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Facebook has been on a fake news hunt for the past few months. Its latest algorithm is intended to not only prevent fake news, but improve the overall Trending experience. The improvements are largely based on user feedback. The biggest and most requested change is that Facebook will now display a headline from a publisher’s article about a particular topic. How will the publishers be chosen? The headlines will be selected based on engagement around the actual article or publisher, and whether or not others are linking to the publisher’s article. After clicking on the topic, users will be taken... Read more...
It's been quite the year for Facebook's Messenger app. Prior to the summer, a lot of people didn't even know it existed - myself included - but come summer, everyone was handed a deadline: Transition, or lose messaging capabilities. At the start of August, Facebook stuck to its word, and disabled the messaging capability in the main app, leading to a revolt - thousands took to Apple's App Store to give the app a 1-star rating. At that point, it seemed like maybe, Facebook would backtrack on this whole forced transition thing. It didn't, and look at where the app is now: It enjoys half a billion... Read more...
It's a funny thing, using Facebook. At it's best, the world's biggest social playground is a wonderful online tool to keep us connected with family, friends, sports figures, our favorite brands, and so forth. But have you ever found yourself feeling irritated with the posts that appear on your news feed? We've all been there, and if it happens frequently, you'll like that Facebook is making it easier to control what you see. It begins by making it quicker and easier to unfollow people, Pages, and Groups. This can be especially helpful during election periods -- we all have that tinfoil wearing... Read more...
Governments around the world are increasingly interested in what their citizens are doing on Facebook. According to the social network's third Government Requests Report, which provides information about the number of government data and content removal requests received during the first half of 2014, combined government requests rose 24 percent since the last half of 2013. That works out to 34,946 requests for data. In addition, Facebook noted a 19 percent increase in the amount of content restricted because of local laws. Image Source: Flickr (Maria Elena) "As we’ve said before, we scrutinize... Read more...
Facebook seems to have been focusing giving its users the ability to be anonymous in recent weeks. In October it was rumored that the company was working on a new mobile app, which has been designated Rooms, that would allow users to interact with each other under an alias. But now, Facebook is making its social media website more Tor-friendly. The company announced that Tor users could get a secure connection to its servers by visiting https://facebookcorewwwi.onion/ that will provide end-to-end encryption. Prior to this, it was a chore for Tor users to connect through a Tor-enabled internet... Read more...
One of the advantages that Twitter has over other social networks is its ability to offer real-time updates and information during disaster situations. For example, Twitter played an important role in relaying information during Hurricane Sandy a couple of years ago. Facebook isn't really designed in a way to compete with that, though the social network did figure out a way to make it easy to find out if your loved ones are safe during emergency situations. Through Facebook's new Safety Check feature, you can let your family and friends know you're safe, as well as check in on others in the area.... Read more...
A couple of months ago, Facebook caused quite a stir when it wanted drag queens to use their real names on the service. Of course, this isn't a rule that affects only drag queens, but that was this community that became the loudest opposition. Last week, we established that the entire thing was a big misunderstanding, and that Facebook is actually fine with people using the name they're best known for. Well, if you had any lingering doubt about Facebook's sudden change-of-heart, a new report might help settle your opinion. The company is apparently working on a brand-new mobile app that will allow... Read more...
Still find yourself pissed off at Facebook for potentially messing with your head when it experimented on 700,000 users without their consent? Hey, it's all good, brother -- Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer posted a set of new guidelines that will help the world's largest social network do a better job at monkeying around with your brain. Honest. Are you lost? Let's back up a moment. Facebook published a paper this past summer revealing that it ran an "emotional contagion" experiment on hundreds of thousands of Facebook users without their knowledge or consent. In plain English, Facebook altered the... Read more...
Facebook has been making a push into ad marketing. Earlier this year, it acquired video ad company LiveRail to improve the social media company’s video ads. Now, Facebook has unveiled a rebuilt Atlas for the purpose of allowing advertisers the ability to track and measure the effects of their ad campaigns not only on Facebook, but browsers and devices as well. “People spend more time on more devices than ever before, “said head of Atlas Erik Johnson. “This shift in consumer behavior has had a profound impact on a consumer’s path to purchase, both online and in stores.... Read more...
As Facebook and Google rush to connect the remaining regions of the world that lack Internet connectivity, they are increasingly looking to the skies. While Google has balloons in mind, Facebook is planning drones that will be able to fly for days or months at high altitudes, beaming Internet connections to remote areas below. A high-flying, solar-powered unmanned plane. Images Credit: Internet.org Facebook has been working on this project for some time, having bought a company that designs solar-powered drones in March. The solar-powered Internet drone plan is part of Internet.org, which is supported... Read more...
The tech industry is constantly evolving and technology is becoming a larger portion of our lives than ever before. To that end, Facebook ceo Mark Zuckerberg is encouraging students to get into tech and coding as the company is looking to attract young techies and hire them to work for the company. On Thursday at Redwood City’s Sequoia High School, Zuckerberg told students that developing an understanding of technology and computers “is going to be really critical to having a lot of options and doing what you want.” He continued, “If you start with the assumption that everything... Read more...
Although Facebook hasn’t made any official comments about a new app, reports are surfacing that an app, codenamed Moments, make break cover soon. If these reports are accurate, the app will be meant to give users a better tool for sharing messages with specific groups of people privately. That’s a feature that both Facebook and Google+ have been working to achieve with mixed results. The Moments app, if it comes to pass, is expected to provide a visual representation of different groups in your life (it’s probably a safe bet that you’ll be able to customize the groups) so... Read more...
While mobile users are worrying about their monthly data allowance, with Facebook’s auto-play feature eating it up, Facebook is focusing its efforts on videos. The social media site announced that it would be rolling out some YouTube-like features as well as showing related video suggestions when a user is done watching a video. Facebook product management director, video Fidji Simo provided some interesting statistics when it comes to videos. Simo revealed that the amount of videos viewed exceeded 50 percent from May through July this year. In addition, there have been more than 1 billion... Read more...
Mobile data plans can be an annoying thing to have. Unless you have an unlimited data plan, chances are that you have to be mindful of how much data is being used up each month. So it would behoove you to know that Facebook’s auto-play feature tends to chew away at your mobile data. Just browsing through Facebook’s Newsfeed will chip away at your allotted amount of data thanks to its auto-play feature that starts a video when users immediately come upon one in their newsfeed. Because of this feature, U.K. consumer website MoneySavingExpert.com noticed that there was a surge in hefty... Read more...
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