Instagram Will Soon Let You Like Comments, or Even Turn Them Off Completely

In the next few weeks, Instagram is going to look even more like its parent company, Facebook. The social network announced Tuesday that it will let users like individual comments on Instagram posts, much as they can on Facebook. Users can show their appreciation for a comment with a little red heart, as opposed to the big red heart already used for liking posts.

The company’s stated reason for adding these small hearts is a little different than the old Facebook thumbs-up. The company says it’s trying to create a more welcoming environment.

“Liking lets you show support and encourages positivity throughout the community,” said chief executive Kevin Systrom in a company blog post. Along with the hearts, Systrom’s post announced two new safety-related features: the ability to turn off comments on posts, and the option to let users quietly boot followers they no longer want to follow their private accounts.

Systrom said that while some accounts have been able to stop the flow of comments in the past, the option will be open to all of Instagram’s 500 million users in the coming weeks.
In the blog post, the the network also pointed out that it’s possible for users to anonymously report posts that suggest self-harm; Instagram connects users whose friends have reported concerns about their posts with organizations that can help with those issues. The company has used a version of this reporting tool on its network since October.
Instagram Will Soon Let You Like Comments, or Even Turn Them Off CompletelyThe safety features could be seen as part of an ongoing effort at Instagram to curb harassment. In September, Instagram began allowing users to apply filters to their comment streams, which allowed them to cut out offensive reactions to their posts. Instagram, like nearly every other social network, has struggled with the best strategy for dealing with harassment without crossing a line into censorship.

Most users – at least, one would hope – will probably not have to turn off comments, report self-harm or remove followers from their accounts due to harassment. But pretty much every Instagram user will see the option to like comments; whether they’ll use the option in the spirit in which it was intended remains to be seen.

WhatsApp Extends Support for BlackBerry, Nokia Platforms Till June 2017

WhatsApp Extends Support for BlackBerry, Nokia Platforms Till June 2017WhatsApp has confirmed that it will extend its support for BlackBerry platform in what could be seen as the most relieving news for BlackBerry users. The most widely used messaging service earlier this year had announced that it will drop support for several mobile operating systems from 2017, including BlackBerry’s and Nokia’s operating systems.

The company updated its support page and added, “We will soon be ending support for certain devices. On June 30, 2017, we will no longer support the following platforms: BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, and Nokia Symbian S60.”

WhatsApp however confirmed those users on Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 as well as Windows Phone 7 won’t be able to use WhatsApp at the beginning of 2017. The messaging app will no longer be supported on iPhone 3GS or devices running iOS 6.

“These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android running OS 2.3+, a Windows Phone 8+, or an iPhone running iOS 7+ before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.”

WhatsApp informs that there is currently no option to transfer chat history between platforms though the company can provide chat history attached to an email, if requested by users.

The messaging service had previously emphasised how much the market changed in the years since WhatsApp was launched in 2009. Previously, Android and iOS platforms were running on less than 25 percent of the devices, while BlackBerry and Nokia’s operating systems dominated the market with roughly a 70 percent share. WhatsApp’s decision to pull the plug on Symbian and BlackBerry however recaps how the platforms have lost popularity.

Soon after WhatsApp’s announcement to end support for BlackBerry, the Canadian company expressed its disappointment with WhatsApp’s decision to abandon its platform.

Uncensored clips barred from web

Representative image.Film-makers will now be barred from uploading their uncensored work online, the Union ministry of information and broadcasting and Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) told the Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday. The ministry has also asked CBFC to take an undertaking from film-makers in this regard before granting certification.

The issue reached the court following a petition by a Ludhiana-based NGO, Raksha Jyoti Foundation, against what it deemed vulgar content in recently released movies ‘Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3’ and ‘Mastizaade’. The court had asked for a detailed reply from the ministry and CBFC after it was informed that though the films were released after several cuts, the trailers and promos online contained “vulgar scenes”. ‘Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3’ was given an ‘A’ certificate after 139 cuts, while ‘Mastizaade’ needed 381 cuts.
Appearing for the ministry and CBFC, assistant solicitor general of India Chetan Mittal told the court that the board certifies films only for public exhibition in theatres or on television as per the Cinematograph Act, 1952, and related rules.
“There is no provision in the Cinematograph Act to certify content which is posted on the internet, and CBFC does not have any control over any content which is available on YouTube or any other websites. However, CBFC will ensure that an undertaking be submitted by the producers/directors that they will not release the exited portion of the feature/film to anybody,” Mittal said.
The assistant solicitor general also told the court that the ministry had constituted a committee headed by noted film-maker Shyam Benegal to evolve guidelines and procedures for a better certification framework. A list of guidelines followed by CBFC for certifying movies was also submitted to the court. After hearing the ministry’s reply, Justice Rajesh Bindal disposed of the petition.

LinkedIn CEO donates stocks worth $14 million to staff

LinkedIn Corp said on Wednesday chief executive Jeff Weiner will decline his 2016 annual stock compensation in order to pass it on to his employees at the professional social network.

The move follows LinkedIn’s disappointing first-quarter revenue and profit forecast that missed Wall Street estimates last month as growth slows in the company’s ads business and its hiring services face pressure outside North America.

Up to Wednesday’s close of $119.6, LinkedIn’s stock had dropped nearly 38% since its results on February 4.

“Jeff decided to ask the Compensation Committee to forego his annual equity grant, and to instead put those shares back in the pool for LinkedIn employees,” a LinkedIn spokesperson said in an emailed statement to Reuters.
LinkedIn did not confirm the value of the stock package but technology website Recode reported it was worth about $14 million, citing a source familiar with the matter.

Weiner had received stock awards worth $10.2 million and option awards worth $3.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2014.