Category: Facebook

Facebook has new safeguards for profile pictures, but it’s just a first step

Facebook is revamping profile pictures to make them safer, starting with India. The company has launched two new features in India to reduce misuse of profile photos, announced on Thursday. Though the issue is not limited to that region of the world, the problem is prevalent in the country, according to Facebook. SEE ALSO: Facebook is testing a feature that alerts you if someone is impersonating your account The features include "profile picture guard" and "profile picture design." The guard takes away some of the obvious ways of copying the photo; for example, people will no longer be able to download, share or send the profile picture as a message on Facebook. Read more...More about Facebook, Privacy, Profile Picture, Tech, and Consumer Tech

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Facebook has a new mission—and its Chris Cox’s job to make it happen

Mark Zuckerberg revealed a new mission statement for his company Facebook on Thursday: Bring the world closer together. It's Chris Cox's job to figure out how to make that happen. SEE ALSO: Zuckerberg sheds tears and gets political in Harvard commencement speech "We’re about to pass 2 billion people," Cox, Facebook's chief product officer, said in an interview ahead of the summit. "We're taking the opportunity to revisit our mission statement which is important because we’re a mission-driven company. We're going from connecting people to moving closer." Facebook is hosting its first-ever Communities Summit this week in Chicago, where Zuckerberg and Cox will be speaking to be about 300 Group administrators about the company's new efforts, including five product updates.  Read more...More about Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Online Video, Facebook Groups, and Groups

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Facebook is embracing YouTube-like stars as it pushes for more video

Laura Clery lives the Hollywood dream.  She moved to Los Angeles at 17 to be an actress. She slept on friends' couches and ate their food as she worked to get an agent and learn the ins and out of the industry. She ended up landing the first commercial she auditioned for.  "I was like, 'Oh, this is easy,'" Clery said with a laugh. Thirteen years later, she's still laughing. Her career has never been better, but that's not because she's been in movies or in a recurring role on television.  She's a Facebook star.  For almost the last decade, if you wanted to start as an online video creator and perhaps one day make it on stage or on TV, you went to YouTube. The video platform became a bustling marketplace for a wide range of people looking creating everything from makeup tutorials to comedy skits.  Read more...More about Facebook, Youtube, Snapchat, Vidcon, and Creators

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Facebook’s AMBER Alerts system launches in Australia

Facebook's AMBER Alerts are now available in Australia as part of a partnership with the country's state and federal police, and Australians will now be notified of missing children on top of their News Feeds. SEE ALSO: How Facebook Messenger bots are driving social change around the world While the instance of abducted children in Australia is low, according to the Australian Federal Police, the system's availability will issue a 24-hour alert to users on Facebook who are in the area of where the child went missing. "We know that when a child is missing, the most valuable thing we can do is get information out to the public as quickly as possible," according to Facebook's Director of Trust and Safety, Emily Vacher, in an online statement. Read more...More about Facebook, Australia, Law Enforcement, Amber Alert, and Tech

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Fan stops traffic to get a selfie with The Rock

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is all about making his fans happy and sometimes that means halting traffic to do so. SEE ALSO: The Rock flawlessly recreated his most iconic '90s outfit for 'SNL' The Rock was driving in his pickup after work when a fan pulled up beside him, recognized the actor, and started to freak out. In a Facebook post, he wrote, "I rolled the passenger window down to say hello and then he REALLY freaked out." The fan immediately parked his rig in the middle of the road and went to stand next to The Rock's driver side window, which was in the way of oncoming traffic. The actor pulled out his phone to record the hilarious encounter. Read more...More about Watercooler, Facebook, Usa, Los Angeles, and Fans

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How Facebook Messenger bots are driving social change around the world

You could say Facebook Messenger was once the social network's most loathed feature. In 2014, the company forced users to download a separate app if they wanted to send and receive messages on their phones, and as a result, Messenger rose to No. 1 in the App Store—but with a dismal one-star rating. Fast forward three years, and you still need to download the app (sorry). But Messenger has evolved, updated with shiny new features, a discover tab, advanced functionality, and a streamlined desktop version. And while it isn't perfect, it has become something none of us expected: an actual force for social good around the globe. Read more...More about Facebook, Social Good, Facebook Messenger, Bots, and Facebook Messenger Bots

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