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Twitter Wants To Give You More Control Over What You Share

Twitter Wants To Give You More Control Over What You Share

Some major changes might be coming to Twitter in 2020, from giving you more control over who can retweet or mention you, according to its VP of Design and Research.

Don’t get excited, an edit button is still not in the plans.

Twitter’s VP of Design and Research, Dantley Davis, tweeted a lost of features that he’s “looking forward to in 2020.” Most ideas are about giving users more control over retweets and mentions, and protecting users from conversations they don’t want to be taking part in.

In particular, Dantley said he was looking forward to:

  • Let users remove themselves from a conversation
  • Disallow RTs on specific tweets
  • Stop people from @mention without permission
  • Remove @mentions from a conversation
  • Allow users’ tweets to be seen only by specific users or users who follow a hashtag or interest

“I believe giving more control to users will help create a healthier Twitter and reduce abuse.”

Note that the announcement was note officially shared by @twitter. These could be features that Dantley and his team plan to work on in 2020, not necessarily features that will be released.

In his tweet, Dantley also invited all of us to share ideas and feedback using the hashtag #designtwitter.

The Cookie Monster Is Back Giving Navigation Instructions On Waze

The Cookie Monster Is Back Giving Navigation Instructions On Waze

After a brief stint on Waze back in June, the Cookie Monster is back, giving you navigation instructions on the app. But not for long.

If you’re a fan of Sesame Street, and specifically of the Cookie Monster, you’ll be happy to know that he’ll be back on Waze again… well, actually his voice will. During the summer, Waze partnered with Sesame Street to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary, introducing Sesame Street character voices to the app.

The Cookie Monster was actually the most downloaded voice, so, to celebrate the character’s birthday this week, Waze has brought it back for a limited time. The cookie-loving muppet is back to give users navigation instructions, but only in the United States.

To enable the voice, users need to access the Waze app settings and go to the “Voice and Sound” section. There, under “Waze Voice,” they should be able to find the Cookie Monster. The voice will be available for a limited time on both iOS and Android versions of the app.

Facebook Will Start Asking For A Selfie To Verify Your Identity

Facebook Will Start Asking For A Selfie To Verify Your Identity

Facebook is working on a new way to verify your identity, using a selfie and facial recognition software.

Facebook is always looking for better ways to have people use its services and especially making it easier to login on the platform. And, according to Jane Manchun Wong, the company is now working on a new facial-recognition identity login that will compare you with a set of preloaded selfies.

Jane shared a video in a tweet earlier today that shows how Facebook would be asking users to take a selfie by looking in different directions, creating the perfect mapping for facial recognition. Wong also noted that the selfies, or video selfie, will remain private and will be automatically deleted 30 days after identity confirmation.