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Facebook's messaging interface on the web has received a makeover that puts the feature in-line with Messenger. Users have reported the replacement for Facebook's traditional inbox design in the US, Europe, and New Zealand. The Messenger icon is now being used.
Mark Zuckerberg is a high-profile individual, but he keeps his personal Facebook profile open for everyone to see, despite the trouble that may bring. According to Bloomberg, Zuckerberg is able to keep his profile open because there's a team dedicated to moderating content.
Facebook's commitment to virtual reality was obvious when it spent $2 billion on Oculus. Moving forward, the company plans to spend a lot more on VR tech. CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted during testimony in a federal court that Facebook plans to spend $3 billion on VR over 10 years.
While WhatsApp might have denied the existence of a backdoor for intercepting and reading messages, that doesn't mean the security issue isn't present. According to the company, the code in question is a feature that ensures messages don't get lost, but the latest video shows
Facebook's period of heavily promoting live video may be coming to an end. The social network is "de-emphasizing" live video, reports Recode, and that means it'll no longer pay publishers to use the feature. Some publishers reportedly didn't even find the payments were worth it.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear in court today to defend his company against claims that it's using virtual reality tech stolen from Zenimax Media. The case centers around John Carmack, who formerly worked for Zenimax. Zenimax is suing for $2 billion.
Facebook's new tools intended to combat the spread of fake news will first roll out in Germany. The fake news identification tools were unveiled in late 2016 and have been tested in the US. Aine Kerr says the roll out will occur in the next few weeks.
A report in The Guardian claiming there's a "backdoor" in WhatsApp that could allow messages to be intercepted and read is being refuted by the Facebook-owned messaging service. According to the original report, security researcher Tobias Boelter found the vulnerability.
It's no longer going to be as obvious if a Facebook post has been edited when you're browsing your feed. The social network has stopped displaying an "edited" label next to the timestamp of posts. You must click the drop-down menu in the corner to see if something has changed.
Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games, claims the HTC Vive is outselling Facebook's Oculus Rift two-to-one. Much of the performance difference can be tied to the Vive being a more open platform, says Sweeney. Games like Doom 3 have helped the Vive in the market.
Content on Facebook is being censored in Thailand in accordance with what the government views as acceptable. The nation doesn't allow people to criticize the royal family. In cases where high-profile users have posted "controversial" content, their posts are being blocked.
Livestreaming from desktop is now rolling out to Pages on Facebook. The feature has been in testing since September and it's headed out to more users now. Not everyone is receiving the desktop streaming feature initially. Built-in and peripheral cameras are supported.
GIF searches are now supported in WhatsApp. The Facebook-owned messaging app lets users look for images that can then be shared with contacts. It has also boosted the max media sharing limit from 10 to 30 image files at once. Both features are currently in a beta.
Facebook is going to begin leveraging its large collection of videos by adding mid-roll ads to the platform. Publishers will be given the option of placing ads in their videos that'll appear after at least 20 seconds have been played. 55% of revenue will go to publishers.
Some older handsets no longer work with WhatsApp, one of the world's biggest messaging apps. For the new year, the Facebook-owned service has cut out support for phones running Android 2.2 Froyo or older, iOS 6 or older, and Windows Phone 7 or older.
Facebook's guidelines pertaining to nudity have been a point of debate in the recent past. The social network was criticized for removing a post featuring the historic "napalm girl" photo from the Vietnam War and now it isn't happy with an image of a nude Neptune statue.
To more completely understand its users, Facebook purchases data about them. It's been doing this for years, but a recent ProPublica report highlights the practice. Facebook pays for information from six data partners in the US, including Experian and TransUnion.
Facebook is working on a YouTube-like tool that'll enable the social network to quickly find copyright infringing videos. Similar to YouTube, Facebook plans to use the tool to automatically identify content that's technically illegal, thereby pleasing copyright holders.
Facebook's Safety Check feature has been tricked by fake news posts that were shared on the network. Safety Check went live in Bangkok, Thailand after news of an "explosion" spread. The notification was shown to users in the country beginning at 9 p.m. local time.
To more thoroughly monitor who is visiting the United States, the government has begun requesting social media information from those using the visa waiver program. Travelers are asked to provide their Facebook, Google+, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn usernames.