News tagged: Facebook
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.
An underwater data cable that will run from the United States to Europe is being created by Microsoft and Facebook. Their "MAREA" cable is 4,100 miles (6,600 km) in length and it should be completed by October 2017. MAREA will be the "highest-capacity subsea cable" in the area.
Facebook is quickly improving its livestreaming platform and it's now rolling out a way for many drone owners to stream directly to the network. As it promised at F8, Facebook is letting DJI update its Go app to stream live content from some drone models.
Facebook's own machine learning software now provides the network with translations in place of Microsoft's Bing. The company says it completed its transition completely in December 2015 and Facebook is currently providing over 2 billion text translations every day.
Reports claiming Facebook employees have regularly kept conservative topics out of the Trending Topics section are unfounded, says Facebook. Nonetheless, the social network is updating the division responsible for the section by implementing new guidelines.
A lawsuit has been filed against Facebook that claims the network regularly scanned private messages and used data from them to increase likes. The plaintiffs in the case say Facebook looks through messages and if it finds someone has linked to a site, it treats it as a "like."
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has shared the first video captured with the company's Surround 360-degree camera. The rig was used to shoot a 3.5-minute video in New York City's Grand Central Terminal, letting you get a feel for the environment while at home.
With anonymous employee claims and some evidence to suggest Facebook employees may have suppressed conservative topics in Facebook's trending section, the social network is facing a lot of questions. Mark Zuckerberg has now weighed in on the situation.
Twitch is the go-to spot for game streaming, but Activision Blizzard is going to expand the reach of professional eSports by streaming content on Facebook Live. Activision Blizzard will be collaborating with Facebook to stream matches and the company will improve MLG.tv as well.
360-degree photos are soon going to be in your Facebook News Feed. The social network will be rolling out support for 360-degree photos to all users. You can either view the content by clicking and dragging around the image or by pulling it up in a VR headset.
Developers have jumped at the opportunity to create bots for Messenger that'll interact autonomously with people on the platform. Stan Chudnovsky, Messenger's head of product, says there are more than 10,000 developers creating bots for the platform.
A limited version of Facebook Moments, a photo sharing tool, has arrived in Europe and Canada. Unlike the version available in the US, Moments lacks facial recognition in its latest markets due to privacy concerns. That means Moments is unable to auto-identify people.
Former Facebook employees allegedly blew the whistle on the social network by telling Gizmodo the company has regularly censored conservative topics by not letting them into the "trending" section. Facebook has now responded to those claims by denying them entirely.
LinkedIn is reportedly working on a service that'll operate like Facebook's Instant Articles, which improves page loading times and layout. Sources speaking with Buzzfeed News claim LinkedIn has approached some publishers about an Instant Articles-like feature.
The youngest person to receive money under Facebook's bug bounty program is a 10-year-old boy from Finland. The boy, called Jani, discovered a security flaw in Instagram that would allow someone to delete comments and that discovery was significant enough for him to earn $10,000.
In an upcoming update of Facebook Messenger, the app is likely going to add self-destructing messaging capabilities, like what's found in Snapchat. The privacy-centric feature has appeared in Messenger for iOS version 6.80. A message can last for minutes, hours, or days.
Facebook is reportedly working on a camera app that's similar to Snapchat which will encourage users to create and share more videos/photos. The standalone app is integrated with Facebook and Instagram. Users will be able to share live streamed video from the app on Facebook.
As part of Facebook's bug bounty program, a hacker discovered an existing backdoor in the network's system. The hacker, Orange Tsai, says he found malware on a Linux-based staff server that was able to send off usernames and passwords to a remote server.
Facebook's algorithm is now going to take into account how long you spend on an article after clicking away from the main Facebook app. The network already pays attention to how long you stay on a piece of content in the app, but now it'll track your activity on an article.
Facebook Messenger has been updated and it now comes with free group calling. The feature, which is headed to iOS and Android right now, will appear in the form of a phone icon in the top right corner of group chats. Calls can take place with up to 50 people.