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Instagram is removing the Following tab

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:01 PM

The Following tab displays what posts and accounts your friends engage with

Zuckerberg discusses Twitter, TikTok, Big Tech breakup in leaked audio

Oct 01, 2019 - 10:08 PM

A two-hour audio recording of the Facebook CEO at internal meetings comes out

ZUCKERBERG. In this file photo taken on May 24, 2018 Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg looks on during the VivaTech (Viva Technology) trade fair in Paris. Photo by Gerard Julien/AFP


Facebook hides 'likes' in Australia trial to ease anxiety

Sep 27, 2019 - 2:38 PM

'We don't want Facebook to feel like a competition,' the company says in a statement

Twitter closes thousands of fake news accounts worldwide

Sep 20, 2019 - 8:26 PM

The information release is part of the company's push to improve understanding of how its platform is used by state actors to manipulate public opinion


Zuckerberg meets Trump, senators; nixes breaking up Facebook

Sep 20, 2019 - 10:20 AM

The world's biggest social network is facing a myriad of regulatory and legal questions surrounding issues like competition, digital privacy, censorship and transparency in political advertising

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks to a meeting with Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) on September 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. Zuckerberg also met with Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) to discuss internet regulation. Zach Gibson/Getty Images/AFP Zach Gibson / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Facebook might start hiding 'Like' counts for posts

Sep 04, 2019 - 1:13 PM

Such a change may ease pressure to win approval with images, videos or comments and, instead, get people to simply focus on what is in posts


Facebook changes ‘It’s free and always will be’ slogan on its homepage

Sep 03, 2019 - 12:10 PM

It now reads, 'It’s quick and easy'


Facebook hiring journalists to curate its new News Tab

Aug 21, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg has said he wanted 'to make sure that to the extent that we can, we're funding as much high-quality journalism as possible'

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken on March 22, 2018 in Paris shows a close-up of the Facebook logo in an eye. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP


Facebook to fix kids app flaw allowing chats with strangers

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:31 PM

The social network says it has been shutting down the group chats involved and notifying thousands of parents that their children many have unintentionally connected with strangers

MESSENGER KIDS. Photo from Facebook newsroom


New Facebook competitor in Vietnam swamped after launch

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:19 PM

Gapo has been billed as a local version of Facebook, which is wildly popular in communist Vietnam with more than 53 million registered users in the country of 95 million

GAPO. Photo from official Gapo website


In revamp, Facebook bets on 'Secret Crush' feature, groups

May 01, 2019 - 7:39 AM

The company details its new strategy emphasizing romance, private communications and small groups

FACEBOOK. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the opening keynote introducing new Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram privacy features at the Facebook F8 Conference at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on April 30, 2019. Photo by Amy Osborne/AFP


Facebook expected to report 1st drop in profits in nearly 4 years

Apr 23, 2019 - 7:14 PM

Facebook’s plans for reform amid a string of scandals can kick up its expenses and lower its profits

FACEBOOK. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP


Facebook seeks tab to promote 'high quality news'

Apr 02, 2019 - 12:09 PM

'We want this to surface high quality and trustworthy information,' Zuckerberg says in a video


Facebook blames server problem for massive outage

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:37 AM

The outage was believed to be the worst ever for the internet giant that reaches an estimated 2.7 billion people with its core social network, Instagram and messaging applications



Key changes from social media platforms in 2018

Dec 26, 2018 - 3:54 PM

We take a look back on the most interesting changes introduced in some of our frequently used platforms

SOCIAL NETWORKS. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP


3 ways Facebook and other social media companies could clean up their acts

Dec 23, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Social media companies could stop allowing their ad services to be used as freewheeling experimental laboratories for examining their users’ psyches, US communication and journalism professors suggest

SOCIAL MEDIA. This photo illustration taken on March 22, 2018 shows apps for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks on a smartphone in New Delhi. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP


Facebook defends data sharing after new report on partner deals

Dec 20, 2018 - 2:39 PM

'None of these partnerships or features gave companies access to information without people's permission,' says Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, Facebook's head of developer platforms and programs

