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You can create Shorts from music videos on YouTube. How do I use this feature?

YouTube has a new feature for creating short Shorts videos directly from music videos. The new feature can be used in 4 ways: Sound: you can use any part of the music video as sound for Shorts; Collab: users will be able to create videos by combining an excerpt from ... Read more

Terrorists bought check marks in X

A report from the Tech Transparency Project shows that members of terrorist organizations have bought paid tickers on X (Twitter), writes The Verge. The report reports on 28 users who were able to buy a premium subscription that guarantees a blue tick, despite the fact that they are officially prohibited ... Read more

Twitter alternative: Bluesky social network opens registration for everyone

Bluesky, a social media platform that was previously available only by invitation, is now open for registration to everyone, TechCrunch reports. Created with the support of Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Bluesky represents a promising alternative to Elon Musk’s X in the microblogging arena. Prior to its public launch, Bluesky had ... Read more

Meta will start labeling photos and videos created with the help of AI

Meta will start tagging photos created by artificial intelligence that will be shared on Facebook, Instagram, and Threads, writes The Verge. The company decided to tighten the regulation of AI content amid the upcoming US elections and the White House’s requirements to label such photos and videos. Nick Clegg, Meta’s ... Read more

In 2021, Zuckerberg refused to expand Meta’s child safety team, now he was forced to apologize to the affected families

During a Senate hearing on child safety on the Internet, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized to parents who claim Instagram played a role in their children’s suicides or sexual exploitation, reports NBC News. Responding to a direct request from Senator Josh Hawley, Zuckerberg expressed sympathy for the families’ suffering, recognizing ... Read more

Meta restricts the ability to send messages to teenagers on Instagram and Facebook

Meta is introducing more restrictions on Facebook and Instagram to protect teens from unwanted contacts. To do this, the company is introducing stricter settings for private messages. People aged 19 and older will not be able to send messages to teenagers who are not subscribed to them. In addition, users ... Read more

Bluesky has a new logo and the ability to view posts without an account

Bluesky social network has a new logo and the ability to view posts for users without accounts. This was described in a blog post. “Why did we choose a butterfly? Well, of course, it flies. But more importantly, it is a symbol of change and transformation. Early on, we noticed ... Read more

X’s advertising revenue fell by $1.5 billion this year

X’s advertising revenues for 2023 fell by $1.5 billion compared to before Elon Musk’s arrival. The company earns $600 million per quarter from advertising, which is almost half as much as in previous years. Citing two people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reports that X will earn approximately $3.5 billion ... Read more

Meta wants to add a fact-checking program to Threads

Meta wants to add an advanced fact-checking program to Threads. Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri announced this in a post on the social network. “Wanted to share that we’re working to extend our fact-checking program on Threads next year. We currently match fact-check ratings from Facebook or Instagram to Threads, but ... Read more

Meta will remove the ability to unfollow Facebook users from Instagram and vice versa

Meta, which in 2020 introduced the ability to send messages to Facebook users from Instagram and vice versa, has been abandoning this feature since mid-December, reports 9to5Google. The official support page on Instagram has details of what exactly will stop working when the new changes come into effect: You will ... Read more

Elon Musk told advertisers who left X to “go fuck yourself”

During a speech at the DealBook conference, Elon Musk, the owner of X, told advertisers to go fuck themselves. It happened during an onstage interview. Speaking about the anti-Semitic scandal, Elon commented on the decision of companies that decided to stop advertising their products on the social network: “I hope ... Read more

Reddit is negotiating a possible IPO in early 2024

Reddit Inc. is again in talks with potential investors about an initial public offering (IPO). This is reported by Bloomberg, citing informed sources. According to them, Reddit is considering an IPO in the first quarter of next year. As a reminder, at the end of 2021, the company submitted an ... Read more

