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Instagram to Pull Back TikTok Ambitions Amidst Backlash

Instagram is looking to reverse course on a number of aspects previously pitched to the public. In its ambitious attempt to capture some of that TikTok magic, the company wanted to make a number of changes. However, due to user reactions, some of those are being rolled back. Earlier this week, Instagram chief Adam Mosseri...

Meta Launches New Avatars Store for Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger

[caption id="attachment_375853" align="aligncenter" width="1440"] Image: Meta[/caption] Facebook parent company Meta on Friday announced the launch of its new Avatars Store on both Facebook and Instagram. The store is available on Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger. Users can purchase digital clothes from brands like Balenciaga, Prada, Thom Browne, and more from the new Avatars Store. Eva Chen,...

Facebook Planning TikTok-Inspired Redesign: Report

According to The Verge, Meta is planning a major TikTok-inspired overhaul for its flagship social media platform, Facebook. Executives started drawing up plans for a comprehensive rework of Facebook after recognizing the Chinese video-first platform TikTok as a competitive threat. In an April memo Facebook head Tom Alison detailed the social media site's future direction for...

Meta Pauses Development of its Apple Watch Rival: Report

Meta (formerly Facebook) has pulled the plug on plans for a smartwatch to rival the Apple Watch, at least for now — reports Bloomberg. The company had been working on the wearable, internally codenamed "Milan," for at least two years. Bloomberg got a look at images and video of a prototype of the no-longer-in-development device, revealing...

Minister Slams Facebook Over ‘Threat’ to Ban News Content in Canada

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez on Wednesday knocked Facebook parent Meta for not taking a platform-wide ban on viewing and sharing news in Canada off the table — reports The National Post. Earlier this month, the Liberal government announced the Online News Act, known as Bill C-18, to force online giants like social media apps to pay...

Instagram Users Now Spend Over 20% of Time Watching Reels

Meta has announced that Reels account for 20 percent of the total time users spend on Instagram. According to a new report from TechCrunch, the company also revealed that Facebook users spend 50 percent of their time on the platform watching videos. Meta didn't confirm how much time is spent on Reels, but they did...

Meta Quest Gaming Showcase 2022: Here’s What Was Announced

The Meta Quest is getting a slate of new games this year. The latest Meta Quest Gaming Showcase revealed a mix of sequels and new games coming to the all-in-one Quest 2 system "within the next year," including Among Us VR and Cities: VR. One of the main showcases was the previously announced Among Us VR, which got...

WhatsApp Announces ‘Communities’ Group Chat Feature

WhatsApp is now testing a new Communities feature that aims to significantly improve group chats on the world's most popular messaging app. WhatsApp today announced that it is adding a new feature to the platform that aims to better help organize and manage multiple, similar group chats users are part of. The new feature is...