Every time I’ve laughed at one of Mark Zuckerberg’s decisions, he’s made me look foolish. I remember being very skeptical of Facebook’s decision to buy up virtual reality headset maker Oculus Rift last year but a new report from Variety is making me understand just how cool Facebook’s plans for virtual reality could be. More →
In the wake of the horrifying terror attacks in Paris last week, Facebook de-activated the account of a San Francisco-based engineer whose real name is Isis Anchalee. The removal, which was ultimately reversed, highlights the ongoing battle Facebook has with respect to users with real names that the social networking giant nonetheless deems to be fake. Per Facebook’s official policy, profile names must represent an “authentic identity; as your friends call you in real life” and must be able to be verified with various identification forms.
Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg took to Facebook to announce that over 1 billion users had visited the social network in a single day. It was both a terrifying and an incredibly impressive statistic, but it raises an important question — is our mounting dependence on scrolling through timelines and news feeds every time we have a free moment actually making us sad? More →
The iPhone is so popular among Facebook employees that Facebook chief product officer Chris Cox is effectively forcing some employees to switch over to Android, Cade Metz of Wired reports. The impetus behind the decree is that the social networking giant doesn’t want its popular software to only be seen and used through the prism of a high-end iPhone.
“I am mandating a switch of a whole bunch of my team over to Android, just because people, when left up to their own devices, will often prefer an iPhone,” Cox told reporters late last week. The goal for Facebook developers, Cox added, is “that they can be reporting bugs and living in the same experience that most Facebook users experience today.”
After more and more reports revealed that the Facebook mobile app is consuming plenty of iPhone battery via background activities even when said activities should be off, the company said it will look into matters and issue fixes. Lo and behold, Facebook did release an app update to fix the issues – not a surprising feat per se, considering that Facebook always releases timely updates for its mobile apps – but also addressed the matter in a public post.
As Facebook’s Ari Grant explains, the battery issue is caused by bugs, two of them, which the company is trying to fix. And from the looks of it, they’re not intentional code manipulations that would let Facebook conduct background app activity at all times – at least that’s what Grant says. More →
Has your Facebook account ever come under attack by a hacker employed by Vladimir Putin or the NSA? Is probably hasn’t but that isn’t stopping Facebook from setting up a new warning system that will send you notifications if it believes your account is being subjected to a state-sponsored attack. More →
Several reports over the last few days that were echoed by many tech sites and on social channels revealed that Facebook might employ some shady tactics to perform background activities on iPhone even if a user decides to turn off Background App Refresh. Various theories tried to explain how Facebook is forcing background activity on iPhones, and it looks like Facebook is paying attention to these complaints. The company hasn’t explained what’s causing the issue, but it “hopes” to fix the problem shortly. More →
We’ve known for a while that Facebook is working on a special virtual assistant project that will be integrated into its popular Messenger chat application, and the service was finally launched on Wednesday. Dubbed “M,” the Messenger virtual assistant isn’t exactly a standalone service like Siri or Google Now. The whole thing works inside the Messenger app and the big difference is that the assistant combines both human and AI input to get you what you want.
Here’s what it’ll look like. More →
Steal is a strong word, but that seems to be the case with the Facebook mobile app on iOS when it comes to battery life. The company is looking to maximize the screen time it gets from each user, so it’s apparently reverting to some shady tactics to deliver new content to you. That means refreshing the app in the background on the iPhone 6s and any other iOS device, even though you may have told it not to. More →
You’ll now be able to tell your friends that you dislike something they’ve posted on Facebook, although doing so won’t just be a matter of clicking a simple thumbs-down icon. Instead, as TechCrunch reports, Facebook is unveiling a full bar of emoji next to its iconic Like button that includes faces for laughing, happiness, surprise, sadness and anger, as well as an option to tell someone you “love” their post. This way, you’ll be able to be more nuanced in your less-than-positive reactions than just telling someone you dislike something. More →
Look, you can admit it. You’re a Facebook stalker. You want to see what everyone else is up to, but you don’t want to show people 487 new pictures of your baby every 12 minutes. You don’t want your high school friends you haven’t seen in 20 years knowing that you just checked in at McDonald’s to score a $0.50 coupon on a Big Mac. You don’t want your grandmother to know that you’re out at club at 3:00 a.m. doing tequila shots with a bunch of people you’ve never met.
It’s OK. We’re not here to judge. In fact, we’re here to help. In just a few simple steps, you can make yourself completely invisible on Facebook and stalk people as much as you’d like without having to worry that they might be stalking you back. More →
Privacy-related hoaxes and scams are a recurring theme on Facebook, and many users probably don’t know what to look for in order to avoid them. One of the most recent privacy hoaxes even asked users to pay a small sum of money so that they could make sure their profile stays private on Facebook.
None of that is true. Paying someone to keep your data private won’t work. What will work is configuring your privacy settings properly. Oh, and yes, John Oliver has figured out the best way to protect your Facebook privacy. More →