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Facebook update now lets users double tap to instantly like posts

Tuesday 11/June/2019 - 09:53 AM
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Edited by: Yara Sameh
Be careful the next time you try to zoom in on a Facebook photo، daily mail reproted.

The social media giant has updated its iOS app to let users like a photo by double-tapping on it.

In doing so، Facebook is taking a page from Instagram، which has allowed users to double-tap pictures for several years.

The feature was first spotted by UK-based social media consultant Matt Navarra.

It's not yet clear if the update is available to all users، or if it's part of a limited test.

One user was quick to point out that it would likely make social media stalking a bit more challenging for some.

Currently، users can double-tap on a Facebook photo to zoom in.

If they're unaware that double-tapping on a photo signifies a 'like،' it could potentially result in some awkward scenarios.

'Oh no. I do that to zoom in when I'm in full-on stalker mode. I am doomed،' a Twitter user wrote in response to Navarra's tweet.

Another user agreed، adding: 'My first thought، too.'

Many noted that the update marks the latest case of Facebook adding features from Instagram and vice-versa.

'Facebook and Instagram slowly becoming one،' a user wrote in a reply to Navarra's tweet.

Instagram، which is owned by Facebook، has taken after its parent company in more ways than one in recent months، including adding more advertisements to the feed and Stories.

It comes as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced plans earlier this year to integrate Facebook's 'family of apps.'

This includes the core 'Big Blue' app، Instagram، WhatsApp and Messenger.

By merging the apps، it would allow users to message one another no matter what platform they're using.

Facebook has pledged to add end-to-end encryption as it rolls out this feature.

The process is expected to last several years، into '2020 or beyond،' Zuckerberg said in January، according to Business Insider.

HOW WILL FACEBOOK MERGE ITS 'FAMILY OF APPS'?
In a March 6 blog post، Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised to rebuild based on six 'privacy-focused' principles:

Zuckerberg promised end-to-end encryption for all of its messaging services، which will be combined in a way that allows users to communicate across WhatsApp، Instagram Direct، and Facebook Messenger.

This he refers to as 'interoperability.'

He also said moving forward، the firm won’t hold onto messages or stories for ‘longer than necessary’ or ‘longer than people want them.’

This could mean، for example، that users set messages to auto-delete after a month or even a few minutes.

'Interoperability' will ensure messages remain encrypted even when jumping from one messaging service، such as WhatsApp، to another، like Instagram، Zuckerberg says.

Facebook also hopes to improve users' trust in how it stores their data.

Zuckerberg promised the site 'won't store sensitive data in countries with weak records on human rights like privacy and freedom of expression in order to protect data from being improperly accessed.'

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