How to make a Digital Will to access your social media accounts when you’ll be no more?

Have you decided what will happen to your social networking accounts and your digital possessions when you are no more?

Like physical possessions, all the digital content that we create during our lifetime also has some value. Like your other worldly possessions, you should try to pass on your digital property also to someone in a planned manner by creating a digital will.

How to make a digital will

We all are aware of the significance of our social media accounts but we never imagine that who will access our digital accounts when we will be no more to access it.

How to make a Digital Will to access your social media accounts when you’ll be no more?

Like your physical possessions, you should plan to pass on your digital contents and social media accounts also to your loved ones in a systematic manner.

If you don’t take the necessary steps, most of these sites won’t share the contents with your relatives, as doing so violates their terms of service. It was often found in many cases where friends and family members of the deceased have had to fight to get access to their online accounts.

Most major social media services such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, etc allow you to either designate a person in advance to manage your account after you, or to specify what should happen to it after your lifetime.

As per the report of the advocate of cyber laws “If an individual passes away without giving access to account details, the only way has the legacy contact family can obtain access is by approaching a court, and that can be a tedious process”.

Social Media accounts and their clauses:

Facebook:

# You can permanently delete your account or you can memorialize it.

# You need to appoint a legacy contact to look after your memorialized account.

# A legacy contact is a person who looks after the account if it’s memorialized.

# Once an account is memorialized, the legacy contact will have limited access to it.

# The person can share posts, change the profile picture and respond to new friend requests.

# He can also request for removal of the account.

# This practice has become quite popular in India, where family, relatives, and friends post a tribute or share funeral plans.

Instagram: 

# It works on similar principles as Facebook.

# Family members or friends can request Instagram to memorialize or delete the account.

Twitter: 

# In the event of a user’s death, Twitter accepts a request only from a verified immediate family member to deactivate the account.

# The family member needs to provide proof of identity, information about the deceased, and a copy of the deceased’s death certificate.

# Twitter doesn’t provide access to the account to anyone.

LinkedIn and Pinterest:

# It has similar policies as Twitter.

# When notified of a user’s death, they delete the account after receiving all the necessary documents proving the person’s death.

Microsoft: 

# Its accounts include MSN, Live, Outlook, and Hotmail.

# It lets its users choose in advance either to close the account or keep it active.

# By providing legal proof (subpoena or court order), family members can get access to the account of the deceased user.

Google: 

# Your Google accounts would include Gmail, Google+, and YouTube.

# It lets its users make arrangements in advance regarding what happens to their data and their accounts after their death.

# Firstly, it asks you to fix a time frame of three to eighteen months. After this waiting period ends, the account turns inactive.

# Thereafter, you can choose to have it deleted or you can share the information therein with select people.

# You can choose up to 10 people who will be notified about your account turning inactive.

# Depending on what you choose to share, they will get access to your data.

# You can also choose to delete your account.

# This will happen three months after it turns inactive.

# In case you delete an account, publicly shared data such as YouTube videos, blogs, and posts in Google+ will also get deleted.

How to create a Digital Will?

If a person doesn’t share his social media or digital account details before he dies, the only option is the family will have to move the court to recover the data. Service providers demand a court’s succession certificate to let a legal heir access the deceased’s accounts.

Getting a succession certificate takes a lot of time and can cause hassles to the family. The best way to handle digital assets is to create a Will for them, just as you would for your physical assets.

# You can mention your digital assets either in a physical Will, or you can create a digital Will, where you mention to whom your digital assets are to be bequeathed.

# A digital Will is similar to a physical Will, except that it carries a digital signature.

# This means that the family doesn’t have to worry about complications such as signature mismatch.

# You can get a digital Will created for your digital assets by your lawyer.

# You can also leave your passwords in a sealed envelope with a person you trust or open a digital locker and store these passwords.

# Details mentioned in the Will are stored securely in an encrypted format or in a bank locker. # Mentioning your digital assets in a Will helps determine which of your accounts should survive and which should be erased.

# For your family to get access to your electronic devices, either share your passwords with them or keep your devices backed up regularly through an online backup account so that your family can access the content.

# People can designate a trusted person to operate the locker after their demise.

As per the statement of the advocate of cyber laws “We create an inventory of all the digital assets of an individual, and then depending on what the executor wants, it is bequeathed to the intended person. The digital Will is signed off with the digital signature of the executor which won’t be challenged in the future, unlike physical signatures.” The digital signature has been granted legality under the IT Act.

