Technology giants Apple and Google Play have rejected an app which would enable women to upload nude photos on social networking service Instagram. Model Melina Di-Marco has accused the online photo-sharing platform of double standards. Instagram currently allows men to post topless photos, but prohibits women from doing so. However, both the App store and Google Play Store say her app promotes explicit content. Instagram's policy on nude photos has come under fire in recent years, and high-profile stars such…
Facebook have announced that they’ve created a new tool which enables users to report fake news stories that appear on their newsfeeds. Facebook is the market leader in social networking with over 1.7 billion registered accounts. However, it has been heavily criticized in many quarters for its failure to prevent the volume of fake stories going viral on its platform. The new tool will give users the opportunity to report stories they believe may be fabricated. Articles suspected of being…
Facebook isn’t shy about its desire to compete against Snapchat. In a bid to attract some of Snapchat’s audience who enjoy the app’s fun facial filters, Facebook has purchased facial recognition startup FacioMetrics, which could boost Facebook’s ability to create photo and video effects similar to Snapchat. "How people share and communicate is changing and things like masks and other effects allow people to express themselves in fun and creative ways," a Facebook spokesperson said in an email reply to…
Facebook has received criticism in the past for pushing weak content on its social media platform. Therefore, the company recently announced its acquisition of CrowdTangle, a start-up which specializes in tracking quality content on social networks for media agencies. CrowdTangle confirmed the acquisition in a message at its website, but neither company disclosed financial terms of the deal. Speaking to AFP, a Facebook spokesperson said: “Publishers around the world turn to CrowdTangle to surface stories that matter, measure their social…

Facebook announces Flash app in another effort to trump Snapchat

Written on Thursday, 10 November 2016 05:22
Just one year after Facebook first attempted to entice its large audience with a Snapchat-like app called Slingshot, it recently announced the release of a similar app called Flash. This app is aimed specifically at developing markets because of its small download size which is 25MB – much smaller than Snapchat’s 70MB. It can also work well in areas of low connectivity. The new app, according to a report by Recode, was built by a professional team within Facebook in…
Snap Inc., the new parent company of the popular Snapchat app, is said to be preparing for a 2017 share offering, which would bring to Wall Street one of the most prominent of the venture-backed tech ‘unicorns’, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. Snap Inc. could be ready for its initial public offering (IPO) by March next year. The IPO is likely to value the Californian tech company at over $25 billion, according to the report, which…
Facebook has launched its first ‘Marketplace’ trading platform which will allow users to buy and sell goods to one another. It could challenge the likes of eBay and Craigslist. According to Facebook, the new platform is a way to formalize what its some 1.7 billion users have already been doing in Facebook Groups for years – buying and selling goods with other users. “Facebook is where people connect, and in recent years more people have been using Facebook to connect…
In a post for Facebook’s newsroom, the social media giant announced the introduction of its new app on October 2, called Messenger Lite – a slimmed-down version of the traditional Messenger app. The app offers the core features of Messenger for markets with slower-than-average internet speeds and a prevalence of basic Android smartphones. According to the blog post, Messenger Lite will enable people to “quickly and easily send text, photos and links to anyone using Messenger or Messenger Lite.” The…
Aetna, a major U.S. health insurance firm, recently confirmed that it will help people to buy Apple Watches in a move to integrate smartwatches into health management programs. Aetna will be the first company to subsidize “a significant portion” of the cost of an Apple Watch, making it an option for large employers and individual customers. As one of America’s leading diversified health care benefit firms, serving an estimated 46.3 million people, Aetna said it will let customers pay off…
Twitter made a recent comeback contradicting its disappointing financial results and user-count this year, by live broadcasting an NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. More than 2 million people tuned in to watch the game on Thursday, September 15. The broadcast was one of 10 NFL games that the social media company will be broadcasting to users this season, as part of a deal with the National Football League signed in April. To gain the rights…
Facebook’s Messenger app has introduced a new feature that is similar to that which Snapchat offers. Back in April 2015 Messenger introduced video-calling, but its new tool will allow users to send each other videos, plus photos, gifs, and written messages while texting in the app. Facebook clearly hopes to outcompete Snapchat, following Instagram’s introduction of its new ‘Stories’ feature for users - an obvious Snapchat rip-off. Existing video-calling features like Microsoft’s Skype or Google’s Hangouts and Duo give users…
Even though Uber has created a big name for itself and has a large global customer base, reports suggest that the company isn’t actually doing that well – at least in terms of turning a profit. In fact, the San Francisco-based ride hailing service has reportedly lost $1.27 billion this year in just eight months. The company said that it’s nothing new, and that it’s only managing to turn a profit in the United States. Apparently its drivers are to…
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