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Now you can control group members on WhatsApp

Published on 04/03/2019 @ 10 AM EST
Users are now able to restrict who adds them to group chats, choosing Nobody, My Contacts, and Everyone. This would prevent other users from adding random strangers to group chats. To bypass this, those without access would need a link from the group creator.

Snapchat attempts location-based check-ins

Published on 04/03/2019 @ 10 AM EST
Status is the name of the new Snapchat feature which allows users to check-in to locations. Users can share their location on the Snap Map with a Bitmoji and the app will also save all locations for a private Passport collection.

Now you can search all active Facebook ads

Published on 03/31/2019 @ 1 AM EST
For total transparency, Facebook launched the Ad Library where users can search for and view all active ads on the platform. This is in response to the use of Facebook ads to influence that last US presidential election in 2016.

Twitter debuts “dark mode” for iPhone

Published on 03/29/2019 @ 10 AM EST
Called “lights out,” Twitter’s dark mode for iPhone is launching today and is designed to help conserve battery life. It works by only illuminating the pixels that aren’t black, thus reducing the drain on the battery. Available only for iOS, for now, Android users will have to wait.

Facebook reveals passwords stored in plaintext

Published on 03/21/2019 @ 2 PM EST
From a routine security review, Facebook determined back in January that hundreds of millions of users' passwords were kept in plaintext. Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security did his own security review and revealed that 2,000+ Facebook employees had access to these plaintext passwords.

Instagram launches in-app shopping

Published on 03/19/2019 @ 10 AM EST
Users can now browse posts for shopping within Instagram and check out without even leaving the app. Using stored payment info, users simply tap the product tags within a post to be redirected to the checkout page. Sellers will eat the fee, but eliminating the need to redirect users to their websites could prove to be a game-changer.