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Facebook Lite gets Community Help tools for disaster assistance

Facebook Lite gets Community Help tools for disaster assistance

Facebook Lite, the social network's slim app for low-end devices and developing markets, has just received access to important community crisis tools. Called Community Help, the feature launched early last year as a way for Facebook users to offer (and find, when necessary) help from their community following disasters. Mobile users no longer have to use the regular Facebook app to access this feature.

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Facebook sues BlackBerry over alleged voice messaging patent infringement

Facebook sues BlackBerry over alleged voice messaging patent infringement

Facebook has slapped BlackBerry with a lawsuit accusing it of patent infringement. The legal spat follows BlackBerry's own lawsuit against Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp over allegations of "mobile messaging intellectual property" infringement, an issue that has boiled over into Facebook's own complaint. In it, the social media company claims BlackBerry has violated some of its voice messaging patents, among other things.

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Facebook Watch goes global

Facebook Watch goes global

Facebook decided some time ago that it wanted a slice of the video streaming pie, but it took a while for those desires to coalesce into one coherent strategy. Last year, Facebook's dive into video finally started to come together as it began testing a new service called Facebook Watch. Fast forward to today and Facebook Watch is launching around the world.

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Facebook deletes all cross-posted tweets without warning

Facebook deletes all cross-posted tweets without warning

Twitter users who prefer to keep things simple had the option of authenticating Facebook on their account, which would result in tweets being cross-posted to the latter social network. Recent API changes removed that ability, meaning new tweets can't be cross-posted onto Facebook automatically. However, it appears the change has resulted in all past cross-posted tweets disappearing from Facebook timelines, as well.

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Facebook vows to use 100% renewable energy by 2020

Facebook vows to use 100% renewable energy by 2020

Facebook has vowed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 75-percent with an ultimate goal of switching entirely to renewable energy by the end of 2020. The company has worked on reaching various renewable and clean energy goals over the years, having signed contracts for more than 3 gigawatts of solar and wind energy since 2013.

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Instagram’s new safety features include verified badges, 2FA apps

Instagram’s new safety features include verified badges, 2FA apps

With one billion users around the world, safety and security should obviously top the list of Instagram's concerns. Today, the company announced another round of new initiatives to make Instagram a safer platform to use. The three-pronged approach mostly revolves around Instagram accounts with a large following, but there's also incoming updates to two-factor authentication that everyone will be able to take advantage of.

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Facebook reveals new state-sponsored accounts meddling in politics

Facebook reveals new state-sponsored accounts meddling in politics

Facebook says it has removed hundreds of Pages, accounts, and Groups that it identified as engaging in "coordinated inauthentic behavior." The activity, says Facebook, originated from Russia and Iran, featuring "distinct campaigns" that weren't linked between the two entities. The removed content was created with the intention of misleading people, according to the company.

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Facebook nixes 5,000 ad targeting options that can be used to discriminate

Facebook nixes 5,000 ad targeting options that can be used to discriminate

Following criticism, Facebook has announced the removal of 5,000 ad targeting categories that made it possible to discriminate against individuals based on ethnicity and similar things. Facebook has previously been called out about these ad targeting options, which critics say have been used to discriminate based on race.

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Facebook is secretly rating users’ trustworthiness

Facebook is secretly rating users’ trustworthiness

Facebook is using a new, secret rating to judge how trustworthy each user is, as the social network continues to battle against accusations that it's an incubator for fake news. The site's role in the manipulated 2016 US presidential election has prompted numerous changes to Facebook policy, but most users have been unaware that their truthfulness has quietly been assessed.

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EU to force Facebook, Twitter, YouTube to remove terrorist content

EU to force Facebook, Twitter, YouTube to remove terrorist content

The European Union is becoming the champion of digital privacy, safety, and fair play, whether you like it or not. And some companies definitely don’t. After the still controversial GDPR and its high-profile fine of Google for its monopoly over Android, the European Commission, the EU’s legal body, is turning its sights on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. The body may start fining these platforms if they are unable to delete online terrorist propaganda within an hour after they have been flagged.

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DOJ asks Facebook to help it snoop on encrypted voice chats

DOJ asks Facebook to help it snoop on encrypted voice chats

The Department of Justice wants Facebook to give it access to encrypted voice chats as part of a criminal probe, according to a new report. The issue revolves around Messenger and its encrypted chats feature, which users can manually enable for specific conversations. The DOJ is reportedly seeking access to voice conservations made with the app.

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Facebook Messenger Kids update lets kids add their own friends

Facebook Messenger Kids update lets kids add their own friends

Facebook is updating its Messenger Kids apps with a new feature that enables kids to add their own friends...with permission, that is. The app is a variation of Facebook Messenger designed for children, enabling parents to control every aspect of the experience. Until now, only parents could add friends for kids, but now there's a second option.

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