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A solar-powered internet delivery drone from Facebook completed its first test flight in Arizona last month, Facebook has revealed. The Aquila drone was tested at a low-altitude and the trial run was so successful, it ended up running for 90 minutes rather than 30.
More than a billion people are now using Facebook Messenger each month, making it one of the most popular messaging apps in the world. Since the service spun off from the main Facebook app two years ago, it has quickly become a top chat service on mobile devices.
Facebook's live streaming service allowed users to comment and react to live streams, but those interactive features can sometimes be distractive. Now, Facebook has made some changes, allowing users to block reactions and comments from appearing on live streams.
To get more high-profile streamers onto Facebook Live, the social network will spend $2.2 million on deals with a number of stars from YouTube and Vine. Jon Paul Piques, a Vine star, will receive $119,000 for just five videos over the coming two months.
Saving videos for offline viewing is now possible in the Facebook app on Android. The offline video feature has been in testing for months and while it was originally expected to only widely appear in areas with sub-par infrastructure, it has rolled out to all regions instead.
Articles from publishers taking part in Facebook's Instant Articles will no longer receive as much traffic to their web site from Messenger. The app has been updated to work with Instant Articles, meaning content will load much faster and use less data.
Facebook ensures its apps work on as many devices as possible by constantly testing their performance across thousands of units. The network operates a mobile device testing lab in Oregon and it recently let a few reporters get a look at the facility for the first time.
App developers are trying to implement latest features as fast as possible. Facebook released a new version of its app with 3D Touch support back in December last year, but users had to wait until today for the same support on the Facebook Messenger app.
Families affected by the deaths of five Americans in Israel at the hands of Palestinian terrorists are suing Facebook for providing "material support" to Hamas. The lawsuit, which is worth $1 billion, has been filed even though there are protections for companies like Facebook.
To make the service suitable for as many users as possible, including security-centric folks, Facebook is testing more secure messaging options in Messenger. Some users have gained access to a test version of Messenger's encrypted "secret conversations."
Graphic videos like the one documenting the aftermath of Philando Castile's shooting will be allowed on Facebook, the social network has confirmed. Even though Facebook has strict content guidelines, it will allow violent videos to be posted/streamed if they "raise awareness."
Facebook's controversial tax practices in Ireland are now being investigated by the US' IRS and the Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against the social network. Previous requests for information from Facebook didn't result in any response from the company.
To help people in low-coverage areas and reduce data usage associated with the network, Facebook will test downloadable videos in India. Users who receive the feature can sync videos while on WiFi and save them in the application for viewing at a later time.
Kaspersky Lab has released a report on malware that's spreading through Facebook which managed to infect 10,000 users in two days. The malware is spread through dangerous messages from friends. All of the messages tell the user they've been mentioned in a comment.
The Israeli government, specifically Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, attacked Facebook over the weekend by claiming it has effectively helped criminals who want to hurt Israel. Erdan says Facebook "sabotaged" police efforts by not turning over information.
Facebook just loves to experiment with its News Feed setup. If we are correct, this is the fifth time this year that the company is changing its News Feed algorithm. Thanks to the latest algorithm tweak, posts from your close friends and family will now surface first.
Facebook has released two Chrome extensions that let you share and save articles, though neither is particularly useful compared to existing solutions. The Share to Facebook extension simply lets you click a dedicated button that'll bring up a Facebook window.
To increase the sharing of photos and videos, Facebook has introduced a feature that makes it easy to turn your existing content into a "slideshow" video. Called Slideshow, the feature creates a video from your photos and videos. Videos can be customized with themes and music.
The best way to deal with extremist videos on a platform is to keep them from ever going live, which is exactly what Facebook, YouTube, and others are now doing. Reuters reports the sites are using digital fingerprints to pick up on extremist material.
Facebook's live streaming platform that is now built into Facebook is about to get a big update. During VidCon, the company has announced several new big updates for Facebook Live, and one of them that it will soon get Snapchat-like filter from a company called Masquerade.