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Like any healthy 23-year-old, Google is getting a little too interested in TikTok and Instagram videos

Like any healthy 23-year-old, Google is getting a little too interested in TikTok and Instagram videos

It's hard to overstate just how popular TikTok is right now. Not only has it become the world's most popular app — beating out Facebook, of all companies — but its entire practice has been copied endlessly by the likes of Instagram and YouTube. Google is well aware of just how massive TikTok and Instagram have become, and it wants to make sure people are using its search capabilities to find and discover endless videos to show their friends.

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Instagram is back online following hours-long outage in parts of the world

Instagram is back online following hours-long outage in parts of the world

Instagram was for many people in parts of the world over night, with an influx of reports coming from India (via India Today). Many people took to Twitter to say that the Instagram app on Android and iOS app wasn't accessible for them. WhatsApp and Facebook were still up and running, so it doesn't seem like all of Facebook was affected by the problems.

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Instagram pretends it doesn't already know when your birthday is

Instagram pretends it doesn't already know when your birthday is

Instagram might ask you for your birth date the next time you open the app. Instagram, which I'll remind you, is owned by Facebook, one of the most prolific collectors and resellers of personal data on the planet.

C'mon, Instagram. You know my birthday. You know the birthdays of all my friends and family, and all their friends and family until we hit Kevin Bacon a hundred times over. You know my dog's birthday.

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Google+ is long dead — so why is a 'GooglePlusBot' trying to log in to your accounts?

Google+ is long dead — so why is a 'GooglePlusBot' trying to log in to your accounts?

Google+ has left behind one heck of a contentious legacy, and either you still miss the platform to this day or you couldn't say goodbye quickly enough to the social network Google seemingly forced upon you. But no matter where your feelings for it lie, we can all agree that Google+ is dead and gone — right? Well, we just saw some surprising signs of it sticking around in the Phone app, and now we're looking into why you might be getting email warnings about some GooglePlusBot messing around with your accounts.

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Don't let these 'easy to get back on Instagram' emails freak you out — your account hasn't been hacked

Don't let these 'easy to get back on Instagram' emails freak you out — your account hasn't been hacked

It's an email we all dread seeing in our inbox. Maybe it's from Spotify, maybe it's from Facebook. And while the subject line can read almost anything, it's the implication that sends chills down our spine: someone's been trying to mess with our account. Going back months and months now, Instagram users have been on the receiving end of pretty damn sus-looking "we've made it easy to get back on Instagram" emails, dangling some eyebrow-raising password-reset links before us. Why are you getting these, and what do they mean?

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New Facebook and Instagram setting claws your happiness back from the approval-based dopamine popularity machine

New Facebook and Instagram setting claws your happiness back from the approval-based dopamine popularity machine

After well over a year of testing, Facebook and Instagram have finally decided to officially allow users to hide like counts. If you've been feeling the heat about not getting enough likes or views on your posts, this is something you'll want to look into.

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One of Instagram's most-requested features has been spotted in development

One of Instagram's most-requested features has been spotted in development

Based on some details leaked today, Instagram may be working on one of its most requested features: The ability to make posts from your desktop's browser. The new feature is being tested internally and likely under active development, but there are a handful of images showing what it currently looks like in action.

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You can now list your pronouns on your Instagram profile

You can now list your pronouns on your Instagram profile

Facebook-owned Instagram has picked up a new feature to display your selected pronouns on your account's profile page. The feature lets you enter up to four pronouns and even control who can see them. Pronouns appear right next to your name in gray.

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Signal and Facebook embroiled in very public squabble about Instagram ads

Signal and Facebook embroiled in very public squabble about Instagram ads

When there was a public outcry regarding WhatsApp's change of privacy policy, Signal made most of the opportunity to push its privacy-focused messaging service. Now, the company is taking a dig at Facebook's behavior of commodifying troves of data about its users with hilarious Instagram ads. Signal claims the ads were rejected and its ad account was disabled although Facebook denies this and calls it a stunt. Go grab some popcorn.

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Don't expect Facebook Messenger or Instagram Direct to add end-to-end encryption anytime soon

Don't expect Facebook Messenger or Instagram Direct to add end-to-end encryption anytime soon

End-to-end encrypted conversations aren't just for whistleblowers and government officials. These days, more users than ever before are aware of how vital it is to keep conversations away from prying eyes. Apps like Signal and Telegram gained huge new followings earlier this year after WhatsApp botched a privacy policy update, calling attention to the importance of implementing extra security for communication tools. Today, Facebook recommitted to bringing end-to-end encryption to both Messenger and Instagram Direct, but it could take longer than some users are willing to wait.

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