Facebook to add new features to Stories


For Facebook, the future is all about Stories. The company may have a new strategy to juice Stories' growth in the main Facebook app, not just Instagram and WhatsApp, for it recently introduced a new set of updates for its camera-centric feature, but, unlike some previous updates, the features will roll out to users in India first.

Among the updates, a new archive feature that's sort of a Facebook Stories equivalent of Snapchat's Memories, as well as a new feature that lets users share audio clips to their Story. Much like the Snapchat equivalent, the archive feature lets users privately save their Stories within the Facebook app.

Instagram will show Android users how much they scroll

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom has confirmed reports that it is launching "usage insights" for Android. The feature will allow 'grammers to see "time spent" using the app, in an effort to help them gain an "understanding [of] how time online impacts people."

A week ago, Google unveiled a slew of Android features meant to ease screen addiction. It can also monitor usage time, and even remind users, if they want to put down their phone.

With Instagram's update, we'll soon know more about how we use the app with an endless infinite feed. But whether that knowledge will actually make us stop scrolling is yet to be seen.

Twitter will take action against trolls

Twitter has recently said that it is taking action against "trolls" that "distort and detract from the public conversation", by making their tweets less visible. The social network has been trying to tackle abuse and harassment on its platform for several years. The company said it would now look at "behavioural signals" to "improve the health" of discussions on the platform.

"People contributing to the healthy conversation will be more visible in conversations and search," it said. The company said tests of the new system had resulted in fewer abuse reports being filed, suggesting people were having a "better experience".