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Facebook security flaw hits at least 50 million accounts

Facebook made an announcement today, but it wasn't the fun kind. Guy Rosen, VP of Product Management at Facebook says that at least 50 million user accounts have been compromised by unknown parties. The social network is taking several steps to safeguard affected accounts, as well as other accounts that have questionable involvement.

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Twitter unveils new policy on dehumanizing speech, seeks feedback from users

They say you should always start with a joke, and boy did Twitter have a real knee-slapper at the beginning of its latest blog post: "The Twitter Rules apply to everyone who uses Twitter." Haha. With the joke out of the way, Twitter explains that it has developed a new comprehensive policy on dehumanizing speech. It's also asking for feedback from all of us on the new policy.

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Twitter brings back purely chronological timeline — your turn, Facebook and Instagram

Twitter's latest feature tweak offers a return to what many consider better days: the era of the chronological timeline (or, to be precise, the reverse chronological timeline). Now, users can escape the algorithm that dictates what the "best tweets" for them are, and simply see the latest ones. Will it solve all the ills of Twitter, substantially reduce trolling, and make for an entirely changed platform? No, probably none of those things — but it's incredibly nice to have a social media platform take into account what its users have been asking for, and actually deliver it.

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Popular social media app Musical.ly is now Tik Tok

Short-form video app and social media phenomenon I'm too old to understand Musical.ly was purchased by Chinese company ByteDance late last year. Today, with little fanfare, Musical.ly was folded into Tik Tok, a similar service created and operated by ByteDance. Musical.ly accounts have been migrated to Tik Tok, which "incorporates the most popular elements of both apps."

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Digital media use, including social media, tied to higher rates of ADHD in teenag... aw sick new vid. Like, subscribe. Where am I?

Social media is often considered a distraction, but based on the results of a recent study, that influence could have larger implications. According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), frequent use of digital media, including social media, by adolescents could be associated with ADHD—though the causal direction of that relationship is undetermined. 

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Instagram Stories hits 400m daily users, introduces new soundtrack feature [Updated]

If you use Instagram, there's a good chance you've tried out Stories, which lets you send timely updates to your followers in photo or video form. It's probably to blame for the waning interest in Snapchat and has had a steady stream of feature updates such as sharing from other apps. So it's not at all surprising to learn that Instagram Stories now has 400 million daily users.

With its latest new feature, which we discovered in a recent teardown, you'll be able to include a soundtrack in your Stories.

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Instagram announces vertical video-centric IGTV app, main app passes one billion users

Everyone loves vertical video, right? Well, we've got good news for you; Instagram has unveiled IGTV, a new video app with longer content exclusively in the beloved vertical format. Additionally, the company has just reached one billion users, which is no small feat.

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Messaging app imo passes 500 million downloads

The instant messaging app imo has crossed the threshold of a half-billion Play Store installs, and there's a pretty good chance you've never heard of it.

imo was launched by former Googlers way back in 2010, and its claim to fame was offering an instant messaging platform that gathered all of your other messaging accounts in one place. That included AIM (RIP), Skype, Facebook, Google Talk, and yes, even MySpace.

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Instagram now lets you directly nag your friends to watch your live video

What's the point of broadcasting live on Instagram if you can't prod your followers to watch you? Otherwise you're just livestreaming to the wind. To solve this crisis, Instagram today announced a new feature allowing users to send their live videos right to the Direct inbox of a follower or a group of them. It's kind of like performing a song on their front lawn and throwing rocks at their window to get them to notice.

Live videos still work as they always have, this only adds the ability to single out the users you would like to join you, giving you a way of saying, "Hey!

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