WhatsApp users now total over 2 billion, active monthly

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This figure is around half a billion short of parent company Facebook’s own monthly figures. The number of WhatsApp users has now risen above the 2 billion mark, for those who are active on a monthly basis, said C.E.O. Will Cathcart in a Wall Street Journal interview. This is the first time the Facebook owned app has revealed its user numbers in about two years. Facebook took to its blog to share the new WhatsApp users milestone. It’s only half a billion short of Facebook’s own active monthly user figures.…

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Clearview AI receives data scraping cessation demand from Venmo and Facebook

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The facial recognition has been strengthening its database by scouring the internet’s pictures. Controversial facial recognition startup Clearview AI can add two more tech giants to the list taking legal action against it. Google and Twitter have already filed legal actions against the facial recognition firm. Now, Facebook and Venmo have added their own demands, requiring that Clearview AI cease the use of their members’ images to build its database. A Buzzfeed News report showed that Facebook issued a cease-and-desist letter to the company last week. It required that the…

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Virtual Reality Facebook OS could help the platform skip Google and Android

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The social network giant is reportedly working on developing its own operating system. A new Facebook OS is currently in development, according to a report from The Information. Should this operating system be successful, it could help the social network firm to step away from its dependence on Google and Android. The operating system is reportedly in development to support its movements in virtual reality. At the moment the company doesn’t have its own virtual reality Facebook OS. Therefore, its Oculus VR headsets and Portal smart displays operate on an…

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New feature Facebook News to launch on Facebook’s mobile app in the US

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Facebook is testing a new way to give its user more control over the stories they view. The social networking giant is trailing Facebook News via its mobile app in the United States. The company has reportedly begun testing a news hub that is dedicated to providing users with quality news. The purpose of the hub is to give users greater control over the stories they see to deliver an experience that is more relevant and personalized. The hub has a “Today’s Stories” section curated by the company’s team of…

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Facebook facial recognition is rolling out to all users

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Facebook is replacing its tag suggestion feature with facial recognition. The Facebook facial recognition feature is now being offered to all users. However, the social media giant has been careful to keep the controversial feature opt-in by default. New Facebook users and existing users who currently have the “tag suggestions” setting will be alerted to the facial recognition feature and will receive information about how it works. The feature will not automatically recognize a user in photos or videos unless it is turned on. The original feature, called “tag suggestions,”…

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