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Twitter doubles its 140-character tweet limit to 280

By : CIOL Writers

In order to let people share their thoughts without any inhibition or limit, Twitter is testing the 280-character limit for tweets. The new character limit is double the previous one. “When people don’t have to cram their thoughts into 140

Instagram now allows comment filtering to curb online trolling

By : CIOL Writers

As a part of its efforts to curb online trolling, Instagram now allows you to choose who can comment on your photos. The company is also adding new kindness stickers, better comment filtering, and anonymous live reporting. The company’s blog

Snapchat’s new sky filters make your boring photos exciting

By : CIOL Writers

Snapchat has released a new sky filter to celebrate its sixth birthday. The latest filter lets users change the background of their image using technology that helps detect when there is the sky in the photos. Now, anytime the app

China blocks WhatsApp to tighten online censorship

By : CIOL Writers

China has a long-standing history of blocking popular social networking apps. After blocking the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google, China has now officially blocked WhatsApp in the country. The instant messaging service which was partially available in the

Twitter testing ‘Lite’ Android app in the Philippines

By : CIOL Writers

After reaching a near saturation point in the developed markets of the world, technology companies are now pruning down their mobile apps to adapt to the low connectivity regions where the data is slow or spotty. After Facebook and Google,

Facebook’s AI assistant ‘M’ now helps with GIF recommendations and quick replies

By : CIOL Writers

Facebook Messenger’s AI assistant ‘M’ is getting new capabilities to respond to your messages. The social networking giant announced three new automatic suggestions for M including sharing GIFs, buying movie tickets, and sending quick text responses. The assistant will suggest sharing animated

Instagram brings face filters to live videos

By : CIOL Writers

Facebook-owned Instagram, which introduced face filters to photos in May is now bringing the feature to live videos as well. The new feature allows users to add visual effects to a live video including sunglasses, a rainbow and even a cloud casting

Twitter suspends over 300K accounts promoting terrorism

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Twitter announced that it has suspended over 3,00,000 accounts across the globe linked to terrorism. Of those around 95 percent, accounts were identified by the company’s spam-fighting automation tools. Twitter said about 75% of the blocked accounts this year were

Facebook is testing a feature to temporarily hide friends in your feed

By : CIOL Writers

Facebook is always at work to improve the overall user experience on its platform. Now, the social media giant is testing a feature that allows users to temporarily mute their friends or in other words hide them from appearing in

Americans spent over 9.5B hours watching YouTube in past one year

By : CIOL Writers

YouTube is undoubtedly the most preferred mode of video streaming on mobile when it comes to the US citizens. According to the latest data released by App Annie, Americans spent nearly a billion hours watching YouTube videos on Android this

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving the company to pursue new venture

By : CIOL Writers

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving the company after eight years of service to start a new foundation, he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday. “I’ve decided to start a non-profit focused at the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications.

Facebook is testing an ‘Instant Videos’ feature that allows video download over Wi-Fi

By : CIOL Writers

Facebook is testing a new feature that allows users to download all the videos over Wi-fi so that it starts playing immediately once inside the app. The new feature was spotted by The Next Web’s Matt Navarra. The new feature

Spanish regulators impose $1.4mn fine on Facebook

By : CIOL Writers

Facebook and its data-privacy troubles never seem to end. In a recent such case, Spanish regulators have issued a $1.4 million fine against Facebook for collecting potentially sensitive personal information from users. The Hill reports, the fine was handed down

Facebook to invest $1bn to produce original video content

By : CIOL Writers

Doubling down on its video efforts, Facebook is looking to spend around $1 billion to produce original content for its platform. The investment figure could fluctuate based on the success of the content’s popularity, as reported by The Wall Street

Twitter testing a new feature to simplify your tweetstorm experience

By : CIOL Writers

140 character tweet limit isn’t always sufficient so people often resort to tweetstorm that lets them chain tweets together into a cohesive bunch and post on the platform. But, unfortunately, the process has been a little cumbersome. Not anymore. Twitter is

Facebook said to be testing a Tinder-like feature for Messenger

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Facebook has always wanted to be people’s one-stop destination for all their personal and social networking. So after prodding you about ‘People you may know’, Facebook is now asking if you “Want to meet up with XYZ this week?” As first

Facebook sold over $100K in political ads to fake Russian accounts during 2016 US elections

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A huge network of some 470 fake Russian Facebook accounts and Pages spent over $100,000 on Facebook ads meant to “amplify divisive social and political messages” in the run-up to the 2016 US presidential election, the social network said on

Now post your Stories to Facebook from the Instagram app itself

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In order to popularize the Facebook stories feature, the company has started allowing users to post their Instagram Stories on Facebook as well from the Instagram app itself. Mashable reported that some users already saw the option to add their

Twitter’s Night Mode arrives on the desktop

By : CIOL Writers

Twitter’s Night Mode feature that’s already available on iOS and Android since last year has finally arrived on the web too. The micro-blogging site has enabled night mode on the desktop, so that you don’t strain your eyes while sharing your thoughts after dark. You can now enable night

Indian SC wants details of all the data WhatsApp shared with third parties

By : CIOL Writers

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra has directed Facebook owned WhatsApp to file affidavits stating what user data they have shared with “third parties.” On its part, the messaging platform told SC that it did not share any