Facebook to introduce Face ID Lock for Messenger

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Is this the new face of personal conversation security? As shared by social media expert Matt Navarra, Facebook is now rolling out Touch ID and Face ID lock options for Messenger on iOS. That will stop people from additionally snooping on your Messenger chats. Once enabled, you can choose how long it takes before your Messenger needs to be unlocked again with Face/Touch ID. So for those overly paranoid about people checking their phone, they can lock it as soon as they've finished using the app. The addition is in line with Facebook's gradual shift towards improving messaging security, which includes its plan to eventually enable end-to-end encryption as the default setting for all messages. That plan has come under intense scrutiny by several government agencies, who believe that a move to full encryption will facilitate increased criminal activity in Facebook's apps. Already, various authorities have raised concerns about encryption in WhatsApp.

Snapchat introduces mini-app, a meditation tool from Headspace

Back in June, at its 2020 Partner Summit, Snapchat previewed its upcoming 'Snapchat Minis', which are essentially micro-versions of full apps, built within Snapchat. Snapchat Minis provide a new way for app developers to reach Snap's audience, providing enclosed experiences within the app, yet still built on Snap's platform. That means that rather than having to prompt users to download their own apps, businesses can replicate similar experiences in these mini-versions. The first Snapchat Mini is going live with Headspace launching its new mindfulness and meditation tool.

Twitter disables tweeting for verified users amid hack attack

In an apparent attempt to mitigate the damage from a massive hack, Twitter has cut off the ability to tweet for verified users. The hack targeted politicians and celebrities, and affected users including former President Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and many more. Hijacked accounts posted scam tweets soliciting bitcoin transfers from followers. Although most of the tweets were taken down within minutes, the scammers have so far succeeded in getting over $50,000 in bitcoin transfers. The hack is also ongoing: Elon Musk's account has tweeted and deleted the same scam tweet multiple times over the last two hours.