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Facebook Messenger video calling gets a big new feature

Facebook Messenger video calling gets a big new feature

Facebook has spent the last few years trying to turn Messenger into the communication platform. Many different features have been added to Messenger over the years, but one that seems crucial - the ability to add people to your in-progress video calls - has been missing since video calling launched back in 2015. That all changes today.

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Facebook to combat Russian election interference by mailing postcards

Facebook to combat Russian election interference by mailing postcards

As the US continues to uncover the effects of Russian manipulation on its elections, Facebook has found itself desperately trying to fix its platform to eliminate interference and regain trust. Now the social media company has come up with one solution to improve its advertising during the US elections to come: physically mailing verification postcards.

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Facebook two-factor authentication spams users via SMS

Facebook two-factor authentication spams users via SMS

Facebook just can't catch a break these days, which is probay nothing unexpected for being one of the world's biggest social networks. It is involved in one privacy issue after another, not to mention lawsuits springing from those. This latest could definitely be added to the latter if some law firm takes interest. Users are reporting they are receiving SMS notifications about Facebook posts without them agreeing to it. But more worryingly, Facebook seems to have used the phone number users have connected to the network's two-factor authentication system.

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Facebook smart speakers leak to push video chat

Facebook smart speakers leak to push video chat

Facebook plans to dive into the smart speaker market this year, a new report claims, with two touchscreen-fronted models putting a social spin on the voice-control segment. The hardware push comes as Facebook attempts to rediscover a functionality balance which pushes contact with friends and family back to the fore, while dialing down the brand and other content that has seen it mired in the ongoing "fake news" controversy.

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Messenger Kids arrives on Android as latest Facebook controversy

Messenger Kids arrives on Android as latest Facebook controversy

Facebook's latest controversy, Messenger Kids, has just launched on Android after first arriving on iOS several weeks ago. The app was the recent subject of a letter sent to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg from advocacy group Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. In the letter, the group asked Zuckerberg to discontinue the app, saying the new Messenger product may "undermine children's healthy development."

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Facebook Lists: Because oversharing can at least be neatly ordered

Facebook Lists: Because oversharing can at least be neatly ordered

Facebook's next attempt to make you share every possible thought that runs through your head is Facebook Lists, a public version of the venerable organizational tool. Rolling out to users today, it builds on traditional Facebook statuses with a new custom layout. However it's not just sharing your grocery list on your wall.

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You young people can leave Facebook now

You young people can leave Facebook now

As Facebook ages, its younger users seem to be leaving - or just not joining at all, in the first place. Where the social network in blue originally found purchase with college students, the years between then and now may have found the brand's social peak. Facebook remains the most dominant social network in the world, but according to one analysis firm, there's a limit to what young people will take.

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Snapchat redesign is bad: How to go back

Snapchat redesign is bad: How to go back

Snapchat released a new redesign of their social networking app this month and throngs of users hate it. They cannot fathom how developers at Snapchat could possibly have come up with something so bad. They've gone so far as to download old versions of the app to attempt to keep their tapping and swiping the way it was. But they can't. They can't have anything the way they want it, because Snapchat is dragging them kicking and screaming into the future, just like Facebook.

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Facebook Downvote button is not a Dislike, insists Facebook

Facebook Downvote button is not a Dislike, insists Facebook

When will Facebook ever get a Dislike button? If you ask Facebook, probably never. That doesn't mean, however, that it isn't cooking up ways to help users express their disapproval without typing anything. Multiple users have reported seeing a "downvote" button in some parts of Facebook. It's not a dislike button, a Facebook representative explains. And while some might consider it splitting hairs, there is indeed a subtle difference between the two. In the end, however, it might have the same effect.

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Bitcoin scam targets Twitter, fools hundreds (at least)

Bitcoin scam targets Twitter, fools hundreds (at least)

This week a cryptocurrency scam is taking hold of Twitter. Malicious parties have impersonated well-known Bitcoin and Ethereum traders and leaders in the market, telling everyday followers that they'll be holding a special drawing for free coins. All users have to do is send a few coins to gain entry - therein lies the scam, as it were.

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Facebook wants to figure out if you’re middle class

Facebook wants to figure out if you’re middle class

It's no secret that Facebook has access to a huge amount of data, and some of that data may be used for determining a user's socioeconomic status. According to a newly discovered patent, Facebook has developed a system (or perhaps just a system concept) that figures out whether users belong to one of three different socioeconomic groups, one being "middle class." This determination would be made based on info the user has provided, including things like homeownership.

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It’s cool to quit Facebook now: Check these numbers

It’s cool to quit Facebook now: Check these numbers

Facebook "active users" in North America dropped this past quarter for the first time in the history of the social network. Facebook peaked, and it's time to short your usage. That's not financial advice, it's an "all clear" signal from me to you. Download all your old Facebook posts and photos if you must, but please feel free to set your Facebook page for self-destruct, any time!

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