How to Change Your Instagram Profile Photo

Got a new photo and want to show it off to your Instagram followers? Instagram makes it easy to change your profile picture.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 18, 2021

Got a new photo and want to show it off to your Instagram followers? Instagram makes it easy to change your profile picture.

Unlike Facebook, you can change your profile picture without posting. There is no notification when you change your profile photo, it just changes. Let’s explore how this is done.

This is for. iPhone/iPad and Android using Instagram

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On your iPhone/iPad or Android phone, use the Instagram app to update your profile picture.

First, launch the Instagram app on your phone. In the app, from the bar at the bottom, select the profile icon (which is the last icon in that row). Refer to the below image:

Accessing your profile

Next, on your profile screen, beneath your profile details, tap the Edit Profile option. See the below image:

Selecting Edit Profile option

Now, beneath your current profile picture, tap Change Profile Photo. See the following image:

Selecting to change profile photo

Next, from the bottom of your app, Instagram will open a Change Profile Photo or Synced Profile Photo menu.

Now, if you want to replace your profile picture with a picture saved on your phone, tap New Profile Photo in the menu. To add a photo from your Facebook profile, tap Import from Facebook.

Tip: Use the Remove Profile Photo option if you simply want to delete the current picture from your Instagram profile.

We will choose the Choose From Library option. Refer to the below image:

Selecting where to get your profile photo

Next, Instagram will open your phone’s gallery. Here, select the photo that you would like to make your profile picture on Instagram. When you select a photo, the app will display editing options that are optional. Tap Done to continue. See the below image:

Selecting your profile photo

Now, Instagram will take you to your profile page, and you will see your new profile picture there. Tap Done to continue. See the following image:

Your new profile photo

Next, if you have enabled Sync profile photo, (from Choose From Library screen above) your new photo will be synced to Facebook. Tap OK to continue. Refer to the below image:

Syncing enabled

Now, go back to the above screen and tap Manage Sync Settings. A confirmation dialog will be displayed regarding your profile photo sync between Facebook and Instagram. See the below image:

Your sync confirmation

Next, exit Instagram.

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How to Log Out of Facebook on All Devices

With so many devices and so many social media accounts, it can be hard to remember where you are logged in to which accounts. To protect yourself from potential hacks, it’s a good idea to log out of social media sites, like Facebook, once you are done with your session, especially if you are using someone else’s device.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
October 28, 2021

With so many devices and so many social media accounts, it can be hard to remember where you are logged in to which accounts. To protect yourself from potential hacks, it’s a good idea to log out of social media sites, like Facebook, once you are done with your session, especially if you are using someone else’s device.

But, if you forgot to log out, or suspect an unauthorized third-party login, you can still log out of all devices at once from your Facebook’s account settings. Let’s explore how this is done.

This is for devices running Facebook

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Use Mobile App

If you use an iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, you can use the official Facebook app to sign out from Facebook on all your devices at once.

First, launch the Facebook app on your smartphone.

In the Facebook app, tap the three horizontal lines menu. On an iPhone or iPad, this menu is at the bottom of the screen. On an Android phone, you will find this menu at the top-right corner of the display. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Menu

Next, scroll down the Menu screen that opens, and tap Settings & Privacy. See below image:

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Accessing Settings & Privacy option

Now, select Settings. See following image:

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Accessing Settings option

Next, scroll down to the Account section. Here, tap Password and Security. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Password and Security option

Now, on the Where you’re logged In header, tap See All. (Note! My display text automatically changes size and the See All may be somewhat hidden depending on font size. See below image:

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Accessing See All option

Facebook will display the list of devices where you use your account. At the bottom of this screen, tap Log Out of All Sessions. See following image:

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Accessing Log Out Of All Sessions option

Next, select Log Out. Refer to below image:

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Confirm your action by tapping Log Out

And Facebook will log you out from all your logged-in devices!

To use your Facebook account on those devices again, you will have to enter your Facebook username and password.

If you just want to log out of one session, tap the 3-dot icon to the right of a session, then tap Log Out and the session will be removed. See below image:

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Log Out of one session

Use Facebook Site

If you are on a Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer, use the Facebook site to sign yourself out from all your Facebook logged-in devices.

First, launch a web browser on your computer and open the Facebook site.

