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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

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

Facebook Watch Finally Launches In The United States: Is Facebook’s Dedicated Video Platform Any Good?

Facebook has finally unveiled its new Watch platform dedicated to video content, from short documentaries to prank films and more. The company, however, has a lot of things to do before it can rival the likes of YouTube or Netflix.

Internet September 6, 2017

Facebook Finally Knows How To Make Money Off WhatsApp: Dedicated Business Chat Apps To Launch Soon

WhatsApp has announced that it will release a free business app that’ll allow business and enterprise owners to keep in touch with their customers. The company might also charge larger companies as a way to make money.

Apps/Software September 6, 2017

Facebook Offers To Pay Music Labels Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars So That You Can Upload Videos With Songs

Facebook has offered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to music labels to allow users to upload their own videos with any song they choose. This will help the social network better challenge YouTube in the online video space.

Internet September 6, 2017

Facebook Wages War On Fake News: Pages That Share Them Will Be Banned From Buying Ads

Facebook has launched another attack on its fight against fake news. This time, it will ban pages that share fake news from buying ads but will give back ad privileges if they stop sharing such news.

Internet August 29, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg Promises To Shut Down Hate Groups And Remove Harmful Content On Facebook After Charlottesville

Facebook has now voiced its stance against the events of Charlottesville, Virginia, saying its site has no place for hate. Several tech companies are now facing the same pressure to make statements condemning white supremacy.

Internet August 17, 2017

Facebook Might Have Found A Way To Sneak An App Into China: Meet Colorful Balloons

Facebook has long struggled to enter the Chinese market, with attempts to learn Mandarin and negotiate with Chinese authorities rendering no success. But it has reportedly found a workaround in the form of Colorful Balloons.

Apps/Software August 12, 2017

Facebook Unveils Watch, A New Tab Dedicated To Original Programming: Should YouTube Be Worried?

Facebook has given everyone a peek at Watch, its new video platform for original content. With 2 billion users on its network, pivoting to video might just lend Facebook a new source of revenue.

Internet August 10, 2017

Facebook Shuts Down Standalone Groups App And Lifestage, Its Social Networking App For High Schoolers

Facebook has decided to permanently shut down two standalone apps: Groups and Lifestage. The latter, a social app for high schoolers, has been called by many as a Snapchat clone.

Apps/Software August 9, 2017

Facebook Finally Launches ‘Related Articles’ Feature To Fight Fake News: How It Works

Facebook has confirmed it’s finally rolling out Related Articles, a feature which displays complementary links that question, dispute, or criticize the legitimacy of a news item. It’s one of the company’s many efforts to fight fake news on the site.

Internet August 4, 2017

Facebook Will Allegedly Make A Video Chat Device And Smart Speaker, But Should It?

Facebook will reportedly join the ranks of Amazon, Apple, and Google by potentially releasing new hardware devices. Built from its Building 8 lab, Facebook plans to unveil a video chat device and a smart speaker, both with AI capabilities.

Gadgets August 2, 2017

Despite Media Freakout, Facebook Didn’t Actually ‘Panic’ About Its AI Chatbot Experiment Or Shut It Down

Yes, Facebook experimented with AI chatbots that can negotiate with each other. No, these chatbots didn’t create their own language, and they most definitely will not take over the world.

Internet August 2, 2017

Facebook AI Invents Language That Humans Can't Understand: System Shut Down Before It Evolves Into Skynet

Facebook shut down one of its artificial intelligence systems after AI agents started communicating with one another in a language that they invented. The incident evokes images of the rise of Skynet in the iconic 'Terminator' series.

Computers July 30, 2017

WhatsApp Hits 1 Billion Daily Users And More Ads Creep Into Facebook Apps: Facebook Q2 Results

WhatsApp has now shot to 1 billion daily users, according to Facebook’s most recent earnings report. As its user base across apps grows, however, so will the number of ads.

Apps/Software July 28, 2017

Facebook Generates Revenue Of $9.3 Billion, Beats Expectations In Q2

Facebook has just reported a steep revenue growth for the second quarter of 2017, recording a whopping $9.3 billion. Mobile ads accounted for 87 percent of the total ad revenue, according to the numbers.

