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Instant Games for Facebook Messenger can now offer in-app purchases and be monetized with ads, helping developers make money from their creations. The introduction of these monetization options is likely to boost development for the relatively small platform.
The Honest Ads Act, a bipartisan bill, has been introduced with the goal of regulating political ads online in a way that's similar to how ads are regulated on TV and radio. It was introduced by Mark Warner and Amy Klobuchar, two Democrats, with support from John McCain.
Facebook plans to launch a news subscription service based around Instant Articles and it'll first bring it to Android, not iOS. According to TechCrunch, the social network is now testing the subscription model for news sources that want to make money from Instant Article reads.
David Marcus, Facebook's VP of messaging, talked about the sort of negative attention the platform has received recently. Because it was used by Russia-linked groups to influence the 2016 US election, many have criticized it, but Marcus doesn't want the good to be overlooked.
Like the temporary profile pics Facebook already offers, the social network is trying out a temporary status feature. The self-destructing status updates have appeared over the past few days, with some users gaining access to the ability. Facebook confirmed the test.
The Explore Feed, a separate news feed on Facebook geared towards helping users discover new content, is now available on desktop. It's been accessible for a little while through the main navigation area on mobile devices. Now it's showing up on the left sidebar on desktop.
Russia-linked groups utilized Facebook Messenger, not just the main Facebook platform, in their campaign to influence the 2016 US presidential election. Facebook's messaging VP, David Marcus, revealed a "very small" portion of the accounts used Messenger.
Facebook Live has been updated to include its own screen sharing capability, getting rid of the need for additional pieces of desktop software. If you want to stream your screen, such as for gaming broadcasts, all you need to do is hit "share screen" in the Live interface.
Regina Dugan, Facebook's lead consumer hardware executive, is departing the company after less than two years in the position. She's been the leader of Building 8, a somewhat secretive lab within Facebook that's focused on a range of products like brain-computer interfaces.
Intel will start shipping its first-generation Neural Network Processor before the year comes to an end. It announced on Tuesday that the processor, codenamed Lake Crest, is soon going to reach a small list of partners. It'll enhance their ability to utilize machine learning.
Tbh, a popular anonymous app geared towards middle school and high school students, has been picked up by Facebook. The relatively new mobile app lets people trade compliments after competing "quizzes" about other people. Facebook confirmed the deal on Monday.
To enhance its ability to fight against politicized abuses of its platform, Facebook is trying to hire people in the US who have national security clearance. By bringing in employees who have access to knowledge about potential threats, it could fight questionable content.
Facebook is trying out a resume feature that could help it become a slightly more business-centric social network and therefore a competitor to LinkedIn. Screenshots of the feature are available now that it has rolled out to some users. Resumes are separate from profiles.
Data pertaining to Russia-linked ads on Facebook and Twitter has been deleted. Facebook says a "bug" was the only reason the data was accessible in the first place, while Twitter says its data was deleted because it has a policy of deleting user data once an account is gone.
Facebook is coming out with a new virtual reality headset, the Oculus Go. This model is the company's first entirely wireless and standalone system. CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Oculus Go is "the first product to hit the sweet spot between mobile and desktop VR."
Facebook is coming out with new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset bundles intended for enterprise customers. Head of the Oculus division, Hugo Barra, announced the bundles during the company's Connect event. Included with the enterprise offers is a full VR commercial license.
PC and Mac apps for Facebook Workplace are now available. With those apps, you can message people and share your screen. Screen sharing has been a highly requested feature, though it's exclusive to Workplace for now. It's unknown if Messenger itself will one day receive it.
Advertisements that are targeting users based on their race or political affiliation will be manually reviewed by a team at Facebook, the social network has revealed. This will help the company prevent problematic ads from going live, which will reduce the chance of abuses.
To assist with populating the Stories section on Facebook, which isn't as popular as Instagram Stories, users will now be able to cross-post their content. US users have started to receive cross-post functionality. This option was tested in Portugal last month.
Voters in vital swing states were specifically targeted by Russia-linked ads on Facebook, CNN is reporting. Certain paid posts went after voters in Michigan and Wisconsin, two regions that helped Trump win the election. Facebook hasn't publicly discussed all of the targeting.