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Misc. - Numbers

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 underrated Microsoft announcements that could change the world
Bots, FPGAs, open source and organizational changes will have a big impact in the years to come.
December 28, 2016
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7 reasons why Facebook will autoplay sound despite complaints
if you're freaking out about Facebook starting to autoplay videos with sound by default, at least it won't pause or play on top of music you're already listening to through apps like Spotify. Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch today that sound will not autoplay on Facebook videos if you're already listening to something on your device.
February 15, 2017
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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 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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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 modest proposal for Facebook News Feed
Unlike other modest proposals you might have read, this one actually is modest.
December 22, 2016
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A new Facebook Glitch is Reposting People's Random, Old Updates
Facebook users are reporting a bizarre bug that–like the video Year In Review or the persistent on this day feature–dredges up digital memories. the only problem is that it's doing so without their knowledge or permission.
December 9, 2016
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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 overlord to Zuckerberg: Lay down your weapons and surrender
Eyeo vows Total War
November 3, 2016
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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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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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All the highlights from Facebook's VR event
Yesterday, Facebook subsidiary Oculus held their big press conference. we saw everything from new games and features to the price and release date for the long-awaited Oculus Touch controllers. If you're at all interested in VR and Oculus in particular, check out our rundown on the biggest news.
October 7, 2016
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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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Apache says 'no' to Facebook code libraries
Anti-patent-lawsuit restrictions land tools on banned list
July 17, 2017
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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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As Messenger's bots lose steam, Facebook pushes menus over chat
Facebook's Messenger bots may not be having the impact the social network desired. Just yesterday, online retailer Everlane, one of the launch partners for the bot platform, announced it was ditching Messenger for customer notifications and returning to email. Following this, Facebook today announced an upgraded Messenger Platform, which introduces a new way for users to interact with bots: via simple persistent menus, including those without the option to chat with the bot at all.
March 2, 2017
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At least Facebook's unfair Instant Articles now let sites show more ads
Facebook's Instant Articles were always a bad deal for news outlets. While quick to load so they drove more readers, the hosted-on-Facebook mobile web format sterilized the design of publishers and severely limited how many ads and other business-critical units they could display. Publishers need paying subscribers, event attendees and loyal daily readers, but they traded those for preferred status and referral traffic from Facebook because if they didn't, their competitors would.
March 9, 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 screenshots child abuse images on Facebook–Facebook reports it to cops
"Probe shouldn't involve making more images," say CPS rules. Did BBC follow them?
March 7, 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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BBC Tells Facebook About Child Porn on the Network, Facebook Reports BBC to Police
Facebook has come under fire for not doing enough to police secret groups that trade child porn on the network. and in a disturbing twist, Facebook seems to be making the problem worse. When BBC journalists discovered child porn on the network and sent those images to Facebook last week, the company reported the BBC to police in the UK for the distribution of illegal images.
March 7, 2017
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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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Beware: Facebook posts asking for your like and share are out for your personal information
You run across a Facebook post containing an image of a pitiful baby, with a caption stating that the infant has some sort of disease, in need of surgery. the post now asks you to like, comment, and share, as this would allegedly make a donation towards the cause.
February 28, 2017
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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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Blackstorm Labs looks to bring the co-op experience to a Facebook Messenger game
Co-founder Ernestine Fu hopes that Blackstorm Labs, the makers of a bullet hell-ish fantasy shooter called EverWing, has figured out how to tap into that real-time co-operative experience that you might find in a massive online game like World of Warcraft within Facebook Messenger.
March 2, 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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Misc. - C

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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Can Facebook influence an election result?
Will people vote the same way they'll claim to have voted on social media? LOL
October 5, 2016
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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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Challenges Building Facebook Live Streams
Facebook Live started in a hackathon two years ago, and was launched to users eight months later. One of the challenges has been dealing with the unpredictable number of viewers of a single stream which can vary extensively, Sachin Kulkarni noted in his presentation at the recent QCon London conference, where he described the architecture and design challenges when building Facebook live streams.
March 30, 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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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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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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Consumer Privacy Groups File FTC Complaint Over Facebook, WhatsApp Data Sharing
It's been less than a week since WhatsApp announced it would start sharing some user data with parent company Facebook, but in that short time, app users and privacy advocates alike have raised a ruckus over what they see as a broken promise. Now, some consumer privacy watchdog groups have filed a formal complaint with the FTC, asking them to look into it.
August 30, 2016
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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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Copying Snapchat shows Facebook's lack of innovation
Is Facebook losing some fire as it hits 13?
March 29, 2017
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Could politics pull Zuckerberg away from Facebook?
A line in the company's proxy has some wondering whether its CEO has other plans
December 9, 2016
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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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Misc. - D

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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Design leader from Wealthfront and Facebook discusses career paths for designers, leadership and more
Kate Aronowitz was the vice president of design at Wealthfront. Before that, she was a designer director at Facebook, where she built their team from 20 to 200 world-class designers under Mark Zuckerberg.
March 13, 2017
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Did Facebook steal the design for its data center in Sweden?
Lawsuit claims Facebook "simply stole" the design "and passed it off as its own."
February 16, 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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Domino's has upgraded its Facebook Messenger chatbot
Domino's - the popular pizza delivery service - has updated its Facebook Messenger chatbot to support full menu orders. the update arrives just days ahead of the highly anticipated Super Bowl event, which has historically been one of the top five busiest days for the company.
February 2, 2017
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Domino's now lets you order from its full menu via Messenger -- no setup or account required
Domino's is about to put its ordering bot, Dom, to a big test. Just ahead of Super Bowl weekend, the pizza chain is rolling out the ability to order off its full menu via Facebook Messenger -- even if you haven't already set up a pre-configured "pizza profile." the update means it will be easier for more casual Domino's customers to give the bot a try, as an alternative to ordering via the phone or online.
February 3, 2017
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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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DxO ONE app update adds support for Facebook Live
DxO has announced an update for the iOS app that supports its ONE camera. Version 2.5 of the app will make it possible to use the camera for Facebook Live streaming. When used remotely via Wi-Fi, the app's Facebook Live integration allows for switching between the ONE's camera, or multiple ONE cameras for multiple angles, as well as the iPhone's built-in front and rear facing cameras
December 14, 2016
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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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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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Embattled Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey leaves Facebook
Palmer Luckey is out at Facebook. the Oculus co-founder, who helped kickstart the recent VR craze with a prototype headset built out of his parents' garage, has left the company after a year that heralded the launch of the consumer Oculus Rift but also a number of lawsuits and a pro-Trump meme scandal.
March 30, 2017
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Emoji reactions and mentions are coming to Facebook Messenger
Facebook is looking to spice things up for Messenger users with a couple of fun upcoming features. Rolling out starting today, Facebook is introducing both emoji-based message reactions and @mentions in Messenger. as usual, both features are likely hitting Android and iOS first, but they should make their way to the Windows 10 PC and Mobile app in short order.
March 23, 2017
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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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Even Facebook Apparently Wants to be Netflix Now
When you want to watch an original comedy or drama series, you may cue up Netflix, Amazon, or even (gasp!) broadcast or cable networks. When you want to watch a livestream of some bored news editors trying to make a watermelon explode, or a press conference, or someone's dog being silly, you might turn to Facebook Live video.
December 14, 2016
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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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Everyone Loses When your Employer Owns your Facebook Account
LISTEN UP, AMERICA. you too, snowflakes. After being "banned permanently" from conservative media site the Blaze, Tomi Lahren could lose the very thing that elevated her from small-time PC-culture critic to an omnipresent conservative commentator: her 4.2 million Facebook fans.
April 5, 2017
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Everyone now has access to Facebook's Secret Conversations, so take control of your privacy
Facebook has been testing its privacy-focused Secret Conversations feature with a select, and then wider, group of users for a little while now. Today the end-to-end encrypted messaging system rolls out to everyone. If you're concerned about your privacy (firstly, why are you using Facebook?), it's your duty to use it.
October 5, 2016
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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 360 Debuts on Samsung Gear VR
It's been almost two years since Facebook brought 360-degree photo and video support to its social network. now the company has released Facebook 360, a new app for the Samsung Gear VR on the Oculus Store, to help make all of that sweet content "even more immersive and easier to discover."
March 8, 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 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 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 a travel-planning feature called 'City Guides'
Facebook has been busy with the app updates, as of late. In recent months, it has added new sections for finding nearby Wi-Fi, meeting new people, checking the weather, and more. Now, it's rolling out yet another addition to the "More" menu inside the Facebook app: City Guides. a potential challenger to Foursquare, Facebook's guides will show you a list of cities and which of your friends visited, along with various recommendations of places to go and things to do.
March 3, 2017
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Facebook adds an educational guide to help users learn to spot fake news
But stops shy of flagging fake news itself
April 6, 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 more suicide prevention tools
The new tools integrate support systems for people contemplating suicide into Facebook Live and Messenger and streamline the reporting process.
March 1, 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 features to Instant Articles to encourage email sign-ups and Page Likes
Facebook today rolled out an improvement to its Instant Articles feature that now lets publishers include call-to-action units in their articles to better connect with readers, including those that encourage email sign-ups and Page Likes. the company also announced it's testing two more units for publishers interested in offering free trials of their digital subscriptions and another aimed at promoting the installation of the publisher's mobile app.
April 7, 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 and direct mentions to Messenger
One step closer towards becoming a robust messaging app; one giant leap towards adopting features typically heralded by Slack users.
March 23, 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 to another metrics mistake affecting Instant Article publishers
For a metrics powered company, Facebook is pretty bad at metrics. the company just announced its third metrics-related issue in the past two months with today's reveal that it also experienced problems providing accurate numbers to publishers on its Instant Articles platform.
December 16, 2016
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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 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 amps up 'fake news' antidotes. Plus: fact-checkers!
Your news feed will downplay items with "fake news" red flags, and Facebook will make it easier to report hoaxes. Humans might take closer looks now, too.
December 14, 2016
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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 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 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 MLB partner to bring live-streamed games to the social network
Facebook and the MLB announced today a new live-streaming partnership that will bring 20 live, regular season games to the social network. The games will air weekly on Facebook, with the first -- Rockies at Reds -- showing tomorrow night at 7:10 PM ET on the official MLB Facebook Page. Additional games and times will be announced later.
May 18, 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 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 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 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 drugs, guns, and animals that appeared in Marketplace
After Facebook launched its new Marketplace feature – read: Craigslist competitor – on Monday, people quickly noticed that the service wasn't exactly being put to its intended use. Rather than used furniture, bikes, and appliances being put up for sale, people posted offers purporting to sell guns, animals, and weed, among other prohibited items.
