Facebook Messenger for Android and iOS gets Dark Mode

Update – March 5, 2019: Facebook has released Dark Mode for Messenger officially. The company says that you still need to send crescent moon emoji to enable it, and the feature will be fully rolled out in settings in the coming weeks.

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Facebook now allows you to add event invites in Stories

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Facebook brings a new update to Stories feature where you can now share events in Stories. This ability makes much more sense and makes it easier to invite your friends to Facebook events you’re attending. To share events in Stories, visit the page of the event and click “Share” below the date/time of the event. Instead of sharing the event in a post or sending to someone on Messenger, you’ll now be able to click “Share to Your Story.” Continue reading “Facebook now allows you to add event invites in Stories”

Facebook said to be in talks with crypto exchanges for listing its crypto coin for WhatsApp

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Facebook, Instagram, Signal are said to be planning to roll out new cryptocurrencies over the next year which are aimed at allowing users to send money to contacts on their messaging systems like Venmo or PayPal that can move across international borders. Facebook is silently working on a coin that user of WhatsApp could send to friends and family instantly, according to a latest report from The New York Times. Continue reading “Facebook said to be in talks with crypto exchanges for listing its crypto coin for WhatsApp”

Facebook confirms it will launch “Clear History” feature later this year

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Facebook’s CFO David Wehner has confirmed that the company would launch its clear history feature later this year. It was first announced in early 2018 and it allows users to see information about apps and web sites they’ve interacted with and delete this information from their Facebook accounts. Continue reading “Facebook confirms it will launch “Clear History” feature later this year”

Several apps reportedly share sensitive personal information with Facebook

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According to a latest report from The Wall Street Journal, Facebook is receiving highly personal information from apps that track your health and help you find a new home. Facebook can receive this data from certain apps even if the user does not have a Facebook account.  Continue reading “Several apps reportedly share sensitive personal information with Facebook”

Facebook now allows you to block background location tracking on Android

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Facebook has announced an update to the Facebook app’s location controls on Android to give people more choice over how it collects location information and how it stores the data it collects. The company clarified that it is not changing users previously made choices nor it is collecting any new information as a result of this update. Continue reading “Facebook now allows you to block background location tracking on Android”

FTC complaint accuses Facebook of revealing sensitive health data in Groups

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A complaint has been raised on Facebook with the FTC accusing the company of failing to protect sensitive health data in its groups. The complaint was released publicly earlier today and was filed in January 2019. It urges that the company improperly disclosed information on members of closed groups. Continue reading “FTC complaint accuses Facebook of revealing sensitive health data in Groups”

FTC and Facebook said to be negotiating a record multi-billion dollar fine over privacy lapses

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The Federal Trade Commission and Facebook are negotiating a record multi-billion dollar fine that would settle the agency’s investigation into Facebook’s privacy practices, according to sources. This fine would mark the agency’s largest imposition on a technology company. However, two sides have not yet agreed on an exact amount. Continue reading “FTC and Facebook said to be negotiating a record multi-billion dollar fine over privacy lapses”

Facebook acquires visual shopping startup GrokStyle Inc

Facebook has announced that it has acquired visual shopping and artificial intelligence startup GrokStyle Inc. in a move to bolster the social-media company’s own AI work. GrokStyle’s technology is integrated into popular Ikea’s mobile app. Continue reading “Facebook acquires visual shopping startup GrokStyle Inc”

German Watchdog blocks Facebook from merging user data without consent

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Germany’s competition watchdog; the Bundeskartellamt has imposed “far-reaching” restrictions on Facebook’s data collection and sharing. Facebook unsurprisingly plans to appeal. The watchdog said that Facebook should not combine or collect user data third-party websites and assign them to user accounts without users’ consent. Continue reading “German Watchdog blocks Facebook from merging user data without consent”

Facebook and Instagram to no longer allow graphic images that promote self-harm

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Facebook and Instagram have shared updates on how it enforces policies against self-harm or suicide on the platform. The company since 2016 has built its approach with experts in suicide prevention. These experts unanimously reaffirmed that Facebook should allow users to share admissions of self-harmed suicidal thoughts, but should not allow people to share content promoting it. Continue reading “Facebook and Instagram to no longer allow graphic images that promote self-harm”

Facebook said to be planning on cross-platform business messaging

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Facebook is said to be building a unified messaging for a business feature that will let businesses access and manage Instagram Direct Messages alongside its Facebook Messenger messages. This would mark Facebook’s first step toward building a tool to manage  messaging across Facebook’s apps for businesses.

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Facebook Messenger ‘Unsend’ feature now available for everyone

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Facebook Messenger finally gets ‘delete message’ feature months after promising the rollout. You can easily remove your sent message on Messenger – whether it’s to one person or a group, similar to that on WhatsApp. Continue reading “Facebook Messenger ‘Unsend’ feature now available for everyone”

Apple restores Google’s internal iOS apps after certificate misuse

Apple has shut down Google’s ability to distribute its internal iOS apps, following a similar shutdown that was issued to Facebook earlier this week.  According to reports, the early versions of Google Maps, Hangouts, Gmail, and other pre-release beta apps stopped working alongside employee-only apps like a Gbus app for transportation and Google’s internal cafe app. Continue reading “Apple restores Google’s internal iOS apps after certificate misuse”

Facebook is shutting down Moments app on February 25th

Facebook has confirmed that it is shutting down Moments; its standalone private photo sharing app. The app’s services will be discontinued on Feb. 25th. The Moments app was first released in 2015 and had four long years of the run.  Continue reading “Facebook is shutting down Moments app on February 25th”