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The youngest person to receive money under Facebook's bug bounty program is a 10-year-old boy from Finland. The boy, called Jani, discovered a security flaw in Instagram that would allow someone to delete comments and that discovery was significant enough for him to earn $10,000.
In an upcoming update of Facebook Messenger, the app is likely going to add self-destructing messaging capabilities, like what's found in Snapchat. The privacy-centric feature has appeared in Messenger for iOS version 6.80. A message can last for minutes, hours, or days.
Facebook is reportedly working on a camera app that's similar to Snapchat which will encourage users to create and share more videos/photos. The standalone app is integrated with Facebook and Instagram. Users will be able to share live streamed video from the app on Facebook.
As part of Facebook's bug bounty program, a hacker discovered an existing backdoor in the network's system. The hacker, Orange Tsai, says he found malware on a Linux-based staff server that was able to send off usernames and passwords to a remote server.
Facebook's algorithm is now going to take into account how long you spend on an article after clicking away from the main Facebook app. The network already pays attention to how long you stay on a piece of content in the app, but now it'll track your activity on an article.
Facebook Messenger has been updated and it now comes with free group calling. The feature, which is headed to iOS and Android right now, will appear in the form of a phone icon in the top right corner of group chats. Calls can take place with up to 50 people.
Facebook is trialing an update to its mobile News Feed setup that highlights news sections (e.g. World, US, Sports). It's not the primary feed in Facebook's mobile app, but it does exist as an easily accessible alternative to the regular feed. Some users have seen the layout.
Without artificial intelligence systems, Facebook as we see it today could not exist, says director of applied machine learning Joaquin Quinonero Candela. During the F8 developer conference, Candela spoke about the importance of AI and its role in Facebook.
Automatic tagging already occurs for photos on Facebook and the social network hopes to extend that ability to videos. At the company's F8 developer conference, Facebook explained that tags will be tied to the exact moments when someone is on screen.
At its F8 Developer Conference, Facebook introduced bots for Messenger and revealed the tools developers can use to build chatbots for the platform. Chatbots, which are fairly basic systems capable of communicating like humans, offer an alternative to apps.
During the F8 Developer conference, Facebook has officially announced its open source virtual reality camera. Dubbed the Surround 360, the VR camera is designed and built by Facebook and the company is open-sourcing the camera's specs and its design.
To get more companies involved with its live streaming service, Facebook is offering news outlets money. Speaking with Recode, Facebook noted it offers news companies a "financial incentive" to use the platform. It didn't mention which outlets have received money.
A new accessibility tool on Facebook for iOS helps blind users understand what their friends are posting. With the tool, the network attempts to provide a basic description of News Feed photos (e.g. people, outdoors, water.) Usually, blind users are only told there's an image.
Facebook refused to spy on its users, resulting in the Egyptian government banning Free Basics, a service that provides people with some internet access for free. Free Basics had only been active in the country for five months and was technically banned last year.
North Korea has implemented new restrictions on web access in its territory, preventing anyone from viewing Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. Foreigners had been able to access those sites while in the country. Now, they won't be able to easily share information online.
Longer videos are now supported on Instagram, with support for 60-second pieces beginning to roll out. The social network says this feature is just "one step of many" that will be announced in the coming months. This change means Instagram is moving beyond short clips.
Following a bombing in Pakistan that has killed dozens of people, Facebook's Safety Check tool sent notifications around the world to places that weren't affected by the attack. Safety Check is supposed to help Facebook users tell everyone they're safe.
Facebook will stop supporting BlackBerry 10 and BBOS by the end of this year, putting BlackBerry in a more difficult spot. The network's departure from BlackBerry comes after WhatsApp (owned by Facebook) announced it'd stop supporting the barely used platform.
Instagram has just announced in a blog post that they are testing the new algorithm tweak that will change the way your feed looks like. With the new changes, Instagram could soon look more like Facebook, showing the moments that you might care about the most.
An app for Facebook Messenger may soon be available for Windows 10 since it's already in its beta phase. The app appeared on Thursday in the Windows app store, though it is currently limited in that it's not available for mobile devices. A release date is not available.