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It’s very vital to handover our digital accounts to our closed ones when we will be no more to access that. By making a digital will you can save you important digital accounts from misuse or hacking.

WhatsApp brings Dismiss as Admin and High Priority features

WhatsApp launched new features include High Priority notifications and the Dismiss as Admin feature on iOS and web. These alleged upcoming features have been spotted in the latest beta update on Android.  The ‘High Priority’ feature allows users to manage push notifications better. 

WhatsApp new Dismiss as Admin feature

WhatsApp brings Dismiss as Admin and High Priority features

WhatsApp is now rolling out ‘dismiss as admin’ feature for Android and iOS which is long overdue. WhatsApp was first found testing this feature back in January 2018. This feature will let group administrators demote other admins, but group creators can’t be dismissed from being an admin. 

Meanwhile, in the latest WhatsApp beta version, the app has added ‘High Priority’ notifications that will enable users to manage push notifications better. It is similar to the pinned chats feature that WhatsApp had rolled out last year. The app also recently allowed users to post their Instagram stories directly to their WhatsApp status.

The ‘High Priority’ feature

# The High Priority feature allows users to manage push notifications better.

# If the feature is switched on, users will see the incoming notification pinned on top of the notifications center.

# This works in both private chats and groups.

# The particular feature can be accessed from the Notifications Settings menu.

# Moreover, if your smartphone has other applications that have a similar feature, the notifications should be shown as in a chronological order.

The ‘Dismiss as Admin’ feature

# Another feature called as Dismiss as Admin is specifically for WhatsApp Groups.

# The admin feature in a WhatsApp group allows users to add or remove people from the chat.

# A number of different group members can be named as admin.

# An admin tapping on it pops up a message ‘You can’t dismiss (first name) as admin because they created this group.’ Interestingly, members don’t get to see the popup but act directly.

# This feature will allow groups admins to remove others from the admin position without removing them from the group.

# The particular option can be seen under the Group Info menu.

# Since the feature is aimed at demoting other admins, WhatsApp will not the creator of the group be demoted.

# The feature is currently in beta-stage testing on Android and is still under development for iOS.

# It is available on WhatsApp for Android version 2.18.116 and iOS version 2.18.41

How the ‘Dismiss as Admin’ feature varies from earlier?

# Earlier, administrators/creators could promote participants as admin, but in order to demote them, it was necessary for them to leave the group, and add back as a normal participant which is a tedious process.

# But with the latest update, users will no longer need to go through this hassle. Means admins can directly remove other admins without going through the process mentioned above. You can now open the Group, tap on Group Info, and then tap on the participant.

# If one of the participants is not an admin, you will see an option to ‘make admin’ and if they are already an admin, there will be an option to ‘dismiss as admin’.

# The feature is available on WhatsApp Web interface as well.

# However, while you can dismiss other participants as admins, WhatsApp doesn’t allow you to dismiss the group creator as admin.

# On the other hand, if the group creator changes the phone number using “Change Number,” other administrators might also get the ability to dismiss as admin or remove from the group. Noted that this feature is currently not tested.

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As the feature is now in beta for Android, it might be a while before it rolls out to everyone. But you can download the APK from WhatsApp official website and side-load it. In case of iOS, it is available right away from the App Store.

Gmail will soon let you send emails with an expiry date – Gmail new features

To enhance the security of the Gmail account users, Google is working on redesigning its popular Gmail service, to bring a variety of features to Gmail. Google will soon let you send emails that Self-destruct.

Gmail new feature - Confidential mode

Gmail will soon let you send emails with an expiry date – Gmail new features

Google is apparently adding some new security features to Gmail according to a recent leak that will add a self-destruct function to emails that are sent. With all these added security functions, users can also configure the expiration date of an email so that it will disappear after a week, month or even after a few years. These are the new Gmail design,

The improved design includes features such as offline support, smart replies, and a snooze option to deal with annoying messages.  

Google will also introduce a new feature, defined Confidential Mode. Gmail will also be getting the ability to self-destruct an email.

With all these added security features, users can also configure the expiration date of an email so that it will disappear after a week, month or even after a few years.

How will the new version of Gmail give users greater controls over their emails?  

