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Facebook says it now uses machine learning to proactively detect revenge porn

Facebook has revealed its latest efforts to curb the spread of so-called “revenge porn” across the social network. Revenge porn, which is when intimate photos or videos are shared to the public without the subject’s consent, has become a whole lot easier in the age of camera phones, messaging apps, and an always-on society — […]

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Facebook launches gaming tab as a shortcut to gamer culture

Facebook is launching a new way to view gaming content on the social network: the Facebook Gaming tab. The tab is in its initial rollout today to tens of millions of people, and that will expand to more people in the coming weeks. Last year, Facebook announced a redesign to the mobile app navigation bar on […]

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Facebook’s esports dreams face the privacy PR nightmare

It’s no secret that Facebook’s mishandling of consumer data has landed it in hot water. This forced the social-media behemoth’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg a date with Congress to explain how data from an estimated 87 million Facebook users was leveraged to influence voters during the 2016 election. And this blunder wasn’t a one time thing. […]

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Facebook revenue hits $16.9 billion in Q4 2018 despite tumultuous year

After a year marked by a number of data privacy scandals, Facebook continues to see its revenue and user count grow — although it continues to add daily active users more slowly than it did several years ago. For the last three months of 2018, Facebook reported 2.32 billion monthly active users and 1.52 billion […]

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Facebook to pull controversial data-collection app for iOS

Facebook is ending a controversial research program on Apple devices hours after it was reported that the social media giant has been paying teens to monitor their smartphone usage. The company has been running a program to collect user data from paid volunteers for the past three years as part of a research project, TechCrunch […]

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Facebook admitted defrauding kids and parents of thousands of dollars in early free-to-play games

Facebook engaged in practices that tricked children and parents into spending money in free-to-play games, according to court documents unsealed and reported by the publication Reveal. And the company often denied attempts by parents to recover hundreds or even thousands of dollars until credit card companies “clawed back” the money from Facebook. The 135-pages of […]

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Facebook is shutting down photo-sharing app Moments on February 25

Another standalone app has been killed off by Facebook. The company announced today that it is shutting down Moments, a standalone app photo-sharing app it launched nearly four years ago, on February 25. The news was first reported by CNET. According to CNET, Facebook shut down the app due to low usage. Facebook has created […]

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Facebook gives Page managers a Quality tab to track which posts violated guidelines

Since the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Facebook has made a number of changes in order to restore user trust in type of posts they come across on the site. That includes more widely-deploying fact-checkers to vet popular article links for accuracy, and giving users more tools to report information that they feel goes against Facebook’s […]

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Facebook livestreaming gets easier with Streamlabs OBS support

Facebook will make game livestreaming easier with its integration of Streamlabs OBS livestreaming software, which enables users to stream their favorite games through Facebook. Streaming video games using other broadcasting software can be a pretty intimidating and technical experience, especially for new streamers. The goal of the integration is to make the streaming experience on […]

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Facebook to bring stricter ads rules to countries with big votes in 2019

(Reuters) — Facebook told Reuters on Tuesday that it would extend some of its political advertising rules and tools for curbing election interference to India, Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union before significant votes in the next few months. As the largest social media service in nearly every big country, Facebook since 2016 has become […]

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4 ways Facebook should improve in 2019

There are lots of things I wish Facebook would do in the new year. Stop all political advertising, since trying to enforce easily gamed rules seems to have been more trouble than it’s worth. Get rid of News Feed algorithmic rankings altogether. Show more of a willingness to kick repeated rule-breakers off its platform entirely. […]

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Instagram ‘back to normal’ after bug replaces vertical feed with horizontal scrolling

(Reuters) — Facebook’s photo-sharing social network Instagram said on Thursday it has fixed a bug that led to a temporary change in the appearance of its feed for a large number of users. The bug led to a small test being distributed widely, the company said. As part of the test, some users had to […]

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Facebook Messenger gets an Instagram-like refresh with new camera effects

Messenger is taking a page from other properties in Facebook’s family of apps with the addition of new camera effects. Messenger is adding two new camera modes — Boomerang, the video looping effect popularized on Instagram, and Selfie Mode, which puts the subject of the photo or video in crisper focus. Messenger is also adding […]

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Instagram now lets you send Stories only to ‘close friends’

Stories have taken off on Instagram since it first copied the feature from Snapchat. Instagram Stories had more than 400 million daily active users as of June, and Facebook executives including Mark Zuckerberg have said that they believe the ephemeral format will overtake News Feed as the preferred form of sharing. But, Instagram and other […]

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Instagram is rolling out alternative text descriptions for visually impaired users

Instagram announced today that it is adding two new features for visually impaired users of its photo and video-sharing service. The first is “automatic alternative text” that will give audio descriptions of photos that users come across in Feed, Explore, and Profile. The description will be based on a list of items that appear in […]

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Facebook starts rolling out dashboard to show how much time you waste on it every day

After Facebook announced in August that it was working on activity trackers so that users could see how much time they’re spending on the Instagram and Facebook apps, the company confirmed that the feature is starting to roll out. Called “Your Time on Facebook,” it is starting to roll out now to the latest versions of […]

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Instagram will start removing fake likes, follows, and comments generated by apps

Pretty much ever since Instagram started booming in popularity, users have turned to automated apps that generate likes and follows from fake users to make it seem like their posts are gaining more attention than they actually are. Now, Instagram is trying to crack down on these fishy apps using machine learning. In a blog […]

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Facebook to create ‘independent panel’ for appealing content moderation decisions

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on a conference call with reporters that the company will be creating an “independent body” that users can appeal content moderation decisions to. Zuckerberg has previously floated the idea of creating a “social media supreme court,” but now the company is taking concrete steps to make this actually happen. In […]

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