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The US presidential election is finished: votes cast, the transition, though delayed, begun.  But on Facebook, the fight against election misinformation continues, thanks to “super spreaders,” accounts that disseminate rumors and fabrications, falsely spreading the idea that the 2020 election was beset by organised, extensive fraud by the Democratic Party.  The US nonprofit Avaaz has identified 25
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Facebook made some changes to its News Feed following the 2020 US presidential election. In response to the influx of misinformation on the platform, Facebook prioritized the appearance of major news outlets on users’ News Feeds. Facebook’s Attempt to Avoid Post-Election Chaos A report by The New York Times revealed that Facebook made an “emergency change” to
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Twitter is taking its fight against misinformation a step further. When you attempt to hit the Like button on a disputed Tweet, Twitter will display a warning notification. Twitter Wants Less Likes on Disputed Content In an attempt to stop the spread of misinformation, Twitter is putting a roadblock in front of users who want to Like
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Tooter is a new social media platform that seems to be gaining traction for being “swadeshi” or made in India. Tooter, as the name suggests, is conspicuously modelled after the microblogging platform Twitter. Its interface with a white-and-blue colour scheme, however, is somewhat a cross-over between Facebook and Twitter. The platform follows the same mechanics
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Twitter is struggling with Fleets, the platform’s new short-lasting Tweet feature. An apparent bug was causing Fleets to remain visible after 24 hours, a problem that Twitter has now taken steps to address. Fleets Weren’t So Fleeting After All An article on TechCrunch first pointed out a potential flaw in Fleets. The feature, which is
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You’ve probably heard some bad stuff about TikTok. It’s a video-sharing social media platform seemingly with good intentions, hijacked by users with questionable motives. That means sexual content and privacy concerns. It’s hugely popular, however, so your children will probably want to use TikTok. How can you make the service more secure? What Age is
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Internet and technology companies have threatened to leave Pakistan after the government granted blanket powers to authorities to censor digital content, a move critics say was aimed at curtailing freedom of expression in the conservative Islamic nation. Thursday’s warning from the Asia Internet Coalition, which represents global technology giants including Google, Facebook, and Twitter, comes
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Instagram has announced new updates for branded content on its platform, including the ‘Branded Content Tag’ feature in Reels. Instagram has launched the branded content tag to Reels, and it will soon be launched to Live as well. “We want to ensure creators can clearly disclose when they’re creating branded content, no matter what format
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Twitter has resolved most performance issues with its new ephemeral “fleets” product and expects to complete the global launch by Friday, the company’s product chief said in a live video on Thursday. “As we were rolling out over the first 24 hours, we stumbled into some load performance issues,” said Twitter Product Lead Kayvon Beykpour. “We
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Earlier this month, WhatsApp had officially announced that it will be introducing disappearing Messages, a feature that automatically erases your WhatsApp messages after a certain period of time. The new feature is now finally rolling out for everyone. The details of the new feature are already there on an FAQ page created by WhatsApp, and
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Instagram is reportedly upgrading search on its platform to support keywords. The search tab on Instagram currently offers the ability to search hashtags and accounts only. However, that is about to change as Instagram has begun rolling out keyword-based search support for select users in English-speaking users in six countries. Separately, Instagram is also expanding
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Zoom is cracking down on Zoom-bombers, otherwise known as disruptive individuals who crash random video calls. The platform’s new security features notify hosts about high-risk meetings, as well as allow users to report and suspend troublemaking participants. Zoom’s New Security Measures Target Zoom-Bombers If your video conferences have ever been interrupted by trolls, you’ll be happy
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Instagram and Facebook Messenger are getting their own version of ephemeral messaging with the introduction of Vanish Mode. Disappearing messages were once a Snapchat signature, although now versions of this exist across platforms including WhatsApp and Telegram. Instagram has also brought changes to its homepage. The Reels tab, which was launched recently in India, is
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Social media platform Parler, which styles itself as a “free speech-driven” space, gets funding from hedge-fund investor Robert Mercer and his daughter and conservative activist Rebekah, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. US right-wing social media users have flocked to Parler, messaging app Telegram, and hands-off social site Gab, citing the more aggressive policing
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The Trump administration granted ByteDance a 15-day extension of a divestiture order that had directed the Chinese company to sell its TikTok short video-sharing app by Thursday. TikTok first disclosed the extension earlier in a court filing, saying it now has until November 27 to reach an agreement. Under pressure from the US government, ByteDance has
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In a letter to employees, TikTok India Head Nikhil Gandhi said the company has taken steps to comply with data privacy and security requirements and is optimistic about a positive outcome. PUBG Mobile’s announcement on Thursday where it talked about new security arrangements and customisation for India could point to a path back to the
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