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Instagram fundraising stickers could come at the worst time possible

Instagram fundraising stickers could come at the worst time possible

Throughout the many tribulations and scandals that rocked Facebook and its properties, Instagram seems to have remained the one bright light in Facebook's storm. It isn't without its own issues, of course, but those have been relatively minor. Instagram remains popular, almost unchallenged, and in the perfect position to do some good. The social network is reportedly testing a sticker to let users donate to a charity that, while good on the surface, could raise some doubts given its parent company's behavior.

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Facebook needs more than a fine to change its privacy ethics

Facebook needs more than a fine to change its privacy ethics

Facebook might be setting a new world record soon but not in a very good way. Reports indicate that it is negotiating with the US Federal Trade Commission over what could be the largest fine ever levied on a technology company, breaking Google's $22.5 million in 2012. But while the still non-final multi-billion dollar penalty is seen as a "day of reckoning" for the social network giant, it will take more than just monetary fines to make Facebook change its ways.

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Facebook lists and tracks users it considers security threats

Facebook lists and tracks users it considers security threats

Fame has its price, as many high-profile personalities can attest to. In addition to dealing with both love and hatred, there's also the matter of potential threats to their safety. That's true for both a single person and a large company, especially one that's both famous and infamous like Facebook. But while most other companies have to take a reactive stance, Facebook tries to be one step ahead of danger by putting its own users in a "Be On Lookout" or BOLO list of people whom it perceives as a potential threat to the safety of its employees and offices.

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Instagram Direct Messages could be coming to desktop, web soon

Instagram Direct Messages could be coming to desktop, web soon

Mark Zuckerberg wants to unify the company's separate messaging services. Not everyone agrees, especially considering the privacy nightmare it could lead to. The social networking giant, however, could be attacking the problem from a slightly different angle. There are now signs that Instagram is playing around with a version of its Direct messaging feature for web browsers on desktops. And while this might sound like a great standalone feature, it could also be just the opening salvo for a series of changes.

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Instagram just put IGTV videos in your feed

Instagram just put IGTV videos in your feed

As if the social network with the biggest variety of ways to post a piece of content was king, Instagram's released another new feature. This new system allows creators to take clips from their IGTV videos to post to the main news feed. Instagram said they did this so that "you can preview IGTV videos in your feed."

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Facebook Messenger now lets you unsend messages – if you’re quick

Facebook Messenger now lets you unsend messages – if you’re quick

Remember last year when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg purged some of his messages from various Messenger conversations? There was a bit of an uproar at the time, and Facebook later said that Zuck's disappearing messages were part of an "unsend" feature the company was testing. Now, nearly a year later, that feature is rolling out to Messenger users.

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Snopes drops its Facebook fact-checking effort to re-evaluate role

Snopes drops its Facebook fact-checking effort to re-evaluate role

The fact-checking organization Snopes has dropped its partnership with Facebook, the company revealed today. The organization first began working as a fact-checking source for the social network in late 2016, doing so as a way to help Facebook address the glut of misinformation on its platform. Among other things, Snopes said it is "evaluating the ramifications and costs" of its fact-checking service.

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Apple tussle with Facebook, Google shows Cupertino’s true power

Apple tussle with Facebook, Google shows Cupertino’s true power

Apple has always been one of the most valued tech brands in the world but most probably see it as a smaller player when compared to the likes of Google, Microsoft, or even Facebook. PCs still outnumber Macs the same way Android phones outnumber iPhones. But despite having a relatively smaller and walled kingdom, the past months have shown just how much power Apple wields. And it’s not afraid to use it to keep companies in line.

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Facebook sabbatical for mental health? This study says ‘maybe’

Facebook sabbatical for mental health? This study says ‘maybe’

A growing number of studies have found that social media use may negatively impact the user's mental health, and a new study out of Stanford University and New York University is no exception. The research looked at hundreds of Facebook users who were willing to ditch the service for a full month, finding that their overall social media use decreased and their self-reported well-being increased.

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Trust in tech is at its lowest: what needs to be done

Trust in tech is at its lowest: what needs to be done

The tech market is no stranger to controversy, scandal, and criticism. From the IBM days to the recent US elections, the industry has been rocked by one scandal or another. Recently, however, there has been non-stop news on this or that problem with a company, this or that terrible bug, or this or that lawsuit.

Over the years, these have all been chipping away at the trust and confidence that tech companies have built. With all that’s happening around us, it’s only natural to wonder who we can trust and, more importantly, what has to be done to keep our technology-centric world from collapsing under the weight of all these problems.

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Google removes tracking app that abused Apple’s rules like Facebook

Google removes tracking app that abused Apple’s rules like Facebook

It seems that a can of privacy worms has just been opened up and Facebook isn’t the only one that’s going to stew. The social network giant was recently reported to have been luring users with monetary rewards to track the phone use while abusing a program Apple put in place for internal testing only. Apparently it isn’t the only one and Google has informally issued a mea culpa for doing likewise and has taken down the offending Screenwise Meter “research” app on iOS.

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Facebook pays users to install a VPN that collects their data

Facebook pays users to install a VPN that collects their data

How much is your privacy worth? For some people, it’s the price they pay in exchange for free services. Others, however, seem to be willing to give more in exchange for actual cash. And, unsurprisingly, there are those willing to actually pay users for that. And it should be no surprise that Facebook is one such company that is willing to shell out what is perhaps its spare change just to get users to install a seemingly innocent VPN app that, in reality, sucks up all information it can from the user’s iPhone or Android phone.

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