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Twitter and Facebook have effectively been blocked in Turkey following one of the worst terror attacks the country has ever seen. A ban on broadcasting images of the attack was imposed by the Turkish Supreme Board of Radio, resulting in the social networks being inaccessible.
Apple said Facebook Messenger would come to the Apple Watch during its September event and now the messaging service is available on Apple's wearable. From your watch, you can use Messenger to send voice clips, likes, and stickers right from your wrist.
Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed Facebook is working on augmented reality (AR) technology. Unlike virtual reality, which Facebook is involved in through Oculus VR, augmented reality isn't as close to being feasible or widely available in the consumer market.
Facebook is soon going to test an alternative to the Like button. The social network's new reactions feature uses emoticons that go well beyond a basic "like." Mockups of the emoticons were posted by Engadget, which also reported the feature will be tested in Spain.
Facebook is going to provide free internet to some parts of Africa next year. Through a partnership with Eutelsat, Facebook will use an existing satellite to deliver the internet access in late 2016, according to The Telegraph. Internet access is delivered by Internet.org.
Facebook is testing short 7-second videos that can replace profile pictures. Some iOS users in California and the UK have gained access to the social network's new controls and layout options for mobile. Users can also temporarily change their profile picture.
International refugees who are living in UN camps will receive free internet service from Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has announced it will bring internet access to camps because the internet is an "enabler of human rights" and a "force for peace."
Facebook has changed the name of its Internet.org site and app to Free Basics. The initiative, which is making core internet services available for free, has come under fire in the past. Since it only makes a few services available for free, those services get an advantage.
Facebook now has 360-degree videos and the feature has debuted with an immersive Star Wars experience. The social network will be displaying 360-degree videos in the News Feed, allowing users to look around videos and control their view of the content.
Just nine months after it reached the 300 million user mark, Instagram has grown to 400 million monthly users. The Facebook-owned service reports much of its recent growth has come from outside of the United States. Over half of the new users are in Europe or Asia.
Whenever you go onto a site that has its own advertising, you should assume the site is collecting your information for advertising purposes. Facebook has collected data from its users for a long time and now it wants to expand its use of data collection to provide targeted ads.
Facebook, which has long maintained it will not add a dislike button, is now set to do exactly that. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, revealed during a Q&A event at the company's headquarters that a dislike button has been created and will soon appear for a limited set of users.
Facebook is reportedly working on a virtual reality video application. The Wall Street Journal says Facebook is creating an app that will let people view 360-degree videos, just as YouTube does. It could be a while before the app launches since development is still early.
Facebook has expanded the availability of its Mentions app to journalists. Anyone who has a verified profile or page and is a journalist, expert, or other "influencer" can use Mentions. With the Mentions app, users can broadcast live on the social network and hold Q&As.
WhatsApp, the popular messaging app owned by Facebook, is now close to 1 billion users. Jan Koum, founder of WhatsApp, says the app had 900 million active monthly users in September and should reach the billion mark in early 2016. WhatsApp grew by 100m users in four months.
Facebook has officially announced its answer to Siri, Cortana and Google Now. The personal digital assistant for Facebook Messenger is called M and unlike other digital assistant, it's powered by artificial intelligence that is trained and supervised by people.
Facebook has released a donate button for all nonprofits active on the social network. Nonprofits can use the button on their Facebook Pages and on ads. The button was introduced in December 2013, but it was limited to a few partners, including UNICEF and the Red Cross.
Facebook Moments has been updated with a new feature that'll automatically create music videos out of photos. The Moments app, which is used to share photos, now lets people combine six or more photos into a montage that supports music. Moments collages can be shared on Facebook.
Facebook's recently introduced livestreaming feature is set to quickly expand beyond celebrities. Livestreaming was added to Facebook's Mentions app for VIP users and TechCrunch reports the entire Mentions app will be opened up to all verified users.
Facebook's video ads will soon show up outside of the social network. The social network says its autoplay ads will now be shown by third-parties who are using Facebook's mobile ad network. Carousel ads and product ads will also be available to publishers.