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YouTube alternative Facebook Watch launches in the UK
YouTube alternative Facebook Watch launches in the UK By Andrew Williams

Facebook’s video streaming platform Watch has launched globally, a year after arriving in the US.Facebook Watch was originally announced back on 9 August 2017. You can be forgiven for not realising this even if you live in the US, as it hasn’t exactly... Read more

What's my Facebook trustworthiness score?
What's my Facebook trustworthiness score? By Maggie Tillman

Facebook has revealed it rates whether you are trustworthy. And it's doing this to help combat the spread of fake news on its platform.It sounds like an episode of Black Mirror, right? But the social network said it started scoring its users’ trustworthiness... Read more

Facebook's Tinder-like dating service leaks out, see it here
Facebook's Tinder-like dating service leaks out, see it here By Maggie Tillman

Remember that Tinder-like service Facebook is developing? Early screenshots of it have just leaked online.A couple of months ago Facebook announced at its F8 developer conference that it was developing a dating app. We now know the company is internally... Read more

What are Facebook Stories? Here's how to use Facebook Stories and get the most from them
What are Facebook Stories? Here's how to use Facebook Stories and get the most from them By Maggie Tillman

Facebook launched Facebook Stories on mobile last year and now they have come to the desktop version of the social networking site. Facebook Stories are Instagram and Snapchat-style quick updates that disappear after 24 hours; they don't stick around... Read more

Facebook Watch Party: How the group watching feature works
Facebook Watch Party: How the group watching feature works By Maggie Tillman

Facebook has launched a new feature: Watch Party.Watch Party is a way for people to watch videos on Facebook together in real time. Here's what you need to know about it, including how it works. 17 Facebook tips and tricks you probably never heard about... Read more

What is Facebook's new game streaming hub and how does it work?
What is Facebook's new game streaming hub and how does it work? By Maggie Tillman

Facebook has launched a dedicated game streaming hub: FB.gg.This hub gives Facebook Live streamers - who primarily stream gameplay - a landing page to find streams and start a live stream. It also gives Facebook a chance to compete with YouTube Gaming... Read more

Facebook copies Musical.ly and Dubsmash with Lip Sync Live tool
Facebook copies Musical.ly and Dubsmash with Lip Sync Live tool By Maggie Tillman

Facebook is going after Musical.ly and Dubsmash.The social network is no stranger to replicating popular apps and features. For instance, the Stories feature in both Facebook and Instagram is lifted straight from Snapchat. Now, Facebook has announced... Read more

How to watch Mark Zuckerberg's European Parliament meeting online
How to watch Mark Zuckerberg's European Parliament meeting online By Maggie Tillman

Facebook's CEO is about to sit down for another government hearing, but this one is in front of the European Parliament instead of US Congress.In April, Mark Zuckerberg survived hours of questioning from members of Congress. If there was one takeaway,... Read more

UK government plans laws to regulate social media giants, such as Facebook and Twitter
UK government plans laws to regulate social media giants, such as Facebook and Twitter By Rik Henderson

The UK government is planning legislation to tackle the internet's "Wild West".Social media firms will be targeted in order to make internet interaction safer for children and young people, as culture secretary Matt Hancock promised to make Britain the... Read more

What is Facebook's Clear History tool and how does it work?
What is Facebook's Clear History tool and how does it work? By Elyse Betters

Don't you wish you could just 'clear' your Facebook history?With the recent Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, many people became aware of how much data Facebook tracks and keeps on them, as well as how that data can be easily monetised (and weaponised)... Read more

Facebook's smart speakers: What's the story so far?
Facebook's smart speakers: What's the story so far? By Elyse Betters

Facebook plans to give Amazon a run for its money.For the past few months, reports have claimed that Facebook is developing a touchscreen-enabled smart device, possibly called Portal. It's meant to compete with Amazon Echo Show. Facebook reportedly plans... Read more

Facebook's F8 event recap: All the announcements that matter
Facebook's F8 event recap: All the announcements that matter By Elyse Betters

Day one of Facebook's F8 developer conference is done and dusted.The company wrapped up its keynote, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg doing his best to keep developers interested in building for his platform. He attempted to rally them, but at the same time,... Read more

Facebook Messenger Kids: How does it work and where is it available?
Facebook Messenger Kids: How does it work and where is it available? By Elyse Betters

Facebook has a version of Messenger for kids - and months after launching on iOS, it's now available on Android.Appropriately called Messenger Kids, it’s a relatively new messaging app designed specifically for children between the ages of six and 12.... Read more

