Facebook & Instagram Launch New Standalone Apps: Reality Check Digital News

In this week’s digital news, Facebook and Instagram launch new apps, Bitcoin leads the market to new highs, and new study asks consumers how they feel about data privacy.


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Facebook launches safe messaging app for kids.

Facebook has rolled out Messenger Kids, a new app that makes it safer for kids to video and message chat with family and friends. This app lives on kids’ tablets or smartphones but parents control the contact list from their Facebook account. Kids can use a variety of drawing tools, playful masks, emojis and sound effects. Kids profiles can’t be found on search. So to connect with another kid’s account, both of their parents must be friends on Facebook first. More on Messenger Kids here.


Instagram testing a standalone app for messaging.

The app will let your create and share stories, and give you access to exclusive filters. So why did they build a separate app with the same features? It could very well be another attack on Snapchat and it’s direct messaging capabilities. For now, the messaging app> is available in Uruguay, Chile, Turkey, Italy, Portugal and Israel.

Facebook celebrates a year of games on Messenger.

When Facebook first launched games on Messenger just over a year ago, they had 20 games available in 30 markets. Now, they have over 70 games from more than 100 developers worldwide. To celebrate the year, Facebook is introducing two new features to Instant Games. The first is a live streaming feature for gamers who love to share their playthroughs. The second feature, which will come later, is the ability for gamers to play games with each other while video chatting. More on the update here.

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New study asks consumers how they feel towards data privacy.

A recent study by LoopMe sought to assess consumer attitudes toward data privacy, security and use in advertising. When asked about beneficial or productive uses of their data, 33% said saving costs from using location to deliver relevant offers and deals, 30% said more relevant products offers suited to their needs, and 18% said improving infrastructure like easing traffic. Also, when respondents were asked if they were comfortable with the use of their data “if it keeps online sites free and cannot be linked back to you,” 48% said very happy or quite happy about it, and 37% said not that happy and not happy at all about it.

Bitcoin leads the market to new highs.

The most valuable cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, broke $15,000, just over a week after crossing $10,000 mark, a 50% increase. Bitcoin now accounts for over 63% of the crypto market as a whole. Read more here.

Published on December 8, 2017

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