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WhatsApp now forced to share data with Facebook

No more opt-out option

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For years, Facebook has notoriously misused its users’ data, prompting several legal actions in numerous countries including the United States. However, though Facebook’s own reputation plummeted, the company’s sibling platforms got through relatively unscathed. That, unfortunately, was always going to change. Now, despite previous promises to the contrary, WhatsApp is now requiring users to share their data with Facebook.

Today, the messaging company updated its privacy policy. WhatsApp must now share all its data with other Facebook companies. This will include all identifying information including IP addresses, phone data, location data, and possibly even payment data. Naturally, this also covers the basics such as messages and contacts. As expected, WhatsApp states that the information is used only for analytic purposes.

Starting on February 8, users have no choice but to agree to the terms. There is no opt-out option. It’s either say yes or uninstall the app.

The update rolls out globally except in the European Union. The region’s stricter GDPR policies prevent internet companies from sharing their data with other parties. Unfortunately, other regions have not implemented similar policies.

Years ago, WhatsApp promised minimal data sharing between companies, marking a difference from Facebook’s more invasive policies. However, with Facebook’s renewed drive to simplify its platforms, both Instagram and WhatsApp are now drawn into Facebook’s web. Already, Facebook has simplified both apps’ messaging system into one ecosystem.

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Twitter now allows mixing videos, photos, and GIFs in one tweet

A more creative way to post

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Throughout the years, we’ve seen how Twitter has evolved, from having a lengthier character limit to replacing squares with circles in its overall page and app layouts.

Now, the popular networking site has come up with a new update which will allow users to post videos, photos, and GIFs all in one tweet.

This change has been tested in the last few months with popular creator and brand accounts across the sports, music, and entertainment industries.

Here are some examples:


Starting today, all users on the platform may now be able to take advantage of the ability to mix different media in a single tweet.

There will still be a maximum of four media in one tweet, but the change definitely gives users more room for creativity in their posts to standout and be more engaging.

Judging from the examples above, the posts kind of mimic Instagram content; it might lessen the need for Twitter threads too.

SEE ALSO: Twitter’s edit button is for paying users only

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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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