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Facebook Stories Now Lets You Celebrate Your Birthday in Style

You can even add a music sticker to give your story a “Happy Birthday” soundtrack

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A television photographer shoots the sign outside of Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. VOA

Facebook on Thursday launched a new feature on its Stories feature that will help users add digital birthday cards, photos or videos to a story celebrating birthdays of their near and dear ones.

Nearly 500 million people use Facebook Stories every day.

“We’re launching birthday stories globally — a way for friends, family and everyone in your community to add digital birthday cards, photos or videos to a story celebrating your big day,” Jehan Damji, Product Manager at Facebook, said in a blog post.

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To use this feature, just tap on the birthday notification, shoot or upload a photo or short video or use one of our digital birthday cards and you’ve instantly got a birthday wish.

You can even add a music sticker to give your story a “Happy Birthday” soundtrack.

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“Then, your wish gets added to your friend’s birthday story, creating a personalized slideshow for them,” said the company. (IANS)

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Political Ad Spend Hits Rs 27.7 cr on Facebook as Polls End

Facebook had said that it was removing 10 lakh fake accounts a day in India

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This photograph taken on May 16, 2018, shows a figurine standing in front of the logo of social network Facebook on a cracked screen of a smartphone in Paris. VOA

Led by the Bharatiya Janata Party, political parties in India spent a total of Rs 27.73 crore on Facebook for posting political ads on the platform as the seven-phase general election ended on May 19.

From February 19 to May 19, political parties posted 124,094 ads on Facebook to reach out to their audiences, showed the latest data on Facebook Ad Library for India.

On Facebook, the BJP alone spent more than Rs 4 crore – 200 per cent more than the Congress which spend about Rs 1.8 crore.

Other big spenders were regional parties such as the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the YSR Congress and Biju Janata Dal (BJD).

Facebook’s Ad Library, a searchable database, includes ads related to politics and issues of national importance run on Facebook or Instagram.

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FILE – The Facebook app icon is shown on an iPhone in New York. VOA

Supporters and affiliates of political parties account for most of the spending on the social media platforms.

The Election Commission of India has announced that among the posts taken down by various social media platforms, Facebook took down 650 posts.

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Of the posts taken down by Facebook, 482 were political posts during the “silence period” – 48 hours prior to polling, 73 political ads during the silence period, two violations of the Model Code of Conduct, 43 cases of voter misinformation, 28 were against public morality and decency, 11 were exit polls, and 11 were related to hate speech and undue influence.

Facebook had said that it was removing 10 lakh fake accounts a day in India. (IANS)