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Facebook Revamps “Privacy-Focused” Looks for Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp

Facebook said it has completely redesigned the Groups tab which now shows a personalized feed of activity.

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In yet another bid to make its platforms “privacy-focused” amid close scrutiny into its privacy practices from governments the world over, Facebook has unveiled new looks and features for Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp.

Addressing nearly 5,000 developers at its annual F8 conference in San Jose, California late Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg said gaining users’ trust is his top agenda.

“I know we don’t exactly have the strongest reputation on privacy right now. I am committed to doing this well,” he told the gathering.

In his keynote, Zuckerberg said Facebook is building a more “privacy-focused” social platform — giving people spaces where they can express themselves freely and feel connected to the people and communities that matter most.

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Instead of taking a screenshot or asking for product details in comments or Direct, you can simply tap to see exactly what your favourite creators are wearing and buy it on the spot. Pixabay

“This is a fundamental shift in how we build products and run our company,” the Facebook CEO added.

According to Facebook, as of March, it has 1.56 billion daily active users and 2.38 billion monthly active users.

Facebook announced it is re-building the architecture of Messenger from the ground up to be faster and lighter than ever before.

“This completely re-engineered Messenger will begin to roll out later this year,” said Asha Sharma, Director, Messenger Consumer Product.

Messenger will now let you discover and watch videos from Facebook together in real time.

Users will be able to seamlessly share a video from the Facebook app on Messenger and invite others to watch together while messaging or on a video chat.

Sharma said that users will soon be able to send messages across messaging platforms: Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.

Facebook also announced a Messenger Desktop app. Which can be downloaded on desktop — both Windows and MacOS — and have group video calls, collaborate on projects or multi-task while chatting in Messenger.

Facebook Messenger would soon have a dedicated space where you can discover Stories and messages with your closest friends and family.

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In his keynote, Zuckerberg said Facebook is building a more “privacy-focused” social platform — giving people spaces where they can express themselves freely and feel connected to the people and communities that matter most. VOA

Ami Vora, VP Product Management for WhatsApp said that in the months ahead, people will be able to see a business catalog right within WhatsApp when chatting with a business.

“With catalogs, businesses can showcase their goods so people can easily discover them,” Vora announced.

The company unveiled “FB5”, a fresh new design for the main app Facebook that’s faster and more immersive.

“Overall, we’ve made it easier to find what you’re looking for and get to your most-used features. People will start seeing some of these updates in the Facebook app right away, and the new desktop site will come in the next few months,” said Fidji Simo, Head of the Facebook App.

Today, more than 400 million people on Facebook belong to a Group.

Facebook said it has completely redesigned the Groups tab which now shows a personalized feed of activity.

Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram said that starting next week, “you can shop inspiring looks from the creators you love without leaving Instagram”.

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Instead of taking a screenshot or asking for product details in comments or Direct, you can simply tap to see exactly what your favourite creators are wearing and buy it on the spot.

“We’ll begin testing this with a small group of creators next week, with plans to expand access over time,” said Mosseri.

In the coming weeks, Facebook would introduce a new camera design including Create Mode, which gives users an easy way to share without a photo or video. (IANS)

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Governments Around The World are Learning to Confuse Dissidents on Social Media

The researchers, who published their findings in a recent issue of Political Science Research and Methods, specifically examined social media from both the Venezuela regime and its opposition

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The regime also seemed to develop a more sophisticated approach to using hashtags on Social Media. The regime used long hashtags, as opposed to the shorter hashtags that are more commonly used, to promote distraction among the protest groups. Pixabay

Governments the world over are learning new tactics to quash dissent on various Social Media platforms, responding with tweets designed to distract and confuse like longer hashtags, according to a team of political scientists.

In a study of Twitter interactions during Venezuela’s 2014 protests, in which citizens voiced opposition to government leaders and called for improvements to their standard of living, the tweets of the protesters focused mainly on the protest itself, while the tweets issued by the ruling regime covered more diverse topics.

This could mean that regimes are growing more savvy in their use of social media to help suppress mass movements.

“When we started doing this study there had been a lot of optimism about the capacity of social media to produce revolutions throughout the world, like Arab Spring and the Color Revolutions in Europe,” said Kevin Munger, assistant professor of political science and social data analytics, Penn State.

“But it seems like, in hindsight, this was the result of short-term disequilibrium between the capacity of the masses to use this technology and the limited capacity of these elites to use it.”

A lot of these elites may have not been keeping up with modern communication technology and got caught unawares.

So, for that short period of time, social media did produce better outcomes for revolutions and mass movements.

The researchers, who published their findings in a recent issue of Political Science Research and Methods, specifically examined social media from both the Venezuela regime and its opposition.

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Governments the world over are learning new tactics to quash dissent on various Social Media platforms, responding with tweets designed to distract and confuse like longer hashtags, according to a team of political scientists. Pixabay

Following the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in early 2013, Nicolas Maduro, Chavez’s vice-president, won a special election.

After his election, mass protests erupted related to economic decline and increased crime.

In their analysis, the researchers noted that the regime abruptly shifted its Twitter strategy after protests swept across the country.

The topics of the regime’s tweets became even more diverse than usual — including such topics as a tree-planting event — and often did not address the protests at all.

As the protests continued, however, the researchers said that the opposition also became less focused, which the researchers suggest may have been a reaction to the regime’s social media strategy.

The way that attention works on social networks offers a glimpse into why the strategy to distract citizens might be effective, added Munger, who worked on the study while a doctoral student in politics at New York University.

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Regimes are growing more savvy in their use of Social Media to help suppress mass movements. Pixabay

“To have effective protests, you need to have a ton of people coordinated on a single message, so spreading other narratives disrupts that process of coordination,” said Munger.

“Being able to spread doubt is effective. You don’t have to get people to love your regime, you just need people to less convinced of the single narrative.”

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The regime also seemed to develop a more sophisticated approach to using hashtags. The regime used long hashtags, as opposed to the shorter hashtags that are more commonly used, to promote distraction among the protest groups. (IANS)