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Digital News: April 27, 2021

The New iOS Update Lets You Stop Ads from Tracking You—So Do It (Wired)

If you're sick of opaque ad tracking and don't feel like you have a handle on it, a new iOS feature promises to give you back some control. With the release of Apple's iOS 14.5 on Monday, all of your apps will have to ask in a pop-up: Do you want to allow this app to track your activity across other companies' apps and websites? For once, your answer can be no. Read more:

Mark Zuckerberg Announces Facebook Is Working on a Clubhouse Clone (CNBC)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday announced that the company is building audio features where users can engage in real-time conversations with others, similar to the app Clubhouse, which gained a lot of buzz in Silicon Valley circles earlier this year. Zuckerberg said Facebook plans to invest a lot in audio features and build them out over the coming years. Read more:

Facebook Launches a Series Tests to Inform Future Changes to its News Feed Algorithms (TechCrunch)

Facebook may be reconfiguring its News Feed algorithms. After being grilled by lawmakers about the role that Facebook played in the attack on the U.S. Capitol, the company announced this morning it will be rolling out a series of News Feed ranking tests that will ask users to provide feedback about the posts they’re seeing, which will later be incorporated into Facebook’s News Feed ranking process. Specifically, Facebook will be looking to learn which content people find inspirational, what content they want to see less of (like politics), and what other topics they’re generally interested in, among other things. Read more:

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