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Facebook Messenger update: Live Location is now watching you [APK download]

Facebook Messenger update: Live Location is now watching you [APK download]

Live Location is now part of Facebook Messenger whether you want it or not - whether you’re all about seeing where your significant others are at all times, or never wanted to know that information in the first place. For those that do not yet have access to this feature, we’re running down the ways in which it can be accessed on both iOS for iPhone and iPad and on Android for a wide variety of devices. This update is live server-side, now all users need to do is update their apps to make it happen.

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Facebook will test comment GIFs next week

Facebook will test comment GIFs next week

Facebook is currently testing new designs for comments on the social network, and now it is preparing to test a new GIF feature for comments, too. The upcoming GIF feature is said to be similar to the one currently available in Messenger, enabling users to share a GIF from sources like Giphy directly in the comments — a feature users have been requesting for a long time.

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Facebook Live can now stream from computers

Facebook Live can now stream from computers

Live streaming is the in thing in social networking these days. In yesteryears, it was mostly a space dominated by gamers and the now Amazon-owned Twitch.tv. Nowadays, everyone with a smartphone and a good connection can start flooding the Interwebs with their personal streams. Almost coming full circle, live streaming is making a comeback to desktops and laptop. Facebook has just announced that its Live streaming function is now available on more traditional computing devices, giving streamers a bit more power and flexibility in exchange for the loss of mobility.

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Facebook is testing new ‘conversational’ comment designs

Facebook is testing new ‘conversational’ comment designs

Anyone who uses a messaging app like Messenger will be familiar with the bubble-like style used to encapsulate messages. Such a style may one day be the default design of comments found on Facebook, at least judging by screenshots of a new test that has surfaced. The social network is currently testing multiple new styles for comments on Facebook, indicating that some big changes are in users' futures.

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EU orders Facebook, Google, Twitter to protect users from scams

EU orders Facebook, Google, Twitter to protect users from scams

Trying to fight consumer fraud on the internet as a whole is a never-ending battle due to its nature as an open system. Social media platforms, however, can be more directly controlled, with companies having the power to curb widespread scams. That's the way the EU feels, as regulators have ordered Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other social media networks to take steps to protect consumers from scams.

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Facebook policy update forbids using platform for surveillance tools

Facebook policy update forbids using platform for surveillance tools

Facebook has announced a policy update that more clearly forbids developers from using the social network as a way to get data for surveillance tools. The policy update applies to both Facebook and Instagram, with the company saying its goal ‘is to make our policy explicit.’ That's not to say that such use of Facebook data was acceptable before; rather, Facebook is updating the language of its policies to make sure 'everyone understands.'

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Facebook Messenger Day lifts another Snapchat feature

Facebook Messenger Day lifts another Snapchat feature

Facebook seems to be taking quite a few pages out of Snapchat's book lately, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that Messenger's newest feature seems awfully familiar. Dubbed Messenger Day, this new feature allows you to take photos and videos you share within Messenger discussions and add them to collection that your friends can view. In other words, this is Facebook's version of Snapchat's Stories, right down to the 24 hour time limit.

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Facebook and Vimeo launch 360-degree video hubs: Here’s how to watch

Facebook and Vimeo launch 360-degree video hubs: Here’s how to watch

Those of you with VR headsets have a lot of new content to look forward to, as Facebook and Vimeo are both rolling out 360 content in some capacity today. For Facebook, that functionality is coming specifically to the Gear VR by way of a new app. With Vimeo, on the other hand, we're seeing the site-wide launch of 360 videos in general.

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Pulse is Twitch’s own brand of Twitter

Pulse is Twitch’s own brand of Twitter

It seems that Twitch is really out to expand its territory, or at least keep everything withing the confines f its kingdom. After the revelation that Twitch will be going after Steam by selling games itself, it is now taking on Twitter and Facebook with a social feed of its own. Called Pulse, the feature aggregates posts from all the Twitch broadcasters you follow into one single place, inside Twitch, of course, so you won’t have to wait for their next juicy update on Twitter or Facebook.

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Facebook testing Dislike button, reactions in Messenger

Facebook testing Dislike button, reactions in Messenger

Facebook may finally be giving users one of their most long-desired features: a Dislike button. There's a catch, however. It's not exactly turning up in form that users have asked for — as a response in the News Feed — instead it may be coming to Messenger, along with the already popular reactions. The social network has confirmed that it's testing the two features within its Messenger platform, but only on a limited basis for now.

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Facebook taps artificial intelligence for new suicide prevention tools

Facebook taps artificial intelligence for new suicide prevention tools

Facebook has introduced updated suicide prevention tools that, among other things, tap artificial intelligence to aid in the ‘streamlined reporting’ of suicidal statuses. The social network has also expanded the suicide prevention tools to work in Facebook live, making it easier for viewers to help those who are broadcasting worrisome live video. Finally, the company has also partnered with crisis support organizations, making it easier for users to connect with them through Messenger.

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Facebook launches mid-roll ads in Live and on demand videos

Facebook launches mid-roll ads in Live and on demand videos

As the rumors foretold, Facebook is getting ready to launch mid-roll video ads. Though we heard last month that it was considering letting publishers play ads during on demand videos, this roll out includes Live videos as well. In other words, there's no escape from the Facebook ad invasion.

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