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With the expansion of social networks, people are physically socialising less than ever. Even though this sounds weird, it’s a well known paradox. With the introduction of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp and other social networks, people don’t feel the need to catch up in person as they did in the days before the expansion of internet/smart phones.
Twitter users can finally retweet with GIFs, images and videos. The feature was requested by users for quite some time now and the micro-blogging platform has announced that the new update will be available for users on Android, iOS and the mobile site.
At it's ongoing F8 annual developer conference, while the keynote opened with CEO Mark Zuckerberg stressing on a privacy-focused platform, there were a lot of new developments shared as far as all of Facebook’s products are concerned.Starting with Messenger, Facebook shared plans about integrating the chat app with Instagram and WhatsApp.
Telegram has rolled out a new update which concentrates on bringing improvements to chat backgrounds. Users can now apply blur and motion effects to chat backgrounds as well as set custom colours as backgrounds and apply patterns.
Earlier, Apple revoked Facebook's iOS enterprise developer certificate for violating its Terms of Service, and Apple is now giving the same treatment to Google. Apple has shut down Google's internal iOS apps for doing the exact same thing Facebook was doing—distributing enterprise apps outside of the company.
It appears that Facebook was not the only one abusing Apple’s system for distributing employee-only apps to sidestep the App Store and collect extensive data on users.Google has been running an app called Screenwise Meter, which bears a strong resemblance to the app distributed by Facebook Research that has now been barred by Apple. Quite clearly, Google Screenwise Meter for iOS appears to violate Apple’s policy.
Apple has revoked Facebook’s enterprise developer certificate, resulting in Facebook’s internal iOS apps, including those used by employees for food and transportation, being blocked.
A new report highlights another shady Facebook policy that was paying people to install an app called the Facebook Research VPN. Facebook allegedly paid users to install the VPN, which allowed the company to collect all the user's phone and web activity at all times.
Facebook currently owns and operates three messaging platforms that all run independently of each other - Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram. All three platforms feature their own respective messaging component; Instagram users, for instance, can't use the app to contact users on WhatsApp.