Mashable: Snapchat now lets you compare in-depth astrology readings with friends

Mashable: Snapchat now lets you compare in-depth astrology readings with friends. “Snap has just built a full-fledged astrology app within Snapchat itself. Beginning Thursday, users can access their detailed astrological profile — including analyses and personality explanations of their sun, moon, and rising signs, and the positions of the other planets in the solar system — by clicking an icon in their Snapchat profiles.”

VR Focus: Snapchat’s New Halloween AR Lenses Offer Full Body Tracking

VR Focus: Snapchat’s New Halloween AR Lenses Offer Full Body Tracking. “Launching over 10 3D full body tracking Lenses via the Snapchat platform, you can dress up as a purple pumpkin for Halloween, wear a green skeleton cloak, don a hot dog costume if the need takes you, unleash a giant tarantula or or use the Scary Face lens to shock a few people.”

Neowin: Snapchat now lets users scan food and wine labels

Neowin: Snapchat now lets users scan food and wine labels. “Now, Snapchat is adding support for food and wine labels to its visual search lineup, with the app’s in-app camera now being able to scan packaged food and wine labels to surface information regarding the product. The feature should work like other standalone food and wine apps, which display nutritional details when barcodes are scanned via the camera.”

CNET: Snapchat says it’s helped over 1 million people register to vote

CNET: Snapchat says it’s helped over 1 million people register to vote. “The popular app, known for its disappearing messages and face filters, estimates 56% of the people it helped register this year are first-time voters and nearly 65% are between 18 and 24. For the 2020 election, Snapchat parent company Snap said it’s created tools to help people register to vote, learn about voting options and make a plan to cast their ballot.”

Jakarta Post: TikTok urges social media alliance against suicide content

Jakarta Post: TikTok urges social media alliance against suicide content. “TikTok on Tuesday proposed an alliance with nine other social media platforms to work collectively and rapidly to remove suicide content, following an incident this month when a man killed himself on Facebook. The Chinese-owned app said it had set out its proposal in a letter to the chief executives of Facebook, Instagram, Google, YouTube, Twitter, Twitch, Snapchat, Pinterest and Reddit.”

BBC: Woman falls from car on M25 filming Snapchat video

BBC: Woman falls from car on M25 filming Snapchat video. “A woman fell out of a moving car on the M25 while leaning out of the window to film a video for Snapchat. She fell from the car into a ‘live lane’ between junction six and the Clacket Lane Services at 01:30 BST, Surrey Police traffic officers tweeted. The woman was not badly hurt but police said it was lucky ‘she wasn’t seriously injured or killed’.”

Snapchat: How To Add Stickers To A Snap & Make Your Own Stickers (Screen Rant)

Screen Rant: Snapchat: How To Add Stickers To A Snap & Make Your Own Stickers. “When it comes to enhancing pictures, Snapchat has a variety of stickers available to help users show off their creativity and design skills. Snapchat is not the only social media app that’s geared towards younger individuals with quirky or fun features, although it is one that provides multiple ways to customize the experience and the content shared. While stickers is only one of those options, it is a highly useful one.”

City of Chicago: City of Chicago Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Snapchat Lens Encouraging Residents to Wear Masks

City of Chicago: City of Chicago Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Snapchat Lens Encouraging Residents to Wear Masks. “The City of Chicago today launched another engagement tool to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Chicago—a Snapchat lens. The social media platform is popular amongst Millennials and Gen Zers, a demographic that has seen a recent rise in case numbers in Chicago, and which the City believes is key to stemming the virus. To encourage users to wear masks when in public, this first-of-its-kind Snapchat augmented reality lens deploys new technology that only allows the user to unlock the lens when they put on a mask.”

Mashable: Snap reportedly hires law firm to investigate claims of racially insensitive behavior

Mashable: Snap reportedly hires law firm to investigate claims of racially insensitive behavior. “Snap has hired a law firm to investigate racial insensitivity at the company, according to a new report from Business Insider. In June, Mashable talked to several former Snap employees who recalled incidents of racial bias and insensitivity, which some of them initially wrote about on Twitter.”

CNET: Snapchat adds a meditation feature with the Headspace mini app

CNET: Snapchat adds a meditation feature with the Headspace mini app. “Snapchat wants to make it a little easier for you to relax with its Headspace mini app. The mini app, which is an app within the Snapchat app, launched on Monday alongside three others including group decision-making app Let’s Do It, future-telling app Prediction Master and study app Flashcards.”

Vanity Fair: Is Trump’s Social Media Firewall Starting To Crumble?

Vanity Fair: Is Trump’s Social Media Firewall Starting To Crumble?. “The Snapchat standoff represents Trumpworld’s most recent clash with social media companies. But the conflicts have been ongoing, particularly since the president came out vocally against police-brutality protesters. Last week Twitter added a cautionary disclaimer to his threats against looting ‘THUGS’ and added a fact-check label to his tweets claiming that mail-in ballots boost voter fraud. Neither step made the tweets inaccessible; rather, users simply had to click through the former post’s warning to read it.”

CNET: Snap’s newest AR filter makes floors full of lava (or water)

CNET: Snap’s newest AR filter makes floors full of lava (or water). “I took a look at two of Snap’s new Lenses, one that makes floors full of lava and one that makes everything look flooded. The effect stretches out pretty far, but not infinitely, and moving around causes the effect to redraw in new areas. The water effect was particularly effective: It looks like a weird office mirage.”

Fast Company: Snapchat introduces new interventions for mental health

Fast Company: Snapchat introduces new interventions for mental health. “While Snap has fact-checked all public content on Snapchat for years, the company is adding a new tool called Here For You to the service. So if you search topics ranging from depression to thinspo (the ‘thinsperation’ content that can promote anorexia), Snap’s results will intervene with helpful content written by experts.”