The site did it by introducing filters of Russian bots
Facebook is in deep waters nowadays
Photo-sharing platform Snapchat on April Fools’ Day trolled Facebook by introducing a filter that makes it appear as if a Russian bot has liked your post.
The filter places a Facebook user interface around a user’s photo with Cyrillic script-like text and even includes likes from “your mum” and “a bot”, The Verge reported late on Sunday.
Snapchat’s filter was only available on April Fools’ Day. The filter targeted Facebook following reports that said more than 50,000 bots on Facebook, with links to the Russian government, were used to influence the 2016 US presidential election.
Last year, Snapchat trolled Facebook with a filter that gets like from “my_mom” showing Facebook’s older-skewing user base. Facebook has been facing intense criticism after it emerged that data of about 50 million users had been harvested and passed on to political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica. IANS
Apple, Facebook, Twitter and other tech giants celebrated World Emoji Day on Tuesday with declaring most used and favourite emojis, announcement of new ones, acknowledging how emojis make conversataions easy and expressive without words, among others.
Apple announced over 70 new emoji characters with hair colour variations, gender-neutral characters, mythical creatures and more that would reach the users as part of a free update that Apple would bring to iOS 12 later this year, the iPhone maker wrote in a blog post.
Facebook and Messenger shared statistics and revealed that the “heart” emoji is one of the most used expression on the platforms.
“There are more than 2,800 emojis and almost all of them (2,300) are used each and every day on Facebook,” the company said in a statement.
The social networking giant also announced that new emojis, including a camera frame and a themed text feature would soon be part of Facebook and Messenger.
From being used only for creative expression by the millennials, to being Oxford dictionary’s “Word of the year 2015,” emojis are now also being embraced by brands across the globe.
Microblogging site Twitter also released a list of the top ten emojis used on its platform that included the “heart, fire, thumbs up and heart eyes” smileys.
“Keeping in mind the popularity of emojis, Twitter has been actively introducing a variety of culture, entertainment, sports and news related emojis that range from iconic symbols to historic signs and motifs of festivals,” Twitter said.
US-based Internet domain registrar GoDaddy claimed to have seen a growth in visual pun emoji domains and major brands using emoji domains for their webpages.
“Today, emojis have become an essential part of the online vocabulary. Driven by the rise of mobile internet usage in India, consumers are integrating emojis into their conversations with each other as well as with brands,” said Nikhil Arora, Managing Director and VP, GoDaddy India. (IANS)