Internet Daily: YouTube Incognito Mode, WhatsApp Groups Get New Features, Facebook and Twitter To Tackle Trolls, Hate Content, Impersonators

Today's Internet Daily briefs you about YouTube's new Incognito Mode, Facebook and Twitter's war against trolls and hate content.


We are back with another round of Internet Daily, wherein we will enlighten you about major happenings in the world of tech. Today’s top stories feature YouTube, WhatsApp, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and Twitter. Keep reading to know about what’s new with these platforms.

YouTube Testing Incognito Mode

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Image Credit: AndroidPolice

YouTube for Android seems to be testing Chrome’s famous “Incognito mode” for some users. As the name suggests, this feature will make YouTube refrain from storing history and offer a private experience to users who do not want their search history to be tracked. A report from AndroidPolice states that YouTube team is currently testing the Incognito mode feature and it seems to be rolled out for select users via server-side update. The Incognito mode option will be available in the profile and users will be able to enable/disable it at will. Once enabled, it will change the avatar to notify users that they are now browsing in a private session.

WhatsApp Groups Get New Features: Descriptions, Mentions, and More

WhatsApp has started rolling some new features for Groups. These new features are coming to both Android and iOS versions of the app. Some of these features have earlier been spotted in the beta versions, and now they have made their way to the stable version. The new features bring the ability to add a group description, new controls for the group admins, ‘Mentions’ feature along with participant search. These features are available for both existing and new WhatsApp groups. The admin(s) of a group can now control who can change the group icon and subject; they can choose between participants or admins. Additionally, admins can also revoke admin permissions of other participants. The creator of the group cannot be removed from the group.

Moreover, the new ‘Mentions’ feature will allow users to find messages where they have been mentioned. To find such messages, they will have to tap the “@” button, which will now show up at the bottom-right corner of the chat. Lastly, WhatsApp has now allowed participant search in the group. To search for a member in a group, you will have to go to group info and start typing the member’s name in the search bar.

Twitter Tweaks its Strategy Against Trolls

Twitter Logo

Twitter has always had a tough time tackling trolls and hate content on its platform. In the latest move, the social media premiere has revised its strategy to fight abusive internet trolls. Twitter will now be using behavioural signals to single out harassers and then limit the visibility of their tweets, which will harm their reach. Previously, Twitter had also given an option to the users to mute the troll account that stops them from appearing in their feed. With the new strategy in place, tweets from troll accounts will appear lower in search results, replies, and more.

Facebook Details New Methods for Monitoring Hate Content



Looks like Facebook and Twitter both have declared war on the internet trolls and hate content. In the first three months of 2018, Facebook has nixed 583 million fake accounts. Now, the social media giant will be enforcing “community standards” against sexual or violent photos, terrorist propaganda and hate speech. However, even after so much of policing, fake profiles will still be making up to three to four percent of Facebook’s user base. Community Standards is touted by Facebook to have detected 100 percent of spam and has successfully trashed 837 million posts.

Facebook Messenger Debuts Reporting Tools to Flag Impersonators and Harassment

Facebook is giving equal importance to user privacy and safety on its Messenger platform too. Users can now report Community Standards violations within the Messenger by clicking on the reporting tool. It is for the users who get hateful or harassment messages on Facebook Messenger. They can report such messages to be reviewed by under Community Standards violations. An app update for both iOS and Android will bring this tool for Facebook Messenger.

Zara is responsible for the day-to-day news publishing on Gear. She wandered into the world of tech right after she completed her post graduate course in English Journalism from the Indian Insitute of Mass Communication (IIMC). She had been associated with some of the known tech blogs like Ubergizmo, ExtremeTech, Wccftech, CCM (English), MakeTechEasier, and more. Having worked with plenty of publications, she finally chose to dedicate her time to MySmartPrice. With over four years of experience, Zara boasts expertise in smartphones, apps, IoT, and security.