While Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram are very different platforms from each other, over the years, we’ve seen how Facebook has attempted to try and introduce similar features to each of its products. For example, Stories is one of those features where we’ve seen it applied across all three apps.
Earlier this week it was revealed that Facebook for iOS had a bug in which for some reason, activated the user’s camera behind the scenes without their knowledge. Given the various conspiracy theories about Facebook spying on users and listening to them through their microphones, it certainly did not do the company any favors.
The concept of mobile payments isn’t new and we’re seeing a lot of competition in the market today. In fact, several years ago, Facebook attempted to get in on mobile payments in the form of Facebook Messenger Payments, where users could send money to each other over the Messenger platform.
There has been a longstanding conspiracy theory that suggests that Facebook is somehow listening and spying on its users through the microphone and/or camera of the smartphone that it is installed on. After all, how would one otherwise explain how uncannily accurate the ads are, especially since we just talked about it with our friends, right?
Facebook has come under fire in recent times over various privacy-related scandals, leading to some to call upon other users to delete their Facebook accounts. However, in a pretty strange twist, it seems that researchers at Facebook have managed to develop an AI system that is capable of “hiding” people from facial recognition systems.
At the moment, Facebook’s News Feed consists of posts from everything. This includes posts from friends, colleagues, family members, and pages and groups that you have joined or Liked. Facebook has attempted to use algorithms to try and make it as relevant as possible, but given that it contains just about everything, it can get messy.
Fake news can be a huge problem these days in this day and age of social media. This is because of how fast social media posts can spread where they can be shared and reshared hundreds, if not thousands of times in very little time. Of course, not everyone sharing fake news is doing it on purpose.
Last week, it was reported that Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency lost one of the companies that initially supported it. This came in the form of PayPal who decided to back out of the cryptocurrency. However, it seems that Libra could be in serious trouble because it looks like more founding companies are withdrawing their support as well.
If you’re not comfortable with Facebook knowing your location even when the app is closed, here’s how you can turn off background location tracking for that added bit of privacy.
For a while now, Sony PS4 gamers could integrate with Facebook where they will be able to directly share screenshots and videos they have taken in a game onto the social media platform. This is useful for gamers who want to let their friends and followers know what they’re doing, and could also be used as a promotional tool of sorts for streamers.
group storiesBack in 2018, Facebook launched a feature for its platform in the form of Group Stories, where users could post Stories that would be only available in Groups. However, the feature must not have been particularly well-received because just last month, Facebook announced that they would be killing off the feature.
Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency has yet to be released but it seems that the company is already facing quite a number of issues. Adding onto those issues would be PayPal, who was initially announced as one of the founding supporters of Libra, but have now confirmed that they will be withdrawing their support of it.
One of the features we’re seeing more companies introduce in their products and services is encryption. For example, WhatsApp offers end-to-end encryption which means that even in the event that messages sent and received are intercepted, they will not be able to read them due to them being encrypted.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Facebook could be looking to test hiding the “Like” count on its website. Considering that Facebook had started doing that with Instagram, we suppose it kind of makes sense that they would be looking to try something similar with its own website, and now it looks like they have.