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Facebook is looking to address some of the issues that people complain about with the network, namely that the social network is making people feel worse about themselves and that the social giant is generally bad for people. Back in December, a former Facebook executive said that the social network was destroying our modern society, something that Facebook flatly denies. Despite not feeling as if it is destroying society, Facebook is looking to ensure that the time people spend on the network in 2018 is "time well spent." Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg has made a post on the social network talking... Read more...
Facebook has policies in place that are intended to curb bad behavior, including hate speech. Yet horrible things get posted on the social network (and other places on the web, such as Twitter), sometimes seemingly faster than moderators can remove them. Part of the problem is that the battle never ends, but even so, there is room for improvement. Facebook knows this, and has admitted to (and apologized for) making mistakes when it comes to hate speech. "We’re sorry for the mistakes we have made—they do not reflect the community we want to help build," Facebook Vice President Justin... Read more...
Facebook has rolled out a new tool that allows you to see if you liked any information that was linked to the Russian accounts accused of having been influential during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. According to U.S. intelligence agencies, the Russian government exploited social media, particularly targeting Facebook,to influence the outcome of the election.  The Facebook tool is a page on their Help Center that the user must log into using their credentials or with their Instagram account. Once logged in, the user can then see if they were influenced by the Internet Research Agency... Read more...
Have you read about the morgue employee who fell asleep on the job and was accidentally cremated? Or what about Denzel Washington referring to former President Barack Obama as the "criminal-in-chief?" These things did not happen, nor did an NFL team declare bankruptcy over player's taking a knee in protest. These are examples of what we now refer to as fake news, and it is an ongoing problem for Facebook. In an effort to promote factual stories over fictional ones, Facebook announced a couple of changes. The first and perhaps biggest one is that Facebook is moving away from the use of Disputed... Read more...
Facebook is expanding its facial recognition technology, and it should help users that want to better curate their "image" via social media. If you've ever used Facebook, chances are that someone has uploaded a photo of you, perhaps without your permission. Oftentimes you only happen to stumble across the images when scrolling down your News Feed. Sometimes, you may not mind the photo, and other times, it could have possibly captured you at a not so "photogenic" moment. To help combat any potentially embarrassing situations and to help users know exactly how and when their image appears on social... Read more...
If you're looking to find a last-minute gift for the PC gamer on your shopping list, and don't mind parting with nearly four Benjamins, the Oculus Rift is now on sale for the low, low price of $379. This represents a $20 discount from its normal selling price. We should note that this isn't the lowest price we've seen for the virtual reality headset (it fell to $349 on Black Friday), but this is the lowest that we'll probably see for a while. The promotion is good through December 20th. The lower price is available direct from Oculus.com, or if you prefer, you can visit one of your favorite online... Read more...
Facebook is a mixed bag, isn't it? On one hand, Facebook is a wonderful platform for keeping in touch with old friends and family members when you're separated by distance. Through the wonders of social media, you can stay plugged into the lives of people who might otherwise be lost acquaintances. But in order to do that, you have to wade through a lot of...stuff (feel free to substitute a different "s" word). You know, annoying posts that plead for Likes and Shares. That's not the only problem with Facebook, though it is one with high visibility. The good news is, Facebook is tweaking its algorithm... Read more...
Facebook is one of those places where sometimes we feel bad for unfriending people, even if their posts annoy us. Maybe your friend isn’t always annoying, maybe they just had a baby and you are totally not in baby mode or perhaps its election season and political views are just too much. Facebook has announced some changes and the most important of them is probably the new "Snooze" button. With Snooze you can give yourself a break from your friend for up to 30 days at a time. Facebook's Shruthi Muraleedharan writes, "One of our core News Feed values is giving people more control. Today, we’re... Read more...
Snap Inc has debuted a new self-serve platform called Lens Studio that will allow people, marketers, and developers to create their own augmented reality objects. Snap has combined its forces with seven marketing partners including MediaMonks, Fishermen Labs, Haus, Avatar Labs, North Kingdom, Trigger Global, and VidMob who will work to make AR for brands and agencies. However, anyone can use Lens Studio. Lens Studio is a website that designers can login to that is tied to the Snapchat ad platform. With the website, user can create, publish, and share AR characters. Snapchat says that over 3,000... Read more...
A security flaw that was first discovered in 1998 by Daniel Bleichenbacher has resurfaced, putting at risk some of the most popular websites and services, including Facebook and PayPal. Called ROBOT, the 19-year-old vulnerability can be exploited to perform RSA decryption and signing operations with the private key of a TLS server, and can still be used against many HTTPS hosts in today's Internet landscape. "For hosts that are vulnerable and only support RSA encryption key exchanges it's pretty bad. It means an attacker can passively record traffic and later decrypt it," security researchers Hanno... Read more...
A former Facebook executive sparked a firestorm yesterday (and prodded some nods of approval) when he decried that he has “tremendous guilt” for being a part of a social media platform that is “ripping society apart” at the seams. The exec, Chamath Palihapitiya, was at Facebook from 2007 to 2011 and said the company manipulates its users and that he won’t even let his own kids use the platform (We guess that means no Messenger Kids in the Palihapitiya household). Well, it stands to reason that Facebook wasn’t going to allow such comments to spread into the blogosphere... Read more...
Social networks are great ways for friends and families who may not live close by to communicate with one another and share pictures, videos, and stories. At the same time, social networks are also viewed by some people as a detriment to users and society in general. A former Facebook exec named Chamath Palihapitiya has spoken out against the social network that he has been a part of cultivating, by saying that it is "ripping society apart." The former exec went so far as to say that he feels "tremendous guilt" for the influence that Facebook has had on people and its ability to manipulate users.... Read more...
Oh, the horror! A catastrophe of epic proportions occurred yesterday when *GULP* Facebook Messenger went offline for a short period of time, leaving millions of users around the globe unable to chat, send animated GIFs, or even share emojis with one another through the standalone messaging app. As you might imagine, this unfathomable event caused a panic on Twitter, where users vented their frustration. The moment of dread came earlier this morning when a Facebook employee acknowledged the outage, confirming widespread fears that the problem was on Facebook's end. "We can confirm there is currently... Read more...
Facebook is rolling out a preview of Messenger Kids, a new standalone messaging app designed specifically for children who are under 13-years-old. The aim is to provide a safe way for children to video chat and message with family and friends, with parents having access to strict parental controls to ensure their kids are not being exposed to inappropriate content. The same can't be said for the vast majority of messaging apps out there, such as Snapchat and Facebook's full-fledged Messenger (both of which are not supposed to be used by children). "After talking to thousands of parents, associations... Read more...
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