The Mac Life releases a video of McGregor touring the Facebook office before undertaking various media duties. He then tries virtual reality gaming.
This is completely outside of the fight world. I didn’t think I would get on the front cover of a UFC video game. I saw a lot of things, but I didn’t see video games. But I’m happy to be here. I get approached all the time with roles and all this stuff. Not many of them are interesting but this one was definitely of interest to me so I went with it and it’s been good. It’s such a big game. I play a good load of games, but there’s only two games I actually really play that I’ve been obsessed with: The UFC game and Call of Duty. Now I’m in both of them. It’s very surreal.
Zuckerberg decides not to censor Trump’s posts on Facebook, despite employees petitioning for the removal of posts as ‘hate speech’. The decision has prompted employees across the company to complain on Facebook’s internal messaging service and in person to Zuckerberg and other managers that it was bending the site’s rules for Trump. Some employees who review content on Facebook threatened to quit. Facebook:
In the weeks ahead, we’re going to begin allowing more items that people find newsworthy, significant, or important to the public interest—even if they might otherwise violate our standards.
Facebook has never contacted us about employee complaints and has never removed a post. We are not concerned about the liberal Clinton elites who are so intolerant of conservative ideas that they would seek to censor the Trump campaign’s enormously successful Facebook engagement.
Germany’s interior minister visits Facebook’s offices in Berlin and said it should be more proactive in removing forbidden content from its social network platform. The German government has been critical of Facebook in the past. Political leaders and regulators have complained the world’s largest social network, with 1.6 billion monthly users, had been slow to respond to hate speech and anti-immigrant messages. De Maizier:
Facebook should take down racist content or calls for violence from its pages on its own initiative even if it hasn’t yet received a complaint.
Facebook changes its trending news feature to an automated solution, which the company says will eliminate bias caused by human curation.
Our goal is to enable Trending for as many people as possible, which would be hard to do if we relied solely on summarizing topics by hand. A more algorithmically driven process allows us to scale Trending to cover more topics and make it available to more people globally over time. This is something we always hoped to do but we are making these changes sooner given the feedback we got from the Facebook community earlier this year. the potential for bias, the Company says it will no longer rely on editors to write descriptions for the topics and would instead show users the topic and how many people are discussing it.
Facebook releases an iPhone app, called Lifestage, that allows teens to watch clips about the lives of their classmates. Anyone can download the app, although seeing profiles of other users is reserved for those 21 years of age or younger. The social network allows users to make video clips to describe likes, peeves, dance styles, and other aspects of their character. The app is designed by Facebook product manager Michael Sayman, who is 19 years old.
Back in 2004, Facebook was all about ‘who I am’. I could post my relationship status. I could share what my favourite music was. And it was all about expressing myself. Today as Facebook has grown into so much more, we see the opportunity to explore that concept of ‘who I am’ once again, but for Generation Z in 2016.
In a letter sent to organizations, Facebook says it is testing ways to improve its ‘real names’ policy, with changes coming in December.
Facebook users do not have to use their real names, but must use the name that they use in real-life. Some organizations fear that some users, including domestic abuse victims and those in the LGBT community, may face harassment if forced to use their legal name. Those looking to confirm their identity, without government-issued IDs, for instance, will have space to explain their situation to Facebook and, those looking to report users they think are using an improper identity, are being asked for evidence.
We want to reduce the number of people and to make it easier for people to confirm their name if necessary… It’s a balance to get this right — we want to find a line that minimizes bullying but maximises the potential for people to be their authentic selves on Facebook.
Facebook starts notifying users if it believes their accounts have been targeted or compromised by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation-state. Whenever a user’s account is accessed by a new device or browser, the company will send a security code to the account owner’s phone to verify that only the account user is trying to access the account.
The security of people’s accounts is paramount at Facebook, which is why we constantly monitor for potentially malicious activity and offer many options to proactively secure your account. Starting today, we will notify you if we believe your account has been targeted or compromised by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation-state.
Facebook starts testing “reactions,” which extend the site’s “like button” functions with new options : Love, Haha, Yay, Wow, Sad and Angry. Keeping with Zuckerberg’s wishes, there is no “Dislike” button. The test is currently limited to users in Ireland and Spain. Zuckerberg:
For many years though, people have asked us to add a “dislike” button. Not every moment is a good moment, and sometimes you just want a way to express empathy. These are important moments where you need the power to share more than ever, and a Like might not be the best way to express yourself. Reactions gives you new ways to express love, awe, humor and sadness. It’s not a dislike button, but it does give you the power to easily express sorrow and empathy — in addition to delight and warmth.