Bluesky, Elon Musk’s X competitor, will launch a public web interface this month

Bluesky, a company developing a decentralized alternative to Twitter/X, has reached a milestone of 2 million users, doubling its user base since September, despite the fact that the app is invitation-only. The company also announced its plans to launch a public web interface by the end of the month and ... Read more

Nepal bans TikTok for “disturbing social harmony”

The Nepalese government has decided to ban TikTok, claiming that it violates “social harmony” in the country. This was reported by the Hong Kong edition of the South China Morning Post. This happened on Monday, November 13, 2023, after a Cabinet meeting. Nepal’s Foreign Minister Narayan Prakash Saud said the ... Read more

Audio and video calls are now available in X

X (ex-Twitter) has introduced audio and video calls. On Wednesday, users started receiving mass notifications about the new feature. Calls are available in private messages, through the phone icon in the upper right corner. There you can choose to make an audio or video call. However, the user you want ... Read more

Woke up: EU launches investigation into Elon Musk’s X due to disinformation

The European Union (EU) has initiated a formal investigation into Elon Musk’s company X, formerly known as Twitter, for its compliance with the Digital Services Act (DSA), The Verge reports. The move comes in the wake of Hamas’ attack on Israel in early October and subsequent Israeli air strikes on ... Read more

Apple Support account in X stopped helping users via social network

Helping customers on social media is a common practice for all modern companies. Apple even has a separate account in X for such cases – Apple Support. This is an official channel that publishes various tips for users and also provides assistance through private messages. Or rather, it did. This ... Read more

Meta deleted thousands of questionable accounts that spread negative posts about the United States

Meta identified and deleted 7704 questionable Facebook accounts that were part of a large-scale disinformation campaign of covert influence. This is stated in the report of the tech giant, writes Gizmodo. The accounts tended to post positive comments about China’s policies and negative posts about the United States. The campaign ... Read more

An attempt by X (Twitter) to get rid of the ban function may lead to the removal of the application from the App Store and PlayStore

Elon Musk’s new “brilliant” idea to remove the user blocking feature in X (better known as Twitter), which he announced recently, may lead to the removal of the application from the App Store and PlayStore, writes NDTV. As a reminder, Max announced this possible innovation in a tweet (x?). Block ... Read more

Threads has already added a chronological feed of subscriptions, but not by default

Meta’s own version of Twitter, Threads, launched not too long ago, and it was immediately obvious that the social network needed some improvements. One of the biggest requests was the chronological feed of subscriptions, because in its first version it was purely algorithmic and also showed posts from accounts to ... Read more

Twitter threatens to sue Meta over its new Threads platform

Twitter threatens to sue Meta over concerns about its new Threads platform. This is stated in a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg from Twitter lawyer Alex Spiro, writes Semafor. In the letter, the lawyer alleges Meta of hiring dozens of former Twitter employees to create Threads. According to Twitter, ... Read more

You can now try Threads – a Twitter clone developed by Instagram

Meta has officially launched a new social platform Threads, developed by the Instagram team, which will compete directly with Twitter Elon Musk. Mark Zuckerberg has already managed to report that 4 hours after the launch of Threads, it has 5 million registered users. A good warm-up before a possible billionaire ... Read more

Officials of the Biden administration were prohibited from contacting social networks

A number of officials of the administration of US President Joe Biden have been banned from contacting social networks in matters of moderation of posts protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. This decision was made by US federal judge Terry A. Doughty, writes The Verge. According to the ... Read more

Twitter will make TweetDeck available only to paid subscribers

Popular application TweetDeck, owned by Twitter since 2011 and often used by users to manage multiple accounts at the same time records, has been significantly upgraded and will be paid in 30 days. Only verified users who have already subscribed to Twitter Blue will be able to use TweetDeck. According ... Read more

Meta showed what Twitter’s future competitor will look like

One of the top managers of Meta showed employees of the technological giant a preview of the future competitor of the social network Twitter during a meeting in the company. This is reported by The Verge. The new standalone app will be based on Instagram and will integrate with the ... Read more