Category: Facebook

‘Town Hall’ is here, but don’t expect to start DMing with Trump

Thanks to a pretty cool new feature on Facebook, you can now send direct messages to your elected representatives. Just go to your "Settings" tab and enter your address to see a list of your reps and policymakers at the highest levels—including the vice president and president. And start chatting away. But even though we're sure you've got plenty of things to message Donald Trump about, you're going to have to wait on that. SEE ALSO: New 'Tiny Trumps' meme has flooded the internet big time Many politicians have jumped on board with the new feature, but shooting off a DM to Trump himself is not an option. That was discovered and pointed out by ProPublica on Monday, the same day the new feature launched. Read more...More about Tech, Trump, Facebook, Politics, and Social Media

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Facebook’s ‘Town Hall’ is probably the best thing the social network has ever done

Like it or not, Facebook has an impact on politics. The social network contributed to President Donald Trump's successful election, as much as CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to lessen the blame on the rise of fake news. SEE ALSO: Facebook's new 'Trending Topics' update is here — now with less fake news More recently, Zuckerberg started to acknowledge Facebook's role in politics, and on Monday the social network introduced it's most impactful feature yet. Facebook officially released a tool Monday that lets its users — all desktop and mobile users in the U.S. — easily contact their local officials. It's called "Town Hall," reminiscent of what Facebook likes to see itself as, especially in political discussion.  Read more...More about Local News, Elections, Social Media, Politics, and Business

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How to decapitate annoying ‘Chat Heads’ in Facebook Messenger

You never have to be interrupted by your friend's floating head again. Chat Heads were introduced several years ago on Facebook Messenger for Android. The feature uses profile pictures of the people you're talking to on Messenger as shortcuts for the chat—they pop up on your screen, regardless of what you're doing, and invite you to tap into the conversation.  While the feature can be useful sometimes, it's mostly just in the way when you're doing something else on your phone.  Messenger also has a feature that lets you directly reply from your notification bar when you need to, so the Chat Heads are frankly a bit superfluous—and again, annoying. But they're still on by default. Read more...More about How To, Facebook Messenger, Facebook, and Tech

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Facebook Messenger update helps you find your friend’s exact location

Another day, another new feature for Facebook Messenger. The latest? A new location-sharing feature called "live location" that allows you to share your real-time location inside of a chat for an hour at a time.  SEE ALSO: Facebook's new emoji are finally available to everyone While Messenger has long included location-sharing, the feature previously only allowed you to share a static point on a map. Useful if you're staying in one spot, but less so if you're moving around. Now, with "live location," you can keep location sharing enabled for a full hour so friends can pinpoint where you are even as you're moving around. Read more...More about Facebook Messenger, Facebook, Tech, Tech, and Apps Software

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