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How to Enable Facebook's Dark Mode on iPhone and iPad

Friday November 27, 2020 8:29 pm PST by
When it came to adding a Dark Mode option to its iOS app, Facebook was late to the game. The social network announced it was coming in June 2020, but dragged its feet for months before eventually rolling it out to mobile users in November the same year, over 400 days after Apple first introduced the feature in iOS 13. Dark Mode‌ has been available on the social network's website for a while ...

iOS 14 Green and Orange Dots: What Do They Mean?

Tuesday September 8, 2020 1:58 pm PDT by
Digital privacy is a perennial hot topic these days, and Apple is regarded as being at the forefront of security when it comes to smartphone and tablet operating systems. For example, for an app to access your iPhone or iPad's camera, camera and microphone access must be enabled for the app in question in the Settings app. Social media apps will often ask you for access to your device's...

How to Transfer All Your Photos and Videos From Facebook to Google Photos

Friday June 5, 2020 3:17 am PDT by
Facebook has just made a photo transfer tool globally available that lets account holders easily download all their pictures and videos from the social network to Google Photos. Previously, the majority of Facebook users wanting to download their media from the site had to do it manually. From today, however, users with a Google Photos account can automate the job, and Facebook says more...

How to Enable Dark Mode in Facebook Messenger

Thursday April 18, 2019 3:17 am PDT by
After previously only existing as an "Easter Egg" setting, Facebook in April 2019 added a Dark Mode theme as an official display feature of its standalone Messenger app. Facebook says that Dark Mode is designed to provide less harsh brightness in situations where ambient lighting is lower while maintaining contrast and vibrancy. If you have an OLED iPhone, such as an iPhone X, iPhone XS,...

How to Remove Third-Party Accounts Like Facebook From Your Mac

Friday May 4, 2018 4:10 am PDT by
With the release of iOS 11, Apple nixed its built-in integration with Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Vimeo, a feature that allowed iPhone and iPad users to store their third-party account information and access it within apps that needed to use those services. The equivalent feature remains in macOS High Sierra, although Apple has removed it completely from macOS 10.14 Mojave, which many...

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Facebook Updates 'Access Your Information' Tool for Data Management

Tuesday January 12, 2021 10:57 am PST by
Facebook is today rolling out an update for its "Access Your Information" tool to make it easier to use and to better explain how data is used, reports TechCrunch. "Access Your Information" provides a detailed look at the information about you that's shared on Facebook. The updated version is organized into eight categories: Your Activity Across Facebook, Personal Information, Friends and...
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WhatsApp Affirms User Privacy Following Backlash Over Data Sharing With Facebook

Tuesday January 12, 2021 6:39 am PST by
Following backlash after changing its terms and privacy policy to consolidate a significant amount of data sharing with Facebook, WhatsApp is now assuring users about the privacy measures built into its app. Last week, WhatsApp began informing users of updates to the app's terms of service and privacy policy. The updated agreements, which users must consent to in order to continue using...
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Encrypted Messaging App Signal Sees Surge in Popularity Following WhatsApp Privacy Policy Update

Friday January 8, 2021 3:27 am PST by
Encrypted messaging app Signal faced big delays in verifying the phone numbers of new accounts on Thursday because of a sudden surge in people trying to join the platform. In messages posted from its official Twitter account, the non-profit Signal Foundation said verification codes were delayed across several cellular networks, and that it was working through the backlog as quickly as it...
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Mandatory WhatsApp Privacy Policy Update Allows User Data to be Shared With Facebook

Wednesday January 6, 2021 5:22 am PST by
WhatsApp's latest terms and privacy policy allows the popular messaging app to share a significant amount of user data with Facebook (via XDA Developers). WhatsApp users are today receiving an in-app notice informing them about the app's updated terms of service and privacy policy. The notice gives an overview of the main three updates, covering how WhatsApp processes user data, how...
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Facebook Employees Criticize Campaign Against Apple in Leaked Comments

Wednesday December 23, 2020 3:11 am PST by
Amid a barrage of public attacks on Apple from Facebook over privacy measures, Facebook employees have expressed their displeasure with the direction of the campaign in comments obtained by BuzzFeed News. Last week, Facebook launched a campaign in print newspapers explaining that it was "standing up to Apple for small businesses everywhere," and created a website encouraging people to "Spea...
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EFF Calls Facebook's Criticism of Apple's Pro-Privacy Tracking Change 'Laughable'

Saturday December 19, 2020 2:46 pm PST by
Facebook's recent criticism directed at Apple over an upcoming tracking-related privacy measure is "laughable," according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a non-profit organization that defends civil liberties in the digital world. Facebook has claimed that Apple's new opt-in tracking policy will hurt small businesses who benefit from personalized advertising, but the EFF...
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Facebook Temporarily Disables Some Messenger and Instagram Features in Europe to Comply With EU Data Rules

Thursday December 17, 2020 4:08 am PST by
Some Messenger and Instagram features are temporarily unavailable to users in Europe in order to comply with new rules on data usage currently being rolled out in EU countries. Affected users are seeing alerts in the Facebook-owned apps that some features aren’t available to "respect new rules for messaging services in Europe." The alert doesn't specify what the missing features are, but ...
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Facebook Runs Second Full-Page Ad Criticizing Apple, Says Opt-In Tracking Will Make the Internet Worse