October 5, 2016
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Facebook appeal over New York search warrants fails
The 381 warrants for information on user accounts were coupled with gag orders
April 5, 2017
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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 BBC for proof it failed to remove child porn, then reports BBC to the police
Facebook has been harshly criticized over the years for its lack of enforcement when it comes to content that violates guidelines or laws. Child pornography is one example, with investigations by the BBC and others showing Facebook failing to take appropriate action even when material is reported. the social network claims to have made improvements in this area, but a recent follow-up investigation by the BBC showed the opposite.
March 7, 2017
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Facebook asks BBC for sexual images found in Facebook groups; calls police when BBC complies
Facebook, like just about any other social network -- and, indeed, countless websites -- is home to all manner of objectionable and even illegal content. a BBC investigation found that Facebook was failing to remove sexualized images of children from groups after they were reported, calling into question Facebook's moderating procedures. Accounts for convicted pedophiles also remained online after they were reported.
March 7, 2017
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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 bans devs from creating surveillance tools with user data
Without a hint of irony, Facebook has told developers that they may not use data from Instagram and Facebook in surveillance tools.
March 13, 2017
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Facebook bans use of its data for surveillance tools
Social network updates its developers' instructions to explicitly prohibit use of its data for tools police use to track protesters.
March 13, 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 blocks links to B.S. Detector, fake news warning plugin
Not only is Facebook not providing little red warnings along with links to potentially specious news–it's now blocking links to the plugin that did.
December 2, 2016
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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 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 colored backgrounds to statuses
After "the most requested Messenger feature ever" yesterday -- Group Video Chat -- Facebook now has another update.
December 20, 2016
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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 group video chats to Messenger
The social network says its most-requested feature is coming to its mobile messaging app.
December 19, 2016
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Facebook Brings 'Instant Games' to News Feed and Messenger
Facebook announced that it's testing Instant Games, an HTML5 game platform built atop its social network, in its News Feed and Messenger app.
November 29, 2016
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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 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, its Snapchat clone, to main app
After testing the feature outside the US, Mark Zuckerberg's social network is bringing the format Snapchat "pioneered" to its marquee app.
March 28, 2017
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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 built censorship tool to get into China despite human rights risks
Facebook wants to be unbanned in China, so it's built a censorship tool that could hide posts about prohibited topics from people in China, according to the New York Times' Mike Isaac. Rather than censor posts itself, Facebook would potentially provide the tool to a third-party in China such as a local partner company that could use it to prevent users in China from seeing content that breaks the government's rules.
November 22, 2016
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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 Means Snapping is Officially the Future
Facebook's Tactical Assault on Snapchat is nearly complete. this morning, the big blue giant launched a trio of features: a fun new effects-filled camera that sits a swipe over from your News Feed; a place for disappearing stories; and a way to share straight from your camera to your friends. That's a lot of words to say a simple thing: Facebook just launched Snapchat. you almost have to wonder if Evan Spiegel, Snap CEO and newly minted super-rich dude, feels just a little bit proud.
March 28, 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 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 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 challenges GoFundMe with personal fundraising features
Now anyone can use Facebook as a donation platform for their classroom, an ill loved one, and other worthy causes.
March 31, 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 Chatbot, 'DoNotPay,' provides legal aid for refugees
A chatbot which helped people to appeal parking fines is now providing refugees in the US, Canada and the UK with free legal aid.
March 6, 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 clones GoFundMe with 'personal fundraiser' feature
Facebook will soon begin letting users raise money on behalf of themselves and others, as a way to help cover the cost of events like medical bills, tuition, and crises.
March 30, 2017
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Facebook clones Snapchat once again with new 'instant video' feature for Messenger
Facebook can't stop copying Snapchat, it seems. Remember how Instagram shamelessly injected Snapchat Stories into its service last month? Well now Messenger is getting a very Snapchat-like new feature: instant video.
September 1, 2016
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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 confirms it will add subscriptions to Instant Articles
An effort to win publishers back
August 23, 2017
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Facebook confirms testing a dislike emoji for Messenger
Social net is hoping people will use it for voting on things like which restaurant to go to, instead of just being mean
March 6, 2017
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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 copied Snapchat a fourth time, and now all its apps look the same
Facebook doesn't seem concerned with giving each of its core services a unique identity.
March 28, 2017
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Facebook corrects more metrics affecting ad reach, streaming reactions, plus Like & Share counts
Facebook today announced it's correcting a few more issues with its metrics in areas like audience estimation for ads, live video reaction counts and its Like and Share buttons. Though the fixes are referencing several of Facebook's more high-profile products, the issues being addressed aren't as significant as the ones Facebook identified earlier in 2016, when it discovered that the figures for average video view time had been inflated for years.
December 9, 2016
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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 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 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 debuts its first dedicated virtual reality app, Facebook 360
Facebook has devoted major resources and billions of dollars to virtual reality, but there has been a pretty clear line between what happens in the main Facebook app and what happens on the Oculus Rift and Gear VR.
March 8, 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 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 Deprecating Older Apps Across all Mobile Operating Systems and Windows 8/8.1 Desktop
These days a lot of headlines around Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile get written when a company opts to stop updating their app and either pulls it from the Windows Store or just leaves it in place until it stops working.
March 27, 2017
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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 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 Discovers, Improves another Ad Metrics Problem
Facebook makes money from monetizing your political arguments with your former roommate's great-aunt, and advertisers want statistics that show what they're getting for their ad dollars. That's why it's of note that Facebook recently told advertisers that it's been overestimating how many people a given ad is going to reach.
December 9, 2016
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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 drone investigation: Wind gust led to broken wing
A wing on the internet-beaming aircraft broke when its autopilot tried to maintain its angle of descent, a US government report concludes.
December 16, 2016
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Facebook dropping support its apps on older Windows, Windows Phone platforms
If you're still using the Facebook or Facebook Messenger apps on an older version of Windows or Windows Phone, you'll want to find an alternative soon. Facebook has announced that it is dropping support for the apps on Windows Phone 8 and 8.1, along with Windows 8 and 8.1 soon.
March 27, 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 encourages text statuses with new colored backgrounds
Facebook's core attraction isn't news articles you could find anywhere, it's intimate posts from your real friends. that explains why Facebook is trying to make highly personal text statuses as eye-catching as photos with the new test of a colored background option.
December 19, 2016
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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 enlists help from fact-checkers to fight fake news
Fabricated news stories will be evaluated by third-party fact-checking organizations and marked with a "disputed" tag in the News Feed.
December 14, 2016
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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 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 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 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 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 Finally Attempts to Do Something About Its Fake News Problem
After steadfastly denying it has a problem with fake news, Facebook is finally admitting it does, in fact, have a problem with fake news. Today, it announced several specific ways in which it will try to fix these thorny issues.
December 14, 2016
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Facebook finally tests a GIF button for comments
After years of stubborn caution, Facebook is finally embracing the animated GIF. Next week Facebook will begin testing a GIF button that lets users post GIFs from services like Giphy and Tenor as comments, a source told TechCrunch. we inquired with Facebook, which confirmed the GIF test is coming with this statement:
March 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 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 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 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 fury follows video of son's 'horrifying' TSA patdown
Commentary: More than 5.6 million people have already watched a video of a TSA agent performing what appears to be an extensive patdown on a boy.
March 28, 2017
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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 Global Head of Diversity Maxine Williams is speaking at TC Sessions: Justice
The lineup for TC Sessions: Justice just keeps getting better. I'm excited to announce that Facebook Global Head of Diversity Maxine Williams will be joining us onstage at TC Sessions: Justice in June. We'll be discussing Facebook's diversity playbook and its strategy to foster inclusion in the workplace.
March 28, 2017
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Facebook goes full Snapchat with disappearing Stories
Camera filters, selfie masks, and direct messaging are coming to the main Facebook app. Good luck, Snapchat.
March 28, 2017
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Facebook goes on the offensive against fake news and aims to educate users
Having introduced various tools to fight fake news, the next weapon in Facebook's arsenal is education. Over the next few days a large "Tips for spotting fake news" banner will appear at the top of news feeds in 14 countries, but the approach it is taking is unlikely to have much impact on those most influenced by, and most likely to share, fake news.
April 7, 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 halts Whatsapp data sharing in the UK
The social network has been threatened with legal action by the privacy commissioner
November 7, 2016
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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 new type of video ad meant to get people shopping
The new ad attaches product pictures to videos you might watch in News Feed.
March 23, 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 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 helps companies detect rogue SSL certificates for domains
The company developed a tool that monitors Certificate Transparency logs and alerts domain owners of new certificates
December 13, 2016
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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 Apple veteran to lead virtual reality hardware efforts at Oculus
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants the company to own the future of virtual reality, and in the short term that means putting a lot of VR headsets on a lot of faces. Even for a company with nearly 2 billion monthly active users, hardware is still an incredibly difficult beast to master. to do so, the company is hiring Michael Hillman, a 15-year veteran of Apple, to lead the VR product roadmap for Oculus as head of VR hardware.
March 27, 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 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 will soon show pleas from publishers
Those email-sign-up, follow-us and install-our-app appeals so common on the web are coming to the social network's fast-loading articles.
April 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 helps you waste more time
I think most people would agree, it is so hard to waste time on Facebook.
November 30, 2016
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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 Instant Games puts games right smack in the middle of News Feed, Messenger
Think of the new Instant Games as the casual alternative to Facebook Gameroom.
November 29, 2016
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Facebook Instant Games puts games right smack in the middle of News Feed, Messenger
Think of the new Instant Games as the casual alternative to Facebook Gameroom.
November 29, 2016
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Facebook Integrates Reactions into Messenger for some Users
Some users of Facebook Messenger app have found a new feature they can use. the new feature is the ability to add reactions to messages sent during a text conversation with a person or a group. to use the feature the user can hover over a message in a text thread and select the emoji face there.
March 6, 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 a new ad format -- product-focused 'collection'
Facebook is introducing a new ad format that should help retailers showcase their products.
March 23, 2017
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Facebook introduces Group Video Chat in Messenger
Facebook has been adding all sorts of features to its chat app recently, including classic arcade games, and a new camera with art and 3D effects.
December 19, 2016
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Facebook introduces Live Audio in conjunction with the BBC
It's not all that long since Facebook started to allow users to broadcast live video to their friends and followers -- now the social network is doing the same with audio. Things are looking good for mobile users, particularly those with Android devices.
