Facebook is testing ‘Watch Party’ to let group of users watch video at same time

Facebook Watch Party

Facebook last week said that it is overhauling news feed to highlight posts from friends, family to improve social interactions. Today the company has mentioned that it is testing a new video watching experience called ‘Watch Party’ to let a group of users watch the same video at the same time. Continue reading “Facebook is testing ‘Watch Party’ to let group of users watch video at same time”

Facebook overhauls news feed to highlight posts from friends to improve social intercations

Facebook

Facebook today announced that in the coming weeks it will be overhauling its news feed to highlight posts from friends, family to improve social interactions. It also mentioned that it will emphasize more on ‘meaning posts’ rather than promotional posts from brands, businesses, etc. Continue reading “Facebook overhauls news feed to highlight posts from friends to improve social intercations”

Facebook said to be testing new ‘Today In’ local news and events section in the app

Facebook wants to make it easier for us to stay updated with local news and events dubbed ‘Today In’. Testing of the feature is running in just six cities for now: New Orleans, La.; Little Rock, Ark.; Billings, Mont.; Peoria, Ill.; Olympia, Wash.; and Binghamton, N.Y. Continue reading “Facebook said to be testing new ‘Today In’ local news and events section in the app”

Facebook M personal digital assistant shutting down on January 19

Facebook M

Facebook today announced that it is shutting down it’s text-based virtual personal digital assistant M which was first introduced back in 2015. The human-enhanced M was available through bots in Facebook Messenger to just 2,000 people in California.  Continue reading “Facebook M personal digital assistant shutting down on January 19”

Facebook starts testing Aadhaar prompts for new users [Update]

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Update: Facebook has officially posted an update on its site saying that the new Aadhaar prompt was a test among small number of users and the test is complete. It also said that it has just added additional language on the account sign-up page to explain that using their Aadhaar name will help family and friends recognize them and said that it is not collecting Aadhaar data and do not require people to enter their Aadhaar name when they sign up to Facebook. Continue reading “Facebook starts testing Aadhaar prompts for new users [Update]”

Facebook and Universal Music Group sign multi-year agreement to license recorded music

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Universal Music Group (UMG) has signed a multi-year agreement with Facebook to license its record music for users on the platform to use it in their videos. This agreement also covers Instagram and Oculus.  Continue reading “Facebook and Universal Music Group sign multi-year agreement to license recorded music”

Facebook rolls out new tools to prevent unwanted friend requests and messages

Facebook Ignoring Messages

In order to tackle with annoying and unwanted contact requests and messages on Facebook and Messenger, Facebook today has announced new tools that will help you prevent harassment on the platform based on the feedback received people who might have experienced such issues. Continue reading “Facebook rolls out new tools to prevent unwanted friend requests and messages”

Facebook to use Facial recognition technology to manage your identity in photos

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Facebook facial recognition technology is one of the key features of the platform that is used in suggesting friends, and more. Today the company has announced yet another use case of the technology which now alerts you if it thinks that you are in a photo that is uploaded to Facebook regardless of whether you are tagged or not. Continue reading “Facebook to use Facial recognition technology to manage your identity in photos”

WhatsApp ordered by French data protection authority to stop sharing user data with Facebook

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France data privacy watchdog; CNIL has given a 1-month ultimatum to WhatsApp over Facebook data transfers without proper users consent. It ordered WhatsApp to stop sharing data with Facebook without proper permissions, and if WhatsApp fails to follow the order, the watchdog said that it could sanction the company. Continue reading “WhatsApp ordered by French data protection authority to stop sharing user data with Facebook”

Facebook to block Engagement Bait posts from news feed

Facebook Engagement bait

Engagement bait posts that ask for like, share and comment are abundant on the Facebook news feed and they are an indirect way from pages, people to gain reach. In order to tackle the issue, Facebook today announced that it will begin demoting individual posts from people and Pages that use engagement bait. Continue reading “Facebook to block Engagement Bait posts from news feed”

Facebook adds Snooze button to mute updates from a person, page or group for 30 days

Facebook Snooze

Facebook today has announced that it will add snooze button over the coming week that will let you unfollow person, Page or group for 30 days and you won’t see any content from that particular page or person for 30 days in your news feed.  Continue reading “Facebook adds Snooze button to mute updates from a person, page or group for 30 days”

Facebook starts rolling out Click-to-WhatsApp Button in Facebook ads

Facebook Ad Click-to-WhatsApp

Though WhatsApp has always been an ad-free network, Facebook has encouraged advertisements of businesses and individuals. However, that changes today as Facebook is now rolling out Click-to-WhatsApp button; a new ad unit that will let businesses ads create a link between the two platforms.  Continue reading “Facebook starts rolling out Click-to-WhatsApp Button in Facebook ads”

Facebook introduces AR-based World Effects for Messenger; opens AR platform for Developers

Facebook World Effects

Facebook’s Messenger platform is visually rich with features like photos, videos, emojis, stickers, and GIFs make and recently the company has also included the ability to send high-res 4K images as well. On the occasion of one-year completion of native Camera feature in Messenger; Facebook has announced new AR-based ‘World Effects’ feature which lets you drop 3D objects into your surrounding. Continue reading “Facebook introduces AR-based World Effects for Messenger; opens AR platform for Developers”

Facebook Messenger Instant Games get live streaming and video chat support

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Facebook Messenger games complete one year and to celebrate the occasion, the company is introducing new games and new features. The platform currently has over 70 games from more than 100 developers which are available worldwide. Continue reading “Facebook Messenger Instant Games get live streaming and video chat support”

Facebook Messenger Kids app with parental controls launched for iOS

Messenger kids

Facebook today has launched ‘Messenger Kids’ a standalone dedicated messaging app for kids in the USA for iOS. The Messenger Kids lets your kids to chat easily, start a video call and connect with family members and friends all of which is controlled from a parent’s Facebook account.  Continue reading “Facebook Messenger Kids app with parental controls launched for iOS”