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Facebook and Instagram to offer paid subscriptions

Facebook and Instagram to offer paid subscriptions

Facebook and Instagram are launching subscriptions in most of Europe that will remove adverts from the platforms. People using the Meta-owned platforms will be able to pay €9.99 (£8.72) per month for an ad-free experience. It will not be available in the UK. In January, Meta was fined €390m for breaking EU data rules around […]

Threads app signs up 100m users in less than a week

Threads

Threads, the social media app aimed at rivalling Twitter, has signed up more than 100 million users in less than five days. The platform, launched by Instagram-owner Meta, has beaten a record set by Open AI’s ChatGPT app. Threads went live on Apple and Android app stores in 100 countries, including the UK, last Wednesday. […]

Here’s a step-by-step guide to Meta’s Twitter rival, Threads

Meta's Twitter rival, Threads

By Seli Baisie Threads, the text-based competitor to Twitter, has been officially launched by Meta.  The application became available for download on Apple and Android app stores in over 100 countries. The app aims at providing a more private and focused space for communication with close friends and family.  It is designed to be a […]

Meta launches Twitter-like app ‘Threads’

Threads

Meta’s Threads app debuted a day earlier than expected, offering billions of users with an alternative to Twitter amid growing frustration with the Elon Musk-owned social media service. Threads had been slated to be released at 10 a.m. Eastern Time on July 6, but the company on Wednesday pushed forward its countdown clock to 7 […]

Facebook and Instagram to restrict news access in Canada

Facebook and Instagram

Meta has said it will begin to restrict news on its platforms to Canadian consumers after parliament passed a controversial online news bill. The bill forces big platforms to compensate news publishers for content posted on their sites. Meta and Google have both already been testing limiting access to news to some Canadians. In 2021, […]

WhatsApp to allow users to edit messages within 15 minutes

WhatsApp to allow users to edit messages within 15 minutes

WhatsApp says it will allow users to edit messages, in a move that will see it match a feature offered by competitors like Telegram and Discord. The firm says messages can be edited for up to 15 minutes after being sent. The instant-messaging service is part of US technology giant Meta, which also owns Facebook […]

Meta: Facebook owner fined €1.2bn for mishandling data

Meta: Facebook owner fined €1.2bn for mishandling data

Facebook’s owner, Meta, has been fined €1.2bn (£1bn) for mishandling people’s data when transferring it between Europe and the United States. Issued by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC), it is the largest fine imposed under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation privacy law. GDPR sets out rules companies must follow to transfer user data outside […]

‘ChatGPT is the new crypto’: Meta warns hackers are exploiting interest in the AI chatbot

‘ChatGPT is the new crypto’: Meta warns hackers are exploiting interest in the AI chatbot

Hackers have seized on worldwide interest in the artificial intelligence-powered tool ChatGPT in an effort to break into people’s devices, Facebook owner Meta revealed in a security report Wednesday, equating the phenomenon to the surge in cryptocurrency scams. Meta’s security team said it found hackers software that claimed to offer ChatGPT-based tools via browser extensions […]

Meta lay-offs: Facebook owner to cut 10,000 staff

Meta lay-offs: Facebook owner to cut 10,000 staff

Meta, which owns Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, has announced plans to cut 10,000 jobs. It will be the second wave of mass redundancies from the tech giant, which laid off 11,000 employees last November. Meta chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the cuts – part of a “year of efficiency” – would be “tough” In addition […]

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveils new Pro VR Headset

By: Daniel Apori Mark Zuckerberg during Meta’s annual virtual reality conference unveiled the new Quest Pro VR headset. The new design of the VR headset comes with thinner lenses, a curved battery around the head strap at the back and controllers which self-tracks. The headset would enable users to experience their real environment around the […]