Snapchat mental health feature to provide interventions to vulnerable users

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The Here For You tool will offer users with applicable content from experts in mental wellness. A new Snapchat mental health tool is launching. It is called Here For You. It will offer users “safety resources” from mental health experts if a user conducts a search for certain sensitive topics. Among the search subjects that can trigger the feature include depression, anxiety, bullying and suicide. The company announced the launch of the Snapchat mental health tool earlier this week. The goal is to support its users during vulnerable times in…

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WhatsApp users now total over 2 billion, active monthly

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This figure is around half a billion short of parent company Facebook’s own monthly figures. The number of WhatsApp users has now risen above the 2 billion mark, for those who are active on a monthly basis, said C.E.O. Will Cathcart in a Wall Street Journal interview. This is the first time the Facebook owned app has revealed its user numbers in about two years. Facebook took to its blog to share the new WhatsApp users milestone. It’s only half a billion short of Facebook’s own active monthly user figures.…

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Clearview AI receives data scraping cessation demand from Venmo and Facebook

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The facial recognition has been strengthening its database by scouring the internet’s pictures. Controversial facial recognition startup Clearview AI can add two more tech giants to the list taking legal action against it. Google and Twitter have already filed legal actions against the facial recognition firm. Now, Facebook and Venmo have added their own demands, requiring that Clearview AI cease the use of their members’ images to build its database. A Buzzfeed News report showed that Facebook issued a cease-and-desist letter to the company last week. It required that the…

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Virtual Reality Facebook OS could help the platform skip Google and Android

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The social network giant is reportedly working on developing its own operating system. A new Facebook OS is currently in development, according to a report from The Information. Should this operating system be successful, it could help the social network firm to step away from its dependence on Google and Android. The operating system is reportedly in development to support its movements in virtual reality. At the moment the company doesn’t have its own virtual reality Facebook OS. Therefore, its Oculus VR headsets and Portal smart displays operate on an…

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US Navy bans TikTok social media app from government phones

TikTok social media app ban - US Navy

The Navy said the popular video clip application represents a “cybersecurity threat”. The United States Navy has banned government devices from downloading and using the popular TikTok social media app. It called the application a “cybersecurity threat”. This short video mobile app has become explosively popular over the last few months. The Navy issued a bulletin last week. A Facebook page serving military members posted it to show personnel that TikTok must be removed from all government smartphones and other mobile devices. The bulletin explained that military members who use…

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