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Facebook orders Sacred Lies 10-episode drama based on Grimm story

Facebook orders Sacred Lies 10-episode drama based on Grimm story

Facebook just ordered ten episodes in a series tentatively called Sacred Lies. This show is based on a Grimm Brothers story called "The Handless Maiden" and "The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly" novel by Stephanie Oakes. Blumhouse Television will be part of the production, as well the director of and an executive producer from the show True Blood.

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Facebook Messenger commits to trimming the fat in 2018

Facebook Messenger commits to trimming the fat in 2018

These days, Facebook Messenger is a service attempting to wear many hats. Over the past couple of years, we've seen Facebook pack Messenger with a bunch of different features, whether that's processing payments or playing games with friends. While some of those services are good, feature creep has caused the Messenger we use today to feel a little bloated.

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Facebook plans major News Feed change: more friends, less brands and media

Facebook plans major News Feed change: more friends, less brands and media

Facebook has just announced that it will be introducing a 'major change' to the News Feed, presenting more content from people you know and less public content from brands, media and more. These changes started to a certain degree last year, and they will increase in the following months, the ultimate goal being that Facebook wants to "encourage meaningful interactions between people." Company CEO Mark Zuckerberg detailed these plans in a long post.

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Facebook Messenger Kids for Kindle Fire brings safe chatting to Amazon tablets

Facebook Messenger Kids for Kindle Fire brings safe chatting to Amazon tablets

Last month, Facebook announced Messenger Kids, a child-friendly version of its messaging app that enables parents to keep a tight grip on their child's digital communications. The app is a standalone product -- a child can use it without having their own Facebook account, with their parent instead tacking it onto their own account. As of today, the Messenger Kids app is now available to use on Amazon's own tablet lineup.

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Facebook Portal video chat device tipped to take on Amazon Echo

Facebook Portal video chat device tipped to take on Amazon Echo

Facebook is about to launch a hardware product called Portal, according to a new report, to take on Amazon and its Echo devices. Portal, at least unofficially, is a video chat device for homes that makes video chatting a simple task. Facebook's hardware won't be announced at CES 2018, the sources say, instead being slated for an early May unveiling with a launch date later on this year.

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Facebook M shutting down after long-running beta test

Facebook M shutting down after long-running beta test

Way back in 2015, Facebook launched a new AI assistant it named simply Facebook M. Much like Alexa or Google Assistant, Facebook users could ask it questions, place orders for products, and have it make recommendations, but unlike those, Facebook made sure that M was not only trained by humans, but also supervised by them to continue teaching it on an ongoing basis. It seemed like a fairly promising platform, but in the years since it was first introduced, we haven't heard much about it.

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Instagram Stories get WhatsApp cross-posting in new test

Instagram Stories get WhatsApp cross-posting in new test

Instagram is experimenting with a new feature that allows its customers to cross-post Instagram Stories directly to WhatsApp, a feature that builds upon the Facebook cross-posting it officially launched in late 2017. Only some Instagram users are spotting this feature at this time, and they all appear to be in Brazil. When the feature may roll out more extensively is unclear.

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Facebook apologizes for inconsistent hate speech enforcement

Facebook apologizes for inconsistent hate speech enforcement

Facebook has apologized for its uneven enforcement involving hate speech, allowing some offensive content to remain while removing others. A recent report called attention to the discrepancy, showing some offensive posts that were allowed to remain while others were deleted. When asked to review 49 questionable content decisions, Facebook said that there were 22 instances in which its content reviewers made mistakes.

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Tricked by Russian 2016 election propaganda? New Facebook tool reveals all

Tricked by Russian 2016 election propaganda? New Facebook tool reveals all

Last month, Facebook revealed that it would soon launch a tool enabling its users to check whether they'd unwittingly "liked" a Russian 2016 election propaganda post. That tool has just gone live, giving every Facebook user the chance to check their own "liking" history. The tool follows a revelation made by Facebook in recent months: that Russia was using its social media platform to manipulate the US's most recent presidential election.

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Facebook drops disputed flag in war against fake news

Facebook drops disputed flag in war against fake news

Fake and misleading news is a real problem on Facebook. The social media giant has come under heavy criticism for its role in the spread of fake news, and earlier this year, it set out to fix the issue. Some of you may have encountered Facebook's solution over the past year - a disputed flag that accompanies false or misleading links shared on the platform.

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Facebook and Universal just cut a huge music licensing deal

Facebook and Universal just cut a huge music licensing deal

Facebook and Universal Music Group have inked a deal that will see the label's music licensed across Facebook, Instagram, and Oculus. The deal, announced today, will mean that users of the services will be able to upload videos containing licensed music that once would've seen their clips deleted for copyright infringement. In the pipeline, it also paves the way for a potential Facebook Music service, which could rival Spotify and Apple Music for on-demand streaming playback.

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Facebook AR Studio beta opens its doors to everyone

Facebook AR Studio beta opens its doors to everyone

eMove over virtual reality! Augmented reality is making a comeback on phones. Well, at least the brand of augmented reality that has always been applicable on phones. From “AR” games like Pokemon GO to putting Storm Troopers in subways to stickers you can put on your own face, AR is once again coming into fashion now that it is even more accessible to more people. Not one to miss out on an opportunity to pull in more users, Facebook has just announced the open beta for its AR Studios, inviting anyone and everyone to flood the world with their creativity and, of course, brands.

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