Facebook launches a feature for its photo-editing suite of tools that gives you the ability to scribble right on a photo before publishing it to the social network.
Zuckerberg says Facebook will roll out a button that lets users dislike comments and posts.
I think people have asked about the dislike button for many years. Today is a special day because today is the day I can say we’re working on it and shipping it.
Zuckerberg said the initial interface for Facebook didn’t allow for a dislike button because he didn’t want it to become a Reddit-like forum where posts and comments get upvoted and downvoted.
That isn’t what we’re here to build in the world. What they really want is the ability to express empathy. Not every moment is a good moment.
Facebook expands the free basic mobile internet service, saying it will help billions of people without internet, mostly from Latin America, Asia, and Africa. It now allows any mobile operator to develop under the platform. The service has brought over 9 million people online over the past year with more than half of the users end up paying to access the wider web within 30 days. Source:
This is really a customer acquisition tool for mobile operators where the benefit to them of offering a very light amount of free data is to bring on more paying subscribers to their networks.
A state appeals court says Facebook cannot challenge search warrants used by New York prosecutors in 2013 to get information from the site on hundreds of users suspected of Social Security fraud, including police officers and firefighters who allegedly feigned illness in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The court rules the warrants can only be challenged by the individual defendants. Prosecutors said Facebook pages showed public employees who claimed to be disabled riding jet skis, playing golf and participating in martial arts events. Prosecutors have secured nearly $25 million from people who were targets in the probe. DA spokesperson:
In many cases, evidence on their Facebook accounts directly contradicted the lies the defendants told to the Social Security Administration.
Facebook is considering an appeal.
Facebook is testing a feature that allows some small and medium businesses to sell products through their pages. Users can browse products on the company Facebook profile pages and either buy directly from their facebook page or be redirected to the company’s website. The feature is being tried in both mobile and desktop sites.
Facebook is valued at over $250 billion just three years after its IPO, the fastest company to reach that benchmark in Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. It is now the ninth largest company in the S&P 500.
Rebecca Arthur, 17, from Connecticut is reported missing after flying to Morocco to meet, Simo El Adala, her Facebook boyfriend. Police have taken a missing person report and have appealed to the public to come up with any information they know.
The social network company reveals that more than half of its US staff are white, with the proportion dropping slightly from 57% to 55%. The proportion of Asian employees increased by 2% to 36%, but the shares of hispanic and black people or those of “two or more races” remain flat at 4%, 2% and 3% respectively. Facebook’s senior leadership has 73% filled by white people. Facebook also made little progress increasing the proportion of female employees, 68% of its global employees are male – a decrease of 1%. Among its employees working on its core technology 84% are male, down from 85% last year. Facebook hired an additional seven black people out of an overall headcount increase of 1,231 in 2013. At that time Facebook employed just 45 black staff out of a total US workforce of 4,263. There are no black people in senior management.
The European Union is investigating the transfer of data from European Facebook users to advertisers in the United States. If found against, Facebook could face fines and be forced to change their privacy settings. French data protection regulator:
Obviously, there are privacy issues, this investigation is only to determine the extent.
Facebook Canada release a system to send out notices and photos to assist in child abduction cases. A similar system has been working for the past four months in the United States.
[We hope that] the new system would help turn the social network community in Canada into one big neighbourhood watch.
Facebook introduces the inclusion of articles by selected publishers inside the Facebook iOS app. Publishers include The Atlantic, BBC, BuzzFeed, Bild, The Guardian, National Geographic, NBC, Spiegel, and The New York Times. Not all pieces from these publishers will be distributed as an Instant Article at first. Pubnlishers will receive 100$% of ad revenues on their own ads, or 70% of ad revbenue when Facebook sells ads on their behalf. The app allows sharing of articles to Pinterest and Twitter. Product Manager:
Along with a faster experience, Instant Articles introduces a suite of interactive features that allow publishers to bring their stories to life in new ways. Zoom in and explore high-resolution photos by tilting your phone. Watch auto-play videos come alive as you scroll through stories. Explore interactive maps, listen to audio captions, and even like and comment on individual parts of an article in-line.
Facebook announce three changes to the content that is displayed in users news feed. The changes will increase the amount of content from close friends in users feed.
