Facebook released their earnings today, outperforming all expectations. Their staggering uptick wasn’t an fluke, either. In parsing the numbers, it’s clear that Facebook not only gets what everyone has known for some time, they’ve capitalized on it, too.
One of the former Facebook data scientists at the heart of the recent controversy over mood manipulation and tests run on unwitting users has spoken out, claiming his quotes were taken out of context, and defending the social network's experimentation. Data scientist Andrew Ledvina, who left Facebook in April, was one of the originally quoted sources when the psychological research carried out by the site surfaced late last month, used to illustrate how Facebook lacked safe review processes for tests performed on its users. Now, Ledvina says that the reporter he spoke to mis-represented the facts.
Facebook Messenger for iPad has finally been released, bringing the social network's standalone IM client to Apple's tablet. Previously only available on the iOS tablet as a doubled iPhone app, the new Messenger supports the same text chats, voice calls, and stickers as its phone counterpart, but in version 7.0 introduces a scaled-up UI.
Facebook's recently revealed emotions experiment has caused an uproar from users and non-users alike, some of it arguably valid, others based on a misunderstanding of what took place. Regardless, the cries of users have been heard, and the social network is now under a probe by the Information Commissioner's Office and other agencies.
The Facebook study conducted a few years back that has so many riled up has finally drawn a response from the company itself. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has spoken out about the “experiment”. Apologizing for the “poor communication” of the program, which lasted for one week in 2012.
If you use Facebook Home, we really hope you like your experience, because it might not change much. A new report suggest Facebook has dismantled the Home team, and placed them elsewhere within the company. One move has already had an impact — but maybe not the one Facebook had hoped for.
Facebook Slingshot, the social network's stab back at Snapchat, has launched: an ephemeral photo-sharing app which demands social interaction if users actually want to see each other's pictures or video. Like Snapchat, Slingshot doesn't save images but instead only makes them visible for a limited period of time; however, rather than just tapping to view received content, to "unlock" it users will need to share something back - or "sling" it, in Slingshot parlance - first.
Facebook, who were rumored to have been interested in Snapchat before purchasing WhatsApp, have created their own go-go-Gadget messaging system. Their self-destructing messaging platform was leaked recently, then quickly pulled. Was this purposeful, brilliant marketing or just a goof by the social giant?
Facebook is going button crazy, adding a new - and slightly creepy - "Ask" button to check up on someone's relationship status, and reportedly intending to roll out an "I'm a Voter" button to encourage election engagement. The "Ask" button for current relationship is an extension of the similar options for things like employment and contact details, but Facebook has now made it easier to to find out whether someone is dating.
Facebook is taking a second shot at sniping Snapchat, reportedly readying a new short video messaging app despite only killing its Poke app earlier this month. Facebook "Slingshot" is the result - potentially to be renamed before release - of several months of internal handiwork, it's said, and follow a Snapchat-style model of ephemeral messaging.