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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

Instagram Is Reportedly Testing Direct Messages For Web

Instagram Direct messages could soon come to web browsers on mobile and desktop. This report comes as Facebook revealed plans of combining apps such as WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram.

Apps/Software February 13, 2019

Unsend Option Finally Available In Facebook Messenger, But What’s The Catch?

Users now have the option to unsend a message in Facebook Messenger, but it has to be done quickly. Previously, this option was only available to the company's CEO.

Apps/Software February 6, 2019

Facebook And Snopes No Longer Working Together To Fact-Check News Stories

Snopes is walking away from its fact-checking partnership with Facebook. Instead of making it easier just for Facebook to debunk fake news, it plans to develop tools to make it easier for the entire web.

Apps/Software February 2, 2019

Deleting Facebook Is Great For Mental Health, Says Acclaimed ‘Gold Standard’ Study

Deleting Facebook might do wonders for your mental health. A major new study found that unplugging from the site resulted in improved well-being, happiness, reduced anxiety, and more.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 1, 2019

Facebook Says Its Combined Messaging Platform Won’t Arrive Anytime Soon

It might take a long time before Facebook’s unified messaging platform arrives. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is still in the early stages of the proposed integration.

Apps/Software January 31, 2019

Apple Bans Controversial Facebook Research App, Says It's A 'Clear Breach Of Agreement'

Apple has blocked Facebook’s enterprise certificates after an app that harvests users’ data was uncovered. The tech company’s move has also affected beta versions of other Facebook-owned apps.

Security January 31, 2019

Is Your Kid Using Facebook's Data-Collecting Research App? Here's How To Check For It

Through its Research VPN app, Facebook has been offering users aged 13 to 35 up to $20 for their data. Here's how to check if your (or your kid's) Android or iOS device is sending info to the company.

Security January 30, 2019

Facebook App That Pays Users Gift Cards In Exchange For Data To Be Removed From iOS

Facebook confirmed that it’s going to pull its data collection app called Facebook Research from iOS. The app remains available for Android users as of this writing.

Security January 30, 2019

Facebook Secretly Pays Users To Install A VPN App That Gathers Phone Data

No, it didn’t end with Onavo: Facebook has been acquiring user data through another VPN app. This new data harvesting issue is the latest in Facebook’s growing list of clandestine activities.

Security January 30, 2019

Facebook’s Merger Is Causing Privacy Concerns Among Regulators

Facebook is once again facing privacy issues. After reports surfaced about the company’s plan to merge its messaging apps, lawmakers are now raising concerns on how it’ll affect users’ privacy.

Security January 28, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg Defends Facebook, Says It Doesn’t Sell User Data

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg thinks people distrust Facebook because they don’t understand how it operates. He also clarified that the company doesn’t sell user data to advertisers.

Internet January 26, 2019

Facebook Wants To Combine Messenger, Instagram, And WhatsApp: Here’s What That Means

If not by the end of this year, nearly all of major apps owned by Facebook will have a unified messaging system by early 2020. They’ll have end-to-end encryption as well, as so ordered by CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Apps/Software January 26, 2019

Facebook To Discontinue Moments Next Month Due To Low Usage

Facebook’s Moments app will stop working on Feb. 25. The social media company has created a site where anyone who used the app can save and export photos until May.

Apps/Software January 25, 2019

Here's Why WhatsApp Limits Forwarding Messages To Only 5 Times

WhatsApp announced that users can only forward messages five times from the previous 20 times in a bid to fight the spread of fake news. This followed the six-month experiment in India, where malicious news caused lynching last year.

Apps/Software January 21, 2019

Facebook Releases Open Sourced Image Compression Tool Called Spectrum

Spectrum 1.0.0 was officially launched on Github as Facebook opens it to the developers for Android and iOS on Thursday, The new feature is available to download from the GitHub page.

Apps/Software January 18, 2019

Facebook's Employees Leave 5-Star Amazon Ratings For Its Portal Smart Display

Busted: Facebook employees are leaving five-star ratings for the company's own product Portal. The social media brand has responded and asked them to take down the reviews.

Gadgets January 17, 2019

Getting Hooked On Social Media Very Similar To Gambling And Drug Addiction, Says Study

New research wants professionals to treat excessive social media use seriously. In a study, they found that those who spend more time logged into Facebook or Instagram performed badly in an exercise that tests decision-making skills.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 12, 2019

Oculus Rift Update To Bring Live VR Streaming To Facebook

The new Oculus Rift update will bring more people into their virtual world where anyone can ask to join one's VR social space. Oculus Home is a fun social hub to enjoy with friends and also to make a few new online friends.

Apps/Software January 9, 2019

Facebook Canceled A Feature That Finds ‘Common Ground’ Between Users With Opposing Political Views

Common Ground was a feature-in-development supposed to curb the growing political divide between Facebook users. However, Facebook eventually canceled the project, and here’s the reason why.

Internet December 24, 2018

Facebook Rumored To Be Creating Its Own Cryptocurrency

Facebook might be exploring opportunities involving stablecoin. If so, it would be the first major company to pursue blockchain, and it stands to succeed given its massive user base.

Business Tech December 21, 2018

Facebook Secretly Gave Spotify, Netflix, Bing, And Many Other Services User Information

Facebook gave major companies access to user data. It was part of partnerships on data collection the company entered into with a number of services, both big and small.

Security December 19, 2018

France To Tax Tech Giants Facebook, Google, Apple, And Amazon Starting Jan. 1

France is going to implement its own tax on Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon, which are collectively known in the EU region as GAFA starting Jan. 1. Other countries in the EU including the UK are also pushing to impose their own taxes to tech giants

Business Tech December 18, 2018

Facebook Messenger Now Supports Boomerang, Selfie Mode, And AR Stickers

Boomerang finally arrives on Messenger. That and Selfie Mode, which adds a bokeh mode to photos, plus new AR stickers to spice up the holidays.

Apps/Software December 18, 2018

Why Facebook Hasn’t Released The ‘Clear History’ Feature It Promised Months Ago

Over seven months ago, Facebook said it would release a Clear History feature as an added privacy measure. It’s still not here, and here’s why.

Security December 18, 2018

Facebook Bug Exposed Photos Of 6.8 Million Users: How To Find Out If You Were Affected

Facebook recently disclosed that a bug may have affected 6.8 million users, exposing their photos to third-party apps. The social networking site said the bug lived for 12 days in September.

Apps/Software December 15, 2018

Facebook Putting Ads In Search Results, Marketplace

Facebook needs another revenue stream to maintain its growth as much as possible. As such, ads on search results and Marketplace might be standard going forward.

Internet December 12, 2018

Instagram Testing Special Creator Accounts For Influencers And High-Profile Users

Instagram is reportedly testing specialized features for influencers, celebrities, and other high-profile accounts. The tools include quality filters for direct messages, and improved access to follower analytics, among others.

Apps/Software December 12, 2018

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