December 21, 2016
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Facebook introduces live audio streams in partnership with the BBC
Sound decisions
December 20, 2016
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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 child safety resource for parents
Facebook has launched what it called the Facebook Parents Portal which aims to help parents keep their kids stay safe online. the new site has step-by-step videos and is available in over 55 different languages making it widely accessible for people all over the world.
December 13, 2016
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Facebook introduces 'personal fundraisers' so you can raise money for yourself
If you need money for something, you might think about using a service such as GoFundMe to ask people to donate cash to you. But now you can turn to Facebook instead, as the social network launches a new "personal fundraiser" feature, as well as Donate buttons in Facebook Live for Pages.
March 30, 2017
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Facebook introduces personal fundraising tools, donate buttons in Facebook Live for Pages
Facebook today announced it's expanding its set of online fundraising tools to include its own GoFundMe competitor, with the added support for personal online fundraisers, starting first in the U.S. the new tool will allow Facebook users to raise money for personal crises and other campaigns -- like school or medical expenses, emergency situations, funerals and more. In addition, the company is adding the ability for Facebook Pages to add a "donate" button to their live broadcasts on the network.
March 30, 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 introduces weather-focused features for its website and mobile apps
About a year ago, Facebook introduced "weather greetings" which intermittently displayed brief details about the weather in a card-based UI on the social platform. the company has now fully integrated new features focused on the weather into its desktop and mobile apps.
February 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 investors yell at CEO: Get the Zuck out of our boardroom!
Proposal would oust Lord Hoodie from chairman role
February 7, 2017
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Facebook invests $20M to catalyze affordable housing development in Menlo Park
Across the Bay Area, affordable housing remains hard to come by. In a climate where many displaced residents point their blame at the techies, Facebook has decided to invest $20 million in what it calls "A partnership to strengthen our local community."
December 2, 2016
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Facebook invests major moola in affordable housing
The social network pledges $20 million to help its Silicon Valley neighbors buy and keep homes in an eye-wateringly expensive housing market.
December 2, 2016
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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 asking users to judge the truthfulness of news headlines
Facebook is apparently asking users to rate the quality of news stories on its service, after facing criticism for allowing fake or misleading news. at least three people on Twitter have posted surveys that ask whether a headline "uses misleading language" or "withholds key details of the story."
December 5, 2016
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Facebook is bringing games like Pac-Man to its mobile app and Messenger
Facebook wants to host games like it does ads and articles.
November 29, 2016
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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 closing in on 2 billion monthly users
The social network's revenue continues to boom
February 1, 2017
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Facebook is coming to your TV
The social network is launching an app for Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. Facebook is also turning up the volume on autoplay videos (if your phone's sound is on).
February 14, 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 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 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 expanding Safety Check so people can offer help during a disaster
Facebook wants to connect those in need with people who have shelter or food to offer.
February 8, 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 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 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 killing Messenger Day and consolidating it with Facebook as Stories
Also, collaborative Stories for events
November 13, 2017
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Facebook is launching its own video app on the Gear VR
Facebook is launching its own 360-degree video app on the Samsung Gear VR — the first officially Facebook-branded VR social app released. the app isn't a full version of the social network.
March 8, 2017
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Facebook is monitoring Roku and Apple TV streams to deliver targeted advertising
Internet users are accustomed to the idea of targeted advertising. Both Google and Facebook take into account the things you look for online, the things you look at, the people you are connected to, and so on, and use this information to pelt you with ads they think you will respond to.
December 2, 2016
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Facebook is mulling buying original videos
That includes "original and licensed scripted, unscripted and sports content," says the executive leading the effort.
December 14, 2016
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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 record labels to let you soundtrack your videos
How can Facebook and Instagram make their amateur videos more interesting than those you see on Twitter or Snapchat? a killer soundtrack. That's why Facebook is now pressing record labels even harder for a licensing deal.
February 13, 2017
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Facebook is paying some users $15 to settle a class action lawsuit
If you're a Facebook user in the US you might have just received a check in the mail for $15, seemingly from the company. Surprisingly, the check is actually real, and it's part of a settlement for a class action lawsuit against the giant social network.
November 23, 2016
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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 rolling out job postings and applications
Hey, LinkedIn!
February 15, 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 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 taking more notice of Reactions than Likes to control your News Feed content
When Facebook first introduced Reactions users were pleased to finally have the chance to be more expressive, rather than simply 'liking' something. But the excitement soon waned when the social network revealed that it didn't make any difference which Reaction users clicked -- it was simply registered as an interaction.
February 28, 2017
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Facebook is testing a feature that asks you to keep watching videos you started but didn't finish
The new "continue watching" feature is just a test.
March 10, 2017
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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 'Messenger' style comments section
Facebook is experimenting with a new interface for its comments feature, bringing the display closer to the Messages graphic format. the update, which highlights comments in messaging bubbles, is amongst other tweaks currently being tested - such as a feature that lets you see when people are typing a comment on a post.
March 21, 2017
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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 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 subscriptions for Instant Articles on Android
The paywall is here
October 19, 2017
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Facebook is the only thing standing between us and a face-reading nightmare app
A viral hoax reveals the tricky politics of facial recognition
March 15, 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 unlikely to succeed in China, even if it compromises on free speech
Facebook may have laid some of the early groundwork to launch its social network in China, but the U.S. company's chances of making a dent in the world's most populous country remain remote.
November 23, 2016
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Facebook is using AI in private messages to suggest an Uber or remind you to pay a friend
Facebook Messenger is expanding its AI assistant, M, to all U.S. users.
April 6, 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 changed its mission, because the old one was broken
With great power comes long letters
February 16, 2017
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Facebook just made it easy to wrap friends around your face
A "one-stop shop" for 360-degree photos and video.
March 8, 2017
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Facebook just secured an e-money license in Ireland, paving the way for Messenger payments in Europe
Paving the way for friend-to-friend payments to come to Facebook Messenger in Europe (and after the functionality debuted in the U.S. all the way back in March last year), Facebook has quietly secured an e-money license from the Central Bank of Ireland.
December 6, 2016
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Facebook kills off exact location sharing in Nearby Friends, adds "Wave"
Nearby Friends didn't turn into the Foursquare-killer it could have been, but Facebook is still trying to help people meet up in person... with a few changes. Facebook has removed the precise location-sharing feature from Nearby Friends, which now only lets you opt-in to broadcasting your approximate distance from friends and current neighborhood.
December 22, 2016
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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 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 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 beta of Spaces, its goofy and fun social VR platform
More than three years after its acquisition of Oculus, Facebook is a product even more deeply intertwined with people's online identities. Today, Facebook is reaching an important milestone as it launches the first significant integration of social virtual reality into its core product.
April 18, 2017
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Facebook launches bloat-free chat app, Messenger Lite
Facebook's Messenger is one of the most popular chatting apps out there, but the company is looking to improve its reach even further. Facebook has announced the launch of Messenger Lite, a smaller, faster version of its platform, designed for developing markets and low-end phones.
October 3, 2016
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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 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 educational guide to help users spot fake news
In a move towards further battling fake news online, Facebook has rolled out a new tool that helps its users determine and ultimately avoid hoax content in the long run.
April 7, 2017
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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 Fundraising Tools and Donate Buttons
Facebook has rolled out a new set of tools to help people who are trying to raise money for themselves or a cause. the new features will make Facebook a GoFundMe competitor and considering that many people who set up the GoFundMe accounts end up posting them on Facebook, the new fundraising features could very well put a serious crimp in GoFundMe's user base.
March 31, 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 Live 360 video from NatGeo now, everyone next year
Following YouTube's rollout of 4K 360 live broadcasting, but beating Twitter's Periscope to the punch, Facebook today announced initial support for 360-degree Live streams. National Geographic's Facebook Page will publish the first 360 Live video tomorrow at noon Pacific time as scientists emerge from 80 days of isolation in pods at Utah's Mars Desert Research Station. the stream will feature footage from the mock Mars landscape and interviews with the researchers.
December 12, 2016
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Facebook launches Live Audio, its version of podcasts
The social network continues its push in live media. this time, video is not included.
December 20, 2016
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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 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 Parents Portal to help keep kids safe online
Facebook is on something of a mission to clean up its act, or at least its image, at the moment. the social network is looking to tackle the problems of trolls, bullying and fake news, and its latest campaign is a bid to keep younger users safe.
December 13, 2016
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Facebook launches standalone "Events" discovery and calendar app
650 million people use Facebook Events – 100 million every day – but it's a smaller sect of hardcore extroverts who discover these parties and meetups, then invite everyone else.
October 7, 2016
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Facebook launches standalone Events app for Android
An iOS exclusive no more, the calendar-based app gives you tight control over your social life.
December 13, 2016
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Facebook launches Stories in the main Facebook app
Facebook's plan to copy everything that made Snapchat successful is finally reaching its final form with the launch of stories in the main Facebook app. you can now share stories with your Facebook friends and see what your friends have been up to for the past 24 hours.
March 28, 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 the first preview of React VR
Facebook published a blog post with plenty of year-end vanity stats about its open source project today, but in an email to us, the company also announced that it is about to launch the VR version of one of its most popular open source offerings: React. React VR, a Facebook spokesperson told us, will launch in preview later this week.
December 19, 2016
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Facebook launches Town Hall to make finding lawmakers easier
The new feature will list local officials based on your location and provide fast access to follow or contact them.
March 27, 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 Launches Yet another Standalone App, this Time for Events
More than two years after Facebook forced mobile users to download the standalone Messenger app if they wanted to start private conversations with "friends," the big blue social juggernaut could going down that road again with the launch of another standalone app for events.
October 7, 2016
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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 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 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 hits 200M users as low-bandwidth world revenue skyrockets
Facebook's stripped-down but speedy Lite app is growing fast and adding countries so it can keep connecting people and building the company's business in the low-bandwidth world where revenue increased 52% this year.
February 8, 2017
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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 adds PC game and desktop live streaming
Facebook is taking a swing at Twitch while also one-upping its mobile live streaming video competitors. Today, all users can go Live directly from Facebook's desktop website via their webcam, stream through professional equipment and software hooked up to a desktop and broadcast gameplay from their computer.
March 22, 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 a fifth of the social network's video sharing
Facebook users are watching more video of other Facebook users.
April 6, 2017
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Facebook Live now lets anyone broadcast from a desktop PC
Facebook Live streaming is ready to break out of its mobile confines. the social network today announced that anyone can now livestream from a desktop PC to their followers. this has been supported for Pages for some time, but now anyone can take part in streaming over Facebook Live without going mobile.
March 22, 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 Live videos take aim at Twitch with streaming software, hardware support
But Twitch shouldn't sweat it.
March 22, 2017
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Facebook Looking to Expand Into Original Video Content
Talks to purchase programming now underway.
