Facebook certainly likes to tinker. You might even say it’s in the company’s DNA. And with over 1 billion registered users across the globe, Facebook is in a unique position to run all sorts of testing at a scale that most other companies could only dream of. Unfortunately, most of the stories we’ve seen about such testing suggests that Facebook is more prone to abusing its power than using it for productive purposes.
How many times were you involved in a conversation with your friends and family about liking each other’s pics on Facebook or Instagram? Some people take this meaningless social interaction pretty seriously, though I guess it’s pretty clear where I stand on on the matter. If you’re interested in analyzing the likes your Instagram photos receive – or you have friends who might appreciate a service like this – you should check out a brand new app that can do all of the heavy lifting for you. More →
Mark Zuckerberg has big plans for 2016. In a blog post published over the weekend, the Facebook founder said that his aspirational New Years resolution for 2016 is to completely wire his house with an advanced Artificial Intelligence system similar to Jarvis, the digital butler from Iron Man.
There have been plenty of incredibly stupid memes in 2015, but this might take the cake. On December 23rd at 5:35 p.m., a Facebook user named Stephen Roseman posted an image of a dog with the following caption: “This poor dog was badly burned and disfigured trying to save his family from a house fire.”
A flood of likes, shares and prayers came in for the “poor dog,” and within hours, the post had gone viral.
Protecting your Facebook data seems tricky and complicated, but it’s actually very easy to customize what kind of information you share and who can see it, as well as what apps get access to your Facebook account.
However, Swiped author Adam Levin says there’s one simple mistake many Facebook users make that might compromise their identity on Facebook, regardless of how well they think they have protected their shared data. More →
It’s almost Christmas, which means the Internet is practically littered with winter-themed digital decorations and memes intended to go viral. That’s precisely the case with the image above, a simple yet ingenious puzzle that everyone is talking about.
Read on to find out how to solve it, in case you’re still struggling with it. More →
Facebook’s $22 billion WhatsApp deal bought it the most popular messaging app in the world, and the service has continued to grow since the record-setting deal took place. Beyond adding users, WhatsApp has added a variety of new features to further enhance the user experience and to more firmly lock users into the app’s ecosystem.
Now, according to a recent leak, it looks like WhatsApp is getting ready to add a major new feature that could take a huge bite out of some of the app’s top rivals. More →
Revelations following the recent San Bernardino shooting prompted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to focus on implementing additional security measures for its visa application process. Interestingly, the DHS will now look at social media posts before granting an entry visa to certain individuals. More →
The FBI and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies would like Silicon Valley firms to give them a “backdoor” to encryption to help better monitor the communications of suspected terrorists. Major tech companies such as Apple and Google have so far resisted such calls, however, as they argue persuasively that breaking encryption would do more long-term harm than it would do good. However, David Talbot of Technology Review also makes the case that Facebook and Google can do more to combat ISIS’s online influence in ways that don’t involve compromising their users’ security. More →
The war on terror is also fought online, where hackers are targeting the ISIS online presence to limit its ability to recruit members to its cause. But it’s not just hackers and volunteers that get the job done. Companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, are actively helping law enforcement agencies fight against the online ISIS movement. But they’re doing it covertly, a new report reveals, both to prevent the public from getting the wrong impression, but also to avoid alerting ISIS about what’s done to put a stop to extremism online. More →
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Pricilla Chan vowed to donate 99% of their Facebook shares during their lifetime to charitable projects that will be managed by a new organization. At current value, that means Zuckerberg and Chan are pledging $45 billion to improve the future of Max’s generation – Max was born about a week ago. More →
Whenever you hear about third-party Facebook apps making the news in a privacy-related context, it’s usually not good. But that’s not really the case with Facebook’s latest viral app, which has all the elements of a perfect data heist but is surprisingly safe to use.
You’ve probably seen Vonvon’s Most Used Words popup more than once in your Facebook timeline: It’s an app that mines through the stuff you’ve posted on Facebook and then gives you a graphical representation of the words you’ve used most inside Facebook.
To do that, the developer needs access to a bunch of your data – otherwise it can’t return any results. But Vonvon apparently decided to take a lot more than it really needs, even though it’s not doing anything with it for the time being. It’s not even collecting it. More →