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Facebook’s latest News Feed tweak gives priority to close friends

Facebook’s latest News Feed tweak gives priority to close friends

Facebook is planning yet another News Feed tweak, this one targeting content in general rather than just the video changes announced days ago. The social network is about to make things a bit more personal with an adjustment to the content users see in their respective feeds; priority will be given to posts from people who (probably) matter most to you.

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Instagram killing another feature: Should I just quit?

Instagram killing another feature: Should I just quit?

Instagram announced the death of another feature this week, not long after rumors surfaced of the axing of public likes. This is just the latest in a line of changes for Instagram, an app and company that's coming closer and closer to its parent company, Facebook. I quit using Facebook a few months ago for all but the rarest family communication - is it time I gave Instagram the boot as well? NOTE: If it weren't clear already, the opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily shared by SlashGear or associated entities.

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Facebook Live imposes stricter rules in light of Christchurch shooting

Facebook Live imposes stricter rules in light of Christchurch shooting

Social media has significantly changed the way we communicate and consume content. Sometimes we even get our news from Facebook and Twitter before actual news sites. Unfortunately, it has also allowed not just misinformation to creep in but, worse, harmful content. After receiving a lot of flak for what is perceived to be complacency, Facebook is tightening the noose on users of its Live streaming platform to prevent it from being misused in such manner again.

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Facebook video ranking tweak gives original content priority

Facebook video ranking tweak gives original content priority

Facebook announced an upcoming change to its video ranking on Monday, stating that it will boost its prioritization of original content to help creators grow their audiences, among other things. The changes will roll out over 'coming months,' according to the company, and they'll revolve around three factors that Facebook says have an impact on how a video ranks.

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Facebook’s fact-checking partners will soon target Instagram memes

Facebook’s fact-checking partners will soon target Instagram memes

In late 2016, Facebook launched a fact-checking program designed to cut down on the amount of false information spread through its primary social network. The company currently has 52 fact-checking partners throughout more than 30 countries, and they'll soon turn their focus to Instagram, where an increasing number of false information is spread in the form of memes and photos.

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Razer Toaster is real: We’ve reached peak gamer gadget

Razer Toaster is real: We’ve reached peak gamer gadget

The Razer Toaster was supposed to be a joke. It was an April Fool's joke over three years ago. But that wasn't the start of this adventure. Back in the year 2012, a fan by the name of Mark Withers struck a deal with the CEO of Razer, Min-Liang Tan. He'd seen a Razer fan named Michael make an offhand comment about a Razer Toaster - he took the idea and ran with it.

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The four weirdest things at Facebook F8 2019 today

The four weirdest things at Facebook F8 2019 today

Facebook F8 2019 has begun, and the social network would like you to know that it has changed. Privacy, convenience, and supercharging your love-life are all on the agenda this year, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces the unenviable task of upending years of data scandals and growing mistrust among users. Read on for four of Facebook's most ambitious - or most misguided - announcements.

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Facebook Messenger gets desktop apps, Instagram and WhatsApp integration

Facebook Messenger gets desktop apps, Instagram and WhatsApp integration

Facebook Messenger is getting a desktop app for Mac and Windows, addressing one of the biggest complaints about the IM platform, as the company meshes its three messaging services. Announced at F8 2019, the social networking company's developer focused event, today, the new app will bring Facebook's newest version of Messenger to a standalone app, rather than forcing desktop users to access it in the browser.

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Oculus Quest and Rift S release date and order info: Starting now

Oculus Quest and Rift S release date and order info: Starting now

Today Facebook revealed the Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S head-mounted-display virtual reality headsets release. They've confirmed the ship dates on both products, and have prices set. Now all they've got to do is convince the world that such products are necessary, or at least enticing for the average young person with four hundred spare dollars lying around.

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The new Facebook app launches today

The new Facebook app launches today

There's a new Facebook app coming today, pushing groups to the fore, introducing a new icon, and even getting rid of the blue. Announced by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today at the opening keynote of the F8 2019 developer conference, it's the fifth generation of Facebook as we know it.

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Facebook bans personality quizzes and other similar apps

Facebook bans personality quizzes and other similar apps

Facebook has officially banned personality quizzes and other apps it considers to be of 'minimal utility.' The move comes a year after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which involved the data firm acquiring information on millions of Facebook users via one of these quiz apps. In addition, Facebook says it is removing access to multiple older APIs starting this summer.

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Facebook FTC loss $3-5 billion… but Zuck said this is fine

Facebook FTC loss $3-5 billion… but Zuck said this is fine

Facebook's earnings call this afternoon warned investors that they'd be incurring a between three and five billion USD loss due to their FTC inquiry case. As Facebook suggested, "this matter remains unresolved," and they've made no assurances "as to the timing or the terms of any final outcome." But don't worry, everything is ok, we'll all be ok, really!

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