December 16, 2016
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Facebook looks inward for new AI technical talent
The race is on to attract as much expertise in artificial intelligence as possible at tech companies large and small, and more than a few Silicon Valley giants are looking inward to convert tech talent they already possess into the AI resources they increasingly need. Facebook has its own AI course, which is oversubscribed, according to a new report by Wired, and which is led by one of the leading AI researchers in the world.
March 27, 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 loses appeal over New York search warrants
The 381 warrants for information on user accounts were coupled with gag orders
April 5, 2017
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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 makes Bullshit Claim It Would Take 'Wonder Machine' to Track Hate Speech
Facebook™ problems of late are legion: fake news, hate speech, trolls, and the hideous and unpredictable violent outbursts on its Live platform. Now, apparently, the German court system is in the mix.
February 7, 2017
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Facebook makes it easier to find groups that brands care about
The social network tells CNET it's testing new features that let brands call attention to specific groups, or just link Pages and groups.
April 6, 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 Messenger more like iMessage with emoji reactions
The update also includes in-app @mentions that send Facebook friends specific notifications.
March 23, 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 malware allegedly spreading celebrity sex tapes through Chrome extension
A new spam campaign has recently been seen spreading on Facebook, which allegedly contains sex videos of celebrities. In reality, it leads unsuspecting users into downloading a malicious Chrome extension.
December 9, 2016
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Facebook malware disguises itself as an image file to download more malware
A new strain of malware has recently been discovered spreading on Facebook, taking advantage of innocent-looking image files to infect computers.
November 21, 2016
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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 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 adds app extensions and a bot store
Plus automatic suggestions from M
April 18, 2017
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Facebook Messenger adds live video to augment your messages
As seen on Snapchat
September 1, 2016
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Facebook Messenger Adds Option to Share your Location Live with Friends
For anyone who's ever planned to meet up with friends in a crowded area, you know it can be frustrating to nail down exactly where you are, texting things like: "I'm on the corner by the bodega." "Which corner/bodega?" "The one with the ATM sign." "You're dead to me." Facebook thinks it can solve this problem by allowing Messenger users to share their location live.
March 27, 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 adds temporary live location sharing
Follow me around
March 27, 2017
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Facebook Messenger beams live video into your chat conversations with Instant Video
The concept is similar to a feature found in Snapchat, which allows you to augment your chat with some face-to-face conversation.
September 1, 2016
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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 borrows from Slack with Reactions and mentions
Facebook is not shy about stealing features from other messaging tools, and it's usually Snapchat that is used as inspiration. with the latest update to Facebook Messenger, it's Slack that is being borrowed from.
March 23, 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 day launches as a Snapchat Stories clone for making plans
Today Facebook is globally launching Messenger day to put a utilitarian spin on the slideshow format. While Snapchat Stories is for retelling what you've done, Messenger Day's "Who's up for?" filters and Active now indicators help you find friends to chat and meet up with.
March 9, 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 gains a powerful new camera with art and 3D effects
Facebook Messenger doesn't just let you chat with friends, you can also use it to play games.
December 14, 2016
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Facebook Messenger gains Instant Video live broadcasting
Facebook, like Twitter, is going all in on video. the social network's latest move is to bring video to its second greatest love -- Facebook Messenger. You'd be forgiven for thinking that this is not exactly new, and you'd be right.
September 1, 2016
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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 gets Reactions and Mentions
The app becomes more like Facebook: you can now add reaction emoji to individual messages and @ mentions in group chats.
March 23, 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 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 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 launches group video chat with Snapchat-style selfie filters
Another week, another Facebook app builds upon what Snapchat started.
December 19, 2016
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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 lets you privately share your Live Location for an hour
Facebook Messenger wants to be an offline social gathering tool, not just an online chat app. Today it's adding a new Live Location feature that lets you share for an hour within a private direct or group message thread your real-time location on a map. the recipients can then see an estimate of how long it would take you to reach them by car.
March 27, 2017
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Facebook Messenger now lets you share your location for an hour at a time
Facebook is introducing a new feature to its Messenger app for iOS and Android that makes it possible to share your current location with contacts. It is also possible to share other static locations to enable you to point out places on a map.
March 27, 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 rolls out mention alerts and message Reaction emoji
Group chat will get a bit less chaotic with the global rollout of two Facebook Messenger features it was previously testing in Vietnam.
March 23, 2017
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Facebook Messenger strikes at Skype with desktop group voice calling
We might finally get to stop asking, "Wait, what's your Skype name?" thanks to a test of new Facebook group audio calling on desktop. Facebook launched group voice calls on its mobile Messenger app in April, and now it's working out the kinks to bring the feature to your home and office. It could become a useful alternative to traditional conference calls by piggy-backing on Facebook's ubiquitous identity platform.
December 16, 2016
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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 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's AI 'M' suggests features to use based on your convos
Write "You owe me $20" and Messenger will suggest you use its payments feature. If someone says "goodbye," Messenger will recommend a "bye-bye" GIF. That's how Facebook's new M Suggestions work.
April 6, 2017
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Facebook Messenger's instant video makes Skyping look old-school
The new feature from the social network is designed to offer a quick video supplement to a text chat.
September 1, 2016
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Facebook Messenger's Live Location helps you track friends
A new Messenger feature announced Monday updates friends' locations on a map as they move.
March 27, 2017
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Facebook Messenger's M assistant gets new AI powers
Talking about the money you owe a friend? M will suggest payment options. Need to get somewhere? M will fetch you an Uber!
April 7, 2017
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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 might add its own version of Snapchat Discover to your News Feed
Finding new ways to wield power over media
December 2, 2016
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Facebook might open new data center in Denmark
This could be the social media giant's third server facility in Europe.
October 3, 2016
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Facebook might pay fact-checking organizations to flag fake news
Facebook says that it's open to paying fact-checkers if that's what it takes to fight fake news.
April 6, 2017
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Facebook 'misled' EU regulators over its takeover of WhatsApp
The European Commission is investigating Facebook's behavior during a 2014 investigation of the takeover
December 20, 2016
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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 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 anyone make their own Snapchat-like photo frame
But the new tool is not available in the US yet
December 9, 2016
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Facebook now lets you ask friends for fundraising money
A new tool lets you solicit funds for things like tuition or emergency expenses.
March 30, 2017
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Facebook now lets you broadcast live video from a PC
Taking on Twitch
March 22, 2017
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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 $20 million sweetener to improve Silicon Valley communities
Mark Zuckerberg is well known for his philanthropic ventures -- he hardly keeps them quiet, after all. now Facebook as a whole is getting in on the action, offering up a $20 million contribution to help improve the communities around Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.
December 2, 2016
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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 new Tools to Combat Revenge Porn
This week Facebook added new tools to help people combat revenge porn. this is where someone posts nude photos of users without their permission in an attempt to embarrass that person. Facebook has been in hot water and has been sued in the past by people who claim that the social giant should do more to prevent the unauthorized sharing of nude images.
April 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 offers Workplace, its Slack rival, for free
A new free version, called Workplace Standard, is aimed at giving teams a taste of the service.
April 5, 2017
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Facebook officially launches "Town Hall" for contacting government reps, adds local election reminders
Earlier this month, TechCrunch reported Facebook was rolling out a new feature called "Town Hall," which would allow the social network's users to easily locate, follow and contact their local, state and federal government representatives. the company today confirmed the feature is available to all U.S. users on desktop and mobile, and will now include News Feed integration. Along with this news, Facebook also announced it's launching local election reminders for the first time, to encourage users to vote in state, county, and municipal elections.
March 27, 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 opens up 360-degree live streaming to all
Facebook just made live streaming 360-degree video relatively easy, provided you have the equipment to capture the content. Users of devices like the new 2017 model Gear 360 just announced at the S8 smartphone launch, or the Insta360 Nano (for iPhone) and Air (for Android), or a host of higher-end models designed for pros, you can go live and broadcast an immersive feed for your audience.
March 29, 2017
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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 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 pimping for politicos despite fake news 'purge'
Social giant works both sides of news street
January 17, 2017
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Facebook Pinky Swears It Won't Let Anyone (Other Than Facebook) Surveil You
On Monday, Facebook updated its platform policies to prohibit mass surveillance on its platform by explicitly blocking developers from using "data obtained from us to provide tools that are used for surveillance." the move came after sustained pressure from civil rights organizations to make it harder for police agencies to surveil Facebook and collect data on users without their knowledge.
March 13, 2017
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Facebook pivots into Stories
In its biggest change in a decade, Facebook is evolving from text and link-focused sharing to the visual communication format it admits "Snapchat has really pioneered.'
March 28, 2017
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Facebook plans customizable filters for nudity and violence
Facebook wants to give you the power to define what is and isn't objectionable, and influence the local defaults of those who don't choose voluntarily. You'll eventually be able to select how much nudity, violence, graphic content and profanity you're comfortable seeing.
February 16, 2017
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Facebook plans free version of its Slack competitor, Workplace
Facebook is looking to entice businesses to let it into their offices by offering Workplace, its worker collaboration service, for free. Called "Workplace Standard," the service will appear identical to the paid version but will lack extras such as analytics tools and administrator controls.
April 5, 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 plans to lay almost 500 miles of fiber cable in Africa for better wireless internet
Facebook is partnering with Airtel and BCS on the project.
February 27, 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 Promises to Quit Snooping on Private Messages for Ad-Targeting Purposes
More than three years after a group of Facebook users sued the social media network, claiming that it was sharing links sent in private messages with marketing companies in order to boost its ad revenue, the Zuck's company has agreed to stop eavesdropping on those communications.
March 3, 2017
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Facebook promotes fake news by activating Safety Check based on false reports of Bangkok bomb
The problem of fake news on Facebook has been highly publicized recently, and while the social network says it is doing what it can to tackle the issue, it seems the company is actually adding fuel to the fire.
December 28, 2016
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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 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 link to 10 tips for spotting 'false news' atop feed
Today Facebook begins fighting misinformation with news literacy education, in addition to product features. this week, users in 14 countries, including the U.S., will see an alert above the News Feed several times over the next few days that links them to Facebook's Help Center where they can read "Tips to Spot False News." Written while working with news standards nonprofit First Draft, these tips include being skeptical of sensational headlines and checking for phony URLs.
April 6, 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 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 ramps up its suicide prevention tools and Messenger chat support
Facebook is updating the tools it offers to help try to prevent suicide. Aimed both at those thinking of suicide, and friends and family who are concerned about loved ones, the revamped support tools make use of artificial intelligence and real people to offer help when it is needed most.