There is a new small lock-shaped icon added to the compose screen called ‘Confidential Mode’ that blocks other users from forwarding, copying, downloading and printing the email, follow the steps below

# Clicking on a lock icon in the window will open a popup that tells users they can set a date for when the email will ‘self-destruct’, as in they’ll be destroyed after a certain amount of time expires. 

# The self-destructing e-mail’s time restrict will also be specified by the sender. Means users can set an email to expire after one week, a month or after a couple of years.

# It also gives users the option to turn on confidential mode, which means that the recipient will be unable to forward, download or print the email. They also can’t copy and paste content from the message. 

# Another feature allows users to require recipients to confirm their identity with a passcode to open emails which will be sent via SMS or set an expiration date on sent emails. 

Other features of Gmails:

# Smart Reply – Smart reply refers three responses you might send based on the content of an email you received. Smart replies offer recommends for quick one-line replies within emails. The recipient will have to log into their Google account to view it and you won’t be able to copy and paste the message itself (although you can still apparently screenshot it).

# Snooze option – The snooze button will also temporarily hide emails from user’s inbox until a certain time. Snooze can also bring the email back when you’re at a specific location, which is useful for setting aside personal email for when you get home from work.

# Offline support – Without an internet connection, during Offline you won’t be able to read emails in your browser.

How to Install Snapmail Chrome extension to avail self-destructing emails?

Another option if you want to use the feature of self-destructing emails

# You can do so by installing the Snapmail Chrome extension.

# When you compose a new email, simply click the Snapmail button instead of Send.

# The recipient receives a secure link to the message and once opened, it’ll expire within one minute.

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It is also still unconfirmed if these features will work with non-Gmail accounts or if they will only apply to Gmail users. Moreover, the report says that Gmail didn’t point out the mail is encrypted anyplace.

WhatsApp changed its Delete For Everyone feature again with redownloading option

WhatsApp changed its Delete For Everyone feature again with redownloading option in order to enhance the user experience which will enable the users to again download the deleted media files. The popular instant messenger is now keeping the deleted files on servers which means that the users can again download them if they want.

WhatsApp Delete For Everyone feature modified again

Initially, WhatsApp launched the new feature of Delete For Everyone last year. At the time of the launch, it allowed people delete sent messages, including media within seven minutes of sending them. Both recipient and sender get a notification when messages get successfully deleted.

But unfortunately, later the feature of Delete For Everyone come out with major drawbacks like if someone has quoted your message on WhatsApp before you delete it, you will still be able to see that message making the ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature ineffective. That’s why WhatsApp update its feature where users will be able to delete sent messages even after an hour means up to 1hour 8 minutes and 16 seconds.

WhatsApp changed its Delete For Everyone feature again with redownloading option

The instant messaging service, WhatsApp keeps on rolling new features regularly to make the messaging app more intuitive and enhance user experience. The company has now started rolling out a new feature which will enable the users to again download the deleted media files.

It may have happened to a lot of users when a file, image, document or a video sent to them on WhatsApp, gets accidentally deleted. If you’ve deleted the relative file in the WhatsApp folder, you weren’t able to download it anymore.

As per the report, a Twitter account that tracks changes in WhatsApp’s beta builds, the company has introduced a feature for Android that will enable the users to again download the media file which was accidentally deleted.

Meanwhile recently, the WhatsApp beta testers reported a mysterious timestamp bug in the messenger. Due to a mysterious bug, the timestamp on the chat window of users is appearing with numbers. For example, instead of ‘Today’, messages which are exchanged on that day are appearing with “84oday”; instead of ‘Yesterday’ the timestamp is shown as “89esterday” for messages which are exchanged a day before. However, the company has now rolled out a fix for the same.

How to redownload deleted files?

# In the latest beta version, the popular instant messenger, WhatsApp is now keeping the deleted files on servers which means that the users can again download them if they want.

# Earlier, WhatsApp used to delete the files from its servers which were deleted by the users.

# The un-downloaded media was deleted after the period of 30 days, while the downloaded media was deleted immediately after the download.

What is the advantage of this new feature?

# This feature will turn out to be quite useful as often we accidentally delete some important files.

# During the testing of the feature, researchers discovered that they were able to recover the deleted files of up to two months.

