custom timelines from third party developers. The social media platform is looking into a new feature introducing Timelines, which can be curated by Twitter itself or outside developers with a focus on common interests and events. In a post on the Twitter help centre, the company said: “Timelines are curated feeds. These feeds may be created by third-parties who select and provide content around interests and events, or by Twitter based on general insights. “For example, the Popular Videos Timeline created by Twitter, uses similar information to how we select topics to popul…

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    👍|Iggy Azalea: I won’t let social media dictate t…

    Iggy Azalea refuses to let social media dictate her life. The 32-year-old rap star – who has Onyx, two, with ex-boyfriend Playboi Carti – has taken to Twitter to hit back at her critics, insisting she won’t allow them to influence her lifestyle or the decisions she makes. Iggy – who often voices her opinions on social media – wrote on the micro-blogging platform: “The wildest thing about the internet is y’all don’t give a f*** about anyones opinion…. but think I’m supposed to let yours dictate my life?!?! “I don’t give a f*** about yours either! (sic)” Iggy previously confessed to feeling “per…

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    📱|Google faces criticism from ten European consum…

    Google is facing criticism from ten European consumer groups over their account registering process. They argue that Google – who require you to get an account to use their services – push you during sign-up to options that allow them to collect more data on users. After hearing this, Google explained to BBC News they were keen to engage with the coalition – who are coordinated by The European Consumer Organisation – detailing their belief that trust from their users could only be fostered being truthful and clear with their data usage. A spokesperson said they had “staked our future success o…