Facebook is finally purging annoying fake videos from your News Feed

By Thursday, August 17, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Say goodbye to annoying fake Facebook videos.

The social network is tweaking its algorithm so you’ll see static memes disguised as videos and images with fake play buttons way less often. ;

Spammers have been flooding the site with these trick formats to take advantage of Facebook’s fanatical focus on promoting video above other types of content. Uploading single images as videos can earn the poster advertising money, and photos made to look like videos can lead users to sketchy sites with malicious ads.

An example of a photo with a fake play button that leads to a sketchy website.

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From 4chan to Gab: Where hate speech is thriving online

By Thursday, August 17, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Gab launched almost exactly a year ago with a definite ethos: Free speech at all cost. ;

That’s proving to be an attractive proposition for far-right elements that are now flocking to the platform after being driven out of the internet’s biggest shared spaces. ;

The Twitter-like service has received an influx of users—and money—in the past few weeks as internet companies have cracked down on hate speech following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s just one of the places on the internet that are becoming a haven for far-right individuals and groups, as well as a growing population that sees Silicon Valley companies as abusing their positions of power. Read more…

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Instagram’s new update adds a fun new way to reply to direct messages

By Thursday, August 17, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Instagram isn’t just about posting selfies or artsy photos. The Facebook-owned app has been building out its direct messaging capabilities, and the company just revealed a new feature that’ll help transform the app into something users will want to use all day, every day.

SEE ALSO: Instagram is updating its comments with conversation threads

The company released an update on Thursday that now lets Instagram users reply with a photo or a video directly to someone else’s private message of a specific photo, video, or reshared post, the Instagram announced in a blog post. ;

In a fun twist, the receiver’s reply will include a sticker of whatever the person is responding to within the photo or video. It pretty much puts an Instagram in your private Instagram, automatically, on Instagram. ; Read more…

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Mark Zuckerberg slams neo-Nazis and ‘polarization’ after Charlottesville

By Wednesday, August 16, 2017 0 Permalink 0

We can now add Mark Zuckerberg to the growing list of CEOs and public figures who have weighed in on the events of Charlottesville.

Writing in a Facebook post Wednesday, the CEO said white supremacists and neo-Nazis are a “disgrace,” while criticizing the “polarization in our culture.”

SEE ALSO: After Charlottesville, tech companies are forced to take action against hate speech

“With the potential for more rallies, we’re watching the situation closely and will take down threats of physical harm,” Zuckerberg wrote. Facebook’s policies have long banned violent threats and hate speech, but the platform has sometimes struggled with enforcement. ; Read more…

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Neo-Nazi website retreats into the dark web after everyone dumps them

By Wednesday, August 16, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Daily Stormer is in full retreat mode.

SEE ALSO: GoDaddy bans neo-Nazi site after cretinous Charlottesville article

The neo-Nazi website has moved to the dark web, after three different domain services booted them out. ;

The original site, Dailystormer.com, is now offline and the new site, not indexed by search engines, is now only available through the anonymous browsing tool Tor. ;

The site’s official Twitter account tweeted the site’s new dark web address and called on supporters to install Tor: ;


Available via Tor Browser.

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Facebook is adding daily deals from Ebay to its marketplace

By Tuesday, August 15, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook’s Craigslist-like marketplace section is getting a boost from Ebay.

The social network said Tuesday that it will begin offering a selection of sales promotions from the e-commerce site’s “Daily Deals” program on the mobile version of Marketplace, TechCrunch first reported.

SEE ALSO: Facebook’s dumbest feature is coming to desktop now, too

Facebook users can browse the deals within Facebook’s platform, but all purchases are ultimately made in Ebay’s own site through an in-app browser. Around 100 new offers will be added to the section every day, according to TechCrunch.

The program is still in a testing phase and only available to a small percentage of users in the United States. Read more…

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Instagram is updating its comments with conversation threads

By Tuesday, August 15, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Today, Instagram announced a major upgrade to its comments section that will let people thread different conversations under a single post.

The feature was first reported as a test on Android apps earlier this summer, but now, the company is adding threaded comments to everyone’s accounts on both Android and iOS.

SEE ALSO: This couple had a tech-themed wedding that was super Instagram-worthy

When users hit “reply” on a comment after today’s update, the comment will appear in a nested thread. Before the update, all replies lived in one column, making it difficult to have multiple conversations on the same post. Read more…

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Facebook’s mobile redesign makes reading easier but it’s kind of just really gray

Does your Facebook app look more gray? Well, it’s not just cause it’s a sad day on the internet. ;

Facebook wants people to talk and browse more on mobile—the home for the majority of the company’s billions of dollars in revenue. To that end, it’s pushing out a News Feed redesign that really just makes it all flatter and more gray, the company announced Tuesday.

SEE ALSO: What Facebook’s most ‘meaningful’ Groups tell us about Zuckerberg’s grand vision

The biggest change is in the comments, where each reply is in its own bubble, kind of like Apple’s iMessage. When users react to a post, the reactions (like the “love” reaction) cling to the side of the bubble, just like on iPhones. ; Read more…

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Facebook is actively deleting shares of ‘The Daily Stormer’ article on Heather Heyer

By Tuesday, August 15, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook isn’t just about shutting down fake news. The social network is actively removing posts that link to a disparaging article by neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer. ;

The piece personally attacks Heather Heyer, who was murdered over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. Facebook said it “violated its community standards,” The Verge reported.

SEE ALSO: GoDaddy bans neo-Nazi site after cretinous Charlottesville article

Facebook has taken the step of allowing people to share the post only if they also condemn its content, which is not unprecedented but unusual, according to The Verge. Posts that include the link will automatically be removed from Facebook, unless it also includes a caption that condemns either the article or The Daily Stormer, The Verge reported. ; Read more…

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