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Facebook Messenger may soon end up a platform

Facebook Messenger may soon end up a platform

Facebook Messenger, like many apps of its kind, does one thing well; it sends and receives messages. There have been rumors of an Uber add-on, and you can now send money within Messenger, but the overarching goal is to send messages to others who use the app. By working in some of those extra features, it seems Facebook was either testing the waters of platform or stumbled upon it. Either way, a new rumor that Facebook will be turning Messenger into its own platform is interesting.

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Facebook testing dialer, call-blocking app for Android

Facebook testing dialer, call-blocking app for Android

According to some leaked screenshots, it appears that Facebook is preparing another app to dominate your smartphone home screen, for Android at least. In what could be a spiritual successor to Facebook Home, a now-abandoned Android skin that placed the social network's key messaging and photo features on the home screen, this new app appears to be not only a dialer, but a caller ID and blocker as well. As of now, the app is creatively called Phone.

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Facebook user’s fake suicide threat lands him in psych ward

Facebook user’s fake suicide threat lands him in psych ward

In our modern world, people often take their woes online, leaving hints about private troubles or outright threatening suicide as a last-ditch cry for help. Facebook, being the most popular of social networks, is one of the places a person is likely to turn, and so it isn't surprising the company has implemented so-called suicide prevention tools. Those tools were recently updated, and one user -- making a fake threat -- has ended up demonstrating how well it works.

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Facebook and Flipboard are breaking up

Facebook and Flipboard are breaking up

If you’re using Flipboard as a social media aggregator, you might have to look elsewhere to accomplish that. According to Flipboard, Facebook is changing the game on social sharing outside of their walls, and will no longer allow posts form friends and family to be seen inside Flipboard’s apps for existing users. In addition to the feed change, Facebook is also breaking up with Flipboard. If you’re not already using Facebook on Flipboard, you have until next week to start. After then, you’ll never have the option again.

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Facebook Messenger adds money sending feature

Facebook Messenger adds money sending feature

If you're a Facebook user, there's a good chance you access the social network primarily through your mobile device -- and that you're likely friends with your real-life friends, making Facebook Messenger a convenient way to call or message someone. Facebook wants to extend the usefulness of its Messenger service, however, and it'll be doing so by adding a money-sending feature. Such functionality won't be arriving for every user today, but when it does arrive it'll be a simplistic way to send someone cash.

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Here’s what Facebook will (and won’t) allow in your posts

Here’s what Facebook will (and won’t) allow in your posts

You might have heard news that Facebook is changing up their rules a bit, releasing an update to their ‘Community Standards’ guidelines. Those rules are in place to safeguard the Facebook community at-large against content that is widely regarded as offensive or distasteful. But you’re not one of those people, right? We hope not, but some algorithm might not be able to pick up on your humor or purpose. Rather than leave things to chance, let’s clarify what can and can’t be posted to Facebook.

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Facebook acquires TheFind e-commerce site

Facebook acquires TheFind e-commerce site

Facebook has acquired TheFind, an e-commerce search site, it has announced. TheFind revealed the acquisition on its website today, saying that after nine years of hard work it is kicking off its "next chapter" by merging with Facebook, the social network powerhouse that is, apparently, looking to up its advertisements prowess. This comes shortly after a judge ruled Facebook must face a lawsuit related to its refusal to refund purchases made by minors who used their parents banking information.

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Lawsuit against Facebook over kids’ purchases to proceed

Lawsuit against Facebook over kids’ purchases to proceed

Facebook has to face up to a class-action lawsuit from parents whose children made purchases on the social network without their permission, a judge has ruled. The order came today from U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman, who gave the go-ahead to the class-action lawsuit seeking alterations to how Facebook goes about kids' transactions. The lawsuit will not, however, be able to go after a refund -- those who are looking to get a refund will need to go after that alone.

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Facebook pulls its ‘feeling fat’ emoji

Facebook pulls its ‘feeling fat’ emoji

Facebook, as you likely know, allows users to insert "feeling" something or other emotions into statuses, such as "feeling happy". One such option has been "feeling fat", which sparked criticism and more recently led to an online petition to get the listing removed. The reason revolved around its trivialization of potential eating disorders and other issues. Facebook originally pushed back against the criticism, but has since conceded, removing the option from the list of emotions (of which, some have noted, "fat" is not a feeling).

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