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Instagram launches test where users can choose to see likes
Technology

Instagram launches test where users can choose to see likes

  • The photo-sharing site, which is owned by Facebook Inc , said this latest test came after seeing mixed responses to its experiments in which it removed likes, commonly used as a measure of popularity.
  • Users in the Instagram test will still be able to privately see their own like count. The test will involve a small percentage of global users, but the company declined to say how many.
Published 14 Apr, 2021 08:32pm
Facebook oversight board widens scope to rule on content left up on platform
Technology

Facebook oversight board widens scope to rule on content left up on platform

  • The board was created by Facebook Inc in response to criticism of its handling of problematic content, but has been faulted by researchers and civil rights groups for its limited remit.
  • In the coming weeks, the oversight board is also expected to decide whether to uphold Facebook's indefinite suspension of former US President Donald Trump, imposed after the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot.
Published 13 Apr, 2021 05:36pm
Facebook starts to remove recommendations for political and social groups globally
Technology

Facebook starts to remove recommendations for political and social groups globally

  • The company also announced in a blog post changes aimed at reducing the reach of groups that break site rules, including showing them lower in algorithmic recommendations and alerting people when they go to join a group that has previously violated policies.
  • He said newly created groups on any topic would need to wait 21 days before becoming eligible for recommendation in order to give Facebook time to understand how a group would operate.
Published 17 Mar, 2021 09:26pm
Facebook promotes value of personalized ads in new campaign
Technology

Facebook promotes value of personalized ads in new campaign

  • The campaign called "Good Ideas Deserve To Be Found" highlights several advertisers that have grown their business on Facebook and Instagram, such as Houston-based fashion brand House of Takura.
  • Facebook's ad spending behind the campaign is in the millions of dollars, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Published 25 Feb, 2021 09:14pm
Facebook to invest $1bn in news industry after Australia row
Technology

Facebook to invest $1bn in news industry after Australia row

  • The social network's commitment to the news industry follows Google's $1 billion investment last year, as technology giants come under scrutiny over their business model as well as the proliferation of misinformation on their platform.
  • In a blog detailing its version of the showdown, Facebook said the news ban was related to a "fundamental misunderstanding" of the relationship between the company and news publishers.
Published 24 Feb, 2021 08:06pm
Facebook, Twitter CEOs in talks to testify at House hearing as early as March: Politico
World

Facebook, Twitter CEOs in talks to testify at House hearing as early as March: Politico

  • The appearance of the Facebook and Twitter CEOs could be contingent on them testifying jointly alongside Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google and its parent company, Alphabet Inc.
  • Republican lawmakers questioned them about their content moderation decisions while Democrats primarily focused on insufficient actions against misinformation that interfered with the election.
Updated 13 Feb, 2021 07:18pm
Facebook to temporarily reduce political content for some users in few countries
Technology

Facebook to temporarily reduce political content for some users in few countries

  • Zuckerberg said in January that he wanted to "turn down the temperature" of political conversations on the social networking site because "people don't want politics and fighting to take over their experience on our services.
  • Facebook will exempt content from official government agencies and services, as well as COVID-19 information from health organizations from the drill.
Published 10 Feb, 2021 07:53pm
Facebook to prompt users about personalized ads ahead of Apple privacy changes
Technology

Facebook to prompt users about personalized ads ahead of Apple privacy changes

  • The full-screen prompt will ask Facebook and Instagram users to allow their app and website activity to be used for personalized ads and to "support businesses that rely on ads to reach customers."
  • The social media giant has been waging a public fight against Apple's plan to ask iPhone users whether to allow apps to track them across other websites and apps.
Updated 01 Feb, 2021 09:55pm