March 1, 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 reintroduces Marketplace, wants you to sell and buy items from other users
Facebook wants to make it easier for its users to buy and sell items through the social network, so starting today, it's introducing Marketplace. the new feature is designed to be similar to Craigslist, or other online second hand stores.
October 3, 2016
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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 a standalone app for events
Yeah, that's the ticket
October 7, 2016
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Facebook releases 'Prophet' -- its free forecasting tools -- for Python and R
The code is available on GitHub
February 28, 2017
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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 in talks to stream MLB games
The deal would be for one game a week, according to a report by Reuters. it's all part of a push toward live sports.
February 21, 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 working on deal to live stream MLB games
Social networks really want to show you sports
February 21, 2017
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Facebook Reportedly Built a Censorship Tool for China
Facebook is building a censorship tool so that the company can return to the Chinese market in a move that has angered employees and caused some to leave, the New York Times reports. Facebook was banned from China in 2009.
November 22, 2016
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Facebook reportedly created censorship tool for China
New software prevents posts from appearing in users' feeds in specific regions, the New York Times reports.
November 22, 2016
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Facebook reportedly creates censorship tool in effort to appease China
Facebook, the biggest social network in the world, wants to become even bigger by getting access to China's 1.4 billion potential users. the social network has reportedly created specialized censorship tools, to be used in compliance with the Chinese government, in exchange for access to the country's people.
November 23, 2016
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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 reveals the most popular topics of the year
If you wanted to gauge what most people thought were the most important issues this year, Facebook would be a good place to get that information given the large user base and its popularity among those of all ages. Facebook has recently taken this initiative and found the most popular topics, globally, for the past year.
December 9, 2016
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Facebook reveals what it is doing to tackle fake news
The issue of fake news has been in the headlines a lot recently, and it is Facebook that has borne the brunt of criticism. the social network is in the throes of revamping news feeds in a bid to help stamp out the problem. But Facebook is aware that fake news is not going to be eliminated overnight, and so is focusing on "the worst of the worst".
December 14, 2016
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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 creepy Discover People feature on mobile, suggesting you make friends with strangers
If you're using the Facebook app on your phone, you might notice the appearance of a new Discover People section. as you would probably guess this is a feature designed to connect you with people on the social network, but there's something of a creepy twist.
February 2, 2017
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Facebook rolls out encryption for Messenger, but it's not as private as you think
Facebook recently enabled end-to-end encryption for all Facebook Messenger users with an opt-in program called Secret Conversations. Here's what it means and how to use it.
October 5, 2016
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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 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 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 create censorship tool to enter China again
The Chinese government wants more control over the content visible on social networks
November 23, 2016
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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 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 '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 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 open up for independent ad audit
Following multiple admissions last year that it had been misreporting some of its ad numbers, Facebook just announced that it has committed to an audit by the Media Rating Council "to verify the accuracy of the information we deliver to our partners."
February 10, 2017
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Facebook says it will use image recognition software to fight revenge porn
The move comes a few months after it was reported that a Facebook group was being used to share revenge porn of women in the military.
April 5, 2017
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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 in talks to buy its own video shows
The company says it wants to "kickstart" its video efforts.
December 14, 2016
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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 one in five videos shared on the service are live streams
Facebook's big bet is paying off
April 6, 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 scales back AI flagship after chatbots hit 70% f-AI-lure rate
'The limitations of automation'
February 22, 2017
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Facebook scoffed at $500m damages. now Oculus faces nerd goggles injunction
Nice one, Sheryl
February 24, 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 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 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 shareholders would have uphill climb ousting Zuckerberg from board
Group files a proposal calling for board chairman to be an independent member
February 8, 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 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 shows off air-to-ground laser progress
The company's Connectivity Lab has developed a lightweight gimbal to keep drones connected to the Internet
March 8, 2016
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Facebook shows off progress in using lasers to deliver Internet
The company's Connectivity Lab has developed a lightweight gimbal to keep drones connected to the Internet.
March 8, 2016
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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 signs deal with MLS, Univision to stream live soccer games
Games that were previously Spanish-only will be streamed in English on Facebook.
March 10, 2017
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Facebook slammed for not removing sexualized child images
Convicted pedophiles use the social network to share such images, and reporting them doesn't necessarily lead to their removal, according to the BBC.
March 7, 2017
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Facebook slapped with racial discrimination suit
The lawsuit alleges a facility manager at the social networks' North Carolina data center used racial slurs when referring to black employees.
November 23, 2016
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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 snaps up an MTV executive to produce exclusive content
Earlier this month, a report by the Wall Street Journal suggested Facebook was developing an app for set-top boxes such as Apple TV and was asking publishers to produce original content for it.
February 9, 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 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 Spends $20 Million to Quiet Gentrification Critics Near Its Headquarters
Facebook is making good on its promise to build affordable housing near its headquarters in Menlo Park. the social media giant announced plans on Friday to build new housing in the area to offset concerns about the controversial 1.1 million square-foot expansion of its headquarters.
December 2, 2016
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Facebook Sponsors CPAC, Which Sucks and is Bad
A month after Facebook sponsored an inauguration party with conservative website the Daily Caller, the social network shows no sign of slowing down its budding romance with the American right.
February 22, 2017
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Facebook stalls in lawsuit alleging its facial recognition tech violates Illinois law
An Illinois law is proving a thorn in Facebook's side as a class action lawsuit, alleging mishandling of biometric information, moves toward trial. the latest developments in the case have the social network objecting against releasing or even admitting the existence of all manner of data, but the plaintiffs aren't taking "objection" for an answer.
December 29, 2016
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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 warning U.S. users when they're sharing fake news
Before you share that story, Facebook wants you to know its facts are in dispute.
March 23, 2017
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Facebook starts warning U.S. users when they're sharing fake news
Before you share that story, Facebook wants you to know its facts are in dispute.
March 23, 2017
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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 streamlines the login process with Instant Verification
Android users will be able to sign into Facebook-linked apps quicker.
December 21, 2016
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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 looks like an ill-fitting mask
Facebook has finally capped off its strategy of cloning Snapchat's USP by slotting a camera-first, ephemeral multimedia sharing feature into its entire social sharing estate.
March 28, 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 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 Aim at Switch with Facebook Live for PC
Since its launch in June of 2011, Twitch TV has been the leader in video game streaming despite increased competition in the form of Youtube Live. Now, a new competitor is ready to throw its hat into the ring in the form of Facebook.
March 22, 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 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 Snapchat Stories with vanishing daily videos
Messenger day is Facebook's latest bid to keep up with the ever-changing tastes of social media's cool kids.
March 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 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 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 tells developers to not use data for surveillance
In response to pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union, Color of Change and the Center for Media Justice, Facebook announced today that it will clarify its developer policy to explicitly prohibit the use of Facebook or Instagram data in surveillance tools.
March 13, 2017
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Facebook Tells Developers to Quit It with the "Surveillance" Already
Your phone knows where you are, because it's there with you. and when you use social media to post photos and talk with friends about an event you're at, that's data that can be scraped and used... including by cops who want to figure out what you're up to. But not so fast, Facebook now says: If you want to build an app for surveillance, you're going to have to do it without their data.
March 13, 2017
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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 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 a second News Feed headed by a rocket ship icon
Facebook's launch of Stories may be the social network's big news of the week, but some Facebook users have spotted another addition, and are thoroughly confused. a "rocket ship" icon has popped up in the app of select users worldwide, adjacent to the News Feed button. Its appearance is prompting a lot of users to wonder, "what on earth is this thing?'
March 29, 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 an enhanced local search and discovery feature offering business suggestions
Facebook is testing an enhanced local search feature that could see the social network creeping in on Google Maps, Foursquare and Yelp territory, TechCrunch learned and Facebook confirmed. Facebook users are now able to surface recommendations of nearby places -- like "dinner nearby" or "bars nearby," for example -- by entering a query in Facebook's search box on the web or mobile.
March 22, 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 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 threatens LinkedIn with job opening features
Facebook might muscle-in on LinkedIn's recruiting business with ways for business Pages to promote job listings. the new Jobs features could give companies another reason to drive traffic to their Facebook Page beyond marketing their products in the News Feed, while also allowing them to pay the social network to get their open position in front of more candidates.
November 7, 2016
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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 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 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 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 500 more in Blighty
UK is great to do biz in! But not as good as Ireland, obvs
November 21, 2016
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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 launch 360-degree live videos
The social network's future hinges on both live video and virtual reality. now those efforts are slowly coming together.
December 12, 2016
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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 to stream Major League Soccer matches this season
The social network will stream at least 22 of Univision's MLS games in English.
March 10, 2017
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Facebook to Telcos: Forget Hardware Empires–Let's all Share
After two decades of Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint ads, you know how the big telcos deliver cellular service to your smartphone. Each builds its own nationwide wireless network, boasting that its particular web of data centers, fiber lines, and antennas is faster and more reliable (or at least cheaper) than the others.
February 28, 2017
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Facebook to Work with Fact-Checkers, Let Users Flag Fake News Stories as "Disputed"
If you're sick of seeing your friends from high school sharing outrageously untrue news items that are clearly hoaxes, or originally posted on websites with names like "HawtClikzNowAmerica!" or "biznoosclickstore.nz.bike," you may soon have a new tool to help flag this sort of nonsense.
December 14, 2016
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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 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 crowdsourcing, fact-checkers to fight fake news
Flagged fake news stories will be labeled with a warning on users'news feeds
December 14, 2016
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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 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 turns to artificial intelligence to help prevent suicides
The social network has rolled out new tools in tandem with partners
March 1, 2017
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Facebook turns to crowdsourcing, fact-checkers to fight fake news
Flagged fake news stories will be labeled with a warning on users'news feeds
December 14, 2016
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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 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 its ad policies and tools to protect against discriminatory practices
Facebook announced in November that it would stop advertisers from targeting users by race for ads that focused on housing, employment, and credit opportunities, in response to a report that found that Facebook's tools could be used to place discriminatory advertisements. Today, the social network provided a progress update on the matter, disclosing what actions it has taken since its announcement was first made, along with details of its new advertising policies and related tools.
February 8, 2017
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Facebook updates its platform policy to forbid using data for surveillance
Facebook today announced changes to its platform policy that forbid developers from using the company's data for surveillance purposes.
March 13, 2017
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Facebook updates its terms to prohibit spying on users
Facebook has updated its terms and conditions today to reflect the company's stance regarding the use of its data in surveillance. the giant social network is firmly opposed to such uses and has taken action against companies and developers who've breached its terms.