Next, at the top-right corner, click the down-arrow icon. See following image:

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Accessing the Menu

Now, select Settings & Privacy. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings & Privacy option

Next, choose Settings. See below image:

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Accessing Settings option

Facebook will take you to your account’s settings page. Here, in the sidebar to the left, click Security and Login. See following image:

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Accessing Security and Login option

Now, from the Where You’re Logged In section, click the See More option. Refer to below image:

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Accessing See More option

Next, you will see a list of devices where you use your Facebook account. To sign out of all these devices, click Log Out Of All Sessions at the bottom-right corner of the Where You’re Logged In section. See below image:

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Accessing Log Out Of All Sessions

Now, a Log Out of All Sessions prompt will appear. Next, click Log Out in the prompt to confirm your choice. See following image:

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Confirm your action by tapping Log Out

And Facebook will log you out from all your logged-in devices!

To use your Facebook account on those devices again, you will have to enter your Facebook username and password.

If you just want to log out of one session, click the 3-dot icon to the right of the session, then click Log Out and the session will be removed. Refer to below image:

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Log Out of one session

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How to Pin/UnPin a Facebook Post

What does it mean to pin a post on Facebook? A pinned post is a status update that you manually select to stay at the top of your page’s timeline, meaning it will not slip down as you continue to add other posts to your page.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
October 5, 2021

What does it mean to pin a post on Facebook? A pinned post is a status update that you manually select to stay at the top of your page’s timeline, meaning it will not slip down as you continue to add other posts to your page. Let’s explore how to do this.

This is for devices running Facebook

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You can only have one post pinned to your profile at a time. If you try to pin a second post, that second post gets pinned and the first post gets unpinned.

Pin to Your Profile

First, launch a web browser on your computer and access the Facebook site. Next, log in to your account and in the top right-hand corner of the site, click your profile icon. Refer to below image:

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Accessing your Profile

Now, on your profile page that opens, find the post you want to pin. At the top right-hand corner of the post, click the three dots menu. See below image:

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Selecting the 3 dots menu

Next, from the three-dots menu, select Pin post. See following image:

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Selecting to Pin your post

And immediately, Facebook will pin the selected post to the top of your profile page. Scroll up your profile and your pinned post will appear there. Refer to below image:

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Your pinned post

To unpin a pinned post, from the top right-hand corner of the pinned post, select the three dots menu and click Unpin post in the menu. See below image:

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Selecting to Unpin your post

Facebook will remove the post from the top of your profile page. It will continue to appear at its original location in your profile, though. Now, refresh the page or exit Facebook.

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Pin to Your Page

In addition to your personal profile, you can pin a post to your Facebook page, too.

First, access your page and find a post to pin. (Note! I am doing this on my business page using my iPhone). Next, at the top right-hand corner of the post, click the three dots menu. See following image:

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Selecting the 3 dots menu

Now, from the three-dots menu, select Pin to Top. Refer to below image:

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Selecting to Pin your post

Next, Facebook will add your selected post to the top of the page.

To remove the post from the top of the page, from the top right-hand corner of the post, click the three dots menu. Next, from the menu that opens, select “Unpin from Top. See below image:

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Selecting to Unpin your post

Quote For the Day

You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.

Steve Jobs

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How to Perform a Privacy Checkup on Facebook

The Privacy Checkup tool allows you to determine how much or how little information you reveal, and to whom.

Facebook has tons of privacy checks that it would take three or more blog posts to cover the topic. In this post we are going to tackle two topics. The Privacy Checkup is tedious and laborious, plus, there are way too many checks. In our opinion, Facebook is a giant bureaucracy, too big for its own good Regardless, you may be surprised at the kinds and amount of information you are sharing, I know I was. Just take the time to discover what you are sharing using Facebook’s Privacy Checkup tool.

The Privacy Checkup tool allows you to determine how much or how little information you reveal, and to whom. Let’s explore this Facebook tool.

