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Misc. - Numbers

4 ways the everyday internet user can earn from the blockchain
If you've been watching the news lately, you'd probably be curious about the rise of cryptocurrencies, and how it is minting millionaires and even billionaires just because of its phenomenal rise in value.
January 3, 2018
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4 ways to block political posts on Facebook
The lure of post-election chatter is one of social media's biggest productivity pitfalls. Here's how to silence the noise.
January 9, 2017
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5 metrics every YouTube marketer needs to track
Video content has quickly evolved into the single most popular way to absorb information and entertainment online. Every day, Facebook users watch 100 million hours and YouTube users watch 1 billion hours worth of video clips.
January 9, 2018
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10 million US Facebook users saw divisive ads bought by Russia
It's no secret that Russia tried to influence the outcome of the US election last year using a variety of techniques including the use of advertising on Facebook. The social network recently said that it would share details of these ads with Congress, but would not be making them public.
October 3, 2017
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10 surprising ways machine learning is being used
Machine learning is taking the tech world by storm. Recently, an announcement that Google was open-sourcing Tensor Flow, their machine learning (ML) software, and Microsoft quickly followed suit.
November 28, 2017
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10 years of hope and hard lessons on the Facebook Platform
One of the biggest tech concepts we take for granted today was essentially unheard of before Facebook launched its Platform 10 years ago. While there were "social networks,' the rest of the web didn't care much about who you were or who you were friends with.
April 17, 2017
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1,000 Danish youths face charges for sharing 15-year-olds' sex videos
"We want to give out a warning to young people," Danish official says.
January 15, 2018
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2017's most shared content on Facebook will definitely not shock or amaze you
What content do Facebook audiences love to share, like and comment on?
December 13, 2017
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25,000 EU citizens are unlikely to get compensation for Facebook's alleged privacy violations
In 2015, Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy activist and lawyer, famously filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 25,000 Facebook users. He was seeking a 'token level' reward of €500 per plaintiff for violations of privacy -- for a total of €12.5 million.
November 14, 2017
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400M people use Facebook Messenger audio and video calling each month
Facebook's push for video goes well beyond the News Feed. on today's earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg said 400 million people are making audio and video calls each month, up swiftly from 300 million in just September. That's partly thanks to the December launch of multi-screen group video chat that looks similar to fast-rising startup Houseparty. Messenger is starting to become a VoIP giant like Facebook's other chat app WhatsApp, which saw 100 million audio calls per day as of June.
February 1, 2017
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2 billion people use Facebook every month, despite its consistently subpar Android app
Facebook has reached a new milestone.
June 27, 2017
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Misc. - A

A Court Order to Terminate Hate Speech Tests Facebook
Facebook may want to see itself as a platform for others to share news, not a publisher that intervenes to filter what appears on the site. But the world keeps getting in the way.
May 9, 2017
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A designer has collected at least 66 (!!!) active versions of Facebook app's navbar
Facebook is currently testing more than 60 versions of its navigation bar, the small icons on the bottom of your mobile screen. According to designer Luke Wroblewski -- who gathered the data with the help of Twitter users -- the navbar has at least 66 variations:
October 19, 2017
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A look inside Facebook's open source program
Facebook developer Christine Abernathy discusses how open source helps the company share insights and boost innovation.
January 26, 2018
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A new Facebook tool will let users see if they fell for Russian propaganda
Facebook plans to offer a portal where users can see if they engaged with pages linked to Russian propaganda efforts. The portal, which Facebook says will be released by the end of the year, will show users whether they liked or followed specific Facebook or Instagram accounts backed by the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency. It will track activity between January 2015 and August 2017, and be available through the Facebook Help Center.
November 22, 2017
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A Regulatory Framework for Facebook and Other Platforms Is Already in Place
We have the security to implement better API management and regulation, so, why are big organizations failing to do so? Read on to get an expert's opinion.
March 27, 2018
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A year after launch, how has Facebook Workplace fared?
With 14,000 organizations worldwide using its business collaboration app, Facebook has a foothold in the enterprise, but it faces stiff competition on multiple fronts.
October 3, 2017
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ACLU sues Maine's governor for deleting Facebook comments and blocking users
One week after suing Kentucky and Maryland governors
August 8, 2017
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Adblock Plus introduces a new way to block ads on Facebook
Facebook -- like many companies who exist solely online -- is highly reliant on ad revenue. As such, it goes to great lengths to outwit ad-blocking tools that seek to rob it of income by giving users a more enjoyable experience.
September 26, 2017
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AdHawk acquires Automate Ads to improve Google and Facebook ad campaigns
AdHawk is announcing that it has acquired one of its competitors, Y Combinator-backed Automate Ads.
October 18, 2017
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Ads are coming to Facebook Messenger's home screen
Facebook must really like the revenue that it's getting from ads on the Facebook Messenger home screen, because after a limited beta in Thailand and Australia, the company has decided to roll out the advertising option worldwide.
July 11, 2017
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After 10 years the Like Button still gets a thumbs up from us
The Like Button, made famous by Facebook, has officially hit its 10th anniversary -- and it's so ubiquitous that it's hard to imagine our internet without it.
October 30, 2017
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Ahead of GDPR laws, Facebook publishes privacy principles and promises to educate users
Facebook has published its privacy principles for the first time, ahead of the European Union's general data protection regulation (GDPR) which comes into force on May 25 -- although the company is pitching it as being part of Data Privacy Day.
January 26, 2018
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Alex Hardiman, former VP of product at the NY Times, will take the lead on Facebook's news products
Facebook's role in spreading news, especially fake news, has been in the spotlight since last year's presidential election. now it's promoting Alex Hardiman to lead its news efforts on the product side.
May 1, 2017
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Allo and Duo Head of Product leaves Google for Facebook
Amit Fulay is no longer leading the Allo and Duo charge.
January 8, 2018
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AltspaceVR CEO joins Facebook months after selling his startup to Microsoft
After selling his social virtual reality startup to Microsoft in October, Eric Romo, the co-founder of AltspaceVR, is joining the competing social VR team at Facebook as its product director, where he will be "exploring how VR can help communities connect."
January 22, 2018
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An iOS QR code reader vulnerability could lead you to malicious websites
QR codes can be crafted to fool iOS 11's QR code reader, leading users to a different website than they think they're headed to.
March 26, 2018
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Android Users: Check Your Facebook Data Archive for Call, Text Logs
The long arm of Facebook extends further than previously thought.
March 26, 2018
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Announcing the Campaign & Brand Management for Facebook Pages
Today, we are excited to announce a new Power BI solution template - the Campaign/Brand Management template for Facebook! This solution template adds to the growing library of social analytics solution templates including the Campaign/Brand Management for Twitter and Advanced Search for Bing News solution templates.
June 26, 2017
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Another chapter on Facebook's privacy woes is being written in Latin America
The abuse of Facebook's platform for political purposes is a problem that doesn't stop at the U.S border. Governments around the world are continuing to wrestle with the implications of Cambridge Analytica's acquisition of Facebook user data from the heart of Europe to the capitals of Latin America's most populous nations.
March 30, 2018
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Apache says 'no' to Facebook code libraries
Anti-patent-lawsuit restrictions land tools on banned list
July 17, 2017
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Apple joins group of tech companies working to improve online video compression
One codec to rule them all
January 4, 2018
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Apple's Cook, Facebook's Zuck meet with Chinese president
The two tech CEOs serve on an advisory board for Tsinghua University's School of Economics and Management, and were in China as part of an annual gathering.
October 30, 2017
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Apple's product leak investigator leaves for security role at Facebook
Apple's Director of Worldwide Investigations (yes, there is such a thing on campus) Lee Freedman has apparently left the confines of Cupertino to take a position at Facebook as a Compliance and Security Director, a similar role.
January 23, 2018
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As ad dollars erode, tech investments point the way forward for networks
There's no doubt that linear advertising revenues are going to decline in the coming years for big networks.
February 13, 2018
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As tbh popularity wanes, Facebook launches 'Did You Know' social questionnaire
Facebook wants you to share a bit more about yourself on your profile, so today it's launching a new feature to web and mobile users called "Did You Know," where you can answer questions about yourself to clue friends into your secrets, dreams, goals and feelings.
December 5, 2017
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Atheist group claims Facebook keeps deleting its page
An atheist Facebook page with more than 1.6 million fans is being repeatedly deleted by the social network, claims the group behind it. Atheist Republic says that a coordinated campaign has resulted in the page being removed at least three times.
May 11, 2017
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Austrian court: Facebook must delete hate posts abroad too
Austria's Green party, which brought the case because of insulting posts about one of its leaders, is seeking an even stronger ruling.
May 8, 2017
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Misc. - B

'Bad things happen,' Facebook's response to Russian election interference
Facebook has come under fire for its role in influencing the U.S. presidential election, particularly when it comes to "fake news" and Russian-sponsored ads.
October 18, 2017
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Barack Obama warned Mark Zuckerberg about impact of fake news
The then-president tried to give Facebook's CEO a wake-up call in mid-November 2016.
September 25, 2017
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Batter up! Facebook will stream 20 MLB games this season
The social media giant joins Twitter in broadcasting baseball games to its users.
May 18, 2017
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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix
Vows to dump entire series on iPlayer before they air on TV
January 11, 2017
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Belgium Orders Facebook to Stop Tracking Non-Users Online; Company Calls It "Industry Standard" Practice
Facebook continues to have troubles in the land of GDPR. Ahead of the incoming tougher privacy protections in Europe, the social networking giant that has been flooding the news spaces for losing its users is apparently also attracting some massive fines in the European Union.
February 19, 2018
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Best apps to enjoy Fall: Corn mazes, leaf-peeping, and more!
Ah, autumn: the air gets a little bit colder, the leaves change from crisp green to vibrant yellows and oranges, and the smell of pumpkin spice lattes and Uggs waft throughout the streets.
October 9, 2017
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Best iPhone photography printers
Now that Apple has made one of the best smart phone cameras in existence, it's time to print out your masterpiece.
October 30, 2017
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Big brother is here, and his name is Facebook
In his book 1984, George Orwell detailed a dystopian world wherein a person or persona called "Big Brother" saw everything that people did and where the central government pushed its agenda through propaganda, spying, monitoring, and thought controls.
January 26, 2018
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Big tech wants the ICO on EU data protection board in Brexit fallout
Watchdog keeping voting rights 'huge gain' for marketing sector, say Facebook, Google et al
December 12, 2017
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Big Tech-Supported 'CLOUD Act' Is Yet Another Warrantless Surveillance Bill
After finally being able to renew and extend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), despite much criticism and controversy, Congress passed yet another warrantless surveillance law called the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (CLOUD Act) mere months later.
March 23, 2018
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Bipartisan bill seeks to regulate political ads on Facebook, Twitter and Google
A new bipartisan bill known as the Honest Ads Act is the first major attempt to regulate online platforms that sell ads with rules akin to those that apply to more traditional advertising on TV, radio and in print.
October 19, 2017
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Bloated Facebook Messenger promises to simplify in 2018
"The app became too cluttered," Facebook's head of Messenger David Marcus announced today in a post of plans for 2018 including "massively simplifying and streamlining Messenger this year." Between Messenger Day/Stories, its Snapchatty augmented reality camera, a bot Discover section, games, and more, Facebook had to build artificial intelligence "M Suggestions" just to remind people of all the features it has crammed in the app.
January 16, 2018
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Blockchain will never succeed if it's completely decentralized
Blockchain has been crushing and redefining every industry that is coming in its way. We can see it happening in every traditional business from business and finance to social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. However, there is a reason that as recently as September, only 17 million people, a fraction of world's population had a Blockchain wallet.
January 10, 2018
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'Break up Google and Facebook if you ever want innovation again'
Jonathan Taplin against the tech giants
November 28, 2017
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British voters concerned about the impact of fake news on elections
With the UK's general election campaign now in full swing, a new study of 2,000 adults finds that 68 percent are concerned that fake news could influence the outcome.
May 11, 2017
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Broaden your horizons with Facebook's new Explore Feed feature
Do you aspire to spend even more time on Facebook? Now you can find even more to check out with the site's new Explore newsfeed.
October 18, 2017
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BuzzFeed's Matthew Henick takes content role at Facebook
Matthew Henick, formerly the head of BuzzFeed Studios, is joining Facebook's media partnerships team, where he will serve as head of content planning and strategy.
March 5, 2018
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Misc. - C

Cambridge Analytica again says no Facebook data used in US election
In a lengthy statement, acting CEO Alexander Tayler says he wants to make that point "absolutely clear."
March 23, 2018
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Cambridge Analytica isn't worried about Facebook ad restrictions
'Facebook is largely the Wild West in terms of regulations,' targeting firm says
October 3, 2017
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Cambridge Analytica says it's conducting a third-party audit over Facebook data
Cambridge Analytica's acting CEO said in a statement today that the company will undergo an independent third-party audit to determine whether it still holds any data covertly obtained from Facebook users.
March 23, 2018
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Can Facebook overcome its darker side?
The social network faces controversies over livestreamed violence, murder and now revenge porn. The challenge lies in balancing safety and free speech.
May 23, 2017
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Can the enterprise save Facebook bots?
Business users may get more out of automated conversations than consumers
April 19, 2017
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Challenge to data transfer tool used by Facebook will go to Europe's top court
Facebook has bought itself a little more time over a major legal challenge in Europe after the Irish High Court decided not to strike down a b2b mechanism it uses to transfer user data between its EU and U.S. businesses for processing. Rather the court said today that it will refer legal questions over so-called Standard Contractual Contracts (SCCs) to Europe's top court, the ECJ, for a preliminary ruling.
October 3, 2017
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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative adds political firepower
The philanthropic company started by the Facebook CEO and his wife hires David Plouffe, an Uber board member, to try to avoid political roadblocks.
January 10, 2017
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Child health advocates call for Facebook to shutter Messenger Kids app
The slings and arrows of outrage keep flying at Facebook. Today a coalition of child health advocates has published an open letter addressing CEO Mark Zuckerberg and calling for the company to shutter Messenger Kids: Aka the Snapchat-ish comms app it launched in the US last December -- targeted at the under 13s.
January 30, 2018
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Child welfare advocates protest Messenger Kids -- can Facebook meet them halfway?
Facebook's feet are being held to the fire again -- this time, its being criticized by those hoping to protect children.
January 30, 2018
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China launches salvo against "network navy" of trolls who spread fake news
More than 200 arrests, thousands of accounts and websites seized for "illegal speculation."
February 6, 2018
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Chrome extension Who Targets Me? reveals how Facebook is used for election propaganda
Social media is powerful, so it's really little wonder that the likes of Facebook are used for propaganda. we already know that advertising can be very carefully targeted for maximum impact, and this can prove important when it comes to getting across a political message.
May 3, 2017
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Classifying Nudity and Abusive Content With AI
We solved the problem of inappropriate content through machine learning by building an algorithm that can classify nude photos or abusive content with very high accuracy.
February 5, 2018
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Coming soon to Facebook Messenger: Lots and lots of ads
You'll soon be seeing a lot more ads on Facebook Messenger, as the company has confirmed that it's bringing home screen advertising in the app to all 1.2 billion users worldwide.
July 12, 2017
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Congress grills Facebook, Twitter, Google on shells hiding election meddlers
How can internet giants know that innocent-seeming U.S. companies aren't actually shell vehicles for malicious foreign actors to buy ads to interfere with elections? The short answer is they can't, and that drew questioning from a congressional probe today into Facebook, Twitter and Google being used to manipulate the 2016 presidential election.
October 31, 2017
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Congress's New Bill Can't Eliminate Russian Influence Online
A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill Thursday that would require online political advertisers to provide additional disclosures about who's paying for their ads, but the measure may prove to be a half-step toward preventing foreign adversaries from influencing US elections online.
October 19, 2017
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Containers? Ha! Ain't no party like a Tupperware party, boasts Facebook
No Docker or Kubernetes under The Social Network's hood
October 20, 2017
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Court: Dead daughter's parents have no right to access her Facebook account
Berlin court says abiding by family's wishes would set dangerous privacy precedent.
May 31, 2017
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Craiglist competitor Letgo adds housing sales to its secondhand marketplace
Rent an apartment as easily as buying used skis
January 22, 2018
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Cynicism and trolling have ruined an experiment in digital democracy
Yesterday, a UK politician launched his own app. Called Matt Hancock, and from UK Conservative MP Matt Hancock, the app is a fascinating experiment in digital democracy. Think of it like Facebook, but centered around one relatively minor political figure, and aimed at people living in one obscure, mainly rural part of the UK.
February 2, 2018
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Misc. - D

Data-saving Facebook Lite is now available in the US
Originally designed for countries with slower mobile internet connections, Facebook's cut-down and data-light Facebook Lite app is making its way to the US.
March 16, 2018
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Death in the age of Facebook
Issues around social media may feel new, but technology has always created conflict in the way we grieve.
April 18, 2017
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Deeming Facebook a 'publisher' of users' posts won't tackle paedo or terrorist content
Tackle the message, not the message-bearer
April 14, 2017
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Digmine Cryptocurrency Bot Spreads Via Facebook Messenger
The Trend Micro security company announced that it found a new cryptocurrency-mining bot, "Digmine," spreading through Facebook Messenger.
December 26, 2017
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Discover & Share Music with the Spotify Bot for Facebook Messenger
Music sounds better with friends. and now it's easier than ever to share and discover music within Facebook Messenger with the new Spotify bot for Messenger with the all-new Chat Extensions feature, announced today at Facebook's annual developer conference, F8.
April 19, 2017
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Don't use Facebook's Messenger Kids, critics say
Kids are "simply not ready to have social media," a child-advocacy group tells Mark Zuckerberg, sounding an alarm about Facebook's app for the under-13 crowd.
January 30, 2018
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DST Global letter to LPs denies impropriety in Facebook, Twitter investments
DST Global, the investment firm led by Yuri Milner, has sent a letter to its limited partners blasting media outlets for "insinuations" that it used its holdings in Twitter and Facebook as anything other than financial investments, after it was revealed that the Russian government was indirectly an investor in DST Global.
November 8, 2017
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Misc. - E

EC fines Facebook €110m for 'misleading' data on WhatsApp deal
'Errors' in 2014 filings 'not intentional', apparently
May 18, 2017
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ECJ to rule on whether Facebook needs to hunt for hate speech
Austria's Supreme Court is referring a legal challenge over the extent of Facebook's responsibility to remove hate speech postings to Europe's top court for an opinion (via derStandard.at). The case has clear implications for freedom of speech online.
January 11, 2018
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Elements, Stripe's new check-out toolkit, aims to boost e-commerce sales completions
Stripe, the payments startup is now valued at $9 billion, is today taking the wraps off its latest effort to help its customers -- which now number in the hundreds of thousands, and include companies like Lyft, Salesforce, Facebook, Deliveroo, and the U.K. government -- generate more transactions, and thus greater returns for Stripe itself.
October 3, 2017
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Elon Musk deletes own, SpaceX and Tesla Facebook pages after #deletefacebook
Elon Musk apparently wasn't aware that his company SpaceX had a Facebook page. The SpaceX and Tesla CEO has responded to a comment on Twitter calling for him to take down the SpaceX, Tesla and Elon Musk official pages in support of the #deletefacebook movement by first acknowledging he didn't know one existed, and then following up with promises that he would indeed take them down.
March 23, 2018
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Elon Musk deletes SpaceX, Tesla Facebook pages
When asked on Twitter if he'd delete the SpaceX page, Musk responded, "Will do." Then he did the same for Tesla.
March 23, 2018
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Elon Musk has removed Tesla and SpaceX's Facebook pages after Twitter challenge
Apologies to Elon's social media manager
March 23, 2018
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ESL One's Dota 2 Minor hits high notes despite Facebook fail
The $400,000 tournament held in Genting, Malaysia, saw a full house and epic battles for the top spot despite a live-streaming snag.
January 26, 2018
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Essential Facebook security tips for iPhone users
Enterprise and consumer users often use Facebook on their mobile devices. It makes sense, then, that they take these steps to ensure they stay safe.
March 13, 2018
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EU court advised: Schrems is a consumer in Facebook case, but can't file class-action
Schrems 1 - 1 Facebook Ireland in latest legal opinion
November 14, 2017
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EU ministers approve anti-hate speech video rules
Facebook, Google, Twitter and friends face clampdown
May 24, 2017
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EU says it'll pass online hate speech laws if Facebook, Google, and others don't crack down
Europe is not taking it
September 28, 2017
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EU tells Facebook and Twitter: Obey us or we'll start regulating
Another day, another shot fired at American e-megacorps
September 28, 2017
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Europe approves rules that would force Facebook and other social sites to tackle hate-speech
Facebook may be taking steps to tackle hate speech and other unsavory content but the European Union could soon force it to do more. Plans have been approved for rules that require online content providers such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to "protect children and tackle hate speech better."
May 25, 2017
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Europe plans special tax for Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon
French minister says around two per cent of turnover sounds about right
March 5, 2018
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Europe threatens Facebook with fines for tracking users and non-users online
Just last week Facebook was hit with the news that its privacy settings -- as well as the way the company uses personal data -- are illegal in Germany. Now the social network has been threatened with fines for tracking people through third-party websites.
February 19, 2018
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European Union plans to tax tech giants on local revenue
After months of speculations, France's economy minister Bruno Le Maire announced in an interview with the JDD that Europe's new tax model for tech giants is happening. The plan will be unveiled in the next few weeks.
March 5, 2018
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Even Apple Executives, Facebook Billionaires Endorse Tech Diets
Faced with a deluge of text messages, social-media updates, emails and other distracting alerts, tech executives, entrepreneurs and rank-and-file workers in Silicon Valley are trying to limit their use of the gadgets and digital services they helped create.
February 5, 2018
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Everyone Gives Facebook Their Data, But Nobody Trusts Facebook With It
Facebook is one of the biggest companies in the entire world. More than 26% of the entire population of Earth uses it, in one way or another, including roughly 230 million Americans... but it seems that the vast majority of us are aware that although we let Facebook have our data, we shouldn't trust them with it.
October 4, 2017
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Misc. - F

Facebook '3D posts' let you play with VR objects in News Feed
Facebook wants to let you create virtual objects in its Oculus Medium sculpting platform or Facebook Spaces VR hangouts and then share them with friends who don't have a VR headset. Today at Oculus Connect 4, Facebook previewed 3D posts, a new type of News Feed post where users can grab, spin and interact with a 3D object to look at it from all angles.
October 11, 2017
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Facebook accused of stealing technology for Open Compute Project
Facebook is set for a potentially explosive legal case after the company was accused of stealing proprietary technology.
May 16, 2017
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Facebook accused of violating city campaign finance law in Seattle
The election authority in Seattle says that Facebook has violated city finance laws. Regulations are in place that require the company to reveal who paid for campaign ads on the social network.
February 6, 2018
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Facebook acquires anonymous teen compliment app tbh, will let it run
Facebook wants tbh to be its next Instagram. Today, Facebook announced it's acquiring positivity-focused polling startup tbh and will allow it to operate somewhat independently with its own brand.
October 16, 2017
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Facebook acquires biometric ID verification startup Confirm.io
Facebook has confirmed to TechCrunch that it's acquired... Confirm.io. The startup offered an API that let other companies quickly verify someone's government-issued identification card, like a driver's license, was authentic. The Boston-based startup will shut down as both its team and technology are rolled into Facebook, where it could help users who are locked out of their accounts.
January 23, 2018
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Facebook acquires Source3 to combat piracy
The anti-piracy firm, Source3, has announced that it will be joining Facebook. As part of the deal Facebook will acquire Source3's IP, trademark and copyright expertise and use it to combat piracy on its platform.
July 25, 2017
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Facebook acquires Source3 to help prevent video piracy because its own tools aren't up to the job
Any online platform must contend with the problem of piracy and intellectual property rights, and Facebook is no different. The social network gives content owners the opportunity to monetize their videos, but in order for this to work, owners' rights need to be protected; this is why Facebook introduced its Rights Manager tool a couple of years ago.
July 25, 2017
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Facebook activates Safety Check after Las Vegas shooting
Facebook activated its Safety Check feature today after a mass shooting in Las Vegas, where gunman Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and left 515 others injured.
October 3, 2017
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Facebook adding 1,000 to its global ad review staff
The company vows to improve ad transparency, as 3,000 Russia-linked ads are handed over to Congress.
October 2, 2017
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Facebook adds a new tool to fight fake news: context
The social network has a fake-news problem -- and now a new tool to shoo away the hoaxes.
October 5, 2017
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Facebook adds group payments to Messenger, challenges Venmo
Starting Tuesday on Android and desktop, you can send or receive money in groups of people on Messenger for free.
April 11, 2017
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Facebook adds new camera features in hopes that you'll use Stories
Facebook is rolling out a few camera features it began testing earlier this summer, and the most exciting one is the ability to create GIFs.
August 15, 2017
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Facebook adds new creative and video streaming features to its VR hangout app
Facebook Spaces is getting more interactive and creative
October 11, 2017
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Facebook adds new effects to video chats on the Messenger app with imminent update
Facebook has announced today a number of new features to be used while video chatting on the Facebook Messenger app. If you're a subscriber to Snapchat, some of these new additions will seem quite familiar to you. Coming in an update to both the iOS and Android versions of Facebook Messenger over the next few days, the new capabilities include masks and effects that can turn you into a floppy eared rabbit, a flower child from the 60's, a headband wearing bear, and more.
June 26, 2017
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Facebook adds new ways to revisit your memories and milestones
Facebook today is expanding on the popularity of its two-year old "On This Day" sharing prompt, with the addition of new features that let users revisit their memories, as well as celebrate milestones related to their friendships on the social network. While "On This Day" provides a look back in time, starting with memories from the same day last year, two new options will instead focus on your more recent memories.
August 25, 2017
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Facebook Adds Reactions to Comments, Panic Attacks to Me
Facebook made another bad decision today, adding an unnecessary amount of nuance to your interactions on its social platform. you can now "sad' and "wow' not just posts and messages, but also comments. I don't know about you, but I certainly don't want this level of comprehensive feedback.
May 3, 2017
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Facebook adds skin tones to family emoji, but it's complicated
Adding real-world diversity to emoji is a work in progress, but with platforms spanning the entire globe, it's clearly important to big companies like Facebook. The social network just rolled out a set of new "family" emoji that, while they don't yet capture the full spectrum, at least let your partner and kids have something other than yellow skin.
August 23, 2017
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Facebook admits its "corrosive" effect on democracy
In a blog post today, Facebook product manager Samidh Chakrabarti admitted the social network was used as an "information weapon to undermine American democracy". Calling the Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election in the United States "the elephant in the room", Chakrabarti also admitted Facebook was "too slow to recognise" it.
January 22, 2018
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Facebook admits its News Feed experiment was a failure and pulls Explore Feed
Facebook is far from immune to tinkering with its News Feed, but its recent experiment has been deemed a complete failure. Last year, the Explore Feed received a limited public launch following a period of beta testing, effectively separating news from friends and posts from pages.
March 2, 2018
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Facebook admits social media is bad for democracy, sometimes
The social network really, really wants to be a "source for democratic good." The trick will be making that happen.
January 22, 2018
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Facebook admits what we all know: that social media can be bad for democracy
'I wish I could guarantee that the positives are destined to outweigh the negatives.'
January 22, 2018
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Facebook agrees to take a deeper look into Russian Brexit meddling
Facebook has said it will conduct a wider investigation into whether there was Russian meddling on its platform relating to the 2016 Brexit referendum vote in the UK.
January 18, 2018
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Facebook albums aren't just for photos anymore
And your friends can get notifications whenever you update.
June 1, 2017
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Facebook algorithms went mad and threw up some weird -- and sexual -- search suggestions
Facebook has issued an apology after its search algorithms apparently went haywire and started to suggest a range of strange, and often NSFW, videos to users.
March 16, 2018
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Facebook allegedly runs afoul of Seattle political ads law
The city's election authority calls Facebook's response to request for information inadequate.
February 6, 2018
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Facebook allows users to raise funds after a crisis in its new Safety Check update
Facebook has had its Safety Check feature for a while now. It started as a way for people to let their friends they were safe in the event of a natural disaster or other crisis in their area. Today, the social media giant announced an update to its Safety Check system, which adds a few new features.
June 14, 2017
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Facebook alters algorithm to prioritise local news
In a drive to make you feel more connected through Facebook, the social media giant has altered its algorithm so that you'll see much more local news crop up in your feed. Right now, the change has only been made for users in the United States but the company plans to roll out the update in other countries, later this year, too.
January 30, 2018
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Facebook analytics gets smarter with Automated Insights and Custom Dashboards
Facebook's VP of Partnerships, Ime Archibong, announced updates to Facebook Analytics as well as Facebook Login and Account Kit during his F8 keynote address. Analytics is getting greater customizability and a machine learning boost while Login and Account Kit are benefiting from additional transparency and accessibility.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook and Google competed for anti-immigration ad dollars during the 2016 election
In a textbook illustration of the conflict of interest between Facebook and Google's ostensible dedication to free speech and their ostensible espousal of progressive values, the internet giants reportedly took millions in advertising money from a major anti-immigration group at the same time as both were engaged in pro-immigration advocacy.
October 18, 2017
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Facebook and Google could lose $2B in ad revenue over 'toxic content'
Mega-advertiser Unilever is threatening to pull ads from Silicon Valley's hottest properties if the industry doesn't get its act together in stopping "toxic content."
February 13, 2018
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Facebook and Instagram get redesigns for readability
Taking inspiration from line drawings, Reddit and Messenger, Facebook is overhauling the design of the News Feed to make it more legible, clickable and commentable. Specifically, Facebook now makes it much clearer where threads start and end in comments. Meanwhile, Instagram today got a little redesign itself with comment reels now being threaded so you can have sub-conversations in public.
August 15, 2017
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Facebook and Microsoft "disabled" North Korean cyber threats
Earlier today, we reported that a White House staffer, Tom Bossert, claimed the U.S. believed North Korea to be behind the WannaCry attack which affected 300,000 computers in 150 countries; he made those commend in an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal.
December 19, 2017
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Facebook and Microsoft introduce new open ecosystem for interchangeable AI frameworks
Facebook and Microsoft are today introducing Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) format, a standard for representing deep learning models that enables models to be transferred between frameworks. ONNX is the first step toward an open ecosystem where AI developers can easily move between state-of-the-art tools and choose the combination that is best for them.
September 12, 2017
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Facebook and pals to US Senate's Russia probe: Pleeease don't pass a law on political web ads
We'll be good, we promi$e
October 31, 2017
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Facebook and Sony/ATV reach a licensing deal to let people post music videos
Facebook and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announced a multi-year licensing deal today that lets people upload and share video from Sony/ATV artists on Facebook, Instagram and the Oculus Rift platform.
January 8, 2018
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Facebook and Twitter could be prosecuted for abuse on their platforms
With the internet becoming a big part of our daily lives, one thing has become commonplace among the average consumer and the political elite, and that is abuse. The Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL) could recommend shifting the blame onto companies like Facebook and Twitter instead, having them prosecuted if they fail to tackle racist, extremist, or content that is harmful to children.
December 12, 2017
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Facebook and Twitter have secret Harry Potter Easter eggs to celebrate 20 years of the Sorcerer's Stone
Today is the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (or Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone depending on where you are in the world). To celebrate, Facebook has hidden a Potter-related Easter egg on the site, and Twitter is getting in on the action as well.
June 26, 2017
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Facebook and Twitter to provide Brexit disinformation reports soon
A UK parliamentary committee that's investing fake news has been told by Facebook and Twitter they will provide information relating to Russian interference during the UK's 2016 Brexit referendum vote in the coming weeks.
November 28, 2017
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Facebook and Universal Music Group sign deal to allow users to upload songs in videos
Facebook has agreed to a multi-year licensing agreement with Universal Music Group to allow its users to upload music in their videos. The agreement, which also covers Instagram and Oculus, will allow users of those services to upload and share videos containing music from UMG's artists without having the videos removed due to copyright violations as they have been in the past.
December 21, 2017
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Facebook and Universal Music Group's new partnership will allow for user-gen videos with licensed music, new social features
Facebook today announced a first-of-its-kind licensing deal with Universal Music Group that will allow users across its properties -- including Facebook, Instagram and Oculus -- to use Universal Music in the videos they upload and share. The deal will also allow Facebook to introduce new "music-based products" across platforms, also including Messenger, the companies said.
December 21, 2017
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Facebook and Warner Music ink recorded and published music deal for videos and messages
Just weeks after signing a large licensing deal with leading indy label representative ICE, Facebook has continued its march into the world of music with the news that it has now added Warner Music Group into the mix, the last major label that was not yet working with the social network.