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New Facebook bug may have exposed unposted photos from 6.8 million users

Dec 15, 2018 - 6:23 AM

'When someone gives permission for an app to access their photos on Facebook, we usually only grant the app access to photos people share on their timeline,' engineering director Tomer Bar says in a message to developers


Instagram adds voice feature to direct messages

Dec 11, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Users will be able to record messages up to a minute long, either to a chat partner or a chat group

Photo from Instagram's Twitter page


Facebook expands 'local news' to 400 U.S. cities

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Unveiled in January, Facebook's 'Today In' feature shows 'local alerts from relevant government pages' which may include information city council meetings, crime or weather, for example

LOCAL NEWS. In the areas above in the US, the social network will be rolling out its 'Today In' local news feature. Photo from Facebook


Facebook was warned of alleged Russian meddling back in 2014

Nov 28, 2018 - 7:47 AM

Internal Facebook emails show the company's engineers telling management in October 2014 that Russian IP addresses were accessing 3 billion data points a day

MIA. A demonstrator wearing a mask of Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg poses outside Portcullis house in London to question the refusal of Zuckerberg to give evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee investigation into disinformation and €˜fake news€™ at the Houses of Parliament in London on November 27, 2018. AFP Photo/Gabriel Sainhas/UK Parliament


Instagram follower count appearing de-emphasized in redesign tests

Nov 23, 2018 - 3:07 PM

Like Twitter, the image-sharing platform may be pushing for people to not boost their follower counts

Screenshot from Instagram blog


Facebook rollout of political ad transparency report in PH uncertain

Nov 22, 2018 - 2:16 PM

(UPDATED) Facebook's political ad transparency reports are currently only active in the US, the United Kingdom, and Brazil

Screenshot from Facebook


Facebook's Zuckerberg says he is not considering resigning

Nov 21, 2018 - 3:32 PM

'That's not the plan,' Zuckerberg tells CNN Business when asked if he would consider stepping down as chairman

FACEBOOK'S CHAIRMAN. In this file photo, the chief executive officer and founder of Facebook attends the fourth day of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 14, 2017 in Sun Valley, Idaho. File photo by Drew Angerer/AFP

How to check how long you've been spending on Facebook's app

Nov 21, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Here’s how you can access the new feature that lets you track the time you spend on the social network

Facebook says services tripped up by server problem

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:54 AM

It is the second instance in the past two weeks in which technical issues appeared to affect access to Facebook

Instagram ousting fake followers from accounts

Nov 20, 2018 - 10:37 AM

The crackdown comes as Instagram parent Facebook strives to assure people that the leading social network and its services can be trusted

Facebook News Feed suffers outage

Nov 18, 2018 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'Something went wrong. Try refreshing this page.'

Facebook vulnerability could have let websites obtain users' interests

Nov 14, 2018 - 1:54 PM

Facebook has since patched the bug. The bug itself is not unique to Facebook, but the social network remains a target due to its standing and the data it has available.

Google+ to shut down after vulnerability exposes 500,000 users

Oct 09, 2018 - 3:27 PM

The company did not immediately disclose the bug in fear of regulation from lawmakers, reports say

50M Facebook users hacked? ‘Tip of the iceberg’ – expert

Oct 02, 2018 - 5:09 PM

The September 16 attack may just have been the 'clumsiest one that alerts the palace guards,' says Beau Woods, a cybersecurity fellow from the American think tank, Atlantic Council

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on March 22, 2018 a woman poses in front of a computer displaying the Facebook logo in Mill Valley, California on March 21, 2018.  Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Facebook hacked, attack affects up to 50 million users

Sep 29, 2018 - 1:02 AM

(UPDATED) 'An attacker exploited a technical vulnerability to steal access tokens that would allow them to log into about 50 million people's accounts on Facebook,' says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

FIXING A FLAW. Facebook had to reset 90 million accounts to address a flaw in one of its systems. Image from Facebook

Facebook suffers apparent downtime, forced logouts

Sep 28, 2018 - 5:39 PM

(UPDATED) DownDetector.com reports Facebook as having some issues around 10 am on Friday, September 28. The issues may be forcing people to get logged out of the service or have an intermittent connection to Facebook.

