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Facebook Planning A Camera Device That You Attach to Your TV


Facebook’s next attempt at hardware will reportedly come in the form of a device that can be attached to a TV and provide the user with access to some video content. While this in principle sounds like what an Amazon Fire TV Stick or Roku Stick does, the difference will be Facebook’s option is expected to come equipped with a camera and will be a unit that needs to be attached to the top of the TV, instead of hidden behind the TV like most media devices these days. Though not confirmed by the company, who have reportedly declined to comment, the information on this new product comes courtesy of a new report out of Cheddar, which in turn credits “people familiar with the matter” for the details.

Facebook plans to hold out until Spring, 2019 before officially announcing the new TV-based device, although this is only a tentative date at the moment with one of the sources expressing the launch date could change, or be pushed back due to the device still being in the development stage.

Facebook Released A Redesigned Version Of Messenger


Messenger has gone back to the basics. Although the widgets are still present in the app, they’ve mostly been hidden away in spots where you can safely ignore them.

Facebook’s Portal

  •  Photo: Conrad Martin
Photo: Conrad Martin

Facebook recently announced the launch of Portal, its new smart home device for hands-free video calling.  Portal can track information like who you call, how frequently you call them and which apps you use — and that data could be used to serve you targeted ads on other platforms owned by the company.

2. In other security news, two new companies backed by SoftBank are teaming up to keep hackers from accessing your vulnerable smart home devices. (Think lightbulbs and thermostats.) Most devices that fall under the “Internet of Things” umbrella are notorious for flawed security, meaning hackers could use them to spread malware, access user data or gain control remotely.

Instagram Will Use Artificial Intelligence To Detect bullying In Photos


Although the majority of photos shared on Instagram are positive and bring people joy, occasionally a photo is shared that is unkind or unwelcome,” Adam Mosseri, the new head of Instagram, said in a press release. “We are now using machine learning technology to proactively detect bullying in photos and their captions and send them to our Community Operations team to review.”

Instagram’s parent company, Facebook, also introduced its own anti-bullying tools this month. Those features allow users to remove “troll comments” from their feeds, with the options to delete or hide comments in “bulk” and report comments on behalf of the victim. Facebook has hired thousands of people to look over content that may run afoul of its rules.


Facebook Takes Down Over Six Hundred Accounts Linked To Russia & Iran


The majority of the fake accounts appear to be linked to Iran, with some also said to be based in Russia. Twitter said that it has suspended 284 accounts.

Facebook said that it had identified 652 cases. They removed 652 Pages, groups and accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior that originated in Iran and targeted people across multiple internet services in the Middle East, Latin America, UK and US

The company credited cybersecurity firm FireEye for helping to identify a network known as ‘Liberty Front Press’ which appeared to be behind the campaign.

Facebook said that it had been monitoring some of the accounts for several months, and had deliberately delayed removal. The reason for the delay was because it would have been harder to understand their playbook and the extent of their network. It also limits their ability to coordinate with law enforcement, who often have investigations of their own. Thats why they’ve investigated some of these campaigns for many months and why they will continue working to find out more.

Twitter recently came under fire for taking a very long time to respond to hate speech by Alex Jones. Facebook recently started making two-factor authentication a requirement for some page managers to help verify their identity.

State-sponsored fake news is believed to have played a role in influencing both the US presidential election and the UK’s Brexit referendum.

Connections between suspected Iran-linked 'inauthentic'  websites and social media

Facebook Developing A Dating App?



Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had announced that they are indeed looking at developing a dating feature. Note, it won’t be a standalone app but introduced as a feature within Facebook, however it would be an optional feature for users. Facebook has begun testing the app within its employees. According to reports, the company has asked its employees to try the feature (of course, it’s optional) to test the end-to-end product experience for bugs and confusing UI (user interface).

Facebook Testing Subscription Groups


Facebook is starting to let Group admins charge $4.99 to $29.99 per month for access to special sub-Groups full of exclusive posts. A hand-picked array of parenting, cooking and “organize my home” Groups will be the first to get the chance to start a subscription Group open to their members.

Facebook is piloting subscriptions with a small number of groups to continue to support group admins who lead these communities.

 Group admins are looking for ways to help them earn money to deepen engagement with their members and continue to support their communities. Many admins do this today by creating an additional subscribers-only group that sits alongside their existing group, and rely on additional tools to track and collect payments

For example, Sarah Mueller’s Declutter My Home Group is launching a $14.99 per month Organize My Home subscription Group that will teach members how to stay tidy with checklists and video guides. The Grown and Flown Parents group is spawning a College Admissions and Affordability subscription group with access to college counselors for $29.99. Cooking On A Budget: Recipes & Meal Planning will launch a $9.99 Meal Planning Central Premium subscription group with weekly meal plans, shopping lists for different grocery stores and more

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