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Attention, Instagram Users: You Can Now Follow Hashtags To Make Your Feed More Interesting

Instagram will now allow its users to follow hashtags on the picture-focused social network. The new feature will inject relevant content to feeds, and it will allow users to become more involved with even their most niche interests.

Apps/Software

Facebook Fires Back With Unexpected Response To Former Executive Who Said Social Media Is 'Ripping Apart' Society

Facebook fired back at a former executive who said that he was feeling 'tremendous guilt' for helping create tools that are 'ripping apart' society. The company unusually answered the allegations, but the contents of the response were even more unexpected.

Internet December 13, 2017

Social Media Is Destroying Society, Says Former Facebook Exec

Social media plays a big part in our daily lives, but is it beneficial? A former Facebook executive warned about the negative impact it may have and recommended limited use.

Internet December 12, 2017

Facebook Rules Glassdoor's List Of '2018 Best Places To Work'

Facebook was again included in Glassdoor's list of the 'best places to work' in 2018. The social media giant managed to nab the top spot across various industries beating the likes of Google, HubSpot, and LinkedIn.

Business Tech December 7, 2017

Here's How Facebook Plans To Develop Products For Your Kids

Facebook launched Messenger Kids in an attempt to provide kids with a fun and secure way to use Facebook. It teamed up with industry leaders to bring this child-friendly messenger app and help parents set their minds at ease.

Internet December 6, 2017

Australia Looks Into Possible Media Disruption Of Facebook And Google

The Australian Federal Government ordered the ACCC to conduct a review about the role of social media giants to both media publishers and consumers.

Internet December 5, 2017

Facebook Launches Privacy-Focused Messenger App For Kids To Chat With Parental Approval

Facebook has launched a standalone Messenger Kids app specifically designed to let kids under 13 talk to approved contacts. The app is privacy-focused, and parents are in control. The kids don't even have their own Facebook account.

Apps/Software December 4, 2017

The Winklevoss Twins Now Bitcoin Billionaires

The Winklevoss Twins, who became famous when they sued Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2004, are now officially Bitcoin billionaires as bitcoin trading surged over 10,000 percent during the final week of November.

Business Tech December 4, 2017

Facebook May Soon Ask You For A Selfie To Verify If You're A Real Person

Facebook may soon launch a new verification system to root out suspicious users. It is testing a new kind of captcha to verify user identities on its platform.

Security December 3, 2017

Facebook Rolls Out Artificial Intelligence Program For Suicide Prevention: Here's How It Will Work

Facebook rolled out an artificial intelligence-powered suicide prevention program globally. The tool can detect Facebook posts and Facebook Live videos that express suicidal thoughts, but the social network still needs the help of its users to make the community safe.

Apps/Software November 28, 2017

And It Goes On And On: Facebook Testing Snapchat-Style Messenger Streaks Feature

Facebook has launched a new feature for its users to interact more with its Messenger app. A copy of Snapchat 'Streaks' will make people chat more often with their friends now on Messenger.

Apps/Software November 25, 2017

Did You ‘Like’ Or Follow A Russian Propaganda Account? Facebook Will Tell You

Facebook said that it’ll roll out a new tool later this year that will help users determine if they’ve liked or followed a Russian propaganda account. This is the latest in a series of updates that address its fake news problem.

Internet November 24, 2017

Facebook Launches Standalone App For Video Creators To Compete With YouTube

Facebook has now given content creators more specialized tools for easier and better Facebook Live streaming. It’s part of a new app called Facebook Creators, which aims to build a video community and take on YouTube.

Apps/Software November 17, 2017

Google, Facebook, Other Tech Titans Join ‘Trust Project’ To Fight Fake News

Dozens of publications and major social networks have joined the Trust Project, an initiative to improve the state of online journalism. Part of that effort are so-called Trust Indicators or metrics that gauge whether a story is legitimate.

Internet November 17, 2017

Facebook Kills Messenger Day, Merges It With Facebook Stories

Facebook has officially killed Messenger Day, but not really. It has merged Messenger Day with Facebook Stories and now simply calls it Stories, a consolidated cross-platform version of its two Snapchat clones.

Apps/Software November 14, 2017

Facebook Local Combines Upcoming Events With Top Places To Visit: Look Out, Yelp And Foursquare!

