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Facebook API bug exposed photos of millions of users

Facebook API bug exposed photos of millions of users

Facebook's seemingly never-ending string of privacy and security scandals continues today. The company has announced a security flaw in its photo API that has affected as many as 6.8 million users. This bug potentially exposed user photos to apps that use the photo API, even in some cases impacting photos that were never posted.

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Instagram is testing new accounts for influencers and celebrities

Instagram is testing new accounts for influencers and celebrities

As it stands, high-profile Instagram users have an experience that's pretty much the same as an average user's. That may not be the case for much longer, as Instagram has revealed that it's testing new "creator accounts" for celebrities, influencers, or pretty much anyone with a substantial following on the platform. These new account will give those creators more insight into how their content performs on the social media site.

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Instagram rolls out direct short voice messaging option for all users

Instagram rolls out direct short voice messaging option for all users

Instagram is rolling out voice messaging support to all users across the globe, the company has confirmed. With the new feature, which was first tipped earlier this year, users are able to easily send brief voice messages to another user privately, a feature already available on Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

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Facebook expands Stories feature to all Groups

Facebook expands Stories feature to all Groups

Facebook has announced that its Stories feature is now available to all Groups on its platform across the globe. The new availability is an expansion of the support Facebook launched in a limited fashion earlier this year. With it, any Group member can create stories to share with the community and react to other users' group stories.

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F8 2019 dates and details released in lifeless gray

F8 2019 dates and details released in lifeless gray

Today F8 2019, the Facebook developer conference for the year 2019, was revealed in basic detail. We know now that the event will indeed proceed as previously suggested, and that it'll take place in San Jose, California. This event will take place on April 30th and on May 1st, 2019.

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Facebook makes saved Collections shareable for holiday gift giving

Facebook makes saved Collections shareable for holiday gift giving

Facebook has packed in a lot of features over the years, and many of them seem to have been forgotten just as quickly as they appeared. Today, the company is announcing that it's dusting off once of its older features, Collections, and updating it for the gift giving season. If you previously didn't know what Collections were, you certainly aren't alone, so you can consider this your official introduction to the feature.

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Tumblr adult content banned in high-risk strategy

Tumblr adult content banned in high-risk strategy

Tumblr just announced they'd be banning adult content completely on the 17th of December, 2018. Efforts to remove adult content from Tumblr will be largely automated - so there's room for mistakes. As such, as a Tumblr user, you might want to familiarize yourself with the process of appeals.

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Facebook’s Sandberg suggested George Soros research: Why it matters

Facebook’s Sandberg suggested George Soros research: Why it matters

Today a bit more clarification of recent events at Facebook puts COO Sheryl Sandberg back in the limelight. Not that she was ever out - Zuckerberg, Sandberg, and Facebook head of communications and policy Elliot Schrage have been at the center of recent controversy since well before Thanksgiving. Todays news has to do with George Soros and a speech he made at Davos in January of 2018.

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Facebook may soon let users ban certain words, phrases, and emoji

Facebook may soon let users ban certain words, phrases, and emoji

Facebook will soon allow users to block certain phrases, words, and emoji from their news feed, a new leak claims. The move would better equip users with the ability to eliminate abuse and negativity from their online social experience, and may help brands address spam comments. The system is allegedly designed so that impacted commenters wouldn't know their comment was blocked.

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Facebook expands local news with government alerts test

Facebook expands local news with government alerts test

Facebook plans to make it easier for its users to access local news from their communities and cities. This content will be presented under the new "Today In" section on Facebook, where users can find local news potentially supplemented by news from surrounding regions. As well, Facebook says it will be testing government alerts targeted at specific communities.

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Facebook Gaming adds charity livestream support for US creators

Facebook Gaming adds charity livestream support for US creators

Facebook Gaming, the social network's gaming hub, has announced new support for charity livestreams. The tools are made available for gaming creator streams broadcasted on the platform, enabling them to present a donation goal, display a donation progress bar, and present viewers with overlaid alerts whenever a new donation is made.

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Top 10 Instagram users as of November 2018

Top 10 Instagram users as of November 2018

Today we're taking a peek at an interesting statistic from Instagram, one of the world's most popular social networks. Instagram stands alone on the web as a photo-centric app that allows celebrities to get up close and personal with fans - so to speak. While Twitter remains the best place to scream about politics, and Facebook is best for sharing photos with your mother, Instagram seems to be the place celebrities stake their claim over fans on the web.

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