Tag: Facebook

Instagram Is Really Considering Hiding Like Counts

Instagram is seriously thinking about allowing people to hide like counts. The test, which began in Canada a few months back, is being expanded to a handful more other countries.


A New Algorithm Uses Your Facebook Profile, Posts To Predict Your Medical Conditions

The words and language you use on Facebook could be indicators of existing medical conditions, including diabetes, depression, and psychosis, among others. In a new study, researchers explore digital language as reliable predictors of health.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 18, 2019

You’re Going To See A Lot More Ads In Your Instagram Feed

Instagram will show you ads from influencer you don’t even follow. It’s part of its efforts to help business reach even more audiences on the platform than previous.

Apps/Software June 5, 2019

Facebook Wants You To Report Bugs By Literally Shaking Your Phone

Encounter a bug on Facebook? Just shake your phone. The shake to report features is coming to all iOS and Android users within the next couple of weeks.

Apps/Software May 29, 2019

Fugitive Jose Simms Makes Deal With Police To Turn Self In If Wanted Poster Gets 15K Likes On Facebook

Police in Connecticut are searching for a fugitive who made a deal to turn himself in if his wanted poster gets 15,000 likes on Facebook. The deal was reached, but the suspect is still on the run.

Viral May 24, 2019

Facebook Developing A Cryptocurrency System That Could Be Bigger Than Apple Pay

Facebook’s cryptocurrency-based payments system could be bigger than initially expected. The social network is even allegedly planning to incentivize usage of its own payments platform.

Business Tech May 4, 2019

Facebook Will Let You Talk To Friends Across Messenger, Instagram, And WhatsApp

Soon, you’ll be able to send messages across Instagram and WhatsApp using just Messenger. There’s also a Messenger desktop client in testing that might roll out later this year.

Apps/Software May 1, 2019

Facebook Is Saying Goodbye To The News Feed In Its Latest Redesign

Facebook’s redesigned app is available now on iOS on Android, putting more focus on Groups instead of the News Feed. A new design for the web version is also arriving later this year.

Apps/Software May 1, 2019

Facebook Is Launching A Feature To Help You Finally Connect With Your Secret Crush

Facebook Dating will allow users to add several people to their Secret Crush list. If any of those also adds the original user to their own list, Facebook will notify both parties that they matched.

Apps/Software May 1, 2019

Facebook Portal Update: Expansion Beyond The US, WhatsApp Support, Amazon Prime Video, And More

Facebook Portal is set to get a ton of new features, most of which are slated for a summer release. It's also going to be available outside of the United States.

Gadgets May 1, 2019

Dead Will Outnumber Living Facebook Users By 2070

At the end of the century, there will be more than 1 billion memorial pages on Facebook than living users. Researchers from Oxford believes that their findings have implications on the legacy and history of the current generation of users.

Public Health April 30, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg Wants To Split Facebook Into Two Companies

Facebook's announcement of a potential split into two products is seen as a way for the company to address lingering privacy issues. CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to create platforms where users can build public and private connections separately.

Business Tech April 29, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg Starts His Own Podcast About Tech And Society

Mark Zuckerberg is publishing audio versions of his discussions with high-profile individuals as episodes of his new podcast, 'Tech & Society.' Only Spotify has it at the moment, but expect it to reach more platforms in the coming days.

Internet April 25, 2019

Silicon Valley Wants To Build Landmark Architectural Icon To Represent Area

Silicon Valley is arguably a famous destination that lures tourists from around the world but it lacks an architectural icon to represent itself. However, it would likely have an iconic landmark soon to symbolize its greatness.

April 21, 2019

Confirmed: Facebook Is Making A Voice Assistant, But It Might Not Compete With Alexa, Google Assistant

Facebook is developing an artificial intelligence assistant to put in its Portal, Oculus, and potentially future hardware. It’s not clear how it’s going to perform, but don’t count on it being an Alexa or Google Assistant replacement.

