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1. WhatsApp Disappearing Messages goes live in India, here is how to use it

WhatsApp Disappearing Messages goes live in India

Days after WhatsApp made the Disappearing Messages official, the feature has now been rolled out in India. The users can now update their WhatsApp app and use the feature across all platforms including Android, iOS, desktop, KaiOS, and web. WhatsApp had earlier rolled out WhatsApp Pay, Always Mute and enhanced storage tool.

The disappearing message is an opt-in feature, which when turned on will delete the message sent after seven days. The feature can be turned on for individual as well as group chats. If you want to save a message before it disappears, you can either take a screenshot or copy-paste it.

Here is how you can turn on the Disappearing Message feature on your WhatsApp

— First, update your WhatsApp on either Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

— After updating the app, open the WhatsApp Chat Window

— Tap on the contact name, you want to turn the disappearing message feature on.

— Select Disappearing Message on.

You will have to follow the same process to turn the feature on Android, iOS, and WhatsApp Web.

When you turn on the disappearing message feature, it will notify the contact as well that the feature has been turned on for his chat. The message will appear on both the chat windows. However, if you forward a disappearing message, it would not get deleted after seven days. If the disappearing message is a picture or a video, it will get saved to your gallery automatically. Only if you have turned the auto-download feature on.

2. Twitter to warn users if they try to like a flagged tweet

Twitter to warn users if they try to like a flagged tweet

Twitter on Tuesday announced it is set to show a warning notification when the users try to like a labeled tweet. The micro-blogging platform began showing a warning before the 2020 US presidential election when the users tried to retweet a flagged tweet. Now, the company has expanded the warning functionality which is rolling out on the Web and iOS first and will come to Android devices in the coming weeks. Twitter labeled nearly 300,000 tweets under its Civic Integrity Policy for content that was disputed and potentially misleading in the US election period from October 27 till November 11.

These represent 0.2 per cent of all US election-related Tweets sent during this time period. According to the company, 456 of those Tweets were also covered by a warning message and had engagement features limited (tweets could be Quote Tweeted but not Retweeted, replied to or liked). Twitter in October added additional warnings and restrictions on tweets with a misleading information label from US political figures, US-based accounts with more than 100,000 followers, or that obtain significant engagement.

Twitter said that people must tap through a warning to see these Tweets, and then will only be able to Quote Tweet; likes, Retweets and replies will be turned off, and these Tweets won't be algorithmically recommended by Twitter. When people attempted to retweet tweets with a misleading information label, they saw a prompt pointing them to credible information about the topic before they were able to amplify it.


3. Snapchat launches Spotlight, to pay top creators $1mn a day


Snapchat launches Spotlight, to pay top creators $1mn a day

Taking on TikTok, Popular photo-messaging platform Snapchat on Monday officially released Spotlight where Snapchatters will also have the opportunity to earn like they do on the Chinese short-video making app.

To drive the users, the company will pay $1 million to most popular creators and their viral posts on the app everyday through the end of 2020. Spotlight is available starting in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, and France, with more countries coming soon. The videos can be up to 60 seconds long and cannot be watermarked.

Earnings are determined by a proprietary formula which rewards Snapchatters primarily based on the total number of unique video views a Snap gets in a given day (calculated using Pacific Time) as compared to the performance of other Snaps that day. To appear on Spotlight, all Snaps must adhere to the Community Guidelines, which prohibit the spread of false information (including conspiracy theories), misleading content, hate speech, explicit or profane content, bullying, harassment, violence, and more.


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