March 9, 2018
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Facebook and Warner will bring licensed music to your timeline
You can now put licensed music from the major label into your own videos.
March 9, 2018
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Facebook announces ad revenue reroute: When Irish eyes are crying
Major tax overhaul to appease govs and regulators
December 12, 2017
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Facebook announces app redesign that will make your profile picture circular
Stop us if you've heard this one before: a major social media announces a redesign of its mobile app that makes profile photos circular. Back in March, it was Twitter, but now (unsurprisingly, given the company's habit of copying ideas from competitors), Facebook has also followed suit. Corners are so 2016, you guys.
August 16, 2017
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Facebook announces new birthday features -- fundraisers and celebratory videos
Facebook has been busy rolling out a batch of new features and even a new look in the last few days. Today the social network is taking the wraps off two more new features, both with a birthday theme.
August 16, 2017
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Facebook announces News Feed guidelines for publishers
In an attempt to provide more transparency on how Facebook's News Feed ranks content, the company today announced a new set of guidelines for publishers.
October 24, 2017
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Facebook announces that it has invented a new unit of time
A 'Flick' is 1/705,600,000 of a second and designed to help sync video frame rates
January 22, 2018
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Facebook announces victory over a spam operation after six months of combat
Facebook proudly announced today that it has -- it thinks -- put an end to the nefarious doings of a "sophisticated,' "coordinated operation' that has been spamming the site for the last six months.
April 14, 2017
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Facebook apologizes for allowing Russian ads to interfere with 2016 campaign
COO: Company must "prevent everything we can from this happening on our platforms."
October 12, 2017
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Facebook apologizes for autocomplete child abuse video suggestions
Today, Facebook issued an apology after users discovered that the platform's search box was suggesting searches for child abuse videos and underaged girls performing sex acts.
March 16, 2018
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Facebook Appoints new VR Boss
Hugo Barra joins Facebook to work on the company's VR efforts, including Oculus.
January 27, 2017
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Facebook appoints Xiaomi exec Hugo Barra to head VR business
Barra quit Xiaomi amicably, saying that the job was telling on his health
January 26, 2017
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Facebook asked to investigate Russian influence on EU referendum
It is now widely accepted that Russia -- at least to some degree -- tried to influence the outcome of the US presidential election through the use of ads placed on Facebook.
October 24, 2017
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Facebook asks its users: Is pedophilia okay?
Facebook got itself in blazing hot water today when a survey surfaced that appeared to ask users if they condone illicit correspondence between an adult male and a minor child. In response, the company said it was a "mistake" but danced around explaining why they asked the question in the first place.
March 5, 2018
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Facebook asks users if it's OK for adults to request sexual images from children
Facebook frequently uses surveys to gauge user opinion about features, changes and ideas. One recent such survey raised more than a few eyebrows as the social network asked whether it was OK for a man to ask a child for sexual pictures.
March 5, 2018
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Facebook attacks Pinterest with 'Sets' of posts
Identity is prismatic. You show different sides of yourself to different friends in your life. Now Facebook wants to let you share the niches of your interests while stealing thunder from Pinterest's boards. Facebook is now testing a feature called Sets that lets you select several status updates, photos or videos and share them as a themed collection to everyone or specific friends.
October 19, 2017
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Facebook banned cryptocurrency ads but it still shows them anyhow
In an interesting turn of events, Facebook announced that it is removing all cryptocurrency and ICO-related ads from its platform claiming such content is "frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices." But it turns out the some of these ads continue to slip past the social media titan.
February 1, 2018
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Facebook bans ads for bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies
It's a new but "intentionally broad" policy, while the social network figures out how to better deal with scams.
January 30, 2018
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Facebook bans ads for cryptocurrencies, ICOs and binary options
Facebook has just made it a bit harder for scammers to solicit your hard-earned dollars for cryptocurrency purchases. Of course, the social media company's new policy also may hit some legitimate crypto ads as well.
January 30, 2018
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Facebook bans all ads for Bitcoin, ICOs, and other cryptocurrency
Facebook is banning all advertisements for cryptocurrency, including Bitcoin and initial coin offerings, as part of an "intentionally broad" policy against deceptive marketers. Product management director Rob Leathern explained the decision in a blog post, saying Facebook will no longer accept ads that "promote financial products and services that are frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices."
January 30, 2018
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Facebook basher Schrems raises enough dosh to get his Noyb out
300k Euro fundraising leads to privacy NGO
February 2, 2018
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Facebook bats back after a second former exec accuses it of negatively impacting society
Yesterday, The Verge published comments made by investor and former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya, quoting his interview last month at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, where he echoed recent comments made by former Facebook president Sean Parker that the platform is having deleterious effects on society.
December 12, 2017
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Facebook beats in Q3 with $4.7B profit, record share price despite Russia
Facebook is still in the middle of its House Intelligence Committee hearing about Russian election interference, but the looming concerns over misuse haven't dampened its business as profits continue to soar and its share price hits an all-time high.
November 1, 2017
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Facebook begins testing paywall for subscriptions
Reading articles on Facebook is about to start changing.
October 19, 2017
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Facebook blocked a newspaper article about police brutality
The block has since been removed
March 13, 2018
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Facebook blocks researcher from viewing Russia-affiliated posts
The researcher had looked at the information to study the reach of ads associated with an alleged Kremlin-backed campaign.
October 12, 2017
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Facebook boasts 5 million companies advertising to you
The social network is also making it easier for small businesses to target their ads at you.
April 10, 2017
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Facebook boosts snubbed Stories Camera with Live, GIF & text sharing
Despite the tepid reception for Facebook Stories, the social network is doubling down on its full-screen Camera feature. Today Facebook added the ability to go Live, shoot two-second GIFs and share full-screen text posts on colored background from Facebook Camera, which lets you share to Facebook Stories, Direct messaging and the traditional News Feed.
August 15, 2017
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Facebook bringing Community Boost to EU countries
Facebook has announced that it will bring its Community Boost programme to European Union countries just months after it announced the U.S. launch. The programme aims to help European businesses adapt to the new digital climate by giving them an online presence and also gives average people a boost to their digital skills in order to better prepare them for today's workplace.
January 22, 2018
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Facebook brings animation tools to its Quill VR painting app
After having declared last year that the app would receive no future updates, Facebook is delivering a big update to its VR painting tool Quill.
February 8, 2018
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Facebook brings augmented reality to Messenger
Augmented reality, meet Facebook Messenger; Facebook Messenger, meet augmented reality.
December 13, 2017
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Facebook brings basketball player LaVar Ball's life to your feed
The new reality show is part of Facebook's growing list of original video content.
August 31, 2017
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Facebook brings data plan-saving Messenger Lite to U.S. Androids
Facebook's data-conserving version of Messenger is no longer just for developing nations with slow networks. Now the Messenger Lite Android app is expanding to the US. Canada, UK, and Ireland after previously being available in over 100 mostly-developing countries. Messenger Lite packs most of the critical features of the app, but skips things like Messenger Day and selfie lenses that can drain data. There's still no plan for an iOS version, though.
October 2, 2017
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Facebook brings Live broadcasting to its Spaces virtual reality app
In an effort to seemingly combine a couple of the top tech trends of the year, Facebook will soon be allowing users of its Oculus Rift virtual reality system to live stream themselves inside VR to their Facebook friends and followers as avatars.
July 12, 2017
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Facebook brings more AR features to Messenger
The social network also opens up its AR Studio platform more broadly to try to get more augmented-reality content onto Facebook.
December 12, 2017
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Facebook brings new masks, filters and reactions to Messenger video chat
Facebook is bringing a ton of new filters, masks and video reactions to video chats in Messenger, aiming to deliver a more fun experience to younger users on the app and shore up the service against competing video chat apps.
June 26, 2017
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Facebook brings Stories photo editing to desktop... for the 3 people who use it
Facebook continues to refuse to accept the inconvenient truth that nobody cares about its blatant Stories: knock-off. The company has updated the ephemeral posting feature with a dedicated photo editing feature for desktop users.
February 12, 2018
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Facebook bug would've let anyone delete any video
Remember that bug from a while back that would've let anyone delete your Facebook photos? Turns out a similar bug was lurking for videos.
January 23, 2017
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Facebook 'Bug' Automatically Leaked Moderators' Identities to Suspected Terrorists
Yesterday, Facebook posted a detailed explanation of its counter-terrorism program, defending itself from criticism by European leaders in the wake of recent terror attacks in Britain and France and stating there is "no place on Facebook for terrorism."
June 16, 2017
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Facebook built a helicopter-drone to provide wireless internet to disaster areas
The unmanned chopper will be tethered to the ground so it can stay airborne for days at a time.
April 19, 2017
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Facebook business booms despite violent-video backlash
The company is dealing with the consequences of letting people livestream whatever they want to its nearly 2 billion users. Still, business is good.
May 3, 2017
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Facebook buys AI startup Ozlo to improve Messenger
Facebook has acquired an AI start-up as it aims to strengthen the artificial intelligence capabilities of its Messenger platform.
August 2, 2017
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Facebook buys app that lets teens send each other compliments
Facebook has acquired tbh, an iOS app that's popular among teens for delivering compliments. The company is allowing tbh to operate as it did before, which is similar to how other Facebook acquisitions, like WhatsApp and Instagram, are run.
October 16, 2017
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Facebook buys computer vision startup focused on adding objects to video
Facebook has acquired a German company called Fayteq that builds software add-ons for video editing that can remove and add whole objects from captured video using computer vision. The acquisition was first reported by a German startup publication (via Variety) and confirmed to TechCrunch, and could be useful as Facebook pursues additional video filter creation technology, both for its live streaming efforts, and for platforms like Instagram Stories.
August 11, 2017
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Facebook buys Ozlo to boost its conversational AI efforts
Facebook has gone ahead and purchased Charles Jolley's conversational AI startup Ozlo. Jolley, formerly Head of Platform for Android at Facebook, will not be returning to the company. The Ozlo team is expected to join Facebook to work on natural language processing challenges.
July 31, 2017
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Facebook cafeteria workers vote to unionize
The social network's contract cafeteria workers are the latest employee group in Silicon Valley to join a labor union.
July 24, 2017
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Facebook Camera updated with support for GIFs and new option to go live
Since more and more Android and iOS fans are taking advantage of its camera app, Facebook has decided to add a couple of new features that will bring it on par with the competition.
August 15, 2017
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Facebook Can Absolutely Control Its Algorithm
There is a narrative emerging around Facebook that implies the social-networking giant cannot prevent the spread of fake news, Russian political messages, and ads targeting hate groups on its platform.
September 26, 2017
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Facebook Can Now Find Your Face, Even When It's Not Tagged
Facebook just loosened the leash a little on its facial-recognition algorithms. Starting Tuesday, any time someone uploads a photo that includes what Facebook thinks is your face, you'll be notified even if you weren't tagged.
December 19, 2017
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Facebook can unlock your account with facial recognition
Facebook has its own version of Apple's Face ID. If you get locked out of your Facebook account, the company is testing a way to regain access by using your face to verify your identity. That could be especially useful if you're somewhere that you can't receive two-factor authentication SMS, like on a plane or while traveling abroad, or if you lose access to your email account.
September 29, 2017
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Facebook can't be sued for "jerkingman" revenge porn account
Account hosted pictures of a man "pleasuring himself," then made new friends.
June 9, 2017
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Facebook can't solve its hate speech problem with automation
How can the company engineer civil discourse for 2 billion people?
July 7, 2017
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Facebook celebrates 2 billion users by thanking people when they do something nice
Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg announced earlier today that the social network now has 2 billion users.
June 27, 2017
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Facebook CEO announces new AR Studio Development Platform
During Facebook's F8 Developer Conference keynote speech, the social media giant's CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that his company is working on a free development platform for augmented reality that will speed up the evolution of this technology and hopefully bring it to your smartphone in the near future. Anyone with a good idea or some experience can join the AR Studio and start experimenting with this new exciting tech, which has gone well past Pokemon Go already.
April 19, 2017
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will reportedly testify before Congress
After declining a summons from a UK parliamentary committee that's investigating how social media data is being used this morning, it appears that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg may end up finally going before Congress to testify amid a wave of privacy debacles, according to a report by CNN.
March 27, 2018
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will take two months of paternity leave this year
To be with his second daughter in her first months
August 18, 2017
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Facebook CEO Zuckerberg discusses battle with fake news
Mark Zuckerberg, the 32-year-old head of Facebook, describes how he sees issues like fake news and community standards.
April 13, 2017
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Facebook changes feed to promote posts that aren't fake, sensational, or spam
Facebook is prioritizing "authentic" content in News Feed with a ranking algorithm change that detects and promotes content "that people consider genuine, and not misleading, sensational, or spammy." it's also giving a boost to stories that are going viral in real-time right now that could help it compete with Twitter for in-the-moment news sharing
January 31, 2017
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Facebook cleans up News Feeds by reducing links to 'low quality', clickbait content
When it's not being accused of being used for propaganda or peddling fake news, Facebook is often criticized for being home to meaningless clickbait that exists only to generate ad revenue. as part of an on-going drive to make people's News Feeds more useful and pleasant to use, the social network is clamping down on what it refers to as "links to low-quality web page experiences."
May 12, 2017
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Facebook claims a third more users in the US than people who exist
Are we looking at an advertising house of cards?
September 6, 2017
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Facebook claims it has a better way to prove ads work on Facebook
When it comes to online advertising, Facebook is crushing it--at least according to Facebook's balance sheet. Advertisers clearly believe they need to be on Facebook, and Facebook wants them to keep believing it.
May 24, 2017
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Facebook clamps down on address cloaking to protect users from spam and porn
Facebook has introduced a ban on address cloaking, a technique used to bypass review procedures and display content that violates the social network's policies.
August 9, 2017
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Facebook closes street artist's page after anti-Zuck posters
Sabo, known for skewering liberal celebrities, loses his account after circulating posters referring to Facebook's CEO with a profanity.
August 15, 2017
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Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin's B Capital Group closes first fund at $360M
B Capital Group, the VC fund founded by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, has closed out its first fund at $360 million.
February 9, 2018
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Facebook confirms it will add subscriptions to Instant Articles
An effort to win publishers back
August 23, 2017
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Facebook confirms test of a downvote button for flagging comments
How can Facebook promote meaningful interaction between users? By letting them downvote inappropriate comments to hide them. Facebook is now testing a downvote button on a limited set of public Page post comment reels, the company confirms to TechCrunch. But what Facebook does with signals about problematic comments could raise new questions about censorship, and its role as a news editor and media company.
February 8, 2018
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Facebook continues to focus on VR: unveils two 360-degree cameras, the x24 and x6
Around this time last year, Facebook was introducing its first 360-degree camera, aimed at creating a new class of devices for professional VR content creators. Fast forward to this year's F8 conference, and Facebook has introduced two new devices in its "Surround 360' class, the x24 and the x6.
April 20, 2017
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Facebook continues to let advertisers racially discriminate in housing ads
The company still lets you exclude minority groups in housing ads, a violation of federal law
November 21, 2017
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Facebook Cracking Down On Scammy Ads Disguised As Legit Businesses
Fraudsters have no shortage of tricks and sleights of hand to make themselves look like a legit business venture. In an effort to root out these scammers, Facebook is rolling out new tools designed to detect when companies disguise their ads as innocent or benign for moderators, but real users see spam.
August 9, 2017
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Facebook Cracking Down On Video Clickbait In The Newsfeed
If you've ever clicked on what looks like an interesting video promising "17 Ways You're Eating Cheese Wrong,"only to find yourself on a spammy website that has nothing to do with cheese, you know how frustrating such clickbait can be. Facebook is now introducing new updates aimed at keeping those deceptive posts out of your news feed.
August 18, 2017
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Facebook cracks down on 'like this if' bait in your news feed
Breathe a sigh of relief as we say goodbye to one type of spammy post on Facebook.
December 18, 2017
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Facebook created a faster, more accurate translation system using artificial intelligence
Tapping a Neural Network to Translate Text In Chunks
May 9, 2017
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Facebook creates $10 million community leadership program
The money will be awarded to Facebook users "who are building communities through the Facebook family of apps and services," according to a statement from the company.
February 9, 2018
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Facebook crosses 2 billion monthly users
Facebook has announced that it now has over 2 billion monthly active users. That's up from the 1.94 billion total that the company cited as part of its most recent earnings report in May. Mark Zuckerberg shared the news directly, and Fast Company has a story on Facebook's constant efforts to keep pushing growth upward.
June 27, 2017
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Facebook Crosses 2 Billion User Mark, Now Used By 27% Of Entire World
It's not literally everyone, but it sure feels like it some days: Facebook has announced that as of today, it officially boasts more than 2 billion (yes, with a b) active users per month... a number that only keeps going up.
June 27, 2017
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Facebook debuts a Twitter-like 'Latest Conversations' feature that shows public posts about buzzing topics
Facebook is rolling out a new feature called "Latest Conversations' in its search results that will show the most recent public posts about timely topics that a lot of people across its network are discussing. the unit gives you a wider view of what people are saying about a news story or other subject by exposing you to sentiments being expressed outside your social circle.
May 5, 2017
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Facebook decides fake news isn't crazy after all. it's now a real problem
Once dismissed by Zuck, misinformation now merits revised security strategy
April 27, 2017
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Facebook defends ad targeting meant to discriminate against older workers
For the unemployed (or underemployed) a Verizon job ad in the Facebook Newsfeed might be just the break they're looking for. In an ad featuring a smiling millennial woman, Verizon promises "your [sic] more than just a number," a corporate euphemism meant to relay a company values its employees.
December 20, 2017
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Facebook defends revenge porn pilot that has people upload nude images of themselves
Facebook Global Head of Safety Antigone Davis has clarified some things about how Facebook's test pilot to combat revenge porn in Australia works. The strategy entails uploading your nude photos or videos to Messenger in order to help Facebook tag it as non-consensual explicit media.
November 9, 2017
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Facebook deflates filter bubbles by letting you follow topics, not just Pages
Facebook gets a lot of flack for just reinforcing your world views in its News Feed echo chamber instead of challenging your opinions. That's because you choose exactly which friends and Pages to follow, so liberals might skip Fox News or Breitbart while conservatives avoid the Atlantic and Huffington Post. But Facebook's newest feature could bring a wider range of sources to your News Feeds.
May 4, 2017
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Facebook Deleted "Tens of Thousands" of Fake Accounts Ahead of German Election
Facebook has been in the news quite a bit the past few weeks under suspicion that the social media giant didn't do enough to prevent foreign nationals from interfering with the US elections thanks to shadow advertising -- a process that is quite illegal in the US. But, it seems, the company has learned its lesson and was hard at work deleting "tens of thousands" of fake accounts through Sunday's German election.
September 27, 2017
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Facebook delivers another blow to clickbait
Changes to the News Feed will diminish the amount of clickbait you see.
May 17, 2017
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Facebook denies allowing advertisers to target people based on their emotional state
A leaked internal document shows that Facebook is capable of identifying people according to their emotional state. the document, seen by the Australian, shows how the social network can monitor users' posts and determine when they are feeling "stressed, defeated, overwhelmed, anxious, nervous, stupid, silly, useless, or a failure."
May 2, 2017
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Facebook denies eavesdropping on you through your phone's mic to target ads
There's been talk for at least a couple of years about whether Facebook 'listens' to your conversations and anything you say out loud through your phone to learn what you're interested in and then bring relevant ads to your feed. While it seems all too plausible at this point, the company denied that it has ever done so, over the weekend.
October 30, 2017
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Facebook denies logging users' calls, texts without permission
The social media giant, still reeling from the Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal, says the capability has "always been opt-in only."
March 26, 2018
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Facebook developing video chat device with touchscreen
The rumored 13-inch display will have a wide-angle camera that can scan for people's faces and objects.
August 1, 2017
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Facebook Did Nothing Wrong
When it comes to data privacy, we're usually pretty trusting of web applications? But should we be? One dev breaks down the Facebook scandal.
March 27, 2018
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Facebook digs a deeper hole in response to former exec
A former Facebook executive recently said the site's addictive qualities are destroying social interaction and the fabric of the global community. Facebook responded this week, and it tacitly confirmed his criticisms.
December 13, 2017
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Facebook ditches squares, invests in circles for redesign
The social media giant has started rolling out a visual update to its site and app. You may have already noticed the circles.
August 16, 2017
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Facebook discontinues Groups app, but says it still loves Groups
Facebook's Group app is almost no more. The company announced yesterday that iOS and Android users will no longer be able to log in after September 1st. Instead, they'll have to use the Groups feature on the Facebook mobile app or in their browser.
August 9, 2017
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Facebook diversifies board with American Express CEO
Kenneth Chenault, who plans to retire from American Express this year, will become Facebook's first black board member.
January 18, 2018
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Facebook dives deeper into music streaming with Sony/ATV deal
Users on Facebook, Instagram and Oculus no longer have to worry about having their videos taken down even if they feature songs from Sony/ATV's artistes.
January 9, 2018
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Facebook dominates social media with 2 billion users a month
Facebook is still the most wildly popular social network, by like, a lot.
June 27, 2017
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Facebook downplays test banishing all Pages to buried Explore Feed
Facebook has caused a 60% to 80% drop in referral traffic to news outlets in six countries due to a test that removed Page posts from the News Feed and relocated them to a separate, hard-to-find Explore Feed. But now Facebook's VP of News Feed Adam Mosseri writes that "We currently have no plans to roll this test out further."
October 20, 2017
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Facebook downranks video clickbait and fake play buttons
Ever gotten tricked into clicking a fake play button on Facebook that opens a link instead of starting a video? I did, repeatedly, and wrote a story in 2014 titled "Yo Facebook, Ban Links With Fake Video Play Buttons".
August 17, 2017
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Facebook drops fee on donations, will match $50M/year, adds Mentor feature
Facebook has always been about friends, but now it's seeking a broader purpose. So today, Facebook is lending a hand with what it does best: social connections, APIs, and money. At its second Facebook Social Good Forum conference in New York City, the social network just unveiled a slew of new philanthropy-minded features and initiatives.
November 29, 2017
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Facebook drops the ax on false news ads
The massive social network is blocking false news websites from advertising on Facebook.
August 28, 2017
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Facebook dumps personalized trending topics after backlash
To help fight fake news, the social network takes another crack at how it presents popular stories. now everyone in a region will see the same topics.
January 25, 2017
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Facebook enhances birthday celebrations in new update
For most Facebook users, one of the only times when a user's profile page gets any attention from the majority of their friends is on their birthday, assuming they've told Facebook when their birthday is. Facebook is now enhancing the birthday experience past text-based well wishes by introducing birthday videos and the ability to fundraise for nonprofits in order to celebrate your birthday.
August 16, 2017
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Facebook enters war against "information operations," acknowledges election hijinx
Facebook no longer wants to be a tool for enlisting "useful idiots."
May 3, 2017
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Facebook exec apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe
The tweets came Friday. President Trump cited them Saturday. The apology came Monday.
February 20, 2018
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Facebook expands 'Community Boost' digital skills training program to Europe
Facebook has announced it's expanding a free training program that teaches Internet-skills, media literacy and online safety to Europe. It says its "ambition" is to train 300,000 people across six EU countries by 2020 -- specifically in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Poland.
January 22, 2018
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Facebook expands delegated account recovery in a play for the next billion users
Facebook is expanding a new account recovery tool it debuted in January that allows other sites such as GitHub to establish encrypted account recovery tokens that are stored by Facebook. When a user loses their GitHub password and gets locked out of their account, he sends the recovery token from Facebook back to GitHub, proving his identity.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook expands feature letting businesses build Messenger into their websites
Customer Chat is a Messenger-powered customer support tool
November 30, 2017
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Facebook expands its Marketplace section with housing rentals
Facebook today announced its expanding its Marketplace listings section to include "hundreds of thousands" of housing rentals in a move that seems clearly designed to take on Craigslist. While users before could post their own apartment listings to this section, Facebook says it's now partnering with sources like Apartment List and Zumper to pull in listings.
November 9, 2017
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Facebook expands its open-source portfolio with new UI framework for Android
At its F8 developer conference, Facebook today announced that it is open-sourcing Litho, a declarative framework for building efficient user interfaces on Android. Litho is the same framework Facebook uses internally to build its own Android app, which is currently being used by more than a billion people every month.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook expands Marketplace across Europe
Looking to compete with the likes of eBay and Craigslist, Facebook's Marketplace serves as a place for people to go to buy and sell locally. Following on from success in the US, UK, Australia and other countries, the social network is expanding the exchange further into Europe.
August 15, 2017
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Facebook expands Safety Check with fundraising and more
Facebook's Safety Check feature has become one of the easiest ways of checking up on loved ones when disaster strikes. It also gives people in the affected area the opportunity to let friends and family know that they're OK, and today Facebook is adding a number of new options, including fundraising.
June 14, 2017
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Facebook explains how it'll review nude photos to stop revenge porn
Select company employees will indeed look at your nudes
November 9, 2017
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Facebook explains why it shows who ignored your event
I know you only have a Facebook account for event invites, and I get it. This week on Why'd You Push That Button, Kaitlyn and I explore ignored Facebook events. More specifically, we talk about the check mark and "seen" that Facebook puts under any guest's name who has opened an invite but not responded.
March 27, 2018
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Facebook F8, day 1: Facebook goes all in on AR and VR
The social network kicks off its annual F8 developer conference with a heavy focus on augmented reality and virtual reality.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook faces another moderation scandal over migrant torture videos
Facebook is faced with yet another content-related scandal, after The Times newspaper reported that people traffickers and slave traders are using its platform to broadcast videos of migrants being tortured to try to extort money from their families.
August 25, 2017
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Facebook fails in bid for streaming sports rights
Indian Premier League cricket rejects Zuck's ~US$600m bid in favour of Murdoch moolah
September 4, 2017
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Facebook fake news: Sort it out yourself, readers
Is the story a joke? Well, is it?
May 8, 2017
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Facebook fawns over suburban goat shopping for candy
The customers at one Oregon 7-Eleven are sometimes known to shop on all fours.
January 17, 2017
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Facebook feed change sacrifices time spent and news outlets for 'well-being'
Facebook is making a huge change to its News Feed algorithm to prioritize friends and posts that spark comments between them at the expense of public content, news outlets and, importantly, the total time spent and ads you see on the social network.
January 11, 2018
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Facebook fights against potential hate-speech fines in Germany
The country is considering penalizing social networks if they don't respond to complaints of hate speech and fake news within 24 hours. Facebook calls the issue "highly complex."
January 19, 2017
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Facebook fights creeps and apathy with expiring friend requests
Snapchat has ephemeral messages, and now Facebook has ephemeral friend requests. The big blue social network feeds off your social graph, and every time you expand it, it has more content to show you.
March 26, 2018
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Facebook fights fake news spread via modified link previews
Until now, any Facebook Page that posted a link could change the headline, body text and image that appeared in the News Feed preview. That allowed fake news distributors to bait-and-switch readers into visiting articles they didn't expect, or make it look like legitimate news publishers were posting inflammatory or false headlines. But it also let real news outlets A/B test link previews, tailor content to different audiences and update previews as news stories evolved.
July 18, 2017
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Facebook finally adapts to 4K video
If you're sick of your beautiful videos looking crummy on Facebook, there's good news for you. After some super HD videos started popping up on the social network, Facebook now confirms to TechCrunch it's testing 4K video uploads and viewing using the 2160p UHD-1 Ultra-High-Definition Television standard.
October 24, 2017
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Facebook fined 150,000 euros for 'massive' data collection
A watchdog group in France has hit the social media giant for several violations of the country's Data Protection Act.
May 16, 2017
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Facebook fined $122 million by the EU over its WhatsApp acquisition
Facebook has been under investigation over its acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014 for some time now. When the EU approved the deal, Facebook claimed that it would be unable to make any connections between the Facebook and WhatsApp accounts of individual users. However, in 2016 the team behind the popular messaging app announced it will be sharing user data with its new parent company.
May 18, 2017
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Facebook fined €110 million for misleading European Commission over merger
The fine serves as a warning for companies involved in mergers in the EU
May 18, 2017
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Facebook Fined €110 Million For Misleading The European Commission
Late last year, the European Commission started an investigation into Facebook's merger with WhatsApp to learn whether or not the company could automatically link Facebook and WhatsApp accounts prior to the merger. The answer seems to be yes, as the Commission is now fining the social networking company €110 million ($122 million) over this violation.
May 18, 2017
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Facebook fixates on connecting the next billion
Facebook's Mobile World Congress agenda is all about getting the internet into the developing world.
February 26, 2018
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Facebook flashes ramped-up face-recog tech. Try not to freak out
Luckily, there's an off switch... to placate lawmakers?
December 19, 2017
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Facebook folds fake news flag: We're not disputing that
No flowers for 'Disputed' tag's grave. No dancers either. Nobody noticed really
December 21, 2017
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Facebook For 6-Year-Olds? Welcome To Messenger Kids
Facebook says it built Messenger Kids, a new version of its popular communications app with parental controls, to help safeguard pre-teens who may be using unauthorized and unsupervised social-media accounts. Critics think Facebook is targeting children as young as 6 to hook them on its services.
December 5, 2017
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Facebook for Windows 10 now includes support for Jump Lists, among other changes
Facebook for Windows has been updated to version 140.1118.22941.0, to include features that were already available in the latest Facebook Beta update. More importantly, however, the company has added support for Jump Lists to its UWP app, a feature that will likely delight social media enthusiasts.
October 9, 2017
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Facebook for Windows 10 updated with Jump List support
The latest update to the Facebook app for Windows 10 makes it easier to jump in and start posting to your timeline.
October 9, 2017
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Facebook Fundraisers expand so you have more reasons to ask your friends for money
It's not all that long since Facebook introduced a fundraiser feature, making it possible for users to ask others on the social network for money for a particular cause. Now the company has expanded the personal fundraiser feature so that it can be used for more things.
May 26, 2017
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Facebook gave up on news too soon, for no good reason
Facebook recently announced a major change to its News Feed: Namely, that it was shifting away from brand and news posts and prioritizing what your friends and groups post.
January 16, 2018
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Facebook gets exclusive rights to stream 25 MLB games
The deal comes as the social network has been beefing up its sports and original content catalog.
March 9, 2018
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Facebook gets Weed-whacked: Unilever exec may axe ads over social network's toxic posts
Huge advertiser threatens to turn off Zuck's money tap
February 12, 2018
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Facebook gives its Marketplace a colorful redesign
Facebook has given its Marketplace a bit of a visual overhaul, with new colorful icons and improved search and filtering features. the Craigslist competitor, first launched in October 2016, is Facebook's major entry point into local commerce. Today, the Marketplace sits in a dedicated tab at the bottom of Facebook's app, where its ever-present red badge forces you to click through.
May 1, 2017
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Facebook Groups can now screen new members with a questionnaire
Facebook is making good on Mark Zuckerberg's promise to build community by improving admin tools for Facebook Groups. now Group admins can establish up to three questions for people requesting to join their Group to answer. this lets admins screen potential members to ensure they're the right fit for the group and will add constructively to the discussion, not just spam or troll the Group.
May 12, 2017
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Facebook grows a conscience, admits it corroded democracy
Mr Zuckerberg, are we the baddies?
January 22, 2018
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Facebook Handed Over Data on 'Insecure' and 'Overwhelmed' Teenagers to Advertisers
Facebook probably knows more about you than your own family, and the company often uses these type of insights to help sell you products. the best--or worst!--new example of this comes from the newspaper the Australian, which says it got its hands on some leaked internal Facebook documents.
May 1, 2017
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Facebook Hands Over 3K Russia-Linked Ads to Congress
Facebook is prepared to hand over more than 3,000 Russia-linked ads to Congress.
September 26, 2017
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Facebook 'Happy Birthday' lawsuit rolls on
Could be costly for Zuck. But who really cooks the Spam?
January 30, 2017
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Facebook has a solution to all the toxic dross on its site -- wait, it's not AI?
No, it's human janitors toiling away, cleaning up wads of hate and terror incitement
June 16, 2017
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Facebook has a way to correct your crooked 360 photos
As part of its Scale conference today in San Jose, Facebook's computational photography team is announcing the completion of an internal research project dedicated to helping you clean up your poorly taken 360 photos. The team used a deep neural network to identify crooked 360 photos and reorient them to maintain realism.
August 31, 2017
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Facebook Has Agreed to Face the Music Over Data Scandal -- Zuckerberg Will Show up in Front of Congress
Earlier today Facebook confirmed that Mark Zuckerberg won't appear in front of the UK committee on digital, culture, media and sport to respond to data misuse scandal. The committee's chief Damian Collins called Zuckerberg's refusal "absolutely astonishing." It appears Facebook CEO has finally decided to show up in front of lawmakers -- at least in the United States.
