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Talk Social: 5 November, 2019

Twitter bans all political advertising on its platform

With all the debate the past few weeks about how social media providers should police political speech and misinformation, Twitter has taken the bold step of banning all political ads on its platform.

Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, explained his reasons for doing so, stating “we believe political message reach should be earned, not bought.”

This response comes in stark contrast to Facebook’s stance, which is to essentially allow political advertisers to say whatever they want and allow people to draw their own conclusions.

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Facebook releases Q3 update

Despite the ongoing controversy over political ads, misleading metrics and user privacy, Facebook has revealed strong growth in its Q3 update.

The platform has added 36 million more daily active users for the quarter, taking it to a total of 1.6 billion users logging onto the platform every day.

On the revenue side, Facebook reached $17.7 billion for the quarter, up 29% year-over-year.

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Snapchat adds new 3D drawing Lense

Snapchat is rolling out a new option which will enable users to sculpt their own 3D artworks through augmented reality.

The new feature, which is accessible through Lenses, will enable users to make use of free form drawing tools attached as 3D objects within the frame.

This new update adds more creative capacity to Snapchat’s ‘World Lenses’ that first launched in 2017.

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Apple adds a host of new emojis

The latest Apple iOS update features a wide selection of new emojis. Included among the 398 new characters are a person yawning, an onion, a banjo, a waffle and a sloth.

Notably, there is also a greater focus on diversity and inclusion with the new additions including characters in wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs and emoji to represent the visually impaired. Also, as well as the standard male and female emojis, many of the character-based designs now also include a gender-neutral option.

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WhatsApp sues Israeli firm over phone-hacking claims

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has filed a lawsuit against Israel’s NSO Group, alleging the firm was behind cyber-attacks that infected devices with malicious software.

WhatsApp accuses the company of sending malware to roughly 1,400 mobile phones for the purposes of surveillance. The people targeted included journalists, human rights activists, political dissidents, and diplomats. 

NSO Group, which makes software for surveillance, disputes the allegations.

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