News tagged: Facebook
Facebook has confirmed it is testing a feature that turns comment threads into Messenger-like group chats. For those who are seeing the test, a chat will pop up when someone comments on your post. You'll also receive a notification if someone replies to your comment or tags you.
Payment functionality in Facebook Messenger may soon expand to Europe now that Facebook has received the necessary licensing. The Central Bank of Ireland granted the social network a license for "payment services" and "e-money issuance." The license is good through the EU.
To make itself a "welcoming and safe place for everyone," Instagram will let users disable commenting on any of their posts. If you're concerned about the sort of statements people may post in response to your pictures, this feature may be pretty helpful.
Facebook has rolled out a survey to ask users how misleading they believe certain article titles are. This survey comes as the network is facing criticism for the widespread availability of fake news on the site. Users are asked whether a title is misleading or not.
Some of the biggest names in tech are coming together to fight online terrorist content. Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and Google will create a shared database that'll help each company track the "digital fingerprints" of terrorism-related images and videos.
Facebook, Twitter, Google, and others still aren't adequately addressing the problem of online hate speech, claims the European Commission. Those companies need to more effectively deal with hate speech soon. If they don't, new legislation may be enacted.
To deliver optimal targeted advertising to Roku and Apple TV users, Facebook is paying attention to what people watch. Bloomberg reports the social network collects information regarding what a user is viewing. It combines that information with an associated Facebook profile.
Facebook is developing an AI-based system that can detect offensive content in livestreams, which will enable faster video removals. Joaquin Candela, Facebook's director of applied machine learning, told Reuters the company's tool will automatically find nudity and violence.
The popular photo and video editing app Prisma has announced that the art filter effects are blocked by Facebook. Shortly after releasing support for livestreaming its art filter effects in real-time via Facebook Live, the social company almost immediately blocked their access to
After testing instant games in several countries, Facebook has officially released a new software update for its Messenger app on both Android and iOS platform, with the support of the instant games. The update will be available in 30 countries, starting with the US.
Facebook is helping to expand internet access in India with Express WiFi, an Internet.org program that has just gone live following months of testing in the country. Express WiFi lets people buy "fast, reliable and affordable data packs" through a digital voucher system.
A version of the Locky ransomware has been found spreading on social networks, namely Facebook and LinkedIn. Due to vulnerabilities in those sites, an infected picture file can be sent to a user, downloaded by the browser, and deployed when it's opened.
Facebook may have to stop automatically removing picture metadata, at least in Germany, now that it has lost a lawsuit filed by a photographer. The social network removes EXIF data from photos when they're uploaded. According to this lawsuit, that practice violates copyright law.
Facebook seems willing to comply with government censorship if it means entering the Chinese market. As such, it has reportedly built a censorship tool that can hide certain kinds of content depending on a user's geographic region. Work on the tool increased in 2015.
Instagram was rumoured to be working on new features that would further improve its social network. Starting today, two new features are available, allowing users to send disappearing photos and videos to followers and livestream video within Instagram Stories.
Using the data associated with Pages, Facebook's app is receiving a WiFi finder feature. The social network has been promoting the availability of free WiFi and trying to get businesses to offer it. You can search your area to find free and public WiFi.
Facebook's internet drone, known as Aquila, encountered a structural failure during its first test flight in June, which has now led to an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. Details about the failure haven't been released by the company.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg continues to face criticism from those who believe fake news on the social network is causing real-world issues. Over the past couple weeks, he has responded to the issue multiple times. His latest response explains what Facebook is working on.
Nonprofits and their supporters can now hold livestreams on Facebook to raise money for their cause. Facebook Live can be used to raise money for the organization of your choosing and the feature works with 750,000 organizations. Most 501c3 nonprofits are eligible.
WhatsApp users in Europe will no longer have some of their data shared with Facebook. After facing complaints from privacy regulators in the EU and from some consumers, WhatsApp and Facebook changed their position on data sharing, at least temporarily.