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U.S. orders ‘mandatory social media check’ for some visa applicants

U.S. orders ‘mandatory social media check’ for some visa applicants

The U.S. government has ordered a mandatory social media check for some visa applicants, according to a new leak, as well as well as more strenuous screening for applicants identified as ‘warranting increased scrutiny.’ Sources claim the orders were made by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and that the social media checks apply to individuals who are coming from places under ISIS control.

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Facebook Live can now stream from computers

Facebook Live can now stream from computers

Live streaming is the in thing in social networking these days. In yesteryears, it was mostly a space dominated by gamers and the now Amazon-owned Twitch.tv. Nowadays, everyone with a smartphone and a good connection can start flooding the Interwebs with their personal streams. Almost coming full circle, live streaming is making a comeback to desktops and laptop. Facebook has just announced that its Live streaming function is now available on more traditional computing devices, giving streamers a bit more power and flexibility in exchange for the loss of mobility.

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EU orders Facebook, Google, Twitter to protect users from scams

EU orders Facebook, Google, Twitter to protect users from scams

Trying to fight consumer fraud on the internet as a whole is a never-ending battle due to its nature as an open system. Social media platforms, however, can be more directly controlled, with companies having the power to curb widespread scams. That's the way the EU feels, as regulators have ordered Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other social media networks to take steps to protect consumers from scams.

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Twitch launches new desktop app for game streaming

Twitch launches new desktop app for game streaming

Soon you'll be able to experience Twitch from a native desktop app rather than a browser window. The game broadcasting/streaming platform has announced it's launching the aptly titled Twitch Desktop App, allowing users to access the service's core features and more, including watching streams, participating in chats, and private messaging. This comes just days after Twitch unveiled Pulse, its own take on a Twitter-like feed of updates.

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Facebook testing Dislike button, reactions in Messenger

Facebook testing Dislike button, reactions in Messenger

Facebook may finally be giving users one of their most long-desired features: a Dislike button. There's a catch, however. It's not exactly turning up in form that users have asked for — as a response in the News Feed — instead it may be coming to Messenger, along with the already popular reactions. The social network has confirmed that it's testing the two features within its Messenger platform, but only on a limited basis for now.

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Facebook’s next focus: ‘bringing us all together as a global community’

Facebook’s next focus: ‘bringing us all together as a global community’

Facebook has detailed its next focus, one building upon the foundation of the company’s original focus: ‘bringing us all together as a global community.’ This isn’t a one-company job, Facebook acknowledges, saying the task is bigger than any single organization. Still, the social network aims to do its part by providing a social infrastructure designed for community, for a global community, that’ll serve as a base station of sorts for civic engagement, information, and more.

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Facebook videos now play sound by default: How to turn it off

Facebook videos now play sound by default: How to turn it off

Facebook's update this week turns Facebook News Feed video sound on by default - so we've got to turn it back off again. While Facebook assures users that they've done testing with sound on by default with the social network's News Feed. They say their testing suggests that feedback for sound on by default was received positively. But JUST in case there's anyone out there who'd rather not hear videos without tapping, we've laid out here how to turn it off.

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Facebook details tougher advert policies to pacify businesses

Facebook details tougher advert policies to pacify businesses

Haunted by Snapchat's Millennial-targeted adverts, and hounded by advertisers reluctant to pay for skipped or silent commercials, Facebook is hoping new transparency will keep the promo cash flowing. The social network's billion-plus audience is still overshadowed by its confession last year that it had been over-counting advertising views. Now, it's getting more granular and promising more to businesses who want to know exactly what they're getting for their money.

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Zuckerberg shows Oculus gloves for ultra-sensitive VR control

Zuckerberg shows Oculus gloves for ultra-sensitive VR control

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared a series of photos from Oculus this afternoon, showing off a next-generation innovations well before release. This place goes by the name of Oculus Research and can be found in Redmond, Washington. This department is led by former Valve gaming head Michael Abrash and is responsible for handling such oddities as the VR-friendly gloves in the photo here with Zuckerberg slinging VR webs like Spider-Man.

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Facebook News Feed now sifts fake news in favor of ‘authentic content’

Facebook News Feed now sifts fake news in favor of ‘authentic content’

Facebook has been criticized by some for failing to address the issue of fake news in any significant way, and such criticism has spurred the social network into action. According to the company, it has pushed out a pair of News Feed updates that ‘incorporate new signals’ for spotting and ranking so-called authentic content, as well as adding a new way to determine in real time whether a post is relevant to an individual user.

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Facebook set-top-box TV video app tipped in development

Facebook set-top-box TV video app tipped in development

Facebook is actively developing an app for set-top-boxes, according to sources, with the aim of bringing video content from its platform to the average living room. This video content would include, assuming reports are correct, long-form video with the same quality as what you currently get on television. The move will enable Facebook to pursue television advertisement revenue.

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Snapchat update 10 is here (and you’re gonna need it)

Snapchat update 10 is here (and you’re gonna need it)

This morning the official Snapchat app was updated for both Android and iOS. Seemingly spurred into action by the oncoming waves of update movement from services like Instagram, developers are Snapchat have delivered a quality update of their own. As a number of our readers using the Android version of Snapchat have attested, this update makes all the difference.

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