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Twitter announced that it is piloting emoji reactions for tweets that go beyond a simple “Like”. 

In the upcoming days, users in Turkey will be able to respond to tweets with the “Face with tears of joy”, “Thinking face,” “Clapping hands,” “Crying face,” emojis or a simple “Heart.” This test is only scheduled to run for a limited time, but Twitter says it might expand it to users in more countries depending on the response.

The aim is to give people more ways to quickly show how they feel about a tweet. The emoji are accessible via a long-press of the Like button, while a short tap will send a regular Like. Rumors of the test emerged earlier this year after users reported being surveyed about potential emoji for inclusion.

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Twitter is rolling out Ticketed Spaces for some iOS users. A Spaces user can charge money for letting you enter his audio room. 

The micro-blogging site stated that it is currently experimenting with the feature with selected iOS users. Twitter started its applications to try Ticketed Spaces and Super Follows earlier this year.

Ticketed Spaces will let users host exclusive audio shows like sessions, concerts or musical shows but audience will not be able to join them for free. Using Ticketed Spaces, the creators can make money by charging people. Though Twitter did not reveal when the feature would be rolled out to Indian users.

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Facebook is launching "Horizon Workrooms", a space for users to work together remotely in groups with Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headsets or other modes of connection.

Users will be able to use the "avatar creation system" to create cartoon-like characters in 3D-animated work spaces and communicate with coworkers in virtual meetings. Workers can enjoy the full benefits of this free platform by wearing an Oculus Quest 2 VR headset while working. Others can also join via their smartphones, desktops, or laptops and participate in different levels of interaction.

Facebook mentioned that the aim is to acknowledge the way we used to work is changing. More people are working remotely and require flexible work options. Horizon Workrooms are currently available for free to download on Oculus Quest 2 in countries where it is supported. 

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Social media tycoon Facebook India announced that in order to expand its presence in the South Asian market, they are going to help small and medium sized businesses in securing loans.

Facebook’s partnership with Indifi will allow small businesses that advertise with Facebook can get loans between ₹5 lakh and ₹50 lakh at a predefined interest rate of 17-20% per annum and applicants will not be charged a processing fee. Wholly or partly women-owned small businesses can get a special 0.2% reduction per annum on the applied interest rate from Indifi.

The company mentioned that India will be the first country to see the roll out of ‘Small Business Loans Initiative’. The overall goal is to make business loans easily accessible for small entrepreneurs, and reduce the credit gap within India’s MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) sector.

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Twitter is piloting a new feature that will allow users to flag misleading contents, which has only grown more during the pandemic.

Starting this week, a button would be visible to selective users from the United States, South Korea, and Australia to choose "it's misleading" after clicking "report tweet." Users can also be more specific while reporting the misleading tweet as potentially containing misinformation about "health," "politics" or "other."

Twitter has started working on strengthening its privacy policies during the COVID-19 pandemic and the US presidential election to stop the spread of misinformation.

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Twitter is making changes to its new redesign after users complained about headaches and discomfort.

After testing the new design in January, Twitter introduced the redesign which involved high-contrast colors and a custom designed font named ‘Chirp’ earlier this month. At the time, the micro blogging platform mentioned that it would improve content consumption and clean up "visual clutter".

But many users, mainly with accessibility needs, found the redesign confusing, hard to read and extremely bright. Twitter claimed that they have identified issues with the Chirp font and are actively working to fix it. 

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WhatsApp has announced that it will be rolling out the feature to move entire WhatsApp chat history between iOS and Android phones. 

Previously, one of the biggest hurdles for customers was to switch between Android and iOS while there’s an inability to transfer WhatsApp chats between the two different ecosystems. The Facebook-owned company stated that now users will be able to move their conversations along with voice notes and other media files if they decide to switch mobile operating systems.

The feature will be available to both Android and iOS systems users. People will be able to switch from both Android to iOS and vice versa.

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TikTok is piloting TikTok Stories, which aims to let users’ explore an additional way to share their creative contents.

The video sharing platform mentioned that the new feature will be available as another option along with its existing storytelling tools like Videos, Duets, Stitch and LIVE. The main difference between TikTok Stories and stories on other platforms is that here the users can publicly comment on Stories and see who has viewed Story contents instead of a list of private story views and replies going straight to a DM.

Though there is no official word for how long the pilot test would run or whether it would be available globally.

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Twitter is upgrading “Spaces” to allow users add up to two co-hosts for its social audio rooms. The aim is to make it easier for hosts to manage the space.

Once invited, the co-host can manage requests, invite speakers, remove participants, pin tweets and more. Co-hosts have almost all the managing privileges as the main host. Though there are a few mentionable restrictions such as only the main host can invite or remove another users as the co-host and only the original host can end an ongoing room.

This new feature was announced by a tweet from the Spaces team. The micro-blogging team also mentioned that it is working on creation of something similar to the old disappearing tweet feature "Fleets" which was cancelled last July. This feature will possibly be renamed as "Space bar."

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Facebook has allegedly confirmed that it is recruiting a team of AI (Artificial Intelligence) researchers in order to analyze encrypted data without cracking it. The aim is to obtain luscious information for targeted advertising.

The social networking giant is trying to fetch information from encrypted data while maintaining the privacy to keep unauthorized eyes from viewing the data. Successful completion of the testing will allow the company to extract enough data for targeted advertising without actually retracing its public commitment to safeguard its users’ privacy.

Although a Facebook spokesperson mentioned to The Information that it is "too early for us to consider homomorphic encryption for WhatsApp at this time”. The social media tycoon has already been confronted about its questionable privacy policies a good number of times.