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Facebook is constantly experimenting with new features and changes, but its latest change is a pretty bad one. According to various reports from users, Facebook has now made changes to its desktop web version and removed the ability to delete posts.
Sean Parker, the billionaire founding president of Facebook, is now echoing sentiments increasingly promoted in the IT ethics field. He believes the platform is basically damaging people by "exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology." It's always had a corrupt purpose.
The Crisis Response Hub on Facebook has received an update that makes it easier for visitors to donate when a disaster, natural or otherwise, occurs. Each crisis page features a donate option at the top of the display. Facebook won't charge any fees for donations.
Facebook is beginning to test a system that'll prevent revenge porn from even being posted on the network, meaning content won't ever have to be reported after the fact. The catch is that potential victims must share their nude photos with the company ahead of time.
Facebook's Express Wi-Fi service will grow in Nigeria through a partnership with Tizeti, a startup using solar-powered towers to improve the country's internet access. Express Wi-Fi involves Facebook working with local ISPs, carriers, and businesses to expand internet access.
Facebook is shutting down an experiment that involved boosting certain comments critiquing a post for being fake news. The platform was trying to use naturally arising comments from regular users to reduce the spread of illegitimate stories, but it's opted to pursue other paths.
Version 2.2 of Facebook's Messenger Platform includes a new plugin that'll let website visitors engage with bots or chat with a human. The "Customer Chat" plugin was introduced by Stan Chudnovsky, Messenger's head of product, during the Web Summit in Portugal.
Peer-to-peer payment capabilities in Facebook Messenger are moving beyond the United States for the first time. The ability to send money to friends through the messaging app is now available in the UK. No region other than the US has received the feature since its launch.
Facebook and Twitter are trying to distance themselves from Russia, yet they'll have a harder time doing so now that it's been revealed Russia invested in both. Two state-owned companies, Gazprom and VTB Bank, poured millions into the social media platforms through DST Global.
In order for Silicon Valley to make up for letting their platforms become home to large amounts of Russian propaganda, Senator Mitch McConnell believes they should help the US government "retaliate." He said companies like Facebook and Twitter could help the US.
Facebook has expanded its involvement with polls a lot during the past year. They've appeared in Instagram Stories and Messenger group chats, for example. Now the company is continuing that expansion with an official launch of "Facebook Polls," which includes GIFs and images.
Facebook's Sponsored Messages advertising option, which leverages Messenger to more directly reach users, is rolling out to all businesses. That rollout will occur over the coming months. Sponsored Messages have been available to a more limited set of businesses.
Facebook has grown to over 2.1 billion monthly active users, yet that core stat is a bit misleading. The company has revised its fake and clone account estimates, with the company now believing there are around 270 million profiles that shouldn't be counted as unique accounts.
126 million Americans were exposed to content ultimately stemming from the Russian government during the 2016 US election period. Because of how significant that content's reach was, Facebook is facing calls from lawmakers and others to inform all affected users.
Facebook has a pilot program that'll expand upon its tools against revenge porn across its platforms, including Facebook and Instagram. The pilot is first rolling out in Australia and then it will reach the US, UK, and Canada. It plans to prevent images from ever going live.
Following Russia's use of ads on social media to influence the 2016 US election, some members of the public and government have become interested in further regulating online ads. Measures to increase transparency in that realm could be "very good," says Mark Zuckerberg.
Instagram Stories now sees 300 million active users on a daily basis, meaning it's around twice as large as Snapchat, the service Instagram is widely viewed as taking its Stories feature from. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Stories' growth during an earnings call.
Russia's posts on Instagram had a reach of 20 million in the United States, Facebook's general counsel Colin Stretch revealed to Congress on Wednesday. Tech companies are testifying in front of a Senate committee about how Russia-linked groups used posts and ads.
Facebook had an impressive third quarter, with its profit increasing 79% year-over-year to $4.7 billion. It once again surpassed expectations. The company earned $10.3 billion in revenue and $1.59 GAAP earnings per share. That went beyond estimates of $9.84 billion.
The reach of Russia's misinformation campaign during the 2016 US election was substantial. Recode reports Facebook will tell a Senate committee that 126 million users in the US saw posts, stores, or other content from Russia-linked groups. It's only publicly shared the ad reach.