March 14, 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 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 unveils Photo-Matching Tool In Effort to Crack Down on Revenge Porn
Two years ago, Facebook clarified its approach to complaints about supposedly offensive posts. Now, the company is circling back, releasing new tools to ensure people can't re-share intimate images previously reported and tagged as revenge porn.
April 5, 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 users sue over alleged racial discrimination in housing, job ads
Spokeswoman: "Multicultural marketing... helps brands reach audiences."
November 7, 2016
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Facebook users will soon be able to raise funds through their profile
Facebook recently began rolling out a Snapchat-style "Story" feature in its mobile app, that was quickly criticized by users as the company has been introducing it across all its properties such as Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp. Now, the social network has announced a rather useful feature that would allow users to raise funds through their profile or live videos on verified Pages.
March 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 artificial intelligence to help prevent suicides
The social network has rolled out new tools in tandem with partners
March 1, 2017
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Facebook Uses Artificial Intelligence to Update Suicide Prevention Tools
Two years after Facebook rolled out updated tools for suicide prevention, the social media network is revising those resources once again, this time to include artificial intelligence assistance and expanding the features to its other platforms Messenger and Facebook Live.
March 1, 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 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 video pays off
Mark Zuckerberg's drive to "put video first" is also putting money in Facebook's pockets. the more organic videos Facebook users watch, the more high-priced video ads Facebook can slip into the feed. now Facebook's strategy around auto-play video, paying Live content producers and offering more creative tools is helping to propel its massive revenue growth.
November 3, 2016
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Facebook videos will now auto-play with sound enabled by default
A few days ago, Facebook integrated detailed weather-focused features into its mobile app and desktop site. the company has now updated how people interact and view videos, bringing along a rather controversial change as well.
February 15, 2017
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Facebook videos will now auto-play with the sound on by default
Facebook's auto-playing videos are about to get much more annoying.
February 15, 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 people to use its app for messaging again with new Stories feature
Facebook is adding Stories to its core app, and over 1.6 billion people will now get to know Snapchat, whether they realize it or not.
March 28, 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 be Craigslist... Again
Facebook just launched Facebook Marketplace, the social network's latest attempt at being Craigslist.
October 3, 2016
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Facebook wants to detect slang before it's popular
A software glossary patent would pick up on your lingo while it's still fresh.
March 8, 2016
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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 improve your ad experience and is using AI to help it better understand what content you like
Mid-roll video ads, ads in Instagram Stories and ad experiments in Messenger are just the beginning.
February 6, 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 to start selling TV ads – on TVs – via Apple TV and Roku boxes
Facebook is moving another step closer to getting its hands on TV ad budgets.
November 4, 2016
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Facebook wants to take on Steam with Gameroom platform
When talking about PC gaming most people think about Valve's widespread platform, Steam. the gaming service has more than 125 million users and powers much of today's title distribution on desktop systems. But Facebook wants in on some of that action.
November 3, 2016
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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 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 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 widens 360-degree live-streaming to all
Facebook is opening up its tool to live stream video in 360 degrees to all global users, after launching with certain publishers in December.
March 29, 2017
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Facebook wields new weapon in battle against revenge porn
The social network is now using photo matching to make sure images it removes aren't re-uploaded across Facebook, Messenger and Instagram.
April 5, 2017
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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 launch group chatbots at F8
Facebook will reveal at its F8 conference a new class of group bots that work inside Messenger group chats. These group bots can keep users informed about real-time news such as a sports game's progress, e-commerce deliveries and more, according to three sources familiar with the development of the feature.
March 29, 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 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 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 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 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 soon help your iPhone find public Wi-Fi
Facebook has begun testing a new feature in its iPhone app that locates an open network near you.
November 22, 2016
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Facebook will soon let you broadcast 360-degree videos live
More live broadcasting from Facebook.
December 12, 2016
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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 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 test ads on Apple TV and Roku
Facebook's ad ambitions are expanding to encompass Internet-connected TVs – it will be conducting a test of its ad network on Apple TV and Roku next week.
November 4, 2016
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Facebook wins 'Big Brother' award in Belgium
The social network won the not-so-prestigious award for its default privacy settings.
October 7, 2016
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Facebook Won't Say Anything About Its Senior Employee Who Allegedly Solicited Underage Sex
It's been almost a week since one of Facebook's employees was arrested for allegedly attempting to solicit sex from a 15 year-old girl, and the company has yet to say anything. Dov Katz, the head of computer vision at Oculus VR, was arrested at a hotel near Seattle on December 21, where he allegedly thought he was meeting a 15 year-old girl.
December 27, 2016
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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!
October 19, 2017
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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: we will fight IRS over billions in possible owed back taxes
"Facebook Ireland Holdings Unlimited" helped company lower its US taxes.
July 29, 2016
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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 AI assistant will now offer suggestions inside Messenger
Starting on iOS and Android in the US
April 6, 2017
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Facebook's AI boss: Facebook could fix its filter bubble if it wanted to
The company could build the technology, but it's just not that simple, he added.
December 1, 2016
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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 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 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 censorship regime is a dangerous gamble
After months of stubborn resistance, Facebook has finally caved to pressure from users and officials around the globe: it will begin experimenting with ways of filtering its news content for so-called "fake news." These are the outlets that cynically push elaborate conspiracy theories like "Pizzagate," and much more straightforward lies like fake Pope-quotes, while also attempting to hide their nature by mimicking the style and naming scheme of traditional news outlets.
December 29, 2016
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Facebook's Community Help lets you aid your neighbors in a crisis
Facebook's Safety Check feature lets you give or seek shelter, food, and other forms of assistance.
February 8, 2017
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Facebook's Comparison of Apache Giraph and Spark GraphX for Graph Data Processing
A Facebook team has recently published a comparison of the performance of their existing Giraph-based graph processing system with the newer GraphX, which is part of the popular Spark framework. Their conclusion is that GraphX is currently neither sufficiently scalable or performant to support their graph processing workloads.
December 9, 2016
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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 CrowdTangle lets publishers compare performance on social apps
Heavy with fake news guilt, Facebook is rolling out new social channel benchmarking for publishers in the CrowdTangle tool it acquired and made free last year.
March 29, 2017
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Facebook's dabblings in TV suggest Zuck isn't actually a genius after all
Just... why?
February 2, 2017
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Facebook's 'delightful' AI Clippy the Paperclip creeps into Messenger
What fresh hell
April 7, 2017
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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 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 'dislike' button -- for Messenger only?
If you are a Facebook user, what is the one thing you have most wanted out of the social network?
March 6, 2017
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Facebook's editorial purge has completely backfired
Algorithms are flawed
August 30, 2016
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Facebook's Epic Data Blast is Good for Everyone--Especially Facebook
Engineers recently tested a new way of sending information across a trans-Atlantic internet cable, showing it could push two-and-a-half-times more data through this pipe than current methods. they claim the tests set a record for this kind of intercontinental connection, a key component of the modern internet. But the record isn't as interesting as who ran the test: Facebook.
March 21, 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 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 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 in the U.S.: the good, the bad and the controversial
Facebook wants to connect the world, but it has been neglecting one very underserved country -- the U.S.
October 7, 2016
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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 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 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 Instant Verification app login platform replaces two-factor where SMS fails
Two-factor authentication via SMS code can be a huge headache if you're somewhere that you can't receive text messages, whether that's a remote location or on a plane. So Facebook invented a new Android feature for its Facebook Login Account Kit third-party app login platform that lets developers easily verify the identity of returning users who signed up with a phone number without an SMS confirmation.
December 20, 2016
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Facebook's Internet Drone is Under Investigation After 'Structural Failure'
Facebook's flying internet beaming drone thing that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to use to cure poverty (???) is currently under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board according to a report by Bloomberg. the NTSB has yet to release any details of its investigation.
November 21, 2016
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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 experiment: Helping you find free Wi-Fi hotspots
Because uploading videos over cellular connections just doesn't cut it.
November 22, 2016
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Facebook's latest goal is to connect (and save) the world
In a time of political arguments and unfriending, CEO Zuckerberg has a new plan
February 17, 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 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 livestreaming strategy looks a lot like Twitter's livestreaming strategy
That means Facebook isn't getting a lot of must-see TV.
March 14, 2017
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Facebook's M assistant launches in U.S., will offer chat suggestions
A.I.-powered features can suggest users send money, share location, and more
April 6, 2017
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Facebook's M assistant launches in US, will offer chat suggestions
AI-powered features can suggest users send money, share location, and more.
April 6, 2017
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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 app updated on Windows 10 PCs with video and voice calling
Facebook updated its Messenger app on Windows 10 today, adding features such as voice and video calling. you can also use it to message anyone in your phone book.
November 3, 2016
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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 Michael Booth answers our questions about VR social networks
'Everything you can do on Facebook, you should be able to do in VR'
October 7, 2016
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Facebook's mobile prodigy launches video charades game
Michael Sayman was just 17 when Facebook hired him, but he'd already built 5 apps. now 7 years after his first launch, the Facebook product manager has just released Show and Tell, which turns selfies and visual communication into a game. You're given an emotion to act out, you send the video to friends and they try to guess what you're feeling.
February 24, 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 algorithm will help save VR movies from shaky-cam
The social networking company has created a 360 degree video stabilization algorithm
August 31, 2016
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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 Direct feature is literally Snapchat
Facebook has been putting a lot of work into making its apps look and behave more like Snapchat recently. the most visible example of that is Messenger Day, which launched just a couple of weeks ago, but the company has also been experimenting with various additions to its core app, which it has now begun rolling out to all users.
March 28, 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 features like Messenger day are distracting and obtrusive
Facebook is breaking the user experience to promote a feature it cares about more than its users.
March 17, 2017
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Facebook's new job opening posts poach business from LinkedIn
LinkedIn has neglected two big opportunities Facebook is now capitalizing on: helping lower-skilled workers and people who aren't actively looking for a job. Today Facebook is rolling out a slew of new Jobs features we spotted it testing last year. they could hurt LinkedIn's growth prospects and divert recruiting ad dollars.
February 15, 2017
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Facebook's new Marketplace aims to become the world's largest yard sale
Facebook is getting into the Craigslist business. the world's most populated social network recently announced a new feature called Marketplace, which allows Facebook users to buy and sell items for other users nearby. at launch Marketplace will be a mobile-only feature for Android and iOS, and only in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and new Zealand.
October 3, 2016
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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 skunkworks photo team wants to bring virtual reality to the masses
Facebook needs everyone to create VR content – not just Hollywood.
August 31, 2016
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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 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 Oculus has acquired an eye-tracking startup called the Eye Tribe
The companies aren't sharing deal terms.
