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Facebook Messenger’s new native camera offers Snapchat-like effects

Facebook Messenger’s new native camera offers Snapchat-like effects

Facebook has announced a new native camera in Messenger, and it takes another page out of Snapchat’s book. With this new native camera, users can take a selfie featuring special effects not unlike the ones found on Snapchat. The camera also comes alongside new art features for writing and drawing directly on your selfies, which are then, of course, shared with other Facebook Messenger users.

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Here’s Facebook’s plan for fighting fake news

Here’s Facebook’s plan for fighting fake news

It isn't exactly a secret that Facebook has a fake news problem. Facebook came under fire during and after this year's US election for the amount of fake news that spread throughout the site, and it wasn't long after that it announced plans to try to combat such stories. Today we're getting our first look at what Facebook will do to combat the spread of fake news on its site.

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Amid war with Snapchat, Instagram hits 600 million users

Amid war with Snapchat, Instagram hits 600 million users

There's been a lot of talk about Snapchat and the threat it poses to Instagram, but Instagram's latest user numbers show that it's still going strong. Instagram, which is a Facebook subsidiary, announced today that it has 600 million users. That's an impressive number, and quite a few more than Snapchat can boast.

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Facebook plans to launch original scripted, unscripted, and sports shows

Facebook plans to launch original scripted, unscripted, and sports shows

Facebook plans to offer original content on its platform soon, the social network has revealed, the variety of which may include many genres and types, including sports-related video, game shows, and scripted shows. Details are still slight at this time, so we don’t have any ideas about what kind of shows may be in the pipeline, nor when we’ll see them arrive on the platform. However, it is suggested that Facebook is talking with others about licensing various videos.

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Giroptic iO 360-degree camera is designed for Facebook and YouTube Live

Giroptic iO 360-degree camera is designed for Facebook and YouTube Live

Giroptic iO is a new 360 degree camera that has debuted and is designed specifically to make it easy for users to get live 360 video onto social media platforms. The camera is small and compact with a design meant specifically for attaching to the iPhone or iPad. One of the biggest features of the camera is that it supports live streaming with fully immersive 360 video.

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Facebook Parents Portal taps parents to help stop online bullying

Facebook Parents Portal taps parents to help stop online bullying

Facebook has announced the launch of a new Parents Portal aimed at informing parents and enabling them to keep their kids safe online. The portal includes primers on the social network itself, such as how sharing and posting works, as well as tips on discussing Internet safety with kids, advice from experts and resources for parents, and easy access to the help center’s privacy and security checkups, as well as a link to suicide hotlines.

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Instagram launches live videos in US – here’s how to use it

Instagram launches live videos in US – here’s how to use it

Instagram's live videos are going live for all users in the US today. We've known about this feature for a little while - first in an October leak that got to steep on its own for a while before Instagram confirmed that live videos were in the works. Today, live videos are being rolled out as part of the Stories feature.

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Fake News is old news but here’s what we can do to stop it

Fake News is old news but here’s what we can do to stop it

The Internet is without a doubt one of the most powerful things man has ever invented. It has made the world a smaller place, at least digitally, and has made it easy for any voice to be heard. Almost too easy. It has made spreading false or inaccurate information as easy as clicking “Retweet” or “Re-post”. Coupled with a culture of instant gratification, that has become a recipe for disaster. That disaster has a new name this year, and it’s called “Fake News”. Sadly, Fake news is actually nothing new, aside from the now more severe geopolitical implications. The good news, it can be beaten. The bad news is, it requires undoing the fortunately still young culture of mindless reading and sharing on the Web.

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Facebook Android app adds HD video upload support

Facebook Android app adds HD video upload support

Facebook is making a change that lots of people out there will be thrilled to hear. Support for HD video uploading is finally coming to the Facebook app for Android users. This is something that many Android users have been bitter about lacking for a while as the iOS app has offered a toggle for uploading HD videos for a long time.

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Facebook bug has old updates and photos reposted as new

Facebook bug has old updates and photos reposted as new

Facebook seems to be once again digging up the past for its users, but not quite in an intended way like the Year In Review video feature. A large number of users on Friday began noting how random photos and updates from months prior began reappearing on their timelines, but with new timestamps making them look like they were just shared. Turns out the cause is an annoying bug on the social network, and while it's not known how widespread it is, Facebook says it's looking into the issue.

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Facebook custom picture frames go live for videos and photos

Facebook custom picture frames go live for videos and photos

Facebook has rolled out the ability to create custom picture frames for videos and photos posted on the social network. Unlike pre-made frames that are used by everyone, this new feature enables users to create their own unique frame for their own videos and artwork. The move follows the trend set by a certain other app, enabling users to better modify and adorn their own content and, perhaps, making Facebook a touch more enticing in the process.

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The big problems with Facebook Messenger Instant Games

The big problems with Facebook Messenger Instant Games

In case you missed the news, games are now included on the ever-growing list of Facebook Messenger features. There are a lot of them, too, with arcade classics such as Arkanoid and PAC-MAN joining newer titles like Bust-A-Move Blitz and Words with Friends: Frenzy. It's frankly an excellent idea that makes Messenger more attractive as a chatting platform, but it's not without some glaring flaws at this early stage.

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