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Facebook Messenger commits to trimming the fat in 2018

Facebook Messenger commits to trimming the fat in 2018

These days, Facebook Messenger is a service attempting to wear many hats. Over the past couple of years, we've seen Facebook pack Messenger with a bunch of different features, whether that's processing payments or playing games with friends. While some of those services are good, feature creep has caused the Messenger we use today to feel a little bloated.

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Facebook plans major News Feed change: more friends, less brands and media

Facebook plans major News Feed change: more friends, less brands and media

Facebook has just announced that it will be introducing a 'major change' to the News Feed, presenting more content from people you know and less public content from brands, media and more. These changes started to a certain degree last year, and they will increase in the following months, the ultimate goal being that Facebook wants to "encourage meaningful interactions between people." Company CEO Mark Zuckerberg detailed these plans in a long post.

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Facebook Portal video chat device tipped to take on Amazon Echo

Facebook Portal video chat device tipped to take on Amazon Echo

Facebook is about to launch a hardware product called Portal, according to a new report, to take on Amazon and its Echo devices. Portal, at least unofficially, is a video chat device for homes that makes video chatting a simple task. Facebook's hardware won't be announced at CES 2018, the sources say, instead being slated for an early May unveiling with a launch date later on this year.

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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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Twitter says why it won’t ban Trump and other world leaders

Twitter says why it won’t ban Trump and other world leaders

When it comes to people who repeatedly break Twitter rules, few are as notable as President Trump himself, who was once briefly (and kinda-sorta accidentally) suspended from the service for a few minutes. Trump is known for his boisterous, sometimes irate, often reckless, tweets; many have called for Twitter to ban him, but the service has so far refused. Until now, it has mostly stayed quiet on its reasons for letting Trump's account remain.

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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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Snapchat will be basically unavoidable with Stories Everywhere

Snapchat will be basically unavoidable with Stories Everywhere

It isn't exactly easy to be a social media network here in a crowded 2017, and that's especially true when Facebook owns the competition. Throughout the year, Facebook has been launching new features for Instagram, turning the app into its own little version of Snapchat. This, of course, is bad news for Snapchat itself, as it has been significantly lagging behind Instagram in terms of user numbers for some time now.

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CNN kills its daily Snapchat news show ‘The Update’ after 4 months

CNN kills its daily Snapchat news show ‘The Update’ after 4 months

While Snapchat, as an app, continues to be a hit among millennial social media users, as a platform for more traditional forms of media it continues to be a gamble. News outlet CNN has revealed that it's pulling the plug on The Update, its daily news program that it launched on Snapchat's Discover section just four months ago. The show offered a brief daily recap of the network's biggest news from around the world.

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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 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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