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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

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

Facebook Profile Picture Guard And Other Tools Aim To Protect Women In India

Facebook has kicked off a new pilot program in India to give users more control over who can access and use their profile photo. With guarded photos, the social network aims to prevent misuse.

Internet June 22, 2017

Facebook Moderators At Risk After Security Flaw Exposes Their Identities To Suspected Terrorists

Facebook accidentally leaked sensitive user profiles of some of its content moderators to terrorist groups last year, new reports suggest. A software bug had caused the mishap, revealing personal data to groups believed to be administered by terrorists.

Security June 17, 2017

Facebook Unveils Its Plan For Fighting Terrorism: Here Are Ways AI Can Help

Facebook has unveiled its policy regarding pro-terrorist content, including ways in which artificial intelligence can be used to fight terrorism. Here is Facebook's plan for keeping its platforms free of hateful propaganda.

Internet June 16, 2017

Facebook Finally Rolls Out GIF Button For Comments: Here's How To Reply To Posts With GIFs

Facebook has finally rolled out the GIF button for comments, allowing users to reply to posts with the animated GIFs. The social network launched the feature as part of its commemoration of the GIF's 30th birthday.

Apps/Software June 15, 2017

Facebook Is Teaching AI Chat Bots How To Negotiate With Real Humans

Facebook has announced a new kind of bot that can negotiate and even bluff just to get the best possible outcome in a deal with the help of artificial intelligence. Those bots could soon help users conduct complex business negotiations.

Internet June 15, 2017

Facebook To Become A 'Hostile Environment' To Terrorists After London Attack

Facebook has pledged to become a hostile environment for terrorists, in light of the recent London Bridge attacks. The social media site, however, has a lot of room for improvement in terms of widespread hate propaganda, fake news, and more.

Internet June 5, 2017

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Tells Harvard Graduates To 'Create A World Where Everyone Has A Sense Of Purpose'

In Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s speech for this year’s Harvard University graduates, he urged them to create a world where everyone has a purpose. Here are three ways that can be achieved, according to him.

Internet May 26, 2017

Facebook To Pay Up To $250,000 For Original Videos From BuzzFeed And Vox Media

Facebook has reportedly signed deals with content creators such as BuzzFeed and Vox Media for original content. The social network is willing to pay up to $250,000 for scripted programs, similar to the model used by Netflix and Amazon.

Business Tech May 24, 2017

Facebook Live Now Offers Private Chat With Friends, Joint Streams With Guests: Here's How They Work

Facebook has rolled out two new features to Facebook Live to further improve user experience for the live streaming platform. The features are announced as the social network continues to grapple with the controversy surrounding Facebook Live.

Apps/Software May 24, 2017

How Facebook Moderates Graphic Content Revealed Via Leaked Guidelines

Documents detailing Facebook’s rules for moderation have just been published, providing an in-depth look at the site’s guidelines prohibiting certain content, particularly with the expression graphical violence. The rules, however, might be too complex for some moderators to handle.

Internet May 21, 2017

You Can Now Order Food Directly Through Facebook: Here’s How

Facebook has just added a feature that’ll let its users order food directly from its site or mobile app. The whole process is easy, seeing as how everything is handled without ever having to leave Facebook.

Apps/Software May 21, 2017

Facebook Teams Up With ESL To Bring Esports To The Social Media Platform

As hard as it may be to believe, the esports scene has blown up over the last few years. Now, it looks like Facebook is looking to get in on the action.

Business Tech May 20, 2017

Social Media May Not Be Good For A Young Person's Mental Health

Social media seems to dominate so much of people's lives today. A recent survey suggests that extensive use of social media may harm the mental and emotional well-being of users, particularly the younger crowd.

Apps/Software May 20, 2017

Facebook, Messenger, And Instagram Teaming Up: New Feature Will Show Notifications From All Three Apps

Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram are testing a shared notifications feature that will help users keep track of new activity among all three apps. The feature will greatly help users who spend a lot of time on the three Facebook-owned apps.

Apps/Software May 19, 2017

Facebook Messenger Update Revamps The Home Screen: New Tabs And Red Dot Make Navigation Much Easier

The latest Facebook Messenger update revamped its home screen to simplify navigation within the popular messaging app. The home screen overhaul follows the addition of several new features to Messenger.

Apps/Software May 18, 2017

EU Slaps Facebook With $122 Million Fine Over WhatsApp Deal Disclosures

The European Union's watchdog slapped Facebook with a 110 million euro fine ($122 million) for providing misleading information about its WhatsApp deal back in 2014. The fine doesn't affect the Commission's previous decision to authorize the deal.

Business Tech May 18, 2017

Zenimax Now Chasing Samsung's Gear VR After Winning Lawsuit Against Facebook-Owned Oculus

Zenimax, after winning $500 million in a lawsuit against Facebook-owned Oculus, has launched a new lawsuit against Samsung and its Oculus-powered Gear VR headset. Will the legal battle ever end?

Gadgets May 16, 2017

Happy Mother's Day: Celebrate With Facebook Flower Reactions, Personalized Cards, Masks, Frames And More

Facebook gears up for Mother's Day and prepared a number of treats. Celebrate with 'thankful' flower reactions, special Mother's Day-themed frames and masks, stickers for Instagram Stories, or personalized cards.

Internet May 14, 2017

Oh Snap! Did Snap Really Lose $2 Billion In 3 Months And Is Facebook To Blame?

Snap has now officially released its Q1 2017 earnings report, recording more than $2 billion in losses for its first quarter as a public company. Here’s everything you need to know.

Business Tech May 11, 2017

Is Facebook Doing Enough To Remove Hate Speech? Austrian Court Thinks Not, But This Ruling Should Change Things

An Austrian court just ordered Facebook to take down all posts deemed as hate speech, as well as all verbatim reposts. The ruling extends beyond Austrian borders, as it forces Facebook to remove hateful content worldwide.

Internet May 9, 2017

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