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”

Facebook introduces topics in News Feed to make finding businesses easier

Facebook can be an invaluable tool for a business to grow and interact with their customer base. The company is now introducing a few new features that will help businesses on the platform communicate better with their customers and also improve upon their discoverability.

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Facebook developing audio-focused features for Messenger Rooms to compete with Clubhouse

Facebook is no stranger to copying features from other social media apps, and it was only a matter of time before they decided to develop their own version of the popular Clubhouse app. Now, new screenshots of the feature in its development process have surfaced, showcasing Facebook’s vision for their own audio-room focused experience.

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Facebook to soon allow sharing Instagram Reels on the platform for Indian users

Facebook Inc., the parent company of the image-sharing platform Instagram is now testing the ability to share Reels on Facebook. The company revealed that they are allowing a small set of Indian creators to have the option to directly share their Reels to their Facebook account.

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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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Facebook rolls out in-app privacy notification ahead of Apple’s App Tracking transparency feature

Apple recently announced that in an upcoming iOS beta update, they will add a new feature called App Tracking transparency that will require apps to explicitly ask users for permission to track them across apps. In preparation, Facebook is rolling out a notification in their app that will inform users on what they do with their information.

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Government of India requests WhatsApp to withdraw their privacy policy update

After WhatsApp’s disastrous rollout of their new privacy policy, which caused many Indian’s to switch to the competition, the Indian Government’s Technology ministry has sent a letter to the WhatsApp, requesting them to withdraw the privacy policy update as it takes away the choice from Indian users.

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Facebook introduces new Pages design with dedicated News Feed, easier navigation and more

Facebook is rolling out a new update to its Pages feature, bringing a refreshed new layout and easier navigation, dedicated News Feed, improved Page management tools and more.

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Instagram Lite app with size less than 2MB is coming back starting from India

Facebook has begun rolling out a new Lite version of Instagram app to Indian smartphone users as an attempt to expand their user base and reach more people in India. The app size is really small, less than 2MB and is claimed to provide the core Instagram experience that will be able to run fast and smooth on low-powered smartphones. It initially rolled out in Mexico back in 2018, but Facebook pulled the app later.

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Facebook and Instagram’s new Rights Manager tool will help creators protect their content on the platform

Facebook has introduced a new tool called the Rights Manager for content creators on Facebook and Instagram and Facebook. With it, creators on either platform have access to admin and workflow tools to manage and protect their own content.

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Facebook brings Vanish Mode for disappearing messages to Messenger and Instagram

Lately Facebook has been focusing on bring some version of sending temporary messages feature in their various instant messaging services. Just last week, they added a feature called Disappearing Messages to WhatsApp and now they have announced a Vanish Mode for the Facebook Messenger, which will also come to Instagram soon. This is already available in Snapchat.

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WhatsApp begins global rollout of new Shopping button

Over the past few months, WhatsApp has steadily been adding features to improve the overall shopping experience on its instant messaging platform. With the ability to view catalogs, it is very easy to shop directly with a business and now, WhatsApp is adding a Shopping button that will let customers add items to a cart, make payment and check out all within WhatsApp.

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Facebook launches free-to-play cloud gaming service for Android and the web

While Microsoft’s xCloud and Google’s Stadia are trying to change the gaming industry with their cloud game streaming tech, Facebook Gaming is going a different path by introducing cloud based games that can be instantly played without downloads on the Facebook app or the browser.

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