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How to Enable Dark Mode in Facebook Messenger

Thursday April 18, 2019 3:17 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
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 Tim Hardwick
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 Testing Cross-Posting Stories to Instagram

Monday March 9, 2020 5:24 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Facebook is testing a new feature that would allow Facebook Stories to be cross-posted to Instagram Stories, reports TechCrunch. Right now, Instagram Stories can be shared to Facebook Stories, but the reverse is not possible. The new option would allow Stories to be shared interchangeably from one platform to another. Jane Manchun Wong, who often digs into unreleased features in social...

Facebook Cancels May F8 Developer Conference Due to Coronavirus: What Does That Mean for WWDC?

Thursday February 27, 2020 9:48 am PST by Juli Clover
Facebook today announced that it has canceled its F8 developer conference that was set to take place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on May 5 and 6. In a statement, Facebook said that given "growing concerns" about COVID-19, the in-person component of F8 has been nixed. Instead of F8, Facebook is planning locally hosted events, videos, and live streamed content. This...

Facebook's 'Off-Facebook Activity' Tool Now Available Worldwide to Manage Data From Other Sites

Tuesday January 28, 2020 6:45 am PST by Mitchel Broussard
Facebook today announced that its "Off-Facebook Activity" feature is now available to users around the world, after soft launching in Ireland, South Korea, and Spain last summer. Off-Facebook Activity lets you see a summary of the data that third-party apps and websites have shared with Facebook, and delete it if you see fit. As Facebook explained, other businesses send the social network...

Facebook Shelves Controversial Plan to Insert Ads into WhatsApp

Friday January 17, 2020 1:33 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Facebook's controversial plan to sell ads in WhatsApp has been put on the back-burner, according to a new report today from The Wall Street Journal. WhatsApp in recent months disbanded a team that had been established to find the best ways to integrate ads into the service, according to people familiar with the matter. The team's work was then deleted from WhatsApp's code, the people said.Plans...

Bug in Facebook App Accesses the Camera in the Background

Tuesday November 12, 2019 9:35 am PST by Juli Clover
The Facebook for iOS app appears to be accessing the iPhone or iPad's camera in the background when the app is in use, according to multiple reports on Twitter. The sliver of brown in this demo photo is the Facebook app accessing the camera behind the timeline. When scrolling through the Facebook timeline, several users saw the camera activated in the background, as demonstrated in the tweets ...

US, UK, and Australia Urge Zuckerberg Not to Extend Encrypted Messaging to Facebook and Instagram

Friday October 4, 2019 2:26 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
U.S., U.K., and Australian officials have contacted Facebook to request that it provides authorities with a way to access encrypted messages sent by users over the social network, it was revealed today. Facebook-owned WhatsApp already uses end-to-end encryption to ensure only senders and recipients can read messages, but Facebook intends to extend the same protocols to its Messenger and...

Facebook Announces 'Portal TV' for Streaming Content and Holding Video Calls

Wednesday September 18, 2019 5:49 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Facebook today announced a new set of Portal video chat devices, including one that is aimed to compete in the streaming TV market. This device is called the Portal TV, and it connects to a TV set with a standard HDMI cable and can stream content as well as enable video calls through Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. According to Facebook, video calling is the primary feature of Portal TV,...

Facebook Preps Users for Apple's New Location Tracking Alerts in iOS 13

Tuesday September 10, 2019 3:28 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Facebook has attempted to pre-empt awkward questions about privacy ahead of the launch of iOS 13, with a blog post explaining what Apple's new location data alerts mean for users of its mobile app. As we've covered elsewhere, Apple has doubled down on its privacy features in ‌iOS 13‌, giving iPhone and iPad users a more granular view of how third-party apps access their location information ...

Hundreds of Millions of Phone Numbers From Facebook Accounts Leaked Online

Wednesday September 4, 2019 12:21 pm PDT by Juli Clover
An exposed server with more than 419 million records from Facebook users has been discovered online, reports TechCrunch. The server was not protected with a password and was accessible to anyone. It featured 133 million records from U.S.-based Facebook users, 18 million records from users in the UK, and 50 million records on users in Vietnam. The records contained each person's unique...

Facebook Paid Contractors to Transcribe Messenger Voice Chats

Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:07 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Facebook paid “hundreds of outside contractors” to transcribe user audio clips from its Messenger app, reports Bloomberg. Employees who worked on the transcription were not told where the audio was recorded or how it was obtained, nor were they told why Facebook needs conversations transcribed. Facebook says that while it had indeed been transcribing audio, it no longer plans to do so....