March 27, 2018
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Facebook has been sharing our data for months to help study income inequality
In the US, just 1 percent of the population holds 40 percent of the wealth.
February 20, 2018
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Facebook has hired former NBC anchor Campbell Brown to improve its relationship with news publishers
Brown will take over Facebook's News Partnerships team.
January 6, 2017
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Facebook has made more than $20 billion in profit since going public -- Twitter has lost $2 billion
A tale of two mobile ad businesses.
May 4, 2017
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Facebook has mapped the location of millions of people down to 5-meter accuracy
If you've ever thought that Facebook knows a little too much about you, here's something that's going to do nothing to dislodge that fear from your mind. Using a combination of government census information and data from satellites, the social networking giant has mapped the location of people in 23 countries around the world.
September 4, 2017
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Facebook has new tools to prevent unwanted friend requests and messages
Facebook, like every social media platform, has issues with harassment and bullying. In order to prevent certain types of harassment, Facebook is introducing some new features to help prevent unwanted friend requests and messages.
December 19, 2017
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Facebook has signed a deal to stream 25 afternoon MLB games
Filed under moves that are potentially groundbreaking with big implications but with quite small numbers, Facebook has signed an exclusive deal with the MLB to stream 25 afternoon games, according to Bloomberg.
March 9, 2018
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Facebook highlights its fight against "Fake News' in print
The 10 tips are basic news literacy, but Facebook wants the world to know.
April 14, 2017
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Facebook hires ex-CNN anchor to lead news partnerships team
Campbell Brown will try to be the social network's tie that binds it to the media.
January 6, 2017
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Facebook hires former NYT public editor Liz Spayd to consult on transparency
Facebook says it's looking to become more open and transparent about its decisions, and it's hired Liz Spayd, a former public editor of The New York Times, to consult on the process.
August 25, 2017
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Facebook hit two billion users today and SugarCRM reminded us you are Zuck's product
Sugar's 'Hint' scraping service populates sales profiles by scraping 70 data sources
June 28, 2017
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Facebook hit with four lawsuits in one week over Cambridge Analytica scandal
Sued by shareholders and users
March 23, 2018
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Facebook hit with massive fine for providing misleading information about WhatsApp takeover
The European Commission has hit Facebook with a €110 million ($122 million) fine for "providing misleading information about WhatsApp takeover". The Commission previously expressed concern that the social media giant had not correctly communicated planned changes to its privacy policy.
May 18, 2017
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Facebook hits the 2 billion users mark, launches special "thank you" features for its users
It did take the world by storm, didn't it? Very few of us, even the older among us, can vaguely recall what the online space looked like B.F. (before Facebook). In a little more than 13 years, Facebook largely reshaped how we communicate, share information and present ourselves to the world.
June 28, 2017
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Facebook Hopes to Have Us all Staring In Awe at Blank Walls with new Augmented Reality Tech
This afternoon, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed the hopeful next big thing for his company: augmented reality, allowing people to use their phones to interact with the physical world through their phones -- carving virtual messages into table tops, leaving notes in public for friends that only they can see, and creating public art that is nothing more than a blank wall with people staring at their smartphone screens.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook hosting Communities Summit this summer in Chicago
The social network wants to help users overseeing Facebook Groups community pages "gather, share and connect in real life."
April 11, 2017
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Facebook improves its AI Messenger assistant 'M' with new wits
Facebook M, the company's AI-powered assistant that lives inside Messenger, was launched widely back in April, giving suggestions to users based on the context of their conversations. Today, M is getting a bit smarter and more socially capable.
June 27, 2017
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Facebook in the dock: Web giant faces trial for allegedly ripping off data center blueprints
Zuck's Open Compute Project stole our designs, claims Brit biz
May 12, 2017
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Facebook inserts itself into politics with new tools that help elected officials reach constituents
Facebook this year has launched a number of features that make it easier for people to reach their government representatives on its social network, including "Town Hall," and related integrations with News Feed, as well as ways to share reps' contact info in your own posts. Today, the company is expanding on these initiatives with those designed for elected officials themselves.
June 7, 2017
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Facebook Instant Articles: Everything you need to know!
Looking to learn everything you can about Facebook Instant Articles? Let us help!
September 1, 2017
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Facebook Instant Games Playable Inside Messenger Launches Globally
Facebook introduced a new way for users of Facebook Messenger to play video games a few months back. Via Messenger users can play HTML5 Instant Games that don't need to be downloaded. These Instant Games have been playable in the US since November and now launch around the globe with 50 titles to play and enjoy.
May 3, 2017
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Facebook internal guides on content moderation revealed in recent leak
An investigation by the Guardian gives a first time look at Facebook's content moderation manuals, related to hate speech, terrorism, pornography, racism, and others. Facebook moderators often have less than 10 seconds to review and action a reported post, meaning the possibility for inconsistent judgment is quite real
May 23, 2017
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Facebook introduces a Messenger plugin for business websites
Facebook Messenger is coming to businesses' own websites. The social network announced today the launch of a new customer chat plugin into closed beta, which will allow customers to talk directly with businesses on their websites using Messenger, and continue those conversations across web, mobile and tablet devices.
November 7, 2017
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Facebook introduces new ad metrics and promises that more are coming
Facebook says it's introducing a number of new measurements for businesses that buy ads and own Facebook Pages.
June 29, 2017
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Facebook introduces new augmented reality effects for Messenger
It's also opening up its AR platform to developers
December 12, 2017
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Facebook introduces Watch, its redesigned tab for video programming
Facebook's battle for television ad dollars is about to begin in earnest. The company said today that Watch, its redesigned video platform, will begin rolling out to a small percentage of users tomorrow. Watch features original programming financed by Facebook, alongside videos from other creators, in a tab that will become personalized to your interests over time. It will begin replacing the current video tab for users tomorrow in Facebook's apps for Android, iOS, the web, and television.
August 9, 2017
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Facebook internal guides on content moderation revealed in recent leak
An investigation by the Guardian gives a first time look at Facebook's content moderation manuals, related to hate speech, terrorism, pornography, racism, and others. Facebook moderators often have less than 10 seconds to review and action a reported post, meaning the possibility for inconsistent judgment is quite real
May 23, 2017
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Facebook invents new unit of time called 'flicks'
When developing a time-sensitive fracture, rigid body, or fluid simulation, accuracy could mean the difference between success or mom's spaghetti on the floor. Facebook has solved this problem by inventing a new unit of time - spearheaded by a former employee at the company, Christopher Horvath - that helps developers improve time synchronization within one second, which is quite important when it comes to Virtual Reality, among other things.
January 23, 2018
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Facebook is abusive. it's time to divorce it
And lament that early browsers gave up on web site authoring tools and created monsters
May 8, 2017
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Facebook is allegedly developing its own touch-screen-operated smart speaker
The niche of smart speakers has been gathering both speed and investments, as consumer interest in the products cause more and more tech players to develop own such gadgets. Amazon's Echo units have attained a comfortable dominant position in the industry, while Google Home has brought Mountain View's own AI Assistant into the homes of many. I
July 25, 2017
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Facebook is banning cryptocurrency and ICO ads
Facebook has a new advertising policy pertaining to cryptocurrency, binary options and initial coin offerings. The policy specifically prohibits ads that promote those types of products and services "that are frequently associated with misleading or deceptive practices," Facebook Product Management Director Rob Leathern wrote in a blog post today.
January 30, 2018
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Facebook is building a Houseparty clone for live group video chat
Gather 'round the Bonfire
July 5, 2017
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Facebook is building a 'village' of 1,500 apartments
You could live, work and play at the social media company's HQ.
July 7, 2017
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Facebook is building brain-computer interfaces for typing and skin-hearing
Today at F8, Facebook revealed it has a team of 60 engineers working on building a brain-computer interface that will let you type with just your mind without invasive implants. the team plans to use optical imaging to scan your brain a hundred times per second to detect you speaking silently in your head, and translate it into text.
April 19, 2017
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Facebook is changing its Trending section to fight the spread of fake news
It's also going to stop personalizing trending topics for each user.
January 25, 2017
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Facebook is clamping down on posts that shamelessly beg for your engagement
A lot of crap gets shared on Facebook, but coming soon the volume may be a little less after Facebook made a move to penalize content that shamelessly begs people for engagement.
December 18, 2017
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Facebook is closing in on 2 billion monthly users
The social network's revenue continues to boom
February 1, 2017
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Facebook is copying yet another popular Snapchat feature: Stories
First Instagram cloned Snapchat's Stories feature. now Facebook is doing it, too.
January 25, 2017
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Facebook is creating a news section in Watch to feature breaking news
Facebook is going to create a new news section in its video streaming platform Facebook Watch to feature breaking news stories.
February 12, 2018
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Facebook is deleting a bunch of spam accounts in its effort to fight fake news
Facebook says spammers are generating fake "Likes' and comments, too.
April 14, 2017
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Facebook is deleting links to a viral attack on a Charlottesville victim
Daily Stormer article violated community standards, company says
August 14, 2017
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Facebook is developing a helicopter to deliver internet access in emergencies
Meet the Tether-tenna
April 19, 2017
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Facebook is developing a tool to let users know if they interacted with Russian troll accounts
Russia's use of Facebook and other social media to try to influence the outcome of elections around the world has been the subject of investigation for some time now. Millions of Facebook users were exposed to divisive ads placed by Russia, and the social networking site is doing what it can to be transparent about what happened.
November 22, 2017
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Facebook is developing a way to read your mind
Seriously.
April 19, 2017
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Facebook is developing AI that plans to one day be your personal social media assistant
The Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) group is releasing AI software known as ParlAI that will be used to develop smart chat bots.
May 16, 2017
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Facebook is finally doing something to make Messenger less of an unusable mess
The Facebook Messenger app for iOS and Android is an utter mess of ideas at the moment. The confused interface is all over the place and decidedly user unfriendly. All that is set to change, though, thanks to an update that rolls out this week.
May 19, 2017
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Facebook is getting serious about making hardware with 'Aloha' video chat device
Say Aloha to Aloha
August 23, 2017
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Facebook is going after YouTube with its new 'Watch' video streaming service
There will soon be one more streaming option for consumers.
August 9, 2017
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Facebook is going to start surveying users to determine trustworthy news sources
Part of the company's ongoing efforts to improve news on the social platform
January 19, 2018
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Facebook is hiring 3000 new content monitors for a job AI cannot do
Moderation Remains a Human Problem
May 4, 2017
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Facebook is hiring a (human) AI Editor
Human: Oh sweet bot, tell us a story! A nice story! About a very wise human who worked his whole life to save everybody in the world from having to spend time manually tagging their friends in digital photos -- and made a magic machine that did it for them instead!
July 25, 2017
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Facebook is hiring another 3,000 people to pull down violent and inappropriate content
The company is responding to a number of violent videos and posts that have been cropping up on the service over the past month.
May 3, 2017
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Facebook is illegally collecting user data, court rules
A German court today ruled Facebook was collecting data illegally from its users. The ruling, handed down by a Berlin regional court, states that Facebook didn't obtain the consent from its users to collect data used for targeting in its own advertising platform.
February 12, 2018
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Facebook is improving the 360 video experience by predicting where you will look
From the stage of F8, Joaquin Quinonero, Facebook's Director of Applied Machine Learning, described a new technique the company is using to improve the watching experience for 360 videos. the format is challenging to deliver because of its size, but Facebook is using machine learning to reduce the number of pixels that have to be rendered at any one time. by predicting where a viewer will look next, rendering priority can be given to that location -- particularly helpful for users with lower quality internet access.
April 19, 2017
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Facebook is introducing new tools to help curb harassment
You can now read messages without the sender knowing
December 19, 2017
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Facebook is killing a feature you forgot you hated
Facebook today announced in a blog post it would be phasing out third-party app invites -- a feature that was often reserved for games such as Farmville or Bejeweled.
November 16, 2017
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Facebook is killing M, its personal chatbot assistant
But it's keeping the "M Suggestions" feature that pops up in Messenger chats.
January 8, 2018
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Facebook is killing Messenger Day and consolidating it with Facebook as Stories
Also, collaborative Stories for events
November 13, 2017
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Facebook is now testing paywalls and subscriptions for Instant Articles
A few months ago we reported that Facebook may begin testing paywalls and subscriptions for Instant Articles beginning in October. Well now it's October, and surprise -- Facebook has started testing subscription support for instant articles!
October 19, 2017
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Facebook is offering publishers money to create produced video
The new deals include a mix of both live and produced video commitments.
April 21, 2017
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Facebook is offering the music industry millions to let its users upload songs in videos
Facebook is gearing up to battle YouTube to be the top destination for music videos and other content containing copyright-protected songs, according to a report from Bloomberg. The company is reportedly offering music publishers hundreds of millions of dollars to retain the rights to music featured in videos uploaded by users and page owners. It's a way to, at least initially, stave off the concerns of the copyright holders who must tirelessly work through Facebook to get the content taken down.
September 5, 2017
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Facebook is pushing its data-tracking Onavo VPN within its main mobile app
Onavo Protect, the VPN client from the data-security app maker acquired by Facebook back in 2013, has now popped up in the Facebook iOS app itself, under the banner "Protect" in the navigation menu. Clicking through on "Protect" will redirect Facebook users to the "Onavo Protect -- VPN Security" app's listing on the App Store.
February 12, 2018
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Facebook is purportedly working on an Echo Show killer called Portal
Facebook is working on its own Amazon Echo Show alternative called Portal, according to financial broadcaster, Cheddar. The device would be the social giant's first major foray into hardware, and is expected to be formally unveiled in May at the company's annual developer conference.
January 9, 2018
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Facebook is remaking the viral Norwegian teen drama Skam
Facebook has ordered an English remake of the Norwegian web series Skam for its new Watch platform, Variety reports. The series will be produced by Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment, which secured the rights to produce the English-language version earlier this year.
October 18, 2017
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Facebook is rolling out a product so you can hang with friends in virtual reality
"Spaces' is Facebook's first attempt at social VR.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook is rolling out a Trending News section on mobile, now with its own link
Facebook is rolling out a "Trending News" section on mobile that includes its own link in the app's main navigation. This follows the company's earlier announcement this spring of a redesign for Trending Topics, an increasingly important part of Facebook's social network, where it tracks the news stories that are buzzing across its service.
August 14, 2017
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Facebook Is Ready For Its Close-Up, Wants To Get Into Scripted TV Shows
Not content to let Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu corner the market on original streaming TV shows, Facebook is reportedly trying to carve out a spot for itself in the entertainment business with its own scripted programming.
June 26, 2017
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Facebook is reportedly making an app for set-top TV boxes
And it's asking media companies to make exclusive shows for it
January 31, 2017
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Facebook is reportedly working on a video app for Apple TV
Facebook is reportedly working on a tvOS app to bring its videos to your living room.
January 31, 2017
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Facebook is sharing Americans' data with researchers to study income inequality
Facebook is now sharing the data of American users with a team of researchers led by Stanford economist Raj Chetty, who are aiming to find out more about economic inequality in the United States. According to estimates, about three-fifths of American adults use Facebook, so the researchers hope they can better explain how one percent of the population holds 40 percent of the country's wealth.
February 20, 2018
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Facebook is struggling to meet the burden of securing itself, security chief says
Chief Security Officer described security report as a "very painful process."
October 19, 2017
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Facebook is testing a city-specific section of its app to elevate local news and events
In an effort to up its signal to noise ratio, Facebook may go local. The company is testing a new area of its app called "Today In," a mix of city-specific events, announcements and local news.
January 10, 2018
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Facebook is testing a 'downvote' option -- just don't call it a dislike button
Facebook has confirmed that it is currently testing what it describes as a "downvote" button. But the social network is at pains to stress that this is absolutely not the "dislike" button people have been asking for.
February 9, 2018
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Facebook is testing a lot more ads in a lot more places
The company needs to prove News Feed isn't its only cash cow.
February 1, 2017
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Facebook is testing a new section of the app specifically for local news and events
Facebook is vetting local publishers that appear in this section.
January 10, 2018
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Facebook is testing a new section to emphasize local news
Recently, social media has been heavily criticized for being a real catalyst for the way "fake news" spreads. Why? Well, a lot of news outlets -- reputable or not -- will have a big, eye-catching title, and will often be shared through social media channels by thousands of people who don't read the actual articles.
January 11, 2018
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Facebook is testing a temporary profile status feature
Facebook has confirmed that it is currently testing a feature that enables its users to setup a self-destructing status. It's something that's in a similar vein to the temporary profile image option that's already available.
October 18, 2017
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Facebook is testing desktop uploads for Stories to make the feature stick
Facebook is testing the ability for users to upload images and videos via desktop, reports TechCrunch. Soon, users will be able to select an upload button for photos and videos similar to the way they would for news feeds, or add a video to their story from a webcam.
January 18, 2018
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Facebook is testing News Feed-style ads inside Messenger
The experiment is just in Australia and Thailand. for now.
January 25, 2017
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Facebook is testing pre-emptive related articles in News Feed
The "related articles" feature of Facebook's News Feed is nothing new -- in fact it has been with us for more than three years. But now the social network is trialling a new way of displaying related content; rather than waiting until you have clicked on a story to suggest related stories you might be interested in, Facebook will instead be offering these suggestions before you read an article.
April 26, 2017
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Facebook is testing 'private comments' to save you from idiots
Facebook is experimenting with privacy settings that apply to individual comments. This means that you could write a reply to a thread, but only pre-approved individuals can see it. Here's what it looks like:
December 11, 2017
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Facebook is testing self-destructing friend requests
Facebook is currently testing a new feature that would give users the chance to place time limits on friend requests. The idea is that requests that you ignore for a certain period of time would be automatically deleted.
March 27, 2018
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Facebook is testing subscriptions for Instant Articles on Android
The paywall is here
October 19, 2017
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Facebook is training local organizations to help combat extremist content
As part of an ongoing effort to combat the spread of extremist content, Facebook has launched the Online Civil Courage initiative in the U.K. By creating a dedicated support desk for local non-government organizations, the initiative gives such organizations a direct relationship with Facebook, as well as funding and training to ferret out and report extremist activity.
June 23, 2017
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Facebook is trying to make the Poke happen again
Remember when Facebook first started and you and your friends took the time to obnoxiously poke each other back and forth (and if you're too young to know what I'm taking about, think of it as a less entertaining Snapchat streak that no one actually cared about...)
December 11, 2017
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Facebook is trying to make the Poke happen again
Facebook's "Poke" feature has never really gone away, but now the social network is giving it a more prominent placement -- and is even considering expanding the set of casual greeting options to include others, like a wink, wave, high-five or hug.
December 11, 2017
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Facebook is using AI to scan your posts for suicidal thoughts
The software engages in proactive detection and could alert authorities about problems before users report them
November 28, 2017
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Facebook is using AI to spot users with suicidal thoughts and send them help
The tool was tested earlier this year and is now rolling out to more countries
November 28, 2017
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Facebook is Using Computer Vision to bring AR to the Masses, Dev Platform Available Now
Facebook showed the world it was serious about virtual reality technology when it dropped more than $2 billion to acquire Oculus VR. the company isn't done with VR by a long shot, but it's now setting its sights on augmented reality, as well. During the F8 Developer Conference opening keynote, Mark Zuckerberg announced a development platform that brings AR technology to the palm of your hand through the technology in your smartphone.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook is working on a way to let you type with your brain
At speeds faster than physical typing
April 19, 2017
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Facebook joins effort to improve online video
The social networking giant allies with Microsoft, Google, Netflix and Amazon to make online video faster.
November 14, 2017
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Facebook Journalism Project Battles 'Fake News' Problem
The Facebook Journalism Project debuted to help save the media and tackle the social network's growing misinformation problem.
January 11, 2017
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Facebook just doubled the resolution of photos in Facebook Messenger
Photo messaging has been around for a long time, but as smartphone cameras get better and better, this form of 'visual communication' is only becoming more common. That's why, earlier today, Facebook announced a major update to Facebook Messenger that doubles the resolution of the photos you send from 2K to 4K--or, more specifically, to a max of 4096 x 4096 pixels.
November 21, 2017
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Facebook kills App Invites, the native app Like button and other dev features
It's been a while since my Facebook notifications feed was filled to the brim with invites to play FarmVille, but I've been reminded every so often at how awful those times were. It seems that tool for growing an app's audience is not long for this world as Facebook has announced that App Invites, alongside a bunch of other developer integrations, will be sunsetting over the next few months.
November 16, 2017
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Facebook knocks down massive spammer network
The social network says it had been "combating" the operation for six months.
April 14, 2017
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Facebook knows it needs to stop bad stuff before it happens
The social media giant's head of Messenger, David Marcus, said the company realizes it needs to scrutinize how people use its platform, both for good and for bad.
October 18, 2017
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Facebook knows literally everything about you
Behind every feature, Facebook is collecting data
March 23, 2018
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Facebook knows you're in a photo before being tagged
Facebook has announced that it is rolling out a new feature which leverages its facial recognition technology to tell you when it thinks you've appeared in a photo but haven't been tagged. The company says that this will give users more control over how their images are being used on its service by letting them know when they have appeared in a picture on its site and then giving the options to tag themselves, leave themselves untagged, or to reach out to the person who uploaded the picture if concerned.
December 19, 2017
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Facebook launched a dedicated tab for Safety Check
Facebook has made a permanent page for Safety Check, its feature for letting others know that you're safe during an emergency.
August 21, 2017
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Facebook launches a camera platform for developers to push augmented reality forward
Games, art, notes, and more
April 18, 2017
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Facebook launches AI-powered suicide detection tool
Facebook has long offered a range of support options to help those considering suicide. Today the social network launches an automated AI-powered tool that aims to spot suicidal posts before they are reported.
November 27, 2017
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Facebook launches augmented reality Camera Effects developer platform
Facebook will rely on an army of outside developers to contribute augmented reality image filters and interactive experiences to its new Camera Effects platform. After today's Facebook F8 conference, the first effects will become available inside Facebook's Camera feature on smartphones, but the Camera Effects platform is designed to eventually be compatible with future augmented reality hardware, such as eyeglasses.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook launches collaborative Stories for Groups and Events
Facebook is combining its Snapchat Stories clone with features Snapchat can't match in a bid to boost usage. Starting today, users of Facebook Groups and Events will be able to contribute to a Facebook Story visible to the rest of the members and moderated by the admins.
November 13, 2017
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Facebook launches Creator app for influencers to build video communities
Facebook wants to turn mindless, passive video consumption into "time well spent," and now it's giving social media stars a powerful tool to foster communities around their content. Today Facebook launches Facebook Creator, offering influencers Live Creative Kit for adding intros and outros to broadcasts, a unified inbox of Facebook and Instagram comments plus Messenger chats, cross-posting to Twitter and expansive analytics.
November 16, 2017
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Facebook launches dedicated used car Marketplace section, complete with Kelley Blue Book pricing
Facebook Marketplace has been with us for a little while now, giving users of the social network a handy place to buy and sell goods in the same place they chat with friends and post holiday photos. The company today announced a series of changes designed to make it easier to buy cars through Marketplace.
October 26, 2017
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Facebook launches Express Wi-Fi app for its local-operated hotspots
acebook wants you to pay for internet. This week TechCrunch was tipped off that Facebook had quietly launched an Express Wi-Fi Android app in the Google Play store that lets users buy data packs and find nearby hotspots as part of Facebook's distributed Wi-Fi network.
March 15, 2018
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Facebook launches fake news reporting tool in Germany
Facebook is using German news agency Correctiv as an external fact-checker.
January 16, 2017
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Facebook launches its bloat-free Messenger Lite app in over 100 new countries
In October, Facebook launched a new 'lightweight' version of its Messenger app for mobile devices. It was designed primarily for older, less powerful devices, for use in emerging markets with slower, less stable mobile networks, and high costs for data usage.
April 28, 2017
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Facebook launches Marketplace for cars with dealers and Blue Book pricing
Buy a car through Facebook, and the social network could earn a special place in your heart. So Facebook is creating a dedicated section of Marketplace for vehicles.
October 26, 2017
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Facebook launches "Messenger Kids" app for children
While most social-networking sites and apps, including Facebook, require users to be over thirteen years of age, there seems to be a need among parents to let younger children communicate with their friends in a controlled manner. Facebook has now decided to make this possible with the Messenger Kids app that is now rolling out in the US.
December 4, 2017
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Facebook launches Messenger Kids app on Android
Facebook has launched its child-friendly Messenger Kids app on the Google Play Store for users in the United States. Android is the last major mobile platform to have received Messenger Kids, following iOS, and its arrival on Amazon Fire devices. The major selling point for the applications is that parents have full control over the contact list, and messages can't be hidden, meaning parents can easily review conversations.
February 15, 2018
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Facebook launches Messenger Kids for under-13s
In a move that's likely to raise a few eyebrows, Facebook today opened up its messaging platform to children under the age of 13. A new app, Messenger Kids, is now available in the US for iOS users.
December 4, 2017
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Facebook launches Online Civil Courage Initiative to fight extremism in the UK
Facebook today launches its latest attempt to tackle online extremism in the UK with its new Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI). It is part of an education drive which finds the social network trying to inform charities and local organizations how to fight hate speech and extremism online.
June 23, 2017
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Facebook launches telco infrastructure accelerator with Orange
Back in February, the Facebook-led Telecom Infrastructure Project led a call to put $170 million into startups focusing on solutions to improve infrastructure: the switching technologies, engineering, cabling and other components that go into building networking for internet and other communications services. Today comes one more advance on that front: Facebook and the TIP are working with French telco Orange to launch a new ॥uro;'Telecom Track॥uro;' in the Orange Fab accelerator based in Paris to find more startups to fill this niche.
April 24, 2017
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Facebook launches Watch tab of original video shows
Facebook has a new home for original video content produced exclusively for it by partners, who will earn 55 percent of ad break revenue while Facebook keeps 45 percent. The "Watch" tab and several dozen original shows will start rolling out to a small group of U.S. users tomorrow on mobile, desktop and Facebook's TV apps.
August 9, 2017
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Facebook Launching Messenger Lite In The U.S. -- But Only For Android Users
If you don't need a special selfie lens that puts a wagging animals ears and a pink cartoon tongue onto your face when you're communicating with your friends -- or just want to save on mobile data -- Facebook is now launching its Messenger Lite Android app in U.S.
October 3, 2017
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Facebook law enforcement takedowns quadrupled in six months because of a school shooting video
Facebook today released its transparency report for the first half of 2017, in a regular disclosure from the company that provides data on when Facebook complies with legal requests.
December 18, 2017
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Facebook lets advertisers target insecure teens, says report
Leaked documents allegedly show how Facebook helps brands find teenagers in their most vulnerable moments.
May 1, 2017
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Facebook lets content owners claim ad earnings of pirated videos
Facebook finally has a better solution to freebooting -- the common practice of stealing video and uploading it to one's Facebook Page to reap the engagement and audience growth. Today's update to the Facebook Rights Manager tool that launched last year includes the new option to "claim ad earnings' on other people's uploads of a video you own. this way if an infringing video includes a new mid-roll ad break Facebook is testing, the revenue will be sent to the content's owner instead of the uploader who stole it.
April 27, 2017
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Facebook lets you tip game live streamers $3+
Facebook Live is launching monetization for video gameplay streamers, allowing users to tip creators a minimum of $3 via the desktop site. Right now, the contributor of the tips doesn't get any special call-out or privileges, though Facebook tells me it's considering different options for creators and gamers. For instance, it could have a special emoji Reaction float across the stream as a way to thank the fan who gave money.
January 26, 2018
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Facebook levels up its identity tools for developers
Location and learning features also arrive as part of F8 conference
April 18, 2017
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Facebook Lite is now available in the United States
Also coming to the UK, Canada, and more.
March 15, 2018
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Facebook Lite is rolling out in the US this week
Facebook Lite, a version of Facebook made for developing countries that is designed to run on 2G networks, is rolling out to more countries, including developed ones, according to Reuters. Like Messenger Lite, the thought is that people with older Android devices or slower internet connections would benefit from the stripped-down app.
March 15, 2018
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Facebook Literally Wants to Read your Thoughts
At Facebook's annual developer conference, F8, on Wednesday, the group unveiled what may be Facebook's most ambitious--and creepiest--proposal yet. Facebook wants to build its own "brain-to-computer interface' that would allow us to send thoughts straight to a computer.
April 19, 2017
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Facebook Litho: An Android UI Framework Created for Performance
Facebook has open sourced Litho, a framework for creating user interfaces in Android applications using a React-like declarative style with scrolling performance in mind.
April 19, 2017
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Facebook Live adds chat and joint video streams
The social network wants more people to connect while on Facebook Live -- even as the company deals with violent footage on the platform.
May 23, 2017
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Facebook Live Expands with Browser Support, Analytics, and More
Facebook Live received browser support, analytics, and other features meant to make its video-streaming platform more appealing to broadcasters.
January 12, 2017
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Facebook Live gains closed captions in the latest update
Last month, Facebook Live got an important update that added new ways to interact with friends on either Android or iOS devices. Today, new improvements for Facebook Live have been released, which are meant to improve live broadcasts.
June 6, 2017
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Facebook Live gets accessible with third-party closed captioning
Over 38 million people in the US are deaf or hard-of-hearing, and Facebook wants them to be able to watch the 1 in 5 of its videos that are broadcast live. So today it's taking the first step towards making Facebook Live more accessible by allowing publishers to create and stream closed captions for their Live videos either on their own or with the help of a technology vendor like Ai-Media or Telestream
June 6, 2017
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Facebook Live is the new QVC
It's not Tracie Reeves's thick Tennessee twang that hooks viewers into the two-hour-long shows she broadcasts via Facebook Live, six times a week. "I don't know how they listen to my voice," Reeves confides. "I've tried to watch the videos back. Can't do it. I'm absolutely one of the most annoying people that I've ever heard."
November 15, 2017
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Facebook Live update adds new ways to interact with friends on Android and iOS
Two new features are coming to Facebook Live very soon, which are supposed to provide users with more ways to engage with friends. Live Chat With Friends and Live With should make it easier for Facebook Live users to share experiences and connect in real time with their friends.
May 23, 2017
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Facebook looks to cash in on WhatsApp, possibly without ads
The social networking giant wants to start making money off WhatsApp, with its massive base of 1 billion daily users.
September 5, 2017
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Facebook looks to revamp password recovery by supplanting email
It released an open source password recovery protocol meant for use with third-party sites
January 30, 2017
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Facebook looks to snail mail to confirm ad buyers are American
Could postcards save Facebook from electoral meddling?
February 20, 2018
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Facebook Loses Belgium Privacy Lawsuit
A district court in Belgium ruled that Facebook is indeed violating EU's privacy laws with its "shadow tracking" of users across the web. Unless the company changes its behavior, it will have to pay 250,000 euro ($310,000) a day in fines.
February 16, 2018
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Facebook lost its Oculus lawsuit and has to pay $500 million
A jury ruled Oculus founder Palmer Luckey violated a non-disclosure agreement.
February 1, 2017
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Facebook loves virtual reality so much it just axed its VR film studio
Not enough eyeballs in goggles to justify in-house production
May 5, 2017
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Facebook made an app just for video creators
In its latest attempt to woo video creators away from YouTube, Facebook has released an app just for them. It's called Facebook Creator, and it includes a bunch of tools for streaming video, updating Stories, and message people across several of Facebook's platforms.
November 16, 2017
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Facebook makes it easier to hide your mug from its facial recognition tech
Facebook has used facial recognition technology since 2010 to help you tag yourself and friends in photos, but not everyone's cool with the company's eerily accurate algorithm (which is only getting better). According to an announcement today, Facebook will soon make it much simpler to stop it from spotting your face altogether.
December 19, 2017
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Facebook makes its privacy settings much clearer
Facebook has made lots of changes to its privacy settings over the years, usually in a bid to make them simpler to understand and use, yet many people just stick with the defaults.
January 26, 2017
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Facebook makes two-factor auth simpler with USB key support
Mobile apps not supported yet, but mobile web now works with NFC-enabled keys.
January 26, 2017
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Facebook malware adapts to your web browser, operating system
A new strain of malware has been spreading on Facebook, leading victims into innocuous-looking websites tailored to their system and browser preferences.
August 25, 2017
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Facebook May Go For LinkedIn's Jugular With New Resume Features
While Facebook is, by far, the dominant "social" networking site, it's rarely used for professional networking. Instead, people go to places like Microsoft's LinkedIn when it comes time to look for a job or just put their resumes out there. But in Facebook's quest to be all things to all users, it is testing new features that mimic much of what you'd see on LinkedIn.