# Even though the files are saved on the server, the instant messaging app keeps the data secure. Media files continue to be end-to-end encrypted.

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This feature is only available for Android users and not for iOS users.

Snapchat introduces new Group Video Chat feature for Up to 16 People

The popular image and video sharing app Snapchat has introduced a new of group video chat for users to reconnect with their friends and family.  Users can add up to 16 friends at once to a group video chat, which can be accessed in the app’s messaging section.

Snapchat Group Video Chat feature

 

Snapchat introduces new Group Video Chat feature for Up to 16 People

Chat even more fun now, users can start the group chats with just a tap on the video icon. Up to 16 friends can video chat together at the same time. Meanwhile, group audio chatting can support 32 friends at once.

Snapchat is introducing two new features for users—group video calling and @ mention tagging, all hoping to connect users in a brand new way.

Now, instead of switching to FaceTime or Facebook for video chatting, users can start a group video chat to chat with friends face-to-face inside the Snapchat app.

As part of an app update, Snapchat had introduced video and voice chat in 2016 for user convenience. With the new update in place, users can now enjoy hands-free communication and get creative with filters on the app. 

How to use Snapchat Group video calls? 

It’s a simple feature to use. When you’re in a group chat on Snapchat,

# Simple tap on the video camera icon and it will invite all of your friends to join in, means each friend will receive a notification inviting them to join the call.

# When a group member opens the call, their name bubble will light up on your keyboard, letting you know they’re on.

# If you’re not looking your best at that moment, no need to worry, you can join the chat with just voice, as well as toggle between video and voice.

# During the call, you can use the Snap filter lenses as well as chat or send messages. Means to make video calls more fun, Snapchat users can also add lenses over their faces, such as puppy ears or others.

To start a voice call with a group, meanwhile, tap on the phone icon. Also, if you’d rather not use your camera during a group video call, you can turn it off and attend the group chat just by voice.

Why Snapchat launch this new feature now?

Facing heavy competition from Instagram, which has already copied a number of Snapchat features, Snapchat is trying to maintain momentum and improve the experience to keep users engaged. It’s constantly adding new or enhanced features and functionality.

For instance, Facebook has been offering group video chats in Messenger since 2016. Admittedly, this allows for chats with up to 50 people, but Snap’s 16-people offering will tempt people away from Messenger. 

Snapchat also introduced “mentions” feature

Beside Snapchat group video chats, Snapchat also introduced a “mentions” feature, which will let people tag each other in videos, and notifies people when they get mentioned. A feature popularised by platforms like Twitter and Instagram.

How to tagging People In Snapchat Stories?

# Users can tag each other in their snaps and Stories by typing ‘@’ before their usernames. In some cases, you may need to type the full username. 

# From there, your viewers will be able to swipe up on your snap to watch the tagged account’s public story or add that person as a friend.

# When someone tags you, you will get a notification in the chat window, alerting you that someone mentioned you in their Snapchat Story.

# The ability to add tags should be particularly useful for influencers or celebrities on the platform, as they will be able to easily tag a company or a brand they’re promoting.

Notably

The new group video chat features will start rolling out globally this week, and the tagging feature should as well become available soon. So get ready to use these two new features of Snapchat.

WhatsApp new feature Change Number now makes it easier to inform friends about your new number

WhatsApp new Change Number feature, which will make it easier for you to inform your friends that you have changed your phone number. With this new feature, you can now easily inform your new phone number to all your contacts in a single click.

The new WhatsApp feature is an upgrade to the existing Change Number feature, which allows users migrate their account information, settings and groups.

WhatsApp new Change Number feature

WhatsApp new feature Change Number now makes it easier to inform friends about your new number

It is possible to run two WhatsApp accounts on many phones these days. But when it comes to migrating data between two numbers, from old to a new one, there is no solution.

For instance, like moving house, changing your phone number can be a laborious and stressful undertaking. You have to let everyone know and update a bunch of accounts with the correct information.No doubt in regard that it creates a big headache for users.

But now WhatsApp brings a new feature, called change number, that may make migrating data from an old number to a new number hassle-free.WhatsApp has been getting many new features via recent updates. The latest Android beta version of WhatsApp 2.18.97 has got this feature.

The same is expected to be rolled out to the Windows Phone and iOS versions of the app soon. The new feature is claimed to be rolled out as a server-side update. It will notify all your contacts about your new number. You can choose to inform all your contacts, those contacts you have chats with or only specific contacts about the change in your number.

