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Facebook baits bereft TikTokers in India by testing a new Short Videos section

Facebook baits bereft TikTokers in India by testing a new Short Videos section

With TikTok facing bans left and right, competitors like Instagram have scrambled to introduce clones such as Reels to audiences. Now, Instagram's parent company Facebook is looking for its chance to capitalize within its own app as well with a new Short Videos section it is presenting to Indian users at the top of their News Feeds.

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WhatsApp is rolling out search filters to some beta users

WhatsApp is rolling out search filters to some beta users

WhatsApp's search function has never been great. It does help you find your conversations and certain keywords if you know what you're looking for, but it has always only displayed text as results. WhatsApp wants to change that, as WABetaInfo and our tipster Moshe have spotted. The developers are testing an Advanced Search mode that helps you narrow down your results with specific filters, like text, images, videos, GIFs, audio, and more.

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Instagram Reels officially goes global to face off against TikTok

Instagram Reels officially goes global to face off against TikTok

Instagram, and then all of Facebook, famously and shamelessly copied the feature that made Snapchat stand out of the crowd: Stories. Now, Instagram is turning its attention toward the latest hot social media platform, TikTok, and has released its own take on it called Reels. The feature, which has been in testing since at least November and seeded to Brazil, is now available globally.

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OnePlus is preloading its phones with Facebook bloatware

OnePlus is preloading its phones with Facebook bloatware

Bloatware on Android phones has been around for so long — especially on Samsung and Huawei phones — that it's hardly even news anymore. Even so, it was a huge surprise when we found out that OnePlus has involved itself in this dubious practice. The OxygenOS bloatware in question comes from probably the shadiest company of them all — Facebook. Starting with the OnePlus 8 series and continuing with the Nord, users have had to put up with a bunch of Facebook-owned apps and a few background services on their brand-new handsets, some of which cannot be uninstalled.

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How to kick political ads out of your Facebook feed

How to kick political ads out of your Facebook feed


With election season quickly closing in, your Facebook feed is getting ready to experience a barrage of political ads designed to either capture or dissuade your vote. Luckily, Facebook understands that some users just want to escape the bipartisan mud slinging that clogs its platform every four years. While Facebook is allegedly considering banning political advertising on its platform entirely, it has yet to do so. Here's how you can keep at least some political ads out of your Facebook feed from now through Election Day.

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How to transfer all of your Facebook photos and videos to Google Photos

How to transfer all of your Facebook photos and videos to Google Photos

Facebook was around four years before the first Android phone hit the market, and that means many of us have photos living there that far predate our cloud synced, smartphone-snapped photo albums in 2020. It may seem like a bit of a hassle to go in and manually download all these photos and re-upload them to something like Google Photos, but thankfully, there's a much easier way. Using Facebook’s photo and video migration tool, you can now easily copy these precious images over to Google Photos for safekeeping.

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Facebook Messenger gets screen sharing on mobile

Facebook Messenger gets screen sharing on mobile

With much of the world having to isolate for an extended period, video conferencing has become ever more popular as people find new ways to stay connected with their family and friends. To keep up with demand, services like Messenger and Google Meet have needed to roll out new features to compete. Facebook added rooms to its messaging platform earlier this year, as well as screen sharing when on the web. As of today, you'll be able to share your mobile screen too.

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JioChat is a WhatsApp clone from the maker of the popular Zoom knockoff

JioChat is a WhatsApp clone from the maker of the popular Zoom knockoff

India’s biggest telecom operator Reliance Jio got richer by billions of dollars in the last couple of months with funds coming from left, right, and center. But it seems that instead of finding some good use for all that cash on hand, the company’s been busy cloning popular apps to offer its own alternatives. Last week, JioMeet was called out for being a Zoom rip-off, and now Jio is back with JioChat, which looks like a photocopy of WhatsApp.

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Facebook will spare your eyes from the incessant stream of political ads coming your way this fall

Facebook will spare your eyes from the incessant stream of political ads coming your way this fall

Regardless of what side of any particular issue you're on, political ads kind of suck — and on top of that, it's not even clear how effective they are. The brass at Facebook is acknowledging that fact, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a piece published recently in USA Today that users will soon be able to opt out of seeing them entirely.

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Messenger Rooms video calls are now available on Facebook Portal screens

Messenger Rooms video calls are now available on Facebook Portal screens

Videoconferencing is all the rage right now and Facebook, like any other big industry name, naturally wants a bigger slice of the pie. In a bid to do that, the tech giant buckled down to make its Zoom-rival Messenger Rooms ubiquitous across its several social media platforms. Now, Facebook's much-maligned smart screens are also getting support for Rooms along with a bunch of accompanying features.

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