October 16, 2017
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Facebook may launch a video chat Android device and a Google Home rival in 2018
Rumors about Facebook working on a new smart speaker surfaced about a week ago, but the information wasn't entirely clear on how exactly the device will work and when it might be launched on the market. Today, a more in-depth report sheds light on Facebook's plans to take on Amazon Echo and Google Home.
August 1, 2017
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Facebook may print money but thirsty Wall Street wants more
Monetising video... RU serious, Zuck?
July 27, 2017
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Facebook May Soon Let You Unlock Account With Your Face
While two-factor authentication is a very handy tool for regaining access to your accounts if you get locked out or forget your password, sometimes getting a text message or an email isn't possible. That's why Facebook has confirmed it's looking into using facial recognition as a way to verify a user's identity.
October 2, 2017
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Facebook may soon require a selfie to identify you when logging in
Facebook may soon implement a new type of "captcha" to verify your identity, recent user reports on Twitter suggest. While it's not clear yet under what circumstances the new identity check will kick in -- whether it will be reserved for cases of suspicious activity on your account or become a regular way to log-in in the future -- the company has clarified that the main goal of this captha is currently to protect user data from third parties.
November 29, 2017
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Facebook may start using selfies to verify logins
Some Facebook users have reported that the social network is asking them to upload a selfie as a means of verifying their identity.
November 29, 2017
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Facebook merges Messenger Day with its core Stories feature
Facebook has integrated Messenger Day and Facebook Stories, making it easier when posting (if anyone ever does) Stories on these platforms.
November 13, 2017
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Facebook Messenger ... for who now? Zuck points his digital crack at ever younger kids
Zuck Off, says UK Health Minister
December 6, 2017
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Facebook Messenger adds app extensions and a bot store
Plus automatic suggestions from M
April 18, 2017
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Facebook Messenger adds Snapchatty filters to video chat
Facebook is Snapchat-ifying its Messenger video calls by adding filters, animated reactions and more masks to make you look like a bunny.
June 26, 2017
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Facebook Messenger begins testing ads...and they're big
Facebook today is beginning to test integrating ads into its mobile messaging app's user interface. the company says it will launch what it characterizes as a "very small test" in Australia and Thailand, which will allow businesses to place an ad on the Messenger home screen. These fairly prominent card-style ads include image thumbnails accompanied by text and a link. they appear below your recent conversations, says Facebook.
January 25, 2017
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Facebook Messenger bots help monitor Kenya election violence
Kenya's 7 million Facebook users are being encouraged to use Messenger to report incidents of voter suppression, ballot issues and, especially, violence.
August 8, 2017
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Facebook Messenger brings filters and reactions to its video chat with latest update
Recently, Facebook has been adding Snapchat-like features to its Messenger app, making it more and more similar to the competing instant messaing app . A major Facebook Messenger update has just been released, which further adds such features into the app.
June 26, 2017
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Facebook Messenger chief admits the app has gotten too cluttered
"Expect to see us invest in massively simplifying and streamlining Messenger this year," says David Marcus
January 16, 2018
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Facebook Messenger doubles number of video chats to 17 billion in 2017
People shared over 500 billion emoji
December 13, 2017
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Facebook Messenger for payments review: A no-frills way to send cash to Facebook friends
Splitting checks with Facebook friends is almost as easy as liking their posts.
November 13, 2017
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Facebook Messenger gets a redesigned home screen, new ways to navigate the app
Facebook has just revealed the new changes that will be added to its Messenger app in the coming days. If the previous update was about the various capabilities inside conversations, the new one will bring some visual changes that are meant to make it easier to navigate across the app.
May 18, 2017
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Facebook Messenger gets Apple Music integration, check out all the new features
Music fans, rejoice! Apple Music has been integrated as a bot in Facebook Messenger, which will allow users to do some pretty cool things.
October 6, 2017
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Facebook Messenger globally tests injecting display ads into inbox
Messaging is the center of mobile, and Facebook wants ads in front of all those eyes. After seeing "promising results from Australia and Thailand,' Facebook Messenger is expanding its display ad beta test that lets businesses buy space between your chat threads. Later this month, a small percentage of users will start seeing ads in the Messenger app's home tab.
July 11, 2017
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Facebook Messenger has 1.2 billion users and is now twice the size of Instagram
Messenger is big.
April 12, 2017
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Facebook Messenger hits 1.2B users, that's a lot of people
The social network's messaging app is now twice as big as Instagram and has as many users as WhatsApp.
April 12, 2017
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Facebook Messenger introduces World Effects - augmented reality 3D objects - to rival Snapchat
Facebook just one-upped Snapchat by introducing World Effects - augmented reality 3D world objects on its own. The social giant's popular messaging app, Facebook Messenger, has just scored a trove of new effects that let you add various objects to your pics and videos and send them to your pals or post them on your Facebook wall.
December 13, 2017
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Facebook Messenger is getting an Apple Music extension
Facebook just announced a bunch of changes to Messenger, with the highlight being new ways for apps to integrate with it. and while it's not available yet, one of the standout partners announced was Apple Music.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook Messenger Kids announced: A safe online environment for your children
After copying everything there is in Snapchat's homework, Facebook is now slowly expanding the overall functionality of its messaging services to better suit the young generation. In particular, a new version of Facebook Messenger has been just announced and it will be a safe space for kids aged 6-12. It will be populated with a trove of kid-friendly GIFs, camera effects, filters, stickers, and frames.
December 4, 2017
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Facebook Messenger Kids comes to Amazon Fire tablet
Critics of the app say it gets kids addicted to social media early on
January 11, 2018
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Facebook Messenger Kids comes to Amazon Fire tablets
A new way to keep an eye on who your kids are talking to.
January 11, 2018
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Facebook Messenger Kids is a locked-down chat app with parental controls in mind.
Facebook has launched a new version of Facebook Messenger, aimed at children under the age of 13.
December 4, 2017
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Facebook Messenger launches Discover as it takes on chatbots (again)
Facebook isn't done with chatbots quite yet; today, the company is launching Discover, a hub inside Messenger for discovering new and interesting chatbots to message with.
June 28, 2017
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Facebook Messenger lets games monetize with purchases and ads
Facebook is finally giving developers a reason to build games for Messenger while also opening a new revenue stream for the chat app. After launching HTML5 'Instant Games' inside Messenger, like Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Words With Friends Frenzy in November 2016, today Facebook is allowing developers to add in-app purchases as well as interstitial and rewarded video ads. Players get a virtual good or bonus life in exchange for watching rewarded videos.
October 19, 2017
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Facebook Messenger Lite arrives for users in US, UK, Ireland, and Canada
A bit over six years ago, Facebook launched its Messenger mobile apps for iPhone and Android in the US and Canada, foreshadowing the eventual transfer of chat functionality out of its main social networking app. While both apps have since proven to be very popular, that didn't stop the social media juggernaut from releasing a Lite version of its chat app late last year, originally aimed at developing markets and low-end phones.
October 3, 2017
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Facebook Messenger Lite is heading to the U.S., UK, Canada, and Ireland
Weighing in at just 10MB, Messenger Lite offers the fore Messenger experience without all of the unnecessary bloat.
October 3, 2017
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Facebook Messenger Lite now available in US, Canada, UK and Ireland
There has been something of a trend in recent months for "lite" versions of popular services to launch in developing markets. While the aim is to provide access for people with limited data plans, there is interest in data-saving apps from all parts of the world.
October 2, 2017
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Facebook Messenger Lite now available to save data on stateside Android phones
Considering that Facebook Messenger Lite has been available only in developing countries, what is Facebook saying about wireless service in the U.S. now that the data saving version of the app is offered in the states? With some of the data munching features like Messenger Day and selfie lenses absent from the app, users are less likely to consume obscene amounts of data while using it.
October 2, 2017
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Facebook Messenger now lets you pay pals with PayPal
Facebook's payments get a boost ahead of Apple's peer-to-peer Apple Pay.
October 20, 2017
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Facebook Messenger now supports sharing of 4K pictures
Facebook Messenger has seen a lot of new features added to it over the years. You can use Messenger to play games, check your PayPal balance, send money to friends, and plenty more. These expanded features are great, but the latest addition to Messenger focuses on a much more basic function -- sharing photos.
November 22, 2017
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Facebook Messenger now supports group payments
Facebook introduced person-to-person payments within Messenger in early 2015, but today the company announced the feature is expanding to support groups, as well. the payments feature essentially works the same in group chats as in private ones, but now allows users to pay either everyone in the group or individual members through a click of the payments icon (the dollar sign).
April 11, 2017
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Facebook Messenger now supports group payments between friends
Facebook Messenger is making it a little easier to split your Sunday brunch tab with friends. and the company is likely hoping that a new addition to Messenger's payments feature means that you'll skip Venmo to do it. Starting today in the US, users on Android and desktop PC can send payments to and split payments between groups of people. Presumably the iPhone version of Messenger will add support for group payments very soon.
April 11, 2017
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Facebook Messenger rolls out Instant Games globally, with turn-based gameplay and bots
Facebook has been introducing games to its Messenger chat app for a while. It started with simple hidden gems like Chess, Basketball, and Soccer, and then added arcade games to the mix.
May 2, 2017
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Facebook Messenger teams up with PayPal for payments
Facebook users are getting a new way to pay eachother with Messenger. Well, actually an old one -- starting today, people in the US will be able to pay eachother using PayPal.
October 20, 2017
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Facebook Messenger video chats get a little sexier with new masks, filters and reactions
Facebook Messenger today receives a boatload of visual updates as the social networking company tries to appeal to a younger audience with video chat. The update sees Facebook continuing its expansion of reactions so they can now be used in video chats, but there are also other ways to spice up conversations.
June 26, 2017
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Facebook Messaging VP David Marcus joins Coinbase board
Coinbase is growing up fast -- or at least trying to. As an emblem of its current effort to accommodate the massive demand on its platform, the mainstream U.S. cryptocurrency exchange just added Facebook Vice President of Messaging Products David Marcus to its board of directors. Coinbase announced the news in a post on Medium.
December 12, 2017
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Facebook Messenger wants to be the new Yellow Pages
The bots have invaded Facebook's chat app. now there are 100,000 of them waiting to book you a table or surface headlines at your beck and call.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook Messenger will Allow Group Payments
Facebook Messenger has allowed us to send money to friends for about two years now, but the feature only permitted one person per transaction. Facebook will now improve on their payment feature to allow us to pay more than one person at a time. the group payment feature makes splitting a check or bar tab easier.
April 12, 2017
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Facebook Messenger will be streamlined this year
Facebook is expected to clean up its Messenger application this year after it admitted that its design has become too cluttered. David Marcus, vice president of Messaging Products at Facebook, admitted that while the social media company was busy adding new features to the product, it had failed to restrain the clutter.
January 16, 2018
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Facebook Messenger will try to be the third wheel in your new relationship
Just ahead of Valentine's Day, Facebook is adding a few features to Messenger that'll appear for new couples, ranging from mostly innocuous tweaks to cloying changes that'll remind both of you that Facebook is always watching and trying to embed itself deeper into the fabric of your lives.
February 13, 2018
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Facebook Messenger's Plot to be the Only App you Ever Need
When Facebook decoupled Messenger from the Facebook app in 2014, it ticked many, many people off. they said as much in the App Store, flooding the Messenger app with one-star ratings and angry comments about how dare Facebook make them download another app just to chat with friends.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook Moments's standalone website doesn't do much
Late last year, Facebook brought its mobile photo-sharing application Moments to the web in a limited capacity by adding a link to the service in the desktop version of Facebook. We've spotted that Facebook also has a standalone web version for the service that offers access to the online albums you've previously shared with friends.
April 12, 2017
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Facebook moves ahead with account recovery for any site
Soon, you'll be able to get back into accounts on multiple sites using Facebook instead of email for recovery. Facebook releases the tool at its F8 event.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook must remove hate speech posts, Austrian court rules
More bad news for Facebook on the content front: An Austrian court has ruled the company must remove posts deemed to be hate speech, Reuters reports.
May 8, 2017
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Facebook nabs Google's AR product director
Facebook has stolen away Google's director of Product for AR Nikhil Chandhok, who will be joining FB to lead product management of the Camera team working on augmented reality.
January 26, 2018
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Facebook named the world's most loved brand
Commentary: In the annual NetBase survey, the top 5 most loved brands are from the tech world. Google isn't one of them.
August 15, 2017
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Facebook News Feed change demotes sketchy links overshared by spammers
Technically, Facebook can't suspend people's accounts just for sharing 50-plus false, sensational or clickbaity news articles per day. It doesn't want to trample anyone's right to share. But there's nothing stopping it from burying those links low in the News Feed so few people ever see them.
June 30, 2017
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Facebook News Feed undergoes a redesign to improve readability and navigation
Facebook is rolling out a fairly significant redesign, giving the News Feed a cleaner look, and borrowing ideas from Twitter. The social network says that the changes improve readability and navigation, and they affect various areas.
August 15, 2017
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Facebook now has 2 billion monthly users... and responsibility
"We're getting to a size where it's worth really taking a careful look at what are all the things that we can do to make social media the most positive force for good possible," Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox told TechCrunch about the company's new milestone. Thirteen years after launching and less than five years after hitting 1 billion, Facebook now has 2 billion monthly active users.
June 27, 2017
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Facebook now has two billion active users
Mark Zuckerberg took to Facebook a few hours ago to announce that as of "this morning, the Facebook community is now officially 2 billion people!" It has taken the company just under five years to accrue the second billion people to its website, having passed the one billion mark in October 2012.
June 27, 2017
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Facebook now lets business help in times of crisis
Last year, Facebook launched the Crisis Response hub which let users aid people caught up in crises around the world. Now the company has announced that organisations and businesses can post in the Community Help section to alert others to critical information and services for people to get help during a crisis situation.
February 15, 2018
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Facebook now lets you shoot 360-degree photos inside its app
What goes around comes around
August 23, 2017
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Facebook now lets you take 360 photos in-app, use them as Cover Photos
Facebook has been a big supporter of 360-degree photos and video, adding support for the immersive media formats early on Facebook itself. Now, the social tech company is adding support for capturing 360-degree photos right within the Facebook app itself.
August 23, 2017
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Facebook offers a Better Way to Get back Into your Locked-Out Apps
The stakes of computer security have risen far too high for any modern human to depend on their mother's maiden name to preserve their secrets. But the lingering "forgot password?' function on plenty of apps and websites still falls back to antiquated identity tests.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook offers millions to music industry to avert copyright crisis
Facebook is said to be offering hundreds of millions of dollars to music publishers and record labels to avoid having to take down user-generated videos that feature copyrighted music.
September 6, 2017
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Facebook offers (some) clarification about newsfeed changes amid panic from page owners
Changes to the Facebook newsfeed are generally somewhat controversial, not least because many people wish Facebook would just stop buggering around and leave things as they are for a while. But the latest change that's being tested has some people -- page owners and publishers in particular -- worried.
October 24, 2017
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Facebook on Cleveland murder video: 'We need to do better'
The social network is reviewing its reporting process so it can react faster to disturbing content.
April 17, 2017
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Facebook on moderation and community standards: 'we take our role extremely seriously'
Recently leaked documents gave a unique insight into just what can be posted on Facebook, and what moderators are expected to censor. In response to this, the company's head of global policy management, Monika Bickert, has written a lengthy statement in which she tries to explain how Facebook choose what to censor.
May 23, 2017
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Facebook open sources its IT management tool for distributing Adobe's Creative Cloud tools to employees
At Facebook, the IT organization isn't called "IT." Instead, it's referred to as the "enterprise engineering organization." As Facebook client platform engineer Nick McSpadden told me, that's because at a company that operates at the scale of Facebook, IT has to be about more than pushing buttons on a vendor product. And to emphasize this, the company today open sourced one of its internal IT management services for giving users access to products in Adobe's Creative Cloud.
June 21, 2017
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Facebook open sources object detection work: Watch out, Google CAPTCHA
The bicycle's top left. I'm not an AI... you are. Stop hitting yourself
January 23, 2018
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Facebook open sources Open/R distributed networking software
Facebook is no stranger when it comes to open sourcing its computing knowledge. Over the years, it has consistently created software and hardware internally, then transferred that wisdom to the open source community to let them have it. Today, it announced it was open sourcing its modular network routing software called Open/R, as the tradition continues.
November 15, 2017
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Facebook Open Sources RacerD - Java Race Condition Detector
Facebook's open-source static analysis tool, Infer, now ships with support for detecting race conditions in Java code via RacerD. RacerD identifies race conditions between methods in classes that use locks or the @ThreadSafe annotation.
January 8, 2018
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Facebook opens AR platform and 'World Effects' to all developers
Facebook is trying to close the augmented reality gap with Snapchat with the help of an army of third-party developers. Today, eight months after debuting its Augmented Reality Camera Effects platform and AR Studio tool at F8, Facebook is allowing all developers to start building AR experiences for its Facebook Camera. That includes "World Effects" -- Facebook's copy of Snapchat's World Lenses -- that augment your environment with 3D objects rather than just your selfies.
December 12, 2017
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Facebook opens up its social VR Spaces platform to HTC Vive
As Facebook looks to keep its VR dream moving, the company is opening up its nascent social VR platform to run on headsets that the company doesn't build.
December 19, 2017
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Facebook outlines its advertising policies, begging users to believe their privacy is respected
Facebook is accustomed to criticism, and it's no different when it comes to advertising. There's been a lot of talk about advertising on the social network recently, not least because of concerns about Russian ads being used to influence the outcome of the US election.
November 27, 2017
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Facebook owned Onavo quietly launches Bolt App Lock, a data-tracking app that locks other apps
Onavo, the data-security app maker Facebook acquired in 2013 in order gain insights into mobile user activity across apps, has quietly launched a new app aimed at Android users called Bolt App Lock. Instead of offering a VPN, Bolt App Lock is a tool that lets you lock down any app you don't want others to be able to open, using a PIN code, pattern, or your fingerprint.
March 9, 2018
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Facebook parlays bot bet into ParlAI dialog framework
With human trainers, bots may finally get smart enough to hold complex conversations
May 16, 2017
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Facebook partners with business and nonprofits to offer help in crisis
Facebook today announced it would allow certain businesses to post to Community Help, where they may offer aid during a crisis. Hopefully this will make it easier for people to get efficient, organized help.
February 15, 2018
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Facebook partners with LGBTQ group for Messenger suicide support, and expands mental health tools
In the US, May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Facebook is using this to raise awareness of the tools it offers for those in need of help. The social network says that it wants to help people connect with the help they need to promote good mental health and well-being.
May 17, 2017
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Facebook partners with ZipRecruiter and more aggregators as it ramps up in jobs
Facebook has made no secret of its wish to do more in the online recruitment market -- encroaching on territory today dominated by LinkedIn, the leader in tapping social networking graphs to boost job-hunting. Today, Facebook is taking the next step in that process.
September 28, 2017
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Facebook performs successful license surgery on React, GraphQL
Feared patent bomb defused, for the time being
September 26, 2017
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Facebook phishing scam says you're a 'Trusted Contact.' Don't believe it
If you get a message from a Facebook Friend telling you they urgently need your help accessing their account -- pause, because someone's trying to use Facebook security against you.
October 12, 2017
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Facebook picks up half-hour dramedy series starring Elizabeth Olsen
Facebook isn't one to be outdone by Apple's recent big content spending: It's purchasing a 10-episode, straight-to-series half-hour drama-comedy series produced and starring Elizabeth Olsen. The production also includes Lizzy Weiss on board as showrunner, Kit Steinkellner as creator and lead writer and Master of None's James Ponsoldt as a directly and executive producer for a number of episodes.
February 9, 2018
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Facebook pimping for politicos despite fake news 'purge'
Social giant works both sides of news street
January 17, 2017
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Facebook plans new data center in Denmark
Facebook's third data center outside the US will be built in Odense, Denmark
January 19, 2017
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Facebook plans on offering a free version of its Slack competitor
Facebook Workplace is going free
April 18, 2017
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Facebook plans to be more like YouTube than Netflix as it pays for video
"We're focusing more on shorter form content to start" Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on today's Q4 earnings call, where he was repeatedly questioned about Facebook's video strategy. One thing's clear, Facebook will invest heavily. "I see video as a mega trend," said Zuckerberg.
February 1, 2017
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Facebook privacy: judge dismisses case surrounding tracking of logged out users
A privacy case against Facebook has been thrown out of court by a judge in the US District Court, Northern District of California. The case surrounded Facebook's tracking of users via Like buttons on other sites even when they were not logged into their accounts.
July 3, 2017
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Facebook promises to openly talk about its most controversial internal policies
Facebook says it'll start being more forthcoming about how and why it addresses some of today's most controversial issues surrounding social media, including its use as a terrorist recruiting tool, its role in spreading made-up news stories, and how people can be kept safe online.
June 15, 2017
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Facebook prototypes Messenger Broadcast for businesses
Facebook may soon be ready to squeeze more money out of its 1.3 billion-user chat app. The company has internally developed "Messenger Broadcast," a self-serve mass-messaging interface that lets businesses send marketing messages to users. Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch that it's testing the feature internally, but hadn't trialed it to the public or with businesses as of late last month.
November 28, 2017
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Facebook Publishes New Neural Machine Translation Algorithm
Facebook's Artificial Intelligence Research team published research results using a new approach for neural machine translation (NMT). Their algorithm scores higher than any other system on three established machine translation tasks, and runs nine times faster than Google's NMT system.
May 24, 2017
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Facebook publishes privacy principles for the first time
The social network is opening up about privacy in preparation for upcoming changes to EU data protection laws
January 26, 2018
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Facebook pushes for more personal updates with launch of new Lists feature
Facebook's status update box is getting a new feature called Lists, which begins rolling out today. This is the first major update to the entry field since the launch of colored backgrounds just over a year ago, and also serves as a way to encourage Facebook users to share more personal content.
February 13, 2018
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Facebook pushes personal posts with new Lists feature
The new tool comes as the social network continues to overhaul your news feed.
February 13, 2018
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Facebook pushes pre-roll ads on Watch as it stops subsidizing Live
Everyone's least favorite ads are coming to Facebook, but six-second pre-rolls will only appear on original Watch tab videos you purposefully view and not in the News Feed. Facebook is embracing pre-rolls after years of shunning them as it tries to make payouts to video creators sustainable.
December 14, 2017
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Facebook put cork in chatbots that created a secret language
Alice and Bob, the two bots, raise questions about the future of artificial intelligence.
July 31, 2017
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Facebook puts Messenger, Instagram notifications in one place
You can now check your Facebook, Messenger and Instagram notifications in a single go.
May 19, 2017
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Facebook puts toe in music streaming with UMG deal
A multiyear deal lets people use songs from Universal Music Group's vast music library in videos on Facebook, Instagram and Oculus.
December 21, 2017
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Facebook Quietly Enters Starcraft War For AI Bots, And Loses
In the distant Koprulu Sector of the Milky Way, Facebook's Zerglings lingered in a restless swarm outside the enemy's base. After the commander ill-advisedly opened the gate, the social network's alien horde stormed in and slaughtered forces stationed inside, in a battle fought on the frontiers of artificial-intelligence research.
October 9, 2017
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Facebook quietly launches Mac and PC Workplace Chat apps with screen share
TechCrunch has discovered that Facebook has stealthily launched official desktop PC and Mac chat apps with screen sharing -- two features users have been begging for. Right now, they're only available for Workplace, Facebook's enterprise collaboration software that competes with Slack and other business apps. But users would surely enjoy if the consumer Messenger app got its own desktop app and screen sharing options one day.
October 5, 2017
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Facebook re-licenses React under MIT license after developer backlash
A major barrier to the adoption of Facebook's React front-end library has been its license. Facebook chose to use a BSD-derived license that contained some troubling terms surrounding patent litigation.
September 14, 2017
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Facebook reactions have now infiltrated comments
Just a little over a month after Facebook added reactions to Messenger, the same feature has now extended to comments. Because why bother commenting on a comment when you can just click the "Heart' emoji? what is communication even? Words? what are those? (Insert "Haha' emoji here.)
May 3, 2017
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Facebook really, really wants to work with journalists
The social network has launched a multi-pronged initiative in response to criticism of its news role
January 11, 2017
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Facebook recruits original shows from Buzzfeed, Vox
Facebook's original shows are going to feel familiar to anyone watching video already in your News Feed.
May 24, 2017
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Facebook redesign nixes the blue profile header and adds circular pictures
Facebook is rolling out a slight redesign to the News Feed today, which overhauls the main interface of the site for a cleaner look. What that actually translates to in practical terms is getting rid of the blue accents and headers across most of the interface, which the company claims will make navigating easier and more consistent.
August 15, 2017
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Facebook redesigns security settings page making two-factor authentication easily identifiable
Realizing that its security settings were off-putting to many people due to being a shambolic mess, Facebook has rolled out a redesign which it says helps to improve clarity.
June 1, 2017
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Facebook Refuses to Alter React's Open Source License
The Apache Foundation recently announced that Facebook's BSD+Patents open source license has been disallowed for inclusion with Apache products. The resulting fallout has caused gnashed teeth and much soul searching for React developers and Facebook has so far refused to reconsider.
August 23, 2017
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Facebook regrets asking whether it's OK to let adult men ask underage girls for smut pix
'It was a mistake,' says exec in understatement of the decade
March 5, 2018
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Facebook regrets its question about men and child sex images
The company asked some users in a survey if people who ask for sexual images from children should be allowed to use the site. Users weren't impressed.
March 5, 2018
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Facebook Rejects 31% of All Piracy Takedown Requests
Facebook has published data on the number of piracy takedown notices the company receives. During the first half of 2017, the social media giant removed 1.8 million posts or files, following copyright holder requests. Interestingly, the company rejected nearly a third of all requests in their entirety.
December 19, 2017
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Facebook rejects claims of gender bias in its engineering department
Facebook may have an issue with gender bias, according to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal. Based on an analysis by an engineer at Facebook, which Facebook told TechCrunch is "incomplete and inaccurate,' code written by female engineers at Facebook gets rejected more often than code written by men at the company.
May 2, 2017
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Facebook rejects notion it has bias against female engineers
The social network disputes an analysis that code by female staffers was rejected 35 percent more than code by their male counterparts.
May 2, 2017
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Facebook Releases Open Source "Detectron" Deep-Learning Library for Object Detection
Last January, Facebook AI Research (FAIR), the research arm of Facebook, released the open source Detectron object detection library. This release was followed several weeks later by Google with an update of its Tensorflow Image Recognition API. Both libraries implement the most recent deep-learning algorithms for object detection.
March 13, 2018
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Facebook Releases React 16
Facebook has released version 16 of React, adding some welcome features and performance improvements. The only difference this time around is that they completely rewrote React.
September 27, 2017
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Facebook releases timeline of Cleveland shooting videos
Facebook is facing backlash after a Cleveland man uploaded a video of himself shooting someone to the social network, and followed it with a Live video confessing to the murder. the slaying and its subsequent distribution across Facebook has raised questions about how the company moderates violent content.
April 17, 2017
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Facebook replaces Oculus computer vision head at center of underage sex scandal
The head of computer vision at Facebook's virtual reality subsidiary, Oculus, has been replaced following his arrest related to an underage sex sting operation, TechCrunch has learned.
May 2, 2017
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Facebook reportedly cut Russia from election meddling report
Facebook whittled down a public report on election meddling to remove mentions to Russia, The Wall Street Journal reports.
October 6, 2017
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Facebook reportedly orders original video shows from BuzzFeed and Vox
Hey, that's us
May 24, 2017
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Facebook reportedly plans 'Portal' video chat device
Later in 2018, maybe we'll chat with $499 voice-controlled smart screens, not just with Facebook Messenger on phones and PCs, Cheddar reports.
January 9, 2018
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Facebook Reportedly Let Advertisers Target Teens Who Feel "Worthless'
Advertising in general often works by making you, the consumer, feel deficient in some way. your laundry isn't clean enough; buy our detergent instead. your body isn't thin enough; try our gym instead. your dog isn't organic enough; buy this food instead. But getting super granular and hitting teenagers -- kids -- specifically when they're down is something else.
May 1, 2017
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Facebook reportedly working on voice speaker and video chat device with laptop-sized screen
Do you trust the social network enough to put a camera or always-listening speaker in your home?
August 1, 2017
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Facebook research automatically creates an avatar from a photo
Creating avatars. Who's got time for it?! Computers, that's who. You'll never have to waste another second selecting your hair style, skin tone or facial hair length if this research from Facebook finds its way into product form.
October 20, 2017
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Facebook Researchers Used Celebrity Bitmoji to Help Create VR Avatars
Researchers at Facebook AI Research and Tel Aviv University school of computer science published a preprint paper outlining how they created an automatic process to create VR avatars. the company's new Facebook Spaces "social' VR venture launched this week.
April 21, 2017
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Facebook Resorts to Physical Media to Combat Fake News
Facebook is going back to basics in an effort to advise British citizens against fake news.
May 10, 2017
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Facebook Revamps 'Privacy Basics' User Guide
Facebook updated its Privacy Basics user guide to make it easier for people to learn how to protect their personal information on its platform.
January 26, 2017
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Facebook rolls out a new "Order Food' option in its main navigation
Facebook is now making it easier for you to order food from your favorite restaurants directly within its app, without having to navigate away to a delivery service or restaurant's own app or website. In the main Facebook navigation on both web and mobile, a new option called "Order Food' is rolling out to select users.
May 19, 2017
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Facebook rolls out AI to detect suicidal posts before they're reported
This is software to save lives. Facebook's new "proactive detection" artificial intelligence technology will scan all posts for patterns of suicidal thoughts, and when necessary send mental health resources to the user at risk or their friends, or contact local first-responders. By using AI to flag worrisome posts to human moderators instead of waiting for user reports, Facebook can decrease how long it takes to send help.
November 27, 2017
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Facebook rolls out Find Wi-Fi feature everywhere in the world
Last year, Facebook launched a new feature called Find Wi-Fi on iPhone and Android, but it was only made available in a handful of countries. The new functionality would allow Facebook users who are traveling to find Wi-Fi hotspots nearby.
June 30, 2017
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Facebook rolls out locally-focused News Feed globally
Facebook is constantly messing about with its News Feed, and it's only a matter of weeks since the social network said it was going to prioritize local news. Initially, this was only the case in the US, but now the change is rolling out around the globe.
March 26, 2018
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Facebook Rolls Out Messenger Kids App
Facebook has announced that it has rolled out a new preview of the Messenger Kids app that makes it safe and easy for kids to chat and message with family and friends. The app lets kids connect with friends and family members, but the parents must approve who they can talk to on the app.
December 5, 2017
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Facebook rolls out new tools for group admins, plus badges and profiles for members
Facebook today introduced a good handful of new features for groups on Facebook, with a focus on helping admins better manage and grow their online communities, and helping members better connect with one another. The additions, inspired by user feedback, include support for welcome posts, badges, member profiles and other admin-level controls.
October 26, 2017
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Facebook rolls out News Feed local content algorithm globally
Earlier this year, Neowin reported on the fact that Facebook was going to update its News Feed algorithm to prioritise local news content. At the time, only users in the U.S. received the update, but as of today, the change is rolling out to users around the world. You should see the changes no matter which country you're from, or which languages you speak.
March 26, 2018
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Facebook rolls out Stories for all Pages
Facebook today announced it was bringing its Stories to all Pages -- meaning that anyone with a Page can now use filters and effects to drum up their Followers' interest.
October 12, 2017
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Facebook rolls out 'Stories' to FB Lite users... and we really don't know why
Facebook today revealed it was bringing the feature no one really asked for, Facebook Stories, to its lightweight version, Facebook Lite (FB Lite).
October 26, 2017
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Facebook rolls out Trending News to its mobile apps
We'll forgive you if you've lost track of all of the changes Facebook has introduced to the News Feed over the years -- it's often something of an experimental playground. The social network's latest idea is a dedicated "Trending News."
August 15, 2017
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Facebook rules protect white men, not black kids, from hate
A ProPublica report says leaked documents show the social network follows complex standards on who is, and isn't, protected from abuse.
June 29, 2017
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Facebook runs full page newspaper ads against fake news in France ahead of the election
In just nine days, France is going to vote for their next president -- there's going to be a second round face-off in three weeks too. and it looks like Facebook wants to avoid another fake news scandal as the company is preemptively running full page ads in major French newspapers.
April 14, 2017
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Facebook safe from massive privacy lawsuit for now
An Austrian activist seeks to sue the social network for allegedly violating the privacy of 25,000 people. But it might not work, an EU legal adviser says.
November 14, 2017
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Facebook Safety Check is stressing Brits out
At least in the UK, telling people you're safe has never been so controversial.
June 15, 2017
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Facebook Said to Offer Hundreds of Millions for Music Rights
Music owners have been negotiating with Facebook for months in search of a solution.
