Facebook Messenger unveils two augmented reality games for video chat

Due to go live on Facebook Messenger today (August 8th, 2018) are two new video games using AR filter technology to allow users to challenge their friends at the same time as catching up with them on video chat. The multiplayer video chat AR games allow you to play with up to six people at a…

Parents slam video sharing sites for inappropriate content

Half of parents in the UK have criticised video sharing platforms, including Snapchat and Youtube, for failing to prevent children from accessing distressing, violent or adult-only content.  A survey of 1,500 UK parents, conducted by AgeChecked, found that 58% of parents believe that video sharing sites and apps aren’t doing enough to keep young people safe.…

Showing off is most irritating habit on social media, followed by self pity

More than half of Brits find ‘show off’ and ‘self-pity' posts the most annoying on social media. Men admit to finding photos of other people’s children on social media more irritating than women. The older you get the less you can tolerate selfies on your timeline. A quarter of Brits will hide or delete a…

Snapchat users can now purchase ‘replays’ of disappearing images and video

Snapchat users can now purchase “replays” of disappearing content, including photo and video snaps they receive on the app, the company said in a blog post on Tuesday. Representing the first time users can spend money in the app, the replays will cost users 99 cents for three. Snapchat will continue to give one free…

Following strangers on Instagram can depress you, says study

Following celebrities on Instagram can have negative psychological effects, as found by research published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking. As Clapway reports, the peer-reviewed study, published in the journal's May edition, found that "there is growing evidence that following strangers on [social networks] and comparing oneself to others have important implications for well-being." It…

Would you blog on Facebook? Notes gets a revamp

Facebook has confirmed it is revitalising its long-forgotten Notes platform, perhaps in a bid to attract bloggers. Most of us can't even remember how to access Notes, let alone use them - that's how long it's been since we paid attention. (For the record, click the More tab beneath your cover photo, click Manage sections, then tick the…