This is for devices running Facebook. Screenshots are from Windows 10

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Start Privacy Checkup

To run the latest version of Facebook’s Privacy Checkup tool, first, launch Facebook. Next, click the down arrow icon in the upper right-hand corner, then click on Settings & Privacy. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings & Privacy

Now, select Privacy Checkup. See below image:

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Accessing Privacy Checkup tool

Choose the First Topic

Next, in the Privacy Checkup window, click the first topic, Who can see what you share. See following image:

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Selecting the first topic

Now, click Continue. Refer to below image:

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Verbiage about the topic, continue to next screen

Your Profile Information

Next, at the Profile Information window, review the settings for your phone number, email addresses, and birthday. Click the button next to each one, and choose whether to change it to Public, Friends, Only Me, or a specific Facebook list. See below image:

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What and who sees your Profile Information

I changed my Birthday to Friends (it was already Friends, I kept it the same). To exit, click the “X” in upper right-hand corner. See following image:

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Changing who sees your Birthday

You probably want this information to remain private or only visible to friends or a specific group. When done, click Next. Refer to below image:

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Continue to the next screen

Your Posts

Now, at the Posts window, set the option for who should see future posts. You would likely want to set this to Friends. The Limit Past Posts option changes past posts that were seen by the Public or Friends of Friends to only Friends. Click Next to continue. See below image:

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Who sees your Posts, continue to next screen

Your Blocked People

Next, at the Block screen, you can block specific people from seeing things you post, starting conversations with you, or trying to add you as a friend. To do this, click Add to Blocked list link. See following image:

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Selecting your Blocked List option

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Now, type the name of the person or account you wish to block. From the list of suggestions, click the Block button for the correct person, then click Next. Refer to below image:

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Entering a name to block

Next, click Confirm to block the person and continue. See below image:

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Confirming a blocked person

Now, you will be taken back to the Block screen. You may select another person to block. When finished, click the “X” in upper right-hand corner. See following image:

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Exiting the blocked persons screen

Next, to continue, click Next. Refer to below image:

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Continue to the next screen

You Are Finished With First Topic

Now, the You’re All Set window will open indicating you are finished with the topic. To continue, click the Review Another Topic button. See below image:

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You have finished this topic screen

Choose Your Second Topic

Next, select How to keep your account secure. See following image:

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Select the second topic

Note! My Password is OK and Two-factor authentication is on. Now, click Continue. Refer to below image:

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Verbiage about the topic, continue to next screen

Check Your Password

Next, at the window for Is Your Password Private, click Change Password if you are concerned that it was compromised or you want to change it to something more secure then click Next. See below image:

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Manage your password, continue to next screen

Check Your Two-Factor Authentication

If Two-factor authentication is off, click the Get Started button to add Two-Factor authentication to protect your Facebook account. You want to do this. Just, follow the steps to set this up. Now, click Next to continue. See following image:

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Manage Two-Factor Authentication, continue to next screen

Check Your Alerts

Next, at the window for Turn On Alerts, turn on the switch for any alerts you wish to receive if you or someone else signs into your Facebook account from a new or different location, then click Next. Refer to below image:

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Enable/Disable Alerts, continue to next screen

You Are Finished With Second Topic

Now, the You’re All Set window will open indicating you are finished with the topic. To continue, click the Review Another Topic button. See below image:

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You have finished this topic

You may continue to one or more of the next three topics and follow its directions.



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“Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master”.

Christian Lous Lange

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How to Block Fact Checkers and Gate Keepers On Facebook

Have you received the message “This post has been removed for misinformation… or deemed inappropriate….” on Facebook. Just who are these Facebook “Police”?

Who you goin to call, Fact Checkers? A ‘play on words’ from the movie ‘Ghostbusters’.

Have you received the message “This post has been removed for misinformation… or deemed inappropriate….” on Facebook. Just who are these Facebook “Police”?

You will be surprised at the number of people who use ‘fact checker’ or ‘gate keeper’ as their name

Facebook has partnered with independent third-party fact-checkers globally who are certified through the non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network (ICFN). This fact-checking program launched in 2016, and has continued to expand it since then to cover more languages and countries.

The focus of this program is to address viral misinformation; provably false claims, particularly those that have the potential to mislead or harm.

Fact-checking partners are able to review content across both Facebook and Instagram, including organicand boosted posts. They can also review videos, images, links or text-only posts.

There are a lot of guides on the Internet that tell you to block ‘fact checker’ from the Facebook block user function. However, all this does is block users and pages that call themselves ‘fact checker’. Facebook does not actually disclose who and where the ‘fact checker’ actually are, so blocking random pages named ‘fact checker’ won’t really do much. The same goes for ‘gate keeper’.

