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Facebook testing LOL short video platform targeting teen users

Facebook testing LOL short video platform targeting teen users

Facebook is developing a platform called "LOL" that targets teenagers, according to a new report. The product is said to have been in development for months and revolves around video content, including short clips akin to GIFs. The company is testing the new product with a small number of high school students located in the United States ahead of an eventual public roll out, though the company's exact plans for the product are unclear.

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Facebook Portal 5-star Amazon reviews written by employees

Facebook Portal 5-star Amazon reviews written by employees

It's getting harder and harder to trust customer reviews these days. Never mind the short, mindless bursts that are undeniably the product of some unintelligent bot. There are times when reviews are written by real humans whose motives are, unfortunately, questionable. This latter seems to be the case that's no hounding Facebook after a few of its employees have been caught red-handed leaving glowing five-star reviews for the company's newest product, the video chatting appliance Portal.

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Facebook moves hundreds of employees to new AR glasses team

Facebook moves hundreds of employees to new AR glasses team

Facebook is making big changes behind closed doors, according to a new report, by restructuring its augmented reality glasses division and moving those employees into a newly launched standalone team dedicated specifically to the product. These employees were moved from the company's Facebook Reality Labs to the new product team, where they're reportedly working on multiple AR products.

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Report: As Social Media distrust grows, forums return to vogue

Report: As Social Media distrust grows, forums return to vogue

A recent survey with Tapatalk suggested that the end of social networking may be near - or at least it may be the end of trust in said networks. Before you drop too deep into the findings, remember here that Tapatalk is a Forum-centric business - because of this, they've got a pretty good reason to suggest forums are on the uptake. Assuming they're completely on-the-level, the survey's results are pretty gosh-darned interesting, and unexpected.

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Facebook Stories may soon get a lift from Events integration

Facebook Stories may soon get a lift from Events integration

If you don't count yourself among the Facebook Stories users of the world, you certainly aren't alone. Taking a page out of Snapchat's book, Facebook rolled out Stories back in 2017, but since then, there hasn't been much in way of meaningful updates to the feature. That all might changing soon, as Facebook is at least toying with the idea of integrating Events with Stories.

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Instagram enables posting to multiple accounts at the same time

Instagram enables posting to multiple accounts at the same time

Instagram has made it possible to post content to multiple accounts at the same time, a convenience feature that saves a lot of time for brands and the many users who juggle more than one account. The new feature hasn't been officially announced, but the company confirmed the change this week after users spied the option. The feature is rolling out to iOS now, but Android plans remain unclear.

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Oculus Rift rolls out public Homes and Facebook livestreaming

Oculus Rift rolls out public Homes and Facebook livestreaming

Oculus Rift's first platform update of the year is rolling into testing today, and it's bringing a couple of interesting new features along with it. The first allows you to open your Home to any and all visitors who might want to drop in. The second is Facebook livestreaming, which - given the fact that Facebook is the parent company of Oculus - is something that we all assumed was coming at one point or another.

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Facebook deadline tomorrow – not so fast!

Facebook deadline tomorrow – not so fast!

There's a message floating around Facebook that you might've seen pasted in your uncle's feed. It suggests that "everything you've ever posted becomes public from tomorrow." It also suggests that you'll only be able to stop Facebook from sharing all your information if you post a certain block of text and reference to a certain statute. I cannot emphasize enough: This is absolute nonsense and no such event will take place tomorrow - or ever, really.

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Facebook Messenger Dark Mode test appears for some users

Facebook Messenger Dark Mode test appears for some users

As with Twitter, Reddit, and other services before it, Facebook is finally working on a dark mode for its messaging app. Earlier this year, a leak revealed that Facebook's team was internally testing a Messenger dark mode, and now that same mode is showing up publicly as a test for some users. As the name suggests, the dark mode changes the appearance of Facebook Messenger to a dark color scheme.

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Facebook clarifies its “data sharing” partnerships

Facebook clarifies its “data sharing” partnerships

The PR team at Facebook is undoubtedly working overtime these days. Just hours after a major exposé, the social networking giant issues a public clarification and defense, in contrast to previous days, even weeks, of silence it used to practice. Then again, when you're as embattled as Facebook, you do have to do damage control ASAP. So when the New York Times once again called attention to extremely favorable partnerships that may have shared too much user data with companies, Facebook has unsurprisingly come out with a statement that unequivocally denies any wrongdoing, legal or moral.

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Facebook gave tech giants too much access to data without consent, report [UPDATE]

Facebook gave tech giants too much access to data without consent, report [UPDATE]

Facebook admits it has a lot of work to do to regain users’, not to mention governments’, trust. If so, it’s doing a rather terrible job of it. Or rather, it has never done a good job and all its warts are just now coming to light. The latest in a never-ending stream of reports is a revelation that Facebook as given as much as 150 companies, including many of the biggest tech companies, nearly unrestricted access to users’ and their friends’ data. All without their knowledge, much less their permission.

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Facebook location-tracking for ads has no off switch

Facebook location-tracking for ads has no off switch

Just when you thought Facebook couldn’t sink any lower, a new discovery might have just added one more nail to its coffin. Then again, it’s really no surprise and Facebook doesn’t at all concerned about keeping it a secret. It turns out that even after you’ve turned off all possible location-tracking features and removed all location data on Facebook, you’ll still get ads related to your location. What makes it worse, however, is that the social networking giant doesn’t and probably won’t provide a way for users to opt out completely.

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