Facebook has announced that there is a complete redesign of Messenger on the way, something that will make the chat app that is used by over 1.2 billion people much easier, and cleaner to use. Great news, especially after Facebook started throwing in everything but the kitchen sink into Messenger over the last few years.
Mark Zuckerberg, robot overlord and Facebook founder explains: "When you're messaging, you really want a simple and fast experience. We're taking this moment to completely redesign Messenger to focus on these ideas".
Messenger VP David Marcus said that the redesigned Messenger app will be coming "very, very soon" and it's something that the team has been slugging away at for a few months now. Facebook is doing something new by offering a dark mode, which is perfect for those who chat while in bed or dark areas, and those with OLED-based displays.
Facebook Messenger is one of the most-used messaging clients on the planet, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the social networking giant unveiled an AI-powered feature at their annual F8 developer conference.
Facebook announced that Messenger's built-in assistant 'M' will soon use AI to help you chat with people talking in different languages, translating it on-the-fly. The AI will detect which language you or your chatting partner are speaking, where it will pop up and offer automatic cross-translation.
The company will limit M to translating on the Facebook Marketplace for now, before shifting to deeper parts of Messenger and beyond. Facebook is rolling out across the US at first, which should happen in the next couple of weeks.
Facebook is taking a swipe at Tinder with the announcement of its new dating feature, since so many people find their partners online, why leave Facebook to do it?
Robot overlord and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that the new dating feature was designed from the ground up with privacy and safety in mind, and I'm seriously sure he meant that, except probably not. The dating feature won't suggest any of your Facebook friends as a match, and if you do use the feature none of your FB friends will see your dating profile.
Facebook users will be able to set up a dating profile that is completely separate to their normal FB profile, with nothing connected between the two parts of Facebook showing up in your News Feed. Once you're in the new dating feature, you can slide through groups and events to see who you're compatible with.
Facebook is standing on a dumpster fire of trouble right now, with CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg at the center of it all. All of this drama was kicked off with the Cambridge Analytica news, and has truly snowballed since.
It has been reported that Facebook deleted Zuckerberg's messages from users' inboxes, which is insane, considering Facebook users are the only ones that have the ability to delete messages from their inboxes. Facebook has obviously got super admin powers to delete peasants' messages, or in this case, messages sent by Facebook execs.
In the midst of the world finding this out, Facebook not-so-surprisingly said they are planning to launch a new "unsend" features in the coming months. TechCrunch talked to three sources that wanted to remain anonymous "out of fear of angering Zuckerberg or burning bridges with the company" that the messages send by Zuckerberg to both former employees and non-employees were deleted.
Why all of this? Let's rewind back to 2010 when Business Insider said that Zuckerberg had "recently been displaying a disregard bordering on disdain for Facebook users' right to maintain control over personal information", and this was 8 years ago before all of this new trouble which is 100x bigger.
Rewinding the clock back to 2004, when then 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg talked with a friend when he was in a college dorm room at Harvard when he first launched The Facebook. At the time, Zuckerberg said:
- Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
- Zuck: Just ask.
- Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
- [Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?
- Zuck: People just submitted it.
- Zuck: I don't know why.
- Zuck: They "trust me"
- Zuck: Dumb fucks.
Facebook are in some deep doo doo right now, with the full skinny on that in my article about the social networking giant losing $50 billion over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
It is time. #deletefacebook— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 2018
Now we have WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton taking to Twitter of all social networking platforms tweeting: "It's time. #deletefacebook". Both Acton and WhatsApp have declined to comment reports The Verge, and remember... Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014 for a huge $16 billion. Acton is now worth $6.5 billion and in the middle of a $50 billion stock drop for Facebook, its CEO and COO have been reportedly missing from a recent staff meet to discuss the CA scandal.
Acton isn't the first ex-Facebook executive to talk dirt on the social networking giant, with head of growth for Facebook Chamath Palihapitiya admitting "we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works." Crazy things are happening for FB right now, and I don't see how they're going to get out of this one short of a larger scandal breaking out and fanning these flames.
