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 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.
The Alt-Right's rise during the past couple years has partly come from its significant presence on social media, including Facebook and Twitter. Those networks have faced criticism from some groups due to Alt-Right personalities not being suspended for allegedly racist content.
In what appears to be a violation of Twitter's policies, the FBI has been using the network's Dataminr tool to monitor criminals and terrorist groups in real-time. Dataminr provides constant access to the site's posts, but it cannot be used for surveillance purposes.
In its continued fight against abusive behavior, Twitter has introduced more muting and reporting features. Muting, which is currently limited to specific people, will now be possible for keywords, phrases, emojis, and hashtags. Users can therefore filter out almost anything.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has downplayed the real world impact of fake news on the network, but the company's employees believe it's a more important issue. Buzzfeed reports "more than dozens" of employees have formed a "task force" that'll recommend changes.
Facebook has updated the News Feed multiple times in the past couple years with the goal of combating fake/clickbait news. Much of the network's filtering system relies on user reports, but machine learning does play a significant role, reports TechCrunch.
With many people now turning almost exclusively to social media for their news, there is a significant potential for Facebook, Twitter, and others to change the way people view certain issues. This is why some people are upset with Facebook following the US election.
Twitter is no longer counting media attachments against its tweet character limit and now it may also be relaxing the limit on replies. Some mobile users report usernames are no longer counting against their limit, allowing them to type more in response to other users.
Lifestage, an app created by Facebook exclusively for young people, is now on Android. The app has a hard age limit of 21 and is built around photos and Q&A-type content, with users answering questions and listing their likes/dislikes. Lifestage has yet to take off.
The potential for Facebook to be a massive and long-lasting social network was noticed early on by a number of large companies, resulting in quite a few acquisition offers. One of those offers came from Microsoft, former CEO Steve Ballmer has revealed.
Facebook Messenger users can now select PayPal as their payment option inside the app. PayPal has become the only option for sending money other than a regular debit card. An accompanying Messenger feature lets you receive notifications about recent PayPal activity.
After facing backlash in response to some controversial content removals and account terminations, Facebook says it will alter its community guidelines enforcement to allow for more NSFW content in certain contexts. The network plans to become much more nuanced.
Instagram is now the latest in a string of apps to test live video streaming. The app, which is owned by Facebook, is reportedly testing a livestreaming ability that is built into Stories. You can go live using a red button labelled "Go Insta!" Instagram has remained quiet.
Instant Articles on Facebook now come with support for 360-degree videos and photos, allowing them to be more immersive and visually interesting. The platform, which is very similar to Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages, has been around since May 2015.
If you want to avoid arguments and you have a politically diverse group of friends, avoiding Facebook's latest feature is likely a good idea. The social network has introduced the ability to publicly endorse a candidate and the feature is rolling out in time for the election.
As we are slowly entering the 5G network support, manufacturers are trying to get ready for it. Qualcomm, one of the biggest manufacturer of chipsets and modems for mobile devices, has just announced a new 5G modem during the 2016 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong.
Facebook is already the largest social network for personal communication, but it also wants to take over business communication. For over 18 months, Facebook at Work has been in development and now it has launched as "Workplace." It is offered for a monthly fee.
Ever since Facebook introduced video advertisements in 2014, it has been miscalculating view times and thereby misleading advertisers about the performance of their videos. Until recently, the network only paid attention to views lasting longer than 3 seconds
Governments around the world have requested more user data from Twitter this year than at any point in the past. The company's latest transparency report, which comes out twice a year, reveals the US made 2,520 requests covering 8,009 accounts between January and June 2016.