Facebook reportedly testing “threads” view feature for posts

Facebook is reportedly testing a new way to arrange posts and display them connected to each other, similar to how threads of tweets look on Twitter. The feature is currently being tested with a select number of accounts that belong to public figures.

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U.S. federal Judge dismisses anti-trust lawsuit against Facebook

Yesterday, social media giant Facebook gained a win in its battle against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), when a U.S. federal court struck down an anti-trust lawsuit that would have potentially resulted in Facebook divesting Instagram and WhatsApp.

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Facebook Live Audio Rooms and Podcasts begin rolling out starting from the US

After months of development and testing, Facebook has begun rolling out two social audio-focused features in their platform, namely Live Audio Rooms and Podcast. Live Audio Rooms will be available to select public figures and Facebook Groups in the U.S., starting with iOS users, and select Podcasts are also available in the US now.

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Facebook introduces Admins Home with new tools, settings and features for page admins

Facebook has introduced a bunch of updates for admins of Facebook pages that adds new features such as member summary, improved tools for comment moderation, options to slow down conversations, admin announcement notifications and more.

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Facebook to support podcast streaming on its platform starting from June 22nd

Over the last few years, there has been an explosion in the popularity of audio-based content on the internet, whether it be audio-based chatrooms or podcasts. Now, Facebook has been revealed to be launching their own podcast streaming support on the platform from next week on June 22nd.

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Facebook Smartwatch with two cameras, detachable display said to launch in 2022

Facebook is reportedly working on expanding their hardware ecosystem with the addition of a smartwatch that may launch in the summer of next year. The smartwatch is said to feature a display that can be detached from the wrist, with two cameras for taking videos and answering video calls, along with a heart rate sensor.

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Facebook and Instagram introduce option to hide Like counts for posts

Instagram and its parent company Facebook are introducing a new feature on their platform which will allow users to hide the public Likes counts on a post. The reason behind this feature is to reduce the possible negative social effects caused by these Like counts such as anxiety and pressure.

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Government of India directs WhatsApp to withdraw new TOS and privacy policy

WhatsApp’s deadline for accepting their new Terms of Service (TOS) and Privacy Policy was 5 days ago on the May 15th. Now, the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has sent a letter to the Facebook-owned company to withdraw the update within 7 days, and failure to do so will prompt lawful measures.

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Facebook rolls media campaign to prevent COVID-19 misinformation spread in India

Social Media giant Facebook has announced the beginning of a new campaign that is designed to target the spread of misinformation regarding the pandemic and the vaccine drive in India. These include stopping the spread of posts that contain wrong information, a series of adverts in the platform and more.

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WhatsApp will begin restricting features unless you agree to Facebook’s data sharing policies

The May 15th deadline for accepting WhatsApp’s new terms of service (TOS) and privacy policy is approaching. In an effort to ensure that people will agree to the changes, WhatsApp will begin showing persistent notifications and eventually will start restricting features to the user.

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Facebook Messenger and Instagram get new themes, visual replies, improved read receipts and more

Facebook Messenger and Instagram have introduced a lot of new features to their iOS and Android apps, such as the ability for chat archiving, improved read receipts, visual replies, new themes and more.

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Spotify’s new mini player lets you stream within Facebook app for Android and iOS

Spotify has announced a partnership with Facebook to allow users to play audio from Spotify directly within Facebook through a new mini player without switching between apps. Continue reading “Spotify’s new mini player lets you stream within Facebook app for Android and iOS”

Instagram begins testing ads in Reels for users in India and other countries

It was only a matter of time before Instagram began showing advertisements in their Reels feature. The company has begun testing ads in the feature in select countries such as India, Brazil, Germany, and Australia, showing them in between regular content posted by users.

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Facebook to begin collecting more specific feedback about News Feed content

Around two years ago, Facebook began asking their users directly for feedback about the content that they see on their News Feed. This allowed Facebook to understand and improve what type of content should show on a user’s News Feed. The company is now taking it a step further and asking specific details in these surveys such as how inspirational was the post, or if a certain topic does not interest that particular user at all.

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Facebook bets big on audio with new products to take on Clubhouse

As the audio platforms are rising, Facebook has announced multiple audio products across its apps as it aims to tap into the Clubhouse-led trend. The social media giant is planning to roll out the audio features in the upcoming days. Continue reading “Facebook bets big on audio with new products to take on Clubhouse”