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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Facebook Messenger now requires a Facebook account to sign up, removing the option to use a phone number, says a vast majority of users log in through Facebook   —  Facebook has quietly removed the ability to sign up for Messenger without a Facebook account, the company confirmed to VentureBeat this afternoon.
Dec 26, 2019, 7:00 PMIn context
Katie Paul / Reuters:
Facebook says it will no longer use phone numbers provided for 2FA for friend suggestions, after stopping their use for ad targeting in June   —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will no longer feed user phone numbers provided to it for two-factor authentication into its “people you may know” …
Dec 19, 2019, 12:35 PMIn context
Queenie Wong / CNET:
Facebook built a now discontinued internal app, report says between 2015 and 2016, that let employees identify colleagues and friends via facial recognition   —  Facebook , which has been under fire because of privacy concerns, said Thursday it built an internal app that allowed employees …
Nov 22, 2019, 7:05 PMIn context
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
Inside Facebook's efforts to fight revenge porn using AI and a 25-person team; source: Facebook gets about 500K reports of revenge porn per month   —  The Facebook team tasked with fighting nonconsensual intimate images spoke for the first time about their research, early missteps and hopes for AI.
Nov 18, 2019, 9:55 AMIn context
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Pwn2Own Tokyo 2019 hacking contest: Amazon Echo speakers, Samsung and Sony smart TVs, Xiaomi Mi9, others hacked; Facebook Portal and Google Nest not attempted   —  Amazon Echo, Samsung and Sony smart TVs fall on first day of Pwn2Own Tokyo 2019 hacking contest.
Nov 8, 2019, 12:00 AMIn context
Reuters:
Sources: senior government and military officials in at least 20 countries, including US allies, were among the known targets of NSO Group's WhatsApp malware   —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior government officials in multiple U.S.-allied countries were targeted earlier this year with hacking software …
Oct 31, 2019, 12:55 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook debuts Portal TV, a TV accessory for video calling, streaming, AR gaming, and co-viewing Facebook Watch shows, shipping November 5 for $149   —  Facebook wants to take over your television with a clip-on camera for video calling, AR gaming, and content co-watching.
Sep 18, 2019, 8:25 AMIn context
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Unsecured database with 419M+ phone numbers linked to Facebook accounts found; FB says data was obtained before it disabled searching for users via phone number   —  Hundreds of millions of phone numbers linked to Facebook accounts have been found online.  —  The exposed server contained …
Sep 4, 2019, 3:30 PMIn context
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
CBP searched 30,000 devices last year without a warrant, up ~4x from three years prior, and increasingly denies entry to people over content sent by others   —  Travelers are increasingly being denied entry to the United States as border officials hold them accountable for messages …
Aug 27, 2019, 4:15 PMIn context
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Facebook sues two Android app developers, accusing them of generating fake clicks on Facebook ads via apps available in Google Play   —  Facebook has filed lawsuits against two app developers accused of generating fraudulent revenue using the social media giant's advertising platform.
Aug 6, 2019, 6:10 PMIn context

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