September 5, 2017
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Facebook says asking users about condoning pedophilia 'was a mistake'
Facebook has apologized for a survey that asked users for their opinion on allowing pedophiles to solicit sexual pictures from children on the platform. The Guardian reported on a small survey designed to gauge users' opinions on Facebook policy.
March 5, 2018
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Facebook says Instagram Stories now more popular than Snapchat
The social networking service's photo app, purchased for $1 billion five years ago, has slowly been adding Snapchat-like features. and Facebook says it's working.
April 13, 2017
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Facebook says it has no interest in monetizing the Telecom Infra Project
Facebook, the social network giant with over 2 billion monthly users, has made a big effort to expand its business by doubling down on one of the big bottlenecks in the world of data: expensive and bad connectivity.
February 26, 2018
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Facebook says it mistakenly asked users for views on grooming
In today's episode of 'wtf was the tech industry thinking', Facebook has been caught asking users if they think it's okay for an adult man to ask a 14-year-old girl for "sexual pictures" in a private chat.
March 5, 2018
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Facebook says it 'needs to do better' after murder video stayed up for hours
In a statement today, Facebook said it will review its content reporting system after a video showing a deadly shooting in the Cleveland area stayed on the site for hours.
April 17, 2017
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Facebook says it plans to transform the News Feed to promote "meaningful posts"
Time will tell how sweeping these changes really are
January 11, 2018
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Facebook says it wants 'to be a hostile place for terrorists'
As Facebook continues to face criticism over how it handles terrorist propaganda, the company is detailing its process for countering radicalization and other threats.
June 15, 2017
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Facebook says it will begin putting more local news into the News Feed
It's time to "turn down the temperature" on divisive issues, says Mark Zuckerberg
January 26, 2018
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Facebook says it's clarifying its ad metrics
Facebook is looking to clean up and clarify the way advertisers measure their campaign performance.
February 22, 2018
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Facebook says it's going to try to help journalism 'thrive'
It has a long to-do list.
January 11, 2017
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Facebook says it's removing accidental clicks from its ad network
Advertisers on Facebook's Audience Network will no longer have to worry that they're paying for users who accidentally clicked on their ads.
August 8, 2017
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Facebook says its age-based recruitment ads aren't discriminatory
Facebook denies claims that its employment ads targeting specific age groups hurt older applicants.
December 21, 2017
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Facebook says Pages that regularly share false news won't be able to buy ads
Facebook says it's taking another step against Pages that share fabricated news stories.
August 28, 2017
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Facebook says Russia did try to meddle in Brexit vote
BuzzFeed has obtained a statement from Facebook in which the tech giant admits, for the first time, that some Russia-linked accounts may have used its platform to try to interfere in the UK's European Union referendum vote in June 2016.
November 14, 2017
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Facebook says you allowed it to snoop on your call logs
Following tips from some Facebook users Last week, Ars Technica reported that the social network was collecting call logs and text message history from Android devices on which its apps were installed, without users' permission. The company is now denying that it does this.
March 26, 2018
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Facebook says, ignore that guy, we're all grown up now
Chamath Palihapitiya says social media sites "are destroying how society works." His former employer disagrees.
December 12, 2017
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Facebook secretly introduces a new social networking app in China
It's no secret that the Chinese government heavily controls the internet within its borders. As a result, many of the world's top websites are blocked in China. Internet giants like Facebook and Google have been trying alternative ways to infiltrate the market. The latest is a stealth release of an app called Colorful Balloons.
August 14, 2017
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Facebook seeks original shows from Hollywood agencies
If you think that you have a television series inside of you dying to come out, now is the time to sit down in front of your keyboard to start pounding away at the keys. According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook is reportedly scouring Hollywood agencies for original scripts. The report says that the social networking site is willing to commit itself to production budgets as high as $3 million per episode for some shows. It also is looking to spend $500,000 to $900,000 per episode on less expensive scripted fare. Facebook wants to own as much of the content as it can.
June 26, 2017
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Facebook seeks to redefine time with 'flicks'
Seconds, minutes and hours won't become obsolete, but the social network giant has a new kind of clock for techies.
January 22, 2018
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Facebook seeks to train 1M Europeans on online media, safety
The social network is opening sites in Spain, Italy and Poland to teach media literacy and online protection.
January 22, 2018
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Facebook sees more small increases on the diversity front
Facebook's latest diversity report shows modest upticks in the numbers of women and minorities working at the company.
August 2, 2017
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Facebook sees your phone as an augmented reality playground
Your phone will blend the digital and physical worlds with technology Facebook is testing this year, CEO Mark Zuckerberg says at the F8 conference.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook set to overhaul News Feed on mobile
Facebook is set to make design changes to the News Feed in the coming weeks to make it feel more conversational, easier to read, and easier to navigate. A preliminary glance and the new overhaul shows that the News Feed has become much more readable now that it uses chat bubbles to define comments and subtly uses colour to highlight links to articles.
August 15, 2017
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Facebook sets the record straight on call and SMS history data
Facebook has penned a new blog post attempting to set the record straight on exactly how it collects call and SMS data, and how you can further control the information you send to it. The post comes after recent media reports seemed to suggest that Facebook was collecting user information without user's knowledge.
March 26, 2018
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Facebook settles landmark revenge porn case with UK teen for undisclosed sum
Anti-saucy snap programme makes more sense
January 15, 2018
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Facebook shareholders reject proposal for gender pay equity report
Facebook shareholders have once again rejected a proposal for Facebook to prepare a gender pay equity report to assess pay between men and women across race and ethnicity. A stockholder proposal called for Facebook to prepare a report by December 2017 around the company's policies and goals to reduce the gender pay gap. Shareholders rejected a similar proposal last year.
June 1, 2017
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Facebook shares own tools to trap bugs before they break code
Test management and debugging at scale become a bit less daunting
May 24, 2017
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Facebook Should Pay $6 Billion Over Oculus Case, ZeniMax Says
Closing arguments were heard on Thursday and the case is now in the hands of a jury.
January 27, 2017
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Facebook should shut down Messenger Kids, child advocates say
The group is calling the app "irresponsible"
January 30, 2018
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Facebook shows it's still trying to fight fake news in latest attempt
Facebook recently tried out a new algorithm that elevated comments with the word 'fake' in it in an effort to weed out fake news. Users were not pleased.
November 7, 2017
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Facebook shrinks filter bubbles with alternate news sources in Trending
You're vulnerable to bias and polarization if you only get your news from one source. So instead of highlighting a single news outlet when you click through to a Trending topic, Facebook will now show a carousel of the other most popular articles written about the subject by different publishers.
May 24, 2017
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Facebook showed Russia's election ads to 10 million people
Facebook says that it displayed Russia's divisive election ads to 10 million people, most of whom saw the ads after the election was over. It's not clear how many impressions that equates to (it's possible one person saw multiple ads), but Facebook says that 44 percent of the ads were displayed before the 2016 election, and 56 percent came after. Facebook says it's identified more than 3,000 ads in total, stemming from a Kremlin-linked group known as the Internet Research Agency.
October 2, 2017
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Facebook Shruggingly Admits it's a Tool for Propagandists
Back in January, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was "quite proud of the impact that we were able to have on civic discourse,' doubling down on his stance that the rise of misinformation, spread of outright propaganda, and rapid erosion of trust in the fourth estate were anyone's problems but his.
April 27, 2017
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Facebook shuts down abortion group's page for 'promotion or encouragement of drug use'
Just yesterday we wrote about the repeated closure of an atheist Facebook group by the social network. Now, in a similar act that has more than a slight whiff of censorship to it, Facebook has "unpublished" the page of Women on Web, a group that puts women who live in places that have abortion restrictions in contact with doctors.
May 12, 2017
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Facebook shuts down its Lifestage app for teenagers
Remember Lifestage? Yeah, neither do we. It's a teen-oriented app, which launched in August last year. Its basic premise was to have users fill a small portfolio of videos that show "who they are" -- you were asked to record a mini clip of you being sad, mad, happy, with your best friend, you know -- the works.
August 9, 2017
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Facebook shuts down its Snapchat competitor Lifestage and its standalone Groups app
Facebook is paring down its collection of standalone apps. The company's experimental "teens-only" app Lifestage, designed to counteract Snapchat's threat, has been pulled from the App Store. Its disappearance was first spotted by Business Insider, and Facebook confirmed its removal. However, Lifestage isn't the only Facebook app that's being killed off as of late -- the company is also closing down its Groups app, first launched in 2014 to help users better discover, search and connect with their various Facebook Groups.
August 8, 2017
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Facebook shuts down Lifestage, its teen-focused Snapchat clone
Come at the king, best not miss
August 8, 2017
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Facebook shutters Oculus Story Studio original VR content division
Virtual reality may be in desperate need of some content, but Facebook's Oculus will now be focusing its efforts on investing in rather than creating virtual reality.
May 4, 2017
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Facebook sidesteps Snapchat by launching Messenger Lite in over 100 more countries
Facebook is aggressively pursuing the international and developing world markets Snapchat hasn't prioritized. Facebook Lite recently hit 200 million users, and Instagram just rolled out offline mode for Android. now after launching Messenger Lite for Android in five countries in October, it's expanding to over 100 more, including Vietnam, Nigeria, Peru, Turkey, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands.
April 27, 2017
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Facebook sics AI on terrorist posts, but humans still do the dirty work
"We don't want Facebook to be used for any terrorist activity whatsoever," says FB.
June 16, 2017
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Facebook smartmobe app's pre-ticked privacy settings violate German data protection law
Court favours consumer group in long-running dispute
February 12, 2018
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Facebook sold 2016 election-related ads to "shadowy Russian company"
470 "suspicious and likely fraudulent" FB accounts all tied to same Russian firm.
September 6, 2017
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Facebook sold ads to Russian-linked accounts during election
The social network says the ad spending was north of $100,000.
September 6, 2017
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Facebook sold more than $100,000 in political ads to a Russian company during the 2016 election
Following its April post-mortem on its platform's role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Facebook is out with some juicy new details. Most noteworthy given the public's intense interest in all things Russian is the fact that potential pro-Kremlin entities apparently purchased as much as $150,000 in political ads on the platform between 2015 and 2017.
September 6, 2017
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Facebook sorry for suggesting child sex videos in search
Facebook users were shocked to see offensive phrases popping up as predictive search terms on the social network.
March 16, 2018
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Facebook Spaces is now available for the HTC Vive
At its F8 developer conference earlier this year, Facebook launched Spaces in beta, unsurprisingly exclusive for the Oculus Rift, in an attempt to bring its social network to the world of virtual reality.
December 19, 2017
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Facebook Spaces makes virtual reality a social experience
You'll be able to hang out with friends in 3D with the social media giant's new VR platform, released to software developers Tuesday at the F8 conference.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook Spaces Social VR App Enters Early Access on Oculus Platform
Facebook's annual F8 Developer Conference kicked off today, and during the opening keynote presentation, the company launched a new VR social platform called Facebook Spaces that lets you interact in VR with your Facebook friends.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook staff reportedly interviewed in Mueller investigation
At least one Facebook employee has been interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into potential Russian interference with the 2016 election, reports Wired. But don't put on your conspiracy hats just yet.
January 26, 2018
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Facebook starts rolling out Instant Games for Messenger globally, new features added too
Facebook introduced Instant Games for Messenger back in November, but the initial release included 30 countries only. Today, Facebook announced it would kick off the global rollout of the Instant Games feature.
May 2, 2017
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Facebook starts polishing its privacy messaging ahead of GDPR
As the May 25 deadline for compliance with the EU's updated privacy framework fast approaches Facebook is continuing to PR the changes it's making to try to meet the new data protection standard -- and steer away from the specter of fines that can scale as high as 4% of a company's global turnover.
January 26, 2018
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Facebook steps up its fight against fake news during the Kenyan election
Facebook recently introduced a tool to notify users of the platform if news stories that have been shared on the site were disputed by more reputable sources. However, this had a limited reach, only being deployed in a select few countries including Canada and the United States.
August 1, 2017
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Facebook still allowing discriminatory housing ads
The social network pledged to fix the problem last year. But its ad platform can still be abused.
November 21, 2017
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Facebook still uncool among teens, report says
Facebook is losing younger users at a faster pace than previously expected, says research firm eMarketer. Also, could Snapchat overtake Instagram this year?
February 12, 2018
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Facebook (still) lets housing advertisers exclude users by race
ProPublica bought ads that excluded African-Americans, Spanish speakers, Muslims.
November 22, 2017
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Facebook Stories are coming to brand pages
The social network wants to get more people to use Stories, which haven't gained traction on the Facebook app.
October 12, 2017
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Facebook Stories open to Pages, bringing brands to the ghost town
No one's posting to Facebook Stories. Only eight of my 2,800 friends have Stories up right now, and three came from the new "cross-post from Instagram Stories" feature. Maybe younger or international demographics are, but I'd bet they're too wrapped up in Snapchat and Instagram. It's slow adoption for a feature cloned from Snapchat that's proven wildly popular elsewhere, and lives prominently at the top of perhaps the world's most-used app.
October 12, 2017
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Facebook Stories replaces Messenger Day with synced cross-posting
Facebook is cleaning up the redundancy in its Snapchat Stories clones. Today Facebook is killing off the Messenger Day brand and merging the chat app's stories feature with Facebook Stories. Now, just called "Stories," 24-hour ephemeral posts in either Facebook or Messenger will appear in both apps, and viewing will be synced, too, so you won't see a Story as unviewed in one app if you already watched it in the other.
November 13, 2017
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Facebook sued by family of man whose killing was posted online
The family of Robert Godwin Sr., a Cleveland man whose killing was shared on Facebook video, has sued the platform for negligence and wrongful death. Fox 8 Cleveland reports that the suit was filed on January 19th, accusing Facebook of conduct that was "intentional, willful, malicious, in bad faith, and in reckless disregard for the right of Mr. Godwin."
January 30, 2018
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Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has flunky tell UK MPs: Nope, he's sending someone else
But we should be honoured. He'll personally ask an exec to come
March 27, 2018
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Facebook survey: Should we let men ask 14-year-old girls for sexual pictures?
"This content should be allowed on Facebook" was an option for something beyond illegal.
March 5, 2018
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Facebook surveys users on course of action for adults asking minors for sexual pictures
In a recent round of surveys sent to its users, social media giant Facebook asked how they would react to a private message in which an adult asks a 14-year-old for sexual pictures.
March 5, 2018
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Facebook swings at Twitter with Breaking News label
Facebook's algorithm is terrible at surfacing breaking news, often showing urgent posts hours or even days later when more facts have since emerged or the story has changed. This has made Twitter the default home for this content, but that position has weakened since Twitter implemented its own relevancy algorithm that brings up old tweets.
March 5, 2018
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Facebook tackles race hate problem head on with programming tool
Clashing threads put in their place by RacerD
October 19, 2017
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Facebook takes action to curb the spread of clickbait videos
A few days ago, Facebook announced that it would be making design changes to News Feed on mobiles in the coming weeks. In an effort to further improve the quality of this feature, the company has now introduced a couple of updates that aid in curbing the spread of clickbait videos.
August 18, 2017
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Facebook Takes Down Major Spam Operation
Facebook announced that it has disrupted a major spam operation that appeared to be coming from bogus accounts located in Indonesia, Bangladesh, and a number of other countries. In an attempt to avoid detection, spammers were found to be using rather sophisticated means of disguising their location, including redirecting their traffic through proxies.
April 17, 2017
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Facebook takes its deepest dive yet into community service
At its Social Good Forum, the company touts new features to assist blood donation drives, mentorship programs and charity fundraisers.
November 29, 2017
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Facebook takes on Craigslist with housing listings
The social network is bulking up its tools for helping people rent a place to live.
November 9, 2017
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Facebook takes on the US government over gag order
The social media powerhouse takes issue with a court order that prohibits it from informing three users that warrants have been issued for their data.
July 4, 2017
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Facebook takes on Twitch with new live-streaming deal for esports
In addition to Facebook's announcement of a new partnership with the MLB to live stream a number of regular season games, the social network this week also signed a deal with global esports company ESL to bring over 5,550 hours of esports events and other original content to Facebook, including 1,500 of original programming.
May 19, 2017
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Facebook takes steps to stamp out clickbait videos
As any Facebook user will know, clickbait is rife on the social network. A very common technique used to drive traffic to ad-laden websites is to embed fake play buttons in images, or post videos that are actually static images.
August 18, 2017
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Facebook takes to newspapers to teach UK users how to spot "fake news'
Social network claims to have killed "tens of thousands of fake UK accounts."
May 8, 2017
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Facebook taps into NFC in Android phones for strong account security
Android users can now use wireless security keys to safeguard their accounts with two-factor authentication.
January 26, 2017
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Facebook taps into teen market with acquisition of anonymous feedback app tbh
Facebook's desperation to appeal to the teenage market is well known, and its latest attempt to tap into it sees the social network acquiring tbh. The anonymous feedback app has proved to be a huge hit on iOS since its launch in August. An Android version is still in the pipeline.
October 16, 2017
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Facebook teaches AI to seek out suicidal users
Mark Zuckerberg today announced Faceboook was rolling out enhanced AI to scan posts for signs of suicidal thoughts. The new system, which doesn't rely on users to flag or report content, is set to rollout worldwide with the exception of countries in the EU, due to restrictions.
November 27, 2017
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Facebook teaches machines to negotiate with humans
Though Facebook is rarely mentioned alongside Apple, Microsoft and Amazon in discussions about conversational AI, the company has published a hoard of papers that underscore a deep interest in dialog systems. As has become clear with Siri, Cortana and Alexa, dialog is hard -- it requires more than just good speech recognition to deliver a killer experience to users.
June 14, 2017
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Facebook teams up with Australian Government to fight revenge porn
Facebook is teaming up with an Australian government agency in developing a new technology that aims to prevent sexual or intimate images from being shared online without the subject's consent.
November 7, 2017
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Facebook teams up with Lyft and others for crisis response efforts
Facebook is amping up its Community Help efforts, now enabling companies like Lyft, Chase, International Medical Corps and Save the Children to easily provide information and services, like food, transportation and shelter, to people in crisis.
February 15, 2018
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Facebook teams up with NFL to show game recaps
The social network continues to build its sports lineup. Football fans can now watch NFL highlights and other on-the-field action right on Facebook.
September 26, 2017
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Facebook teams up with the Trevor Project for LGBTQ youth suicide prevention
Facebook has partnered with the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention hotline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer youth, to bring additional crisis support to Facebook Messenger.
May 16, 2017
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Facebook teen-in-residence defects to Google and launches Lies
At age 17, Michael Sayman was Facebook's youngest employee ever. Having already launched 5 apps, he wowed Mark Zuckerberg, earned a demo spot on stage at Facebook F8 conference, and scored a full-time engineering gig as the social network's go-to teen. Over the past three years, he helped Facebook try to crack the middle school market with apps like the now defunct Lifestage.
November 15, 2017
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Facebook tells publishers to take it or leave it
And it's probably a good thing
February 13, 2018
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Facebook test splits news feed to highlight posts from friends
The change could have big ramifications for publishers. The social network emphasized, though, that it's only a test.
October 20, 2017
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Facebook testing a new 'Downvote' feature for flagging comments
We've all been there -- scrolling on Facebook, just to come across a comment that does not achieve anything other than to offend someone. And the only option we had was to pass it by, as there was nothing else that could be done. Well, this may change soon.
February 9, 2018
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Facebook testing an info button for links to combat fake news
Facebook has been under fire since the 2016 presidential election for the proliferation of fake or slanted news popping up in its feeds and being disseminated to users. As part of its ongoing effort to revamp its process, it is testing a new I-button to links to give readers more information on where the news is coming from.
October 5, 2017
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Facebook tests a GIF maker on iOS
Facebook confirmed it has begun testing a new GIF maker in the camera feature of the main Facebook mobile application. The feature, which is available with the tap of a button at the top of the screen, lets you shoot footage that you can then save in GIF format to your device's photo gallery, post to your Facebook profile, or add to your Facebook Story.
July 14, 2017
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Facebook Tests Account Recovery Feature with GitHub
Facebook and GitHub partnered up to make sure their users never permanently lose access to their accounts. the system, which is based on the Delegated Account Recovery specification written by Facebook security engineer Brad Hill, could eventually be used by other service providers as well.
January 31, 2017
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Facebook tests explaining media sources
For its latest attempt to cut down on the sharing of propaganda and made-up stories, Facebook is testing a new button that will pull up more information about a story's publisher and some context on the article.
October 5, 2017
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Facebook tests 'going live' from Facebook Camera, Live Stories like Instagram
Facebook is testing a new way to "go live" on its social network -- an option that was previously available by pressing the "Live" button on the Status update box. Now, for some users, the ability to "go live" -- meaning start a live video broadcast -- is appearing right within the Facebook Camera screen, alongside other options, like the ability to use Facebook Live Audio, or create a GIF.
August 4, 2017
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Facebook Tests Local News Hub, Teases Simplified Messenger in 2018
Social media marketing took off in 2016, cluttering Twitter feeds and Instagram streams with advertisements often indistinguishable from bonafide posts.
January 16, 2018
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Facebook tests ombre-colored comments
If you've ever wanted gradient-style colored comments to match your colorful statuses, Facebook is conducting a test right now to bring the rainbow to you. Currently, only a select few users can see the test, and it appears to only work on mobile. Colorful status updates first came to Facebook's Android app last December, and Facebook recently adopted the feature on WhatsApp.
September 6, 2017
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Facebook tests facial recognition to unlock accounts
Facebook is testing the use of facial recognition as a way of enabling people to regain access to their accounts if they get locked out. The unlock method would be offered as an alternative to two-factor authentication techniques such as SMS or email verification.
October 2, 2017
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Facebook Tests Limiting News Feed Access To Just Advertisers
While lots of people still get their news by regularly reading certain sites, doing searches to find stories of interest, or through any of the countless aggregating platforms, Facebook has increasingly become many content producers' most important source of traffic.
October 24, 2017
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Facebook tests Live Video Producer Tool with multi-camera support and GFX features
Facebook is apparently getting ready to give video producers much more flexibility with their live broadcasts. The company appears to be testing a web-based 'Live Video Producer' tool that would allow you to control footage from multiple cameras in one stream.
October 23, 2017
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Facebook Thinks Saying "Men Are Trash" is Hate Speech
As the old saying goes, "men are trash.' If you're a twenty-something woman, you've probably said this phrase to your friends at least once, possibly over alcoholic drinks after a man has done something bad. Or perhaps you've said it to coworkers after your dumb boss makes a boob joke in front of the entire company.
May 12, 2017
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Facebook Ties Political Ad Spending To Russian Groups
Could someone use Facebook ads to influence an election? It seems that someone at least tried to do so with the 2016 presidential election, because the company revealed that roughly 470 accounts suspected to be of Russian origin spent $100,000 on ads from June 2015 to May 2017.
September 12, 2017
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Facebook to add pre-roll ads and other changes to videos
Facebook today revealed several updates to its advertising policies concerning videos. The bad news is that six-second pre-roll ads will be coming to dedicated video tabs such as Watch. The less bad news is that it looks like they won't be infiltrating News Feed.
December 14, 2017
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Facebook to deploy fake news reporting tool in Germany
Facebook is using German news agency Correctiv as an external fact-checker
January 16, 2017
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Facebook to expand Stories from your phone to your PC
If you like Facebook's glitzed-up photos and videos that vanish after a day, good news. You'll be able to see them on your laptop, too.
August 3, 2017
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Facebook to give scholarships to journalism students
The social-networking giant is doling out $1 million over the next five years to students pursuing degrees digital media, journalism or communications.
January 26, 2018
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Facebook to launch new Watch platform for shows on mobile devices
A new Watch platform for shows on Facebook was announced earlier today, which will soon be available on mobile, TV apps, desktop, and laptop. The new Watch platform is aimed at everyone that creates content, as well as publishers who want to find the right audience and build an active community.
August 9, 2017
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Facebook to roll out new privacy tools ahead of European GDPR laws
Facebook has faced numerous complaints and accusations when it comes to privacy, and nowhere has this been more obvious than in Europe. In response to European Union plans to change the laws concerning the privacy of personal data, the social network is on the verge of rolling out a new privacy center to users.
January 23, 2018
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Facebook to share data with aid groups via 'disaster maps'
The social network says the anonymized data could help the Red Cross and others focus on areas that have been hit hardest.
June 7, 2017
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Facebook to hire just 3,000 more people to moderate the content of its 1.9 billion users
There's been a lot of disturbing content on Facebook in recent weeks and months -- murders, rapes, assaults, shootings and more. After a fatal shooting was shared on the site, Facebook vowed to do more to combat this sort of material.
May 4, 2017
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Facebook to kick off testing of ads in Messenger
Facebook announced in a blog post that it will begin testing ways to display ads in its Messenger app. According to the company, it is "a very small test in Australia and Thailand that gives businesses the opportunity to place ads on the Messenger home screen."
January 26, 2017
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Facebook to open source LogDevice for storing logs from distributed data centers
Facebook is planning to open source LogDevice, the company's custom-built solution for storing logs collected from distributed data centers. The company made the announcement as part of its Scale conference.
August 31, 2017
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Facebook told to stop tracking non-users in Belgium
A court in Belgium has ordered the social media giant Facebook to stop tracking people around the web who are not users of the service. The court has ruled that the data was gathered illegally and that it must all be destroyed. I
February 16, 2018
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Facebook tool protects other accounts when hackers strike email
Currently, hackers with access to your email could use it to recover passwords from most of your other accounts. this tool aims to stop that.
January 30, 2017
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Facebook tops list of best places to work -- again
The social-networking giant has been atop Glassdoor's list of best places to work for three years in row.
December 6, 2017
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Facebook tracking is present in 41% of the most popular Android apps
In response to several privacy blunders, netizens are flocking to #DeleteFacebook. But research from AdGuard suggests that escaping Zuckerberg's panopticon is easier said than done, as Facebook-built tracking software exists in a staggering number of apps.
March 26, 2018
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Facebook tracks scary-specific details about your life. Here's how to find what it knows
As the saying goes: "if you aren't being sold, you are the product." Nowhere is this more true than on Facebook.
October 10, 2017
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Facebook Transitioning to Neural Machine Translation
Facebook recently announced the global rollout of NMT (Neural Machine Translation). Switching from phrase based translation models to NMT has been rolled out for more than 2,000 translation directions and 4.5 billion translations per day. According to Facebook this provides an 11% increase in BLEU score, a well known scoring mechanism for translation scoring.
August 17, 2017
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Facebook trialing a split News Feed across a number of countries
In a much-needed break from stories about fighting fake news and sitting before a Senate Intelligence Committee; Facebook is currently trialing a new News Feed format in a number of countries, splittitng the iconic News Feed in two.
October 24, 2017
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Facebook tries fighting fake news with publisher info button on links
Facebook thinks showing Wikipedia entries about publishers and additional Related Articles will give users more context about the links they see. So today it's beginning a test of a new "i" button on News Feed links that opens up an informational panel.
October 5, 2017
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Facebook tries to cut down on abuse and harassment
The new tools come as the social network has been examining its effect on people's well-being.
December 19, 2017
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Facebook tries to make chatting with bots more natural
It's just another way the social network is pushing you toward its Messenger chat app.
July 27, 2017
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Facebook tries to make it easier to log into other apps
With updates to Facebook Login, the social network hopes to ease the hassle associated with forgotten passwords.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook turned a JavaScript framework into a VR creation tool
Facebook launched React VR today, an open source JavaScript framework for building VR experiences that was announced back in October. it's based on React, which is the user interface code that powers websites like Facebook and Instagram. React VR lets you import 360 panoramic images and 3D models into a scene, add text and images, and implement interactivity with the same style of code you'd normally use to make a website.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook Tweaks News Feed In Effort to Reduce "Low-Quality' Links
Over the past year, Facebook has made several changes to its News Feed algorithm to ensure the posts you see are legit. Now, the social network is at it again, this time tweaking the News Feed to reduce the visibility of links to misleading, ad-covered pages.
May 10, 2017
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Facebook tweaks Trending Topics again to offer more perspectives
The social network is also trying to make the feature more visible on phones.
May 24, 2017
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Facebook, Autodesk partner with a design organization geared toward underserved kids
Facebook and Autodesk have partnered with nonprofit organization Inneract Project, which is geared toward bringing design to young people in underserved communities through free, hands-on classes and mentorship.
July 31, 2017
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Facebook, Twitter and Snap Inc may bid millions for World Cup 2018 streaming rights
World Cup 2018 is not far off, and social media networks are preparing to offer millions to obtain streaming rights from Fox Sports. The soccer tournament is to be held in Russia next year, and Facebook, Twitter and Snap Inc are all eager to be able to show highlights online.
July 7, 2017
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Facebook under FTC microscope over Cambridge Analytica breach
The Federal Trade Commission is looking at Facebook's privacy practices following its data scandal. Separately, 37 state attorneys general demand answers too.
March 26, 2018
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Facebook under pressure from shareholders to fix fake news
CEO Mark Zuckerberg says misinformation on the site is "a theme I know a lot of us are thinking about."
June 1, 2017
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Facebook Updates Instant Games, Gameroom at F8
Facebook revealed plans at its F8 developer conference to improve how games are presented, discovered, and played on its social networks.
April 20, 2017
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Facebook updates Messenger to allow for higher quality images
Whether it happens through text, social media or chat apps, sharing images and videos is a way of life now. Facebook is probably one of the largest platforms when it comes to sharing and many also use its popular Messenger app. But the service has restricted how images were shared and now it is improving that.
November 22, 2017
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Facebook updates Messenger with support for QR codes, food delivery through M and more
Facebook is launching a couple of new features for its Messenger platform today. Among those is an update to its M virtual assistant, which can now help you order food through delivery.com, the launch of Messenger Codes, which are basically QR codes you can scan into Messenger, and better support for Game bots and turn-by-turn games.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook updates News Feed to prioritize local news
Today, Facebook announced changes to the News Feed that will give new precedence to local news. This is part of a greater push from Facebook to make the site more friendly, and the content more relevant. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, announced the update via Twitter:
January 26, 2018
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Facebook updates On This Day to make it even more remember-y
If you have yet to be granted access to Facebook's trip-down-memory-lane feature, On This Day, now you're in luck. The social network has opened up the feature to all of its two billion users.
August 25, 2017
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Facebook updates Workplace as enterprise collaboration gets hot again
Millennials are pushing for social, collaborative tools in the workplace
April 19, 2017
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Facebook Unveils New Buzzwords
Last night in an interview with CNN, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a major overhaul to the largest social media company on earth, one that might finally fix many of the lingering issues its leadership has been hesitant to address.
June 22, 2017
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Facebook unveils new Watch tab for original video content
New home for the social network's original programming will be available on mobile, desktop, and Facebook's TV apps.
August 9, 2017
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Facebook users pwnd by phone with account recovery vulnerability
Another lonely day, with no one but FB, oh... I'll send an SMS to the world
July 17, 2017
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Facebook users raised $10M for Harvey victims
Mark Zuckerberg also said the social network would begin fundraising for the floods in South Asia.
August 31, 2017
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Facebook Uses AI To Fight Malicious Link 'Cloaking'
Facebook announced that it's using AI to decloak malicious content that's masquerading as legitimate advertisements or web pages. These efforts are supposed to help the company make sure bad actors can't evade its reviewers' gazes to mislead or harm the billion-plus people who use its service.
August 9, 2017
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Facebook uses India as a testing ground for profile picture protection features
It's a common belief that anything that appears online is fair game for downloading and sharing, and this idea extends to Facebook profile pictures. Facebook has found that in India in particular there is great concern from users -- particularly woman -- about uploading a profile picture in case it is download and shared elsewhere.
June 22, 2017
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Facebook uses neural networks to translate posts
Facebook has revealed it is harnessing the power of AI to support its growth across the world.
August 7, 2017
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Facebook uses newspaper ads to warn about fake news and gives tips to help spot it
Facebook's fight against fake news has been taken to the printed press. the social networking giant has taken out a series of ads in UK newspapers giving tips about how to spot fake news. the ad campaign comes as Brits prepare to go to the polls and vote in the snap General Election in a month's time.
May 8, 2017
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Facebook uses selfies as login authentication for suspicious activity
Facebook is asking some of its users to upload a photo of themselves to verify their identities. This feature isn't exactly new to Facebook: users on Reddit and in Facebook's help section have reported that they experienced it as early as April.
November 29, 2017
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Facebook user posts 'Deadpool' movie, faces three years in prison
A Facebook user who generated 5 million hits from posting "Deadpool" while it was still in theaters has been charged with content piracy in California.
