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Social Media Today: Facebook Updates, Say Thanks, & New Music Service

By Melony Roy

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Facebook Updates Terms and Policies

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Facebook has updated and shortened its privacy policies and terms and conditions for users.

The company also introduced a new "Privacy Basics" feature to get more people to read and comprehend the terms they must agree to in order to use the service. "Our goal is to make the information about Facebook as clear as possible," said Erin Egan, Facebook's chief privacy officer. "Our hope is that it won't take long for people to read through this and really get it," she said.

The company says the new policy is 2,700 words, down from more than 9,000.

Your settings on Facebook are not changing, and some features are only available in certain regions.
"Say Thanks" with Facebook

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Building off of last year's success of "Look Back" videos, Facebook has launched another video tool just in time for Thanksgiving.

Facebook's new video project "Say Thanks" lets users create personalized video cards for their friends and family that highlights the times they've shared together.

Users select a friend and a theme for the video, such as "old friends," "friends", "complicated" or "family" and each theme has its own music and feel.

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Similar to how users were able to select and edit photos for their Look Back video, users can choose the photos that most represent their friendship with that person and include wall posts, like "Happy Birthday" messages.

Unlike the "Look Back" feature, users can create and share as multiple "Say Thanks" videos. Nearly 200 million users watched the "Look Back" video Facebook created for them and about half shared it on their Timeline.

"Say Thanks" is available globally on both desktop and mobile in multiple languages.


New Music Streaming Service

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Taking advantage of YouTube's vast collection of music, Google has officially launched a new music streaming service.

YouTube Music Key, is a paid subscription service currently in beta but you will need an invite to start using it.

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For early adopters, it will cost $7.99 per month with the first six months free, and eventually jump to $9.99 per month, the same price as Spotify Premium.

YouTube Music Key Beta by YouTube Music Key on YouTube

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