Facebook Local, now available on iOS and Android, features a search engine that combines places and events. The app is a rebranded version of Facebook Events, which failed to take off when it was launched last year.

Apps/Software November 11, 2017

Facebook Exploits Vulnerability In Human Psychology, Says Founding President Sean Parker

Facebook is purposefully making its social network addictive, treating each like and comment as dopamine hits to keep users wanting more. At least that’s according to Sean Parker, who helped create those principles.

Internet November 10, 2017

To Fight Revenge Porn, Facebook Wants You To Send Nudes: Wait, What?

Facebook has announced that it’s testing a new program that can combat revenge porn using facial recognition and artificial intelligence, but first, it wants you to send your nudes.

Internet November 8, 2017

More Time On Social Media Does Not Harm Mental Health: Study

Researchers have found no link between the use of social media networks and mental health problems among young adults. Here's what they have to say.

Healthy Living/Wellness November 4, 2017

Is Facebook Secretly Listening To Your Conversations Via Mobile Apps?

Facebook might be listening to its users’ private conversations to target relevant ads for them based on keywords. True or not, fear of consumer technology being able to spy on its owners is a legitimate fear.

Security October 31, 2017

WhatsApp Now Lets You ‘Undo’ Messages Sent By Mistake, Saving You From Potential Embarrassment

WhatsApp users can now delete messages seven minutes after sending them, preventing potentially awkward things from happening. However, the app’s new delete feature includes plenty of caveats to keep in mind.

Apps/Software October 29, 2017

The Instagram Superzoom Feature Is Hilariously Fun: Here's How It Works

The new Instagram Superzoom feature allows users to easily create Dramatic Chipmunk-style videos. Here's how to make your own Superzoom videos, which will likely flood Instagram Stories over the next few weeks.

Apps/Software October 27, 2017

Facebook Workplace Now Used By 30,000 Organizations, Gets Its Own Desktop Chat App

Facebook is now boasting about having 30,000 organizations on Facebook Workplace, its own take on Slack launched a year ago. The business is growing, but can it outpace competitors?

Internet October 27, 2017

Facebook Might Split The News Feed Into Two: One For Regular Posts, And Another For Promoted Posts

The traditional Facebook news feed is a trail mix of ads, posts by friends, and promoted content, and that can sometimes get chaotic. That might change soon, though, as the site experiments splitting the news feed into two.

Internet October 24, 2017

Facebook Messenger Now Allows PayPal Payments: Here’s How

PayPal payments now work on Facebook Messenger, allowing users to send or receive money in a couple of clicks. The integration also brings over PayPal’s first customer service bot to Messenger.

Apps/Software October 21, 2017

Facebook Begins Testing Paywall, Subscription Models For Instant Articles: No iOS For Now, Though

Facebook has begun testing paywalled options for Instant Articles, offering users the option to subscribe to different news publishers. The feature is only available on Android for now, however.

Internet October 20, 2017

Hate Your Typical Facebook News Feed? Try The Explore Feed, Now Rolling Out On Desktop

Facebook has rolled out a new Explore Feed section on the desktop site, some sort of alternative news feed with posts you might be interested in. The feed is based on what you liked previously and what’s popular among friends.

Internet October 19, 2017

You Can Now Share Your Live Location On WhatsApp: Here’s How

Sharing your location in real time is now possible with WhatsApp thanks to Live Location, a popular feature borrowed from Facebook. As with other WhatsApp features, location sharing also offers end-to-end encryption.

Apps/Software October 18, 2017

Facebook Building 8 Head Regina Dugan Is Leaving The Company: Future Of Proposed Mind Reading Device Uncertain

The head of Facebook’s experimental lab, Regina Dugan, is leaving the company, offering little explanation as to why. So, what happens to projects being developed inside Building 8, especially the proposed mind-reading device?

Business Tech October 18, 2017

As tbh Gains Popularity Among Teens, Facebook Buys The Feel-Good Polling App

Facebook acquires tbh or 'to be honest,' a polling app that's popular among teenagers, which has garnered 5 million downloads and 2.5 million daily active users in nine weeks.

Apps/Software October 17, 2017

New Oculus VR Headset On The Way: Jump Into Virtual Reality With The $200 Oculus Go

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the Oculus Go, a $200 standalone virtual reality headset that looks to attract more people to the technology. Oculus also provided more details on Santa Cruz, its next-generation headset that is in the prototype stage.

