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Facebook Messenger is getting a surprising new Valentine's Day update

Ten years ago, the pressure my fellow teens and I felt to make a budding relationship “Facebook Official” was real. But with fewer teenagers than ever using Facebook (in favor of Snapchat), and with us now-twenty-somethings living our lives on Instagram, the stress-inducing relationship status feature has become blissfully irrelevant. Now, Facebook might be trying …

German court finds fault with Facebook’s default privacy settings

A court in Germany has ruled that Facebook’s default privacy settings and some of its terms and conditions breached local laws. The Berlin court passed judgement late last month but the verdict was only made public this week. The legal challenge, which dates back to 2015, was filed by a local consumer rights association, the …

UK outs extremism blocking tool and could force tech firms to use it

The UK government’s pressure on tech giants to do more about online extremism just got weaponized. The Home Secretary has today announced a machine learning tool, developed with public money by a local AI firm, which the government says can automatically detect propaganda produced by the Islamic State terror group with “an extremely high degree …

Facebook's new slogan: 'If you think we're not good for your business, leave'

Facebook’s Campbell Brown and Adam Mosseri.Image: code media/recode By Karissa Bell and Kerry Flynn2018-02-13 03:28:39 UTC Facebook is famous for the mantra “move fast and break things.” But these days, the tech giant is all about time well spent, and with that comes a new tagline for everyone to follow:  If you don’t like us, …

Facebook Announces Graph Search, Lets You Search Complex Connections

Facebook held a media event today at their headquarters in Menlo Park, CA for the press to come and see “what [they’re] building.” There, they announced a new feature they call Graph Search which will start rolling out soon. The feature will let users search for queries such as “friends of my friends in Switzerland …

HuffPost editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen wants HuffPost to remain mostly free

As Lydia Polgreen sees it, society is currently divided into media haves and have nots, and it’s important for HuffPost to remain mostly free for its readers so that it can serve a group that mostly consumes content for free. In a wide-ranging conversation covering the role of consolidation in the current media marketplace and …

Facebook works it out with Apple to test news paywalls on iOS

Facebook will begin allowing news publishers to run paywalls inside Facebook’s iOS app starting March 1st. Facebook first started testing paywalls on Android in October, but at the time it couldn’t come to an agreement with Apple about how subscription revenue would be taxed. TechCrunch has confirmed publishers will get 100% of subscription revenue on iOS …

Facebook is creating a news section in Watch to feature breaking news

Facebook is going to create a new news section in its video streaming platform Facebook Watch to feature breaking news stories. The move, which Campbell Brown, the company’s year-old head of news partnerships, announced onstage at the Code Media conference in Huntington Beach, is part of a broader evolution of Facebook’s news strategy. Facebook launched …