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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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Instagram Stories get WhatsApp cross-posting in new test

Instagram Stories get WhatsApp cross-posting in new test

Instagram is experimenting with a new feature that allows its customers to cross-post Instagram Stories directly to WhatsApp, a feature that builds upon the Facebook cross-posting it officially launched in late 2017. Only some Instagram users are spotting this feature at this time, and they all appear to be in Brazil. When the feature may roll out more extensively is unclear.

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Facebook apologizes for inconsistent hate speech enforcement

Facebook apologizes for inconsistent hate speech enforcement

Facebook has apologized for its uneven enforcement involving hate speech, allowing some offensive content to remain while removing others. A recent report called attention to the discrepancy, showing some offensive posts that were allowed to remain while others were deleted. When asked to review 49 questionable content decisions, Facebook said that there were 22 instances in which its content reviewers made mistakes.

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Tricked by Russian 2016 election propaganda? New Facebook tool reveals all

Tricked by Russian 2016 election propaganda? New Facebook tool reveals all

Last month, Facebook revealed that it would soon launch a tool enabling its users to check whether they'd unwittingly "liked" a Russian 2016 election propaganda post. That tool has just gone live, giving every Facebook user the chance to check their own "liking" history. The tool follows a revelation made by Facebook in recent months: that Russia was using its social media platform to manipulate the US's most recent presidential election.

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Facebook drops disputed flag in war against fake news

Facebook drops disputed flag in war against fake news

Fake and misleading news is a real problem on Facebook. The social media giant has come under heavy criticism for its role in the spread of fake news, and earlier this year, it set out to fix the issue. Some of you may have encountered Facebook's solution over the past year - a disputed flag that accompanies false or misleading links shared on the platform.

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Facebook and Universal just cut a huge music licensing deal

Facebook and Universal just cut a huge music licensing deal

Facebook and Universal Music Group have inked a deal that will see the label's music licensed across Facebook, Instagram, and Oculus. The deal, announced today, will mean that users of the services will be able to upload videos containing licensed music that once would've seen their clips deleted for copyright infringement. In the pipeline, it also paves the way for a potential Facebook Music service, which could rival Spotify and Apple Music for on-demand streaming playback.

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Facebook AR Studio beta opens its doors to everyone

Facebook AR Studio beta opens its doors to everyone

eMove over virtual reality! Augmented reality is making a comeback on phones. Well, at least the brand of augmented reality that has always been applicable on phones. From “AR” games like Pokemon GO to putting Storm Troopers in subways to stickers you can put on your own face, AR is once again coming into fashion now that it is even more accessible to more people. Not one to miss out on an opportunity to pull in more users, Facebook has just announced the open beta for its AR Studios, inviting anyone and everyone to flood the world with their creativity and, of course, brands.

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Facebook Spaces HTC VIVE launch embraces the enemy

Facebook Spaces HTC VIVE launch embraces the enemy

Earlier this year, Facebook revealed a new VR app called Spaces. Speaking simply, Spaces is essentially Facebook for a virtual reality world, as it allows you to hang out with friends in VR and view Facebook photos, among other things. When you consider the fact that Facebook owns Oculus, you'd think that it would want to keep Spaces exclusive to the Rift. As it turns out, that isn't actually the case.

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Facebook face recognition finds you in untagged photos: How to turn it off

Facebook face recognition finds you in untagged photos: How to turn it off

Facebook will use facial recognition to spot you in photos you haven't already been tagged in, as the social network attempts to fend off concerns about user privacy being overlooked. However, to get in ahead of complaints about the new feature, there's also a way to turn it all off.

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Facebook declares war on “engagement bait”

Facebook declares war on “engagement bait”

In combating things like fake news, misleading ads, and even revenge porn, Facebook certainly has a lot on its plate at the moment. That isn't stopping it from waging a new war on what it calls "engagement bait." It doesn't matter how long you've used Facebook, you've likely encountered engagement bait before, and now the company is looking to get rid of it.

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Facebook warns against passively browsing your News Feed

Facebook warns against passively browsing your News Feed

Facebook has once again faced sharp criticism over the potential negative effects social media can have on someone's life, but this time it is back with more than a simple statement. The company has warned that passively browsing your News Feed could have a negative effect on your mood, citing research the found passive activities may lead to feeling bad whereas active participation -- such as leaving comments on friends' posts -- may be beneficial.

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Facebook Snooze lands in time to avoid Star Wars spoilers

Facebook Snooze lands in time to avoid Star Wars spoilers

This is a big weekend for Star Wars fans. The Last Jedi launches in the US today, which means that the race is now on for those who would rather not be spoiled. Those fans need to see the movie as quickly as possible or risk running into spoilers on the internet, which are unsurprisingly everywhere. What if you can't see the new movie right away, though? A new feature being rolled out by Facebook could help with that.

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