June 14, 2017
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Facebook ventures into augmented reality, but Apple could do it better
How the iPhone 8 could own the augmented reality market, no Facebook account required.
April 19, 2017
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Facebook video of elderly man being murdered gets over 1.6 million views
Grandson urges the public to stop sharing footage of his grandfather being killed.
April 17, 2017
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Facebook vows to do better after murder video
By now you undoubtedly have seen news coverage of the so-called "Facebook Murder." While the social network was not responsible for the killing, the suspect did upload a video of the murder to Facebook.
April 17, 2017
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Facebook vows to do better combating hate speech
The social network says it has a lot of work to do despite deleting around 66,000 posts a week that it deems hateful.
June 27, 2017
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Facebook vows to double staff with new cadre of Net Police
Horse bolted. Buys better door
November 1, 2017
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Facebook wants people to type from their brain and hear with their skin
Facebook is working on silent speech communications that could help people overcome handicaps
April 20, 2017
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Facebook wants people to type from their brain and hear with their skin
Facebook is working on silent speech communications that could help people overcome handicaps
April 20, 2017
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Facebook wants teens to use its apps, but not without parental guidance
A new messaging app from the social network is aimed at teens and will focus primarily on offering robust parental controls.
June 1, 2017
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Facebook wants to eventually replace passwords, starting with Delegated Account Recovery
Passwords are a part of people's day-to-day online activity, whether it means logging into your bank's online platform or any other site which requires an account. Even though we use them all the time, they are notoriously prone to getting hacked, regardless of the service being used. at its F8 developer conference, Facebook kicked off a closed beta for a service which it sees as the stepping stone for the eventual removal of passwords altogether.
April 20, 2017
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Facebook wants to hire 800 people for new London HQ
The company's new office building in the British capital features its first in-house startup incubator.
December 4, 2017
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Facebook wants to keep headlines like this out of your News Feed
Facebook recently announced that it wants to do more to cut down on the amount of spam and clickbait that appears in users' News Feeds. Now the social networking company is putting the wheels in motion, working on updates that will help it to identify such content.
May 18, 2017
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Facebook wants to save the world. You've got work to do
The social network, dealing with existential questions about its role in the world, isn't just about connecting everyone. It now wants to try to help people get along.
June 23, 2017
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Facebook wants you to put colors in your comments
As if putting crazy colors on status updates wasn't enough, Facebook seems to want to go even further, by testing comments with colored backgrounds as well.
September 12, 2017
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Facebook wants you to stare even more at the real world through your phone camera
"Augmented reality" platform launches in closed beta today.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook wants you to watch longer videos, so it's going to show you longer videos
Because that's what's on TV.
January 26, 2017
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Facebook wants your child on its new Messenger Kids app
The social network has created a version of Messenger for younger users. But it has to avoid the kind of abuse that YouTube Kids has suffered.
December 4, 2017
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Facebook wants your News Feed to run faster
Web pages that load faster on the company's mobile app will be more likely to show up at the top of your News Feed.
August 2, 2017
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Facebook wants your nude photos to fight revenge porn
In a pilot project in Australia, the social network is converting explicit images into unique digital fingerprints that can be blocked from the site.
November 8, 2017
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Facebook wants your nudes in the fight against revenge porn
Australia and Facebook are teaming up to test an experimental anti-revenge porn measure that would potentially stop the distribution of images before they happen.
November 7, 2017
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Facebook warned investors revenue growth would slow 'meaningfully' in 2017. it's now 2017.
Facebook reports Q1 earnings Wednesday.
May 2, 2017
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Facebook Watch is adding clips from the CBS late-night lineup
Short-form content from CBS' late-night shows "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and "The Late Late Show with James Corden" will now appear on Facebook Watch, according to multiple reports.
January 4, 2018
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Facebook Watch is live for everyone in the US
And it needs more content
September 5, 2017
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Facebook Watch original video tab launches to all U.S. users
Today Facebook officially opened its new Watch tab of original video content to everyone in the U.S. after a limited rollout a month ago and expansion to some more users last week. Available on Facebook's native mobile apps, desktop site, and TV apps, Watch lets users subscribe to their favorite series instead of just haphazardly stumbling upon one-off videos in the News Feed. U.S. users will now see the TV icon in the mobile navigation bar and desktop site bookmarks.
September 5, 2017
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Facebook weeds out more fake news
Called out for a raft of fake news stories that allegedly affected the 2016 US election, Facebook is systematically adding steps to show what's real.
January 31, 2017
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Facebook will ask us to decide what's 'high quality' news
To curb "misinformation and polarization," Facebook will prioritize news from "trustworthy" publishers -- and its users will decide who's trustworthy.
January 19, 2018
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Facebook will deny ads to repeat promoters of fake news
Sharing network hopes to hit hoaxers where it hurts
August 28, 2017
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Facebook will hire 1,000 and make ads visible to fight election interference
Today Facebook handed over 3,000 ads to congressional investigators that were bought by a Russian company to influence U.S. politics. "Many appear to exploit racial and social divisions and exploit ugly stereotypes. We find this interference deeply offensive" a Facebook spokesperson wrote this morning.
October 2, 2017
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Facebook will hire 3,000 new employees to scan the site for violence and hate
Looking to halt a trend toward the streaming of violent acts in real time, Facebook announced today that it will hire 3,000 new employees whose job will be to monitor the site looking for acts of violence and hate.
May 3, 2017
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Facebook will host live-streamed MLB games this season
Facebook and the MLB announced a new partnership today that will see 20 regular season baseball games live-streamed on Facebook this season, according to TechCrunch.
May 18, 2017
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Facebook will identify what Russia-linked content you liked
The social network said a new tool for spotting posts from a Russian troll farm will be available by the end of the year.
November 22, 2017
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Facebook will let companies map online browsing to real-world sales
The feature is part of a broader analytics push
April 18, 2017
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Facebook will let elected officials target posts to constituents
To gain valuable voter insights
June 7, 2017
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Facebook will let you play songs from Spotify and Apple Music inside Messenger
At its F8 developers conference, Facebook unveiled Messenger Chat Extensions for creating in-app experiences, including sharing and playing songs from Spotify and Apple Music.
April 19, 2017
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Facebook will let video creators make money when people pirate their videos
YouTube does something similar.
April 27, 2017
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Facebook will live stream over a dozen college football games this year
Facebook wants you to watch more video on its site -- including those you can't see elsewhere. To that end, the social network earlier this month launched a dedicated section for original video, called Watch. Now that's being expanded with the addition of live-streamed college football games, broadcast in partnership with sports network Stadium.
August 23, 2017
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Facebook will 'massively' simplify Messenger in 2018
Messenger is a mess, and Facebook has finally acknowledged this.
January 16, 2018
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Facebook will no longer always divert international advertising revenue to Ireland
Facebook today said it is shifting to a "local selling structure" in countries outside the U.S., in which its advertising revenue in that country will be recorded by their local company in the country.
December 12, 2017
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Facebook will push local stories in news feed
It's just the latest change CEO Mark Zuckerberg is making to the way Facebook decides what it'll show you.
January 26, 2018
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Facebook will read your thoughts and then share them; make people hear through their skin
Facebook is building technology that will let you type with your brain. Yes, you read that right, the biggest social network in the world, which often comes under attack for privacy concerns, wants to be able to read your thoughts and type them out -- if you want to. the company is also working on a project to let users hear through their skin.
April 20, 2017
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Facebook will replace 'disputed' tag for fake news with 'Related Articles'
The prevalence of fake news on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, and the ease with which these tools of modern communications can be used to spread misinformation and propaganda, were the subject of much debate following the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections.
December 21, 2017
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Facebook will share anonymized location data with disaster relief organizations
A new initiative from Facebook will provide aid organizations with location data for users in affected areas, such as where people are marking themselves safe and from where they are fleeing. It shows the immense potential of this kind of fine-grained tracking, but inescapably resurfaces questions of just what else the company could do with the data.
June 7, 2017
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Facebook will show fewer links to slow-loading websites
Facebook wields a huge amount of power over what sites get served to you in your News Feed, and now the company is adding another layer to that by taking site speed into account. According to Facebook, 'Factors such as the person's current network connection and the general speed of the corresponding webpage will be considered. If signals indicate the webpage will load quickly, the link to that webpage might appear higher in your feed.'
August 2, 2017
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Facebook will show which Russian election troll accounts you followed
Facebook is building out a tool to show which Facebook Pages or Instagram accounts associated with Russia's Internet Research Agency election troll farm you Liked or followed. Launching by the end of the year as part of the Facebook Help Center, the tool will show a list of all the IRA accounts you followed.
November 22, 2017
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Facebook will soon demote posts that beg for likes, comments, and shares
Move should reduce the spread of 'engagement bait'
December 18, 2017
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Facebook will soon let you know if you're following propaganda pages
Facebook's latest attempt at stamping out fake news lets users know if they liked or followed any Russian propaganda pages during the US election. Its newest effort furthers its ongoing effort to stop the spread of misinformation while increasing transparency at both Facebook and Instagram.
November 22, 2017
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Facebook will soon purge video clickbait from the News Feed
Like ones that have a fake play button on videos of still images
August 17, 2017
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Facebook will soon start ranking faster loading webpages higher in News Feed
Facebook today announced it will soon be rolling out a change to its News Feed that will increase the distribution of links to faster loading web pages -- including those that use its own Instant Article format, it seems. The change will negatively impact Pages whose links load more slowly, the company also notes.
August 2, 2017
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Facebook will start bundling your memories for sharing
Along with a couple other new features, the social network will deliver recent related memories in a monthly recap.
August 25, 2017
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Facebook will start prioritizing local news in user feeds
Facebook's latest step in its on-going effort to fix its embattled news delivery offering involves prioritizing local sources. The social media giant announced today in a blog post that, along with efforts to elevate content from friends and outlets designated as "high quality," the site will be working to push local news offerings to the top of users' feeds.
January 26, 2018
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Facebook will suggest more articles for you to read in News Feed to help fight its 'filter bubble'
Facebook says it wants to create a more "informed community.'
April 25, 2017
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Facebook will teach the unemployed digital/social media skills in 30 cities
Whether it's to "bring the world closer together" or improve its public image, Facebook today announced Community Boost. Facebook tells me it's investing tens of millions of dollars into the program that will travel to 30 cities around the U.S. in 2018. It will teach digital job skills to the unemployed, internet literacy to those just getting online, startup methodology to entrepreneurs and customer growth to small business owners.
November 9, 2017
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Facebook will temporarily disable a tool that lets advertisers exclude people of color
Facebook has been under fire for its practices and policies that enable advertisers to exclude "multicultural affinity" groups from the audiences they reach via the social network. Now, in light of a ProPublica investigation and pressure from the Congressional Black Caucus, Facebook says it's committed to taking a closer look at its advertising policies, its COO Sheryl Sandberg wrote in a letter to CBC Chairperson Cedric Richmond.
November 30, 2017
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Facebook will use snail mail to verify US election ad buyers
Want to buy Facebook ads for a US election? Now you'll need a US mailing address to do so.
February 19, 2018
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Facebook won the war for your mind. Now it wants your children.
Fashioning a noose from a scarf, 14-year-old Naika Venant ignored the pleas of Facebook Live viewers as she wrapped the makeshift hanging device from a shower rod, ending her own life. When the stream ended just over an hour later, all that remained was a lifeless body police found in the bathroom just feet from her sleeping foster parents.
December 6, 2017
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Facebook won't retreat from Stories as it adds desktop posting
Facebook Stories might feel redundant because 300 million people use its other Snapchat clones on Instagram and WhatsApp. But Facebook is convinced that the narrative, ephemeral, camera-first format is the future of sharing... and advertising.
January 18, 2018
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Facebook Workplace takes aim at enterprise users with desktop chat app
The company has launched beta versions of macOS and Windows desktop apps for the business version of Messenger, adding screen-sharing capabilities
October 9, 2017
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Facebook: 10 million Americans saw Russian ads
In a blog post, Facebook has made public the details about the Russian-origin advertisements that it shared with the US Congress last month, and it turns out that just 10 million people ever saw them; while it is still a large number, it is just a fraction of the total adult/vote eligible population of the US. According to Facebook, the ads touched on divisive affairs such as LGBT and race issues as well as immigration and gun rights. Several of the ads encouraged people to follow Pages regarding these issues.
October 3, 2017
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Facebook: Everything you need to know!
Curious about the world's favorite social networking site? Learn all you need to know about Facebook here!
March 13, 2018
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Facebook: Law enforcement requests for user data up 9 percent
The social media company's semiannual report gives a snapshot of how Facebook shares user data with governments around the world.
April 27, 2017
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Facebook: Russian-backed posts reached 126M during election
That means roughly one-third of the US population was exposed to content from Russia-backed operatives over a two-year period, according to leaked testimony for a Tuesday hearing.
October 30, 2017
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Facebook: send nudes and we'll protect you against revenge porn
Revenge porn is one of the latest online problems, and it's one to which it would seem difficult to come up with a solution. Facebook, however, thinks it has the answer. If you're willing to share your nude photos with the social network, it will use them to protect you against revenge porn attacks.
November 8, 2017
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Facebook: Too big to delete
On wednesday, one day after Facebook announced that 2 billion people use its service every month, ProPublica released a bombshell investigation into the company's hate-speech censorship guidelines. The report included documents revealing that Facebook's rules often end up protecting the rights of those in power over those who are powerless. These two revelations are inextricably entwined, each enabling and necessitating the other.
June 28, 2017
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Facebook: Who needs millennials? The cops love us more than ever!
Social network says police, government requests for data and takedowns booming
December 18, 2017
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Facebook's Ad Reach Claims and the Number of Actual People in the US are Different
Facebook has been called out for claiming that its advertising reached more people in certain age groups than the US Census says exist. Facebook says that it is able to reach 41 million adults between 18 and 24 years old. The catch is that according to the US Census data there are only 31 million people that age in the US.
September 12, 2017
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Facebook's ad targeting tools could be a valuable supplement to census data
Official census forms are an invaluable source for demographic data throughout the country, but for trends that occur on the scale of weeks or months rather than years, they're a bit lacking. But a new study shows that similar data used by Facebook to target ads could help fill in that blind spot.
October 12, 2017
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Facebook's advertising tools keep improving despite efforts to halt their progress
Now that we live in an undeniably connected world, companies like Facebook are at the forefront of our daily lives. Social media is no longer just a past-time, an option of a select few technically-minded individuals and young people.
November 21, 2017
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Facebook's AI crosses language barrier to assist in Spanish
Any technology that only works in English neglects 75% of the world. That problem is especially severe for Facebook with its global userbase. Yet most languages are being left out by the advances in artificial intelligence centered around natural language processing led by researchers in the U.S. and China.
June 13, 2017
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Facebook's AI-powered camera can blur photo backgrounds in real time
A bokeh effect without a dual-camera setup
April 19, 2017
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Facebook's Aquila drone completed a second flight without breaking anything
Facebook's Aquila drone completed its second flight this past May during which it flew for an hour and 46 minutes. Facebook detailed the flight in a blog post and explained the modifications it made to the drone after the failure of the initial test. That first go somewhat failed when a 20-foot section of the wing snapped off during landing. A gust of wind knocked Aquila off its flight path, and the autopilot's attempt to correct course resulted in the drone going faster than intended.
June 29, 2017
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Facebook's Aquila drone completes its second test flight, lands well this time
Facebook's plan to use large solar-powered high-altitude drones to connect areas of the world that traditionally haven't had reliable internet access marked a significant milestone on Thursday. Aquila, its first functional aircraft, completed its second successful test flight -- and landed successfully, too. The first time around, Aquila's flight resulted in a structural failure that affected the craft's landing and resulted in an NTSB investigation.
June 29, 2017
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Facebook's big solution to combating election ad fraud: Snail mail
Lo-tech brainwave 'won't solve everything', says biz
February 19, 2018
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Facebook's black employee representation has increased for the first time since 2014
Facebook is continuing to pick away at its diversity problem, which it shares with most companies in Silicon Valley. For the first time since 2014, Facebook has increased the overall representation of black employees from 2 percent to 3 percent in the U.S., according to the diversity report Facebook released today. In 2015, Facebook's representation of black employees actually dropped to one percent but then bounced back up to 2 percent in 2016.
August 2, 2017
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Facebook's Brexit probe unearths three Russian-bought "immigration" ads
Facebook has provided more details about the extent of Russian digital interference related to the UK's Brexit vote last year.
December 13, 2017
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Facebook's built-in camera does GIFs now
They're kind of cool, but mainly meant for use in Facebook (which isn't)
July 14, 2017
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Facebook's business isn't slowing as fast as Wall Street expected
Plus it added 80 million new users last quarter.
May 3, 2017
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Facebook's business model for Messenger won't be payments and commerce after all
Messenger is focused on mobile advertising -- just like the rest of Facebook.
April 11, 2017
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Facebook's Caffe2 AI tools come to iPhone, Android, and Raspberry Pi
Your smartphone may soon be able to recognize objects in images without accessing the cloud
April 18, 2017
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Facebook's child-friendly Messenger Kids app launches on Amazon Fire tablets in the U.S.
Facebook's Messenger Kids app, which launched on iOS in December, is now coming to the Amazon Appstore in the U.S. Messenger Kids, as the name implies, is aimed at children under the age of 13, and features a variety of parental control options that allow parents to supervise the online interactions of their children.
January 11, 2018
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Facebook's colorful new feature makes public to-do lists a 'thing'
People can post just about anything to Facebook: photos, videos, emo song lyrics, GIFs, stickers, shower thoughts with fancy colored backgrounds, etc. But you know what Facebook needs more of? Lists, apparently.
February 13, 2018
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Facebook's Crackdown Ahead Of German Election Shows It's Learning
If the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, Facebook is taking baby steps.
September 27, 2017
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Facebook's crackdown on "engagement bait" is long overdue
Facebook is cracking down on "engagement bait." Even if you're unfamiliar with the term (it's nowhere near as ubiquitous as the now-meaningless "clickbait"), you've probably seen an "engagement bait-y" post in your timeline. They use phrases like:
December 18, 2017
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Facebook's data privacy scandal has stirred an exodus
It started with the #DeleteFacebook hashtag. Now companies are yanking their Facebook pages or pulling ads following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
March 23, 2018
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Facebook's data-collecting VPN company has found a way to collect even more data
Facebook's analytics company released a new app this week, which like many of their products, existed mainly to collect user data and package it up for Facebook.
March 9, 2018
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Facebook's Developer Circles program tries to hook 'em early
The social network wants to help people interested in computer programming -- and teach them how to use Facebook's tools in the process.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook's Did You Know feature is a one-trick pony
Facebook today announced it was releasing a feature called Did You Know, which allows users to answer pre-written questions which their friends and followers can then see.
December 5, 2017
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Facebook's discovery-focused 'Explore Feed' hits the desktop
Facebook's tests of an alternative News Feed dubbed the "Explore" feed are progressing, it seems. Previously available on mobile devices in the main navigation, Facebook's new Explore Feed is now appearing for users on the desktop. The feed is found in the left-side sidebar, within the "Explore" section -- where you'll also find links to Facebook features like Events, Groups, Pages, Moments, Saved items, and more.
October 18, 2017
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Facebook's evolutionary search for crashing software bugs
Ars gets the first look at Facebook's fancy new dynamic analysis tool.
August 22, 2017
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Facebook's Express Wi-Fi now has its own Android app
Facebook now has an app that lets people in developing countries pay for Wi-Fi. The company has launched an Express Wi-Fi app in Google Play to go along with its distributed Wi-Fi network. It currently only works in Indonesia and Kenya.
March 15, 2018
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Facebook's F8 plans include Camera Effects Platform, offline Instagram
What will Facebook launch next week at its F8 conference? the schedule reveals plans to give Instagram offline features that are already in testing, opening its Camera Effects Platform to developers so they can create more powerful photo and video overlays for people to use and a Places Graph for developers to do more with Facebook's location database beyond the existing APIs.
April 13, 2017
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Facebook's facial recognition now finds photos you're untagged in
Facebook wants to make sure you know about and control the photos of you people upload, even if they don't tag you. So today, Facebook launched a new facial recognition feature called Photo Review that will alert you when your face shows up in newly posted photos so you can tag yourself, leave it be, ask the uploader to take the photo down, or report it to Facebook.
December 19, 2017
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Facebook's facial recognition now looks for you in photos you're not tagged in
Facebook is expanding how it uses facial recognition to find people in photos. From today, the company will notify users when someone uploads a photo with them in it -- even if they're not tagged.
December 19, 2017
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Facebook's first non-white board member is American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault
Longtime AmEx CEO is first appointee since 2014
January 18, 2018
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Facebook's first original show may be one that was canceled by MTV
The social-networking giant reportedly plans to make its original programmer debut by resurrecting "Loosely Exactly Nicole," which MTV ran for just one season.
June 12, 2017
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Facebook's first VR app surprises, lets us collaborate and be juvenile
Has serious issues, but hand tracking, doodling, media sharing work great in VR "Spaces."
April 19, 2017
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Facebook's First VR World is a Hideous Bride-of-Frankenstein Creation
The concept of VR worlds has been a mainstay of science fiction for decades, and has had a long time to accrue expectations as a result. Even without contending with such hurdles, Facebook's recently revealed VR world must be reckoned a sad and lackluster opening salvo
April 24, 2017
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Facebook's Free Basics violates net neutrality and isn't even that good, says report
The app relies on Bing and Facebook
July 27, 2017
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Facebook's freebie for poor people under fire again
No internet better than Facebook's internet, say NGOs
July 28, 2017
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Facebook's Giant Step Into Esports May Be A Look At Its Future
Facebook may have decided it doesn't want to be a media company, but it might just want to be a gaming platform. The company announced today that it will be the exclusive destination for multiple leagues from esports federation ESL. Look out, top-down cooking videos and insane Russian dashcam clips: you may soon be competing with 360 no-scope headshots for users' "meaningful interactions."
January 18, 2018
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Facebook's Hate Speech Policies Censor Marginalized Users
As queer artists and activists who have challenged Facebook's "real names" policy for three years, we're alarmed by a new trend: Many LGBTQ people's posts have been blocked recently for using words like "dyke," "fag," or "tranny" to describe ourselves and our communities.
August 14, 2017
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Facebook's head of AI wants us to stop using the Terminator to talk about AI
Yann LeCun chats about super-intelligent AI and the future of virtual assistants
October 26, 2017
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Facebook's head of design on creating for 2 billion people
Luke Woods is the Head of Design at Facebook. In this episode, we discuss how digital design is in a unique position to make an impact on the world, dive into the details of what the evolution of design looked like at Facebook, and learn the importance of three little words: understand, identify, execute.
April 17, 2017
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Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is
Hark, dear reader, the echoes of Enron
March 23, 2018
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Facebook's Instant Games developers can now make money off users
Facebook launched a new gaming platform earlier this year called Instant Games. Today the company's giving developers the option to monetize those games through in-app purchases and video ads. The ads will initially roll out as a test through select developers and in certain games, like Blackstorm's Everwing and FRVR's Basketball FRVR.
October 19, 2017
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Facebook's journalism certification class is just a test on how to use Facebook
Sorry for the failing grade, mom
April 10, 2017
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Facebook's 'journalism project' seeks to strengthen online news
The initiative is aimed at promoting more collaboration between the social media giant and news outlets, along with shoring up Facebook's defenses against fake news.
January 11, 2017
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Facebook's latest new features are designed to stop scammers from stealing your profile photos
This may not be a problem most people think about, but as it turns out, social media photo theft is a major issue. Whether for the purpose of creating fake profiles or using them for sketchy web advertising, your photos could easily turn up somewhere online without your knowledge or consent. To this effect, Facebook's latest feature test, right now limited to India only, is designed to stop people from misusing profile photos.
June 22, 2017
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Facebook's latest News Feed update gives local news a boost
Facebook recently promised big changes to the way its News Feed works, and Mark Zuckerberg has now revealed that the social network will start to place a greater emphasis on local news. At least it makes a change from constantly banging on about fake news.
January 30, 2018
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Facebook's latest News Feed update will prioritize trustworthy publishers
Facebook is gearing up to prioritize news content by publishers a group of Facebook users have deemed trustworthy. Facebook head of News Feed Adam Mosseri said the company surveyed "a diverse and representative sample" of U.S.-based people about their familiarity and trust in various sources of news, he wrote in a blog post.
January 19, 2018
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Facebook's latest Trending Topics tweak aims to kill the echo chamber problem
The way Facebook's algorithm's work -- and the way we generally make and maintain friendships -- means that expressing our view on social media is very much like shouting into an echo chamber. The people we follow and who follow us are likely to have broadly similar views on many topics, and Facebook has long worsened the problem by suggesting content we might like to read.
May 25, 2017
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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg won't go before UK committee, CTO or CPO to appear instead
A week ago, following revelations that Cambridge Analytica was misusing people's data that it had obtained through Facebook, the UK government called on a senior Facebook executive - preferably Mark Zuckerberg - to sit before a committee.
March 27, 2018
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Facebook's Messenger ads are bad and must be destroyed
When Facebook removed messages from the main app, I swore then and there that I would never download Messenger. That's been a pretty easy promise to keep, especially since they introduced the lovely idea of enormous ads that take up half your screen while you try to use the service.
July 11, 2017
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Facebook's Messenger Kids Is a Bad Bargain
Why would a company that has built an empire on digital ads offer a free app that displays no ads?
December 28, 2017
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Facebook's Messenger Lite for Android launches in US, UK, and other countries
Facebook Messenger Lite, the excellent, cruft-free of Facebook's chat app that focuses on the essentials, is expanding to the US, UK, Canada, and Ireland. The Android-only app was originally launched so that users could access Messenger in areas with sluggish mobile connectivity.
October 3, 2017
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Facebook's moonshots: Making brains type and skin hear
The social network finally unveils what its secretive Building 8 hardware lab has been working on for the past year. Communication might never be the same.
April 19, 2017
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Facebook's new AI Could Lead to Translations that Actually Make Sense
When a language you don't understand appears in your Facebook News Feed, you can touch a button and quickly translate it. Facebook offers a way of communicating not just with the millions of people who speak your language, but with millions of others who speak something else. Or at least it almost does. Like so many other online translation services, Facebook comes with a caveat: Its translations don't always make sense.
May 9, 2017
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Facebook's new Camera Effects Platform wants to augment your entire reality
See the world through Facebook's eyes.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook's new charitable giving policy could help thousands get the help they need
Facebook recently announced at its Social Good Forum several new actions it intends to take to facilitate charitable giving on its site. Some of the things it's announced sound like they could make a difference, and that's somewhat heartening.
November 30, 2017
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Facebook's new disaster maps aim to improve how organizations respond to crises
Sharing 'aggregated, de-identified' data
June 8, 2017
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Facebook's new "Explore Feed" makes its way to the app's main navigation
Earlier this year, Facebook was spotted testing a new type of News Feed -- one that designed to help you discover content across the social network, beyond posts from friends and Pages you already follow. During tests, the feed was available through the Facebook app underneath a "rocket ship" icon -- something that seemed to confuse users, who didn't understand the feed's purpose.
July 14, 2017
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Facebook's new facial recognition feature finds you in untagged photos
So you can keep track of your online persona.
December 19, 2017
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Facebook's new Lists feature is yet another way to post personal updates
Because you've always wanted to share your to-do list with everyone
February 13, 2018
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Facebook's new mission statement: 'give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together'
Mark Zuckerberg has announced a new mission statement for Facebook. The social network is no longer interested in making the world "more open and connected," now it wants to "give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together."
June 23, 2017
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Facebook's new VR Experience Looks Like Hell on Earth
At its annual developer conference in San Jose today, Facebook unveiled some of its latest tech projects, assuring investors that it's catching up to competitors like Snapchat.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook's new Watch video hub rolls out to U.S. users
Facebook's latest push into video is now live. On Thursday, the new Watch tab popped up for U.S. users as the feature begins its proper roll-out.
August 31, 2017
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Facebook's newest music deal opens door to massive UMG library
A scant couple of weeks after Facebook revealed its in-house music library for budding content creators, the social media site has announced a partnership with Universal Music Group (UMG), a conglomerate that owns the souls of hundreds of popular performing musicians.
December 21, 2017
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Facebook's News Feed changes are probably going to be great for fake news
Following a recent decision by its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook opted to give priority to posts from friends instead of public pages in the users' News Feeds. The bombshell drove Facebook stock price down by five percent. This new turn for the social media company is even more significant that it seems, putting both media and community managers in a tricky situation.
January 18, 2018
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Facebook's next act: a new spin on reality
The same technology that made Pokemon Go so successful has a central role in the social network's vision for the future.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook's Parse developer platform is shutting down today
One year ago Facebook made the surprising announcement that it was shuttering Parse, the development platform that it purchased in 2013.
January 30, 2017
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Facebook's plan for original TV is coming together
The first crop of its original series has been set to launch later this summer (though a source later noted that was a "moving target"), and will have both the runtime and the budget of full-fledged cable TV productions. Thirty-minute episodes will include ads, and Facebook is reportedly willing to pay up to $3 million per episode for centerpiece shows.
June 26, 2017
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Facebook's plan to build community with hiring and $10M in grants
Facebook will award up to $1 million to five community leaders and $50,000 to 100 more to fund their ideas for how to strengthen people's online and offline connections. Facebook will also hire double the number of engineers currently working on safety-related causes in its London office. These were a few of the big announcements made at today's Facebook Communities Summit Europe.
February 9, 2018
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Facebook's plans to augment reality are as dystopian as they are smart
Our AR future could be an advertising and social hellscape
April 20, 2017
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Facebook's plan to unite AR, VR and News Feed with 3D posts
What if you could digitally sculpt a 3D object and share it on Facebook, play with it in virtual reality or insert it into your world with augmented reality? Facebook is polishing up stages one and two today after debuting posts of interactive 3D models in News Feed in October that you can move and spin around.
February 20, 2018
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Facebook's reach-killing test in Slovakia is a big warning to all media
Media outlets in Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Serbia, Bolivia, Guatemala and Cambodia are going through a rough week -- and they have nobody but Facebook to blame for the headache.
October 20, 2017
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Facebook's revenue growth is slowing, but not nearly as much as Wall Street expected
Facebook easily beat Wall Street's Q4 earnings estimates Wednesday.
February 1, 2017
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Facebook's rumored Echo Show competitor will be called Portal and cost $499
The official announcement appears timed to the company's F8 developer conference
January 9, 2018
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Facebook's Russia Problem Proves Feds Are Missing The Point
An ad featuring a strapping Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) proffered a sketch book for users to "color your hero." A post from South United invited followers to click a billowing Confederate flag. An invitation advertised an anti-Clinton rally to counter "anti-constitutional propaganda."
November 16, 2017
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Facebook's Safety Check feature gets its own dedicated button, can be accessed anytime
Facebook is giving its "Safety Check" feature a permanent home in its app and on the desktop, the company announced today. The feature, which lets you check to see whether friends and family are safe following a crisis, will now have its own dedicated button in the app's navigation menu and will be available via the Facebook website on the desktop.
August 21, 2017
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Facebook's Safety Check is a stress-inducing flip of social norms
Facebook's Safety Check feature was activated today, following news that a fire had engulfed a 24-storey block of flats in West London. At least six people are reported to have died in the blaze, with police expecting the death toll to rise. The Grenfell tower contains 120 flats.
June 14, 2017
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Facebook's Safety Check will integrate fundraisers, among other upgrades
Facebook today announced a series of improvements for its Safety Check feature -- the service that allows Facebook users to communicate about their safety to friends and family during a crisis. Most notably, people will now have the option to start fundraisers from within Safety Check, in order to immediately translate concern for victims of a crisis or natural disaster into specific actions.
June 14, 2017
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Facebook's Sandberg vows more transparency on Russian ads
COO Sheryl Sandberg acknowledges that Facebook has a responsibility to prevent future meddling in US elections.
October 12, 2017
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Facebook's secret weapon in the fight against foreign meddling? Postcards
"It won't solve everything," Facebook exec tells Reuters.
February 19, 2018
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Facebook's social VR Spaces is now compatible with HTC Vive
The first expansion from Oculus Rift
December 19, 2017
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Facebook's testing a new method to prevent revenge porn that requires uploading your nudes
Facebook is testing a new method to combat revenge porn in Australia, the Australia Broadcasting Corporation reports. The strategy entails uploading your nude photos or videos to Messenger in order to help Facebook tag it as non-consensual explicit media.
November 7, 2017
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Facebook's tracking of non-users ruled illegal again
Another blow for Facebook in Europe: Judges in Belgium have once again ruled the company broke privacy laws by deploying technology such as cookies and social plug-ins to track internet users across the web.