So, this post is just for fun and informational. You are unable to actually block a Facebook ‘fact checker’ or ‘gate keeper’. With that said, let’s explore how to block people who call themselves ‘fact checker’ or ‘gatekeeper’.

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Who Are Fact Checkers

Source: Facebook

Since we do not believe that a private company like Facebook should be the arbiters of truth, we rely on independent fact-checkers to identify and review potential misinformation, which enables us to take action.

  1. Identify: We identify potential misinformation using a variety of signals, and our fact-checking partners can also proactively identify content on their own.
  2. Review: Fact-checkers review and rate the accuracy of stories through original reporting, including interviewing primary sources, consulting public data, and conducting analyses of media, including photos and video.
  3. Act: Once we have a rating from a fact-checking partner, we take action by ensuring that fewer people see that misinformation by surfacing fact-check articles to users across our platforms and showing labels on top of false stories.

Who Are Gate Keepers

Source: Slate

Facebook Oversight Board is their gatekeeper. A gatekeeper decides what is free speech or not. The board will act much like a court of appeals for the platform, and it will take on cases regarding how to handle controversial content on Facebook and Instagram. The board will also act in an advisory capacity, giving policy recommendations to the company.

Block a Fact Checker

First, launch Facebook and tap the Menu icon. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Facebook menu

Now, scroll down and open the Settings and Privacy section and tap Settings. See below image:

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Accessing Facebook settings

Next, scroll down to the Blocking section and tap it. See following image:

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Accessing the Blocking section

Next, tap the link Add to blocked list. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Add to blocked list link

At the top of the page, in the Search box, type in: fact checker. Here you will see a long list of people using the name of ‘fact checker’. See below image:

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Entering Fact Checker in the Search box

Next, tap a listing or the Block icon and you will be given a dialog box to Block or Cancel. Tap the Block icon. That person will be added to your Blocked People list. See following image:

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Blocking a Fact Checker

Now, repeat the above for each ‘fact checker’ person you want to block. Next, in the Search box, type in: fact checkers. Here you will see another long list of people using the name of ‘fact checkers’. Next, tap a listing or the Block icon. Tap the Block icon and repeat for each person in the list as needed.

Block a Gate Keeper

Go back to the Search box and type in: gate keeper. Here you will see a long list of people using the name of ‘gate keeper’. Refer to below image:

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Entering Gate Keeper in the Search box

Next, tap a listing or the Block icon you will be given a dialog box to Block or Cancel. Tap the Block icon. See below image:

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Blocking a Gate Keeper

Repeat the above for a search of ‘gate keepers’ and block as needed. Next, tap the back button to see your Blocked People list that includes ‘fact checker’, ‘fact checkers’, ‘gate keeper’ and/or ‘gate keepers’. Why do people use such names? See following image:

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Your Blocked People list

Now, tap all the way back using the Back button and exit Facebook.

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How to Save Facebook Posts to Read Them Later

Facebook can feel a little overwhelming. What if you miss a post and you can not find it later? Thankfully, Facebook has a bookmarking feature to help you keep track of things and save them for later.

Facebook can feel a little overwhelming. What if you miss a post and you can not find it later? Thankfully, Facebook has a bookmarking feature to help you keep track of things and save them for later.

You can save shared links, posts, photos, videos, and even pages and events. These things can all be organized into Collections. Let’s explore how to do this.

This is for iPhone, iPad, and Android using Facebook

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How to Save Facebook Posts

First, find any Facebook post you would like to save. Tap or click the three-dot hambuger icon in the upper right-hand corner of the post. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the hamburger icon for a post

Next, select Save Post (or Save Event, Save Link, etc). In my example I am saving a link. See below image:

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Accessing Save link option

After you select Save Post or Link, etc, you will immediately get the choice to save it to a collection or create a new one. See following image:

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Saving the link to collection For Later

How to Access Facebook Posts

Now, you will need to open the post (if it is a link) and tap the hamburger icon. Next, select View Saved Items. Refer to below image:

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Accessing View saved items option

The most recent items will appear at the top, and Collections can be found underneath. See below image:

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Listing of your most recent saves

Thje steps are similar for your desktop version of Facebook. That’s it! This is a nice little trick to save posts you enjoyed or to remember to read something later.

