Facebook Steps Up Anti-Harassment Protections
Facebook has added several ways to help people avoid harassment on the social network. First, Facebook says it is improving efforts to detect fake, inauthentic, or duplicate accounts that are created in order to get around blocks. The company is using things such as IP addresses to proactively recognize accounts that may be created by someone who was previously blocked. These tools are being put to use in the background and won't be accessible directly to end users. Facebook is also making it easier to ignore unwanted messages. Moving forward, people can tap on a message in Messenger to ignore the conversation, which disables notifications and movies it to the Filtered Messages folder. There, people can read messages without the sender seeing if it has been read and add it to a list of blocked accounts. Last, the social network says it is working with experts to provide additional safety resources for users. For example, it has partnered with the National Network to End Domestic Violence to give survivors of domestic abuse an avenue to find help. Facebook says these changes are being rolled out to all users over time.
Apple Says iOS 12 Will Be Faster, Work Better On Older iPhones
Jun 4, 2018
Apple today announced iOS 12, its next-generation platform for the iPhone and iPad. Apple says it spent time improving the performance of the operating system, which in claims will work well on iPhones and iPads that went on sale as far back as 2013.
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.
Facebook Messenger Takes a Shot at Snapchat with 'Days'
Mar 9, 2017
Facebook is updating its Messenger application with disappearing stories that behave similar to those of Snapchat and Instagram. The feature, called Messenger Day, lets people create short stories made up of photos and videos and then share them with their Facebook friends.
Facebook Seeks to Improve Bots for People, Brands, and Developers
Apr 18, 2017
Facebook today announced major changes to its Messenger platform that should make bots easier to find and use. To start, Messenger now includes a Discover tab where people can recall recently used bots, as well as use a free-form search field to seek out new bots.