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Facebook is working on a small helicopter that can be used to deliver internet access during emergencies. The helicopter, known as Tether-tenna, was announced at F8. It'll offer an "instant infrastructure" when needed. It connects to a local fiber line.
At F8, Facebook has unveiled two new 360-degree VR cameras. One model uses 24 lenses to capture video content and both cameras are offering "six degrees of freedom," meaning people can move forward, back, up, down, right, and left. The video that's created is more immersive.
Instagram for Android can now be used without an internet connection. With the app's offline mode, you can browse and create posts without being connected. Anything that's already been downloaded will be available for viewing, commenting, liking, and saving.
Spotify is coming out with a bot for Facebook Messenger that can let you share song clips with friends. The bot comes with search tools, music recommendations, and a sharing option for 30-second clips. You can listen to music within Messenger or Spotify.
At its F8 conference, Facebook has launched an augmented reality Camera Effects developer platform. The platform will take in AR image filters and interactive effects from developers around the world and they'll become available in Facebook's Camera feature.
Facebook's latest social platform is Spaces, a virtual reality platform built for the Oculus Rift. You can create your own avatar based on your regular Facebook photos and then you can interact with everyone else within the VR space. Spaces was revealed at F8.
Facebook is behind 4/5 of the top apps worldwide, according to a Q1 report from Sensor Tower. Between the main Facebook app, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, the company is dominating app downloads. Snapchat is the only non-Facebook app in the top five.
A video showing a murder in Cleveland remained available on Facebook for hours, leading to pointed questions for the social network. In response, Facebook has admitted it needs to do a better job when it comes to policing content and responding to reports.
Facebook is improving its internal tools to track down more fake accounts and fake likes. Over the past six months, the network has been fighting a like spamming operation, which it has finally shut down. That operation generated thousands of fake likes on various pages.
Facebook isn't properly handing terrorism and child abuse content, an investigation by The Times has revealed. A Times reporter established a fake profile and used it to flag legitimately problematic content, such as those showing beheadings or the sexualization of children.
1.2 billion people are using Facebook Messenger every month, up from the 1 billion Facebook reported in July 2016. Considering 200 million users in total would be a significant user base for most apps, that kind of growth over an 8-month period indicates Messenger is doing well.
Support for group payments has been added to Facebook Messenger, expanding upon the messaging app's person-to-person payments. When you're in a group chat, you can either send money to everyone or pick individual members to pay. Payments were added to Messenger in 2015.
Facebook's livestreaming push has worked out well. The social network says 1 in 5 videos on the site are streams and the amount of time spent watching Live content had quadrupled in a year. Those stats were shared by Fidji Simo, Facebook's head of video.
Facebook has announced new tools that'll hopefully reduce the spread of revenge porn on the network. These tools are meant to make Facebook a safer part of the internet, according to Antigone Davis, Facebook's head of global safety. Facebook will use photo-matching technology.
Peer-to-peer payments may be added to WhatsApp in India in the coming months. The Ken reports the messaging service will introduce that feature within six months. WhatsApp is reportedly speaking with the government about working with the country's UPI system.
A "rocket ship" button has recently appeared in Facebook's app for some users and it brings people to an alternative news feed. The second feed is filled with recommended content Facebook thinks you may find interesting. It's meant for highlighting content from new sources.
Facebook has become an alternative to GoFundMe, with the network now offering a personal fundraising feature. Users can raise money from others on the site in order to cover things like medical bills and tuition. The feature has a few available categories.
Group conversations in Facebook Messenger are also going to have access to chatbots. TechCrunch reports there will be bots for things like the news, sports, and eCommerce. They won't really communicate with individual users, but they'll update the entire group on certain things.
Every Facebook user is now able to livestream in 360-degrees, though the feature is still only going to be used by a few given the need for a special camera. Live 360 is useful for those with devices like the Gear 360 or, on the professional end, Nokia's Ozo.
Michael Hillman has been hired by Facebook to become the leader of VR hardware at Oculus. He worked at Apple for 15 years and now he'll work alongside Oculus COO Hans Hartman on a variety of virtual reality products. He worked on engineering at Apple.