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Instagram set to take on Tik-Tok

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Facebook Inc. will begin testing ads on its Instagram ‘Reels’ feature as the social media giant moves to monetise the content.

Instagram’s Reels feature was launched in 2020 as the social media platform took on Tik-Tok as popularity for dancing videos boom.

The trial is being rolled out India, Brazil, Germany and Australia.

It comes amid the apps growing popularity in India.

Instagram hopes this move will allow it to further compete with TikTok and see fans ‘move’ to the platform.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Chinese spacecraft captures rare images of Mars

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A Chinese spacecraft has captured images of Mars circling around the planet over 13 hundred times

The crewless shuttle reached the Red Planet early last year… deploying a robotic rover.

Some of the photos captured the south pole… a first for China.

The area is known for its large water reserve… hidden under the south pole ice, which was detected by the European Space Agency’s orbiting probe.

Water is a key element in determining whether a planet has the potential for life.

Other images include a 4,000 kilometre long canyon and impact craters in the north of Mars.

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Woody Allen considers retiring from film-making

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Film-maker Woody Allen is not ruling out that his next movie may be his last

The 86-year-old director and comedian held an Instagram Live interview with Alec Baldwin.

He says the filming will begin on his next film in the coming months, but he admits that most of the thrill that goes into film-making has gone.

He says there was excitement when he was seeing his films played on the big screen. But says people streaming at home has changed his passion.

Allen hasn’t stayed away from the headlines including a fall from grace when his adopted daughter accused him of sexually abusing her as a child.

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Disgraced socialite Ghislaine Maxwell sentenced to 20 years in prison

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Disgraced socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping Jefferey Epstein abuse young girls

The 60-year-old was convicted back in December for her part in both recruiting and trafficking four girls, who were then abused by Epstein.

Epstein killed himself in his Manhattan jail cell back in 20-19 while awaiting his own sex trafficking trial.

One of Maxwell’s accusers spoke outside the New York court, saying Maxwell should should die in prison.

When handing down Maxwell’s sentence, the judge said the former socialite’s actions were both heinous and predatory.

She says Maxwell worked with Epstein to select young victims who were vulnerable, playing a pivotal role in facilitating sexual abuse.

#MeToo trial

It was one of the highest-profile cases in the wake of the #MeToo movement, which encouraged women to speak out about sexual abuse, often at the hands of wealthy and powerful people.

In often emotional and explicit testimony during the trial, four women testified that Maxwell was a central figure in their abuse by Epstein.

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