Facebook is getting hammered from all directions right now, and right off the news that Cambridge Analytica has been using Facebook data to influence elections around the world, Facebook stock has dipped by a huge $50 billion in just two days.
Cambridge Analytica had data on some 50 million Facebook users and since the news emerged, the social networking giant has experienced its largest two-day stock price decliner, ever. Facebook stock was steady at $185 before the CA news broke, dipping down to $168 at the time of writing, wiping away $50 billion. 129 million shares of Facebook shares were circulated in these two days, which is massive.
There has been a steady ramp up to this news, with Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg making an announcement of yet more changes to Facebook's News Feed. Zuckerberg announced that the changes toi the News Feed would turn more people away from advertisement and more with connecting people together again. The algorithm change was huge, affecting everyone... including TweakTown.
There has been some pretty large news hit the internet regarding Twitter and its 'creepy Big Brother' behavior behind closed doors, with Project Veritas' latest expose on one of the largest social media networks in the world.
Clay Haynes, a senior network security engineer at Twitter said that the social networking giant "disturbs him", and called it "creepy Big Brother" during a secretly recorded video by Project Veritas and their investigation into Twitter.
Haynes said: "It is creepy Big Brother. I mean it's like a level... I don't want to say it freaks me out, but it disturbs me. I get to look at all of the reported tweets, which means I've seen a lot of dick pics. It's ridiculous... We can actually read your DMs... I've seen way more penises than I've ever wanted to see in my life".
He continued: "DMs, tweets, yes. Lots of dicks... Unfortunately, there is a lot of porn. This sounds horrible, but I'm actually glad it's just dicks, it's just blow job pictures, it's just that type of stuff".
There's a new plan being hatched between the Canadian government and AI firm Advanced Symbolics, where they have announced a new partnership that will work on predicting the rise of regional suicide risk by monitoring social media posts.
Advanced Symbolics will use their AI technology to predict which areas in Canada might see rises in suicidal behavior, something that includes in their contract documentation: "ideation (i.e., thoughts), behaviors (i.e., suicide attempts, self-harm, suicide) and communications (i.e., suicidal threats, plans)".
The Canadian government can then use this to spend more money on mental health resources in the right places, when needed. The project will start later this month, ending in June, with the AI firm monitoring social media accounts for three months during this trial period. After which, the Canadian government will see how successful the pilot was, and continue.
At first, the AI-driven project will cost $25,000 but if fully funded would drive up to $400,000.
A Public Health Agency of Canada spokesperson spoke with CBC, where they said in a statement: "To help prevent suicide, develop effective prevention programs and recognize ways to intervene earlier, we must first understand the various patterns and characteristics of suicide-related behaviours. PHAC is exploring ways to pilot a new approach to assist in identifying patterns, based on online data, associated with users who discuss suicide-related behaviours".
Facebook has a bi-annual report that details all of the data requests the social networking company receives from the government, with their latest Transparency Report for the first half of 2017 being released.
We have information like account data, content restrictions and internet disruptions, as well as reports from rights holders related to copyright, trademark, and IP counterfeiting. The social networking giant said that government requests for users' data increased by 21% worldwide in the first half of 2017, compared to the first half of 2016.
Over half of those requests, some 57% of them included a non-disclosure order that stops Facebook from notifying the account holder of the request of data from the government. This number is up a whopping 50% from last year, with Facebook adding that there has been a massive 304% increase in the number of content restrictions around violating local law.
Today is not a good day with NiceHash being hacked and over $50 million of miners' Bitcoin up in the air, and Reddit is down.
I discovered problems accessing Reddit when researching the NiceHash hack, with Reddit being very up and down at the time before completely dying. Reddit is one of the world's largest websites, and without a public reason for the outage people are not happy.
It seems that the outage of Reddit are more so for US visitors, but the problems are widespread right now. Reddit's status page says that they are "currently investigating this issue" and that the "issue has been identified and a fix is being implemented".