Category: Facebook

Report: Tinder’s new panic button is sharing your data with Facebook and YouTube


Last year, an investigation by ProPublica, BuzzFeed, and Columbia Journalism Investigations found more than 150 instances of sexual assault involving dating apps. Approximately 10 percent involved users being matched with dates who had previously been accused or convicted of sexual assault. Last week, Tinder took a small step to give users a peace of mind when meeting up with someone: Introducing a “panic button” — this feature shares a users exact location and connects them with local emergency services in the event of feeling unsafe or in danger. While the dating app could do more to ensure a convicted sexual…

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How to set up a birthday fundraiser on Facebook


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. One of Facebook’s most subtly ingenious features is the birthday fundraiser. It prompts users to set one up on or near their birthday to raise money for various nonprofits — essentially capitalizing on the moment when everyone on your Facebook list suddenly remembers you exist to generate some social good. The company launched the feature in 2017. Originally Facebook collected a fee from the money raised, but it no longer does. So whatever your friends,…

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Sundar Pichai offers a cryptic warning against over-regulating AI


Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet, wants the world’s governments to regulate artificial intelligence. In an opinion piece published in the Financial Times over the weekend, the big tech boss says: Now there is no question in my mind that artificial intelligence needs to be regulated. It is too important not to. Pichai‘s op-ed reads like a preemptive strike. It begins with an appeal to his status as an everyday person. He discusses his love for technology dating back to his childhood before immediately moving on to all the good that Google‘s doing: Just this…

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Facebook has reportedly shelved its plans to show ads on WhatsApp


Good news! Facebook is dropping its plans to show ads on its popular messaging service WhatsApp. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, WhatsApp disbanded the team working on integrating ads on to the platform recently; even the code related to the project was deleted from the app. When Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014 for $19 billion, Mark Zuckerberg said the company won’t push to introduce ads in the chat app. In 2016, the social media giant began sharing some user data from WhatsApp to Facebook for better ad targeting. It also planned to introduce ads in the platform…

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Facebook now sends you a notification when you log in to third-party sites


Facebook today revealed a new login feature that actually tells you info you’re volunteering. Considering how much info Facebook both keeps and distributes on its users, I can see this coming in handy for lots of users. The new feature is called, appropriately, Login Notifications, and it sends you an in-app notification and email whenever you log or re-log into a third-party app using your Facebook credentials. The notification informs you clearly what information you’re sharing with the site you logged into, and offers a handy button to the settings menu if you want to remove access. It’s a small…

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Facebook is reportedly planning to launch TikTok competitor in India by May


Facebook might launch its ambitious app Lasso to fight off TikTok in India this year. According to a report from Entrackr, the social network giant is planning to launch the short video app by mid-year. The American tech company launched Lasso in the US in 2018 and later introduced it to Mexico last year. According to app analytics company Sensor Tower, the app has been downloaded nearly half a million times in the US and over 2.2 million times in Mexico.  Facebook would sure want to attract some of India’s 627 million internet users. TikTok has been quite successful in India…

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Facebook won’t budge on fake political ad censorship


Facebook today released a blog post detailing its ad policy, in which it essentially refused to bow to pressure to regulate political ads on its platform. It did offer to let people opt out of political ads in general, but there is a catch. Facebook has taken heat from just about everybody over its decision to do basically nothing about its political ads. Its policy could best be described as the company taking its collective hands off the wheel — and if we, the users, were fooled by a lie or a misleading fact in a political ad, then that…

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Facebook vows to crack down on ‘misleading’ deepfakes


Facebook today announced it will ban misleading manipulated media — including Photoshopped images and deepfakes. This announcement comes right on time, ahead of the upcoming US presidential elections this year.  The declaration of the new policy comes just before Monika Bickert, Vice President, Global Policy Management, is set to testify against the House Energy and Commerce consumer protection subcommittee tomorrow to discuss how the platform will tackle manipulative media. The social network will remove media from its platform if it satisfies any of these two criteria: It has been edited or synthesized – beyond adjustments for clarity or quality – in…

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Facebook is reportedly working on its own OS now


Facebook is reportedly building an operating system, reports The Information. It isn’t immediately clear exactly where it will be deployed, but the project could help the company move away from using Android to power its hardware. The company presently uses a modified version of Android on its Portal line of video calling devices, as well as its Oculus VR headsets. Andrew Bosworth, who heads up hardware at Facebook, told The Information, “We really want to make sure the next generation has space for us. We don’t think we can trust the marketplace or competitors to ensure that’s the case. And…

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267 million Facebook users’ data has reportedly been leaked


Comparitech and security researcher Bob Diachenko have uncovered a database containing more than 267 million Facebook users’ data that was left exposed online, with not even a password preventing unauthorized access to it. The Elasticsearch cluster contained user IDs, phone numbers, and names of mostly US-based users. According to Diachenko, who examined the evidence, the data likely came from “an illegal scraping operation or Facebook API abuse by criminals in Vietnam.” It was left exposed for nearly two weeks starting December 4, and is now unavailable – but not before it was allegedly shared as a download on a hacker…

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