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Facebook secretly paid iPhone users to install 'research app' to get their data

In an attempt to keep users and stay competitive, Facebook has been paying some users $20 per month plus referral fees to download the Facebook Research VPN app since 2016. People between the ages of 13 and 35 gave Facebook intimate access to their phone and web activity.

The social media giant said it was running the project to learn about people's phone usage. Through the app, Facebook was able to view search history, location information, direct messages on social... Read More »

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How to save your photos from the Facebook Moments app before it shuts down

Facebook (download for iOS or Android) confirmed that it will be closing down its standalone photo-sharing app, Moments, on February 25.

Moments released in 2015 and allowed Facebook friends to share pictures without uploading them to the main social media site. The concept was a bit of a competitor to something like Google Photos.

You can still save your photos before Moments shuts its digital doors. Facebook set up a website that will allow you to either... Read More »

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Netflix makes it easy to share your favorite show in an Instagram Story

Netflix creates shows that often inspire binge-watching -- and while eagerly awaiting the next season, people love to talk about recap pieces, fan theories and memes.

Netflix has now added support for Instagram Story integration. So, if you just got around to watching Bird Box, for example, you can share the show on Instagram directly from the Netflix app.

For now, the feature will launch for iOS users, according to the company's announcement on Twitter.

SEE: These streaming apps dominated our time and wallets in 2018

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Social media quitters often have 'shadow accounts,' according to new study

If you never jumped on the Facebook bandwagon or had the willpower to pull the plug on your account, you haven't restored as much of your privacy as you might think.

A recent study demonstrates that people can be profiled online just from hints left about them on the social network, whether they have an account on Facebook or not.

"Effectively, it shows that there is no place to hide on social network platforms," co-author Dr. Lewis Mitchell, Senior Lecturer in applied... Read More »

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Can Facebook win back teens with LOL meme hub?

It's safe to say that memes are one of the best parts of the internet. They're everywhere and can reference almost anything. Entire Facebook groups, text threads and Pinterest boards are devoted to memes. It's not uncommon if you have a bad day, to ask your friends on social media to send you memes.

It makes sense, then, that Facebook would try to regain popularity with teens by creating a LOL app for aggregating memes,.

The app, which is still in testing... Read More »

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Is the '10 Year Challenge' on social media a data scam?

There's always a new trend or gimmick on Facebook or Instagram. Users might remember the 7-day black and white photo challenge on Instagram, asking your friends to describe you in a gif, describing yourself in three fictional characters and most recently, the "How Hard Has Aging Hit You" challenge.

Also known as the 10 Year Challenge, users on Facebook or Instagram post the most recent picture of themselves next to a photo from 10 years ago.

Instead of jumping on the... Read More »

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Twitter asks users to test colorful status updates and ice breaker tweets

Twitter (download for iOS or Android) is assembling a group of a few thousand users to beta test new conversation features. In a standalone tester app, users can experiment with organizational and context tools like status updates and ice breaker tweets.

Twitter is also testing color-coded replies, which are designed to make it easier to follow a conversation. Users could also soon see a more simplified user interface that hides engagement icons.

The social media site plans to... Read More »

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Instagram now lets users 'regram' to multiple accounts

In September, Instagram (download for iOS or Android) said it would not add a sharing feature, or "regramming," over concerns that it could compromise the authenticity of the app.

Since then, the social media site bowed to pressure and enabled regramming on accounts controlled by the same user. For instance, if you have a personal Instagram and one for your business, you can share the same post simultaneously.

"We are rolling out this feature to provide... Read More »

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Facebook app can't be deleted off of some Samsung phones

Last year, nearly half of Facebook (download for iOS or Android) users between the ages of 18 and 29 deleted the app from their phones. The company has seen an exodus of younger users in the last few years after the fallout of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Unfortunately for the owners of some Samsung devices, the social media app comes pre-installed. This means users can only disable the app, they can't delete it. Some users took... Read More »

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'Year of Colour' web app creates a mosaic out of the colors in your Instagram photos

In case you're burned out on the top nine photo recaps on Instagram (download for iOS or Android), you have another option to look back on 2018.

Makelight's Year of Colour web app generates a mosaic based on the colors in your Instagram photos. The result is a retro-minimalist aesthetic to set you apart from everyone else on social media.

To create yours, simply visit the Year of Colour website:

Tap Sign in with InstagramEnter your... Read More »

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