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Twitter has permanently banned Donald Trump

After violating policies even after warnings



Yesterday, the world’s biggest social media networks finally brought their foot down against Donald Trump after Wednesday’s violent riots at the U.S. Capitol building. For example, Facebook suspended Trump’s account “indefinitely” or until Biden’s inauguration on January 20. However, Twitter suspended his account for only 12 hours. Now, after internal pressure inside the company, Twitter has permanently banned Donald Trump from the platform.

Yesterday, Twitter’s ban on Trump was comprehensive. His account was required to delete two tweets that went against the company’s terms of service. Thereafter, Trump will receive a 12-hour ban. Further, if Trump continued to violate Twitter’s policies, Twitter threatened to permanently ban the account.

Perhaps unwillingly, he complied but went back to his ways soon after the ban. According to an official Twitter post on Friday, Trump’s latest tweets after the suspension still incited violence and violated terms of service. As such, Twitter officially removed the account effective immediately. If you search for it now, Trump’s account cannot be found anymore.

Of the account’s recent tweets, one of which was a video that supposedly and finally conceded to Biden’s victory during the presidential elections in November.

Besides Twitter, Trump has also received bans and suspensions on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Shopify, and Twitch. Among them all, Twitter is definitely the personality’s biggest loss.

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Twitter is working on an undo tweet button

Perfect for mistakes



Don’t you just hate tweeting something and instantly regretting it right after? Unfortunately, because of its rapid-fire system, putting out the wrong tweet is way too common. Though anyone can easily delete their tweets right after, it won’t stop unwanted eyes from seeing the tweet in the five seconds that the tweet was up. Thankfully, Twitter is working on an undo tweet button for the future.

According to social media detective Jane Manchun Wong, the social media platform is testing the button to retract tweets within five seconds after the tweet is sent. It even has a convenient timer. The upcoming feature will mimic the capabilities of Gmail, which already allows users to unsend emails a few seconds after sending them.

Unfortunately, Twitter has neither confirmed nor announced when the feature will come to the platform. It’s also a far cry from the highly coveted “edit tweet” button that everyone wants.

Besides the undo tweet button, Twitter is also working on more features for the platform. According to a previous report, Twitter is experimenting with a premium subscription model for content creators on the platform. Amid the rapid expansion of other platforms, Twitter is trying to expand its reach for other needs and more users.

SEE ALSO: Twitter teases a premium Super Followers system

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WhatsApp introduces voice and video calls on desktop

Update rolling out now



Since the pandemic, telecommuting software has turned into one of the hottest tools you’ll need today. With everyone working from home, everyone needs a good way to communicate with others in the office. However, amid the rise of Zoom and Google Meet, one popular communication app has not joined in on the fun: WhatsApp. According to a new update, that’s rapidly changing. WhatsApp is introducing voice and video calls on desktop.

Compared to other apps, WhatsApp has quickly ascended into one of the most popular mobile communication tools. However, the app has never adopted a desktop version, outside of text messaging.

In the recently announced update, WhatsApp has started rolling out the update for its desktop users. (At the time of this writing, I already have the update on my laptop.)

Further, the update is optimized for any orientation. The desktop app can easily adapt to portrait or landscape orientations.

In terms of security, WhatsApp promises that the calls are end-to-end encrypted. The company is supposedly unable to listen in on calls on its end.

After the update, WhatsApp has also stated that it is working on a next one featuring group voice and video calls. Currently, the desktop update is only eligible for one-on-one calls. Still, it’s a useful feature for all users.

SEE ALSO: WhatsApp delays roll-out of new privacy policy until May

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Facebook unveils BARS, a TikTok-like app for rappers

Builiding a community dedicated for rappers



Facebook has launched a new platform called BARS and it’s specially made for rappers. What’s its unique selling point? Unlike TikTok, BARS does not focus on transitions and lip-syncing to make content.

The app will allow budding rappers to focus on the lyrics rather than investing their time on expensive equipment and studios. You can choose from a wide array of premade beats, which can be leveraged by the rapper with their own lyrics and effects.

It also has a Challenge mode, wherein users can perform freestyle rap while incorporating auto-suggested lyrics. Aspiring rappers can just focus on the lyrics and record themselves to these beats. In addition, the app helps rappers finetune their craft as well with the help of auto-suggested rhymes while the user is writing.

BARS will let you select your rap experience level upon sign-up: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced. The Beginner selection will provide a handy auto-rhyme dictionary to help kickstart your experience. Advanced rappers get the Freestyle mode with several words to create an instantaneous rap.

Once users finish recording their videos in the app, they can share them across various social media outlets. The app has a TikTok-like feed where the discoverability is maximum. The app also promises “studio quality vocal effects,” including actual AutoTune.

After creating the videos, you can save them to your camera roll and share them on other social media platforms. For now, only a small number of iOS users can download the app in the US. Interested users can also sign up for the waitlist in the app.

BARS Community Manager DJ Iyer revealed in a blogpost that the Coronavirus pandemic has been one of the major reasons behind the creation of the app. “I know access to high-priced recording studios and production equipment can be limited for aspiring rappers. On top of that, the global pandemic shut down live performances where we often create and share our work,” he Iyer added.

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