Facebook Messenger could protect your messages with Face ID

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An extra layer of protection for your messages.
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Facebook Messenger could soon add Face ID support to protect your conversations from nosy neighbors.

The feature would prevent access to Messenger until it is first unlocked with your face. It seems like a useful addition to the app for the security-conscious, but it’s still in development for now.

Twitter now lets you add emoji reactions to direct messages

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Sometimes an emoji says it all.
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Twitter now lets you add Facebook-style emoji reactions to direct messages.

There are currently seven to choose from — one more than Facebook offers — including the familiar thumbs up, laughing face, and love heart. They help Twitter keep up with rival messaging platforms, such as iMessage.

Instagram DMs are coming to the web

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Facebook is focused on owning messaging.
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Chatting with your friends on Instagram is coming soon to a desktop computer near you.

Instagram revealed today that it is testing a new feature that allows users to access their Instagram DMs through the company’s website. For now, the feature is only being tested with a small percentage of users, but it might be available to everyone later this year.

Instagram begins flying flags over fake photos

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Heavily altered photos on Instagram are now being policed.
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Instagram users are starting to see blurred-out posts the platform’s fact-checkers have flagged as potential fakes.

The popular photosharing app now owned by Facebook announced last month it was ramping up efforts to combat false information in photographs.

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Facebook had a great decade. At least as far as downloads are concerned.
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US senators threaten Apple with encryption regulations

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Apple isn't budging on its privacy stance.
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U.S. Senators grilled Apple and Facebook execs over encryption practices today, threatening to regulate the technology if the companies don’t take action on their own.

Republicans and Democrats appeared unified in their disdain for end-to-end encryption. The technology, which Apple uses for iCloud and other services, sometimes thwarts law enforcement officials’ investigations into child abuse and mass shootings. Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of the harshest critics, demanded that the companies add backdoors to their encryption keys.

Apple to make CES comeback in 2020

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Apple's billboard outside the CES 2019 venue.
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Apple is finally making a comeback to the biggest tech trade show in the world after being a no show at the event for nearly three decades.

CES posted its speaker agenda this morning which revealed Apple will have an official presence at the event. The company won’t have a product booth and isn’t expected to announce anything major at the event this coming January. Instead, Apple will be there to discuss one of its favorite topics: privacy.