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Snapchat to let users control third-party apps

Amid speculations about how much data Snap would let third parties access, a Snap spokesperson told Engadget that the company doesn't share user-identifiable information with advertisers

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Snapchat Rolling Out New Redesign for Its iOS Users.
Snapchat Rolling Out New Redesign for Its iOS Users. IANS
  • Snapchat is working on a new feature
  • This feature will allow users to control third-party apps
  • Users can now control whether they want third-party apps to access their data or not

Snap Inc — the parent company of popular photo-sharing app Snapchat — is reportedly working on a new feature that will let users control which third-party apps will have access to their accounts, the media reported.

The latest beta version of Snapchat has a new feature category called “Connected Apps” whose description read: “These apps are connected to your Snapchat account. Choose an app to control what it has access to.”

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You can connect many apps with like Facebook, Twitter, etc.with the app. IANS

“This section could very well soon show what third-party apps users have connected directly to their Snapchat account. Snap currently allows this with Bitmoji, an app for creating cartoon versions of yourself which Snapchat bought in 2016,” Mashable reported late Wednesday.

“This update could help Snapchat become its own app ecosystem, not unlike Facebook, Google and Twitter. All three of those companies allow for log-in on other third-party networks,” the report added.

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Amid speculations about how much data Snap would let third parties access, a Snap spokesperson told Engadget that the company doesn’t share user-identifiable information with advertisers. This comes at a time when Facebook users are uninstalling apps they got connected with long ago via “Facebook log-in” after the social media platform was hit by a major data scandal.

The "Remove the new Snapchat update" petition, which is hosted on Change.org, was authored by Australian user Nic Rumsey, the Guardian reported on Tuesday. IANS
This will help users take care of their privacies. IANS

“Snap doesn’t offer a service similar to Facebook’s Graph API or share friend network information with third parties, which is what enabled the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Those policies, and the company’s approach to privacy, won’t change,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying by Engadget. IANS

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Facebook Commits $130 mn to Build Global Oversight Board for Ensuring Accountability

Facebook intends to continue funding the board's operations in the future, and these reports will be used to assess the need for additional, substantive and long-term funding

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Facebook said it has established the independent Oversight Board Trust to ensure the board can safeguard its ability to make independent decisions and recommendations. Pixabay

Facebook has made an initial commitment of $130 million to build a global oversight board that will ensure good governance and accountability across its services and platforms.

The initial funding will cover operational costs such as office space, staff and travel expenses and should allow the board to operate for at least its first two full terms, approximately six years, Brent Harris, Director of Governance and Global Affairs at Facebook, said in a statement.

The board will submit a yearly budget to the trust for approval and disbursement of funds.

Annual reports from the board and trust will help to document the health and effectiveness of the board, including its stewardship of these resources.

Facebook intends to continue funding the board’s operations in the future, and these reports will be used to assess the need for additional, substantive and long-term funding.

Last November, Mark Zuckerberg wrote about his vision for what content governance should look like for Facebook.

Facebook said it has established the independent Oversight Board Trust to ensure the board can safeguard its ability to make independent decisions and recommendations.

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Facebook has made an initial commitment of $130 million to build a global oversight board that will ensure good governance and accountability across its services and platforms. Pixabay

“The board will have its own staff, independent from Facebook. To start, we expect this staff to include a director, case managers and dedicated staff members (or contracted services) who can support things such as the board’s communications, legal, human resources and research needs,” said Harris.

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In addition, said Facebook, it will continue to work with outside experts to source and review candidates for board membership, including those who’ve been recommended through the public portal, which we opened in September.

“We are eager to see the Oversight Board take shape and start hearing cases next year,” said Facebook. (IANS)