Trends with Benefits: The Facebook fake news fallout and what to look for on Black Friday 26:49

In the aftermath of last week's election, Facebook is being skewered for allowing fake news to bubble up into user's feeds. In fact, over the last 3 months, more fake news was shared than real news.
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Facebook updates metrics reporting after more calculation errors

Facebook is doubling down on its metrics reporting with a renewed focus on transparency, following more bugs in the company's calculation system. Facebook is trying to ease marketers' concerns following a similar blunder in September.

Avoid car salespeople and talk to an Edmunds.com chat bot instead

Don't want to talk to a car salesman? Consider talking to a Facebook chat bot instead. On Tuesday, car sales website Edmunds.com debuted a new tool that enables prospective buyers to avoid talking to humans.
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Facebook now lets Pages access Instagram and Messenger interactions in one place

Facebook is finally starting to integrate Instagram with its flagship platform. Until now the popular photo-sharing app has remained independent from its parent company, but that’s all about to change — for businesses at least.
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Stills not enough? Here’s how to post an animated GIF to Facebook

In 2015, Facebook officially added support for GIFs, so users can quickly share their favorite dance moves and slam dunks. Check out our guide on how to post GIFs on Facebook, and reinvigorate your lackluster News Feed.

The art of the poke: A Facebook guide for the uninitiated

With more than a billion users, Facebook has become the go-to social network for almost everybody. If you're new to the site, our comprehensive guide will lay out both the network's fundamentals and its more intricate functionality.
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Twitter tries to address hate speech issue with new user tools 2:39

Plus: WhatsApp rolls out encrypted video calling feature, is it going to stay encrypted? And Apple publishes a big glossy book about Apple's design history.

More than a billion people can now make video calls on WhatsApp

WhatsApp users rejoice -- video calling has finally arrived on your favorite messaging service. The feature, which was previously made available to a number of Android users on the beta version of the app, is now being rolled out to…

Google and Facebook crack down on scammers using ads on fake news sites

The problem of fake news has really come to the fore in recent months. With pressure growing on web services to take the issue more seriously, both Google and Facebook have promised to take action to stop fake news sites making money out of…
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Report: Facebook has the tools to fight fake news but isn’t using them

Facebook reportedly has the tools to stamp out unreliable news on its site but feels it can’t take action at the risk of being labelled biased. The company's fears stem from the backlash that erupted over its Trending Topics feed in May.

40 tech companies send letter detailing their policy priorities to President-elect Trump

A coalition of 40 companies, called the Internet Association, have sent President-elect Donald Trump a 12-page letter detailing a road map and policies for his administration to consider.
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A wannabe weatherman allegedly started a wildfire to boost Facebook views

A wannabe weatherman in Kentucky is alleged to have started a wildfire so he could report on it, apparently in the hope of driving more traffic to his Facebook page. He was recently arrested on a second-degree arson charge.