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WhatsApp to Delay Privacy Policy Update After Users Flee to Other Services

A privacy policy update that subtly points out data can be shared with Facebook prompted a user exodus, so WhatsApp is now giving them until May 15 to agree to the changes.

A privacy policy update that subtly points out data can be shared with Facebook prompted a user exodus, so WhatsApp is now giving them until May 15, 2021 to agree to the changes.

This is for WhatsApp users

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WhatsApp is hitting the brakes on a privacy policy update that has prompted users to flee the Facebook-owned platform for rival messaging apps like Signal.

Background

WhatsApp’s original plan required people to agree to the new privacy policy on February 8, 2021. If they did not, the app implied it would shut down their accounts. To make things more confusing, the update also said WhatsApp partnered with Facebook on new “integrations,” without specifically saying how the data sharing works.

But on Friday, WhatsApp said it was postponing the plan amid an apparent user exodus. “We’re now moving back the date on which people will be asked to review and accept the terms. No one will have their account suspended or deleted on February 8. We are also going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp,” the service said in a blog post.

The Problem

The heart of the problem is trust (or the lack of it). WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, which has a notorious tecord on digital privacy. The social network has repeatedly tried to clarify that the updated WhatsApp policy will not result in real changes for users when talking with friends or family. But many refuse to give Facebook the benefit of the doubt.

Users Fleeing

This became apparent last week when Telsa CEO Elon Musk urged his followers on Twitter to use competing messaging app Signal. Since then, Signal has seen a massive influx of new users, numbering in the tens of millions.

Company Response

On Friday, WhatsApp reiterated that it will continue to use end-to-end encryption, meaning no one—not even Facebook—will be able to read your messages. “We also can not see your shared location and we don’t share your contacts with Facebook,” the app added.

The company went on to say the policy update itself deals primarily with businesses using WhatsApp to send and store messages with consumers. “This update does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook,” it added.

Doubt Remains

Nevertheless, the updated privacy policy is still a reminder that WhatsApp does share some user data with Facebook. A FAQ outlines how the data from businesses messaging with you can be used for ad targeting over Facebook.

At the same time, the updated privacy policy itself uses broad, but abstract language concerning the data sharing, making it unclear what Facebook can collect from your WhatsApp usage and why.

We will have to wait and see if WhatsApp can clear up the confusion and win back users. In the meantime, the company is indicating it will not begin asking users to opt into the privacy policy until May 15. “We are going to do more over the coming weeks to make sure everyone knows how WhatsApp secures your messages,” added Will Cathcart, the head of WhatsApp.

This blog post is courtesy of PCMag.com updated January 15, 2021.

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How to Backup Facebook Photos and Videos

You have searched for a favorite photo or video on Facebook but are unable to locate it. Facebook has an option to backup most anything saved through its app. This would allow for easier searching instead of scrolling endlessly through Facebook posts.

You may have decided to deactivate your account for health reasons or you just want a backup. There is no such thing as “too many backups”. In my IT career, I have been “burned” by not having adequate backups resulting in lost time in recreating them.

Depending on how long you have been a Facebook user, the backup file can be quite large. If you have limited storage or on a free storage plan for your mobile device, you might consider backing up to a PC or Mac.

Using this post as a guide, I am backing up thirteen years of Facebook photos and videos on a Windows 10 PC. My backup file, in Zip format, was a 1.4 GB file.

This is for PCs, Mac, mobile devices and similar platforms using Facebook

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Accessing Facebook Settings

Launch Facebook. in the upper right hand corner, click on the Account icon. Next, click the Settings & Privacy option. See below image

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The Settings and Privacy option

Next, click on the Settings option. Refer to below image:

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The Settings option

Downloading Your Facebook Information

Then click on Your Facebook Information. See following image:

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The Facebook Information option

Next, click on Download Your Information. See below image:

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Download your information option

Selecting ONLY Photos and Videos

From here, click on Deselect All link. Then select only Photos and Videos option. From this screen there are many options on what to backup. For our purposes, we only want photos and videos. Refer to below image:

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Deselecting all, then selecting only photos and videos option

Once photos and videos have been selected and all other option are unselected, click the Create File button. See below image:

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Clicking the Create File option

