If you thought that your Facebook Messenger chats would be free from monetization, think again. It looks like Facebook has begun to roll out an interesting new way to make money off of its wildly popular mobile chat application. While the new strategy doesn’t appear to be anywhere near as annoying as some of the advertising and sponsorship schemes we’ve seen in rival chat apps, feelings will undoubtedly be mixed if and when this new feature begins rolling out to users en masse. More →
Less than a week after the deadly bombings in Belgium, a new terror attack took the lives of at least 70 people, wounding 340 others in a suicide blast in Lahore, Pakistan. Social media, including Facebook, can be a powerful online tool in such cases, helping spread awareness but also allowing people to see whether friends and family are out of harm’s way.
However, Facebook’s Safety Check feature that was deployed after the mid-November Paris attacks malfunctioned on Sunday, after the explosion that shook Pakistan. More →
Does Facebook racially profile you to serve you more relevant ads? The company tells Ars Technica that it doesn’t engage in racial profiling but it’s hard to see another way to describe its new advertising platform that groups users into “ethnic affinities.”
So here’s how it works: Facebook admits that it builds ethnic profiles for users but it doesn’t do so based on census data, your name, your photos, or your private information. That said, if it sees that you like NPR, craft beer and farmers markets, then you’ll get categorized in an affinity group for white urban liberals. Or if you like hip-hop and are part of groups online like BlackLivesMatter, Facebook will say you have an affinity for black American culture. More →
As much as we’re sure your friend wants to decipher a string of 17 emoji that represents your feelings after a day spent shopping for pants at the mall, there’s something far more interesting the two of you could be doing with Facebook’s popular messaging app. In the most recent update released for both iOS and Android, Facebook snuck a fun little game into Messenger that’s a secret unless you know how to find it.
Of course, once you’re done reading this you’ll know exactly how to find it. More →
Though Apple’s TV subscription plans are reportedly on the shelf for the time being, the company over the past few months has remained interested in exploring content that might be suitable for the company’s fourth-gen Apple TV. Not too long ago, for instance, there were a number of credible reports suggesting that Apple was planning to make a bid for the non-exclusive digital rights to stream Thursday night NFL games.
ISIS has issued a threat to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey over the companies’ effort to take down terror-affiliated accounts, according to a published report.
Vocativ reported Wednesday it had uncovered a 25-minute video allegedly created by ISIS on the instant messaging app Telegram. The video shows a photo of Zuckerberg and Dorsey with bullet holes across their faces. More →
We’ve all heard stories about the ridiculous number of messages that attractive women get on dating sites but it seems that they get hit on in regular social media websites such as Facebook as well. A Quora user named Krishnabh Medhi informs us about an experiment that he conducted a little while back where he created a fake Facebook profile in which he impersonated an attractive young woman. The response that he received from other Facebook users was far beyond anything he ever expected. More →
Great news for anyone who’s ever wanted to post a different reaction other than “liking” a friend’s Facebook status — starting today, you’ll be able to express a much wider range of emotions. Facebook has started rolling out its new “reactions” buttons that let you respond to your friends’ posts using an assortment of emoji that offer a range of expressions for laughing, happiness, surprise, sadness and anger. It will also give you the option to tell someone you “love” their post. More →
Although countless chat applications have attempted to upend standard text messaging in the United States, only the Facebook Messenger app has a major impact on the way we interact we our friends and family members.
There have been a few visual overhauls and plenty of added features since the app launched in 2011, but the most significant change of all looks to be right around the corner: ads are coming to Messenger.
It’s no secret that Facebook and Google, and pretty much every company that sells connected devices or online services, tracks their customers to some extent. Internet companies have repeatedly been scrutinized and even taken to court for mismanaging users’ private data, and customers have become more interested in protecting their digital data in the past few years following Edward Snowden’s leaks.
So why do these companies mine your data? And is there a way to prevent it? More →
Facebook can be pretty annoying sometimes. OK, it can be pretty annoying most of the time. Oh look, 743 photos of your friend’s baby, each one barely discernible from the last. And thank goodness your other friend posted to let you know that she enjoyed her Zumba workout. Finally, the post you’ve been waiting for: Your mom just penned a 4,000-word essay on why the person who didn’t clean up after his dog relieved himself on her front lawn is the most evil human being that has ever walked the Earth.
But we are a generation of over-sharing and under-caring, and Facebook is what it is. Of course, if you’d rather be a part of the solution than the problem, we’re here to help. More →
Facebook’s Oculus Rift has been available for preorder for weeks, but you should know the virtual reality headset does have some hardware requirements when it comes to the PC that’s supposed to bring all that VR content to your eyes. And your computer might simply not be good enough for what the Oculus Rift needs.
Thankfully, you’ll soon be able to preorder Oculus Rift PC bundles. And if you have preordered your Oculus Rift headset, you’re going to receive a discount on the next PC purchase. More →
It can’t be said enough: Uninstalling the Facebook app does some wonderful things for your phone. Last week we pointed to some tests that showed uninstalling Facebook from your Android phone could improve its battery life by as much as 20% and now there are new tests that show you can get a similar battery boost by uninstalling the app from your iPhone. Specifically, The Guardian’s Samuel Gibbs has found that “uninstalling Facebook’s iOS app and switching to Safari can save up to 15% of iPhone battery life.” More →