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Facebook trials new relationship statuses

Posted on November 26, 2015

Social media tool Facebook is helping to mend broken hearts by making ex-partners disappear from news feeds.

Up to now, users who experience the breakdown of a relationship with a loved one have either blocked the other party from seeing any content, or removed them from their network of friends completely.

However, rather than choose the option of unfriending former husbands, wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, users can now opt to (more…)

Posted by Mark Glenning

Labour draws up guidelines for social media

Posted on November 25, 2015

Concerned about the way its members have been conducting themselves online, the Labour Party is drafting a paper that will direct them how to use social media platforms effectively.

The Guardian writes that the party is concerned about how political debate has degenerated into personal attack, and is addressing the issue of online reputation management. One party member, Peter Willsman, said that (more…)

Posted by Mark Glenning

Telegram identified as ISIS secret messaging app

Posted on November 24, 2015

It has been revealed that terrorist organisation ISIS has been using Telegram, a free app, to communicate with each other and distribute information.

The app, which is free and available on iOS, Android, Windows and Mac, has a “secret chat” feature that was used by extremists not only to talk to each other, but to distribute materials such as (more…)

Posted by Mark Glenning

Charities to benefit from new Facebook Fundraiser pages

Posted on November 23, 2015

Non-profits and registered charities could soon see more donations flood in thanks to dedicated pages on Facebook that make it easier to donate money.

This follows two months on from when the company unveiled its Social Good division, which looks to build applications that help focus charitable efforts.

“Fundraiser” pages allow charities to (more…)

Posted by Mark Glenning

Google tackles more complex search questions

Posted on November 20, 2015

It’s common for people using short phrases to look for something on Google, but it’s been revealed that the search engine will soon be able to handle more sophisticated search terms.

Following on from the phasing in of Knowledge Graph three years ago, which generated info on public figures, countries and individual brands, the company has announced that (more…)

Posted by Mark Glenning

Facebook trials temporary messaging

Posted on November 19, 2015

Facebook has begun the testing phase of ‘vanishing messages’, in a challenge to rival Snapchat.

The new feature means that personal messages do not have to be permanent; they can delete themselves following a set period of time.

When composing a message, an hourglass icon that is present in the top right hand corner of the screen can be turned on or off. When the option is chosen, a message will (more…)

Posted by Mark Glenning

Mother furious as Britain First exploits daughter for poppy pic

Posted on November 18, 2015

A mother is reportedly “livid” after far-right political party Britain First used a picture of her 13-year-old daughter in a propaganda post on Facebook.

The picture shows two middle-aged men “protecting” the teenager, who is a member of the sea cadets and was dressed in uniform, along with another 12-year-old girl, as part of a day of action they called “Protect the Poppy”.

The mother says that she (more…)

Posted by Mark Glenning

App developer apologises following Google and Apple ban

Posted on November 17, 2015

The author of an app that harvested the usernames and passwords from Instagram has offered a public apology for his deeds.

InstaAgent, created by Turker Bayram, was taken down from app stores following the discovery that it had copied personal account details. InstaAgent, which informed users on who had viewed their profiles on Instagram, had risen to the top of (more…)

Posted by Mark Glenning
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