News tagged: Facebook
Donations made to relief efforts in Nepal will be matched by Facebook. People around the world are donating to help the country since it was hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake over the weekend and Facebook is going to contribute by matching those donations up to $2 million.
Facebook Messenger has received a big update that includes free video calling for the United States and 17 other countries. This update will make Messenger a bigger competitor to Skype and Viber, two of the existing VoIP services. Users can begin a call with one tap.
The number of active monthly users on Facebook keeps growing and there are now 1.44 billion people using the social network each month. During the Facebook Q1 2015 earnings call it was revealed the network had grown since last quarter when it reported 1.39B active monthly users
Hello is the latest application from Facebook and it is an Android dialer. The dialer will connect to a user's Facebook contacts and it emphasizes advanced caller ID. Facebook's messenger team made the app and it is now available from the Google Play store.
WhatsApp, the world's most popular messaging app, has crossed 800 million monthly active users. 800 million MAUs isn't equal to 800 million users, or downloads. It's a bigger feat than either of those two metrics. What it means is that every month, 800 million people.
Internet.org, Facebook's initiative to provide some web services to people for free, is losing supporters in India due to a push for net neutrality in that country. Companies like Cleartrip, NDTV, and the Times Group are leaving Internet.org which began in August 2013.
A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Facebook in Austria. The lawsuit is over privacy violations and specifically deals with PRISM, an NSA program that Facebook and other tech companies were allegedly working with. 25,000 users are in this current lawsuit.
When it comes to user retention, Facebook rules and BlackBerry Messenger is in second place. Quettra, a mobile intelligence company, looked at retention and found 98 percent of Facebook users kept using the network application 90 days after installation.
Facebook was tracking non-users because of a "bug." Or at least that is what the social network claims. A report from the Belgian Privacy Commission revealed Facebook could have broken laws in the EU because it didn't let people opt-out and tracked non-users.
Facebook launched a standalone browser version of Messenger today. The Messenger client can be accessed by visiting the URL Messenger.com, which is separate from the Facebook.com website. Messenger's Web UI strongly resembles the UI of the Messenger app.
Illinois has a law that prevents companies from collecting or using biometric data without explicit permission from users. Facebook may be violating that law with its Tag Suggestions feature since that feature is turned on without explicit permission.
Facebook is rolling out a new version of its Android app that features WhatsApp integration. A report from Geektime says that Facebook for Android version 220.127.116.11.13 adds a 'WhatsApp send' button with the WhatsApp icon, present next to the "Like", "Comment", "Share".
To make its security settings easier to understand, Facebook has changed settings and released guides about them. A new set of guides is now out and can be found in the Privacy Basics area. Privacy Basics has been expanded and now includes 11 new interactive guides.
Facebook is getting rid of hashtag support in its API. Support for them will be removed later this month and Tint, a social media feed service, wrote in an email that it had already seen the API was not functioning correctly anymore. All support will go away April 30.
Uber has brought in its first chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, who was previously an executive at Facebook with the same role. Sullivan will be in charge of data security at the transportation service. Sullivan has a lot of experience with that sort of job...
Facebook has been illegally tracking some of its users. A study from the Belgian Privacy Commission found the social network was tracking everyone, including those who had opted out of tracking. Social plugins including the Facebook "like" button were used to track...
A Facebook outage is currently affecting a large number of users. The social network has been inaccessible to part of the Facebook user base for around an hour. Reports from users say the site is not accessible, though not everyone is affected and the site is loading...
Facebook will begin testing internet delivery drones this summer. Jay Parikh, VP of engineering, has told the Wall Street Journal that Facebook is planning "a real test flight" for a solar-powered internet drone this summer. Facebook already tested a smaller drone...
At the F8 conference today, Facebook announced that videos hosted on its website can now be embedded on other websites. It's really simple if you want to embed Facebook videos on your website now, thanks to Facebook's new feature. User videos will have a simple embed.
GIF support is being added to Facebook Messenger. The company has announced at its F8 Developer Conference that it will begin supporting third-party applications which means GIFs, package tracking, order management, and other features will reach the application...