Is this Facebook's mystery smart speaker?
Is this Facebook's mystery smart speaker? By Max Langridge

Despite the recent Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Facebook is still expected to launch a voice-enabled smart speaker at some point. It was expected to be unveiled at the company's F8 conference in May, but due to other recent events, that may now not... Read more

Zuckerberg goes to DC: 9 ridiculous moments from the hearings
Zuckerberg goes to DC: 9 ridiculous moments from the hearings By Elyse Betters

Mark Zuckerberg has survived hours of questioning from members of Congress. And if there's one takeaway from the whole thing, it's that US lawmakers seem to know very little about how the internet works.The hearings were to be a crucial moment for Facebook,... Read more

Mark Zuckerberg dodges monopoly questions, suggests Facebook won't always be free
Mark Zuckerberg dodges monopoly questions, suggests Facebook won't always be free By Elyse Betters

Earlier, Pocket-lint tried to come up with some Facebook alternatives...And then, it occurred to us that there are no competitors at the same scale. If you have a job where you manage a Facebook brand page or group, you need a Facebook account. And if... Read more

Facebook sends warning message to users affected by Cambridge Analytica scandal
Facebook sends warning message to users affected by Cambridge Analytica scandal By Max Langridge

Facebook has started rolling out a message to the news feed of the Facebook mobile application that will let users know if their data was improperly shared with data-analytics firm Cambridge Analytica.  Facebook scandal: Anybody could have had their... Read more

Facebook Messenger will add ‘unsend’ feature since it deleted Zuckerberg’s messages
Facebook Messenger will add ‘unsend’ feature since it deleted Zuckerberg’s messages By Elyse Betters

Facebook just can't seem to do anything right lately.TechCrunch has revealed that Facebook, the company, quietly deletes messages that its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has sent out in the past via Messenger, which means the executive has the ability to retract... Read more

Facebook scandal: Anybody could have had their profile scraped. And yes, that means you
Facebook scandal: Anybody could have had their profile scraped. And yes, that means you By Elyse Betters

Facebook has provided an update on the Cambridge Analytica scandal and it's not good news - specifically that anybody could have had their profile scraped by nasty people submitting phone numbers or email addresses they already have through Facebook's... Read more

Protect your data: How to remove multiple apps at once on Facebook
Protect your data: How to remove multiple apps at once on Facebook By Elyse Betters

Facebook has faced a lot of criticism as of late, so it's doubling down, trying to make things right.It has laid out a three-step plan it is now following to ensure another Cambridge Analytica scandal won't happen again. People have now realised their... Read more

Facebook delayed unveiling its smart speaker due to recent data scandal
Facebook delayed unveiling its smart speaker due to recent data scandal By Elyse Betters

Facebook is delaying its entry into the hardware business.For the past few months, reports have claimed that Facebook is developing a video chat device possibly called Portal or Aloha. It's meant to compete with Amazon’s Echo Show and other Echo devices.Facebook... Read more

Facebook has recorded everything you’ve ever done on the site and here’s how you can see it
Facebook has recorded everything you’ve ever done on the site and here’s how you can see it By Elyse Betters

Facebook has a tonne of data on you and your friends.With the recent revelations that third-party companies, like Cambridge Analytica, were allegedly using data harvested from their Facebook apps to, among other things, sway political opinion, people... Read more

Cambridge Analytica scandal: Mark Zuckerberg breaks silence, promises three changes to Facebook
Cambridge Analytica scandal: Mark Zuckerberg breaks silence, promises three changes to Facebook By Elyse Betters

Facebook's CEO has finally responded to the Cambridge Analytica scandal and laid out a three-step plan to remedy the incident.The scandal, which revealed that a UK-based digital analytics firm had harvested data from more than 50 million Facebook users... Read more

How to permanently delete Facebook but keep your photos and more
How to permanently delete Facebook but keep your photos and more By Elyse Betters

Maybe it's time to delete Facebook.If you're anything like us, you've been a user of the service for more than a decade. You've probably developed a love-hate relationship with it, but after this latest Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which your Facebook... Read more

Cambridge Analytica scandal: What you need to know and how to change your Facebook settings
Cambridge Analytica scandal: What you need to know and how to change your Facebook settings By Elyse Betters

Facebook is embroiled in a hot mess right now, largely in part due to its own failings to secure user data obtained by Cambridge Analytica.On 16 March, following a ground-breaking report in The Observer, the social network giant confirmed that it had... Read more

