There is no escaping: Ads soon to appear in Facebook Messenger application

Facebook will now be adding ads into Messenger application. Ads will appear fairly prominent on the home screen and will include image thumbnails accompanied by text and link.

According to Tech Crunch, the link can ‘direct users to take different actions, like clicking to learn more about the business or signing up for a service, among other things.This is similar to how Facebook Pages for businesses today can direct users to take a specific action, like shopping their site, or starting a chat, for example.’

The ads will appear below your Favourites and just above the Active Now section of Messenger. A small test is now launching in Australia and Thailand.

– Rhiannon Robertson

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The hashtag reads #DeleteUber however, the real concern surrounds the “muslim ban” in America. Following President Trump’s newly signed executive order that would have many travellers stranded that resign from Muslim majority countries, taxis went on strike for one hour.

Uber decided they’d eliminate surge pricing around the airport, this was said to have been to combat the demand for Ubers because of the strike… The internet took a different approach and claimed Uber were trying to profit from the ‘Muslim ban’ Starting a viral tag, #DeleteUber… Resulting in many accounts be deactivated in protest. Oh, internet never change.

-Phil Remington

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Beyonce’s pregnancy post goes viral

Overnight, Beyonce announced in a post on Instagram that she and husband Jay-Z are expecting twins. Writing in her post that “we have been blessed two times over” and “we are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two”. While we, Beyonce’s loyal followers who are part of the “Beyhive” don’t yet know the genders of the next two additions to the Carter fam, we can’t wait for Blue Ivy to have two new siblings to #slay life as a toddler more than we have in 20+ years.
Posted just 6 hours ago the photo of Beyonce surrounded by flowers, covered in a veil showing off her new bump has already received 5,868,706 likes, with many congratulating Queen B on her news.

People have also noted Beyonce is “kicking off Black History Month by blessing us all with more of her children” and if “Trump was mad about the Women’s March getting more attention than him he’s really gonna be pissed about Beyoncé’s pregnancy”.
Who knew people could get so excited about two humans currently the size of a pea?  That being said, people could watch Beyonce brush her teeth and still be screaming with excitement.

– Bonnie Dunleavy

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Trumped at the gate

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Planning a summer getaway to the US of A? In light of Trump’s recent tightening of immigration policy, there may be another step to add into your pre-planning, it may seem unorthodox, but it is now important to manage your social media.

The reason why? US border patrol is now checking people’s Facebook, specifically to understand their political alignments and use these as a basis for whether or not an entrance to the country shall be granted. Trump’s newest border policy has been met with much scepticism and disappointment from the country, even being said by some as “un-American.”

Our digital footprint will last a lifetime, but now more than ever it is imperative for everyone to be mindful when using social media because down the track it could ruin your holiday.

– David Clapton

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Social Media corporations voice their concern

After Donald Trump’s implementation of the ‘Muslim Travel Ban’ last week, numerous social media outlets and companies have expressed their views on the topic.

“Not allowing countries or refugees into America is not right, and we must stand with those who are affected.” writes Bryan Chesky on Twitter. Chesky is CEO of accommodation website and service Airbnb, and he also announced that the service would we providing free housing to refugees and people who are being denied the ability to board flights because of the ban; “”We have 3M homes, so we can definitely find people a place to stay,””. Twitter itself even issued a statement about the topic, with the @Twitter account tweeting “Twitter is built by immigrants of all religions. We stand for and with them, always.”

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg also wrote a heartfelt post on his page, speaking about his own connection to immigration; “The United States is a nation of immigrants, and we should be proud of that.” he writes.

Although the “ban” is still implemented, it is definitely heartwarming to see that notable corporations and individuals (celebrities included) are voicing their concern and protests against what’s going on in the world.

– Neeve Fagan

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