Thursday December 17, 2020 1:00 am PST by
Facebook has expressed additional criticism towards Apple over an upcoming iOS 14 privacy measure that will require users to grant permission for their activity to be tracked for personalized advertising purposes. For the second consecutive day, Facebook is running a full-page ad in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post that claims Apple's tracking change will...
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Apple Responds to Facebook's Anti-Tracking Criticism, Says Users Deserve Control and Transparency

Wednesday December 16, 2020 4:42 pm PST by
Apple has responded to Facebook's criticism over an upcoming iOS 14 privacy measure — specifically a change that will require users to grant permission for their activity to be tracked for personalized advertising purposes starting early next year. In a statement provided to MacRumors, Apple said "we believe that this is a simple matter of standing up for our users," adding that "users...
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Facebook Says Apple's Upcoming Anti-Tracking Prompt is 'More About Profit Than Privacy' [Updated]

Wednesday December 16, 2020 8:27 am PST by
Facebook today in a blog post claimed that Apple's upcoming anti-tracking privacy-focused change in iOS 14 will have a "harmful impact on many small businesses that are struggling to stay afloat and on the free internet that we all rely on more than ever." Facebook has also launched a "Speak Up For Small Business" page. "We disagree with Apple's approach and solution, yet we have no choice...
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Facebook Takes Out Full-Page Newspaper Ads to Attack Apple's iOS Privacy Changes

Wednesday December 16, 2020 5:25 am PST by
Facebook has today attacked Apple in a series of full-page newspaper ads, asserting that iOS 14's privacy changes regarding data gathering and targeted advertising are bad for small businesses (via Bloomberg). The ads are running in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, feature the headline "We're standing up to Apple for small businesses everywhere." Image via Dave ...
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Outages Reported Across Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger

Thursday December 10, 2020 4:04 am PST by
Facebook services including Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Facebook itself are all currently suffering outages, based on user reports posted to social media. The majority of issues appear to be focused in European countries, but problems have also been reported in other countries, too, suggesting even more widespread outages. Users of the Facebook-owned apps report issues connecting ...
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FTC Accuses Facebook of Social Media Monopoly, Calls for Divestiture of Instagram and WhatsApp

Wednesday December 9, 2020 12:18 pm PST by
The United States Federal Trade Commission today teamed up 46 states, the District of Columbia, and the territory of Guam to sue Facebook for maintaining an illegal social networking monopoly through years of anticompetitive conduct. Facebook is accused of engaging in a "systematic strategy" to eliminate threats to its monopoly, which included the 2012 acquisition of Instagram and the 2014...
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WhatsApp Protests Apple's App Store Privacy Requirements

Wednesday December 9, 2020 4:55 am PST by
WhatsApp is protesting Apple's requirement that developers submit information about what user data they collect to create new privacy labels on the App Store (via Axios). WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, has accused Apple of anti-competitive behavior because iMessage is preinstalled on iPhones and does not need to be downloaded from the App Store, where the new privacy labels will be...
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WhatsApp Rolling Out Disappearing Messages Feature

Thursday November 5, 2020 5:31 am PST by
Facebook is now rolling out a new disappearing messages feature to all WhatsApp users on iOS and Android, allowing messages, photos, and videos to be marked to disappear after seven days (via TechCrunch). Users can use the feature for direct messages, and it can be enabled in groups by members with administrator privileges. The seven-day limit exists regardless of whether the recipient...
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Facebook App's Dark Mode Rollout on iOS Finally Gathers Pace

Sunday November 1, 2020 3:00 am PST by
After months of delay and stop-start testing, Dark Mode for Facebook finally appears to be rolling out for iOS users globally, over 400 days since Apple first introduced the feature in iOS 13. Evidence that Facebook has been working on a ‌Dark Mode‌ for its official app first surfaced in April, and by June a small percentage of users had access to the setting, which hinted that the company...
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Apple's 'Arbitrary' App Store Policies Stifle the Launch of Facebook's Cloud-Streamed Games

Monday October 26, 2020 7:15 am PDT by
Facebook has today announced a new series of cloud-streamed games for its app and website, but the service will be unavailable in-app to iOS users due to Apple's App Store policies (via CNBC). Facebook explained in its announcement that the games will not be spun off into a separate cloud gaming service, instead remaining within Facebook's app and website. The first set of games...
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Facebook Unifies Messenger and Instagram Direct Messaging Experiences

Wednesday September 30, 2020 7:57 am PDT by
Around a month after Facebook began quietly merging its Messenger service with Instagram direct messaging, the transition has been officially launched, with a full rollout to all users soon to follow. As a result of the merging of the chat services, Instagram users can chat with Facebook users and vice versa using the same platform. Features previously only available on Facebook Messenger...
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Apple Gives Facebook Temporary Reprieve, Won't Collect Fees on Paid Events Until 2021

Friday September 25, 2020 10:21 am PDT by
Apple has decided to temporarily waive the 30 percent cut that it takes from in-app purchases for Facebook's in-app paid event feature, reports CNBC. Facebook had accused Apple of hurting small businesses by collecting fees from the new feature, which lets users attend online classes and events through Facebook. The policy update will pertain to ClassPass and Airbnb, two companies that are...
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Facebook Lobbying for Option to Make Messenger Default on iOS

Friday September 25, 2020 9:58 am PDT by
Facebook is now actively seeking an option to make its Messenger app the default app for messages on iPhones, reports The Information. Emboldened by changes in iOS 14 that allow users to set a default email and browser app of their choice, Facebook believes it now has a more persuasive case to argue for a similar change for messaging apps. Last year, Apple also allowed Siri to send...