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Facebook bans bitcoin and other cryptocurrency ads because of scammers

Facebook bans bitcoin and other cryptocurrency ads because of scammers

Facebook has announced a new policy for its advertisement platform: no advertisements promoting bitcoin or any other cryptocurrencies. The company announced the new ad restriction today, explaining that its new ban also applies to ads related to initial coin offerings and binary options. This is done in an effort to protect users from scammers, Facebook says.

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Advocacy group asks Facebook to drop Messenger Kids over health fears

Advocacy group asks Facebook to drop Messenger Kids over health fears

Facebook introduced a kid-friendly version of its chat app called Messenger Kids last month, offering young children access to all of its best features without the potential safety issues. The app aims to protect kids by tethering the app to a parent's account, requiring parental authorization to chat with new people, and more. However, an advocacy group is arguing that none of those features matter because, they say, Messenger Kids is inherently dangerous to kids.

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Facebook can’t stop scratching its news itch

Facebook can’t stop scratching its news itch

Facebook may have declared news unwelcome in the News Feed, but it can't stop messing with that decision. The social network has announced that, while it may be minimizing the amount of news articles you see as you're scrolling through your friends' baby photos, that's not entirely going to be case.

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Facebook announces game streaming program to rival Twitch, YouTube

Facebook announces game streaming program to rival Twitch, YouTube

Over the last few years we've seen Facebook heavily lean into video with features for live streaming and content creation, and now the social network is expanding its reach into gaming-focused videos. This is an area dominated by Twitch, YouTube, and, to a lesser extent, Microsoft's Mixer, but Facebook has announced its new "gaming creator pilot program" as part of an effort lure streamers to the network, and in turn build up an audience for them.

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These 2 questions are Facebook’s plan to fix fake news

These 2 questions are Facebook’s plan to fix fake news

Facebook's much vaunted attempt to oust fake news from the News Feed and restore trustworthiness consists of just two questions, it's been confirmed. The social network surprised many - not least investors - when it announced earlier this month that it would rework its algorithms to prioritize personal news from friends over content from brands and news sources.

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Facebook and Oculus just defined a new unit of time

Facebook and Oculus just defined a new unit of time

As the third most-visited website in the world, Facebook's influence is pretty far reaching these days. Its ambitions may be too big even for a company its size, though, as along with Oculus, it has defined a new unit of time called a "flick." Yes, you heard right: Facebook has become so gigantic and monolithic that it is now attempting to influence time itself.

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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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