Apps/Software April 18, 2019

Facebook Has 'Unintentionally Uploaded' Email Contacts Of 1.5M New Users Since May 2016

Facebook accidentally uploaded email contacts of 1.5 million users who signed up for an account during the course of three years. According to the findings, this has been happening since May 2016.

Security April 18, 2019

How To Enable Facebook Messenger Dark Mode Without Sending Moon Emoji

Messenger users can now enable dark mode on their apps without having to send crescent moon emojis. The feature is now part of the regular functions of the app.

Apps/Software April 16, 2019

Your Facebook News Feed Might Go Through A Radical Interface Change

Facebook’s latest experiment merges the News Feed and the Stories section. This new interface isn’t being publicly tested yet, so don’t get your hopes up.

Apps/Software April 16, 2019

Messenger Might Go Back To The Main Facebook App

After spinning it off the main Facebook app in 2014, Facebook might put Messenger back in. The move seems to be part of the company’s plans to unify all Facebook-owned messaging services.

Apps/Software April 13, 2019

Oculus Controllers Contain Hidden Messages Like ‘Big Brother Is Watching’ But They Aren’t Supposed To

They haven’t been shipped yet, but watch out for hidden messages like 'The Masons Were Here' on the Oculus Touch controllers bundled with the Rift S or Quest headsets. Oculus says this was a mistake.

Wearable Tech April 13, 2019

Facebook Spent $20 Million On Security For Mark Zuckerberg In 2018

Mark Zuckerberg earns $1 a year working for Facebook, but he does receive certain kinds of compensation. Last year, nearly $20 million of that was spent just to keep him secure.

Security April 13, 2019

Instagram Starts Demoting ‘Inappropriate’ Content, But How It Defines ‘Inappropriate’ Is Tricky

Moving forward, Instagram is going to demote borderline content, which means posts found in violation of this will be less visible. How does Instagram define borderline content?

Apps/Software April 11, 2019

Facebook Might Roll Out A Dedicated News Tab That’s Free For All

Mark Zuckerberg might pay publishers to post their articles on a dedicated News tab on Facebook. This section will be made free for all users — that is if it does push through.

Apps/Software April 2, 2019

Facebook Rolls Out ‘Why Am I Seeing This Post?’ Feature: Here’s How To Use It

Facebook is giving users more control and context over posts they see across the site. It’s also giving them improved transparency over which advertisers are targeting them and why.

Apps/Software April 1, 2019

Here’s How To Regulate The Internet, According To Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook has a responsibility to help address issues centered around internet regulation. Here are four ideas to achieve a safe but unfractured internet, according to him.

Internet April 1, 2019

Facebook Mistakenly Deletes Some Of Mark Zuckerberg's Old Posts

Facebook has 'mistakenly' deleted some of Mark Zuckerberg's old posts and cannot restore them back, and this isn't the first time this happened, reports revealed. Here are some of the missing posts.

Internet March 30, 2019

WhatsApp To Show You Frequently Forwarded Messages To Avoid Spam, Fake News

A beta version of WhatsApp labels shows users messages that have been frequently forwarded. This feature could help users avoid sharing content that’s potentially spam or fake.

Apps/Software March 25, 2019

GDC 2019: Oculus Rift S VR Headset Revealed With Higher-Res Display, Built-In Tracking

The Oculus Rift S is replacing the regular Rift once it launches this April. While it gains inside-out tracking and higher-resolution displays, it loses a number of things, too.

Wearable Tech March 22, 2019

Researchers Examined Facebook Profiles Of People Who Post Anti-Vaccination Messages Online: Here's What They Learned

Anti-vaccination campaigns are spreading like wildfire on social media platforms. In a new study, researchers classify the anti-vaccination Facebook users into four distinct sub-groups.

Public Health March 21, 2019

Facebook Stored Up To 600 Million Passwords In Plain Text

Facebook reportedly left the passwords of millions of users viewable and searchable by thousands of its own employees. The passwords were not encrypted but instead written in plain text.

Security March 21, 2019

Facebook Messenger Update Lets You Quote Replies In Conversations

After adding an unsend option and dark mode, Facebook is now bringing message replies to Messenger. The new feature will allow users to quote a specific message in their replies for a less-confusing conversation thread.

