Facebook is cutting chat support from its main mobile app on iOS and Android, following up on its promise to split the Messenger functionality out and drive users to the standalone app. Facebook users are being notified from today with an in-app message warning them that, as of around two weeks time, they'll no longer be able to rely on the chat tab in the regular Facebook app.
OkCupid is bravely - or foolhardily - wading into the furore over social sites experimenting on users, defending Facebook in the process as it reveals some of the discoveries its own testing has come up with. The stat sifting turns up several insights around the value of pictures on profiles, as well as how suggestible users are, though the fall-out seems less intensive than Facebook's mood-altering trials.
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 is, unsurprisingly, embroiled in yet another scandal. Surprisingly, it isn't directly related to privacy but comes quite close. The social networking giant has been revealed to have manipulated their news feed ever so slightly in order to see the effects on the moods of its users. Sounds almost harmless until you learn that the findings were recently published in a Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) paper.
Facebook is the latest tech company to reveal its diversity numbers, and in the report we see a familiar picture: a workforce composed primarily of white males, with there being some categories where the numbers even out into a somewhat more diverse picture. Said the social network today, "As these numbers show, we have more work to do -- a lot more."
Facebook is looking to connect as much of the world as possible, and that includes emerging markets where connectivity and access to hardware is still in its infancy stage. To make sure these markets have access to the social network, Facebook rounded up some of its team and took a trip to Africa.
Much in the same way you can't shout fire! in a crowded theater, the Supreme Court is looking into whether it's okay to shout murder! or any other number of threats on your social networking accounts. In doing so, it is taking on the case of Anthony Elonis, who was arrested a handful of years ago for making threats on Facebook.
The Facebook iPad app has been given a revamp, though it's around the edges where the social network has focused most of its attention this time around. Flip the tablet into landscape orientation and a new column on the right shows up, which Facebook intends to use to turn the app into more of a content discovery and multiplayer gaming hub.
Facebook is rolling out a new version of its Messenger app that not so subtly tries to catch up with other popular messaging services. After the update, users will be able to shoot and send 15-second videos right from withing the Messenger app itself, as well as a new way to show how much you really like something.