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Some of the world's largest technology companies have joined forces to reduce public concerns associated with the development of advanced artificial intelligence. Facebook, Google/DeepMind, Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM are now part of the Partnership on AI.
Facebook should not be collecting data from WhatsApp users in Germany, the country's privacy watchdog has decided. The social network announced in August that it would be collecting some data from the app, but now that data-sharing system has been challenged.
Ever since Facebook introduced video advertisements in 2014, it has been miscalculating view times and thereby misleading advertisers about the performance of their videos. Until recently, the network only paid attention to views lasting longer than 3 seconds
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have introduced a philanthropic organization that will invest billions of dollars in the fight against various human diseases. Under the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the couple plans to invest $3 billion in 10 years.
Viewing the 2016 US presidential debates without a cable subscription will be easy as long as you have a Facebook account. ABC News and Facebook have announced a lot of 2016 election-related content will be available on the social network, including the debates themselves.
Facebook may return to offering a public chat room-like feature with an update to Messenger. Code pertaining to a public chat room ability has been found in Messenger and the feature is described as offering a space "for public conversations and topics and interests."
Facebook Live has not been available on desktops since its launch earlier this year, but it has now begun rolling out to some people in response to requests from users. According to the network, it is introducing the ability for "people to broadcast live" from desktops.
Instagram Stories has received an update that brings "muting" and auto-saving to the feature. You can now save all of the photos you share by activating the "save shared photos" option, which is accessible in Story mode's settings area. Individual photos cannot be saved.
The First Draft Coalition, a Google initiative that aims to filter out fake news content online, now includes Facebook and Twitter. Fake stories are passed around both social networks on a daily basis, some of which even gain enough traction to become trending topics.
Filtering out certain content in the comments section of your Instagram posts is now possible for all users. Some high-profile accounts received the ability to hide certain comments earlier this year and now everyone has a "hide inappropriate comments" option.
After receiving a huge amount of backlash from upset users, Facebook restored a post from a Norwegian journalist that included the iconic "napalm girl" photo from the Vietnam War. Once the initial post was removed, Norway's prime minister entered the situation.
Paying for items directly through Facebook Messenger is now possible if you're interacting with one of the platform's thousands of bots. With version 1.2 of Messenger, payments have been added and they'll use the payment information you have stored with Facebook.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket explosion on a launchpad in Cape Canaveral could leave the company grounded for months. It is still investigating the cause of the explosion and while SpaceX hasn't said when it will fly again, it is estimated it could take up to a year.
There are many kinds of nudity, some that most would consider acceptable on social media and some that most people wouldn't. An image that reliably falls into the former group has been removed by Facebook and many users aren't happy with that decision.
Spacecom doesn't plan on trusting SpaceX again until it has seen "several safe flights" from the company. Its Amos-6 satellite, which was being leased by Facebook, was destroyed when SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket unexpectedly exploded. SpaceX hasn't discussed the cause yet.
Instagram's Photo Map, which lets you browse the world and see thumbnails of photos connected to various locations, is on its way out. The company has confirmed Photo Map is already disabled for some users and it will soon be disabled for every user.
The company behind Facebook's Amos-6 satellite will seek up to $50 million or a free flight from SpaceX following an accident that led to the destruction of the satellite last week. An explosion on the launch pad in Cape Canaveral also destroyed the Falcon 9.
Quick video calling/sharing is now a part of Facebook Messenger in the form of Instant Video, which lets you begin a video call that'll appear in the same screen as the rest of your conversation. Instant Video serves as a quicker video chat option than a regular video call.
Just as it appeared to be on a roll of successful launches and landings, SpaceX has suffered a negative PR event and angered one of its customers. One of its Falcon 9 rockets exploded before a launch in Cape Canaveral on Thursday. The incident destroyed a Facebook satellite.
If your 360-degree videos are shaky upon being posted to Facebook, the social network will soon offer a way to quickly stabilize them. It is testing an algorithm that removes the shakiness from videos, which is particularly important if they're being viewed in VR headsets.