Facebook to Be Fined $5 Billion in Cambridge Analytica Privacy Scandal

Friday July 12, 2019 1:09 pm PDT by Eric Slivka
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has voted to approve a settlement with Facebook that will see the social media giant hit with a roughly $5 billion fine over the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, reports The Wall Street Journal. The matter has been moved to the Justice Department’s civil division and it is unclear how long it will take to finalize, the person said. Justice Department...

WhatsApp Tests Feature That Lets Users Share Their Status With Facebook and Other Apps

Thursday June 27, 2019 2:46 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
WhatsApp is testing a feature that enables users to share their WhatsApp Status posts over Facebook, Instagram, and other services. WhatsApp's Status feature works a lot like Stories do in Instagram, in that users can use the option to stitch together photos and video to express themselves in a way words alone might not allow them to. The idea behind WhatsApp Status sharing is that it...

Contact Info for Millions of Instagram Influencers, Celebrities, and Brand Accounts Leaked Online

Monday May 20, 2019 1:52 pm PDT by Juli Clover
A database that contained contact information for millions of Instagram influencers, celebrities, and brand accounts was recently leaked online, reports TechCrunch. The database, which was hosted by Amazon Web Services and contains more than 49 million records, was accessible without a password or other credentials according to the security researcher who informed TechCrunch about the leak. ...

Facebook Brings Back 'View As Public' Feature That Was Removed Because of Security Issues

Tuesday May 14, 2019 1:51 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Facebook today announced that it is reintroducing the "View As Public" feature that's designed to let you see your Facebook profile as a non-friend sees it, so you can double check that you're not sharing information publicly that you don't want to share. In addition, Facebook is adding an "Edit Public Details" button directly to your profile, which will make it easier to adjust what...

Facebook Co-Founder Calls For 'Break Up' of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp

Thursday May 9, 2019 6:58 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Recently, presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren put forward the idea to reverse certain tech mergers to promote healthy competition in the market, particularly including Facebook and Instagram. In an op-ed shared today by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, that topic is revisited (via The New York Times). According to Hughes, the Federal Trade Commission's "biggest mistake" was letting...

Facebook Getting Refreshed Look on Desktop and Mobile

Tuesday April 30, 2019 5:31 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Facebook's developer conference, F8, took place today, and Facebook announced a number of changes coming to the social network in the future. Facebook is set to gain a refreshed design, that's meant to be "simpler, faster, and more immersive," situating Facebook Groups more prominently. The new design will "make it easy" for people to transition from public spaces to more private ones....

Facebook Messenger to Launch on Mac Later This Year

Tuesday April 30, 2019 8:43 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Facebook will launch a new desktop app for Messenger on both macOS and Windows later this year, according to a since-deleted blog post spotted by French blog iGeneration ahead of Facebook's annual F8 developer conference. A screenshot of the Windows version of the app reveals that it will look rather similar to both Skype and Apple's own Messages app on Mac. Facebook said Messenger Desktop...

Facebook Confirms Millions of Instagram Passwords Were Stored in Plain Text

Thursday April 18, 2019 11:27 am PDT by Juli Clover
Back in March, Facebook announced that millions of Facebook passwords were stored on its servers in plain text with no encryption. At the time, Facebook also said that "tens of thousands" of Instagram passwords were also stored in the same unencrypted format, but as it turns out, the actual number was much, much higher. In an update to its original blog post, Facebook now says that millions of ...

Facebook Harvested Email Contacts of 1.5 Million Users Without Their Consent

Thursday April 18, 2019 2:38 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Facebook harvested the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their knowledge or consent and used the data to build a web of their social connections, it emerged today. Business Insider reports that Facebook began collecting the contact lists in May 2016 when new users opened a new account on the social network. Image via Business Insider The harvesting occurred when users were offered...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Leveraged User Data to Help Friends and Punish Rivals

Tuesday April 16, 2019 10:37 am PDT by Juli Clover
Facebook's executive team, including Mark Zuckerberg, used the data of Facebook users as leverage over partner companies, according to leaked emails, webchats, presentations, spreadsheets, and more obtained by NBC News. More than 4,000 pages of leaked documents from 2011 to 2015 provide insight into how Facebook was taking advantage of user data while publicly promising to protect user privacy ...