Facebook Expands Live Video Streaming to More People
Facebook today said a small percentage of iPhone owners in the U.S. will be able to test streaming live video to their Facebook friends. Facebook has allowed celebrities and other public figures to stream live video for several months, so today's news marks an expansion of the feature. Similar to Twitter's Periscope app, live video from Facebook lets broadcasters see the number of viewers and their names, and a real-time stream of comments. Live broadcasts are automatically saved to users' timelines where they can be kept or deleted. People will be able to see live videos in their News Feed, but may also subscribe to the feeds of their favorite broadcasters. Facebook will send alerts to let people know when broadcasters go live. Facebook didn't say how it is determining which people will be able to test this feature. Facebook also expanded its photo-sharing tools. Moving forward, Facebook will automatically organize photos and videos into collages based on time, date, and location data. Users can rearrange the collages however they wish and then share them with others. Facebook said the collage feature will roll out to the iPhone today and to Android devices early next year.
Facebook Expands Live Video to All US iPhone Owners
Jan 28, 2016
Facebook today increased the set of people able to make use of its live video feature to all iPhone owners in the U.S. Facebook first tested the service with celebrities and public figures before expanding to a small set of iPhone users back in December.
Facebook Adds Social Functions to Live Video
May 23, 2017
Facebook today announced two new features for live video that should make it more interactive and social. First, there's Live Chat With Friends.
Instagram Testing 'Live with a Friend' Feature
Aug 9, 2017
Instagram users will soon be able to broadcast live video together with another Instagram user. The picture-sharing social network is testing a feature that will allow users to add a friend to their own live stream.
Facebook Tweaks Trending News and Expands Fundraising
May 24, 2017
Facebook updated several of its offerings today, including how it handles trending news and supports fundraising campaigns. Facebook says it has redesigned its trending news function with the goal of surfacing higher-quality content in the news box.
Google News to More Clearly Mark 'Fact-Check' Articles
Oct 14, 2016
Google says it will work harder to call attention to fact-check articles within Google News. Google believes fact-check style articles have become an important type of journalism, especially in the context of the presidential election.