December 28, 2016
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Facebook's Officially a Media Company. Time to Act Like One
Facebook steadfastly resists categorization as a traditional media company. Instead, CEO Mark Zuckerberg insists on calling the social network a technology platform–even though nearly half of all American adults get their news on Facebook. These old arguments no longer work, especially as Facebook starts making its own video content.
March 6, 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 Parents Portal Helps Olds Keep Their Kids Safe Online
Facebook announced a new Parents Portal where people can learn about the social network and get advice on how to keep their children safe online.
December 13, 2016
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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 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 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 Safety Check activated after deadly Berlin crash
Police encourage those near the site where at least nine died to use the social media giant's feature to let people know they are safe.
December 19, 2016
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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 secretive hardware team signs rapid collaboration deal with 17 universities
Facebook's shadowy Building 8 research team needs help from academia to invent futuristic hardware. But today's pace of innovation doesn't allow for the standard 9-12 month turnaround time it takes universities to strike one-off research partnerships with private companies.
December 21, 2016
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Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to UK, America
Pre-emptive perv to defang revenge pr0nz peddlers
November 8, 2017
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Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg: we need time to mourn
The social network is expanding its bereavement policy and paid leave for employees who are taking care of sick family members.
February 7, 2017
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Facebook's Telecom Infra Project is a year old
In its first year, the project has grown from five to over 450 members, and hopes to cut the cost of an ever-growing range of infrastructure technologies
February 27, 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 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 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 video strategy -- what you need to know
Have you noticed more video on your Facebook feed lately?
February 2, 2017
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Facebook's VIP app Mentions adds Live video drafts, comment blacklists, replay trimming
Facebook is turning its public figures-only Mentions app into a handheld video studio with a slew of new Live broadcasting features rolling out the next few weeks. Mentions on iOS and Android will let broadcasters control brightness and mirroring through an adjustments tray, add category tags, set up comment blocklists, trim their video replays and see their audio, battery and connectivity levels in a broadcaster status bar. Social media managers can also now draft Live video announcements for their celebrity clients to review, and send the star reminders to start broadcasting.
December 21, 2016
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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 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 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 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 top out most popular apps in 2016
Of the Top 10 apps in the US, the two tech titans hold onto eight spots, Nielsen reports.
December 28, 2016
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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, Instagram Ban Surveillance Tools from Their Platforms After Law Enforcement Abuses
Facebook and its sister service, Instagram, will prohibit the use of their data for mass surveillance purposes. the two services took similar (albeit more limited) action last year, but at the time they didn't commit to a developer policy that clearly prohibits the use of its data to build surveillance tools.
March 13, 2017
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Facebook, Instagram: No, you can't auto-slurp our profiles (cough, cough, border officials)
Mining social media accounts is our job, Uncle Sam
March 13, 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, 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 still failing on hate speech in Germany as new law proposed
Facebook and Twitter have once again been criticized in Germany for failures to promptly remove hate speech being spread via their platforms.
March 14, 2017
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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, YouTube, and WhatsApp blocked in Turkey
Internet access in Turkey restricted after political arrests, says monitoring group.
November 4, 2016
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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 news fallout: Facebook starts asking users if headlines are accurate
Facebook is turning to its user base to help solve its clickbait and fake news problems.
December 6, 2016
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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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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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Famous Dropout Mark Zuckerberg will Get a Harvard Degree After All
Harvard just announced that Facebook founder and aspiring politician Mark Zuckerberg will deliver this year's commencement address. as part of the deal, the university will give Zuckerberg an honorary degree and an honorary doctoral gown. This, despite the fact that Zuck dropped out of Harvard College in his sophomore year.
March 7, 2017
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Father who accidentally streamed the birth of his child on Facebook Live loses court case
A man who live streamed the birth of his son has lost one of a series of cases for copyright infringement which he filed against numerous TV broadcasters and news sites for airing and posting the footage.
February 17, 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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Forget prayers, thoughts and sad faces; Facebook Community Help lets you actually help those in crisis
When there is an emergency somewhere in the world -- be it a natural disaster, terrorist attack or humanitarian crisis -- it has become normal to see Facebook's Safety Check feature kick in. as well as letting those affected by the crisis in question let their loved ones know that they are OK, Safety Check activations also result in a flood of thoughts, prayers and sad-faced emoji being sent by Facebookers.
February 9, 2017
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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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Former Maker, Disney, Nickelodeon execs raise $6 million for kids media startup Pocketwatch
With traditional television no longer the powerhouse it once was, today's kids grow up on a diet of Netflix and YouTube and other digital content. a new startup aiming to be the next big kids brand to tackle this space, Pocketwatch, announced today it has raised $6 million in Series a funding led by Machinima co-founder Allen DeBevoise's Third Wave Digital, a firm that invests in digital media brands.
March 22, 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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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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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 OKs plan to fine social networks for unchecked hate speech
German cabinet approves draft law that would charge sites like Twitter and Facebook as much as $53 million for failing to regulate hate speech and fake news.
April 5, 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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Getting all your news from Facebook is like eating only potato chips, Flipboard CEO Mike McCue says
McCue has some ideas for fixing fake news and anonymous harassment online.
February 13, 2017
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Getting started with Facebook App Install Ads
Facebook App Install Ads is a great way to do user acquisition for your Windows Store apps. you will get broad reach, great targeting, and a great dashboard for creating and managing your ads. this video will walk you through creating a Facebook App Install Ad and adding code to your app for proper install attribution.
February 8, 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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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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Government requests for Facebook user data up 27 percent in first half of 2016
Facebook released its latest transparency report today, detailing government requests for user data for the first half of 2016. According to the report, government requests for account data increased by 27 percent globally as compared with the last half of 2015. the number of requests grew from 46,710 to 59,229, Facebook said.
December 21, 2016
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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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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 all the times Facebook tried to stomp out Snapchat in 2016
Facebook's Snapchat envy isn't new.
December 28, 2016
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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'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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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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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 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 Messenger evolved into a chat camera
A picture is worth a thousand words... that no one wants to type on a tiny screen. and even if you did mash in all that text, it'd still lose the subtleties of sarcasm or sincerity. to express the full range of emotion, messaging apps must put us face-to-face despite our distance.
March 8, 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 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 to avoid feeling depressed on Facebook
Comparing yourself with others on Facebook is more likely to lead to feelings of depression than making social comparisons offline, investigators report.
November 28, 2016
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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 find out what Facebook knows about you
The social media behemoth is watching.
October 5, 2017
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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 make Facebook politics less painful
I made just one innocent political comment and it practically started a war. the conversation quickly escalated until my conservative aunt Karen was yelling at Chris, a left-leaning friend from high school. Once Karen stopped yelling, Chris responded with a thoughtful, tempered response "except for the thinly veiled Hitler reference at the end of it.
February 7, 2017
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How to Make Sure you Never Get Locked Out of your Facebook Account
Whether someone's stolen your credentials or you really can't remember your password, if you're ever locked out of your Facebook account, there are a number of routes you can take to get back in. One of the most effective needs to be set up in advance: telling Facebook who you trust the most.
October 7, 2016
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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 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 secure your Facebook account
Simple steps to social media lockdown
March 30, 2017
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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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'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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I Took the AI Class Facebookers Are Literally Sprinting to Get Into
CHIA-CHIUNN HO WAS eating lunch inside Facebook headquarters, at the Full Circle Cafe, when he saw the notice on his phone: Larry Zitnick, one of the leading figures at the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research lab, was teaching another class on deep learning.
March 27, 2017
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I want to launch thousands of drones, says Facebook's flying Wi-Fi router chief
Martin Gomez waxes lyrical on Zuckerberg's future aerial fleet
October 3, 2016
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If it talks like a government and acts like a government, it must be a tech giant
When the ACLU reported last year that law enforcement teamed up with Geofeedia, a software company that uses social media data to track and monitor protesters, many were outraged. Shortly after, Facebook and Twitter cut off Geofeedia's access to their data.
March 31, 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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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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Independent Auditors will Check Facebook Ad Displays Down to the Millisecond
You can't blame companies that run advertisements on Facebook for being a bit suspicious after the social media platform has acknowledged problems with over-estimating how long users interact with videos and how much time users spend reading Instant Articles and interacting with brand pages. now the company will submit to an outside audit of that advertising data.
February 10, 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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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 down? Sort of... and there's a simple fix
Some online events unite people -- such as the recent solar eclipse which was streamed online by millions of people unable to see the spectacle in person. Another uniting event occurs when a major website goes down... like Facebook.
August 23, 2017
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Is Facebook Too Powerful?
I am uncomfortable putting too much power into the hands of just a few, even if their intentions are good. Here's what Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg should do.
March 7, 2017
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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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Italian firm thinks Facebook's "Nearby Places" is a copycat, gets feature shut down
Court ordered Facebook to suspend the feature or pay 5,000 euros per day.
March 7, 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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Job ads on Facebook mean you could apply for your next position through the social network
Ads on Facebook are something of a pain, but they could actually about to become rather more useful. Starting tomorrow, the social network will allow business pages to host job ads and anyone interested in the positions will be able to apply directly via Facebook.
February 16, 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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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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Looking for a job? Facebook's got you covered
What is the best social network to visit when you're looking for a new job?
February 16, 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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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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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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Major League Soccer comes to Facebook Live
Soccer is a very popular sport globally, especially in places like Europe and South America. with that said, it is not a huge deal in the United States. True, there are fans of the sport in the USA, but its popularity comes nowhere near, say, baseball, basketball, or football. Unfortunately, this means that many televised matches do not reach all markets. Heck, some matches don't even get broadcast in the English language!
March 10, 2017
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Make a wish! Facebook rolls out Birthday Videos to help you celebrate
Facebook is all about video these days, so the social media giant is creating more of them to put on your timeline.
July 29, 2016
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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 and Priscilla Chan are expecting another daughter
Or as we like to say at Recode: another future Facebook mobile user.
March 9, 2017
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Mark Zuckerberg built a real-life A.I.-assistant named Jarvis
Either way, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has taken a page from Tony Stark's book and created his own home-based A.I., called Jarvis, just like Tony Stark's is. So what was Zuckerberg able to accomplish, and what did he learn?
December 20, 2016
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Mark Zuckerberg checks in on his year building A.I. for his home
Challenges and accomplishments for setting up A.I. to answer his door, entertain his daughter
December 20, 2016
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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 wants Facebook to have more power in our lives, and we should resist
Facebook seems unlikely to police itself, so it's up to its users and other organizations to start to exert pressure for it to do so.