Facebook is making an Echo Show-like video chat device called Portal
Facebook is making an Echo Show-like video chat device called Portal By Elyse Betters

Facebook might be getting into the hardware business.According to a report from Cheddar's Alex Heath, Facebook has developed a video chat device. It's called Portal, and it's meant to compete with Amazon’s Echo Show and other Echo devices. Facebook... Read more

Don't want to unfollow a friend? Facebook now lets you 'snooze' them
Don't want to unfollow a friend? Facebook now lets you 'snooze' them By Elyse Betters

We've all had to unfollow a friend on Facebook.You like them, sort of, but they're a little annoying with the a) political posts b) baby photos c) ALL CAPS statuses, or some combination of the three. Anyway, in order to avoid seeing their stuff, you can... Read more

What is Facebook Creator and what can you do with it?
What is Facebook Creator and what can you do with it? By Elyse Betters

Facebook is going all in on video.The social network has been focusing hardcore on video lately, with a big push into live video broadcasts, 360-degree videos, stories, auto-playing clips in the news feed, as well as the launch of a dedicated place to... Read more

Facebook Trust Indicators: What are they and can they stop fake news?
Facebook Trust Indicators: What are they and can they stop fake news? By Elyse Betters

Fake news is an international crisis.The issues surrounding fake news are complex: first, you have world leaders using the term "fake news" as a way to deligitamise all media coverage of their regimes, and then there is the widespread sharing of misinformation,... Read more

Facebook Messenger payments: How to send and receive money in the UK
Facebook Messenger payments: How to send and receive money in the UK By Elyse Betters

Facebook Messenger has launched a new feature for UK users.The feature, peer-to-peer payments, has been available to Messenger users in the US since 2015. It essentially allows you to send and receive money from Facebook friends - all via Messenger, and... Read more

What is Facebook 360 photo capture and how does it work?
What is Facebook 360 photo capture and how does it work? By Elyse Betters

Facebook has long supported different types of media, and it's latest feature, called 360 photo capture, is a prime example.The company has updated its main Facebook app so that you can capture and share 360-degree photos. No, you don't need a 360-degree... Read more

Facebook's Echo Show-like device is codenamed Aloha, coming in 2018
Facebook's Echo Show-like device is codenamed Aloha, coming in 2018 By Elyse Betters

Facebook is getting serious about making hardware for consmers.According to a report from Business Insider, Facebook is making a video chat device, which is codenamed Aloha, and Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth is leading the project. This report follows... Read more

Facebook: Here's how to make GIFs using the app's built-in camera
Facebook: Here's how to make GIFs using the app's built-in camera By Elyse Betters

Facebook's mobile app offers a new feature: GIF-making.The social network has updated the Facebook app's camera with the option to make a short GIF, or rather "two-second looping videos", which you can then share in a Facebook Story or on your profile.... Read more

What is Facebook Watch and which shows are available now?
What is Facebook Watch and which shows are available now? By Elyse Betters

After months of rumors, Facebook's original TV plans are official.The social network, which has been focusing hardcore on video lately with a big push into live video broadcasts, 360-degree videos, stories, and auto-playing clips in the news feed, said... Read more

Facebook Stories is coming to the desktop whether you want it or not
Facebook Stories is coming to the desktop whether you want it or not By Elyse Betters

Facebook's Snapchat clone is expanding beyond mobile devices.Facebook Stories, a feature that lets you share multiple photos and videos as part of a visual collection atop news feed, is only available in the Facebook and Messenger apps for mobile devices,... Read more

Is Facebook working on its own Echo Show-like video chat device?
Is Facebook working on its own Echo Show-like video chat device? By Elyse Betters

Facebook is getting deeper into hardware, with the purpose of going after Amazon and its Echo-line of smart devices.Bloomberg said Facebook is working on a "video chat device for the home". The social network's experimental Building 8 lab is developing... Read more

Facebook Messenger's personal assistant is about to get a lot better
Facebook Messenger's personal assistant is about to get a lot better By Elyse Betters

Facebook has acquired an artificial intelligence (AI) startup.The startup, called Ozlo, is based in Palo Alto, California, and according to Facebook, it'll help Facebook develop its personal assistant in the Messenger app: “They’re just going to... Read more

Facebook might make a modular phone that's also a smart speaker
Facebook might make a modular phone that's also a smart speaker By Elyse Betters

