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Facebook is developing its own smartwatch

Slated for a 2021 launch

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After purchasing the Oculus, Facebook subtly presented its plan to go beyond its massive social media network. Currently, Facebook’s Oculus is already one of the more recognizable devices in the virtual reality industry. Apparently, the company isn’t done expanding. According to a rumor, Facebook is developing its own smartwatch slated for a release later this year.

According to The Information, sources within Facebook have confirmed development of an upcoming smartwatch from the company. Obviously, the watch’s software will work heavily with Facebook’s services. However, it will run on Google’s Wear OS. For future iterations, Facebook is still trying to develop its own software.

Unfortunately, the report does not reveal what type of smartwatch it is. Since the company already has Oculus in its repertoire, Facebook can definitely build its own wearable.

Besides the rumored smartwatch, Facebook is also working on its own smart glasses. The company is truly expanding its device ecosystem. However, amid Facebook’s ongoing privacy and information issues, users might find it difficult to adopt Facebook’s ecosystem. Currently, Facebook is in a subtle war against Apple over user privacy. Lately, the latter promised more transparency for users as to how apps use their user’s data.

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Instagram bans Pornhub

Account removed on the platform

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Instagram has always had a tenuous relationship with nudity. While the platform eased up on its formerly cutthroat anti-nudity policies a few years ago, creators have always traipsed on a fine line between tasteful and less-than-tasteful NSFW content. Now, in a surprise twist of fate, Instagram has banned one of the biggest proponents of pro-nudity on the app, Pornhub.

First reported by Variety, Instagram has removed Pornhub’s account on the platform. The company has not issued a statement as to why the account has banned.

However, comments spotted by The Verge hint that an anti-Pornhub activist might have caused the incident. Laila Mickelwait, who is presumably taking credit for the removal, is the founder of TraffickingHub, a campaign to expose the pornography platform’s careless approach to child abuse and sex trafficking. She has also called for other companies to follow suit and drop Pornhub.

For its part, Pornhub has continued to moderate content on the platform by ceasing offline downloading for users, addressing the issues put forth by activists.

Also, for its part, the company has kept NSFW content away from other platforms which has stricter policies. For example, its Instagram account, which had 13.1 followers prior to the removal, shared non-pornographic content.

SEE ALSO: Pornhub stops offline downloading

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Twitter is also adding a podcasts section

In a redesigned Spaces tab

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Everyone is getting a podcasts section. A few days after YouTube has quietly launched its own division, Twitter has announced the early stages of its own podcasts section through a redesigned Spaces tab.

If you don’t know or use Spaces, it’s certainly not an issue of missing out. The platform has continuously tried to reinvent the feature in hopes of making it stick. At its core, Spaces is a place to feature the platform’s audio content. However, the main focus has varied due to the constant refreshes.

This time, the new Spaces will offer a healthy selection of popular podcasts including titles from NPR and The New York Times. Additionally (and as always), Twitter Spaces will still have the same slew of live audio content from Twitter users.

As is standard in social media nowadays, the new addition will include a way to rate content to further tailor your algorithm on the platform. Twitter will suggest new content for you to listen to, based on how you react to different content.

It is, however, quite a mystery how it will fare in today’s social media world. Twitter hasn’t exactly succeeded as an audio platform. Additionally, with more players entering the realm with already big players, the platform might be in for an uphill battle in making a podcasts on the platform a thing.

SEE ALSO: YouTube has quietly launched a Podcasts hub

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Facebook will finally help users who lose their accounts

New customer service division coming soon

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It’s a part of the Facebook experience. If you’ve been on the platform long enough, you’ve seen a few friends set up new accounts after losing access to their main ones — that is, if you haven’t experienced it yourself. To the seeming aid of privacy, it’s notoriously difficult to reclaim an account after a falsely reported takedown. To remedy this, Meta is setting up a new division to aid users who lose their accounts.

First reported by Bloomberg, the company will establish a customer service division specifically made to review cases wherein access to accounts are lost in unconventional ways. Currently, it’s hard for users to appeal wrongful terminations even if they were caused by false reports or hackers. Having a dedicated division for the purpose might finally bring back some agency for users to get back to their accounts.

Headed by Meta’s Oversight Board, the new division will also add transparency in letting users know what contributed to the decision. The suddenness of decisions and lack of explanation are two more pain points attributed to the loss of accounts.

Unfortunately, Meta has not announced when the new division will start operations. It is still currently in the planning stages. Upon launching, it should cater to both Facebook and Instagram users.

SEE ALSO: Facebook adds Feeds with more Friends content and less ads

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