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WhatsApp on the web gets a built-in sticker maker

Apple sues NSO Group for attacking iPhones with Pegasus spyware

Facebook Messenger and Instagram may not get default end-to-end encryption until 2023

Facebook is paying musicians and creators up to $50,000 to use its live audio features

Several states are investigating how Instagram keeps kids on the platform

Not great news for a company trying to appeal to young adults

Facebook tests giving more control of News Feed content to users again

Instagram to shut down Threads as Meta consolidates its messaging platforms

Instagram asks suspected bots to verify themselves with video selfies

Ohio suing Facebook, says it misled the public about the effect its products have on children

The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America

In Arizona, Facebook’s content moderators get through the day with sex, drugs, and guns

Meta CTO thinks bad metaverse moderation could pose an ‘existential threat’

Metaverse, schmetaverse — take me to the Icelandverse

Instagram is testing a Take a Break feature