Friday Social: Twitter Gets Bugged, Facebook’s New Dating Site, And Meghan Markle

Danielle Kaye

May 11th, 2018

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Our #FridaySocial is a weekly round-up of the key social media news stories from the previous seven days. Let us know your thoughts in the comments or via Twitter – @Umpf

Twitter gets bugged

This week, Twitter made a national announcement, asking all 330 million of its members to change their passwords after a ‘bug’ saw login details stored as readable text on its internal computer system.

The lapse is understood to have affected a substantial number of users, leaving their logins unprotected for ‘several months’ before the company became aware of the issue. Twitter nevertheless have said they have now fixed the problem and has seen ‘no indication of breach or misuse’ but has advised everyone to change their password as a ‘precaution’.

Those pesky pests!

Jet away with Instagram

For many who scroll through Instagram in awe of the globe’s desirable hotspots – you can now book your dream holiday through the app. The image-sharing platform has announced the introduction of new ‘action’ buttons that enables you to book holidays, make reservations and purchase directly through Instagram.

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The payment button will be available for select businesses in a bid to boost functionality and will allow business to be conducted without leaving the page – here’s to the impulse purchases!

Twitter hints at encryption

According to many reports, buried inside Twitter’s Android app is a ‘Secret conversation’ option suggesting that Twitter will soon support encrypted direct messages.

The encrypted DM option was first spotted by Jane Manchun Wong, a computer science student – and if the feature launches, it could make Twitter a better home for sensitive communications that often end up on other encrypted messaging apps like WhatsApp.

Looking for Love

If you thought there were enough dating sites already with the likes of Tinder POF and Match.com… think again!

Mark Zuckerberg has announced Facebook is launching a dating feature for ‘building real, long-term relationships (not just hook-ups)’ focusing on helping the platform’s main growth group of the over 35s look for love.

Don’t panic! – the ‘dating’ service will require users to create a new profile, so you don’t have to worry about having to purge your profile’s history – including the embarrassing drunken nights of 2011 or the failed attempts at fancy dress.

And finally…

After four years of being solo at Madame Tussauds in London, Prince Harry’s wax figure finally has a companion: Meghan Markle.

Madame Tussauds has received great publicity and praise for the new figurine, which does the soon-to-be duchess real justice – It also has received the royal seal of approval!

Markle’s replica will be available for public viewing beginning May 18 for those looking to take a selfie with her ahead of her big day.

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