February 19, 2018
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Facebook's translations are now powered completely by AI
Around 4.5 billion translations are made each day
August 4, 2017
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Facebook's "Trending Topics" will now be the Same for Everyone Nearby, List Story's Publisher
In an effort to deal with its unwieldy fake news problem, Facebook is tweaking its "Trending Topics" algorithm: instead of stories dynamically populating individual users' feeds based on their interests, everyone in the same geographical area will see the same news items.
January 25, 2017
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Facebook's trust survey isn't too short -- but it is written badly
What the social network should really ask
January 26, 2018
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Facebook's two question survey isn't as dumb as it sounds
Buzzfeed revealed earlier this week Facebook's latest solution to the problem of trustworthy news was a user survey comprised of two questions: "Do you recognize the following websites" and "How much do you trust each of these domains?"
January 25, 2018
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Facebook's unorthodox new revenge porn defense is to upload nudes to Facebook
The company is testing a new strategy in Australia
November 7, 2017
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Facebook's whitebox-all-the-network-things TIP project flexes tentacles
Plus BT evaluates startups. Good luck, network kit giants
June 28, 2017
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Facebook's wider Kremlin Brexit ad sweep draws a blank
Facebook has claimed to have found no further evidence of co-ordinated Russian-backed ad purchases on its platform targeting the 2016 Brexit vote in addition to the ad buys it previously reported.
March 2, 2018
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Facebook's Workplace takes off with 7,000 users at Virgin Atlantic
Facebook's enterprise social network app quickly gains users, helping the airline overcome some of the adoption challenges it saw with Microsoft's Yammer.
November 16, 2017
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Facebook's Workplace, now at 30,000 orgs, adds Chat desktop apps and group video chat
It's been once year since Workplace, Facebook's social network designed specifically for businesses and other organizations, came out of beta to take on the likes of Slack, Atlassian, Microsoft and others in the world of enterprise collaboration.
October 26, 2017
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Facebook's Zuckerberg Appeared in Court Today in ZeniMax Case, Here's what He Said
"Like most people in the court, I've never even heard of ZeniMax before."
January 17, 2017
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Facebook's Zuck: 'We have work to do to prevent tragedies'
The social network's CEO addresses the Cleveland murder videos and sends condolences to the victim's family.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook, Census Bureau Disagree About U.S. Population
Big data isn't an entirely new concept: We have an entire division of the U.S. government dedicated to quantifying our nation's population, and the Census Bureau has been doing so in its current form since 1902. The scope, quantity, and granularity of the data has changed, though, and Facebook in particular specializes now in knowing pretty much everything about everyone. But someone is clearly wrong, because the two have population estimates that just don't match.
September 6, 2017
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Facebook, Google and others join The Trust Project, an effort to increase transparency around online news
"Fake news" and other misinformation, online propaganda, and satirical content people believe is true have filled the web via search engines and social media, and have caused a rift in how people perceive today's news organizations and the quality of their coverage. A nonpartisan effort called The Trust Project is working to address this situation by helping online users distinguish between reliable journalism and promotional content or misinformation.
November 16, 2017
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Facebook, Google and pals may be hit with TV political ads rules
Election security is national security, says senator as US law shakeup proposed
October 19, 2017
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Facebook, Google and Twitter reveal little in answers to Senate
The internet giants, which spoke to the Senate Select Intelligence Committee late last year, gave written answers to follow-up questions. We read them so you don't have to.
January 25, 2018
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Facebook, Google face strict EU privacy rules that could hit ad revenues
Plans to plug "void of protection" could place ad trackers on cookie diet in Europe.
January 10, 2017
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Facebook, Google reportedly helped anti-refugee campaign
The ads, designed to spread fear about refugees, were targeted to swing states during the US presidential election, reports Bloomberg.
October 18, 2017
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Facebook, Google: We're committed to fighting Russian meddling
Facebook, Google and Twitter tell lawmakers what they're doing to ensure foreign entities don't use their sites to influence future US elections.
October 31, 2017
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Facebook, Google, Twitter join tool that IDs 'trusted' news
After being slammed for proliferating hoax news, tech giants are joining a program that identifies articles from "trustworthy" news publishers.
November 16, 2017
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Facebook, Messenger and Instagram unite with cross-app notifications
Facebook's family of apps are moving in together. Facebook, Messenger and Instagram are each testing a feature that shows notification counters from the other apps and lets you instantly switch between them.
May 18, 2017
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Facebook, Microsoft, YouTube and Twitter form Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism
Today Facebook, Microsoft, YouTube and Twitter collectively announced a new partnership aimed at reducing the accessibility of internet services to terrorists. The new Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism adds structure to existing efforts by the companies to target and remove from major web platforms recruiting materials for terror groups.
June 26, 2017
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Facebook, Schrems case cost Irish data watchdog €2m -- reports
But don't worry, it got €4m budget boost this year
January 16, 2018
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Facebook, Slack and Google all roll out new collaboration features
Facebook launches a Workplace Chat desktop app, and says the number of paid users has doubled in six months; Slack adds interactive screen sharing; and Google looks to bolster Gmail with add-ons.
October 26, 2017
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Facebook, Twitter supremos ditch Disney as biz steps on their turf
Tech bigwigs won't seek re-election to Mickey Mouse board
January 15, 2018
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Facebook, Twitter, Google are in Washington's hot seat
Some of the world's largest sites are announcing new rules ahead of a congressional hearing that will likely raise the specter of regulation.
October 31, 2017
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Facebook, Twitter, Google cleared in Dallas shooting lawsuit
Judge says social networks not to blame for cop killings
December 5, 2017
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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube praised for "steady progress" quashing illegal hate speech in Europe
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are likely to be breathing a little easier in Europe after getting a pat on the back from regional lawmakers for making "steady progress" on removing illegal hate speech.
January 19, 2018
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Facebook, WeWork and others use this startup to make swag
Swag, especially good swag, can be important. That's where Swag.com comes in. The company, which launched 15 months ago, aims to be a way for companies to get quality swag to help people rep their brands.
November 6, 2017
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Facebook, who's buying your hate speech ads? Congressmen ask
Reps. Keith Ellison and John Conyers send the social media company a letter asking it to outline its policies on hate speech and advertising.
October 18, 2017
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Fake ruse: USA Today calls the FBI after half of its 15m Facebook Likes turn out to be bogus
No one real likes us, whines hotel doorstop provider
May 8, 2017
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Fake-news-monetizing machine Facebook lectures hacks on how not to write fake news that made it millions
Team Zuck lays down journalism commandments
October 24, 2017
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FEC commissioner calls for more disclosure after Russia bought political ads on Facebook
Ellen L. Weintraub, a member of the Federal Elections Commission, has submitted a vote on revamping disclaimer rules around political ads on the internet following Facebook's admission yesterday that Russia bought $100,000 worth of ads on the social network to influence the US presidential election last year. Weintraub, who posted her letter to the FEC on Twitter, says the goal is to decide whether the "American people deserve to know who's paying for the political info they see on the internet?"
September 12, 2017
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Feedless is an iOS content blocker that takes the media out of social media
It's the News Feed, minus the news
February 26, 2018
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Filched Ford F-150 found from Facebook friend's photo
A Colorado man and his stolen truck have been reunited after two years.
September 29, 2017
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Famed VC Jim Breyer on finding the next Mark Zuckerberg (and much more)
Yesterday, at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon, we caught up with Jim Breyer, renowned in Silicon Valley thanks to a decades-long track record of smart bets, most notably in Facebook.
November 8, 2017
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Five Things to Know About Facebook's Huge Augmented Reality Fantasy
Facebook kicked off its annual F8 Developer Conference today in dramatic fashion when CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced an ambitious new augmented reality (AR) platform that will let people overlay digital images onto photos and videos in Facebook.
April 18, 2017
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Five to Try: Facebook's Messenger Lite loses the bulk, and Stranger Things gets a retro game
Don't miss the week's biggest new Android apps and games.
October 6, 2017
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Focus Features is hosting free movie nights on Facebook Live
Happy birthday!
August 25, 2017
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For Congress members, divisive news is a hit on Facebook
A Pew study looks at Facebook posts from members of Congress and finds that posts with links to national news outlets may be reinforcing the political divide.
December 18, 2017
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Forget dislike; Facebook is testing a 'Downvote' button to moderate comments
For years, Facebook users have been demanding the rollout of a "dislike" button on the platform. While reports of such a feature arriving imminently have surfaced intermittently, the closest thing to it that we have right now is a plethora of reactions, which include "Wow", "Angry", and "Sad", but not the highly anticipated "Dislike".
February 9, 2018
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Forgot your GitHub password? Facebook cooks up spec to reset logins via social network
Open protocol published for all app, web devs to implement
January 30, 2017
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Foursquare is finally proving its (dollar) value
In 2009, Facebook was just getting popular with moms and grandmas. People were playing Farmville. Twitter was just becoming mainstream. And Foursquare launched on to the scene.
January 19, 2018
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France's CNIL: WhatsApp's Data Sharing With Facebook Is Illegal
The French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) said that WhatsApp's past and current data sharing practices with Facebook have no legal basis, and are therefore illegal. The agency notified Facebook to start obtaining proper consent from users as required by the French and European Union data protection laws.
December 19, 2017
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Free streaming service Tubi TV grabs $20 million in new funding
San Francisco-based Tubi TV has raised an additional $20 million for its advertising-supported streaming service for TV and movies. Investors in the round are betting on the fact that the next big streaming competitor won't be a direct rival to Netflix and others with a subscription-based business model, but rather a free service that offers a wide variety of titles for free viewing.
May 9, 2017
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French Data Protection Authority Fines Facebook for Collecting Data Without Consent
The Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertPokemon Go s (CNIL), France's data protection watchdog, announced that it's going to impose a 150,000 euro fine on Facebook. the agency will fine Facebook over its use of the "datr' cookie, which enabled the company to collect information on French and other European citizens without their knowledge.
May 16, 2017
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French fling fun-sized fine at Facebook for freakin' following folk
And it's going to get a whole lot worse for Zuckerberg and pals
May 16, 2017
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FTC Confirms Investigating Facebook's Controversial Data Sharing Practices -- Company Loses $100 Billion in 10 Days
After several reports suggesting that the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was investigating Facebook, the agency has today confirmed opening the probe following the Cambridge Analytica data sharing scandal. The Commission will look into whether the social networking site violated the 2011 consent decree.
March 26, 2018
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FTC launches probe on Facebook's data privacy practices
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the country's consumer protection agency, has confirmed that it is investigating how data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica was able to harvest the private data of some 50 million Facebook users.
March 26, 2018
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FTC says it has an 'open non-public investigation' into Facebook
About a week ago, Facebook came under fire for giving away user data to Cambridge Analytic. It's a story you've likely heard of by now, and following everything that's already happened, the Federal Trade Commission has decided to issue its official statement on the matter.
March 26, 2018
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Gameday lets you play daily fantasy sports inside Facebook Messenger
Fantasy sports, and probably to an even greater extent daily fantasy sports, can be intimidating. You're usually playing for real money, and potentially going up against people who spend countless hours researching statistics to craft the perfect lineup.
August 4, 2017
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GDPR Calling! Facebook Has Personally Identifiable Data on Over 40% of EU Citizens
Facebook has never managed to keep the European Union happy. The company has continued to face multiple lawsuits in the region. Ahead of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules that go into action later this year, the company has started what some are calling a massive PR campaign.
February 20, 2018
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Genalyte hires Facebook and Google exec Kevin Lo as company president
Khosla-backed one drop blood test startup Genalyte has hired former Facebook exec Kevin Lo as president of the company.
December 14, 2017
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German court finds fault with Facebook's default privacy settings
A court in Germany has ruled that Facebook's default privacy settings and some of its terms and conditions breached local laws. The Berlin court passed judgement late last month but the verdict was only made public this week.
February 13, 2018
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German court says Facebook's privacy settings and use of personal data are illegal
Facebook is no stranger to privacy-related controversy, and now a German court has ruled that the social networks' use of personal data is illegal. The court in Berlin also said that Facebook's default privacy settings violate German consumer law.
February 12, 2018
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German court says Facebook's real name policy is illegal
Both parties intend to appeal
February 12, 2018
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German court says 'Nein' on Facebook profile access request
Berlin bench rules against parents' access to teen's account
May 31, 2017
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Germany passes controversial law to fine Facebook over hate speech
Social media companies could face fines of €50 million for failing to remove hate speech within 24 hours
June 30, 2017
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Germany passes law with huge fines for Internet companies that don't bar hate speech
German legislators want hate speech removed within 24 hours.
June 30, 2017
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Give us cash and think about the kids, UK tells Facebook and Twitter
Abuse tax mooted as 'online safety' rhetoric ratchets up
October 11, 2017
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God Of War Facebook Text Adventure Explores Atreus' Past
There are eight pieces of art to unlock if you complete the story.
February 1, 2018
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Google and Facebook envision Stories for news, not social
Stories taught us the joy of dictating the pace of content consumption. We fast-forward in 10-second increments, with a quick trigger finger let loose the moment we get bored. That's why soon, endless paragraphs of text and time-consuming videos might not be the only ways to get our news.
August 4, 2017
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Google lobbies hard to derail new US privacy laws -- using dodgy stats
Expect to hear a lot about censorship and criminals in the next few months
March 26, 2018
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Great, now Facebook wants to put ads in Messenger
The social media giant is working on another way to put ads in front of eyeballs, this time taking to its IM app.
January 26, 2017
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Greta Van Susteren is releasing an apology app called Sorry
Former cable news anchor Greta Van Susteren is ready to jump into the app market with an apology app, according to a Facebook post she put up today.
November 8, 2017
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Groups Ask Facebook to Scrap Messenger Kids App
Facebook should scrap its Messenger Kids app because it could pose health and development risks, 19 groups say in a letter to be sent Tuesday to Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.
January 30, 2018
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Handling Traffic Spikes from Global Events at Facebook Live
Facebook Live's engineers have recently discussed how they scale their systems to handle traffic from both predicted and unpredicted events. While the latter is handled by their global distributed architecture, the former involves careful advance planning and load testing.
February 26, 2018
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Have national security clearance? Facebook wants you
The social network reportedly wants to hire employees with national security clearance.
October 16, 2017
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Here are the Russia-linked Facebook ads released by Congress
As part of this week's hearings into how Russia has used social media to influence American opinion, House lawmakers released several Facebook and Instagram ads linked to Kremlin meddling online. Although lawmakers have not yet released the full cache of ads, which includes about 3,000 examples provided to Congress by Facebook, the so-far disclosed ads offer one of the closest looks yet at the Russian operation.
November 1, 2017
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Here come the Facebook pre-roll video ads
You don't want them. Facebook didn't want them. But here we are.
December 14, 2017
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Here's how Russia targeted its fake Facebook ads and how those ads performed
It's impossible to know just how much stuff being circulated on social networks is Russian state content in sheep's clothing, although tech companies are scrambling to figure that out. Now, thanks to Congress, we just got a rare peek behind the curtain of how Facebook's ad operations were manipulated by a foreign power to foment outrage and division in American society.
November 1, 2017
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Here's why President Mark Zuckerberg is such a bad idea
Sure, he is going to visit every state this year. that does not mean he should be President. In some ways, tongue in cheek, he already is.
January 25, 2017
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Here, FIDO! Facebook adds security key protection
Hackers are always keen to get their hands on people's social media accounts, so adding two-factor security is a good way of keeping your login details secure if someone tries to access your account on another device.
January 26, 2017
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Heroes of the Storm Tournament Moves from ESPN to Facebook
No more TV coverage.
January 25, 2017
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Hey, big vendor: Oracle, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook blow even more cash on lobbying
Spend a little bribe, er, time with me...
October 24, 2017
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Hey, we've toned down the 'destroying society' shtick, Facebook insists
The Social Network rises to criticism from former exec
December 12, 2017
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HHVM 3.24 Released, The Final Supporting PHP5
The Facebook crew responsible for the HHVM project as a speedy Hack/PHP language implementation is out with its 3.24 release.
January 16, 2018
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Hily dating app uses AI and identification to improve safety and potential matches
Dating through apps has several ongoing problems. The glaring privacy breaches seem to mount up day by day. For instance, cyber-security researchers realized that hackers could create a creepy Chrome plugin allowing a Tinder user to find the precise location of their Facebook friends who were also on Tinder.
October 5, 2017
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Holy moly! Facebook test was nudging me to chat with a church
Facebook says it's on a mission to de-bloat its Messenger app this year. At the same time, TechCrunch has discovered, the data-mining giant is running tests on its desktop platform to inject the Messenger "contact pages" of businesses directly into your chat sidebar.
January 23, 2018
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House and Senate put Zuckerberg on notice: "You are the right person to testify before Congress"
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been rather scarce lately, despite a host of woes besetting his company -- but Wednesday he emerged from his cocoon to offer a limp apology, admit they had no control over data like that used by Cambridge Analytica, and that he "will happily" testify before Congress if he's the right person to do so.
March 23, 2018
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How do you do, fellow kids: Facebook now lets you create wacky GIFs, because of course
When was the last time you felt like capturing an augmented reality GIF of yourself, all part and parcel with an animated disco ball and wacky rainbow-colored sunglasses? How about an RGB split, surely you can never have enough of those aesthetic RGB splits!
July 14, 2017
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How does fiction become fact? With a little help from social media.
From the false reports during the Las Vegas shooting to fake Russian Facebook accounts during the election, people have started to wonder if social media is blurring the line between fact and fiction...
November 22, 2017
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How Facebook Achieves Rapid Release at Massive Scale
The recent article about scaling Facebook's release process covers its flexible methodology of pushing code to production. It focuses on how they moved from a "cherry-picking" to a "push-from-master" strategy over a period of one year. Facebook has shared details of their deployment process earlier too. Chuck Rossi, the author, was the first release engineer at Facebook and is currently ‎engineering director, Release Engineering at Facebook.
September 12, 2017
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How Facebook Decides What Needs To Be Deleted
Everything is on Facebook -- but some things shouldn't be. The job of determining what needs to go, and why, is a high-stakes one with a lot of confusion. And now, dozens of leaked documents from inside Facebook show just how hard those calls can be for the moderators who have to make them.
May 22, 2017
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How Facebook plans to evaluate its quest for generalized artificial intelligence
One of the biggest misconceptions about artificial intelligence is the belief that today's AIs possess generalized intelligence. we are really good at leveraging large data sets to accomplish specific tasks, but fall flat at replicating the breadth of human intelligence.
February 1, 2017
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How Facebook prioritizes privacy when you die
Should your parents be able to read your Facebook messages if you die? Facebook explained why it won't let them in a post in its Hard Questions series today about social networking after death.
August 18, 2017
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How Facebook Secretly Decides What Counts As Hate Speech
Facebook, like many social media platforms, wants to be a supporter of free expression without being seen as actively encouraging hate speech, threats, or harassment. Internally, Facebook has guidelines on what crosses that threshold, but a new investigation finds that these rules do not always make sense, nor do they tend to protect those who are most likely to be targeted.
June 28, 2017
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How Facebook uses artificial intelligence to fight terrorism
The social network, dogged by criticism, explains its efforts to combat extremist content. The company says it will take both software and humans.
June 15, 2017
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How hard is it to give up on social media?
Ever since it's inception in 2005, Facebook has set a worldwide phenomenon by inventing the 'social media' term. The latter is responsible for revolutionizing the way we communicate and is being used by everyone -- from kids to multi-billion businesses.
March 2, 2018
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How I got facebook to invest in minority-owned businesses
When most people think about diversity, they think recruiting and hiring, and it ends there. They are mistaken.
July 5, 2017
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How I rented a nice place to live using Elixir and a Facebook Messenger chat bot
Renting a place to live in Porto is hard these days.
February 19, 2018
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How one former Facebook executive thinks the company should fix itself
What privacy can do for democracy
January 30, 2018
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How tech companies have created a massive content problem
When you wake up in the morning and read the news, or start consuming content, where's the first place you turn? According to Pew Research Center, about 66 percent of adults who use Facebook on a regular basis get their news there primarily -- nd 40 percent of adults, in total, rely on Facebook as a primary source of news.
February 20, 2018
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How to capture a classic perfume product shot with a single speedlight
Dustin Dolby, the photographer behind the workphlo YouTube channel, is great at breaking down product photography into the simplest possible bits. By using Photoshop to mask together multiple exposures, he's able to capture professional looking product photos using extremely minimal gear.
January 26, 2018
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How to delete or disable your Facebook account
Deleting your Facebook account may be a fantasy you entertain briefly every time you see one too many intrusive ads or political posts on your feed. We understand.
October 30, 2017
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How to delete, disable, or limit your Facebook account
If the news of Facebook's data handling has got you spooked, here's how you can limit third-party access to your account.
March 20, 2018
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How to download a copy of your Facebook data
If you want a better understanding of all the information Facebook's storing on you, you're going to want to download a copy of your Facebook data. Here's how!
March 26, 2018
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How to find out what Facebook knows about you
The social media behemoth is watching.
October 5, 2017
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How to Improve the Response of Your Chatfuel Facebook Chatbot
Learn how to properly handle Chatfuel's default response so that you can return a meaningful response to the user's requests, improve your bot, and classify requests.
February 1, 2018
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How To Lock Down Your Facebook Privacy Settings
Facebook deserves a lot of the flack it gets, be it for providing Russian propaganda with a platform or gradually eroding privacy norms. Still, it has some genuine usefulness. And while the single best way to keep your privacy safe on Facebook is to delete your account, taking these simple steps in the settings is the next best thing.
November 14, 2017
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How to manage who gets notified when you stream your Gear VR to Facebook
For now, everyone is going to know when you are livestreaming to Facebook
May 15, 2017
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How to opt out of Facebook data sharing
Here's how to keep your data safe from being brokered and sold.
March 12, 2018
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How to optimize your app for the App Store and Google Play
The app-economy competition is fierce. Facebook owns four out of the five most downloaded apps worldwide, but startups are still leaping into the fight to claim new and old markets. for these startups, Facebook is often the least of their worries as, according to research from Gartner, we only actually use between six and ten apps on average and end up neglecting or deleting the rest.
April 27, 2017
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How to replace Facebook Messenger with a much simpler, lighter version
Get rid of the stories and the bots and the games
May 18, 2017
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How to stop Facebook from looking for you with face recognition
Here's another thing to think about if you're losing trust in the social network
March 27, 2018
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How to stop Facebook from accessing your Microphone
Facebook has gone on record to state that it is not listening in on your conversations, but those coincidental ads seem really creepy. You can turn off the microphone.
May 23, 2017
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How to turn off those annoying Facebook Post Tab pop-ups
Sick of those comment pop-up windows that have started to appear on Facebook? They're called Post Tabs, and here's how to turn 'em off!
May 17, 2017
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How to use Facebook without giving away all of your data
OK, so the recent Cambridge Analytica -- Facebook scandal has ruffled the Internet's collective feathers. Once again, we are reminded that we live in an era where it's a bit too easy to overshare.
March 22, 2018
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HQ Trivia gets its first rival app: The Q brings the excitement of daily trivia to Android!
Finally, Android users can experience the highs and lows (and lag) of a live trivia game show streamed to your phone!
December 13, 2017
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'Humans of New York' lands a Facebook video series
The popular blog that celebrates the ordinary people of the Big Apple will get a docuseries next week on Facebook's Watch, the site's new video platform.
August 25, 2017
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If you send nudes to Facebook for revenge porn protection, the photos will be checked by humans
Facebook caused more than a little eye-rolling with its anti-revenge porn program which requires users to upload the naked images of themselves that they would like to protect. It had been assumed that the entire process would be automated, making use purely of algorithms to analyze images and protect privacy. This assumption was wrong.
November 9, 2017
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If you're concerned about privacy, you might want to skip Facebook's VPN -- Onavo Protect
Facebook and privacy are not words that really belong in the same sentence, so the idea that the social network is offering a VPN tool might well raise your suspicions. Back in 2013, Facebook acquired Onavo, the company behind the VPN tool Protect.
February 15, 2018
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iHeartRadio unveils Facebook, Samsung Bixby support at CES 2018
The streaming music service lines up a slew of tech integrations, including Facebook Messenger and Samsung voice assistant Bixby.
January 8, 2018
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Imgur's take on Snapchat Stories is for people who really love GIFs
Imgur, the hugely popular photo and GIF sharing site with over 250 million users, is the latest to board the ephemeral storytelling train.
December 11, 2017
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In a digital media world, all that matters is your time
To make inroads into the television market Facebook and other platforms must find a way to increase an hour of your time to something resembling the four hours you spend on television.
January 9, 2017
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In Europe, Facebook's data law buffer looks to be on borrowed time
Facebook's European business may not, for too much longer, be able to rely on its preferred privacy buffer of arguing that data protection oversight of its business is exclusively limited to the Irish watchdog on account of its European HQ being located in Ireland.
October 24, 2017
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In Facebook's eyes, are you a 'youthful urbanite' or 'diverse parent'?
According to a leaked advertising sales pitch, Facebook users can be split into 14 different segments.
October 30, 2017
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Inside Facebook's Training Ground for Making Chatbots Chattier
2016 WAS the year the chatbots took over Silicon Valley. the only trouble: they didn't really know how to chat.
May 15, 2017
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Instagram is tweaking its feed to make it a little more chronological
Following quite a vocal backlash from users, Instragram is making changes to its feed to move away slightly from the algorithm-driven, non-chronological form it takes at the moment.
March 23, 2018
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Irish court agrees that Facebook's EU/US data sharing might be illegal
The Irish High Court released its judgement in a case against Facebook. The court agreed with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner's (DPC) concerns and found that channels that Facebook and other companies use for data transfer from the EU to the US might be illegal.
October 3, 2017
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Is A Facebook 'Friend' The Same As A Real Friend, Legally Speaking?
"Thanks to Facebook, the term "friend" has been stretched far beyond its traditional definition. Many Facebook users have "friends" they have never met in person, haven't seen in years or decades, know very little about, and who you may actually find objectionable in spite of the "friend" designation. That's why, according to one Florida appeals court, being someone's Facebook friend is no indication of any genuine familiar or intimate connection to that person.
August 25, 2017
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Is Facebook starting a News video section to stave off fake news?
Facebook is looking to add a news component to its video-centric Watch platform this year, with the company talking to a number of publishers.
March 13, 2018
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Is Facebook trying to get you to date your friends?
Jacob Dube at Motherboard noticed something strange on his Facebook app this week. He reports that a notification popped up saying, "[Name redacted] and 15 others may want to meet up with you this week." He was then shown photos of his friends and asked if he wanted to meet up with them. His response would apparently be kept private unless both he and the other person said yes.
September 12, 2017
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It's Mark Zuckerberg's turn to speak out about 'screwups'
This past year was unprecedented in Facebook's history, with criticism over its role in fake news and livestreamed violence. at F8, the CEO takes center stage.
April 17, 2017
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Jeez, we'll do something about Facebook murder vids, moans Zuckerberg
OK, OK, we'll hire 3,000 people to police our site, sighs CEO
May 3, 2017
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Judah versus the Machines: Facebook's dog-breed-recognition robot
On the road to making machines artificially intelligent, everything needs to be taught, even the facial structure of a dog that looks like a mop.
May 23, 2017
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Judge says his Facebook post about lynching black suspect was a joke
"Time for a tree and a rope...."
May 9, 2017
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Just how partisan is Facebook's fake news? We tested it
Far more spin and fake news is pushed at Trump supporters, our study found.
September 12, 2017
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Law enforcement requests for Facebook user data up 21 percent
US law enforcement requests for user data increased 25 percent in the first half of 2017, the company reports.
December 19, 2017
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Lea's live event assistant for Messenger makes buying tickets easier
Buying event tickets online isn't a great experience. Sites like Ticketmaster are the default, but are difficult to use and expensive. A startup called Lea wants to offer a more modern experience by combining event search, discovery, seat selection and payment all in a single application that works right in Facebook Messenger.
January 4, 2018
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Leaked documents show how Facebook censors users, and reveal policies on sex, terrorism and hate
At the moment, Facebook appears to be more concerned with keeping fake news out of users' news feeds and clamping down on clickbait and propaganda, but there has also been a lot of interest recently in how the social network moderates -- or censors -- content posted by its users. A leak of what has been dubbed The Facebook Files gives a fascinating insight into how the company moderates content, shedding light on just what its secret internal guidelines are.
May 22, 2017
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Leaked Facebook Content Guidelines Highlight Complex Rules
From Harvard's student body to global Internet users, Facebook has grown into the world's leading social networking service.
May 22, 2017
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Live Chat With Friends brings private chats to Facebook Live
Facebook understands the importance of video on its platform, particularly live video. Facebook Live has proved to be an incredibly popular component of the social network and now the company is introducing new ways to connect with friends through the service.
May 24, 2017
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Lost your password? Facebook thinks it can handle it for you
Facebook has released an open source password recovery protocol meant for use with third-party sites.
January 30, 2017
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Love actually: Computer model may decode Facebook emoticons
While the trusty 'like' button is still the most popular way to signal approval for Facebook posts, a computer model may help users and businesses navigate the increasingly complicated way people are expressing how they feel on social media.
February 6, 2018
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Machine intelligence is the future of monetization for Facebook
That was effectively the only conversation missing from Facebook's F8 conference -- an event that even made time for a progress update on a moonshot project that might one day allow us to hear through our skin. Perhaps that's the luxury of a company whose advertising revenue is up 57 percent year-over-year.
April 21, 2017
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Make your Facebook cover photo a 360-degree image!
With the latest Facebook update, you can set your cover photo to be your favorite 360-degree image -- how cool is that?!
August 23, 2017
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Man acquitted of felony charge over Facebook police parody page sues
Fake account said police would offer abortions and anybody could become a recruit.
October 12, 2017
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Man gets 35 years in prison for dissing Thai royals on Facebook
It's one of the harshest sentences yet in a country where such criticism is illegal.
June 9, 2017
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Man Sentenced to Death for Blasphemous Facebook Comments in Pakistan
A 30-year-old man in Pakistan has been sentenced to death for blasphemy in comments made on Facebook.
June 12, 2017
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Many new doctors may be posting unprofessional content on facebook
When researchers searched Facebook for the public accounts of all urologists who graduated from US residency programs in 2015, they found that a substantial proportion of these accounts contained self-authored unprofessional content based on the professionalism guidelines of three physicians' organizations.
April 10, 2017
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Mark Warner: Facebook, Twitter need to sack propaganda
The head Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee wants tech giants to work with Congress to stifle Russian interference in US elections.
October 31, 2017
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Mark Zuckerberg Decides He Won't Sue Hundreds of Hawaiians to Secure His Property
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has decided to backtrack on his decision to sue hundreds of native Hawaiians, which would have likely forced the families to sell their land at a public court auction to the highest bidder.
January 27, 2017
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Mark Zuckerberg Gets Testy in Oculus Lawsuit Grilling
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg fired off some sick burns and engaged in a heated exchange with a lawyer while giving testimony in a blockbuster $2 billion lawsuit trial here in a northern district Federal courtroom on Tuesday.
January 17, 2017
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Mark Zuckerberg is dropping his Hawaiian land lawsuits, calling them 'a mistake'
Zuckerberg is trying to formally acquire a 700-acre plot on the island of Kauai, but angered his new neighbors.
January 27, 2017
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Mark Zuckerberg is taking two months of paternity leave
The Facebook CEO says he'll take one month off after the upcoming birth of his second daughter and another month off in December.
August 18, 2017
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Mark Zuckerberg is using his Facebook fortune to tackle mass incarceration and affordable housing
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is gearing up to use its war chest for progressive causes
October 24, 2017
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Mark Zuckerberg says fixing Facebook is his 'personal challenge' for 2018
Mark Zuckerberg says that Facebook has "a lot of work to do" when it comes to harassment, election interference, and making sure that it's a meaningful platform to be on. So he's making it his "personal challenge" for 2018 to "focus on fixing these important issues," the Facebook co-founder and CEO wrote on his own Facebook page early Thursday.
January 4, 2018
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Mark Zuckerberg vows to 'fix' Facebook -- does he know what's broken?
Mark Zuckerberg today posted his annual New Year's resolution post on Facebook, and this time he's using it to address the elephant in the room -- namely, Facebook's bad publicity in 2017.
January 4, 2018
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Mark Zuckerberg's personal challenge is all about fixing Facebook before it implodes
Mark Zuckerberg is arguably the public face of the internet we never chose, but also the one we deserve based on the time we all spend using Facebook products. At some point, Facebook became so big that Zuckerberg's personal challenges became news. And this year's personal challenge is not personal at all -- it's all about work.
January 4, 2018
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Mark Zuckerberg's personal challenge this year is to travel all around the U.S. meeting new people
Zuckerberg wants to "get out and talk to more people" in every U.S. state in 2017.
