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To counter extremist messages online, Facebook is offering users who post anti-terrorist content ad credits so their content can reach more people. Facebook's ad credit offer is part of a larger effort to combat terrorist propaganda. Facebook worked with the State Department.
SMS capabilities are being integrated into Facebook Messenger for Android. The social network says it is working on fully returning SMS support to the app and it has added the feature to Messenger alongside support for multiple accounts. The test of the feature is limited.
Video view counts are beginning to roll out to Instagram's hundreds of millions of users, providing them with a better look at their content's performance on the platform. A video's view total is displayed in place of likes, but likes are still visible if you click the count.
Facebook has been ordered to stop tracking non-users by a French data protection authority. The social network must stop tracking people who have not given their consent within three months. If Facebook doesn't change its data collection practices, there will be fines.
Free Basics, a Facebook-created service that provides a limited set of internet tools to people for free, has been entirely banned in India. A regulation from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India bans all zero-rated services, including Free Basics.
You are likely connected to every single person on Facebook, the largest social network in the world, by less than four people. Facebook has released a blog post claiming there are 3.57 degrees of separation, on average, between any two users of the network.
Facebook is blocking a new browser extension that made it possible to add better encryption to Facebook Messenger. The app, Crypter, was available for Chrome and Firefox, but Facebook has shut it down. Crypter provided a simple way to encrypt messages using AES.
As long as Facebook does not get entirely replaced by a new social network-type site, CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes it will have 5 billion users by 2030. While making that prediction, Zuckerberg said Facebook would have "5 billion of the world's 7 billion humans connected."
WhatsApp now has over 1 billion users and the platform is used by those individuals to share 42 billion messages, 1.6 billion photos. and 250 million videos each day. The Facebook-owned company is the largest mobile messaging service and it added 10 million users in two weeks.
Facebook is updating the news feed algorithm so that more engaging content is shown. The network says it has begun considering two additional signals when ranking content. Those include the probability of you wanting to see a post and the probability you'll engage with it.
By removing a single application from your Android phone, the Facebook app, you can save up to 20% of your battery life. Battery and performance issues have long existed with the Facebook for Android app, and Reddit user pbrandes_eth carried out some tests.
With the introduction of YouTube's live streaming, many services have been born that tried to improve that feature. One site, Twitch, has even exceeded YouTube and is one of the best broadcast services, at least for gamers. Now, Facebook is trying to implement video streaming.
Facebook will upgrade its like function in a few weeks to include "reactions," which are emojis that let people express different responses to a post. The social network says the feature will roll out worldwide shortly and it will let people respond with things like "sad."
Sports fans now have a dedicated hub for game chat inside Facebook. The social network's newly introduced Sports Stadium serves as a go-to spot for major sporting events. Four tabs are found in the hub and they include content about the game as well as posts from friends.
Some of your public and private chats with people on Facebook will now be scanned for information that can be handed over to Nielsen, a TV ratings company. If your conversation has something to do with television, Nielsen can record how you feel about a program.
If you are concerned about your use of Facebook being secure while browsing the network on your phone, you can now use Tor to access the service's Android app. Tor support has been added to the app and it requires you also download and install Orbot.
The most popular social network is testing a new built-in browser to make it easier for users to browse websites outside of Facebook, but remain inside the Facebook app. With this move, the company is trying to rival Google and prevent users from ever leaving the app.
If you've been using WhatsApp, then you know who ads can be frustrated. Some users have even decided to stop using it, but the company has finally decided to change some things. As of today, WhatsApp has removed fees from its app and will no longer charge for its service.
Verified Facebook users can now use an Android version of the Mentions app. Mentions is a somewhat exclusive app that lets people share content like livestreams, photos, and status updates with followers. The app helps public figures direct their content specifically at fans.
Facebook appears to be creating a desktop version of Messenger for OS X. A leaked photo shared by TechCrunch shows a version of the app working on Mac. With Messenger for Mac, users can chat without having a browser open. Facebook plans to make Messenger a standalone app.