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Starting today, parents in India will be able to download the app from the Apple App Store. The app will be available in the Google Play Store by the end of the week.

Messenger Kids is a video chat and messaging app that helps kids connect with friends and family in a fun, parent-controlled space. The company in a press release said that they continue to consult child safety advocates and educators to ensure a service that balances parental control with features that help kids learn how to connect responsibly online.

Messenger Kids is full of features for kids. Once their account is set up by a parent, kids can start a one-on-one or group video chat. The home screen shows them at a glance who they are connected with to, and when those contacts are online. In addition to video chat, kids can send photos, videos or text messages to their parent-approved friends and adult relatives, who will receive the messages via their regular Messenger app.

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The concept of large group calls has become widespread with the coronavirus crisis keeping people at home. The popularity of video calling apps like Zoom seems to have triggered Facebook to join the race. And now Facebook has released it’s own answer called Facebook Messenger Rooms. This is just an expanded version of the video calling feature of the Facebook Messenger. But video calls on Facebook Messenger was limited in terms of people who can join and everyone needed a Facebook account.

But with Messenger Rooms, the upper limit of the people who can join in has been increased to 50. Besides this, those that don’t have a Facebook account can also join in. The person who creates a Messenger room will have a link generated which can be shared and used to join the room. Another big feature is that there will be no time limit to the video calls made from Messenger rooms. Users can join a Messenger Room using the Messenger app.

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Facebook redesign is finally rolling out for everyone with dark mode and faster loading



Social media giant Facebook is finally rolling out its redesigned website to everyone. This new redesign rolls out after months of testing and about a year after the initial announcement at F8 2019. Taking a look at the new redesign, we get a minimalist, cleaner design on the desktop website. The company stated the initial testing for the new design in October last year. After the initial tests, Facebook rolled out the design to a small number of users. It also added the option to enable the new design for a large number of users in March. Let’s check out the new Facebook design here.

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Facebook allows users to lock their profile in India

Facebook users in India are now getting a new privacy feature which helps them lock their profile. This will ensure that any random person trying to look for your photos or profile picture is not able to see them. The company has made this option thinking about safety of women on the platform but even male users on Facebook can lock their profile picture if they want to. The feature is rolling out to users in India in the coming week

So once the person enables the profile lock, the other person will only be able to see the profile picture. They will not be able to expand the size of the image or see anything else. Anyone will be able to access the feature from more option on their profile. Over there users will have to tap on the lock profile option. Once it’s enabled, you will see a blue badge in front of the profile which means it is locked.

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Good news! Facebook Messenger will now warn you of potential scams

Facebook on Thursday announced that its Messenger is getting a new safety feature to prevent people from harmful interactions and possible scams. In a statement, the social media giant said that the feature would cause safety notices to pop up in chats, and they will give tips on how to spot suspicious activities and block or ignore a person who might potentially cause harm to the user. It added that the rolling out of the feature for Android-based platforms had commenced in March, and next week, this feature would also be rolled out for iOS users across the globe.

The company said that it is coming with tools to preserve the privacy of its users without accessing the messages as it moves towards end-to-end encryption of chats over Messenger. Facebook said that this feature has been developed through machine learning which looks for signals like an adult sending friend requests to a lot of minors. Through this, the feature would be available and effective once the end-to-end encryption on Messenger kicks in.

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Facebook CatchUp to soon be available on Android, iOS: Find out what it is

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According to a report by TechCrunch, Facebook CatchUp brings support for audio calls with up to eight other people. With this, the company is basically challenging Facetime Audio as well as WhatsApp calls.

In order to set itself apart, CatchUp also brings a few exclusive features on board. These features include the status option, whcih can be set as “Ready to Talk” or offline. The report also suggests that in order to use the app, the users will not need to login to a Facebook account.

As of now, Facebook CatchUp is available for both Android and iOS devices but limited to the United States. This is due to the fact that the company is currently running the experimental phase and if all goes well, we should see a global rollout soon.

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Facebook to verify if viral posts are coming from humans or not

Facebook is going to start verifying profiles that have a larger reach. The social networking platform wants to make sure high-reach posts are coming from humans and not via bots. Facebook said it will verify the identity of people whose posts start to rapidly go viral in the US. This will be done to make sure the genuity of the people behind these posts is known to everyone on the platform.

