Facebook software bug makes private posts public

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As many as 14 million Facebook users were effected in May. Due to a recently discovered Facebook software bug, up to 14 million users may have posted private information to the public between May 18th and 22nd, said the social media giant. Even users who had previously selected a more restricted sharing option were effected. The Facebook software bug reportedly set posts to be shared with “everyone,” even if a user had selected stricter account privacy settings in regard to who can see their posts. After the glitch was discovered…

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Facebook announcements were plentiful at F8, including many launches

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The social media giant took the opportunity at the F8 conference for both updates and unveilings There were a number of huge Facebook announcements made at the F8 conference. These included everything from new features to products and updates to existing services. The following are some of the biggest unveilings Facebook made at F8 via CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Among the Facebook announcements that has been drawing the most attention is FaceDate. It’s exactly what it sounds like. The social network is adding a dating feature to its offerings. This allows…

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Reddit says it’s “flattered” about the Facebook downvote tests

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Zuckerberg’s social network is considering a new option for people to do the opposite of a post “like.” A new Facebook downvote option is being tested by the social network. The idea behind the proposed feature is to give a post the opposite of a like. This potential option has been debated among users for quite some time. Reddit already has a downvoting option that allows users to express their dislike for a post. There could be a number of potential benefits to a Facebook downvte system. For instance, it…

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Facebook privacy fail brings apology from Zuckerberg

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Mark Zuckerberg spoke before a House oversight panel on Wednesday, seeing regulation as “inevitable.” Mark Zuckerberg spoke to a House oversight panel on the subject of Facebook privacy. He stated that he saw regulation of the social media industry as “inevitable.” He also revealed that his own data was among the personal information sold to malicious third parties through Facebook’s previous privacy loopholes. Zuckerberg spoke as a part of his testimony to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “The internet is growing in importance around the world in people’s lives…

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Instagram cracks down on drug hashtags, deleting many

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Facebook, the parent company, decided to remove #opioids, #fentanyl, #oxycontin and others. Instagram has decided to crackdown on drug hashtags, taking down some based on medication names. Among those Facebook – the parent company – has decided to delete include #oxycontin, #fentanyl and #opiods. Many others have also been taken down based on upgrades to Instagram’s community guidelines. Searches for #xanax and #fentanyl shortly after the drug hashtags crackdown produced no recent posts but shared a message stating that those posts “are currently hidden because the community has reported some…

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Facebook scandal sends users to Instagram; owned by the same company

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Angry Facebook users deleting their accounts in droves are heading to another of the company’s platforms. The latest Facebook scandal involving Cambridge Analytics was the last straw for many users. That said, it’s not as though they’re ready to give up social media altogether. Interestingly, the alternative many are choosing is Instagram. Instagram, the image-based social media platform, is also owned by Facebook and is similarly operated. Many industry experts have found the move to Instagram to be a fascinating one. While some had expected the Facebook scandal to send…

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WhatsApp co-founder joins Delete Facebook movement

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Brian Acton made billions from the social media company but still says we should #DeleteFacebook. WhatsApp co-founder, Brian Acton is among those calling for social media users to delete Facebook. He joined the #DeleteFacebook movement even though he made billions from the company. Scandals have plagued Facebook over the last while, most recently involving user privacy. Facebook now owns WhatsApp after having purchased it from Acton. Now the co-founder of the popular messaging app is saying it’s time to delete Facebook. The backlash from this movement has sent the social…

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Facebook Messenger QR codes will make MasterCard mobile payments possible

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The credit card giant is adding quick response codes to the platform to facilitate purchasing. MasterCard has revealed its intentions to use Facebook Messenger QR codes to allow for mobile payments. This will have a particular focus on the small business marketplace in Africa and Asia. The Messenger app is very popular in those markets, making it a natural fit for businesses there. Moreover, using Facebook Messenger QR codes combines a popular mobile app with quick response barcodes. QR codes are already commonplace and widely used in those regions. Therefore,…

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Facebook downvote system is in testing to help spot problem comments faster

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At the moment, the feature is being offered in a small number of public page posts seen by a limited group. A new Facebook downvote feature is currently undergoing testing by the social media giant. The goal is to make it possible for users to “downvote” comments. The testing is only in its initial stages so the vast majority of users and pages won’t see the feature yet. So far, the Facebook downvote button is limited to a few handfuls of Public page post comments and can be seen exclusively…

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Facebook mobile ads drive social network’s revenue to $12.97 billion

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Advertising sales for smartphones and tablets has generated a powerful growth for the company. Facebook mobile ads sent the social network’s revenues considerably higher as the company reported it brought in $12.7 billion in Q4 2017. That figure represents a year over year growth of 47 percent over the previous fourth quarter’s $8.81 billion. The Facebook mobile ads revenue made up about 89 percent of the total earnings the company generated in the fourth quarter. In 2016’s last quarter, mobile advertising sales represented about 84 percent of total revenues. The…

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Facebook AI technology launched for earlier suicidal post detection for faster assistance

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The social network is broadening its use of artificial intelligence to find and help people in the most distress. A new expanded version of Facebook AI technology is rolling out to help spot suicidal posts so help can be sent more quickly. The goal is to decrease the length of time it takes to spot posts suggesting suicidal thoughts so that first responders can be alerted more quickly. Facebook has been offering suicide prevention tools to its users for over a decade. The social network has been working hard to…

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