TWITTER ADDS FILTER TO KEEP STRANGERS AWAY FROM YOUR DIRECT MESSAGES
In the latest development of the social platform, Twitter will be adding a filter to your incoming direct messages, meaning that people you do not follow must send a request before messaging you. If you have the ‘receive messages from anyone’ setting enabled, incoming messages will appear in a separate Requests tab in Messages. Next you will be given the option to accept or delete the conversation, although any media the account has sent cannot be viewed unless you have accepted the message.
SNAPCHAT SPECTACLES ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN EUROPE
Almost seven months after their debut in the US, Snapchat Spectacles are coming to Europe. The unique sunglasses will be available online at spectacles.com or through the infamous Snapbot vending machines, which will appear in London, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and Venice. With an estimated 55 million Europeans using snapchat for at least 30 minutes a day, it is expected that the Spectacles will be as successful in Europe as they were in the US.
INSTAGRAM CREATES LGBTQ STICKERS TO CELEBRATE PRIDE MONTH
To celebrate June’s Pride Month, Instagram shows their support by enlisting LGBTQ artists from around the world to create six unique stickers. The stickers include an eye with the transgender flag in its iris to highlight trans visibility, a rainbow megaphone and a homage to the roots of ‘voguing’. Instagram also allows you to find out more about each artist when tapping on the sticker.
FACEBOOK REVAMP THEIR PHOTO ALBUM FEATURE
Facebook will be updating their album feature with the ability to add videos, check-ins and text posts to albums. The update also enables you to follow friend’s albums so you are notified when they are updated and display ‘featured’ albums on your profile to highlight your favourite collections to friends. The update is available on Android devices from June 1st and is expected to be brought to iOS shortly.
SNAPCHAT NOW ASKS YOU TO TURN ON LOCATION SERVICES TO USE FILTERS
Within the latest version of the app, Snapchat will now ask users to turn on their location to use basic filters. Those who have disabled the location feature will not have access to filters and a message will appear asking them to ‘please enable location access for Snapchat in your iOS settings’. Snapchat previously asked users to turn on location services in cases of using geofilters and the speedometer, rather than all filters requiring location access.