Facebook is fighting the US on user data requests

Facebook is challenging the government over data searches that are possibly related to protests that happened during Donald Trump’s inauguration. According to information dug up by Buzzfeed, Facebook received warrants from prosecutors to search three accounts. Those were accompanied by non-disclosure orders preventing it from telling the affected users about any investigation. The gag orders may have come about because in […]

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Facebook’s stealing features again, but not from Snapchat this time

You probably didn’t notice it all, but Facebook took Twitter’s most iconic feature 一 kinda. Familiar with Twitter’s 140 character limit? Well, Facebook now has a new feature that only allows users 130 characters in a post. Facebook might not have stolen Twitter’s concept, but the company definitely used it as inspiration in its new short and sweet posting format. […]

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Here’s what Facebook’s doing with your Safety Check data

Facebook’s Safety Check feature allows users to notify their family and friends that they’re okay after natural disasters or attacks that prompt Facebook to deploy the tool. But have you ever wondered what Facebook does with that information? On Wednesday the social network announced that it will share some of that data with aid organizations — specifically UNICEF, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent […]

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Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram unite with cross-app notifications

Facebook’s family of apps are moving in together. Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram are each testing a feature that shows notification counters from the other apps and lets you instantly switch between them. The feature could boost engagement across the apps by using those maddening red notification jewels to constantly remind you there’s something to see in the other apps. This […]

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Facebook confirms it is working on mind-reading technology

If you thought your thoughts were safe, think again: social media giant Facebook has confirmed it is developing technology to read your mind and send what’s inside directly through to the internet. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced during the company’s F8 developer conference in San Jose this week that it is working on a “direct brain interface” that will allow […]

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Snapchat just launched an attack on a key source of Facebook’s ad revenue

Snapchat’s popularity with younger users has helped it eat into an important segment of Facebook’s audience. Now Snapchat is stepping up its attack on another major pillar of Facebook’s business: advertisers. Snapchat is rolling out two new tools to bolster its ad offerings, one of which is aimed squarely at a key source of Facebook’s mobile ad revenue. Advertisers on Snapchat will now have access […]

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Facebook is coming to your TV

Facebook wants to be a bigger part of your living room. On Tuesday, the social network said it’s launching an app for set-top boxes, including Apple TV, Amazon’s Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV. The app will let you watch all the videos you’d normally watch on Facebook on a bigger screen. That includes Facebook Live videos, as well as […]

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