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Facebook has Rolled Out a New Feature for Music Lovers

Facebook is testing this in select markets for now, and the pool of songs available is in the hundreds

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In a major overhaul dedicated to music lovers, Facebook has announced that users will now be able to include music within personal videos and choose from a variety of songs on the platform for a new feature called “Lip Sync Live”.

Notably, the feature is reminiscent of what popular apps like Musical.ly or Dubsmash have already done in the past.

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“We’re starting to roll out ‘Lip Sync Live’ which lets you lip sync to songs from forever favourites like ‘Welcome to The Jungle’ by Guns N’ Roses to ‘Havana’ by Camila Cabello. You can express yourself with music from a variety of genres in real time,” Tamara Hrivnak, Head of Music Business Development and Partnerships and Fred Beteille, Head of Product, Music and Rights, jointly wrote in a blog post late on Tuesday.

Facebook is testing this in select markets for now, and the pool of songs available is in the hundreds.

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To try out the new feature, users have to choose the ‘Lip Sync Live’ option when starting their Live video.

“After selecting a song from the song list, you can also add a description and customise your video with masks or a background,” the social media giant said. (IANS)

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Twitter Gets Investigated By Ireland Over Data Collection

Both Facebook and Twitter have faced lawsuits for collecting data on links shared in private messages

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 Twitter is reportedly facing an investigation by privacy regulators in Ireland over data collection in its link-shortening system, the media reported.

Privacy regulators in Ireland have launched an investigation into exactly how much data Twitter collects from t.co, its URL-shortening system, The Verge reported late on Saturday.

The investigation stems from a request made by UK professor Michael Veale under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a comprehensive European privacy law under which EU citizens have a right to request any data collected on them from a given company.

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But when Veale made that request to Twitter, the company claimed it had no data from its link-shortening service. The professor was sceptical, and wrote to the relevant privacy regulator to see if Twitter was holding back some of his data.

Now, that investigation seems to be underway. The investigation, first reported by Fortune, is confirmed in a letter obtained by The Verge, sent to Veale by the office of the Irish Data Privacy Commissioner, the report said.

Initially designed as a way to save characters in the limited space of a tweet, link-shortening has also proved to be an effective tool at fighting malware and gathering rudimentary analytics.

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Those analytics services can also present a significant privacy risk when used in private messages.

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Both Facebook and Twitter have faced lawsuits for collecting data on links shared in private messages, although no wrong-doing was conclusively established in either case. (IANS)

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