February 24, 2017
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Mark Zuckerberg's Answer to a World Divided by Facebook is More Facebook
When I ask Mark Zuckerberg if the presidential election changed the way he sees Facebook�if he made poor assumptions, if Facebook functioned in ways he didn't intend�he pauses.
February 16, 2017
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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 rambling letter covers fake news on Facebook, nudity and profanity -- and his ego
In a lengthy missive that has been described by some as a manifesto, Mark Zuckerberg has written a counterattack to criticism of his beloved Facebook. He waxes lyrical about a rosy vision of the future in which communities come together, everyone is included, and everyone is empowered -- largely facilitated by him. for a man who denies he has political leanings, he certainly seems to have been studying Speaking Like a Politician 101. He is nothing if not almost impressively vague.
February 17, 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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Markslist: Facebook touts its own tat bazaar
Having conquered social networking and disease, Zuck sets his sights on flea markets
October 3, 2016
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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 just became the latest Facebook app to launch a Stories feature
Messenger joins Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook in copying Snapchat's Stories idea.
March 9, 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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Mom posts Facebook Live video of 10-year-old driving, say cops
Commentary: a Connecticut mom is arrested after authorities witness what they say was a troubling broadcast.
March 7, 2017
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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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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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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 broadcast live to Facebook from your desktop or your favorite games
Facebook Live has been with us for a little while now, but it has been limited by the fact that it has only been possible to broadcast from mobile devices. Today this changes as Facebook opens up broadcasting to desktop and laptop users too.
March 22, 2017
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Now you can dive into Facebook 360 videos with your Gear VR
The new app will run exclusively on Galaxy phones using Samsung's Oculus-powered headset.
March 9, 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 Drift: VR gaming boss out at Facebook
Less-than-rosy Palmer leaving Zuck's $2bn lawsuit magnet
March 31, 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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One in five Facebook videos is Live as it seizes the verb
While most people still aren't sure what to broadcast, and some have misused the format for unsavory or criminal purposes, Facebook says one-fifth of the videos shared on its network are now Live videos. it's also seen the Live broadcasting daily watch time grow 4X in the past year, according to Facebook's head of video, Fidji Simo.
April 6, 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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Palmer Luckey, co-founder of Oculus, has left Facebook
After six months of radio silence on the issue, Facebook has announced that Palmer Luckey is leaving the company. Luckey, who has made no social media posts since September 23, ran into trouble after being financially linked to Nimble America, a non-profit that described itself as a "social welfare 501(c)4 non-profit dedicated to shitposting in real life." Since then, he's kept himself scarce, only appearing in public to testify in Zenimax Media's lawsuit against Oculus. (Luckey himself was found personally liable for $50 million in damages to Zenimax).
March 31, 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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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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Play Facebook's Instant Games like Pac-Man directly from News Feed & Messenger
Facebook wants to make gaming with your friends and family easier than ever with Instant Games. Unlike other Facebook games that require some form of installation and setup, Instant Games are much faster to play; just tap on the title you want to play and get started.
November 29, 2016
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Privacy Groups Say Facebook Must Make WhatsApp Data Sharing Opt-In, Ask FTC to Intervene
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), two of the biggest digital privacy organizations in the U.S., filed a complaint with the FTC against WhatsApp's new policy to share user data with Facebook.
August 30, 2016
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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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Misc. - R

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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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, Amazon Among Tech Giants Interested In Streaming Thursday NFL Games
If the news that Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and YouTube are all reportedly interested in streaming Thursday night NFL games sounds familiar, that's because these same rumors swirled last year.
March 24, 2017
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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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Reports of a Facebook fake news detector are apparently a plugin
Facebook is showing red warning labels above fake news links in the News Feed for some users in what appears to be a limited test. TechCrunch attained the screenshot below of the warning from a source. the warning reads "This website is not a reliable news source. Reason: Classification Pending" In some cases, 'State-Sponsored News' appears as a reason.
December 1, 2016
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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'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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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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Senior Facebook Employee Arrested for Allegedly Soliciting Unprotected Sex from Underage Girl
Dov Katz, the head of computer vision at Oculus VR, was arrested near Seattle on December 21 for allegedly soliciting sex from an underage girl. According to charging records, Katz allegedly attempted to pay $350 to have unprotected sex with someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl.
December 25, 2016
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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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Shopify now lets stores sell directly in Facebook Messenger
Shopify was early to bring its merchants the ability to converse directly with customers via Facebook Messenger, and now it's launching the ability to actually sell directly within messages between stores and customers.
October 5, 2016
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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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Should you be Able to Serve Divorce Papers Through Facebook?
If you so choose, you can use the internet to avoid virtually all person-to-person contact; sign contracts electronically, transfer funds from account to account, transact business, order dinner and a movie, but can you use Facebook to sidestep the awkward – and sometimes difficult – process of serving divorce papers on your estranged spouse? not always, says one judge.
December 9, 2016
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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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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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Some Guy Figured Out how to Hack Into Any Facebook Profile [updated]
A white hat hacker in India says he found a way to hack into any Facebook user's profile. don't freak out though! Like a good white hat, the hacker alerted Facebook to the disastrous loophole. Facebook paid him a $15,000 bug bounty. Seems small.
March 8, 2016
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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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Stop Trying to Make Me Use Facebook
"Why use Facebook for anything," I tweeted this week. and I mean it. I see no reason to use the ubiquitous social network. I don't need it for marketing. I don't need it to find old relatives. I don't need to keep up with high school classmates or former crushes.
March 2, 2017
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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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Take care with Facebook Lite -- it could be stealing your data and installing malicious apps
It's no secret that Facebook can be a real hog, both in terms of data and battery usage. to combat the problem, Facebook released a cut-down version of its mobile app in certain markets called Facebook Lite; it also followed that up more recently with Facebook Messenger Lite.
March 7, 2017
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Talk to your Kids About Inappropriate Pics on Facebook
My 7-year-old took pictures of my naked 3-year-old and almost put them on Facebook. how do I explain this is a bad idea?
March 21, 2017
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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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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 bid to stream NFL: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter or Amazon?
Twitter had a successful run with the NFL last season. Now, other tech giants are hoping for an interception.
March 24, 2017
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The Facebook products Mark Zuckerberg thinks could help save the world
The Zuckerberg manifesto, explained.
February 16, 2017
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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 new algorithms enabling Facebook's data fixation
A billion and a half photos find their way onto Facebook every single day and the company is racing to understand them and their moving counterparts with the hope of increasing engagement. and while machine learning is undoubtedly the map to the treasure, Facebook and its competitors are still trying to work out how to deal with the spoils once they find them.
March 29, 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 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 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 designer perfectly captured the obnoxious spread of Stories
If we're all very unlucky, this could be what the biggest app updates of 2017 look like:
March 22, 2017
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This Resident Evil 2 Cosplay is Terrifying and Awesome
Resident Evil 7 was released a couple of weeks ago, and we wondered what the creepiest cosplay to ever come out of the franchise might be.
February 14, 2017
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This very distressed purple bird is derailing conversations across Facebook
His name is Trash Dove
February 13, 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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UK wants tech firms to build tools to block terrorist content
U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd is holding talks with several major internet companies today to urge them to be more proactive about tackling the spread of extremist content online. Companies in attendance include Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook, along with some smaller internet companies.
March 30, 2017
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US border agents might want visitors' Facebook passwords
Visiting the US? Maybe you'll have to relinquish your social media passwords or be turned away, the Department of Homeland Security leader says.
February 8, 2017
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US government starts asking foreign travelers to disclose their social media accounts
To 'identify potential threats'
December 22, 2016
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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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Using Social Media for User Research
Social media is one of the dominant forms of interactions on the Internet. Leading platforms such as Facebook and Twitter count hundreds of millions of users each month. In this article, I will show you how social media is a rich vein of data for user researchers. I will argue that it would be an oversight for an organization to treat social media as nothing more than an opportunity for customer service enquiries, help requests and brand advocacy.
March 1, 2017
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Misc. - V

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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Want to post a discriminatory ad? Facebook may try to stop you automatically
Follows November outcry over targeted FB ads' possible violations of Fair Housing Act.
February 8, 2017
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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 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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Where to post your daily stories in 2017
Feed frenzy
March 30, 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 Facebook Needs to Buy Netflix
Netflix has the kind of content deals Facebook needs to truly make its mark in video.
February 14, 2017
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Why we underestimate time when we're having fun on Facebook
Updating your Facebook status can be a fun way to while away the hours -- but now it seems it really is making us lose track of time as we do it.
February 7, 2017
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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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With Facebook shafted, India now belongs to Google
The path's clear for Loon, the stratospheric data slurper
March 8, 2016
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Workplace by Facebook begins to take shape
Workplace by Facebook has been in general release for just two months now, but it's clear that Facebook has big plans for its enterprise social product. Just this week, at TechCrunch Disrupt in London, the company announced a new platform to integrate enterprise applications with Workplace, putting it in direct competition with Slack, the enterprise social darling of the moment.
December 9, 2016
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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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Misc. - Y

Yes, Facebook is a media company
Will a chart convince you? Okay. Here's a chart.
August 30, 2016
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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 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 play classic arcade games in Facebook Messenger -- Here's how
You've been able to play basic games in Facebook Messenger for a while -- things like chess, soccer and basketball -- but from now you'll be able to play classic arcade games too.
November 29, 2016
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You can now play classic games like Pac-Man inside Facebook Messenger
Get your game on with Facebook Messenger.
November 29, 2016
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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 Use Facebook as your Calendar App
Here's How
October 7, 2016
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You can now Use Keywords to Search Facebook for Friends' Photos
You know that moment when you're telling a great story, the one about the time your friend carved Aaron Rodgers' likeness out of cheese and then married it, but in the moment, you can't remember where to find the photo evidence on Facebook? your storytelling skills may be vastly improved now that Facebook will let users search among their friends' photos.
February 2, 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 can't trust news on Facebook -- and (once again) you can't trust its web ad metrics
Another recount in America: Cockup sends publishers back to their abacuses
December 19, 2016
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You just might find your next job on Facebook
Companies can post jobs on the social network; feature not seen as a threat to LinkedIn
February 16, 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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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 implies Facebook is a media company, just "not a traditional media company"
Mark Zuckerberg gave new insights about how he sees Facebook's role in informing the world today during a Live video one-on-one year-end chat with COO Sheryl Sandberg. Facebook's CEO also lent support to employees trying to fight fake news today, though reports indicated some employees were dissatisfied by his initially tepid response to the issue.
December 21, 2016
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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 shows off upcoming Facebook features
Created in corporate hackathons, features like GIFs for comments, offline communications and shared photo albums are likely soon
December 6, 2016
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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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