Messages and Emails From Facebook

You will receive a pop-up message regarding the creation of your Facebook backup for photos and videos. Refer to below image:

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Facebook response to iyour request

Check your email that is associated with your Facebook account for the file request. See below image:

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Email from Facebook about your request

It may take several hours for Facebook to process your request. When the file is ready, you will receive an email that your file is ready. Follow the directions in the message. Refer to below image:

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Email from Facebook that your backup file is ready

Downloading Your Photos and Videos Backup

Click on the link for Download Your Information. Then, click the Available Copies tab. You should see information about your download file. Now, click the Download button. See following image:

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Download option to your Downloads folder

Facebook will ask you to enter your Password, then click Submit. See below image:

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Submitting your password

Viewing Your Downloaded Zip File via File Explorer

Your photos and videos backup file will be in your Downloads folder in Zip format. Below is a screenshot of my backup file. Notice it contains over 3000 files. Your backuped file number will depend on how often you post photos and videos and how many years on Facebook. Refer to below image:

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An example of your downloaded Facebook photos and videos file

What I would like to see is an option to select a date range for the backup instead of everything.

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How to Switch to the New Facebook Interface

Facebook’s new website interface change is not well known. At some point, it will probably be the new standard. The interface is getting a visual overhaul that almost everyone can access. You can now update to this brand new, less cluttered design with the click of a button. If you don’t like the change, you can easily switch back to the classic interface.

This if for a desktop/laptop, Macs and smartphones supporting Facebook

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Enabling the New Interface

Note! This post relates to a PC, other devices will be similar. If you don’t see the new Facebook option then Facebook has yet to rollout the change to your device.

Fire up your device and log in to your Facebook account.

Next, click on the down arrow in the top-right corner of the interface. Select the Switch To New Facebook option. The page will refresh and the new interface design will load. Refer to below image:

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Switch to the new Facebook option

A welcome message will appear the first time that you switch to the new Facebook design. Facebook claims that the redesign has faster loading time, cleaner look and bigger text. Additionally, Facebook now includes a dark mode that you can enable whenever you want.

Additionally, this update comes with a user-friendly redesign of the Groups tab and an overhaul of the News Feed. See below image:

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The Welcome message for the new interface

Simply click the Next button. You will see the following image allowing you to select how yout interface will look.

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Selecting your interface look

Just click the Get Started button. That’s it, you are all set with the new desktop interface. If you aren’t a fan of the Dark mode, you can switch back to Light whenever you like.

Switching Back to the Classic Interface

Once you’ve enabled the new interface, you can always revert the change from your Facebook account’s front page. Just click on the down arrow in the top-right and then select Switch To Classic Facebook. See following image:

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Reverting back to the Classic interface

At some point in the future, Facebook may decide to roll out the new design permentally for all platforms. If so, reverting back to the classic interface will no longer be an option.

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How to Send a Messenger Video to Facebook

Are you unable to share a Messenger video on your iPhone to social media, like Facebook? This share feature is not available on the smartphone. But it is possible on your desktop or laptop.

This is for any device using Messenger and Facebook

Messenger on iPhone

On your iPhone, open Messenger and find the video you want to share like the example below:

Messenger video
Messenger video

You can click the Up Arrow rectangle box to send the video to certain friends and/or Create a Group. But we want to share the video to Facebook. Following are the steps:

Messenger on Desktop/Laptop

  • Open Messenger or Facebook on your desktop/laptop then select Messenger
  • Move your mouse next to the Up Arrow rectangle box
  • A Reply and More actions will magically appear
  • Click on More
  • Click on Save to Facebook

Your screen will look like the below image:

Saving Messenger video to Facebook
Saving Messenger video to Facebook

Facebook

  • Open Facebook on your Desktop/Laptop
  • Go to Home menu option on Facebook
  • On the left hand side menu, expand Explore (if necessary) and locate Saved
  • Click on Saved and you will see the video as shown below:
Saved video on Facebook
Saved video on Facebook
  • Click on the Share button to share on Facebook

Sometimes the author has blocked a video from being shared. If so, the Share button will not be displayed.

Courtesy Of

This tip is the courtesy of my wife, Dr. Aletha C. Oglesby. You may want to check out her blog on medical topics at Watercress Words-exploring and sharing the HEARTH of health.

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