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Facebook opens analytics and FbStart to developers of the 34,000 bots on Messenger

Facebook has been putting a big effort into growing Messenger as a bot platform this year. Now there are 34,000 of these bots in existence, built to automatically feed you news and entertainment, let you shop, and more — expanding Messenger’s use beyond simple chats with friends. And today, that strategy is getting a significant boost: Facebook says it will now […]

Zuckerberg claims 99% of Facebook posts “authentic,” denies fake news there influenced election

In case you missed it, last night Mark Zuckerberg published a response to accusations that “fake news” on Facebook influenced the outcome of the U.S. election, and helped Donald Trump to win. The CEO claimed that at least 99% of news content on Facebook was “authentic.” Zuckerberg wrote: “Of all the content on Facebook, more than 99% of what […]

Secret is coming back

Secret, the anonymous sharing app developed by David Byttow and Chrys Bader-Wechseler, looks to be on its way to resurrection. The app was part of a wave of anonymous apps like Whisper and YikYak but shut down April 2015 after facing a lot of criticism over privacy and cyberbullying. Secret allowed anyone to post snippets of […]

Facebook Messenger launches its public group chat feature “Rooms” in select markets

Facebook’s experiment with semi-anonymous social networking centered around interests, via a standalone app called Rooms, failed. But the learnings from that earlier experiment have now popped up in Facebook’s Messenger application as a new feature called Rooms, which is rolling out now in select markets. The limited launch is meant to serve as a test […]

Facebook will disable “ethnic affinity” targeting for housing, employment and credit-related ads

It may be tough to remember given all the discussion about the role that Facebook’s News Feed may have played in getting Donald Trump elected, but the company was also criticized recently for its “ethnic affinity” ad targeting. Today, Facebook announced that it’s making some changes. The targeting allows advertisers to focus on users whose Facebook activity indicates an […]

Facebook admits it must do more to stop the spread of misinformation on its platform

Facebook has responded to widespread criticism of how its Newsfeed algorithm disseminates and amplifies misinformation in the wake of the Trump victory in the US presidential election yesterday. Multiple commentators were quick to point a finger of blame at Facebook’s role in the election campaign, arguing the tech giant has been hugely irresponsible given the […]

Rigged

The Facebook bubble just popped. Half the country today is still in shock. Reality crashed down and many were presented with a world that didn’t match up with the one they’ve inhabited in the months leading up to the U.S. election. As it turns out, that was Facebook’s world. The social media network has become an outsize […]

Facebook-WhatsApp data sharing now on pause in UK at regulator’s request

A controversial decision this summer by Facebook-owned messaging giant WhatsApp to share data on its users with its parent company — including for advertising purposes — continues to attract the ire of European regulators. Now Facebook has agree to pause data sharing in the UK, following an investigation by data protection watchdog, the ICO. In a strongly worded blog post detailing how […]

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