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On Sunday Facebook attempted once again to lend clarity to its Community Standards and policies as they apply to government requests. Specifically, Head of Global Policy Management Monika Bickert and Deputy General Counsel Chris Sonderby set out to provide "more detail and clarity on what is and is not allowed" on the site, citing in particular “nudity” and “hate speech” as areas in need of particular attention. In addition, Bickert and Soderby stated that circumstances may arise in which Facebook will need to remove or restrict access to content due to said content being against the law in... Read more...
You can’t please everyone, and Facebook is finding that out the hard way… again. Facebook has buckled under pressure from a Change.org petition that called on the social network giant to remove the “Feeling Fat” emoticon. The petition proclaimed that “Fat is not a feeling” and called for the rosy cheeked, double-chinned emoticon to be banished. Well, Facebook heard the cries of over 16,000 supporters of the petition, and removed the emoticon. In a response the petition, Facebook wrote: We’ve heard from our community that listing “feeling fat” as an option for status updates could reinforce negative... Read more...
At this week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, "VR" was a definite buzzword. You simply couldn't avoid it. Valve announced a solution, as did AMD. Even NVIDIA unveiled a monstrous graphics card that promises to be powerful enough to provide a proper, immersive VR experience. With this spring's GDC now done and over with, reports have begun to trickle out of Google's supposed interest in VR. Much like how the company has created a tuned Android for wearables, it looks like it could be doing the same for VR. It's being said that there are "tens of engineers" dedicated to the project,... Read more...
Robert Palmer nailed the social networking scene when he sang, "You might as well face it you're addicted to Likes." Okay, we might have changed the lyrics just a tad, but Facebook Page owners who deny getting excited at seeing their Likes count climb will be put to the test. In an effort to make Page Likes more meaningful, Facebook is going to remove Page Likes from memorialized and voluntarily deactivated accounts. For some business Page owners, this might not be a big deal. But for others that have been around for a long time and have amassed a large number of Likes, they could potentially see... Read more...
Despite increasing competition from Facebook and Google’s own expectation that growth would decelerate, YouTube is growing steadily and launching new features. Many of the features are geared toward helping its content creators monetize their work, but one in particular is getting most of the attention. Within a few months, Google plans to launch a subscription option known as Music Key. Music Key is currently in beta, but Google is “fine tuning the experience" for a wide public launch.(Image Source: Google)What makes Music Key stand out is that it’s an ad-free section of YouTube, which... Read more...
Beyoncé is going to be an Oculus Rift modder. So will you and everyone else who eventually dons the virtual reality headset, or so that's the future Facebook envisions for its $2 billion venture. Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox talked a bit about his company's vision for Oculus Rift at the Code/Media conference, and it involve apps that will allow you to create expanded experiences. Cox talked about some of the film demos that are available on Oculus Rift, like riding in a Blue Angel fighter jet. "You realize, when you’re in it, that you’re looking at the future, and it’s going to be awesome,"... Read more...
Following an interview with Re/code late last week, president Obama has managed to upset officials in Europe for a couple of rather blunt comments regarding America's success with the Internet. For starters, Obama claims that the EU's actions towards regulating the Internet is 'commercially-driven', and is the result of their companies being unable to compete with 'ours'. In perhaps his most blunt comment, Obama stated, "We have owned the Internet. Our companies have created it, expanded it, perfected it in ways that they can't compete. And oftentimes what is portrayed as high-minded positions... Read more...
Until the grim reaper decides to retire, death will remain the one thing that no living creature can avoid. It's not a comfortable subject for most, though once you accept it's going to happen, you can make preparations, both to make things easier on your loved ones, and in the case of Facebook, to preserve your legacy in the online world. How so? By designation someone as your "Legacy Contact." This is a new feature of Facebook in which people can designate a family member or friend to manage their account once they've gone to the other side. Once Facebook is aware of their passing, it will memorialize... Read more...
Maybe today is the day to finally snap some photos of that old sofa and get it listed online. Facebook announced some new tools applicable to “For Sale” groups today that will spiff up your listings. The move takes Facebook’s For Sale groups out of the bush leagues and pits them against the likes of Craigslist. (Source: Facebook)The changes aren’t dramatic, which is probably a good thing. Much of Craigslist’s appeal is its simplicity and Facebook seems to feel similarly about its For Sale groups. Where once you wrote your listing in a typical post, you can now create a Sell post that... Read more...
It's a good thing Facebook was only out of commission for an hour, otherwise can you imagine the uproar that would have erupted from the hundreds of millions of daily active users who would have to find some place else to post their pictures of dinner or political rants? Instagram wasn't an option, because that was also down -- both self inflicted wounds, Facebook says. "Earlier today many people had trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram. This was not the result of a third party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems. We moved quickly... Read more...
Facebook overhauled its Android app for emerging markets last year, but even the slimmed-downed version might give some smartphones a run for their money. Enter Facebook Lite for Android, an app that promises to work “in all network conditions.” The app appears to be targeted primarily at Southeast Asia, Africa, and emerging markets, in which many smartphones are inexpensive and underpowered. With that said, the app should work fine on Android smartphones in the U.S., so if your phone has been struggling with the standard Facebook app, the Lite version might be just what you need. ... Read more...
Folks, there is no such thing as a deadly snow snake, even though someone may have posted a disturbing article on your Facebook feed warning of a white snake that hides in the snow and, once bitten by it, causes your blood to freeze. While these and other hoaxes may seem obviously fake to some, they often spread with reckless abandon across Facebook, and that's something the social networking site is actively working to reduce. To combat these false stories, the Facebook team rolled out an update to the News Feed that reduces the distribution of posts that people have reported... Read more...
Unless you happen to hail from north of the border or otherwise follow the digital design industry, you probably have never heard of Teehan+Lax, one of Toronto's most successful digital design agencies. And it's a name you may soon forget, though three of its top partners are headed to Facebook in what's being described as a talent acquisition, not a takeover. That means Facebook has hired the three partners in question -- Jon Lax, Geoff Teehan, and David Gillis -- as opposed to buying out the company, which will reportedly shut its doors. Some other members of the senior designers at the firm... Read more...
With so many troubling events going on in the world these days, it’s always nice to hear about individuals and companies doing positive things that make a difference in peoples’ lives. So it definitely brings a smile to my face to see that Facebook has teamed up with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to bring AMBER Alerts to your News Feed. Facebook is being as discrete as possible with these alerts, which means that you won’t receive a blaring audio tones on your phone at 3AM in the morning or even a popup notification. Instead, the AMBER Alerts will simply blend in with your... Read more...
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