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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Highlights from first hearing: Zuckerberg asked about Facebook's monopoly power, hopes AI will flag bad content soon, says Facebook doesn't snoop on phone calls   —  Congress doesn't understand Facebook.  Does anyone?  —  Mark Zuckerberg made his highly anticipated debut before Congress today during …
Apr 10, 2018, 9:35 PMIn context
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Facebook debuts AR-based Target Tracking, letting users launch AR experiences by pointing their phone at an image or QR code, available in beta   —  Facebook is adding a new augmented reality feature called target tracking, which lets people launch AR experiences by pointing their phone at an image.
Apr 5, 2018, 4:30 PMIn context
Rhett Jones / Gizmodo:
Facebook disables email and phone number search after malicious actors abused the features to scrape public profile data; company says most accounts affected   —  Since the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal first broke last month, Facebook has tried out a number of PR strategies to address the growing outcry.
Apr 5, 2018, 2:03 PMIn context
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Facebook says it will delete Android users' SMS and call data older than one year and stop collecting “broader information” such as the time of calls   —  A step back for a feature that never needed so much access  —  It was revealed last month that Facebook has been collecting call records …
Apr 4, 2018, 3:35 PMIn context
Sara Salinas / CNBC:
Facebook disables searching for users via email or phone number due to “malicious actors”, says most people could have had their public profile scraped this way   —  - The number of users whose information was improperly shared with research firm Cambridge Analytica was previously estimated by reports to be 50 million.
Apr 4, 2018, 3:28 PMIn context
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Google says it will acquire GIF platform Tenor, which is integrated into a variety of keyboards and messaging apps like Facebook Messenger   —  Google will be acquiring Tenor, which powers a variety of GIF keyboards on phones and messengers like Facebook Messenger, the companies announced today.
Mar 27, 2018, 2:30 PMIn context
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Facebook says it logged phone call and SMS metadata via opt-in features on Messenger, Facebook Lite; some say they never installed those apps or gave permission   —  Maybe check your data archive to see if Facebook's algorithms know who you called.  —  This past week, a New Zealand man …
Mar 24, 2018, 8:30 PMIn context
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
Facebook's Onavo has removed Bolt App Lock from Google Play after criticism of app's data collection practices, says it was “a small, brief test”   —  It's becoming clear that at some point in the not-so-distant past, a group of assholes at Facebook dreamt up a plan to prey on users …
Mar 9, 2018, 8:25 PMIn context
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Users say Facebook is using its phone number that sends 2FA codes for “spam” notifications and replies to the 2FA number get inadvertently posted to profiles   —  It may be a bug  —  Facebook's two-factor authentication (2FA) system has come under fire today for some bizarre design elements …
Feb 14, 2018, 9:40 PMIn context
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Users around the world who infrequently log in to Facebook say it has been increasing re-engagement prompts via emails and text messages recently   —  It's been about a year since Rishi Gorantala deleted the Facebook app from his phone, and the company has only gotten more aggressive in its emails to win him back.
Jan 31, 2018, 2:25 PMIn context

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