DOWNTIME. DownDetector.com's live outage map of Facebook downtime as of 4:46 pm. Screenshot from DownDetector.com

Facebook admits users' phone number may be used to target ads

Sep 28, 2018 - 11:49 AM

Phone contacts who aren't necessarily on a user's Facebook network may be targeted too when a user syncs their phone with Messenger


Facebook boosts 'stories' format, now open to ads

Sep 27, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Facebook will now be putting ads on its 'Stories' format after having hit 300 million daily users

STORIES ADS. Photo from Facebook


Facebook unveils upgraded wireless Oculus headset in VR push

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:21 AM

'This is the wireless virtual reality experience we have been waiting for,' says Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg

How Instagram may change after founders' departure

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:08 PM

More and more, Facebook may try to funnel more Instagram users, known for being a younger demographic, onto its main platform

Twitter to ban 'dehumanizing' comments with user help

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:18 PM

The social network asks for feedback from users around the world regarding wording to be used in the policy amendment

TWITTER. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP


Twitter bug may have exposed some users' customer service interactions

Sep 25, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Twitter says the bug only affected less than 1% of its users and that the bug has been resolved


Most Americans get news from social media, despite doubts – study

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Even though they are skeptical, two-thirds of American adults still get some of their news from social media

SOCIAL NEWS. This photo illustration taken on March 22, 2018 shows apps for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks on a smartphone. File photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP


Twitter not based on 'political ideology,' CEO tells lawmakers

Sep 06, 2018 - 1:46 AM

Days ago, US president Donald Trump, has been accusing the tech giants of being against conservative voices

STERN LOOK. At the September 5 hearing, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg faced questions about how foreign operatives use their platforms in attempts to influence and manipulate public opinion. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP


Facebook chief says internet firms in 'arms race' for democracy

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:01 AM

A day before the tech hearings, Mark Zuckerberg chimes in

ZUCKERBERG. In this file photo, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives for a family picture with guests of the 'Tech for Good' Summit at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 23, 2018. Photo by Charles Platiau/ AFP


Twitter to verify those behind hot-button US issue ads

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:08 AM

In response to foreign meddling, Twitter sets new policy prohibiting state-owned media or national authorities from buying political ads on Twitter that will be shown outside their home countries

Photo from shutterstock


Facebook testing feature that connects users based on similar interests

Aug 27, 2018 - 11:35 AM

The proposed feature places a label above a user’s name that tells people what they might share in common with another user

Photo from Facebook


Facebook assigns users a 'reputation score' to counter false reports

Aug 23, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Facebook is also monitoring which users have a propensity to flag content published by others as problematic, and which publishers are considered trustworthy by users

FACEBOOK. The logo of social networking website 'Facebook' is displayed on a computer screen. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP


Hundreds of Instagram users locked out of accounts in hack

Aug 16, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Victims report that their login credentials were changed and their avatars were replaced with a film still

INSTAGRAM. Photo by Nopparat Khokthong/Shutterstock.com


Jack Dorsey says he’s rethinking the core of how Twitter works

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:48 PM

'The most important thing that we can do is we look at the incentives that we’re building into our product. Because they do express a point of view of what we want people to do – and I don't think they are correct anymore,' Dorsey says

DORSEY. CEO of Twitter and Square Jack Dorsey accepts the award for CEO of the Year onstage during the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 28th Annual Awards Gala at Washington Hilton on November 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. File photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund/AFP


Facebook, Instagram to introduce time-management tools

Aug 01, 2018 - 10:16 PM

Among the tools are a way to limit notifications, and a dashboard that allows users to keep track of how much time they have spent on the platforms

Facebook doesn't listen and is blinding us all

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Now's the good time to take a look at Facebook. If you have to use it, then do so with purpose...or at least the realization that social media is using you as much as you are using it.

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