Instagram slapped with $400 million fine for weak kids’ data privacy

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The Meta-owned social media platform was hit with a record fine from Ireland’s regulator. Regulators in Ireland have agreed to hit Instagram with a record fine of $402 million (€405 million) following an investigation into the way the social media platform handled children’s data privacy. A spokesperson for the watchdog group said that the investigation started back in 2020. According to recent reports, Instagram has every intention of appealing against the data privacy fine, citing a Meta spokesperson in a statement issued by email. The watchdog launched the investigation into…

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More paid features slated for Meta apps

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Facebook and Instagram are among the applications that are lining up for additional premium features. A newly established team focused on Meta apps are getting ready to identify and build “possible paid features”, including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, according to an internal memo issued to the company’s employees last week that was cited in a The Verge report. The new division of the company is its first step into the development of paid social media features. The company’s social media platforms have billions of active users. That said, the Meta…

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WhatsApp developing video call masks and profile photo avatars

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The Meta-owned messaging application is working on an entirely new feature for its users to deploy. WhatsApp is currently developing a new feature that will make it possible for users to create an avatar that they can use as video call masks or as their profile photos. The feature has been in the works for quite a bit of time but has not yet been released to users. Once the feature for video call masks and avatars is ready, it will be available for both Android and iOS device users.…

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WhatsApp is launching new privacy updates to users this month

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The roll out will begin for all users before the end of August to give users greater visibility control. WhatsApp has announced that it is rolling out several new privacy updates and intends to have incorporated them into the experience of all users before the end of the month. The changes will include the ability for users to check messages without others knowing they were viewed. Soon, the privacy updates will have rolled out to everyone, letting users decide who will be able to see when they are online, while…

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FTC moves to stop Meta from acquiring virtual reality company

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The US regulator is also acting to stop Facebook’s parent company from buying a fitness app. The Federal Tarde Commission has filed a complaint in a San Francisco federal court against Meta and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the acquisition of a fitness app and a virtual reality company. The acquisitions in question are for the Supernatural app and the Within Unlimited VR firm. According to the FTC’s filing, allowing Meta and Zuckerberg to complete the acquisition of the fitness app and…

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