Social Media Roundup: Facebook Tests Do Not Disturb, Instagram’s You’re All Caught Up, Tinder Loops

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“Social Media Roundup” is a weekly roundup of news pertaining to all of your favorite websites and applications used for social networking. Published on Sundays, “Social Media Roundup” will help you stay up-to-date on all the important social media news you need to know.


Do Not Disturb Feature Test

Facebook is testing a Do Not Disturb feature, according to TechCrunch. This feature would allow users to control when they receive notifications from Facebook. The Do Not Disturb feature on Facebook would allow you to mute notifications for 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, 8 hours, 1 day or until you manually turn it off again.

The Daily Mail is reporting that Facebook is planning to live broadcast the Premier League games in Asia. One of the Facebook executives spearheading the initiative is Peter Hutton, who used to be the CEO of Eurosport. This deal is reportedly valued at £200 million (about $265.31 million). Through this deal, Facebook has gained the broadcasting rights to stream all 380 league games in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos for the 2019-2022 seasons.

Earlier this year, Amazon also signed a deal to broadcast every Premier League match from the first round of midweek fixtures in December 2018 and all 10 of the matches on December 26th. These matches are available free to Amazon Prime UK subscribers.

This past week, Facebook’s chief privacy officer Erin Egan acknowledged a bug that caused users who were blocked to become unblocked. This bug affected over 800,000 Facebook and Messenger users.

“The bug was active between May 29 and June 5 — and while someone who was unblocked could not see content shared with friends, they could have seen things posted to a wider audience. For example pictures shared with friends of friends,” wrote Egan. “We know that the ability to block someone is important — and we’d like to apologize and explain what happened.”

The unblocking bug did not reinstate any friend connections and 83% of the people affected had only one person they had blocked temporarily unblocked. Blocking someone on Facebook automatically removes that user as a friend and prevents them from seeing posts on your profile, adding you as a friend and starting conversations with you on Messenger.

Bloomsbury AI Acquisition Confirmed

In a status post, Facebook’s Academics arm has confirmed that it has acquired Bloomsbury AI. The Bloomsbury AI team will help prevent fake news from spreading on Facebook.

TechCrunch pointed out that Bloomsbury AI co-founder and Head of Research Sebastian Riedel was also the co-founder of Factmata. Factmata uses crowdsourcing powered by advanced machine learning to combat fake news. It is unknown how much Facebook paid for Bloomsbury AI, but rumor has it that it was between $23 and $30 million.

“We’re excited to announce that the team behind Bloomsbury AI has agreed to join Facebook in London. The Bloomsbury team has built a leading expertise in machine reading and understanding unstructured documents in natural language in order to answer any question,” said Facebook in a statement. “Their expertise will strengthen Facebook’s efforts in natural language processing research, and help us further understand natural language and its applications.”

Hello, Moves And tbh Shutting Down

Facebook has announced that it is shutting down the Hello, Moves and tbh apps due to low usage. The data from all of these apps will be deleted within 90 days as of July 2, 2018.

Hello is an app that enabled users to combine information from Facebook with contacts on their devices. It was launched in 2015 for Android users in Brazil,…

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