An announcement was made by Instagram that it will be releasing new features to help combat COVID-19 misinformation: a link will be seen by users in areas with surging cases to their local health authority at the very top of their feed along with vaccination information will also be directed to credible health sources. Read More
Post its availability as a private beta, new ‘Collab’ app introduced by Facebook allows musicians to record videos and merge their parts for the public’s access. Somewhere between creating short videos like TikTok and social collaboration with a focus on music creation and allowing users to create their own “Collabs” or join in with others on existing ones is what the iOS app offers. Read More
Additional modifications in Facebook’s policy against fake news on its social networks was made in an announcement recently. Users sharing misleading information on Facebook and Instagram will now be punished severely by the company. Read More
Facebook has recently been trying out a new feature, “Neighborhoods”. It is a small network of people based on their geographic location/setting. Facebook intends for it to work in a way that people of a small locality can get to know each other better. The company has already been trying the mini social network out in Calgary, Canada. Read More
Instagram and Facebook Messenger have now officially merged their chats, in the implementation of the next phase of the company’s planned unified messaging service for Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.
The New York Times is reporting that Facebook plans to combine messaging services across its applications, merging chats from WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.
Apple is introducing quite a polarizing new privacy feature in 2021. It will allow users to control whether their activities are being tracked and sent to advertisers or not. The opt-in feature will let users volunteer to send information to advertisers, as opposed to the current system where there is no other option than the advertisers tracking your online activity.
Advertisers are opposed to this new feature and say this will lead to a 50% drop in revenues. Along with small advertising agencies, Instagram and its parent company Facebook are also trying their level best to create a strong case against this new feature. Read More
Facebook is a recent name in the list of the growing number of companies actively calling out Apple for the 30% fees that it collects on payments made through its App Store. Read More
Facebook has attracted massive backlash from its employess, lawmakers and other stakeholders over the issue of hate speech. Facebook witnessed widening of Ad Boycott, called “Stop Hate for Profit” which came after the death of George Floyd, to force the company to take a step on hate speech and misinformation. More than 90 large advertisers including Coca-Cola, Unilever and Levi Strauss pulled back from advertising on Facebook because of certain unacceptable posts not being withdrawn from the site, which led to the company’s stock to fall by 8.3% on Friday, eliminating $56bn from the company’s market value. Mark Zuckerberg has refused to dislodge but has made modification to its company’s policies. Read More