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Roger Waters won’t be another brick in Facebook’s wall. 

The Pink Floyd bass player and principal songwriter revealed in a press conference last week that he has rejected Mark Zuckerberg’s request to use the British band’s 1979 hit “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2” in a film to promote Instagram. 

And a clip of him calling the Facebook
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CEO “one of the most powerful idiots in the world” has gone viral on Twitter. It led Waters’s name and Facebook to trend on Twitter on Tuesday morning. Be warned that there is some strong language. 

While speaking at a pro-Julian Assange event, Waters, 77, read a letter he claimed was from Zuckerberg. “It arrived this morning, with an offer for a huge, huge amount of money,” said the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. “And the answer is, ‘F— you. No f—in’ way.” 

Many in the audience can be heard clapping, and one person on the discussion panel rises to give Waters a standing ovation.

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Waters accused Facebook and Instagram of being part of “an insidious movement of them to take over absolutely everything,” and added, “I will not be party to this bull—-, Zuckerberg.” 

According to the letter that Waters read aloud, Facebook feels that the core sentiment of the song — which calls out institutions, such as formal education — is “still so prevalent and so necessary today, which speaks to how timeless the work is.”

Rogers countered that the social network missed the point of his song. The lyrics, as you may recall, go: “We don’t need no education/We don’t need no thought control/No dark sarcasm in the classroom/Teacher leave these kids alone/All in all, it’s just another brick in the wall/All in all, you’re just another brick in the wall.”

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“And yet, they want to use [this song] to make Facebook and Instagram more powerful than it already is,” said Waters.

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Indeed, Facebook is facing formal antitrust probes by the European Union and the United Kingdom over its Marketplace classified-ads service. And Congress has spent 15 months investigating the power of the country’s biggest tech companies, including Facebook, Amazon
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Pink Floyd has long refused to allow the band’s music to be used for any advertisements that weren’t for a “good cause,” although the group did write a song for a Dole bananas spot in the mid-70s to help make rising ticket prices cheaper for their fans

Waters also brought up Zuckerberg’s pre-Facebook website FaceMash, which he built at Harvard in 2003 to rate the looks of women on campus. “How did this little prick who started out as ‘She’s pretty, we’ll give her a four out of five, she’s ugly, we’ll give her a one,’ how did we give him any power?” asked Waters. “And yet here he is, one of the most powerful idiots in the world.”

Reps from Facebook and Instagram were not immediately available for comment. 

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This isn’t the first time an artist has balked over requests to use their songs, of course. It’s especially common for politicians and musicians to butt heads over music rights, with Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama and Bob Dole all drawing rebuke over using artists’ songs on the campaign trail without their permission.

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Read more: John Fogerty joins the likes of Tom Petty, Rihanna and Prince’s estate in telling Trump’s campaign to stop playing his songs

The Rolling Stones threatened former President Donald Trump with legal action last year after his re-election campaign repeatedly used their songs at his rallies despite being told to “cease all use” of their singles. And the Stones joined the likes of John Fogerty, the Prince estate, Nickelback and Rihanna in telling the Trump campaign to stop playing their songs.

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Instagram Is Rolling Out Reels Replies, And Will Be Testing A New Feature Which Informs …

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Instagram has added a few more social features to the platform, with Reels Replies being rolled out. Along with the Replies, anew feature is being tested that shows when two users are active together in the same chat.

Reels has been performing much better than perhaps even Instagram ever anticipated. The TikTok-inspired new video format (which officially claims to have absolutely no relation to the former) had some trouble really finding its footing initially. However, Reels has grown massively and while it may not be a source of the most direct competition to TikTok, it is indeed a worthy alternative.

Reels has grown to the point that it has a massive creator program attached to it, and the video format has even been migrated to Facebook with the goal of generating further user interest there. Naturally, with such a successful virtual goldmine on its hands, Instagram has been hard at work developing new features and interface updates for Reels, integrating it more and more seamlessly into the rest of the social media platform. Features such as Reels Replies are a major part of such attempts at integration.

Reels Visual Replies are essentially just what they sound like: A Reel that is being used to reply to someone. It’s a feature that’s been seen frequently across TikTok as well. Reel Replies essentially take a user’s comments, and reply to them in video format. The comment will then show up within the Reel itself as a text-box, taking up some amount of space, and showing both the user who issued said comment along with the text. The text-box is apparently adjustable, with users having the ability to move it around and change its size depending on where it obstructs one’s Reel the least.

