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Instagram disables its “Recent” feature

Instagram recently announced it had removed the “recent” tab from hashtag pages on a temporary basis

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COVID-19: Instagram cracks down on coronavirus AR effects, Instagram Tenders apology for fagging #EndSARS fake, Instagram has disabled the “Recent” feature for the forthcoming U.S election,

Instagram disclosed that it would remove the “Recent” tab from its hashtag pages for people in the United States of America.

The social networking and video sharing service stated this on its official Twitter handle. It said it is “doing this to reduce the real-time spread of potentially harmful content that could pop up around the election.”

What you should know

Nairametrics had reported on Instagram’s apology for its algorithm malfunction that led to the flagging of #EndSARS posts as fake.

Instagram has also taken the following measures to ensure a successful November election.

  • The registration of 4.4 million votes this year through its flagship platform – Instagram and Messenger.
  • Serving as a means of information and tool to people in the US on the electoral process
  • The ban of any content that can thwart the success of the election.

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Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, said he was perturbed about the high risks for civil unrest in the US due to the upcoming presidential election.

“I’m worried that with our nation so divided and election results potentially taking days or weeks to be finalized, there is a risk of civil unrest across the country.”

Furthermore, he disclosed on a call while discussing Facebook’s Q3 earnings, that “given this, companies like ours need to go well beyond what we’ve done before.”

Why this matters

The aim of the short-term decision is to decrease the spread of misinformation in the forthcoming US election.

 

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Twitter launches Clubhouse competitor, Spaces

Twitter has launched Spaces, an app that could rival the popular Clubhouse.

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Social media giant, Twitter has announced the launch of a voice content app for use mainly on iOS. Several users have been invited to join the Spaces feature for testing so far.

Twitter disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday announcing product updates and then during a Q&A session for the Spaces feature.

“Spaces is a place to come together, built around the voices of the people using Twitter, your Twitter community. Spaces are live for as long as they’re open; once ended, they will no longer be available publicly on Twitter,” Twitter said.

READ: Twitter considering subscription fee for Tweetdeck and other new features

It added that the feature would be rolled out to a select few to learn and gather feedback from a variety of communities on Twitter.

“While anyone on iOS will be able to join a Space, only people in the small group will be able to create Spaces. We will expand the list of people who can create Spaces over time,” Twitter added.

READ: Twitter considers paying its staff in Bitcoin

What you should know 

  • Twitter is not the only social media giant working on a Clubhouse competitor. Nairametrics reported that Facebook is creating an audio chat similar to the popular audio chat app, Clubhouse.

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New feature on Android allows you schedule text messages to send later

A new feature introduced on Android phones will allow users to schedule a message to be sent at a later time.

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New Feature on Android Now Lets You Schedule Text Messages to Send Later

Google announced a new feature for Android phones that will allow you to schedule text messages to send at a later time and date.

This new feature will be available on Android 7 or newer versions of Android. You also need to have the latest version of Google Messages to enjoy this feature.

This new feature will allow you to compose a message ahead of time, whenever it’s convenient for you, then schedule it to be sent later when it’s a more appropriate time.

READ: Here’s why Huawei’s ‘HarmonyOS’ won’t be replacing ‘Android’ anytime soon

According to Google, over half a billion people across the world use Messages to seamlessly and safely connect with family, friends, and others every month so this feature can be particularly helpful especially if you have friends, family, or coworkers, and colleagues at other times zones.

To use this feature, Download the latest version of Google Messages

  • Open Google Messages on your Android phone and choose who you want to send a message to.
  • Create your text.
  • Tap and hold the send button (instead of just tapping it).
  • A schedule menu pops up. Choose when you’d like to send it — either later today, later tonight, tomorrow, or a date and time in the future.

READ: Google threatens to remove its search engine from Australia due to media code

That’s it. you’ll see a confirmation that it’s a scheduled message that won’t arrive at the recipient until your chosen date and time.

Other features released for Android includes a new password checkup tool available on devices running on Android 9 and above that lets you know if the password you used has been previously exposed and what to do about it, along with other improvements to products like its screen reader TalkBack for the visually impaired.

READ: Google, Facebook, Twitter stocks drop, investors ponder if big techs have become too powerful

More intuitive gestures, a unified menu, a new reading control menu have been added to TalkBack, Dark theme on Google Maps, Assistant, and Android Auto.

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