Business Tech July 27, 2017

Want To Get Paid Analyzing Photos Of Mark Zuckerberg? Here's How

The California Review of Images and Mark Zuckerberg is now calling for ideas on essays about Mark Zuckerberg’s photos. Whether it’s his many portrayals in the media or him as a husband or father – it deserves intellectual scrutiny.

Internet July 26, 2017

Facebook Launches Instant Articles Analytics Tool, Lets Publishers Compare Traffic With Mobile Web Content

Facebook is trying to convince publishers that Instant Articles generate more readership that plain stories presented as links. To that end, it has unveiled a new tool for publishers to see how their Instant Articles perform.

Internet July 20, 2017

China's 'Great Firewall' Starts Blocking WhatsApp Messages, Censors Facebook's Only Working Product In The Country

China appears to have tightened its internet crackdown, and the latest victim is WhatsApp. Several users have experienced disruptions with the app recently, with speculation suggesting that it will be blocked in the country eventually.

Internet July 19, 2017

Amazon Anytime Could Be The New Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp Competitor

Amazon might soon unveil a brand-new messaging platform. Reportedly rivaling Facebook Messenger, Amazon Anytime will feature much of the same features as others, but with encryption, for good measure.

Apps/Software July 17, 2017

Facebook GIF Maker Now Available On iOS: Here's What The New Camera Feature Can Do

A Facebook GIF maker has been rolled out to the social media app's iOS version, but not yet to all users. The tool will allow users to create GIFs with just a few steps.

Apps/Software July 15, 2017

Facebook To Unveil $200 Oculus Rift VR Headset This Year

Despite the hype, virtual reality hasn't quite caught on, but Facebook is hoping to change that. The company is rumored to unveil a $200 standalone headset later this year.

Gadgets July 13, 2017

Facebook Gives Advertisers More Space With Messenger Ads (And We Have A Bad Feeling About This)

Facebook has announced that it will start showing ads on the Messenger home screen. The move, which comes directly from beta tests performed in Thailand and Australia, is a way to make the platform profitable.

Apps/Software July 12, 2017

Internet Reacts To Jayden K Smith, The Facebook Hacker Hoax

You've probably seen a warning message that says you shouldn't accept a friend request from Jayden K Smith, the Facebook hacker. In short, it's a hoax, but on the bright side, it spurred a ton of jokes on the internet.

Internet July 11, 2017

Facebook Tracking Lawsuit Judge Says Keeping Online Activity Private Is Users' Responsibility

A U.S. Federal judge just dismissed an internet privacy lawsuit against Facebook, stating that the plaintiffs should have been responsible for their privacy. It remains uncertain how this impacts the site’s other users.

Internet July 4, 2017

New Facebook Feature Can Help You Find Wi-Fi Hotspots Around The Globe: Here's How To Use It

Facebook announces the expansion of its Wi-Fi search feature for iOS and Android users. Find out how to access and enable the feature in the application.

Apps/Software July 2, 2017

Facebook Updates News Feed Algorithm: What This Means For Publishers And Ordinary Users

Facebook has made changes to its news feed algorithm to improve what users see. Now, users who spam their feeds with more than 50 posts a day will have lesser distribution and reach for the links they share.

Internet July 1, 2017

Instagram Now Uses AI To Block Offensive Comments: Will The Feature Arrive Soon On Facebook?

Instagram is now using artificial intelligence to block offensive comments and spam on the picture-sharing social network. Is it safe to assume that the tools will soon also arrive on Facebook to fight hate speech?

Apps/Software June 30, 2017

Facebook Explains How It Defines Hate Speech And Why So Much Is Able To Slip Through The Cracks

Facebook has released a post explaining its policy on hate speech including how so much goes unnoticed. How does Facebook hope to improve in the future?

Internet June 29, 2017

Facebook Hits Two Billion Monthly Users

Facebook has announced a new milestone with two billion monthly users. This makes Facebook the largest of all social networking sites.

Internet June 27, 2017

Here's Why Facebook's New Mission Is To 'Bring The World Closer Together'

Facebook has renewed its mission statement to reflect the importance of bringing the world closer together and helping them make progress as a community. Its new mission builds upon its previous goal of making the site more open and connected.

Internet June 23, 2017

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