Facebook Emulates Zoom with the Launch of Messenger Rooms, among Other Updates

  Over its history, Facebook has always had the tendency of expanding or adding features to emulate major competitors – and the recent one is the app-of-the-moment, Zoom. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced yesterday that it is launching a new app called Messenger Rooms. This was announced alongside other major updates which we have all […]

Instagram goes down for hundreds of Maltese users

Hundreds of Instagram users in Malta and Gozo have complained that the photo sharing app is not working. Most reported that the news feed was not loading, while others said their stories and logins had been affected. Users in North America, Britain and parts of Europe have also complained of problems. It’s reported the photo-sharing app […]

Twitter is to ban political advertising worldwide

Twitter is banning all political advertising on the social media platform. Chief executive Jack Dorsey has tweeted that the social media site will ban all political ads globally starting next month. He said social media companies give advertisers ‘an unfair advantage’ in spreading ‘highly targeted, misleading messages.’ The new policy, which will come into force from […]

WATCH: James Arthur praises Maltese teenager’s singing skills

A Maltese teenager is on cloud nine after her singing skills were praised by X Factor sensation James Arthur.  Ela Cachia, 16, covered the chart star’s 2013 hit Recovery and posted the video on her Instagram. The former X Factor winner, 31, soon spotted it and shared it on his page, making Ela’s day. He told […]

Revealed: Malta’s most Instagrammed places this summer

Malta has been an Instagram heaven this summer. From stunning views to grand architecture and beautiful beaches, there have been so many things to capture. Instagram vice-president Andrew Royal told 89.7 Bay: ‘Instagram is all about passion. Users tend to share photographs that detail only the beautiful moments in their lives. ‘Compared to a popularity […]

10 top Malta photographers to follow on Instagram

Malta is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most photogenic islands, and nowhere is that more obvious than on Instagram. Forget fashion influencers and foodies, it’s our stunning Xlendi sunsets, beautiful Golden Bay views and adorable narrow lanes in Mdina and Vittoriosa that pull in the followers from all over the world. As one of the most […]

Instagram currently removing number of ‘likes’ in Malta

In a big move which could change the nature of social media, Instagram are slowly removing the number of likes from users’ accounts here in Malta.  This means that while you will still be able to see the number of likes your posts garnered, the public won’t.   Instagram first implemented this change as an […]

Phil Neville calls for social media boycott to combat racist abuse

England Women head coach Phil Neville is calling on the “football community” to boycott social media platforms until they do more to tackle racism. Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and Reading’s Yakou Meite have all recently received online racist abuse. Neville: ‘Twitter won’t do anything about it, Instagram won’t do anything […]

Instagram starts HIDING likes from your followers

Instagram has started hiding likes as part of a trial aimed at removing ‘the pressure’ and shifting the focus to ‘sharing the things’ its users enjoy. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app said the trial in countries including Ireland, Italy and Australia was aimed at stopping the platform from feeling ‘like a competition’. The change applies to […]

Instagram’s plan to make you a nicer person online

There’s something about a screen that can turn normal polite people into obnoxious monsters. Trolling is as much a part of internet life as social media but that doesn’t mean something shouldn’t be done about it. Now, Instagram is rolling out new anti-bullying software in a bid to reduce harmful comments on its platform. How […]

Vin Diesel thrilled as filming begins on ‘Fast & Furious 9’

The latest Fast & Furious film will soon be with us. Filming for the ninth installment of the saga has officially begun in the Hertfordshire countryside in England. While on set, Vin Diesel, who plays Dominic Toretto, posted an Instagram video of him and fellow cast member Michelle Rodriguez, who plays his on-screen wife Letty Ortiz. View […]

Instagram recovers after suffering huge worldwide outage

Instagram has suffered a huge outage with tens of thousands of users around the world reporting problems with the social media app. The worst affected areas include the UK and much of the US, with more than 23,000 people saying they were unable to access the social network on Thursday night. Users were unable to […]

Selena Gomez reveals Instagram ‘made her depressed’

Selena Gomez has revealed she has deleted Instagram from her phone because it made her ‘feel depressed’. The singer is the third most followed celebrity on the photo-sharing site with 152 million fans. But The Dead Don’t Die star said she removed it from her phone after she said noticed the negative impact the social […]

Children as young as two ‘are using social media’

Children as young as two are using social media, according to new research. The study has led to fresh fears that more young people are becoming addicted to sites such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. More than 60% of teachers said that they were worried about under-fives using social networks, not only because of exposure […]

You need to be VERY careful with Facebook’s new ‘like’ feature

We all love a good stalk on Facebook. Seeing what our exes are doing, delving deep into an old school friend’s Facebook photo album and genuinely being very nosy. We didn’t need to worry about accidentally liking a photo and we could carry on for hours undetected. But those days are now gone – as […]

How much time do you spend on social media?

From checking Facebook while waiting for the bus in Valletta, to posting beautiful photos of Mdina on Instagram – social media plays a big role in our daily lives. Most of us in Malta and Gozo are slowly becoming social media addicts and spend a lot of time browsing online every day. But have you […]