At the moment, most of the major tech companies have their own digital voice assistants. Amazon has Alexa, Apple has Siri, Google has Google Assistant, Microsoft has Cortana, and Samsung has Bixby. Unsurprisingly, Facebook now wants in on the action and according to a report from CNBC, they have heard from their sources that the company is indeed developing its own voice assistant software.
Facebook Messenger does allow peer-to-peer payments but that’s no longer going to be possible in two major markets. The company has confirmed that it’s going to discontinue peer-to-peer Messenger payments in the United Kingdom and France later this year. It says that active users will be notified of the change in due course.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that Facebook was testing out a dark mode for its Messenger app. It was later revealed that users could “secretly” enable the feature with a trick, but the good news is that if you can appreciate dark mode on your apps, Facebook has announced that the feature is now live to all users.
Facebook appears to be testing a new way to view content in your News Feed and Stories on the social network. It may merge content from the two sources in a single, hybrid carousel that’s swipeable. So swiping will essentially replace scrolling on Facebook.
Facebook-owned Oculus has confirmed that “tens of thousands” of its Touch controllers were shipped with hidden messages inscribed on internal components. These messages were only supposed to be easter eggs on internal prototypes but they ended up making their way on non-prototype editions that were shipped to customers.
For the second time within a month, Facebook’s three core services were down yet again. Reports starting coming in early this morning that Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram were down for users in several parts of the world. Users were unable to message each other and it was also not possible to load new content.
Facebook unbundled Messenger from its main social media app and offered it as a standalone app but if a new discovery is anything to go by, it appears that Messenger could return to Facebook proper. This feature is currently being tested and would thus allow users to just use a single app to access both Facebook and its messaging platform.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced at the company’s F8 developers’ conference last year that a “Clear History” tool would be offered to users. It would allow them to delete their account history. The tool was supposed to be released last year but it was delayed to “spring 2019.” The company has now confirmed that it has been delayed once again.
Facebook has taken considerable steps to address the flow of misinformation on its platform over the past few years. Its strategy has involved removing the content that violates its policies, reducing the spread of problematic content which doesn’t violate policies, and informing people with additional information about what they click, read or share. It will now reduce the reach of groups that repeatedly share misinformation.
Your memory could continue to live on Facebook even after you’ve passed. The social network allows the creation of memorialized profiles of people who have died. It’s now expanding that functionality by adding a new tributes section to the pages. This would enable friends and family members of the deceased to continue posting memories of the departed on their pages.
Usually when you sign up for a new online service and you’re required to activate your account, all you need to do is click on an activation link and you’re good to go. Unfortunately, for some reason, Facebook has decided to demand the passwords to the email accounts that new users are using to sign up for the service.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that the world’s largest social network may get a dedicated tab for “high-quality news” this year. While this section will be free for Facebook users, Zuckerberg has hinted that publishers might be paid to feature their content in this dedicated news tab.
The News Feed is at the center of your Facebook experience. You can endlessly scroll it to find posts from your friends, Pages that you follow, and groups that you’re a member of. Sometimes, you might see posts in News Feed and wonder why you’re seeing it when it doesn’t interest you at all. Facebook is always working to improve News Feeds’ personalization for each user and the company is […]
Footage of the deadly terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand was streamed live on Facebook two weeks ago. There have been a lot of questions since then about the reaction to that from social media platforms like Facebook. The company’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has written a letter to the NZ Herald highlighting some of the actions that Facebook will take going forward. The letter mentions that the company […]