Wearable Tech October 12, 2017

Facebook And Instagram Went Offline Because Of A 'Networking Issue,' The Internet Reacts Hilariously

Facebook and Instagram recently went down because of a 'networking issue,' and as a natural response, the internet went on to Twitter to react in hilarious ways.

Internet October 12, 2017

How To Add Polls To Your Instagram Stories

Instagram has finally added polls to Stories, letting onlookers have a say in people’s day-to-day decisions. It’s seen as yet another example of Facebook attempting to copy Snapchat.

Apps/Software October 4, 2017

Facebook Messenger Lite For Android Now Available In The US: Here's What It Does

Facebook has released Messenger Lite for Android in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland. The app still enables communication among users, but with some features found in the main Messenger app disabled.

Apps/Software October 3, 2017

Fake News Once Again Dominate Facebook And Google After Las Vegas Shooting: This Has To Stop

Fake news once again dominated Facebook and Google after the Las Vegas shooting incident that left at least 59 people dead. The companies have not been able to keep false reports off their platforms despite several initiatives and promises.

Google October 3, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg Is Sorry Facebook Caused Such A Political Divide During The Elections

During the end of Yom Kippur, Mark Zuckerberg took it upon himself to apologize about Facebook’s role in allowing advertisers to divide people politically. This comes amid an ongoing investigation into President Trump’s possible ties to Russia.

Internet October 2, 2017

Twitter Found Over 200 Russia-Linked Accounts, Suspends Some Of Them: That's Not Enough, Says Senator

Twitter discovered over 200 accounts on its platform that were used by Russia to help sway the results of the 2016 presidential election. The company suspended some of the accounts, but a senator said that Twitter's actions are not enough.

Internet September 29, 2017

Instagram Now With 800 Million Monthly Users: Growth In The Past Five Months Fastest Ever, Says Exec

Instagram has grown massively, adding over 100 million users since April. Its Stories platform seems to be the key component of this growth, and it likely won’t stop anytime soon.

Apps/Software September 26, 2017

Facebook To Turn Over Russia Ads To Congress As Part Of 9-Step Plan To Protect Election Integrity

As part of its nine-step plan to promote election integrity, Facebook will give government officials and investigators $100,000 worth of Russian ads it uncovered. It’s the latest development in an ongoing investigation of President Trump’s possible ties to Russia.

Internet September 22, 2017

Facebook Used A Rape Threat To Advertise Instagram: Here's How That Happened

Facebook accidentally used an image of a rape threat to advertise Instagram. The horrible mistake is the result of depending too much on algorithms, and digs an ever deeper hole for the social network amid its recent gaffes.

Internet September 22, 2017

Facebook Has Reportedly Given Special Counsel Robert Mueller More Details About Russian Ad Spending

Facebook has reportedly given special counsel Robert Mueller more information about Russian ad spending on its network during the 2016 presidential election. This is the latest development in the investigation of President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.

Internet September 16, 2017

Facebook Reportedly Testing Instant Videos That Pre-Download Over Wi-Fi So You Don’t Have To Waste Your Data Plan

It might soon be easier and less worrisome for users to watch Facebook videos while connected to a mobile network. There’s reportedly a new feature in testing called Instant Videos that downloads videos over Wi-Fi for later viewing.

Apps/Software September 12, 2017

After Copying Snapchat, Facebook Is Now Copying Tinder, Too

Facebook wants its app to have a new feature where people can set up meetings and hangouts easily. Currently in testing, the new feature is similar to Tinder, and users can even reject a person without them knowing.

Internet September 8, 2017

Instagram Stories Can Soon Be Shared On Facebook Because No One Seems To Be Using Facebook Stories

Instagram users might soon have the option to share their Stories on Facebook. The move is seen as a way to pump blood into Facebook Stories, which hasn’t taken off quite well as Instagram Stories has.

Apps/Software September 7, 2017

Russian ‘Troll Farm’ Reportedly Bought $100,000 Worth Of Facebook Ads To Sway The 2016 Election

Facebook has confirmed that a Russian group purchased $100,000 worth of advertisements during the 2016 U.S. election. Those ads reportedly aimed to divide and polarize people with differing political beliefs.

Internet September 7, 2017

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