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Digital Deep Dive: Instagram Stories GIFs, Facebook Privacy Settings Hub & 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 to roll out global privacy settings hub

Facebook has announced that major privacy changes will be introduced on the platform later this year to comply with GDPR, the European Union’s new data protection regulation. COO Sheryl Sandberg said the company will be “rolling out a new privacy centre globally that will put the core privacy settings for Facebook in one place and make it much easier for people to manage their data.”

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Snapchat will now let you share some Stories outside the app

This week, Snapchat began rolling out a new feature that allows users to share some public Stories outside of the app, via links that display within Snapchat.com when opened.

At the moment, Stories eligible for sharing include Official Stories and Our Stories found in the Discover tab, as well as Search Stories. However, the company has indicated that the types of Stories you can share will expand over time.

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Twitter is reportedly working on a camera-centered feature to simplify video sharing

According to recent reports, Twitter is working on a new tool that will make it easier for users to post video on the platform. Currently, users have to tap on the compose tweet icon, then select the camera or live button (see image below). The new camera product will reduce the number of steps required to film and post a video — much like Snapchat or Instagram, which only require one swipe or tap to open the camera.

There’s currently no indication of when the feature will debut. Watch this space!

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Instagram now supports GIFs in Stories

After the initial rollout we reported in last week’s post, Instagram has officially added GIF support to its Stories feature. To access the GIF library, tap the “add sticker” button at the top of Stories and select the new GIF option. This includes options to browse trending GIFs and search the entire library.

Instagram has also announced an upcoming feature that will allow users upload photos and videos of any size to Stories. Once enabled, users will be able to pinch the uploaded image or video to share it in its original ratio, rather than being forced to crop them in a 9:16 portrait format.

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Facebook’s new game streaming exclusive is a direct challenge to Twitch and YouTube

Facebook has agreed to a deal with Germany’s ESL One e-sports tournament organiser, which will make Facebook the exclusive live streaming home of e-sports competitions run by ESL One. This exclusive new partnership pits Facebook Live against popular game streaming platforms Twitch and YouTube Gaming.

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