Yes, Facebook says that anyone can see any of the three million links that are shared every hour in private conversations. That’s a feature, not a bug. But before you get too freaked out about this type of Messenger “feature,” you should know that your privacy isn’t exactly breached, and a hacker would have a seriously hard time figuring out who shared which link with whom. More →
OK Facebook, you really need to make up your mind about what you say in public. And it would probably be a lot easier if you didn’t sneak certain features past your customers. The social network recently admitted to using smartphone location data to recommend friends to people, after someone discovered a recommendation that had no other reasonable explanation than the harvest and use of location data.
But now, Facebook says that’s not what it’s doing at all. More →
You know who doesn’t like to be spied? Mark Zuckerberg. That’s probably why he covers with tape both the camera and microphone of his Mac. Ironically, though, Facebook does some spying of its own. A new report shows that the giant social network is tracking your phone’s location to suggest friends based on where you’re going. Before you get too paranoid about it, you should know it only tracks your location if it has the permission to do so. You can prevent it from ever happening again by simply going to the settings app on the iPhone or Android device that you’re using. More →
One of the most popular cross-platform messaging app around, Facebook’s WhatsApp, is about to get a whole lot better. A new report says that a beta version of the app comes with a bunch of new features that users might appreciate. More →
Webcam security was thrust into the spotlight this week when a photo of Mark Zuckerberg appeared to show the camera and microphone on his MacBook covered with tape.
The photo, which was posted on Facebook to celebrate Instagram hitting 500 million followers, sparked plenty of interest. While some worried about the broader effectiveness of Facebook’s security, many see the tape as a shrewd defense against potential hackers. More →
Earlier this week, Mark Zuckerberg hosted the first ever Facebook Live Q&A through the company’s live streaming video platform. He discussed a myriad of topics with the millions of viewers who tuned in for the stream, but about 43 minutes in, he decided to bring on a special guest to join him.
That guest just so happened to be Jerry Seinfeld.
Ever since it was introduced, Facebook’s Messenger has consistently been one of the most downloaded apps on the App Store and Google Play. In that time, the app has received dozens of minor updates, but on Thursday morning, Facebook introduced a new inbox experience that is going to change the way we use the app.
Facebook is pushing hard on the whole virtual reality thing, as its purchase of Oculus and 360-degree video implementation makes clear. The latest move is putting support for 360-degree photos into the News Feed, so you can now make your friends doubly jealous of whatever vacation you’re on.
The company announced that 360-degree photos would be coming last month, but the change was only just rolled out.
Netflix and Facebook have not been hacked, but you should still change your passwords right away. The two companies are already prompting certain users to change their passwords in light of the recently revealed LinkedIn, Tumblr, and MySpace hacks. And if you like to recycle your credentials across internet services, you should consider changing the passwords for these services as soon as possible. In fact, you should try to come up with unique passwords for every internet service you use, rather than using the same ones over and over. More →
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is one of the most influential people in tech – remember how the crowd went nuts when he stole Samsung’s Galaxy S7 show a few months ago? – but he’s not going to be in charge of the most popular social network on Earth. And when he does step down from day-to-day management operations, he shouldn’t be able to dictate the future of the company. At least, that’s what Facebook’s board thinks.
One of the best thing you can do for your smartphone is to remove the Facebook app, and instead, use it in a browser. The advantages are multiple: it saves you storage space, it can save battery life, and it should prevent you from wasting precious time on Facebook when you shouldn’t be on Facebook. You can even remove the standalone Messenger app, and do all your Facebook chatting from the browser version of the app. But Facebook is about to make a major change to its mobile site, and potentially force you to install one extra app on your device.
Yes, Facebook is listening in on the conversations you have when your phone is nearby and the app is open. It’s not for advertising purposes, the company claims. Instead, it simply wants to help you post easier and faster, about the kind of content you might be consuming, as Facebook is hunting for the background noise to identify TV shows or music.
Can it be stopped? Yes, it can. You can restrict Facebook’s access to the iPhone or Android device’s microphone in order to limit its reach. More →