Steps to begin with the new Change Number feature

You can find the new Change Number feature from the settings menu of the app. If you are a beta tester of the app, first update it to 2.18.97 and then

# Go to WhatsApp Settings > Account Change number.

# Next, users will have to enter their old and new phone numbers, then tap on the Next button from the top-right corner. 

# Tap the Next button again and then enable the Notify my contacts option.

# This brings options, namely All contactsContacts I have chats with, and Custom.

Irrespective of the choice you make, all the groups you belong to will be notified about the change in your phone number. This feature will also detail the number of contacts who will be notified as well.

It means after users have inserted the required old and new phone numbers, WhatsApp will ask them which contacts have to be notified about their new number. After the migration, in the recipient’s phone, all shared messages in the old chat will be transferred in the new one and in the chat will appear a new bubble, indicating that the user has a new number.

The advantage of the new Change Number feature

Talking about the previous Change Number feature, it will migrate the data to the new phone number and retain the chat history and add the new number to the groups that the old number was a part of and notify the group members as well.

# The biggest advantage is that Change Number feature preserves the chat history of the user.

# The improvement in this feature makes the number change a simple and hassle-free process and it notifies your contacts.

# This way, you need not take effort in sending individual messages to your contacts notifying them about your number change.

How to download the new feature?

You can download the latest WhatsApp for Android beta by visiting Google Play. Its APK file is also available for sideloading on compatible devices via APK Mirror.

How to access the WhatsApp QR code payment feature?

WhatsApp was previously seen bringing in a QR code payment feature to payments, again in beta. Now beta users on Android have the option of QR code payments. Follow the below steps to access the feature,

# Go to Payments > New Payments > now select QR Code.

# On selecting the option, you will be directed to the QR code scanning window that will ask you to enter the amount that you want to send and UPI PIN for verification.

Notably

The update is now available for WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.18.97, the new feature is also heading to iPhone and Windows Phone soon, yet the company not specified any exact date.

How your Whatsapp friends could be spying on you by using a new app?

A new app called Chatwatch has launched recently that could let your WhatsApp friends spy on you even with all the security features in place. Chatwatch takes advantage of WhatsApp’s public online/offline status, which lets your friends know when you’re readily available to talk.

Chatwatch

It’s a creepy new trick that the app’s developers hope will bring more attention to how Facebook handles our data, along with how other companies access and analyze it. WhatsApp has over a billion users on its platform-sharing information through texts, images, videos and other content.

To make it more private, the company has brought options such as the ‘Last seen’ feature and more. This prevents others from pinging you continuously and gives you a cutoff from the app.

How your WhatsApp friends could be spying on you by using a new app?

If you rely on WhatsApp to message friends and family, it’s important to know that the service lets your contacts know about when you’re available to chat, and whether you’ve read their texts.

Lifehacker recently found a new creepy app named Chatwatch, as the name signifies, watches when you are online on the messaging platform and gives others an insight. Chatwatch aims to help people find out ‘friends, family or employees’ activity’ even when they have hidden the ‘last seen’ function.

Using this data, the app can tell you how often your friends check WhatsApp. It can even estimate what time they go to sleep and wake up each day, potentially making it an invasive app. 

Chatwatch initially launched on iOS but it was later pulled from the App Store by Apple for unspecified reasons. It’s currently available for Android, and the developers are presently working on a web-based version as well.

How the new app Chatwatch workout?

# The app Chatwatch, claims to let you view someone’s online history by scrolling through their activity timeline to see exactly when they were on their phone chatting on Whatsapp or how often your friends check WhatsApp.

# It’s possible to find out if a WhatsApp user is online or not simply by initiating a conversation with them (no messages need to be exchanged for this to work).

# Chatwatch can combine WhatsApp data from two of your contacts means it will also work ‘chat probability’ by comparing two numbers to show how likely it was that they were talking with each other. The app will let bosses track productivity by seeing how much time people spend on Whatsapp during the working day.

# So it’s possible that Chatwatch’s system is automating this process of checking on users and aggregating data to deliver insights.

How to download Chatwatch Apk on Android?

To get Chatwatch apk file. You can use its download button and get it on your android mobile. There are many apk provider websites from where you can get the Chatwatch apk. Just simply go to below-downloading button, and click on it. The Chatwatch apk will be started download automatically.

