Facebook to lessen its Android call and SMS data collection

Everybody knows how Facebook has been gathering SMS data and call records from Android devices for several years. The company now calls it an “opt-in feature” with an aim to improve its friend recommendation algorithm by requesting access to contacts, SMS data, and call history on Android phones.

Following the Cambridge Analytical scandal, most Facebook users are left spooked about their privacy. Therefore, the social media giant says that it will now make changes to their policy regarding SMS data and call history on Android phones.

Facebook’s chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer said, “We’ve reviewed this feature to confirm that Facebook does not collect the content of messages – and will delete all logs older than one year.”

You can now video-chat in groups and tag friends in Snapchat stories

Multimedia messaging app, Snapchat has introduced its latest feature which allows one to make video calls and tag their friends in their stories through a ‘Mention’ feature. Through the video call features, one can video chat with at least 16 friends at one time or with 32 via your voice.

To tag a friend in your story, all you need to do is type “@” and spell the username of the person you wish to tag, then tap on it. People who see the tagged snap will be able to swipe up and add the person as a friend or watch any public stories they’ve posted. The tagged person will be notified in the chat window.