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Don't like the Facebook app? We don't blame you. It's a heavy app, and it takes up a lot of space. For people residing in developing nations with access to slow 2G internet, using the Facebook app is a no-go. Which is why Facebook came up with Facebook Lite.
Facebook has partnered with Kaspersky to fight malware on the social network. Kaspersky is one of a number of companies helping Facebook rid the network of malicious content. Facebook has already been working with ESET, Trend Micro, and F-Secure for the past year.
It is no longer necessary to have a Facebook account when using Facebook Messenger. The social network has dropped that requirement, opening up Facebook Messenger to a wider array of potential users. Facebook has removed the requirement in the US, Canada, and Venezuela.
Facebook has developed an algorithm that can recognize people without even seeing their face. The AI lab at the social network created an algorithm that can figure out who someone is just by looking at clothing, pose, hair style, and body type, among other things.
Facebook has built an artificial intelligence (AI) robot capable of creating images that can often fool humans. A study from the Facebook research team shows its AI-generated photos appear real to humans 40% of the time. The robot generates images after looking at real pictures.
Facebook Moments is a new app from the social network that uses facial recognition to detect your Facebook friends in photos. That app cannot launch in Europe due to the fact that its core use relies on facial recognition and that would potentially anger European regulators.
Facebook has introduced yet another application, Moments. The new app uses facial recognition to look through a user's camera roll in order to locate individuals with the goal of making sharing easier. Facebook finds people by scanning a user's photo library.
Facebook personalizes news feeds for all of its users and one way it'll now do so is by monitoring how long users look at different types of content. The social network is currently changing its algorithms to account for how long a user is stuck on one piece of content.
Facebook Messenger has joined the exclusive 1 billion downloads+ club. Messenger isn't the first app from Facebook to achieve this milestone, which only a few apps have claimed. WhatsApp is among them, and the Facebook app is, of course, a part of the elite club as well.
Facebook will no longer be nearly as integrated in Windows Phone. Changes to the network's Graph API have caused Facebook Connect, a bundle of Microsoft/Facebook services, to no longer work. Microsoft had been using the Graph API to link Facebook friends with its services.
Facebook has reportedly killed its plan to launch a satellite that would be used to provide internet access. Internet.org is still expanding but The Information reports Facebook is not able to launch satellites for the service anytime soon. There was a $1 billion plan in place.
Facebook has a new app, Facebook Lite, that's targeted at emerging markets with sub-par infrastructure. The app is a stripped-down version of Facebook and it uses less bandwidth, allowing people in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Europe to access the network.
Additional controls for the location sharing feature in Facebook Messenger have rolled out. The granular controls allow users to share maps of their current, specific location in a separate message. Before, Facebook Messenger only let users turn location sharing on or off.
There is a growing set of people who want Facebook to stop requiring real names on the network. Drag queens, victims of abuse, and other groups have all complained about the real name policy. As many as 100 protesters recently gathered at Facebook's headquarters.
OpenPGP keys can now be listed by users to make secure communication easier. There is an encrypted messaging feature that's been released by Facebook alongside the ability to list keys. Facebook is quick to note that this is only an "experimental" feature.
GIFs are now being supported on the world's most popular social network, Facebook. The network is rolling out support for GIFs in the News Feed. Users can place a GIF on the site by copying its URL and sharing it just like they would any other link. You cannot upload GIFs.
Money transfers are now available in Facebook Messenger in New York City (NYC) and there are some new features included. The money transfers first became available a few months ago and were available in a few cities. Payments are initiated when a user taps on a dollar symbol.
A ban on major online services has been threatened by the Russian government. Google, Facebook, and Twitter could all be blocked in the country if they do not provide data on some Russian bloggers. Roskomnadzor, a Russian agency, made this latest threat.
Citing sources that are close to the matter, Re/code reports that Twitter is in talks with Flipboard to acquire the latter. The report suggests that Twitter is pushing for an all-stock deal, a deal that would put Flipboard's value at over $1 billion.
Video calling inside of Facebook Messenger is now available around the world. The new feature was introduced by Facebook in April and now there are just a "few countries" where video calling is not offered. A complete global release wasn't yet possible.