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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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Facebook faces "nuanced decisions" involving content that is harmful but not illegal and the French recommendations, which set guidelines for what's considered harmful. Pixabay

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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Fake News Continues to Flourish on Social Media Platforms After Polls

The flow of fake news after the election results suggests that the tide of misinformation on social media is unlikely to stop any time soon

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Reaching out to the old people, who are newly getting introduced to smartphones and social media is a challenge. Pixabay

Posts containing fake news continued to flourish on social media platforms after the end of the Lok Sabha elections that saw the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) returning to power with a massive win.

Celebrations followed the results that pave the way for Modi to become the Prime Minister of the country for the second consecutive term. Some distributed ladoos to celebrate the victory. A few others spread fake news.

A post claiming that “Welcome Modi Ji” has been written on all the city buses of London soon started doing the rounds on social media platforms.

The claims were found to be fake by fact-checking platform BOOM. The images used for the posts originated in 2015, when a bus named “Modi Express” was launched by the Indians living in the UK, the fact checkers found.

Some even circulated a video on Facebook that claimed that a Gujrati man got so elated with Modi’s re-election that he showered cash on people in Milton, Canada. The caption that accompanied the video claimed that the man made a lot of profit after the share market responded positively to Modi’s re-election.

BOOM traced the viral video to the Instagram account of a Detroit, US based man. It found that the video, originally shot in New York, was uploaded much before the election results in India were declared and it had nothing to do with the celebration of BJP’s victory.

On May 23, the day the results of the Lok Sabha polls were declared, a video that showed Modi with his mother went viral on Facebook. While social media users claimed that the video was shot after BJP’s landslide victory in the elections, fact checking website Alt News traced the video to 2014.

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These forwards, many of which contained fake news, surged during the election time. Pixabay

BOOM also found that following the victory of the BJP, a quote that was falsely attributed to Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan in the past resurfaced on WhatsApp.

“I would leave India if Modi becomes the PM of this country,” the actor was falsely quoted as saying in the post that demanded that the actor should now “apologise or leave the country as PM Modi is back”.

BOOM traced the quote to a fake tweet and fake news report that celebrated the 2018 April Fool’s Day with the false information.

These posts, however, are only the tip of the iceberg. Many more fake posts are doing the rounds on social media with some even falsely claiming that six lakh votes polled in favour of Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Kerala’s Wayanad mysteriously disappeared from the records.

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According to BOOM Founder Govindraj Ethiraj, the spread of fake news reached an “all-time high” in the run up to the 2019 general election.

The flow of fake news after the election results suggests that the tide of misinformation on social media is unlikely to stop any time soon.

“The biggest challenge to fighting fake new is that over 300 million of the 550 million smartphone and broadband users in the country are low on literacy and digital literacy and are especially gullible,” leading tech policy and media consultant Prasanto K. Roy earlier told IANS. (IANS)