Facebook joins the “Time Well Spent” Movement, Instagram Release New Features and Twitter’s New Safety Tool - Epic Social

Every Sunday we will be recapping what happened this week in the world of social media, keeping you up to date!

Facebook Is Working On ‘Time Per Day’ Feature

Facebook is the latest platform to introduce a feature that lets users know how much time they’ve spent on the platform. The social giant joins the likes of Apple and Google who have also invested time and money into the “Time Well Spent” movement, founded by former Google employee, Tristan Harris.

The feature known as “Your Time on Facebook” will provide users with a way to manage the time they spend on the platform.

The feature was discovered by Twitter user and developer, Jane Manchun Wong. According to TechCrunch, the tool shows users how much time they are spending on the platform. More specifically, the tool will give users a breakdown of how much time they’ve spent in the last week as well as the average amount of time spent per day. Users will also be able to set daily reminders that will alert them once they’ve reached a set time limit.

A spokesperson for Facebook has confirmed the feature to TechCrunch, stating that “We’re always working on new ways to help make sure people’s time on Facebook is well spent.”

Instagram Release New Features

Instagram is not one to be left behind. Following the footsteps of Whatsapp and Snapchat, the platform is rolling out new group chat features. Users can video chat via Instagram Direct and choose between chatting with one person or as a group of up to four people at a time. Users can video chat and scroll the Instagram feed at the same time by minimising the chat.

This feature is just one of a few that the platform has announced this week. The Explore feed is finally getting a redesign. It will now be split into Topic channels, which includes a “For You” tab alongside categories such as Art, Sports, Beauty and Fashion.

The platform is also rolling out new camera effects that have been designed by celebrities and companies, such as Ariana Grande, Buzzfeed, Liza Koshy and the NBA. To try the new effects out, users can tap the face icon at the bottom right corner of the celebrity’s account. According to Instagram’s blog, users can still try the effects out even if they don’t follow the account. If they see the effect, they can simply choose to add it to their camera.

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All of these features are available now on Android and iOS.    

Twitter Introduces New Safety Feature

Twitter have announced a new safety feature as part of the two-factor authentication process. Rather than have a code sent in a text to your phone, users will be able to use a USB security key. They key can be a Yubikey or anything similar and can be verified under Account Settings.

In other Twitter news; Twitter’s Head of Product, Ed Ho is to step down and will be replaced by Periscope’s former CEO, Kayvon Beykpour. Ho has been Head of Product at Twitter since 2016 and has reportedly stepped down due to personal reasons.

That’s all from this week!

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