The platform has been used to share objectionable content, without taking action against it. Identifying these account will help Facebook to catch the perpetrators. And the company is going to limit reach of accounts that don’t get verified. “If someone chooses not to verify their identity or the ID provided does not match the linked Facebook account, the distribution of their viral post will remain reduced so fewer people will see it,” Facebook explained.

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Facebook launches Collab app for making music videos

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Facebook is using its internal R&D team called NPE to launch new-age mobile products. The latest one from the division is called Collab. This app lets users collaborate for making music videos. So unlike TikTok, Collab will let you create original music videos and share them with others.

The videos on Collab will not be longer than 15 seconds. And clearly this platform is not targeted at the professional musicians. Instead, the app will let anyone create visuals playing an instrument or any object. Interestingly, Collab allows you to share content through Instagram and Facebook. instead of competing with TikTok, it wants people to use their creations and post it on the video platform.

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Facebook now allows transfer pictures to Google Photos with this tool


Facebook’s Google Photos transfer tool is now available globally to everyone. Part of a program involving Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Twitter established in 2018, the tool allows users to create copies of all of the photos or videos on Facebook account and transfer them to a linked Google Photos one. The idea is to let users easily transfer their data from one service to another.

“People can access this new tool in Facebook settings within Your Facebook Information, the same place where you can download your information. We have kept privacy and security as top priorities, so all data transferred will be encrypted and people will be asked to enter their password before a transfer is initiated,” the company said in a statement.

To begin transferring Facebook photos and videos to Google Photos, users will first need to go to “Your Facebook Information” in Facebook Settings. Select the ‘Transfer a Copy of Your Photos or Videos’ option and verify identity by entering Facebook password.

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Facebook for Android will soon get dark mode and coronavirus tracking feature


Facebook is getting ready to release the Dark Mode feature into the Facebook application for Android. The social media platform built by Mark Zuckerberg is rumored to have worked on this feature long enough to finally release it on the stable version. In addition, the company is also launching several new features to the Android app including a coronavirus tracking feature and a Quiet Mode.

Previously, the Quiet Mode feature was released by Facebook for iOS earlier this year in April. Meanwhile, the desktop version of Facebook has also recently received the Dark Mode feature. The color scheme of the Dark Mode feature in the mobile application seems similar to the color scheme in the desktop application.

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Facebook rolls out new notification screen to alert users for sharing old news

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Facebook has started rolling out a new feature on its platforms that will restrict users to share old news. The company revealed that it will show a notification screen that will let people know if they share an old news article.

The company says that it will alert users when they share news articles, which are older than 90 days. The notification screen will appear when people click the share button on articles older than 90 days but will allow people to continue sharing if they decide an article is still relevant.

“Over the past several months, our internal research found that the timeliness of an article is an important piece of context that helps people decide what to read, trust and share. News publishers, in particular, have expressed concerns about older stories being shared on social media as current news, which can misconstrue the state of current events,” the company said in a blog post.

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Facebook's mobile version has started getting the famous dark mode

Facebook has introduced the popular dark mode on a majority of its apps such as WhatsApp, Instagram, and even Facebook Messenger in the past few months. However, the social media platform's Android and iOS app versions are still devoid of the theme. It is now suggested that the feature has started rolling out for Facebook's mobile version and will soon be available for all. Read on to know more.

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As per a report by The Verge, the Mark Zuckerberg-owned social media platform has started testing dark mode for its mobile version and the theme is currently available to a small number of users, specifically iOS users.

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Facebook launches Avatars in India

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Facebook today announced the launch of Avatars in India. Avatars will allow you to create a digital persona that’s uniquely representative of you and will enable you to share a range of emotions and expressions in a fun and personalised way.

Starting today, people in India will be able to make an Avatar, a cartoon-like version of themselves by choosing from a variety of faces, hairstyles and outfits that have been specially customised for India. You’ll also be able to use your Avatar in Facebook comments, stories, your profile picture and Facebook Messenger chat windows and can even share it on WhatsApp chats.

It is important to note that Avatar creation from Messenger is currently only available on Android, but will be rolled on iOS soon.

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