Facebook considers returning Messenger to main app

Posted on April 15, 2019

Social networking giant Facebook is considering reintegrating its standalone messaging app Messenger back into the main Facebook app.

The feature is currently being tested and (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Facebook to share news feed algorithm details

Posted on April 3, 2019

According to reports from the BBC, social networking site Facebook has stated that it will be launching a new feature that will explain how the company’s algorithms decide which posts and stories to display in a user’s news feed.

The new feature will take the form of a button that will pose the question “Why am I seeing this post?” to curious users, and upon activating the feature, it will indicate to the user what activities on the site prompted the site’s algorithms to show a particular post.

This is the first Facebook has given its users the opportunity to access this information directly within the app and on the desktop version of the site.

In the past, along with the likes of rival network Twitter and Google-owned video site YouTube, Facebook has been criticised for using these algorithms to recommend various types of content to its users without explaining how it came to presenting that particular post.

The social site explained in a blog post that the new feature has already become available to some UK users as of March 31st, with the feature being fully rolled out by May 2nd.

The button will be located in the dropdown menu appearing at in the top right corner of each individual post within the news feed, with the menu being represented with the ‘three dots’ or ellipsis symbol.

The tool itself will offer users insights, including informing users that they have been interacting with posts containing photos more than any other type of media.

Furthermore, Facebook has announced that it will also be adding more detailed information to the advertising version of this tool, “Why am I seeing this ad?”, which has appeared in the dropdown menu alongside adverts on the site since 2014. Facebook will now let its users know whether details on their profiles matched details found on the advertiser’s database.

This feature already revealed to users whether some of their online activity, such as the location where they connected to the site, was being used by advertisers to target specific ads at them.

Facebook has said that these updates form part of the company’s ongoing commitment to giving its users more control and context across the site. It has been under intense scrutiny in the past year or so after a number of privacy scandals, data breaches and fake news allegations.

Posted by Alan Littler

Facebook exposes millions of passwords internally

Posted on March 25, 2019

It has been reported that the passwords of hundreds of millions of Facebook users were made accessible to as many as 20,000 employees of the social site.

Brian Krebs, a security researcher, was the first to break the news about the data protection failure, which has seen the passwords of up to 600 million users stored as (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Facebook close to launching own cryptocurrency

Posted on March 4, 2019

According to rumours, social networking giant Facebook is close to launching its own cryptocurrency to rival the likes of Bitcoin, and it could be on the cards for later this year.

The New York Times has reported that a clandestine team of approximately 50 Facebook developers have been working on its cryptocurrency projects. The company has been (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

MPs state Facebook needs regulation to combat fake news

Posted on February 21, 2019

British MPs have said that social media site Facebook is in need of much stricter regulation and that the platform needs to take urgent action to stop the spread of fake news on the site.

Posted by Alan Littler

Germany tells Facebook to restrict data collection

Posted on February 15, 2019

The German competitions regulation, the Federal Cartel Office (FCO), has ordered social networking site Facebook to considerably restrict the ways it collects and combines user data, unless consent is specifically given by the user.

Posted by Alan Littler

Twitter announces greater profits but users continue to drop

Posted on February 11, 2019

Social networking site Twitter has recently announced that it has made another profit in the final quarter of 2018.

Posted by Alan Littler

‘Unsending’ and ‘untweeting’ – new opportunities or a can of worms?

Posted on February 7, 2019

In the age of word processing and digital media, we’re used to being able to go back and correct mistakes quickly and easily, but social media doesn’t always make it easy. However, the last few days have seen discussion of editing or retracting posts crop up on two popular social media platforms.


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