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Instagram, photo and video-sharing social network platform is all in to built an amazing feature where you can post videos up to one hour! What to say this could be a huge threat to its rival video sharing platform; You tube.

Currently on Instagram we can only share videos that last for only 60 seconds. And 15 seconds for the stories. The users favorite app, Instagram is owned by Face Book. The reports says that the videos can only be viewed in vertical mode. Moreover it could be an extension to the Instagram Stories.

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Facebook finally answers in 452 pages

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Facebook has finally responded to the questions targeted by US Congress in relation to its policies and the data collection network. The company had answered the questions directed to it in 452 pages.

However the point is Facebook has admitted collecting the data of its users with their permission to access it. They could receive their customers contacts and SMS history. The social media platform also revealed that it had collected device information of their users.

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Facebook roll out archive features to stories

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Facebook wants everyone to adopt its native Stories feature, starting with India. The company has introduced three new features to lure more users to try out the disappearing photo and video format borrowed from rival Snapchat.

The new feature will be rolled out to other markets later. One of the features allows you to put up audio posts, which essentially combines a voice message with a colored background or photo.

The second feature brings an Archive feature to Facebook Stories. Similar to Instagram Stories, you will be able to save your clips privately after they expire from the Stories feed. Lastly, you will be able to privately save the clips from the Facebook Camera directly to the social network instead of the phone to save storage on the device.

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No need to worry about Ads in FB dating

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At the annual F8 2018 developer’s conference, one of the most interesting announcements to come from Facebook was the launch of a new dating service within the social network.
This announcement raised many eyebrows as online dating service comes with its own set of privacy and security concerns and people are bound to have reservations after the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Nonetheless, Facebook plans to roll out the purported service after testing it in a few months time. Given that the main Facebook is overloaded with ads based on user preference, one might expect the dating service to be the same. However, Facebook clarified that it does not plan to run ads alongside the profiles of potential matches. The company has also promised that the user data it will collect to find the potential match for you will not be used to throw targeted ads on other Facebook properties such as Instagram or Messenger.

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Start Dating through Facebook

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Facebook Inc is entering the dating game, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday, planning a dating service to matchmake millions of people on the world’s largest online social network and nudge them into spending more time there.

The service, which Facebook had considered offering for over a decade and will launch soon, could help rebuild its popularity among younger consumers and make people visit the site more often, two key challenges for the business.

“There are 200 million people on Facebook that list themselves as single, so clearly there’s something to do here,” Zuckerberg told software developers at Facebook’s annual F8 conference.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks about a dating feature at Facebook Inc’s annual F8 developers conference

Facebook shares rose 1.1 percent to close at $173.86 on the news, which sparked a sell-off of established online dating service providers. Facebook users have been able to reveal their relationship status on the network since it first went live in February 2004.

Facebook said in January that at the end of 2017 time spent by users had fallen by about 50 million hours a day, after changes designed to reduce passive video watching and stem the spread of sensationalism. Facebook’s entry into the growing online dating market sent shares of industry leaders tumbling.

Match Group Inc shares closed down more than 22 percent. IAC, Match Group’s parent company, dropped more than 17 percent. Sparks Networks, owner of JDate and ChristianMingle, fell 7.3 percent before recovering and closing up 0.8 percent.

A prototype displayed on screens at the F8 conference showed a heart shape at the top-right corner of the Facebook app. Pressing on it will take people to their dating profile if they have set one up. Potential matches will be recommended based on dating preferences, things in common and mutual friends, Facebook said in a statement. The prototype was built around local, in-person events, allowing people to browse other attendees and send them messages.

It did not appear to have a feature to “swipe” left or right on potential matches to signal interest, as Tinder and other established services have. But there were two buttons for “pass” and “interested.” The optional feature will be for finding long-term relationships, “not just hook-ups,” Zuckerberg said. It will be launched soon, he added, without giving a specific date. More details will be revealed over the next few months

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Does Facebook use your personal audio for advertisement

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Yea now you can relax as Mark Zuckerberg recently revealed that Facebook has not used any audio from personal devices to fill out its ad data. He further explained that users can upload videos with audio in them, but not the kind of background spying that you’ve probably heard people talk about. The question was asked by Senator Gary Peters during joint hearing before the Senate Judiciary & Commerce Committees.

Peters: I have heard constituents say Facebook is mining audio from their mobile devices for the purpose of ad targeting. This speaks to the lack of trust we are seeing. I understand there are technical and logistical issues for that to happen. For the record, I hear it all the time, does Facebook use audio obtained from mobile devices to enrich personal information about its users?

Zuckerberg: We do not. Senator, Let me be clear on this. You are talking about the conspiracy theory passed around that we listen to what is going on on your microphone and use that. We do not do that. We do allow people to take videos on their device and share those. Videos also have audio. We do, while you are taking a video, record that and use that to make the service better by making sure that you have audio. That is pretty clear.

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