WhatsApp will start sharing data with its parent company Facebook shortly, in spite of the promises the company made when it was first acquired. Facebook will get access to your phone number and other data so that it can deliver better friend suggestions… and serve targeted ads. But you’ll be able to opt out and stop WhatsApp from sharing any of your info with Facebook. In this post, we’ll tell you exactly how to do it. More →
WhatsApp users were rattled more than two years ago when they heard Facebook was ready to pay $19 billion to buy the popular messaging app. The worry was that WhatsApp will share data with Facebook, which would learn even more details about you. At the time, WhatsApp made it clear that something like that won’t happen. But as it turns out, WhatsApp lied. More →
One of the reasons why Facebook is so beloved by advertisers is because the social networking giant has access to all sorts of granular data about your background and interests. All the more interesting is that Facebook even has a good idea as to your political leanings, even if you rarely, if ever, “like” or express an interest in a particular candidate or political cause.
Interestingly enough, there’s an extremely simple way to see what side of the political spectrum Facebook thinks you fall on. It all goes back to advertising dollars, after all, so you better believe that Facebook has a good inclination as to whether or not you’re on the Trump bandwagon or if your heart still beats proudly for Bernie Sanders.
Even if you think you’ve done a good job when it comes to keeping your political views hidden from public view, it’s hard to escape the all-knowing Facebook algorithm.
According to a post I once saw on Facebook, idly scrolling through the News Feed accounts for two-thirds of all wasted time for American office workers. Well, Facebooking at work is about to get a little more dangerous, as the social network is starting to trial autoplaying videos with sound. Better grab those headphones!
As Mashable notes, some Australian mobile users will start seeing the autoplaying audio today on the Facebook app. In case you were looking for another reason to delete the main Facebook app, this is probably it.
Imagine this: you’re having a steamy conversation on Facebook Messenger and just as things are about to heat up you get interrupted by ads. Okay, maybe you’re just chatting with friends or family and not having racy conversations, when an ad bot decides to chime in.
That’s right, Facebook is bringing ads to its wildly popular messaging app. But before you cry in despair, you should know you’ll be able to kill them and the scenarios I mentioned above won’t ever happen. At least, that’s what Facebook says. More →
Two days. That’s how long it took for Adblock Plus to start blocking ads on Facebook again after the social media giant found a way to bypass ad blockers. As long as you’re running the most recent version of Adblock Plus, you shouldn’t see ads any longer when you load up the News Feed in your browser.
Facebook’s entire business model relies on targeted advertising, so the rise of the ad blocker is a serious threat to its way of life. So, in a blog post published today, the world’s biggest social network announced that it will start bypassing ad blockers, serving ads to users whether they like it or not.
To go along with the new forced ads, Facebook is also rolling out a new Ads Preferences. The settings (which, like user privacy settings, people will maybe look at once in their lives) allow you to see what companies have you on an ad list, and what topics or pages are being used to target ads at you. It’s a little creepy.
It’s been nearly five years since the last time I paid for cable, and commercials are one of the main reasons I’ve stayed away. Unfortunately, commercials have followed me wherever I’ve gone — Hulu, YouTube, Twitch — and now, Facebook has confirmed to Ad Age that it’s beginning to test video ads in live broadcasts.
When it comes to the internet, there are few things more frightening than finding out that one of your social media accounts has been compromised. Our Facebook accounts in particular are home to countless private details and conversations, which is exactly why we should be diligent about checking the status of our accounts on a regular basis, even if there are no signs of tampering.
Facebook Live, which lets users broadcast live video across the social network, has been thrust further into the spotlight following Thursday’s sniper attack in Dallas that killed five police officers.
The shooting was streamed live on Facebook by Dallas resident Michael Kevin Bautista. His post, which was widely cited in the media, had been viewed more than 5.2 million times and racked up more than 141,000 shares Friday. More →
Facebook Live is supposed to be a quick way to share fun memorable experiences with friends and family as they happen. But Lavish Reynolds used to stream an event nobody wants to live stream, the aftermath of a brutal police shooting that left her boyfriend, 32-year-old Philando Castile, dead. The video gained plenty of traction online, but it was removed early on Thursday from the social network. Initially, it was believed that Facebook might have censored it due to its graphic content, but that was not the case. The video was reinstated, but numerous media outlets picked it up before it disappeared.
Facebook has since denied reports said that it deleted the video, with Reynolds claiming that it was police who accessed her phone and Facebook account to remove the incriminating evidence. More →
Ever wondered what it’s really like to work at Facebook?
You probably think of the paycheck, the perks and the brilliant coworkers who will work alongside you, but with his new book “Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley,” former product manager Antonio Garcia Martinez (fired after working with the company for two years) wants to let everyone know that looks can be deceiving.
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 →