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TikTok Testing New Features Inspired by Instagram

Earlier this week, speculation was rife that social networking giant Facebook was preparing the launch of a serious competitor to TikTok

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The logo of the TikTok application is seen on a screen in this picture illustration taken Feb. 21, 2019. VOA

The wildly popular short video-sharing app TikTok is reportedly mulling to launch a host of new features that seem to have been inspired by Facebook-owned Instagram.

The features were discovered by reverse-engineering specialist Jane Manchun Wong who posted screengrabs of the features on Twitter.

The purported Instagram-inspired features include a grid-style layout, an account switcher and a Discover page, among others.

“We’re always experimenting with new ways to improve the app experience for our community,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying by the TechCrunch on Saturday.

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TikTok has over 54 million monthly active users (MAUs) in India. Pixabay

The TikTok spokesperson, however, declined to offer further details about the company’s plans but confirmed the features were things the company is working on.

Earlier this week, speculation was rife that social networking giant Facebook was preparing the launch of a serious competitor to TikTok.

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Owned by a Beijing-based start-up named ByteDance, TikTok saw its first-time installs grow about 28 per cent year-over-year for the first half of 2019 to nearly 344 million globally despite a two-week ban in India during the second quarter (Q2), revealed an estimate by mobile app intelligence firm Sensor Tower. (IANS)

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Instagram Extends its Anti-bullying Tool to Hurtful Captions on Photos, Videos

The move by Instagram is the latest in a series of actions on cyberbullying by social networks to deal with hate speech and abusive conduct which can be especially harmful to young users

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Instagram app logo is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

After giving its users power to restrict bullies on its platform, Facebook-owned Instagram has now extended its anti-bullying tool to hurtful captions on photos and videos.

Now, if someone bullies you on an Instagram caption on your photos or videos, it will immediately be flagged with a notification: “This caption looks similar to others that have been reported”.

The user will be given the option to revise the message or share it anyway, reports inews.co.uk.

The “Caption Warning” feature is yet another step to prevent cyberbullying on Instagram.

Instagram in October rolled out “Restrict” feature globally that lets users stop people who bully them via offensive posts or abusive comments.

You can restrict someone by swiping left on a comment, through the Privacy tab in Settings, or directly on the profile of the account you intend to restrict.

“Once Restrict is enabled, comments on your posts from a person you have restricted will only be visible to that person,” said the company.

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Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are displayed on an iPhone, March 13, 2019, in New York. VOA

You can choose to view the comment by tapping “See Comment”; approve the comment so everyone can see it, delete it or ignore it.

Direct messages will automatically move to Message Request, and users will not receive notifications from a restricted account.

Instagram is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect bullying and other types of harmful content in comments, photos and videos.

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The company also announced to restrict people under age 18 from viewing posts from celebrity influencers that promote cosmetic surgery and various weight-loss products.

“It’s our responsibility to create a safe environment on Instagram,” said Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram.

The move by Instagram is the latest in a series of actions on cyberbullying by social networks to deal with hate speech and abusive conduct which can be especially harmful to young users. (IANS)