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Overall, it’s a fun addition to the Reels format, even if the credit should be going to TikTok first. At any rate, it’s an example of Instagram really utilizing Reels’ social media capabilities, outside of just serving it up as a form of entertainment.

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Speaking of social media capabilities, a new feature might help alleviate one of the most common frustrations encountered across all such platforms. Isn’t it annoying when you see that a friend’s online, but isn’t replying to your chat? Sure, they’ve probably just put their phone down to run a quick errand, but there’s no way for you to know, right? Well, there sort of is now! Instagram is beta testing a new feature via which if both users are active within a chat, the platform will display that accordingly. It’s a work-around, sure, and one that’s currently being tested for usefulness, but it’s still a very nice, and even fresh, addition to the social media game.

Now, the active status will only appear when you are both active at the same time.#Instagram #instgramnewfeature@MattNavarra @instagram @alex193a pic.twitter.com/2chGZP9hr4

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5 apps for scheduling Instagram posts on iPhone and Android

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Alright, we get it. You’re an Instagram Nostradamus.

You know exactly what you want to post and when you’re gonna want to post it. Maybe there’s a meme or comment you want to make that you know will be totally relevant for a future moment or event. Or it could be that you’re an influencer and you want to make sure you keep a steady stream of content coming, so you want to schedule posts for times when you know you won’t be active (or won’t have internet access).

You’ll be happy to know there are apps that are specialized for just such situations. So listen up, InstaNostradamuses…Instagrostra…Instadam…Insta…uh…you guys (we’ll workshop it. No we won’t. We’ll probably just abandon that effort completely. You’re welcome) — these are the Instagram-post-scheduling apps for you.

While all of the iPhone apps below are free to download, they all have some in-app purchases.

1. Planoly

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We’ll start with “official partner” of Instagram, itself, Planoly — an Instaplanner that uses a grid to let you plan, schedule, and publish posts (as well as Reels) on Instagram. The app also lets you see post metrics and analytics so you can make sure your post didn’t flop.

Planoly is available for iOS on the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for Android.

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2. Buffer

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Buffer is another Instagram post scheduler that helps you plan your posts and analyze feedback once they’re published. Use a calendar view to drag and drop posts into days/time slots for easy scheduling.

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Buffer is available for iOS on the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for Android.

3. Preview

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Preview offers typical post-scheduling tools and analytics along with a few helpful extras. Get caption ideas, recommendations for hashtags, and more.

Preview is available for iOS on the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for Android.

4. Content Office

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An Instagram post scheduler with a visual boost, Content Office allows users to plan and schedule Instagram posts while learning “marketing and visual guides to grow your brand on Instagram.” Like aesthetics and using visuals to create cohesive themes? Maybe this is the Instaplanner for you.

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Content Office is available for iOS on the Apple App Store.

5. Plann

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You’ll never guess what “Plann” lets you do…

Aside from scheduling posts, get content ideas and recommendations, as well as strategy tips to ensure you’re maximizing your Instagram engagement. Ever wonder when the best time to post something is? Plann can offer you some help with that.

Plann is available for iOS on the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for Android.

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Social networking websites launch features to encourage users to get boosters

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Facebook Instagram and TikTok are launching new features to encourage people to get their coronavirus booster jabs.

From Friday, users will be able to update their profiles with frames or stickers to show that they have had their top-up jab or aim to when they become eligible.

It follows on from people previously being able to show they have had their first and second jabs on certain social networking websites and apps.

TikTok also held a “grab a jab” event in London earlier this year.

I urge everyone who is eligible – don’t delay, get your vaccine or top up jab today to protect yourself and your loved ones

More than 16 million booster vaccines have now been given across the UK.

People who are aged 40 and above and received their second dose of their vaccine at least six months ago are currently eligible to have their booster.

A new campaign advert is also being launched on Friday, which shows how Covid-19 can build up in enclosed spaces and how to prevent that from happening.

Vaccines minister Maggie Throup said:  “Getting your booster is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself and your family this winter.

“It is fantastic to see some of the biggest household names further back the phenomenal vaccine rollout, allowing their users to proudly display that they have played their part in helping us build a wall of defence across the country.

“I urge everyone who is eligible – don’t delay, get your vaccine or top-up jab today to protect yourself and your loved ones.”

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