Twitter working on Safety Mode feature to auto-detect and block abusive tweets

During their 2021 Analyst Day presentation, the developers of Twitter revealed that they are working on a new feature for the platform called Safety Mode. There aren’t a lot of details about the feature but from the presentation, it can be inferred that this mode is designed to detect and remove abusive tweets.

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Twitter announces Super Follows creator subscription and Communities features

At its Analyst Day 2021  Twitter has teased two new features — Super Follows and Communities. According to the company, Super Follows allows users to charge their followers for access to extra content. Continue reading “Twitter announces Super Follows creator subscription and Communities features”

Zoom to bring Live Transcription accessibility feature to all users

Zoom, the well-known video conferencing app, is introducing a new accessibility feature for all their users, called Live Transcription. The feature, otherwise known as automatic closed captioning, will be released broadly to everyone in the fall of 2021.

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Telegram update v7.5.0 adds auto-delete messages, home screen widgets, and more

Telegram has released a new update to both Android and iOS, bringing their version number to 7.5.0. The update adds a few features, including auto-delete messages, Home screen widgets for both Android and iOS, expiring link invites and of course, more animated emoji.

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Instagram introduces tools to help fight against body image issues

With all of the good that social media has brought to society, there are arguably many negatives too. One of these problems it has created is the prevalence of people with body image issues and eating disorders. To help fight against these issues, Instagram is introducing new resources and tools in their app.

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WhatsApp will re-introduce updated privacy policy in coming weeks

In the coming weeks, WhatsApp will reportedly re-introduce their updated terms of service (TOS) and privacy policy to their users. This move comes after WhatsApp had a disastrous rollout few weeks ago, where users felt like their choice was being taken away if they wanted to continue using the service.

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Google introduces Offline Mode, Mute All feature and more to Classroom and Meet

Google has announced a lot of new features for Google Meet and Google Classroom aimed at improving the experience for participants, students, teachers and hosts. These include a new offline mode for the Classroom app, improved grading capabilities, the ability to have more than one host and more.

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Twitter begins testing voice DMs on Android and iOS in India, Brazil and Japan

Twitter is testing a new feature in their direct message (DM) service called voice messages. The feature, which will allow users to send messages that are a maximum of 140 seconds, was previously being tested with a small set of users, and is now rolling out in phases in a few countries.

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Apple launches “For All Mankind: Time Capsule” Apple TV+ AR app

Apple has released a new “For All Mankind: Time Capsul‪e” app on the App Store that enables augmented reality (AR) experiences for Apple TV+ series “For All Mankind”. The AR app uses Apple’s ARKit framework to create these experiences and even has some exclusive content for the latest iPad Pro and iPhone 12 Pro series.

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Google Photos update adds crop, change perspective tools and more to video editor

Google has released a new update to Photos that adds new tools to the app’s in-built video editor. They are also adding a few features that were previously Pixel-exclusive to subscribers of the Google One Membership.

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Facebook reportedly working on audio-room based “Clubhouse” clone app

To no one’s surprise, Facebook has reportedly begun developing an app that will function similarly to Clubhouse, an app that has recently risen to popularity. The tech giant is always looking to expand into new forms of communication, and in this case, they are looking into creating a platform for audio-chat rooms.

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Instagram to introduce new tools to fight online hate speech and abuse

Hate speech and targeted online abuse is a well known problem that users face on nearly every social media platform. As a solution, these social media companies provide tools to the user that can help curb these negative actions. Doing to their part, Instagram has announced that they are working on improving their detection and providing more tools to their users to report and block unwanted speech.

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Twitter records $1.29 Billion in revenue in Q4 2020; 192 million monetizable Daily Active users

Twitter has released their earnings report for the 4th quarter of 2020, revealing that the company earned a revenue of $1.29 billion, which in an increase of 28% compared to Q4 2019. The company saw their average monetizable DAU grow by 27% YoY, reaching 192 million. GAAP operating income was $252 million compared to $153 million a year ago and GAAP operating margin was 20% compared to 15% in Q4 2019.

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Twitter may introduce subscription based features for Tweetdeck and other services

Twitter is reportedly looking into releasing a subscription based model that will be an alternative to the advertisement-supported model that they currently employ. They are still looking into what can be offered for a subscription, including the ability for users to pay to follow content from certain accounts, an “Undo send” button, profile customization options and more.

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Instagram testing vertical navigation and scrolling feature for Stories

Instagram is reportedly testing vertical navigation for their Stories feature within the app. The feature, confirmed by Instagram to be in its prototype phase, will introduce a new way of navigating through Stories, that will bring it in line with another features in Instagram, which are Reels.

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