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Alert! You may soon be able to activate Facebook's 'Safety Check' feature yourself

Facebook is looking to broaden the scope of its 'Safety Check' feature. How? By allowing users to activate it themselves. Safety Check has been used in a range of emergency situations, but Facebook has been criticized for favoring Western…
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Seeing your grandparents on Facebook might make you sigh, but it might be good for them

You might be annoyed or bewildered by your grandparents using Facebook and Skype, but if a recent study is any indication, they are much smarter about their use of social technology than you might realize.
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Sound and vision: Facebook now displays vertical videos on mobile News Feed

Facebook is finally displaying vertical videos as they were meant to be seen on mobile instead of cropping them into squares. The changes are now supported on the mobile News Feed on iOS and Android devices.
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Facebook promises independent Trending algorithm, but still relies on human editors

Facebook is updating its Trending topics feed in a bid to deliver the autonomous news algorithm it has always promised. However, it still can't avoid the elephant in the room: the need for human editors.
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Facebook tries out automatic audio for its videos — stay tuned for user reactions

If you live in Australia and are using the Facebook app, you may be surprised to hear sound playing as you scroll past videos on your feed. But whether it's a good idea is up for debate.

Facebook opens up its image-recognition AI software to everyone

Facebook is opening sourcing its AI image recognition software, which can detect and label objects in photos. The company hopes it will one day be able to categorize live video and offer detailed descriptions for the visually impaired.

WhatsApp to share user data with Facebook, but you can opt out

Now that WhatsApp has surpassed a billion users, it's time to monetize the service. The company is now sharing some user data with its parent company, Facebook, and it has a plan to bring businesses into its popular messaging app.
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U.K. pols: Social networks are intentionally failing to tackle Islamic State

A committee of U.K. members of Parliament has released a report that accuses Twitter, Facebook, and Google of "consciously" failing to tackle Islamic State activity on their respective platforms.

Facebook testing Messenger feature that could signal the end of friend requests

Facebook is planning to transform Messenger into your smartphone's default messaging. A new test feature will bypass the need to send a friend request on the social network before you can start chatting with someone.
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Facebook has given you a political label — find out where (it thinks) you stand

Facebook is acutely aware of your political views, whether you've expressed them on your profile or not. The social network is using this info to serve you ads as part of its recently launched ad personalization tool.
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No stopping Instagram: App joins the billion-downloads club on Google Play

Instagram has become just the 19th app to hit a billion downloads on the Google Play Store. The milestone marks Facebook's fourth entry on the exclusive list, further cementing its dominance in the mobile app market.
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Facebook's Lifestage app connects classmates, resurrecting its 2004 model

Lifestage, which is only available for iOS devices at the moment, describes itself on the App Store as the social network that “makes it easy and fun to share a visual profile of who you are with your school network."