Apps/Software March 21, 2019

WhatsApp Plans To Fight Fake News With Reverse Image Search

A beta version of WhatsApp allegedly exists, which has an in-app browser for reverse image search. Users can take advantage of this tool to verify whether images are legitimate.

Apps/Software March 19, 2019

WhatsApp Cofounder Brian Acton Tells Students To Delete Facebook

It's time to delete Facebook, says WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton. The entrepreneur, who sold the messaging app to Facebook for $19 billion, has been vocal in criticizing the company's policies on privacy and advertising.

Apps/Software March 18, 2019

Facebook Says Revenge Porn Is No Match For Its New AI

Facebook will leverage new AI technology to combat the spread of revenge porn across its platforms. Unlike its previous method that required victims to submit photos, this one will detect sensitive content automatically.

Internet March 16, 2019

Facebook App Puts A Dedicated ‘Gaming’ Hub Front And Center

Check the Facebook app right now: you’ll see a brand-new Gaming hub on the top-level navigation, dedicated to all things gaming. Could Facebook become the new Twitch?

Apps/Software March 15, 2019

Facebook, Instagram Experience Hours-Long Outage Affecting Users Worldwide

Facebook-owned apps have been down for hours across the globe. The worldwide outage is one of the longest the social media platforms experienced, with some users still not being able to access the apps at the time of writing.

Internet March 14, 2019

Facebook Sues Ukrainian Hackers Who Used Quiz Apps To Steal User Data

Two Ukrainian men are facing charges from Facebook for stealing private data from users. The culprits allegedly hid their malicious plug-ins in the form of popular quiz apps.

Apps/Software March 13, 2019

Facebook Goes Against The 'Dark Mode' Trend By Testing New White Interface

Even if Facebook’s Messenger app has a dark mode, the main social networking app will pass on the current tech trend. In fact, the company is taking the opposite approach and is making the Facebook app even whiter.

Apps/Software March 12, 2019

Facebook Announces Multi-Step Plan To Curb Vaccine Conspiracy Theories

In the wake of the measles outbreak and the continual rise of antivaxxers, Facebook announces a new set of policies to quell the spread of vaccine misinformation on their social media platform.

Public Health March 7, 2019

Ethan Lindenberger, Teen Who Defied Parents Over Vaccine, Says Anti-Vaxx Mom Believed Fake News On Facebook

Eighteen-year-old Ethan Lindenberger appeared before a Senate Committee, where he stated his anti-vaxx mom's misinformation stemmed from social media. He said Facebook is among the sites often used by his mother to backup the idea vaccines are harmful.

Public Health March 7, 2019

Mom Of Teen Who Got Vaccinated Behind Her Back Disagrees With Son's Senate Hearing Speech

The mother of the teen who testified in front of a Senate health committee on Tuesday said she maintains the decision not to vaccinate her children. She said that she disagrees with her son's decision to get vaccinated.

Public Health March 6, 2019

Facebook Is Sharing Your Phone Number To Friends, Advertisers

Facebook is using phone numbers that users submitted for two-factor authentication as a way for them to be searchable on the platform. In response, Facebook said this practice isn’t new.

Security March 5, 2019

Facebook Messenger Rolls Out Dark Mode: How To Activate The Hidden Option

Facebook Messenger dark mode is now available. However, it’s secretly hidden in the app and can only be accessed through sending a specific emoji to anyone.

Apps/Software March 4, 2019

Facebook’s Patreon Clone Might Bleed Content Creators Dry With 30 Percent Fan Subscriptions Cut

Facebook wants to take 30 percent of total Fan Subscriptions profits, drawing criticism from creators. What takes the cake, however, is the suspect policies when it comes to content licensing.

Internet February 27, 2019

You Can Now Stop Facebook's Android App From Tracking Your Location In The Background

Facebook has rolled out a new update to its Android app, giving users more control over their privacy settings. Now they can stop the app from tracking their location, even when they're not using it.

Apps/Software February 20, 2019

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