Your next phone could be a modular Facebook speaker phone.Facebook’s secretive lab, Building 8, is considering developing modular smartphones, according to Business Insider. The company filed a patent that was just published, and it includes details... Read more

Facebook says you use this emoji the most if you live in the UK
Facebook says you use this emoji the most if you live in the UK By Elyse Betters

It's World Emoji Day.Yes, that's a thing, but more importantly, in honour of this modern "holiday", Facebook has revealed which emoji are among the most popular. CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg specifically shared the top 10 most used emoji characters... Read more

Facebook won't launch its original TV shows until later this summer
Facebook won't launch its original TV shows until later this summer By Elyse Betters

We're learning more details about Facebook's original TV plans.According to The Wall Street Journal, Facebook will launch its own original series later this summer, with some of them being full-fledged cable TV productions. The 30-minute episodes will... Read more

Facebook Pride reaction: Here's how to get that rainbow flag 'like' button
Facebook Pride reaction: Here's how to get that rainbow flag 'like' button By Elyse Betters

Have you noticed recently that some people can respond to Facebook posts with rainbow flag 'likes'?This new type of 'like' button is actually called the Pride reaction. In June, Facebook launched a set of features to celebrate Pride month, including the... Read more

Facebook might launch its own premium TV shows next month
Facebook might launch its own premium TV shows next month By Elyse Betters

Facebook is going after Netflix and other streaming services with its own original programming. The social network, which has been focusing hardcore on video lately with a big push into live video broadcasts, 360-degree videos, stories, and auto-playing... Read more

Reactions everywhere: Now you can 'sad' or 'wow' on FB comments
Reactions everywhere: Now you can 'sad' or 'wow' on FB comments By Elyse Betters

Facebook just gave you another way to express yourself.The platform already allows you to interact and engage in a number of ways, whether you want to go live or broadcast a story, and now you can “sad” or “wow” on not only posts and individual... Read more

Facebook's latest internet-beaming drone is a tiny tethered helicopter
Facebook's latest internet-beaming drone is a tiny tethered helicopter By Elyse Betters

Facebook wants the entire world to have internet. And as part of that quest, it has developed a small helicopter drone.Here's the thing: the more people there are with internet, the more people it can get to sign up for Facebook. Naturally, Facebook... Read more

Facebook's new Surround 360 VR cameras will go on sale this year
Facebook's new Surround 360 VR cameras will go on sale this year By Elyse Betters

Facebook just introduced a second-generation Surround 360.The social network is kicking off the second day of its (mostly) annual F8 developer conference, and buried in a flurry of updates and sessions there was an announcement that the Surround 360,... Read more

What is Facebook M? Facebook Messenger's AI assistant explained
What is Facebook M? Facebook Messenger's AI assistant explained By Elyse Betters

We are officially living in the age of assistants.Following in the footsteps of Apple Siri, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana, and Samsung Bixby, Facebook has launched M. It is described as a "helpful assistant in Messenger, powered by... Read more

Facebook Personal Fundraisers: How do you start one, are there fees, and does it work like GoFundMe?
Facebook Personal Fundraisers: How do you start one, are there fees, and does it work like GoFundMe? By Elyse Betters

Facebook isn't done copying competing, popular services, apparently.Mere days after it completed its assault on Snapchat by launching Facebook Stories, the social network has launched another new feature that aims to make GoFundMe and other charitable-giving... Read more

Yaass! Facebook is finally testing GIFs in comments (but not for posts)
Yaass! Facebook is finally testing GIFs in comments (but not for posts) By Elyse Betters

Facebook lets you send GIFs in Messenger, but there's no native way to use one in a comment on Facebook itself.But that might soon change. Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch it will soon begin testing a GIF button that lets users post GIFs in comments.... Read more

What is Facebook Live, how does it work, and which devices support it?
What is Facebook Live, how does it work, and which devices support it? By Elyse Betters

In an attempt to rival Twitter-owned Periscope, Facebook lets mobile users broadcast live videos. Now, more than a year after introducing Facebook Live, all users can now go live from a computer.With this functionality, Facebook is going after desktop-aimed... Read more

Is Facebook going to show off new hardware products at F8 in April?
Is Facebook going to show off new hardware products at F8 in April? By Elyse Betters

Facebook might debut new hardware as early as next month.Business Insider has reported that Building 8, a year-old unit at Facebook, is working on “at least four unannounced consumer hardware products”, and it suggested more details about these hardware... Read more