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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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You may soon have some actual control over your Instagram feed

You may soon have some actual control over your Instagram feed

You don't pay equal attention to all the people and brands you follow on social media, right? Some of them are closer to you than others, but their posts often get lost in the flood of the algorithm-driven feed. Soon, though, you might be able to prioritize who gets top billing with your next scroll through Instagram.

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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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Sorry Facebook, TikTok is now the world's most downloaded app

Sorry Facebook, TikTok is now the world's most downloaded app

Social apps are, unsurprisingly, the most downloaded apps across Android and iOS devices, and for the longest time, Facebook was the most popular among them. However, despite only being around since 2017, the Chinese short video app TikTok has just overtaken Zuckerberg's behemoth as the world's most downloaded app.

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Samsung accidentally shares the unannounced Galaxy S21 FE all over Instagram

Samsung accidentally shares the unannounced Galaxy S21 FE all over Instagram

The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition ("FE" for short) was one of the best values in smartphones last year, and a follow-up to this lower-priced variant is highly anticipated. We've seen a few leaks of the phone so far, but the latest one comes straight from the horse's mouth. The horse is Samsung, if you're wondering.

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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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