January 3, 2017
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Mark Zuckerberg's Trust Problem
Facebook is staring down the barrel of impending regulation. It's being called to public account for Russian meddling in last year's election. People are describing its algorithm-driving News Feed as a Frankenstein-like monster that even its creators can't control.
September 27, 2017
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Mark Zuckerberg's VR trip to Puerto Rico is the height of tastelessness
Sentient CEObot Mark Zuckerberg today took a trip to the disaster-stricken island of Puerto Rico via the medium of virtual reality and some ghastly Second Life-style avatars.
October 9, 2017
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Materialists collect Facebook friends and spend more time on social media
Researchers develop a new theory to explain how people use Facebook to achieve their goals
November 20, 2017
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Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history
Checking in on how IMAP could help folk throw off Zuck's yoke
March 27, 2018
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Memo To Facebook: How To Tell If You'Re A Media Company
On Thursday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg repeated a Facebook talking point that's beginning to wear thin. Asked if Facebook is a media company, she resisted the characterization. "At our heart we're a tech company; we hire engineers. We don't hire reporters, no one's a journalist, we don't cover the news," she said.
October 12, 2017
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Messenger and Facebook will soon have consistent emoji
Facebook and Messenger will soon use the same set of emoji -- namely the Facebook standard emoji. Messenger's emoji will be getting the boot, but at least the platform will have emoji consistency.
October 2, 2017
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Messenger is finally making it easier to find and use bots
Messenger is adding new QR codes and a bot discovery tab.
April 18, 2017
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Messenger pledges to cut clutter this year. Here's what needs to go
David Marcus, head of Facebook's Messenger, today announced one of the company's 2018 plans for the chat app is to simplify it. What is primarily supposed to be a messaging app has become, to use his word, "cluttered."
January 16, 2018
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MGMT's new video makes the AI art of style transfer look cool again
It's a testament to the speed with which culture moved in 2017 that "style transfer" already feels a little passe. This technique started life in the AI community as a way of applying the textures and tones from image onto another, but it soon made its way into apps like Prisma then big platforms like Facebook as a tool for sprucing up snaps and selfies.
December 13, 2017
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Microsoft is making it easier for the Thai government to break web encryption
Microsoft is the only major tech company to trust Thailand's national root certificate by default, report says
January 25, 2017
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Mobile payments arrive on Facebook Messenger in the UK
For the first time, Facebook has launched mobile payments via Messenger outside the United States. The service initially launched in the U.S. in 2015 and has caught on when users want to send payments that would have previously been made with fairly small amounts of money under $50.
November 6, 2017
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Mozilla Pulls Ads From Facebook in Response to Cambridge Analytica Scandal
Facebook's headaches just keep piling up following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The company's stock price is dropping, and governments on both sides of the Atlantic are opening investigations. Now, Mozilla is pausing its advertising relationship with Facebook because, in its words, Mozilla wants what's "good for the web and for people." That's a subtle yet effective burn, Mozilla.
March 23, 2018
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Murdoch to Zuckerberg: Cough up cash, nerd
Here comes the great defender of journalism -- and he wants Facebook to pay for news
January 22, 2018
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New Facebook algorithm update attempts to quell "engagement bait" posts
Posts that only want your clicks won't appear as often on news feeds any more.
December 18, 2017
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New Facebook Messenger bug causes iOS app to freeze up after typing a few words
No word yet on a fix
January 18, 2018
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New report shows the number of requests for user data Facebook receives from global governments
Today Facebook publishes its Global Government Requests Report, revealing just how many data requests the social network has received from governments around the world. this time around, the report covers the second half of 2016, and it shows a mixed-bag of figures.
April 27, 2017
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News articles on Facebook now include publisher logo
CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the update is part of larger effort to help news organizations boost subscriptions.
August 23, 2017
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News industry decries Facebook's "digital duopoly,' wants government help
Newspapers "forced to surrender their content' want to team up and negotiate.
July 11, 2017
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News lobsters demand to be let back into the Facebook boiling pot
We're lost without you, Zuck. Save us!
March 5, 2018
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No nudity please, we're killing ourselves: Advice to Facebook mods leaks
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May 22, 2017
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No one is using Facebook stories, so Facebook is borrowing Instagram's
Post your story to both places at once
September 6, 2017
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No self control? Here's how to combat social media addiction
How can you live the life you want to, avoiding the distractions and manipulations of others? To do so, you need to know how you work. "Know thyself", the Ancients urged. Sadly, we are often bad at this.
December 26, 2017
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Now ads are coming to Facebook Messenger in global beta test
Following a more limited testing phase in Thailand and Australia, Facebook is rolling out ads globally in Facebook Messenger. The beta program is being extended meaning that Facebook is now able to target Messenger's 1.2 billion monthly users.
July 12, 2017
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Now it's easy to secretly edit Facebook posts without anyone noticing
There is a lot of talk about the possibility of editing tweets on Twitter at the moment, but an editing function has been available on Facebook for ages. with the ability to edit posts that people can comment on come concerns, and with this in mind Facebook has always let you know when a post you're reading has been amended. Until now...
January 12, 2017
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Now you can PayPal people in Facebook Messenger
Building on an existing partnership, Facebook and PayPal are now making it easier than ever to send and receive money online. If you're in the US, it is now possible to make PayPal payments in Facebook Messenger.
October 20, 2017
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Oculus exec leading VR video efforts leaves Facebook
Oculus's Head of Video Eugene Wei has left Facebook, according to an update on his personal blog. Wei joined the virtual reality company in late 2015 to lead video efforts after previously holding product exec roles at Flipboard and Hulu.
August 23, 2017
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Oculus/ZeniMax case goes to jury as damages sought increases to $4 billion
Yesterday, in closing statements the legal team representing ZeniMax Media asked the jury in a Dallas courtroom to rule against Oculus VR and award $2 billion in compensation as well as another $2 billion in punitive damages, Polygon reports.
January 27, 2017
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"OK Facebook"–Why stop at assistants? Facebook has grander ambitions for modern AI
Facebook's machine learning pipeline–from research to production–is aimed at an AI future.
January 13, 2017
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Older users like to snoop on Facebook, but worried others might snoop on them
Older adults are drawn to Facebook so they can check out pictures and updates from family and friends, but may resist using the site because they are worried about who will see their own content, according to a team of researchers.
August 17, 2017
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On Russia, tech doesn't know what it doesn't know
While the Senate has spent the better part of a year making sense of Russia's actions to influence the 2016 election, tech made quick work of its own analysis -- or so it thinks.
November 1, 2017
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Oops! Facebook outed its antiterror cops whilst they banned admins
C'mon, what were they expecting? Privacy? On Facebook?
June 16, 2017
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Outfoxed by a bot? Facebook is teaching AI to negotiate
Getting bots to bargain could be an important step in building AI-powered personal assistants.
June 14, 2017
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Overhauling groups won't help Facebook build communities
Facebook has a new mission. Rather than "make the world more open and connected," CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to "give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together." Grandiose marketing slogans and vague promises aside, what this means for you is a renewed focus on Facebook Groups.
July 5, 2017
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Patreon's API unlocks rewards across the web for art funders
Patreon wants to colonize the internet with its perks for artist crowdfunding subscribers the same way Facebook login brought your social graph and profile to other sites.
October 25, 2017
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People buying meat from strangers on social media is a serious problem
Ireland's authorities are investigating illicit sales of meat on social media. Yes, meat. Like sausages and steak. On Facebook.
October 5, 2017
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Peter Thiel reportedly considered leaving Facebook's board
The investor who made a massive bet on Facebook thought about exiting over national politics, according to The Wall Street Journal.
February 15, 2018
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Photographer travels around the globe to photograph all her Facebook friends
Social networks have changed the meaning of friendship. They might be called Facebook 'friends,' but we might not have seen some of these people in a long time, or even met them in person. With this paradigm in mind, photographer Tanja Alexia Hollander decided to take friendship back out of the virtual and into the real world, by visiting and photographing all of her 626 Facebook friends.
August 8, 2017
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Pinterest is killing off its 'Like' button and wants you to know it's different from Facebook and Instagram
Pinterest isn't a social network, okay?
April 21, 2017
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Publishers using Facebook's Instant Articles can now show more ads
Earlier this year, Facebook announced it would allow publishers to include more ads in their "Instant Articles" -- the mobile web format that makes news articles load more quickly on Facebook, but have been called out by publishers whose ad-dependent businesses suffered as a result. In March, Facebook began testing ad units at the bottom of Instant Article pages -- in the related articles section. Today, that test is opening to all publishers on the network, says Facebook.
June 8, 2017
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Quick Tip: Master These Privacy Tips for Your Facebook Account
It's likely that you're among Facebook's now 2 billion users. But you might not have known just how much information you're sharing with the outside world when you use the social media platform. Follow the instructions below to take control of your privacy settings.
June 30, 2017
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R.I.P., personal assistant you probably never heard of: Facebook says goodbye to 'M'
Bye-bye, M. We hardly knew yee.
January 9, 2018
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Recode Daily: Mark Zuckerberg is building the playbook for the modern-day CEO-statesman
Plus, China is running away with the drone market, and here's your latest "Star Wars' trailer.
April 17, 2017
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Rupert Murdoch suggests Facebook should pay 'trusted' publishers for news content
Facebook has been fighting something of a losing battle against the problem of fake news, but media mogul Rupert Murdoch thinks he has come up with a solution. He says that the social network should pay "trusted" publishers for the provision of news content.
January 23, 2018
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Rupert Murdoch to Facebook: Pay us for our stories
News Corp. exec issues statement proposing licensing deal between news organizations and online media platforms.
January 22, 2018
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Rupert Murdoch wants Facebook to pay for the news
Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of News Corporation, today issued a statement calling for Facebook and Google to subsidize the news traveling through their platforms.
January 22, 2018
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Rupert Murdoch's crazy idea to fix Facebook might just work
Media mogul and longtime internet adversary Rupert Murdoch today released a statement calling on Facebook to begin paying trusted publishers. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
January 22, 2018
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Report: Facebook helped advertisers target teens who feel "worthless'
Leaked 2017 document reveals FB Australia's intent to exploit teens' words, images.
May 1, 2017
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Report: Facebook removed references to Russia from fake-news report
Facebook decided it didn't have enough evidence to name Russia in April report.
October 6, 2017
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Report: Facebook to enter the hardware business with video chat device
If a new report published today is legit, Facebook could be entering the hardware business with a device called Portal. The product is designed for the home and is meant to help families stay connected through video chats and the use of other social media platforms. Portal is expected to be unveiled during the company's annual developer conference in May and could ship during the second half of this year.
January 9, 2018
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Report: Facebook's Echo Show competitor will be Portal for $499
Facebook has been rumored to be working on its answer to Amazon's Echo Show, but a new report suggests that the device is getting closer to completion.
January 9, 2018
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Report: Steve Bannon attempted to plant a mole at Facebook
Former White House strategist and Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon apparently wanted to plant a mole in Facebook via DC job posting, according to Buzzfeed.
September 25, 2017
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Russia's election posts reached 126 million people, Facebook will tell Congress
About 40 percent of Americans saw the posts
October 30, 2017
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Russia's Facebook Ads Will Remain Secret, For Now
For the moment, it looks like the American people won't be able to see Russian-linked social-media ads that were used to influence the 2016 election.
October 4, 2017
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Russian Facebook ads featured anti-immigrant messages, puppies, women with rifles
See some of the ads used "to sow discord and chaos, and divide us from one another."
October 3, 2017
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Russian Firm Spent $100K on Facebook Ads During 2016 Election
Facebook reportedly sold advertising space during the 2016 presidential election to a dodgy Russian company targeting US voters.
September 12, 2017
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Russian groups made 1,100 YouTube videos during 2016 US election
Google says that a Kremlin-linked group spent $4,700 on advertising as part of a misinformation campaign during the 2016 US election. Russian groups also created 18 YouTube channels and uploaded 1,108 English-language videos -- some of which were political, some of which weren't -- that racked up ​309,000 views during the election cycle.
October 30, 2017
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Russian-backed content may have reached 126 million on Facebook
Facebook has reportedly upped its estimate of how much content was produced by Russian-backed actors during the election and how widely that content was seen. According to prepared remarks due to be presented tomorrow but acquired by The Wall Street Journal today, the company estimates 80,000 pieces of content may have been viewed by a total of 126 million people.
October 30, 2017
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Russian-linked Facebook accounts helped stage divisive events
Often times, these accounts would work with US activists on events that played both sides of an issue.
October 30, 2017
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Russians orchestrated rallies and protests across America using Facebook
Russian-backed Facebook Pages were responsible for dozens of real-world political events in the US, including a "Blue Lives Matter" rally in one city and a police brutality protest in another -- on the same days.
October 30, 2017
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Russians Posing As Black Activists On Facebook Is More Than Fake News
This past summer, a Facebook account called Blacktivist posted a horrifying video. It depicted a black man handcuffed, his face planted to the concrete as a canine bit into his arm. "We live under a system of racism," the post read, "and police are letting us know how they feel and where we stand." We live in times of resistance, and the growing authority of social media has directly impacted the shape of activism. With that action increasingly moving online, recent revelations offer insight into just how critically the tide of control has shifted.
October 18, 2017
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Salesforce appoints Bret Taylor as chief product officer
Salesforce has named Bret Taylor, the former chief technology officer at Facebook and founder of Quip, as president and chief product officer.
November 21, 2017
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Salesforce's Quip acquires ex-Facebook designer studio Unity&Variety
Some ex-Facebook designers will be adding extra pizzazz to Salesforce's word processing company Quip, which today acquired Unity&Variety. Founded in 2015 by Joey Flynn and Drew Hamlin after several years designing products at Facebook, Unity&Variety released a cute mobile game called Pinchworm last year. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but we're awaiting comment from both companies' execs.
January 13, 2017
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Sandberg says Facebook to add African-American board director
The social network's No. 2 executive made the remarks in a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus.
October 12, 2017
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Say goodbye to video clickbait on Facebook
Facebook says it's putting a pause on annoying videos that are really just pictures with a play button.
August 17, 2017
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Sean Parker: Facebook exploits vulnerability in human psychology
The social network's former president hurls criticism on the company he helped nurture.
November 9, 2017
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Sellers can now invoice buyers through PayPal's new chat extension for Messenger
PayPal and Facebook are expanding their integrations today with the launch of an extension for Messenger that allows PayPal sellers to invoice buyers directly through private messaging. The feature is ideal for use with Facebook's numerous Buy and Sell groups as well as Facebook Marketplace, in addition to being an easy way to send PayPal invoices in general.
November 21, 2017
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Senate Intel committee calls on Facebook to release Russian ads
In an update on the progress of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, the Senate Intelligence Committee weighed in on recent revelations that have implicated major tech companies. The committee plans to hear open public testimony from Facebook, Twitter and Google on November 1 pertaining to their role in selling political ads to Russian government entities and fostering an environment in which shadowy foreign-funded political propaganda efforts could thrive.
October 4, 2017
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Senators announce new bill that would regulate online political ads
As tech companies face continued scrutiny over Russian activity on their ad platforms, Senators today announced legislation meant to regulate political ads on the internet.
October 19, 2017
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Senators call for greater Facebook transparency amid Russia investigation
'They've got some more work to do,' Senator says
October 4, 2017
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Senators grill tech companies about Russian interference, but don't get very far
In a high-stakes meeting, lawyers stick to the script
October 31, 2017
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Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook will give investigators Russian ad targeting data
During an in-depth conversation with Axios co-founder Mike Allen, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg took some responsibility for Facebook's role in facilitating Russian misinformation, and pledged to include ad targeting information as part of the company's disclosures on political interference in the 2016 presidential election.
October 12, 2017
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Should Facebook And Twitter Be Regulated Under The First Amendment?
Donald Trump's twitter account now has 40 million followers. It ranks 21st worldwide among 281.3 million or so accounts. It's no secret that Trump is proud of his ability to use the account to communicate directly with his constituents. This summer, the president tweeted, "My use of social media is not Presidential--it's MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL."
October 11, 2017
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Silenced by 'free speech'
There's a fundamental incongruency between being inflexibly pro 'free speech' and operating a global social network for civil public discussion. Twitter is struggling with it. Facebook is struggling with it, too. And it can't be solved by a little more transparency or by hoping average citizens will do the right thing.
October 16, 2017
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Social network smacks back: Accusers say it helps recruiters target age-groups in job ads
Meanwhile, class action sueball flung
December 21, 2017
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Some Guy Figured Out how to Delete Any Video on Facebook
Security researcher Dan Melamed figured out a clever way to delete any video on Facebook earlier this year, and the social network rewarded him with $10,000 for responsibly reporting his hack.
January 23, 2017
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Sorry GoFundMe. Facebook wants to steal your business, too
The social network grows its personal fundraiser tools.
May 24, 2017
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South Park slams Facebook for selling fake news
"I make money from Facebook for my fake content in order to pay Facebook to promote my fake stories," said Professor Chaos in one of the most brutal and succinct criticisms of the social network to date. The latest episode of South Park pulled no punches in its take-down of the Facebook fake news scandal. It poses Mark Zuckerberg as an indecipherable bully protecting fake news spreaders for profit and says kids can't recognize lies on the app, while blaming everyone for allowing Facebook so deep into our lives.
October 12, 2017
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Study dispels notion social media displaces human contact
Face-to-face contact with friends, family unaffected
February 15, 2018
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Survey of bug bounty hunters shows who pans for pwns
Bug hunters are educated, young, looking for challenge--and cash to feed security habit.
November 14, 2017
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Switching to GraphQL at Bustle
Facebook describes GraphQL as "a query language for APIs and a runtime for fulfilling those queries with your existing data." Unlike REST calls where a client asks a REST endpoint for a "thing", GraphQL queries allow the client to specify what it's looking for.
October 6, 2017
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Teens post online content to appear interesting, popular and attractive
Teens work very hard to create a favorable online image through careful selection of which photos, activities and links to post on Facebook and Instagram, according to a recent study. Content that makes them appear interesting, well-liked and attractive to their friends and peers is a primary goal for adolescents when deciding what to share in digital spaces.
February 16, 2018
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Terrorism victims can't hold Facebook liable for Hamas' use of the platform
Website immunity holds up against the US Anti-Terrorism Act.
May 19, 2017
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Tetris comes to Facebook Messenger as instant game, here's how you can play it
Tetris, one of the most beloved games of all time, can now be played on Facebook Messenger. The title is already available on the Instant Games platform of the Messenger app.
November 30, 2017
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Thailand jails man for 35 years for Facebook posts that insulted its royal family
A man in Thailand has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after he was found guilty of insulting the country's royal family on Facebook.
June 9, 2017
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The FTC confirms it's investigating Facebook over its privacy practices
The Federal Trade Commission has confirmed that it is investigating Facebook's privacy practices after it was revealed that the company allowed Cambridge Analytica access to the personal data of some 50 million Facebook users without their expressed consent.
March 26, 2018
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The most important part of Facebook's disinformation strategy is what it leaves out
How much should a social network do to fight espionage?
April 27, 2017
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The movement to regulate Facebook is attracting powerful new allies
But will it be enough for the Honest Ads Act to pass?
October 20, 2017
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The NFL partners with Facebook to distribute game highlights and recaps on the social network
Facebook and the NFL this morning announced a new multi-year programming deal that will see the sports organization distributing official NFL video, including game recaps and official highlights, to the social network. According to the NFL, the videos and recaps will be from all 256 regular season games, plus the playoffs and the Super Bowl, and will be made available to Facebook users worldwide.
September 26, 2017
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The One Hire Facebook Really Needs to Make to Curb Violence
Today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his company will hire 3,000 people to watch for violent footage posted to the site. the decision comes after two horrific videos caught global attention in recent weeks: a man uploaded a video of himself murdering a grandfather in Cleveland, and a man in Thailand hanged his infant and then himself in a Facebook Live video the authorities saw too late.
May 3, 2017
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The six simple questions Facebook refused to answer about its creepy suicide-detection AI
Code can work out if you're close to topping yourself
November 29, 2017
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The Supreme Court just protected your right to Facebook
LEster Packingham JR. is perhaps the world's most unsympathetic free speech crusader. The registered sex offender pled guilty in 2002 to having sex with a 13-year-old girl when he was 21 years old. But in 2010, after the state of North Carolina banned Packingham from using Facebook, under a law that prohibits sex offenders in the state from using a wide swath of the internet, he decided to fight back, arguing that the ban violated his First Amendment rights.
June 19, 2017
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The year we wanted the internet to be smaller
Why tiny, weird online communities made a comeback in 2017
December 28, 2017
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The Zuck promises to give you more local news -- and so save the world
Techno Jesus posts latest Facebook teaching
January 30, 2018
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The Zucker Mister Social Club: Facebook's daddy wants to be your friend, for realsies
Oh good. another billionaire looking to get into politics
January 4, 2017
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There's a constitutional right to use social media, Supreme Court says
North Carolina's law was "unprecedented in the scope of First Amendment speech."
June 19, 2017
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There's no 'right way' to use Instagram as a professional
I don't view my Instagram feed very seriously. I put some 'work' photos on there that I'm proud of, both from reviewing cameras and my freelance work. I definitely don't do a very good job of curating -- people who are interested in both motorcycles and cats would probably like my feed, but I'm not sure how much overlap there really is for those audiences.
June 21, 2017
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This malware will steal your Twitter and Facebook accounts
A variant of the Zeus trojan isn't content with your banking details. It wants your social media logins, too.
November 16, 2017
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Those awful Facebook Year In Review videos are back, prepare yourself
As the year comes to a close, annual wrap-ups are most companies favorite way of reminding us just how much we love using their services. Unfortunately, Facebook's 'Year In Review' videos have the opposite effect on me. So prepare yourself because as of today, they're back once again to clog up our newsfeed.
December 6, 2017
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Thousands Of Facebook Ads Tied To Bogus Russian Accounts
Amid ongoing concern over the role of disinformation in the 2016 election, Facebook said Wednesday it found that more than 5,000 ads, costing more than $150,000, had been placed on its network between June 2015 and May 2017 from "inauthentic accounts" and Pages, likely from Russia.
September 6, 2017
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Ticketmaster's chatbot for Facebook is actually not terrible
A lot of chatbots have launched on Facebook in recent months, but the Ticketmaster bot launching today is among the best that I've been forced to work with.
June 21, 2017
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Too Much Facebook, Instagram Can Be Tough on Girls
Could it be time for younger girls to cut back on their use of social media?
March 20, 2018
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Trust Indicators let you know more about a publisher on Facebook
Facebook's latest attempt at fighting fake news is through 'Trust Indicators' and joining a collaborative effort with the Trust Project.
November 16, 2017
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Twitter confirms it's banning cryptocurrency ads
As was expected, the company joins Facebook and Google in a crackdown intended to protect consumers.
March 26, 2018
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UK digi minister Hancock suggests Facebook and pals give your kids a time-out
Oh plus this GREAT idea... 14-and-ups should hand over their data
March 12, 2018
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UN probe ties Facebook to spreading hate in Myanmar crisis
UN investigators say Facebook is helping spread hate speech in a possible genocide situation.
March 13, 2018
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UN says Facebook is accelerating ethnic violence in Myanmar
The United Nations has warned that Facebook's platform is contributing to the spread of hate speech and ethnic violence in crisis-hit Myanmar.
March 13, 2018
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Unilever threatens to pull online advertising from 'toxic' platforms
'It is in the digital media industry's interest to listen and act on this.'
February 12, 2018
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Using GraphQL? Why Facebook Now Owns You
Update: On August 30th, Facebook engineer and GraphQL co-inventor Lee Byron said that Facebook legal is aware of the patent problem and should have more to stay soon. I'll update this further when that happens
September 12, 2017
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Virgin Media blames Facebook for issue that prevented users accessing the social network
Earlier this week, broadband customers of UK internet service provider Virgin Media found themselves unable to access Facebook. Inevitably, this led to a wave of considerable outrage among those needing to immediately share photos of their pets doing the funniest things.
April 13, 2017
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VR Mark Zuckerberg discusses how Facebook is using AI to aid the Red Cross in Puerto Rico
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today that his company is working with the American Red Cross to target aid efforts in Puerto Rico using artificial intelligence and satellite imagery to identify areas to deliver aid.
October 9, 2017
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Misc. - W

Want in on a Facebook Group? Get ready to take a quiz
A way to filter out trolls
May 12, 2017
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We should be getting paid to use Facebook and Google
Humans generate more data on Facebook in a single day than exists in all the books ever written combined. That's not even counting Google Search trends, Amazon and Alibaba's shopping insights, and Microsoft's gleanings from having Windows installed on a gazillion devices. Data, unlike gold and oil, is a nearly unlimited resource.
March 9, 2018
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What Congress Should Ask Tech Executives About Russia
As special counsel Robert Mueller issues the first indictments in his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, executives of three technology titans will face questioning by Congress this week about Russian use of their platforms.
October 31, 2017
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What lies beneath: The things Facebook knows go beyond user data
Op-ed: With Facebook, you're not the customer. You're the product.
March 27, 2018
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What Tech Backlash? Google, Facebook Still Rank High In Polls
Technology companies are on the defensive, battling waves of criticism. Facebook is overrun by fake news and sold political ads to the Russians. Rivals accuse Google of skewing its search results, and women have sued the company for alleged discrimination in pay and promotions. Liberals complain the platforms are enabling hate speech; conservatives say they are suppressing free speech.
October 12, 2017
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While Facebook reinvents Sadville, we still dream of flying cars
Hello? Innovation? you in there, buddy?
April 24, 2017
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Who Will Take Responsibility For Facebook?
Just after the collapse of the World Trade Center in 2001, Leslie E. Robertson, the twin towers' chief engineer, plunged into a period of moral reckoning.
October 2, 2017
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Why I decided to install Messenger Kids
I've been struggling with whether or not to download Facebook's new app aimed at children, Messenger Kids, onto my daughter's iPad. This weekend, I took the plunge. I sat with her as she typed her first message and sent a selfie. I watched as she discovered GIFs. I wasn't sure I had done the right thing.
February 5, 2018
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Why Facebook's logo is blue -- a designer's guide to color and emotion
We're able to see different colors because of our retina's innate ability to differentiate frequencies of light waves.
March 6, 2018
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Why were the Russian Facebook ads so strange?
When an online influence operation gets messy
November 7, 2017
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Will Facebook actually hire 3,000 content moderators, or will they outsource?
The company refuses to comment on where those 3,000 workers will be employed.
May 4, 2017
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Will Facebook Kill All Future Facebooks?
IN 2010, Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai believed that his company, and several other social-media upstarts--Twitter, Tumblr, Path--could carve out successful niches against Facebook.
October 25, 2017
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Workplace, Facebook's enterprise edition, snaps up Walmart as a customer
Workplace -- Facebook's bid to take on the Slack, Microsoft and the rest of the players in the market of business chat and collaboration -- is getting a big push today by way of a significant customer win. The company has signed on Walmart, the retailing giant and the world's biggest employer with 2.2 million employees on its books.
September 26, 2017
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WWE's new show is exclusive to Facebook Watch
Facebook's answer to Netflix scores a new show, as WWE continues to experiment with new ways to broadcast its events.
December 13, 2017
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Misc. - Y

You can now bump up to 4K
You can now bump up to 4K
November 21, 2017
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You can now buy event tickets directly through Facebook with SeatGeek
Just a couple of taps to buy
October 26, 2017
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You can now import your Instagram contacts into Messenger
Facebook and Instagram have begun testing a feature that allows you to more easily bring your Instagram contacts into Messenger. The experience, which is entirely opt-in for the app's users, is the latest in a series of integrations between Instagram and Facebook's properties, which has earlier included the cross-posting of Instagram Stories to Facebook as well as the ability to launch the Instagram app directly from Facebook.
December 4, 2017
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You Can Now Order Food From Within Facebook
Facebook wants to be your portal to the world. It's where you can connect (in a sense) with others, keep up with current events (through the filters of you and your friends' personal biases), watch videos (of people doing their versions of videos previously posted by others)... and also order lunch.
October 13, 2017
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You can now order food on Facebook for some reason
Can't possibly imagine leaving Facebook to order food on a different website? Now you don't have to. Thank goodness.
October 13, 2017
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You can now PayPal friends in Messenger and get help via chat
PayPal users in the U.S. will now be able to send and receive person-to-person payments over Facebook Messenger, the company announced this morning. The deeper integration with Messenger's platform, which will also include PayPal's first customer service bot for handling customer questions and requests for help, follows a series of tie-ups between the two companies.
October 20, 2017
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You can now post your Instagram stories directly to Facebook
Almost nobody was using Facebook's story feature, so now Facebook is attempting to salvage the situation by allowing users to post their Instagram story to both social media apps at the same time.
September 12, 2017
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You can now send 4K photos via Facebook Messenger
Facebook today announced its Messenger chat app service supports 4K photo sharing. Now you can send pictures "up to 4,096 x 4,096 pixels per image," one of, if not the highest resolutions smartphones currently support.
November 21, 2017
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You can't take the pervs off Facebook, says US Supreme Court
First Amendment rights and dancing babies
June 19, 2017
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You may soon need a subscription to view Instant Articles on Facebook
Chances are, you've come across an Instant Article or two while scrolling through your Facebook feed: Essentially, Instant Articles are a mobile publishing format for specific news and media outlets to quickly display content inside the Facebook app without having to load their full website; for the end-user, this can result in 10x faster load times when reading.
August 23, 2017
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You will start seeing ads in Facebook Messenger in the coming months
Don't be surprised if brand advertisements start appearing in your Facebook Messenger in the coming months. That's because Facebook is expanding its advertisement test run worldwide, reaching outside the test group of users in Thailand and Australia where initials trials were held.
July 11, 2017
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You won't believe why Facebook will block this headline
Updates to news feed algorithms tweaked to catch spammy and deceptive headlines.
May 18, 2017
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You'll like this: Facebook probed by US watchdog amid privacy storm
'Non-public' FTC investigation a new headache for Zuckerberg
March 26, 2018
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Your Facebook account is now more secure than your bank's (probably)
Protect those baby pics and political rants with hardware two-factor auth keys
January 26, 2017
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Your data is probably safer with Facebook than with your hospital
So says Stripe CEO Patrick Collison on the latest episode of Recode Decode.
May 15, 2017
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Misc. - Z

Zuck says ad transparency regulation would be 'very good if it's done well'
Despite Facebook's effort to rapidly self-regulate in the wake of Russian interference in the U.S. election using Facebook ads, CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he would support government regulation if implemented properly. Meanwhile, Facebook elevated its expense estimates for 2018 to fund security hiring.
November 1, 2017
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Zuckerberg asks forgiveness for division caused by Facebook
The apology comes as Facebook works to help investigators understand its alleged role in influencing the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election.
October 2, 2017
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Zuckerberg close to updating Facebook's mission
The CEO posts the founder's letter he wrote five years ago and says he's almost done writing a new one. the social network's Sheryl Sandberg is reflecting, too.
February 1, 2017
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Zuckerberg refuses UK parliament summons over Fb data misuse
So much for 'We are accountable'; Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has declined a summons from a UK parliamentary committee that's investigating how social media data is being used, and -- as recent revelations suggest misused -- for political ad targeting.
March 27, 2018
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Zuckerberg says Facebook profit will take hit to prevent abuse
The social network's CEO said he's "dead serious" about fixing the problem.
November 1, 2017
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Zuckerberg says he wants us to spend less time on Facebook. Maybe he means it
During an earnings call in late January, Mark Zuckerberg surprised everyone by saying people spending less time on Facebook is a good thing. Moreover, time spent on Facebook will likely continue to decrease as the company implements further changes to the platform over the next year.
February 19, 2018
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Zuckerberg says he's committed to fixing Facebook this year
The CEO will focus on solving issues confronting the social network, including Russian interference, the spread of hate, and harassment and abuse.
January 4, 2018
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Zuckerberg takes fixing Facebook's issues as 2018 personal challenge
2017 was not a good year for the public face of Facebook. The company faced inquiries into Russian use of the site to influence the 2016 presidential election, and accusations of inadequately protecting its users from hate and abuse, among other things. CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to fix that and is making it his personal mission in the coming year.
January 4, 2018
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Zuckerberg takes the stand to defend Oculus
The Facebook CEO, giving testimony in a lawsuit over the virtual reality technology, describes a rushed and fraught deal nearly three years ago.
January 17, 2017
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Zuckerberg vows to remove hate speech on Facebook
Following violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, the social network's CEO also condemns neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
August 16, 2017
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Zuckerberg's absolutely mental: Brain sensors that read your MIND at 100 words a minute
Billionaire dreamer to see your thoughts 'by 2019'
April 19, 2017
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