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This Chrome extension flags fake news on Facebook

This Chrome extension flags fake news on Facebook

Facebook's fake news problem has a lot of people riled, and it's an issue worth addressing. As we've detailed before, many people get their news primarily through the social network, and so failing to sift out the questionable and fake stories paves the way for a public misinformed about many topics. Here to help address the problem is a new Chrome extension that flags those questionable or outright fake news articles in your timeline, making it easier to avoid poor content.

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How I left the Echo Chamber: Part I – Disabling Facebook News

How I left the Echo Chamber: Part I – Disabling Facebook News

Earlier this year I disabled Facebook's News section because of its highly filtered way of doing business. As a writer it's important that I see the internet in as pure a fashion as possible. I don't often visit Facebook for much other than to share photos of my family and friends and to converse with my family and friends. But this news section drew my eye and showed me how terrible the viral nature of "News" sharing was today - so I shut it off completely.

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Facebook begins testing Messenger Rooms for public chatting

Facebook begins testing Messenger Rooms for public chatting

Longtime users of Facebook's various chatting and messaging services may remember Rooms, the feature that debuted in 2014 that allowed users to create public rooms based on interests or topics where people can discuss and form communities. While the service never really caught on, the social media giant appears to be giving it another shot as Messenger Rooms, with a new public trial launching in Canada and Australia for Android devices.

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Facebook announces changes to controversial “ethnic affinity” marketing

Facebook announces changes to controversial “ethnic affinity” marketing

It would appear that Facebook has taken criticisms over what it calls "ethnic affinity" in its marketing options for advertisers to heart. A few weeks after those criticisms began sprouting up, Facebook has detailed a plan on how it will change things. The changes were announced in a blog post published by the company earlier this morning.

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Facebook Flash takes on Snapchat in emerging markets

Facebook Flash takes on Snapchat in emerging markets

Facebook has recently become more aggressive in its expansion into other territories, particularly those already held by bigger names in that area. Facebook Workplace struck at Slack even before Microsoft got its Teams out the door. Facebook was recently reported to be aiming for LinkedIn as well. Heck, it is even taking a stab at Valve’s Steam with Facebook Gameroom. And now, it is again trying to wrest the crown from Snapchat, for the third time already. But this time, Facebook Flash is treading where Snapchat might have difficulty walking into: Internet-constrained markets.

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Facebook aims to become LinkedIn for job listings

Facebook aims to become LinkedIn for job listings

We're getting wind of more Facebook features today, and these new ones center around the beloved job search. Facebook has confirmed that it is testing job posting features for business pages, giving users the opportunity to apply for those jobs without ever having to leave the site. Should these roll out on a wider scale, Facebook's implementation could do a lot to threaten other networks like LinkedIn.

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Facebook testing Messenger ‘instant games’ for playing with friends

Facebook testing Messenger ‘instant games’ for playing with friends

Facebook introduced a couple games in Messenger in recent months, including one related to basketball and another related to soccer. As it turns out, both those games were experiments for a larger project called ‘Instant Games,’ at least per new sources who have cropped up, and we’ll be getting more games in the future. Instant Games may be rolling out in Facebook Messenger this month, the sources say, though it may end up launching at a later date. With it, Messenger users can play easily accessible games with their friends, perhaps drawing more people to the service.

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Facebook will begin testing ads on Apple TV and Roku devices

Facebook will begin testing ads on Apple TV and Roku devices

If you thought Facebook already has enough presence on the screens of your various devices, get ready for one more: the TV. The social network behemoth is gearing up to expand its ever-growing advertising network with a test that will run video ads within certain apps on the Apple TV and Roku set-top boxes. The tests could start as early as next week, but there's no word yet on a pre-determined video length.

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Facebook’s racial exclusion ad feature prompts concerns

Facebook’s racial exclusion ad feature prompts concerns

Late last week, a report surfaced revealing that Facebook enables advertisers to exclude certain people based on race. With this feature, advertisers can make sure their advertisements are only seen by certain people — only whites, for example — while excluding others including Asians, Hispanics, and African Americans. The feature is available for advertisements that can't legally make those exclusions.

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Facebook Gameroom takes a page from Steam’s book

Facebook Gameroom takes a page from Steam’s book

There was a time when people predicted, wished, or even dreaded, that Facebook represented the future of gaming. After all, hit, addictive titles like Farmville, Diner Dash, and Candy Crush Saga were all born and, for a limited time, exclusive to it. But mobile gaming proved those prophecies wrong and gaming on Facebook was left with nothing but a shell of itself. With PC gaming seemingly picking up steam again, partly thanks to VR, Facebook decided it was time to rekindle old flames. But this time it’s doing things differently. This time, it has Facebook Gameroom, which is practically Facebook gaming, without the Facebook.

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Here’s how the White House will transfer POTUS social media accounts

Here’s how the White House will transfer POTUS social media accounts

Regardless of who's elected next week, in January the US will see a new transfer of presidential power. There's something different about this particular transfer of power, though, as it will be happening in the social media age. President Obama is the first president to utilize social media heavily, so what happens to all of those social media accounts when he has to hand off executive power to his successor?

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Facebook doubles down on Snapchat cloning with camera filters, vanishing messages

Facebook doubles down on Snapchat cloning with camera filters, vanishing messages

It seems this week's addition of Halloween-themed masks to Facebook Live was just the beginning Zuckerberg & Co.'s "borrowing" from Snapchat — actually, I guess Instagram Stories was the first step, but who's counting? Now the blue social network behemoth is moving on to Snapchat's main features: camera filters and effects within its main app, along with disappearing messages.

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