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Instagram's new swipeable 'carousels' divide long-time users

Instagram has announced a new feature that lets you share up to 10 photos and videos in one post. The images show up as a swipeable carousel in the feed. The feature, designed to let people share more often, has been given a mixed reception by users.

Facebook's new job board means you don't have to use LinkedIn

Facebook has taken aim at business-oriented social network LinkedIn by announcing a new feature that lets you find and apply for jobs without leaving its app. It directly connects prospective employers and employees, cutting down the time spent searching.

Facebook videos are coming to your TV

Facebook has announced a new video app for smart TVs that's designed to let you watch content from friends, family and publishers on the big screen. The launch marks the next step in Facebook's ambition to become a video site in its own right.

Facebook videos now play with sound by default

Facebook has announced a small but significant change to the way it delivers videos on mobile devices. Videos will now play with sound by default, leading to bursts of audio as you scroll through your news feed. The controversial change can be reversed.

Protests to ‘pussy hats' — Trump resistance growing online

The revolution against Donald Trump is growing and much larger than most folks may realize, even though it's not being televised. But it is being tweeted, posted on Facebook and Instagram or showing up as a new website.

Facebook tweaks the News Feed to bury fake news

Facebook has announced another change to its News Feed algorithms that will help reduce the ranking of fake news. The company has introduced new signals that are better able to distinguish between authentic, relevant content and fake headlines.

WhatsApp to let you 'revoke' messages you just sent

WhatsApp is testing a new feature that lets you "unsend" messages in a conversation. The app's upcoming "revoke" button will allow you to delete messages from your contact's phone, assuming they haven't already seen its contents.

How to manage social media and cope with newsfeed stress

A few years ago social media was a ‘fun’ activity. Now that it’s embedded in most people’s routines, managing page likes and newsfeeds creates its own special stress. Add to that dealing with unpleasant news and whole new stress factor is created.

Facebook Stories is exactly what it sounds like

Facebook is testing a new feature in its app called Stories. If you haven't already guessed, it's a Snapchat clone that lets you post ephemeral photos into a slideshow that disappears after a day. Facebook has repeatedly tried to copy Snapchat's success.

Psychological reinforcement helps combat ‘fake news’

The circulation of fake news, especially on social media and in light of the U.S. presidency election, is concerning to those interested in discussing fact and evidence based news. A new study shows how fake news can partly be combated.

Twitter's new Explore tab blends Moments with trends and search

Twitter has announced it is removing its Moments feature and replacing it with a new "Explore" tab. Explore surfaces a wider range of content including current trends, live video and Moments, making it a single place to find new things on Twitter.

LinkedIn's redesign changes everything for the better

LinkedIn has announced the most significant overhaul of its website since the company's launch. The new interface has been simplified to make LinkedIn's purpose and core features more obvious to users. There's also new messaging and search functions.

Is social media use affecting sleep patterns?

Cardiff - Obsession with social media is taking its toll, especially among young people. A new report has found one in five young people are making do with less sleep due to social media use; and this sleep deprivation is having an impact.

Google+ gets new features in update that kills classic web app

Google+ may have failed in its quest to topple Facebook but Google is still working on the platform. It has announced a series of new features designed to attract new users and keep existing ones active. The 'classic' web version will now be switched off.

Rescue your Vines before the app shuts down today

Vine is closing down today, leaving users unable to access the app and content abandoned online. You can still rescue your Vines before it's too late and archive them for future viewings. In the next few hours Vine will be replaced by 'Vine Camera.'

The one person who can't be blocked on Facebook is Zuckerberg

From time to time someone pops up on Facebook whose feed you don't wish to read or who annoys you in some way. Blocking them is relatively straightforward. Except for one person, that is — the founder of Facebook.

Snapchat's new search bar makes it simpler to find friends

Snapchat is rolling out an app update that adds a persistent search bar that lets you find friends, groups, publishers and stories. It's meant to simplify the Snapchat app and make it faster to navigate between sections and find specific content.

Canadian arrested in Turkey for insulting president on Facebook

Kars - A 50-year-old woman, a dual citizen of Canada and Turkey, was arrested in Turkey after she allegedly insulted Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on social media. Friends of the woman are concerned for her health.

Vine has a death date and it's just two weeks away

Twitter has announced that Vine will be shutting down in just two weeks' time. The company confirmed it is abandoning the service back in October after struggling to expand the app. It's not all bad news though as Vine's format will live on in a new app.

Town sees no drunk driving arrests after social media campaign

Kensington - The small town of Kensington, Prince Edward Island recorded no incidents of arrests for drinking and driving over the holiday period. Police credit this to an effective social media campaign against drinking and driving.

U.S. asks foreign visitors to provide social media account info

Washington - Citing the 15-year-long global war against radical Islamic terrorism, the United States government has started asking some foreign visitors to provide information about their social media accounts.

Op-Ed: Speaker Paul Ryan looks to punish live-streaming in Congress

House Speaker Paul Ryan is seeking a new set of rules that would prevent members of the House of Representatives from live-streaming from the floor. Members of Congress that violate the new agreement would be fined and possibly face an ethics review.

Social media highlights across the Christmas period

It may be a quiet period for many, but social media is especially active over the Christmas period, with people tweeting and posting the highlights and low-lights of the festive period. Digital Journal takes a peek.

Trump's social media director loves blocking people

Washington - Dan Scavino is Donald Trump's new social media director. However, he is known for blocking a lot of people on Twitter, including those who claim they never interacted with him.

Op-Ed: Unbelievable truth? Social media and conspiracies

The Internet is awash with false news and conspiracy theories. Many of the 'theories' appear too bizarre have any semblance in reality, yet many do. We examine 2016's highlights (or low lights).

Association between social media and depression

Melbourne - There is an increasing number of reports about the impact of social media on the lives of people, especially young people, and the association with depression, anxiety and stress. A new study has looked into this.

Facebook Messenger gets a new camera that's basically Snapchat

Facebook has unveiled an overhaul of Messenger's in-app camera that turns the chat app into another Snapchat clone. You can now create photo art in message threads. Facebook is experimenting with features lifted from Snapchat in all its major properties.

Twitter broke replies in 'experiment' that could beome a feature

Twitter has revoked an update to its iOS app that accidentally broke one of the social network's core features. The new release included an "experimental" version of Twitter's reply system that removed the "@" symbol and opened the door to spam.

Who wants to skate on top of dead fish? Japanese ice rink closed

Kitakyushu - Social media backlash forced the closing of a new attraction at Space World in Kitakyushu, Japan on Sunday. Advertised as the world's first attraction of its kind, the skating rink was filled with 5,000 dead fish, frozen into the ice.

Instagram rolls out live video and new Snapchat-style messaging

After previously confirming it's working on live video, Instagram has officially launched the feature across all supported platforms. Livestreaming is joined by a new "disappearing" messaging mode which makes Instagram even more similar to Snapchat.
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