In case, if you do not have internet connection on your mobile. Download Chatwatch from your desktop/pc or laptop. After that, you can transfer the apk file using Bluetooth or Xender.

How to Install Chatwatch Apk On Android?

It is now available on google play store, so directly you can install from there. Straightly, go to google play store and search Chatwatch there. And first one is the real application. Before installing it, check the review and rating, so you can know it is real or not.

If you got direct apk file, so you can install Chatwatch apk easily. Just open the download Chatwatch apk file, and a message will be shown, that your installation blocked. In order to get it to be installed on your android device. Just go to settings > security and simple tick on unknown sources.

After that, it will redirect you to the installation process. Just click on install and then next. Now the Chatwatch android app will be installed on your android device in few seconds.

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Be careful while choosing the new app as Chatwatch isn’t free—it’s actually bit expensive. For $2, you get the ability to spy on two of your contacts for a week, so choose carefully.

How to download a copy of your Facebook data?

Recently a lot of people are talking about deleting their Facebook accounts after it came to light that Cambridge Analytica used Facebook provided tools and harvested personal data of nearly 50 million users and many users still have no idea what information of theirs was leaked.

Download a copy of your Facebook data

Facebook stores almost every single interaction you’ve had with the social network since you joined, including every time you’ve logged in, advertisements you’ve clicked, events you’ve been invited to, a list of the people you follow, your friends, your hometown, every time you’ve sent or received a message, every single status update and more.

Although Facebook affirmed that “We never sell this data, and this feature does not collect the content of your text messages or calls” but it is still scary that the company knows so much about its users.

However, what you’ll find is that this is an entire history of your life on Facebook.You can use this as a copy of your profile that you can download if you plan to leave the social network, but it’s also just a reminder of how much Facebook knows about you.

How does Facebook know everything about you?

Facebook recently admitted that it actually records more data about you than you would realize. And this data includes call and SMS records, even if the call you made or the SMS you sent has nothing to do with Facebook.

In addition to other private details, like your address, qualification details, professional carrier, liking, disliking, regular regime, even where you go for dinner, how often you travel out of country for working or vacation purpose, includes the special person of your life, etc. that Facebook also records and keeps. In other words, Facebook has lots of lots of data on you.

It’s basically the history of everything you’ve done on Facebook. It’s also the data that Facebook can use to learn more about you. When others get unauthorized access to this data, they can learn a lot about you as well. Well, using a few steps on Facebook you can actually find out.

How to download a copy of your Facebook data?

  • Go to Facebook.com/settings. 
  • Tap “Download a copy of your Facebook data.”
  • Tap “Download Archive” and enter your Facebook password for security confirmation.
  • It might take a few minutes, but Facebook will alert you when your archive is ready and you’ll now be sent an email with your entire archive. 
  • When it is, click “Download Archive” again, and a zip file will download to your computer.
  • Browse through that archive by opening each file inside the folder.
  • Now you can browse your way through a set of web page-like stores of information. For instance, “index.html” is an archived version of your Facebook profile including past relationships, jobs, and educational institutions.
  • You can view every photo you’ve uploaded along with all the EXIF data Facebook has on it – i.e. where and when it was taken, and even where it was uploaded.
  • You can even see everyone you’ve ever unfriended.
  • In fact, Facebook has kept track of every event you’ve ever attended, videos uploaded, locations and devices you’ve logged in from, the messages you’ve sent, the images it compiles for facial recognition and even what advertising topics it thinks you prefer being served.

Instagram new feature New Posts will make feeds more chronological

Instagram has introduced a new feature called New Posts that will let you keep updated and feel fresher with all the new posts in the app. Instagram is changing its algorithm to make things ensure that the posts you see are timely. The change also gives users more control over their feed.

Instagram's New Posts, new Algorithm For 2018

Instagram new feature New Posts will make feeds more chronological

Instagram’s New Algorithm For 2018 will make posts appear in users’ feeds more chronologically. The change comes after users have complained of seeing old posts in their Instagram feeds following the app’s switch from a chronological-based display back in 2016.

After Instagram switched its algorithm to a nonchronological, users criticised the algorithm, so after months of complaints, now Instagram has made some major changes to its feed.

How this new feature – New Posts will work out?

