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Snapchat Testing New Features

Snapchat’s controversial and criticised redesign had wiped out Snap Streaks, which some users had spent years working on and that did not go well with the teenagers

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Snapchat Logo. VOA

Photo-messaging app Snapchat is testing new features including a traditional social networking feature offering ‘Status’ option — its own version of Instagram-like “@Mention” stickers along with a new user interface (UI) for Snap Map.

To keep track of all the places users check-in at and with whom, the platform is also trying its hands on a feature called “virtual passport” as a private history which users could view or delete singularly, Social Media Today reported on Wednesday.

The test features were first discovered by reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong.

Snapchat is reportedly planning to launch more "Lenses" that will react to sounds over the coming weeks.
Snapchat. IANS

With these features, Snapchat seems to be targeting the “gamifyication” purpose of the platform that Snapchat has been known for, wherein users build records of exchanging snaps with each other every single day and call them “Snap Streaks”.

Snapchat’s controversial and criticised redesign had wiped out Snap Streaks, which some users had spent years working on and that did not go well with the teenagers.

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It makes sense for Snapchat to utilise that compulsion to drive increased activity in the app and by prompting expanded check-ins, Snap will be able to obtain additional audience data to help improve its ad targeting, the report said. (IANS)

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Facebook Updates its Privacy Checkup Tool with 4 New Features

You can access Privacy Checkup by clicking the question mark icon on Facebook's desktop site and selecting Privacy Checkup

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The social media application, Facebook is displayed on Apple's App Store, July 30, 2019. VOA

Facebook has updated its Privacy Checkup tool with four new features to help users improve account security and control how their information is used.

The Privacy Checkup tool has been live since 2014 and the new version is rolling out globally this week.

The “Who Can See What You Share” feature will help users review who can see their profile information, like phone number and email address, as well as their posts.

“‘How to Keep Your Account Secure’ feature will help you strengthen your account security by setting a stronger password and turning on login alerts,” Facebook said in a blog post late Monday.

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FILE – Attendees walk past a Facebook logo during Facebook Inc’s F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, United States. VOA

“How People Can Find You” on Facebook will let you review ways in which people can look you up on Facebook and who can send you friend requests.

“Your Data Settings on Facebook will let you review the information you share with apps you’ve logged into Facebook. You can also remove the apps you no longer use,” said the social networking platform.

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You can access Privacy Checkup by clicking the question mark icon on Facebook’s desktop site and selecting Privacy Checkup.

“We know privacy is personal and we’ve integrated privacy tips to help you make the right privacy decisions for you,” said Facebook. (IANS)