A few weeks ago we wrote about the B.S. Detector plugin. It’s a handy little tool that automatically produces a hard-to-miss pop-up tooltip whenever you’re about to click on a site from a questionable news source. It arose due to the flood of fake news stories that seem to breed on Facebook, and now, rather than rolling out steps to prevent its fake news epidemic, Facebook took the extraordinary step of banning links to the plugin. Then they unbanned it.
Facebook Messenger is continuing it daring quest to be more useful than Facebook itself by adding games that you might actually want to play. Pac-Man, Galaga, Space Invaders, and several other titles old and new are headed to the messaging app in the very near future.
Facebook calls the new feature Instant Games, and it works just like you’d imagine. A click brings up a list of games, and another click launches the game, either from within Facebook Messenger or on your News Feed, depending on whether you’re on desktop or mobile.
There has been plenty of finger-pointing in the wake of Facebook’s obvious penchant for promoting fake news stories. Now, a former Facebook news writer is offering her own take on just how things got so bad, and she’s not holding back.
Mythill Sampathkumar took to Twitter to lay it all on the table, claiming that Facebook’s knee-jerk reaction to fire the trending news writers in the wake of Gizmodo‘s report that the social network “routinely suppressed” news from conservative sources. The report itself received pushback from Facebook employees, including the company’s Vice President of Search, Tom Stocky. More →
Facebook’s Aquila drone is supposed to be the key in bringing cheap internet to the entire world. But right now, it’s more of a headache for Facebook than breakthrough technology.
During its maiden flight back in June, it appears that the drone suffered a “structural failure” that caused serious damage to the drone shortly before landing. The accident is now under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Facebook’s Android app spells trouble for the battery life and performance of your mobile devices, as several reports revealed a while ago. But wait, didn’t Facebook fix those problems? It turns out that Facebook remains a huge battery hog on Android, and you could get 20% more battery life on your smartphone if you uninstall it right now. More →
If you’ve been on the internet at all within the past two weeks, you’ve likely seen more than your share of reports on Facebook‘s fake news problem, but just how bad is it really? PC World performed a rather interesting test to answer that question, and the results are jarring.
To test what kind of fake news was being circulated, and who was seeing it, two entirely new Facebook profiles were created. Both white males of the same age, each of the profiles “liked” three people: Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton on one, and Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Newt Gingrich on the other. Then, PC World tracked all the stories that Facebook recommended for each fake profile. More →
If you’re living in Europe and you’re unhappy with the fact that Facebook-owned WhatsApp started sharing data with its parent company in spite of saying it would never do it, then you’re in luck. It looks like Facebook can be stopped from gathering even more data about you through WhatsApp. More →
Among the many, many bad things to come out of this election cycle, one that seems to be lingering with a particularly bad odor is the fake news industry. A whole army of websites have risen up to farm completely false headlines for advertising revenue, and Facebook is facilitating the whole thing.
Even a week after the election, some of Facebook’s most-shared stories are brand-new and completely untrue stories. Ever curious about the kind of crap that people share? Now you can bear witness yourself. All of these stories have been trending on Facebook in the last 24 hours, and all have more than 10,000 shares — and some have far, far more than that.
With all the current talk about whether Facebook and Google should be policing fake news on their platforms, it pays to take a few precautions of your own. A new Chrome plugin aptly called Bullshit Detector can alert you if you’re about to be fooled by a fake news story, and it’s super easy to use.
To install the plugin, just head to the Chrome Web Store and add it to your browser. Once you have it up and running, it automatically detects and labels news from outlets that are known to spread false or misleading information on a regular basis.
On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump, a man with absolutely zero political or military experience, will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. In just about two months, Donald Trump, a man with a history of questionable business dealings and a penchant for making inflammatory and utterly nonsensical remarks will become the most powerful man in the world.
If there’s ever been a giant list of things you definitely shouldn’t do in a civilized society, threatening to murder the democratically elected leader with a sniper rifle is probably right up there at the top. Apparently nobody told Matt Harrigan, CEO — well, former CEO, anyway — of network security firm PacketSled. More →
It took WhatsApp long enough, but the feature you may have been waiting for is finally here: free video chatting for all. Just like any other chat/messaging app out there, WhatsApp now lets you initiate and receive video calls. All you need to do to get them is to update the app to the latest version, and then get a reliable connection, whether it’s cellular or Wi-Fi. More →
Defying pollsters and political pundits across the country, Donald Trump handily won the 2016 U.S. Presidential election and will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States in just about two months. Trump’s surprising victory over Hillary Clinton was met with utter shock and disbelief in liberal circles, prompting many to wonder how a candidate with zero political experience and a penchant for making inflammatory remarks managed to inspire and capture the attention of so many Americans.
Through this process, an increasingly popular narrative holds that many Americans were swayed, if not downright duped, into voting for Trump on account of fake stories on Facebook. As the argument goes, Facebook has done a horrible job of identifying and removing fake stories from its feed (especially anti-Hillary Clinton stories), thereby exposing the site’s vast user base to what ultimately amounts to propaganda.