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Facebook introduces Avatars because every app needs its own Bitmoji wannabe

Facebook is trialing a way to personalize the engagement its users can have with the content on its platform. Avatars are currently being tested in Australia as a Bitmoji-like addition to standard reactions and generated GIFs. A global roll-out is reportedly targeted for later this year at the earliest, but there are questions about how big of a draw this feature will be for existing users as well as departed users that may want to make a return.

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Instagram's IGTV still exists, adds support for landscape videos

Most video is landscape, but the era of smartphones has led to an explosion of people shooting portrait video. Instagram embraced portrait videos when it launched IGTV last year. You could be forgiven if you forgot all about it in the intervening months. Now, Instagram is looking to give IGTV a boost with a new feature: landscape video.

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Snapchat rolls out three Snap Games in a bid to keep you off Instagram

One of the ways Snapchat is trying to spruce up engagement on its stagnant social platform is through Snap Games, a series of multiplayer games that users can play with their friends and/or with strangers across the network. Three of them have been rolled out to users and are available to play today.

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Instagram kills Direct, its standalone Snapchat competitor, merges it into main app

In order to fiercely compete with Snapchat, Facebook launched Stories on almost all its messaging platforms, beginning with Instagram. The feature was so popular it succeeded in dethroning its rival, which encouraged the company to release a standalone messaging app called Direct. Although the new software brought some extra features like exclusive filters, Instagram has decided to merge all functionalities into its main application.

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Instagram Stories camera will get makeover, influencers will be able to tag products for you to buy

Instagram has announced new features that are intended to enhance the experiences for the 500 million daily active users of its Stories feature — one of these features is available right now while the other may take some time and adjustment to get used to. The social media platform is also building a new way for users to browse and buy the clothes their favorite influencers are wearing.

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[Update: Court reverses ban] TikTok banned in India over fears of porn and sexual predators

The Indian government has banned social video app TikTok, Reuters reports from an IT ministry official. The ban came at the urging of a regional court which determined that the app harbors pornographic content and allows sexual predators to prey on younger users. The developer, China-based Bytedance, is appealing the order.

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Facebook insists it's super cereal about fake news, you guys

Most people reading this have learned not to implicitly trust the things that appear on Facebook, but not everyone is so cautious. The social network has been using a strategy called "remove, reduce, and inform" since 2016 to deal with false and misleading news. Today, Facebook says it's adding new policies to each of those three areas. Surely, this time it'll have the problem licked. Right? Right?!

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[Update: Formally launched] Snapchat finally rolls out its completely rebuilt Android app

CEO Evan Spiegel has been promising a complete rebuild of the much-maligned Snapchat Android app for what seems like an eternity — or since 2017, to be precise. Back in February, he proclaimed that the new app would be released before the end of the year, eliciting feelings of pure euphoria indifference. Finally, the new dawn of Snapchat on Android is upon us.

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Twitter adds in-app tools to appeal account violations

The quick and anonymous nature of the internet makes it easy to lob threats at one another. It almost goes without saying you shouldn't do that, but what if Twitter thinks you did anyway? You appeal, and now it's easier to do that from the app.

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[Update: Google+ is dead] Google+ dies today, by the hand of Google's apathy

After nearly 8 years in service, Google has called time on its social network effort, Google+. By now, any user that might have had some worthwhile memories on the platform should have downloaded their data — yesterday was the last day to do so. But from the last day to the first, the site was mired with challenges through and through.

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