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1. WhatsApp introduces payment in Brazil
The Facebook-owned messaging app recently announced that its users in Brazil would be the first to be able to send and receive money through the messaging app, using Facebook Pay, a payment service launched by Facebook last year.
2. Snapchat introduces voice commands
Snapchat announced a new feature called Voice Scan. Snapchat users can now use voice commands to search for filters that change their appearance or surroundings. For example, the user can press down a button and say, “Make my hair red,” and Snapchat will turn on the red hair filter.
3. Twitter to test emoji reactions
Twitter recently revealed that it is testing reactions to tweets that are very similar to Facebook’s reactions. For now, these reactions can be seen in direct messages on Twitter and are not available for tweets yet.
4. YouTube growing as a news source
Google’s video platform is catching up with Facebook as the most popular social media platform used for news in the United States, according to a new report by the Reuters Institute. The number of Americans who use Facebook to stay informed declined by four percent compared with last year, while YouTube saw an upswing of four percent.
5. Gen Z mocking millennials on TikTok
The “war” between the two generations broke out when millennials started increasingly using TikTok during the lockdown. Their arrival on the app inspired zoomers to come up with memes and call them out in comments, some of which spilled over to Twitter.