For a growing number of users and mental health experts, the positivity of Instagram is precisely the problem, with its relentless emphasis on promoting ‘perfect’ lifestyles. Should everyone just stop scrolling? ‘You don’t really have control over what you’re seeing …’ Illustration: Joe Magee When 24-year-old fashion blogger Scarlett Dixon posted a picture of herself having breakfast, the internet turned nasty. “The best of days start with a smile and positive thoughts. And pancakes. And strawberries. And bottomless tea,” Dixon wrote on her scarlettlondon Instagram feed, under an image of her looking flawless on a freshly made bed flanked by heart-shaped helium balloons. The sponsored post – for Listerine mouthwash, a bottle of which is visible
Dark theme support seems to have become the latest trend and it’s quickly catching heat. App makers have started embracing it with open arms, including Google, and now it looks like WhatsApp may finally join in on the fun with its own dark mode. Yes, you heard that right. WhatsApp is said to be working on a dark mode for its popular messaging app. It appears like WhatsApp is finally taking cues from its parent, Facebook, which introduced a dark mode for Facebook Messenger earlier this year. There is currently no mention of how WhatsApp’s dark mode will actually look like but we are now even eager and awaiting it with bated breath. If you are curious to see how the dark theme may look like in Whatsapp, here’s a concept developed by WABetaInfo: If we are on the topic of dark themes, t
Back in May, WhatsApp said it will roll out group voice and video calling feature in coming months. Now, the feature is live for all Android and iOS users across the globe. The WhatsApp group call feature lets you have four people on a call at the same time. According to WhatsApp, both one-to-one voice and video calls and group voice and video calls are end-to-end encrypted, so you can be rest assured that there’s no downgrade in terms of security. Here’s how the group calling feature works To initiate a group call, you first have to start a one-on-one voice or a video call. Once you are in the call, you simply tap the new “add participant” button in the top right corner and add others to the call. When you receive a group voice or a video call, the
According to a 2017 report by eMarketer, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are the most widely used platforms worldwide in terms of monthly active users, with WhatsApp pulling slightly ahead of Messenger. Clearly, WhatsApp’s broad consumer reach makes the platform a highly desirable one for brands to engage with consumers. Moreover, communicating with consumers on WhatsApp Business helps simplify the customer journey, making it more efficient and less of a hassle. Given its integration into the lives of consumers, numerous brands, including Etihad Airways recently decided to embark on a WhatsApp Business solution that allows passengers to communicate instantly with the airline, as part of its digital strategy. The airline joins companies such as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Netflix i
THE SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook has reportedly hired one of Google's lead chip developers in a bid to bolster its own custom silicon development. That's according to Bloomberg, which reports that Facebook has snapped up Google's head of silicon and vice president Shahriar Rabii in a move that would indicate Mark Zuckerberg and pals are properly keen on making their own chips. Bringing Rabii onboard means Facebook will be able to tap into his experience in making processors, notably Google's first custom-designed imaging chip, the Visual Core; the chip can be found at the heart of the Pixel 2's camera. At Facebook, Rabii will work under Andrew Bosworth, the social network's head of virtual and augmented reality, according to people with information on the situation.
Facebook Chief Executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has over taken Warren Buffet to become the third richest person on earth (now worth $81.6 billion) according to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index. This also marks the first time that the top three is solely occupied by tech titans as first and second place belongs to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos ($142 billion) and former CEO of Microsoft Bill Gates ($94.2 billion). It’s been a weird year at FB… Considering the year that Facebook has had thus far, one wouldn’t expect Zuckerberg to be rising up the rich list. The Cambridge Analytica scandal managed to wipe $37 billion in share value back in March. Elevate Zimbabwe Gamer Whilst still trying to manage the blow back of Cambridge Analytica, Facebook managed to bungle up user privacy once again when
Facebook just released crucial information that showcased how the social media company is acting against people producing inappropriate content or fake accounts. The social media giant has decided to eliminate all the glitches of the site by axing 583 million fake accounts (that’s almost a quarter of the total accounts) in the first three months of 2018 as a way to enforce community standards. Facebook’s new report, which it plans to update twice a year, comes a month after the company published its internal rules for how reviewers decide what content should be removed. This was as a result of the intense scrutiny the company came under earlier this year over the use of private data and the impact of harmful content on its 2.2 billion monthly users, with government
We've already learned quite a bit from Mark Zuckerberg's grilling on Capitol Hill. But Zuckerberg also revealed another fact that is sure to worry anyone who doesn't use Facebook. As many already suspected, Facebook collects data about non-users, too. During Zuckerberg's Wednesday appearance before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Ben Lujan asked him whether or not Facebook collected data on users who did not have an account. "In general we collect data on people who are not signed up for Facebook for security purposes," Zuckerberg said. Lujan asked if these are what is known as "shadow profiles," but Zuckerberg said he is "not familiar" with that term. Lujan pointed out that, "You've said everyone controls their data, but you're collecting data on people that are
Where have we seen this before? Snapchat Snapchat is all set to introduce group video calling and story mentions, a feature it tested last month, parent company Snap announced Tuesday. Up to 16 people can now take part in group video chats on the app, with up to 32 people joining in voice calls. To mention them in a Snapchat story, just type out their username starting with the "@..." and they'll be notified. If those features seem familiar, you only need look to Snapchat's biggest rival to work out where you've seen them before. Facebook introduced group video calling on Messenger back in 2016, and you've long been able to tag other users in stories on Facebook-owned Instagram. Following Snapchat's stratospheric growth in popularity and a reported unsuccessful buy
South by Southwest Interactive is a festival that used to have a reputation as the place to create a buzz for a new social network or product. Yet these days, SXSW's focus is less about developing apps, and more about developing society. A society that, thanks to technology which some of these attendees created, feels in need of repair. One of the most interesting products being discussed this year isn't new at all. Reddit somehow seems to fly under the radar for the average person, despite being the sixth most popular website in the world. But while its ugly aesthetic - and often, ugly content - is alienating to many, there is much to admire. In fact, I'd go as far as to say Reddit provides a model for how to create a more interesting, fairer web. A model that doesn't drag...