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Facebook Live users can now add other people to their stream, enabling Facetime-like conversations that everyone can see. The network's iPhone app now comes with the option to invite other people to join a steam, just like inviting someone to a Hangout.
Facebook's moderation team disabled over 14,000 accounts just in January 2017 for guideline violations involving revenge porn and sexual extortion. The Guardian, which gained access to leaked Facebook moderator documents, reports 33 of the cases involved children.
Facebook is again going to miss its target for the launch of original shows on the social network, reports Recode. The first set of original content was supposed to arrive in the spring, yet we may not see any shows until sometime in the middle of the summer.
Internal documents from Facebook have leaked, revealing the network's content moderation tactics. The documents outline Facebook's methods for dealing with hate speech, terrorism, pornography, self-harm, and other problematic content. Some of the policies are controversial.
Facebook's mobile app is now integrating notifications from the company's other large apps: Instagram and Messenger. With the new notifications, which first showed up on iOS, users don't need to flip between apps as often. The notification icon has also been updated.
Facebook's livestreaming has largely been devoid of any gaming content, but that's beginning to change. The social network is going to become home to livestreams of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive events. ESL, a major eSports company, has signed a deal with Facebook.
Live MLB baseball games will be streamed on Facebook on a weekly basis. Those games will air on Friday beginning this week. The first game is the Rockies vs. the Reds at 7:10 a.m. ET and it'll be available here. All US users can view the live baseball content.
Facebook has been hit with a $122 million fine from the European Commission due to the company misleading regulators about its WhatsApp acquisition. The network has been under investigation since changing its terms in 2016 to let Facebook link profiles to WhatsApp accounts.
Facebook's Open Compute Project may have stolen server and rack technology from BladeRoom, a UK data center company. A case against Facebook is underway and a district court judge in California has laid out the timeline for the proceedings. Blueprints were allegedly stolen.
Facebook has partnered with The Trevor Project, a suicide hotline aimed at young people in the LGBTQ community. With the partnership, more suicide prevention tools will become available in Messenger. It'll be easier for people to connect with The Trevor Project as a result.
France's Commission Nationale de l'infromatique (CNIL) has fined Facebook $166,000 for violating the country's digital privacy regulations. The fine is in response to an update to Facebook's terms in 2014. That update included an expansion of off-site tracking.
Facebook is updating its Live guidelines to limit the reach of fake and low-quality content. It's explicitly disallowing publishers from posting prerecorded videos as if they're livestreams and it also won't allow for static/looping images or livestreamed polls.
A research tool created by Facebook has the ability to make AI bot conversations more human-like. The new ParlAI framework can teach bots to sound more like people. It's described as a "one-stop shop for dialog research." Programmers can easily train and test their bots.
Much like sites that peddle fake news, websites that host spammy advertisements are going to see less traffic from Facebook. The social network is tweaking its algorithm to demote domains that feature spammy and misleading ads. Those sites won't have as large of a reach.
A new machine learning translation capability has been announced by Facebook, which says the system is nine times faster than existing options. Facebook hasn't integrated the system into the network yet, but it's already used it in testing at the company.
Facebook needs to remove content considered to be hate speech under Austrian law, an appeals court in the country has decided. In December 2016, another court found Facebook would need to take down hate speech. Facebook appealed that decision, but it has lost.
Thousands of illegitimate accounts have been removed from Facebook in the lead-up to the UK's general election. Facebook is monitoring activity on the network to find accounts that appear to exist solely for the purpose of spreading certain pieces of content.
Facebook has taken out full-page newspaper ads in the UK to warn people about fake news and to tell them how they can spot illegitimate stories. It purchased ad spots in major newspapers, including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, and The Times. Users are told to be skeptical.
We're only a month away from Facebook introducing some original shows, reports Business Insider. The social network is planning to launch a set of "TV-like shows" sometime in June. Around two dozen shows are already close to launching and more will eventually arrive.
Oculus is no longer focusing on internal content production to the same degree. Facebook has decided to shut down the company's Story Studio, meaning Oculus is exiting the virtual reality film production business. It'll focus on supporting external production endeavors.