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August, 2019

  • 24 August

    Facebook Confirms Hiring Journalists to Curate Its News Tab

    Facebook on Tuesday confirmed plans for a News Tab that will be edited by seasoned journalists, in a departure from its longstanding practice of letting algorithms dictate a user’s experience. A human team will select relevant, reliable breaking and top news stories. Other sections of the tab will rely on ...

  • 23 August

    Twitter to Meet Manchester United Over Pogba Racist Abuse

    Twitter representatives will meet Manchester United and British anti-discriminatory body Kick It Out after the club’s midfielder Paul Pogba became the latest player to be subjected to online racist abuse, the social media company said on Wednesday. France international Pogba was a target of online abuse after he missed a ...

  • 22 August

    Facebook Shuts Dozens of Myanmar Accounts Over ‘Inauthentic Behaviour’

    Facebook said on Thursday it had shut 216 social media pages, groups and accounts in Myanmar, some tied to the army, to stymie efforts to “manipulate or corrupt public debate”. The company closed 89 Facebook accounts, 107 pages, 15 groups and five Instagram accounts, some of which had hundreds of thousands of ...

  • 21 August

    Facebook Now Lets Anyone Create 3D Instagram Effects Using Its Spark AR Platform

    At its F8 developers’ conference in April this year, Facebook announced its Spark AR augmented reality platform. The platform was initially open to a select group of creators. The world’s largest social network has now announced that its Spark AR platform is now available to all creators. The platform allows ...

  • 20 August

    Twitter Testing a Way to Let You Follow Topics Like Users

    Not just people, Twitter is now testing a way to let users follow topics including sports teams, celebrities and TV shows. Topics will be curated by Twitter, with individual tweets being identified through machine learning, and for now, only sports-related interests can be followed, The Verge reported on Wednesday. “Our ...

  • 19 August

    Twitter Slammed for China-Backed Ads Against Hong Kong Protesters

    Users on the social bookmarking website Pinboard have slammed China-backed advertisements being run on Twitter, attacking Hong Kong protesters. The ads try to portray the protests as “escalating violence” and call for “order to be restored,” Engadget reported on Monday. “Every day I go out and see stuff with my ...

  • 18 August

    Facebook’s Movie Ads Now Include Showtime, Ticket Details

    Aiming to help movie studios promote their latest releases, social networking giant Facebook is launching two new ad units named movie reminder ads and movie showtime ads. Moviegoers often discover a film months before its release but they often need reminders when a film they care is about to hit ...

  • 17 August

    Twitter Tests Removing Spam, Abuse From Your Direct Message Inbox

    Micro-blogging platform Twitter is testing a new feature to filter spam and abusive messages from your Direct Message (DM) inbox. “Unwanted messages aren’t fun. So we’re testing a filter in your DM requests to keep those out of sight, out of mind,” Twitter Support posted on Friday. Currently, Twitter allows ...

  • 16 August

    Twitter Launches Ashoka Chakra Emoji for 73rd Independence Day

    Ahead of India’s 73rd Independence Day on August 15, Twitter on Wednesday launched a customised Independence Day emoji of the Ashoka Chakra. The emoji will be live until August 18 and will be available in English and several Indic languages, such as Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, ...

  • 15 August

    Twitter Says Doesn’t Have Edit Button in Its Top Priorities, Support for Apple’s Live Photos Upcoming

    Twitter Product Lead Kayvon Beykpour at a press event in San Francisco, California, revealed that the anticipated edit button isn’t likely to be available anytime soon on the platform. Beykpour’s response comes months after CEO Jack Dorsey suggested the arrival of an option to let users add a little clarification ...