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Tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Twitter have been "consciously failing" in their fight against online extremism, claims a report from the UK Parliament's Home Affairs Committee. The report states social media platforms are widely used for spreading propaganda.
A limited set of WhatsApp's user data, including phone numbers, will now be shared with Facebook, which acquired the company in 2014. By sharing this data, WhatsApp says user security and privacy remains intact, but it allows Facebook to improve its ads.
The social side of YouTube may grow in the near future with the addition of text and image posts that will show up on channel pages. VentureBeat reports YouTube is developing a system called Backstage that lets users create text, picture, and poll posts.
Facebook is trying out new auto-play videos in the News Feed that include sound, a change few people have asked for. A small number of users have reported encountering videos that automatically play with the sound enabled unless you disable them or silence your phone.
Facebook's Instagram app has been installed more than a billion times on Android, according to the Google Play Store. This is the fourth Facebook app to reach that milestone following Facebook, WhatsApp, and Messenger. Few apps have reached that point.
Facebook has debuted a social media platform that's only available for people under the age of 21.The app, called Lifestage, is based around letting people answer questions with short video responses, which are then placed in a feed. Lifestage turns your profile into videos.
Facebook is working with Unity to build out its online gaming experience and introduce a Steam-like downloadable gaming platform. The partnership with Unity makes it easier for developers to bring their games to Facebook's platform. Bigger games will eventually be included.
Facebook is tweaking its news feed algorithm once again and is this time making adjustments so that your feed is more "personally informative." The social network wants to fully implement an updated ranking system that's personalized to every user based on their interests/habits.
When you publish a 360-degree video on Facebook, it'll now be possible to establish a guide for viewers that helps them see the most interesting parts of the content. Using Facebook's new "Guide" tool, you can easily highlight points of interest that viewers will see.
It's now possible to send a message to the White House and President Obama in the same way you message your friends on Facebook. The White House has launched a Facebook Messenger bot that can receive messages, allowing people to "speak" to the president.
AdBlock Plus, which makes one of the most popular ad blockers, has unsurprisingly come out against Facebook's plan to circumvent ad blockers and force ads (albeit better ones) on users. In talking about the move, AdBlock Plus' Ben Williams says Facebook is anti-user.
Desktop ad blockers will no longer keep your Facebook browsing experience ad-free. The social network has found a way to bypass ad-blockers without paying them to be exempt. At the same time, Facebook has rolled out a new Ad Preferences menu that gives you more control.
Facebook is trialing a new WiFi service in India that lets users purchase data from local ISPs to access the web through hotspots. The service, called Express, currently lets users get online through 125 rural WiFi hotspots that are powered by a local state-run telecoms company.
Clickbait headlines will be a part of the internet for the foreseeable future, but Facebook is doing what it can to limit people's exposure to them. In the coming weeks, the network will introduce an algorithm change that is biased against clickbait content.
Counter-messaging may be a useful tool in the fight against online extremist content and it's one Facebook, Google, and Twitter are applying to their respective platforms. A study published on Monday from the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) involved the companies.
Facebook has revealed its new hardware lab, known as Area 404, located at the company's Menlo Park, CA headquarters. The 22,000 square-foot facility will be used by a number of Facebook divisions, including those working on VR headsets (Oculus) and internet access drones.
Instagram Stories, a new feature that's very similar to Snapchat Stories, is now rolling out to users. The feature lets you create slideshows made up of photos and videos that'll disappear after 24 hours. They appear at the top of your feed and are clearly separated.
Facebook and Twitter are creating new ad models with the goal of attracting high-profile YouTube stars, reports Bloomberg. The networks want YouTube creators to share their content directly on their respective sites. To get people on-board, Twitter may offer up to 70% of revenue.
Livestreams on Facebook are going to be interrupted with advertisements and the network is now testing ads in broadcasts from some publishers. Ads will likely become a primary revenue source for streamers in the future, giving them the ability to easily support their activity.
The US' Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has served Facebook with a notice of deficiency that values the company's unpaid taxes between $3 billion and $5 billion. An ongoing investigation by the IRS came up with that figure while looking at Facebook's 2010 transfer of assets.