Facebook Simplifies Privacy Controls, Tweaks Trending News
Facebook today introduced what it calls Privacy Basics, a series of tools to help people better manage their privacy on the social network. Privacy Basics features 32 interactive guides available in 44 languages that walk users through the network's various settings and controls for fine-tuning who sees what. "People share their most valued moments on Facebook, and we want to make tips and tools clear and accessible whenever you need them. Privacy Basics gives you tips for things like securing your account, understanding who can see posts, and knowing what your profile looks like to others," said the company in a statement. The Privacy Basics tutorials are posted on Facebook's desktop web site. In addition to Privacy Basics, Facebook recommends users walk through its Privacy Checkup tool to review their current settings, create groups for more selective post sharing, and use the login approvals security tool to help safeguard against unauthorized logins on mobile devices. Also this week, Facebook made updates to its Trending news section in order to help combat fake news. According to Facebook, trending topics will now include the publisher headline, and the company is making use of an improved system to see what is truly trending amongst users. Most importantly, trending topics will no longer be catered to individual users. Instead, all users in the same region will see the same trending stories. Facebook believes these efforts will improve the quality and veracity of trending news stories.
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.
Facebook Makes Sweeping Changes to Data Collection Policies as It Admits Cambridge Analytica Breach Impacted 87M
Apr 4, 2018
Facebook today made significant changes to its platform as it continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica breach. To start, the company now believes Cambridge Analytica was given improper access to the data of as many as 87 million people, mostly U.S.
Trending Stories Make a Comeback on Facebook Mobile
Aug 15, 2017
Facebook has brought the trending news section back to mobile devices, starting with the iPhone. Now, trending stories are visible in the main navigation drawer on mobile devices.
Google's AMP Stories Let Web Publishers Tell Tap-Through Stories with Photos and Videos
Feb 13, 2018
Google today announced a preview of AMP stories, a new tool for creators to bring content to the mobile web in a new and engaging way. AMP stories were inspired by the likes of Snapchat and Instagram, which both offer people the ability to tell on-going, ephemeral stories that others swipe through.
Google Simplifies Account Security and Control
Jun 21, 2018
Google today improved the design of its Google Account tool in order to make it easier for people to manage their account details, security, and privacy. The revised function provides summaries of personal information, devices with account access, payment methods, purchases, subscriptions, and contacts.