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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.
After months of waiting, Microsoft's latest Windows 10 operating system has finally received official Facebook app. The app is currently in beta version, but it should be stable enough for all normal tasks. It can be downloaded from the company's official Windows Store.
Binge On, T-Mobile's program that prevents some content from counting against your data limit, should soon include Facebook video. T-Mobile has been working with the social network for months and Facebook video will soon join the likes of Netflix, HBO, and ESPN.
Facebook has updated and more widely released its suicide prevention tools. Working with mental health organizations, the social network has created simple tools which are now available globally. The feature first appeared in the US and UK earlier this year.
Young people are now picking social media for their news consumption over TV. A survey from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism found 28% of 18-to-24-year-olds picked social media as their primary news source, whereas 24% picked television.
All of your messaging can now take place through Facebook Messenger if you're on Android. The app has gained support for SMS communication, allowing you to chat with people who aren't on the platform. As the feature is optional, it must be enabled manually.
Content deemed "inappropriate" by the restrictive government in Bangladesh will be removed by Microsoft, Google, and Facebook. After negotiating with the government, the companies agreed to remove content "within 48 hours" of a request being made by the authorities.
A vulnerability that could have let hackers alter Facebook Messenger messages for malicious purposes was discovered earlier this month by Check Point Software Technologies and it has since been fixed by Facebook. By exploiting the flaw, a hacker could send their own message.
Facebook is attempting to steal some of Twitch's traffic by entering into a deal that'll let people stream Blizzard games directly to the site. Blizzard says it will add Facebook's Live API to its games and also let people log in using their Facebook information.
Just like Facebook, Instagram has started messing with your feed. According to the company, people miss 70 percent of their feed and therefore has decided to introduce new algorithm feed so you won't miss your favorite content, even if it took place in a different time zone.
Microsoft's latest mobile platform was with us for a few weeks now and Facebook has finally released its official Messenger app for the OS. The new Facebook Messenger for Windows 10 Mobile is still in beta, but according to the company, it is stable enough for daily use.
Facebook's Safety Check feature helps users find out if people in a crisis zone are safe, but the network has struggled to operate the feature efficiently in the dozens of places that could be crisis zones at any given moment. This update lets people ask their friends directly.
Facebook's AI is now capable of reading and understanding text at nearly the same level as a human, increasing the social network's ability to understand user activity. The company's DeepText AI is a "text understanding engine" that analyzes "several thousand posts a second."
Facebook's AI bots are now detecting offensive images faster than regular users, reducing the chance people will come in contact with images of things like nudity and gore. The AI systems will help Facebook comply with a recent EU agreement that requires hate speech be combated.
An optional end-to-end encryption mode for Facebook Messenger will reportedly be introduced this year, but enabling it will limit the app's AI features. The Guardian reports the secure communication mode will completely prevent anyone outside of the chat from viewing a message.
To attract more businesses and turn itself into an ideal social network for companies, Instagram has introduced a new set of features, including analytics, business profiles, and an easy way to turn posts into ads. These tools distinguish company accounts from regular users.
Large internet companies like Facebook and Twitter have agreed to operate in compliance with new hate speech rules created by the European Union. They'll now have to remove hate speech within 24 hours of its detection, a move that is partially meant to combat terrorism.
Facebook's ad network is expanding beyond the social network to display more ads on other websites and track non-users. It'll monitor viewer activity through cookies and embedded buttons, such as like buttons. This practice has been heavily criticized in Europe.