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Facebook and Instagram services restored after major global disruption

Facebook, which acquired Instagram for $1bn in 2012, has not provided an official reason for the outage. Photograph: Tom Dymond/Rex Features Facebook and Instagram were offline to many users on Wednesday afternoon in what appeared to be a global connection problem. The website Down Detector suggested users of both social media sites began reporting problems at about 4pm, with Europe and North America seemingly ... Read More »

Facebook Messenger Plagued With Malicious Links Spreading Malware: Kaspersky

HIGHLIGHTS This malicious links are sent by unknown cybercriminals They are sent from your friends account, making them look genuine This link leads you to fake websites and tracking your browser activity The latest social chat service to become a victim of malicious malware and adware links is Facebook Messenger. According to Kaspersky Labs, cybercriminals are sending malicious links to Facebook ... Read More »

How Facebook prioritizes privacy when you die

Should your parents be able to read your Facebook messages if you die? Facebook explained why it won’t let them in a post in its Hard Questions series today about social networking after death. Facebook admits it doesn’t have all the answers, but it has come up with some decent solutions to some issues with what it calls Memorialized Profiles and a “Legacy ... Read More »

Facebook flush with advertising money

Facebook revenues and profits soared in the most recent quarter, as advertising dollars poured into the social media company and users continued to flock to the site. More than two billion people – more than a quarter of the world’s population – log into the site every month, a powerful draw for advertisers. The firm said revenues hit $9.3bn (£7.09bn) ... Read More »

Facebook Camera Gets Its Own Animated GIF Image Creator

HIGHLIGHTS The new feature has been spotted on Facebook for iOS Users will be able to create short GIFs that can be shared Facebook last month introduced the GIF option in the comments section When it comes to communication on social media platforms, animated GIF images are perhaps as important as emojis. These two have in a way managed to ... Read More »

Jayden K Smith: Why you should ignore this Facebook hacker hoax

Contrary to that message, there is no hacker called Jayden K Smith CREDIT: REUTERS  Telegraph Reporters  10 JULY 2017 • 11:50AM Facebook users are being duped into circulating a hoax message warning them not to accept friend requests from an account called Jayden K Smith. The message, being sent via Facebook Messenger, warns that the account is a hacker who “has the ... Read More »

Facebook Struggles in Legal Fight to Keep the Oculus Rift on Shelves

Facebook was back in federal court today to plead with a judge to reject ZeniMax’s request to halt sales of the Oculus Rift headset. The argument by Facebook’s lawyers could work, but it sure doesn’t make the company’s defense against the original suit look any stronger. In February, a jury ordered Facebook to pay ZeniMax $300 million in damages over ... Read More »

Facebook’s Pride reaction should be available to everyone

Facebook is taking some heat for the pride reactions roll-out this month. The social media network added a rainbow reaction to its standard reactions in support of LGBTQ pride month. The problem: in places like Russia, users don’t have access to the new reactions. This isn’t the first time Facebook has kept special limited-time reactions to certain areas; it didn’t ... Read More »

Facebook: Zero tolerance policy on violent content ‘does not mean zero occurrence’

While Facebook is doing everything in its power to make it a safe place for brands and users, it’s impossible to completely weed out crime and violence on its platform, global head of sales Carolyn Everson told CNBC. “Our policy is zero tolerance — that doesn’t mean zero occurrence,” Everson said. Facebook has been under fire for several incidents including ... Read More »

Facebook Backed by Appeals Court in Denying Parents Access to Dead Teen’s Account

HIGHLIGHTS The 15-year-old was killed by a Berlin underground train in 2012 Her parents are asking to access her Facebook account to inquire details German court backed Facebook’s decision to forbid the access to account A German court on Wednesday backed online giant Facebook in its battle to reject a demand by the parents of a dead teenage girl for ... Read More »