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Executives of Facebook, Google, and Twitter told Congress on Wednesday that they’ve gotten better and faster at detecting and removing violent extremist content on their social media platforms in the face of mass shootings fueled by hatred. Questioned at a hearing by the Senate Commerce Committee, the executives said they are spending money on technology
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Facebook is once again defending Libra – this time against fears that the envisioned cryptocurrency could replace sovereign currencies from the US dollar to the Euro and threaten central banks’ control over money creation. David Marcus, the executive leading the project, posted a series of tweets the same day members of the Libra Association met with
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Aiming to let users express themselves through music on Facebook and Instagram with music stickers on “Stories” and other creative tools such as “Lyrics on Instagram”, and “Lip Sync Live”, Facebook on Tuesday launched Instagram Music in India. This would also let users add songs to their Facebook Profiles. “Facebook and music share something special
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A search for “#hongkong” on Twitter reveals a vast visual patchwork of the city’s unavoidable protests, including pro-China agitprop, sympathetic memes and imagery from the hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy marchers who have braved police crackdowns. But the same searches for Hong Kong on TikTok, the short-video app from a Beijing-based tech giant that has
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US social media company Twitter has blocked the accounts of Cuban Communist Party Leader Raul Castro, his daughter Mariela Castro and Cuba’s top state-run media outlets, a move the Cuban Union of Journalists denounced as “massive censorship”. Dozens of accounts of journalists for Cuban state-run media as well as the official account for the Communications Ministry were
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In a move that could help limit the virality of harmful content on its platform, Facebook has said that it can limit expression that lacks authenticity. “We want to make sure the content people are seeing on Facebook is authentic. We believe that authenticity creates a better environment for sharing, and that’s why we don’t
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Advertisement Telegram is a solid messaging app which keeps your chats encrypted and that is rich in features. But if you’re switching from Telegram to a new messaging app it’s best to delete your Telegram account before you go. Unfortunately, Telegram doesn’t offer a direct switch you can flick in the app’s settings. So here
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Spotify now lets you share your favorite music and podcasts on Snapchat. The new integration means you’ll be able to seamlessly share what you’re listening to in a Snap. And it doesn’t matter if you’re sharing a song, album, playlist, or podcast. Spotify is making a concerted effort to let you share content on social
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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is continuing its attempt to reach out to India’s moon lander sending communication signals with its Deep Space Network (DSN), said officials. It is also reported the American space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is sending radio signals to Vikram. “Attempts are being
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Facebook will no longer allow graphic images of self-harm on its platform as it tightens its policies on suicide content amid growing criticism of how social media companies moderate violent and potentially dangerous content. The social network also said on Tuesday self-injury related content will now become harder to search on Instagram and will ensure that
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Facebook has officially launched Facebook Dating in the US. Facebook Dating has been available in various countries since 2018. But now, after a year of testing, Facebook is confident that Facebook Dating is ready for its debut in the US. For the uninitiated, Facebook Dating shares some similarities with Hinge, the dating app for people
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While Facebook and Twitter are quite random in what gets posted, Instagram feels more focused. Most funny Instagram accounts are dedicated to making you laugh, with a stream of funny photos. If you’re looking for a good laugh, from awesome old ladies to crazy ex-boyfriends, here are the funniest Instagram accounts of 2019. There’s something
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Advertisement Skype has added a host of new messaging features designed to improve the experience of chatting on Skype. This is an effort to catch up with the likes of Messenger and WhatsApp, which most people are more likely to use over Skype for simple text chats. The best-known messaging apps started out offering barebones
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Pandora users can now share music and podcasts on Instagram Stories. Sharing content from Pandora to Instagram Stories is a really simple process, and it could even help your friends who don’t use Pandora get free access to the music and podcasts Pandora offers. How to Share Pandora Music on Instagram Stories As detailed on
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Google and its industry allies are making a late bid to water down the first major data-privacy law in the US, seeking to carve out exemptions for digital advertising, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg and people familiar with the negotiations. A lobbyist for Google recently distributed new language to members of California’s state legislature
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Twitter has disabled the ability to Tweet via SMS. This feature has been present since Twitter first launched, but a couple of high-profile hacks have led Twitter to disable it for the time being. The company IS planning to bring it back though. Using SIM Swapping to Hack Jack Dorsey In August, the account of
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Working in secrecy for a year, the Telegram messaging service has a plan: to beat Facebook in the race to launch a cryptocurrency with its new project “Gram”. Little is known about Gram, but media reports say Russian-founded Telegram aims to create an accessible service that is easier to use than various cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin
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After Instagram, Facebook is also considering a test where ‘Like’ counts would be publicly hidden.  App researcher Jane Manchun Wong has found the code inside Facebook’s Android app that hides the exact amount of likes on a post from everyone but the original poster, TechCrunch reported on Monday. Facebook confirmed “that it’s considering a test
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Spotify now lets you share songs to Facebook Stories. You can share albums, playlists, and your profile, but if you share single tracks they come with 15-second previews. Allowing people viewing your Facebook Story to hear a portion of the song. In May 2018, Spotify added the option to share songs to Instagram Stories You
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