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Digital Deep Dive: Facebook Snooze Button, Instagram Private Live Videos & More

The online landscape is ever-changing. New devices, platforms and features are introduced on what feels like a daily basis. We’ve put together a roundup of five of this week’s biggest stories to help you stay ahead of the curve!

Facebook adds a Snooze button

Facebook has launched a new feature which aims to give users more control over their News Feeds. The “Snooze” button, available via the top-right dropdown menu on any post, mutes content from a person, Page or group for 30 days. It serves as a way to dial down unfavourable content without having to fully unfollow or unfriend another user.

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Instagram now lets you share live videos through direct messages

Instagram has rolled out a number of tweaks to its Direct Messaging feature in recent months, including photo and video message replays and web link support. This week, it’s introduced another change that allows users to send private live videos via Direct Messaging.

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Facebook and Universal Music Group enter new partnership 

Facebook has announced a new licensing deal with Universal Music Group that will allow users across all its platforms (including Facebook, Instagram and Oculus) to use Universal Music in the videos they upload and share. The deal will also allow Facebook to introduce new music-based products across its platforms in the future.

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Twitter adds support for app-based two-factor authentication

Twitter is rolling out an update that aims to increase security for its users by allowing them to use third-party authentication apps to receive a two-factor login authentication for their accounts. The platform previously offered its own SMS two-factor authentication, but third-party tools such as Google Authenticator, Authy or Duo Mobile prove to be more effective against hackers.

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Facebook introduces new facial recognition tool

Facebook has introduced a new feature that aims to give users more control over the photos they appear in. Photo Review, the new facial recognition feature, will alert users when their face shows up in newly posted photos and give them the option to tag themselves, leave it be, ask the uploader to take the photo down, or report it to Facebook.

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