# With Instagram’s new feature New Posts will show up first again.

# Instagram’s new feature – New Posts button which will let you decide when you want to refresh your feed, instead of the app doing it automatically.

# If the button is tapped it will take you to the new posts at the top of the feed.

# With these changes, your feed will feel fresher, and you won’t miss the moments you care about. Say, if your friend shares a selfie from her party in the UK, it will be waiting for you when you wake up.

# Sometimes, the automatic refresh feature leaves users feeling totally blindsided which Instagram has seemingly come to recognize so they will now be able to refresh on their own

Why has Instagram changed its algorithm again?

As per the report of the Instagram, the company has heard users complaints about its algorithm-based feed, and now it’s making changes to display more photos and videos closer to chronological order.

Means users often complained that when a feed refreshes, it brings them back to the top, making them lose track of updates. That’s why the company has introduced a feature called New Posts.

Instagram originally used a chronological feed, showing the newest Instagram posts first when you opened up the app, but the company changed that in June of 2016 to display posts based on relevancy. The change caused days-old posts to be displayed in some situations, which users were unhappy with. 

As the change caused the worst impact on regular social media users and content creators when they would often bury new posts in favor of bubbling up user content from several days earlier and there was no way for users to choose to view only new content.

WhatsApp introduced new Block revoke request feature for curbing misuse of ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature

WhatsApp introduced new Block revoke request feature in order to stop users from exploiting the ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature through modified versions of the app, which allowed some users to delete messages sent as long as three years back.

WhatsApp Block revoke request feature

WhatsApp introduced new Block revoke request feature

With the WhatsApp beta for Android 2.18.69 version, WhatsApp recently increased the time limit to delete messages for everyone to 4,096 seconds or 68 minutes and 16 seconds. The messaging platform increased the limit from 420 seconds or seven minutes as part of WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.18.69. This change was also applied to recent WhatsApp for iOS and Windows Phone updates. 

However, many Android users, through unauthorized WhatsApp versions could delete WhatsApp message as old as 3 years. But the chat app has put an end to this now. As WhatsApp has silently added another feature called Block revoke request in order to stop users from exploiting the ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature.

How the feature ‘Delete for Everyone’ misused?

The reason why some of the users were able to delete 3 years old message through some tricks was because WhatsApp did not check any other important information other than the ID of the message and the revoke request. When the recipient received this particular message contained the revoke request, WhatsApp checked if the ID of the message was present in the database and directly deleted it.

How the Block revoke request feature works as a safeguard?

# WhatsApp has also silently added something else to improve the Delete for Everyone feature in a few precedent updates. In order to stop these bad users, WhatsApp has implemented a Block revoke request feature.

# This is how the safeguard feature works. When the user deletes a message for everyone, WhatsApp sends a new message to the recipient. This message has the same ID of the message that the user wants to revoke. WhatsApp then finds a message in the database having the same ID of the received revoke request and checks the date related information of the message saved in the database.

# Previously, when the recipient received this particular message contained the revoke request, the app checked if the ID of the message was present in the database, if the original message was found, WhatsApp directly deleted it without checking any other important information.

# This algorithm has been recently improved to perform the delete operation only if WhatsApp finds a message in the database having the same ID of the received revoke message request, it checks the data of the message saved in the database, performing an operation: if (current date) – (the date of the saved message) is less than 24 hours, WhatsApp can successfully delete the message.

# Adding this new operation, the recipient is sure that nobody can illegally delete messages for everyone.

Why has WhatsApp decided to choose 24 hours as time reference?

WhatsApp has decided to choose 24 hours as time reference because a user can delete a message for everyone and the recipient’s phone might be turned off at that moment.
Choosing 24 hours, WhatsApp is sure that the recipient will surely receive the revoke request (seen that hardly a user doesn’t turn on his device within 24 hours), but this also means that:
 If the recipient won’t turn on his phone within 24 hours, the revoke request will be considered invalid, also if the message was correctly deleted for everyone within 1 hours 8 minutes and 16 seconds but, as above mentioned, this is an unusual situation.
 All users that are currently using modified and unauthorized WhatsApp versions can successfully continue to delete messages for everyone within 24 hours.

Note

The WhatsApp new feature Block revoke request is a step to curb exploitation of a feature that was deemed useful by those using the platform.