The first is improving the experience for people who don’t have a lot of content available to see. Previously, we had rules in place to prevent you from seeing multiple posts from the same source in a row. With this update, we are relaxing this rule…The second update tries to ensure that content posted directly by the friends you care about, such as photos, videos, status updates or links, will be higher up in News Feed so you are less likely to miss it. If you like to read news or interact with posts from pages you care about, you will still see that content in News Feed…Lastly, many people have told us they don’t enjoy seeing stories about their friends liking or commenting on a post. This update will make these stories appear lower down in News Feed or not at all, so you are more likely to see the stuff you care about directly from friends and the pages you have liked.
Zuckerberg holds an “Ask Me Anything” session where he answers questions from celebrities such as Shakira and Richard Branson, as well as ordinary Facebook users. Questions include: how Facebook will connect the world better; how he sees technology helping the disadvantaged; how many hours he works a week, and requests to see pictures of his dog, Beast.
Facebook releases a blog post about its investigation into claims that it tracked users without their consent, acknowledging the collection of nonusers’ data.
The report gets it wrong multiple times in asserting how Facebook uses information to provide our service to more than a billion people around the world…We don’t [track non-users], and this is not our practice. However, the researchers did find a bug that may have sent cookies to some people when they weren’t on Facebook. This was not our intention—a fix for this is already under way…Our practice is not to place cookies on the browsers of people who have visited sites with Social Plugins but who have never visited Facebook.com to sign up for an account. The authors identified a few instances when cookies may have been placed, and we began to address those inadvertent cases as soon as they were brought to our attention.
A report by the Belgian Privacy Commission says that Facebook is tracking non-users by placing cookies — a common way to track people’s browsing habits on the Web — on “some” people’s browsers, even if they had never visited Facebook.com. The researchers hold that Facebook is collecting data from users who have logged out of their accounts or opted out of tracking altogether, monitoring them through the social buttons (social plug-ins) used to share third-party content, and placing cookies on users and non-users who visit websites that are owned by the facebook.com domain.
It is important to note that tracking of non-users initiates even if one does not visit the Facebook homepage. In principle, any page belonging to the facebook.com domain will result in the placement of a long-term, identifying cookie (e.g., an event page, a shop page, fan page …)
The Company says it will take down “graphic images when they are shared for sadistic pleasure or to celebrate or glorify violence,” and that it will not tolerate “supporting or praising leaders [criminal or terrorist] organizations, or condoning their violent activities.”
Nudity will banned except for images of breastfeeding, art or discussions of medical conditions:
These standards are designed to create an environment where people feel motivated and empowered to treat each other with empathy and respect.
The Company removes the “feeling fat” emoticon from its status menu after the group Endangered Bodies launched multiple Change.org petitions to persuade Facebook to remove the puffed-up and rosy cheeked image. The group says the option is problematic for people who struggle with eating disorders. Facebook:
We’ve heard from our community that listing ‘feeling fat’ as an option for status updates could reinforce negative body image, particularly for people struggling with eating disorders. So we’re going to remove ‘feeling fat’ from the list of options. We’ll continue to listen to feedback as we think about ways to help people express themselves on Facebook.
Catherine Weingarten, a 24-year-old Ohio student who launched the U.S. petition:
As someone who struggled with body image, I feel so happy that I am eliminating one form of body shaming hatred on the internet.
Facebook joins with Now Matters Now, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Save.org and Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention to give users more options to report posts indicating the user could be thinking of self harm. Users will be able to click a small arrow at the top right of the post and click “Report Post” If Facebook feels like the post indicates distress, the person who posted it will be greeted with a pop when he or she next logs in.
The Company introduces a custom gender option for all Facebook US English users worldwide. The custom field allows user to add just about whatever they’d like whether it’s transgender, transgender,transexual, or lumbersexual. This option adds to the 50 gender options added last year.
A U.S. District Judge rules that Facebook Inc. must face the class action lawsuit, dismissing some state law claims against the company but largely denying Facebook’s attempt to dismiss the suit. Facebook had argued that the alleged scanning of its users’ messages was covered by an exception under the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act, but Judge Hamilton says it has:
not offered a sufficient explanation of how the challenged practice falls within the ordinary course of its business.
Facebook partners with the National Football League, showing short video clips featuring the NFL, such as highlights, news and fantasy football advice, to be followed by ads from Verizon Wireless. Facebook and the NFL are to share ad revenue. Facebook spokeswoman:
This is a small video sponsorship test, and we will be evaluating how people, publishers, and marketers respond to this kind of co-branded video content on Facebook.
Facebook adds an auto-enhancing feature for pictures taken and uploaded from mobile apps. The enhancing can be altered or removed when the picture is captioned or the feature can be disabled altogether. Facebook director of engineering Brian Cabral explains that the feature is meant to be a clean up tool, only.
Pragmatically this means you can see something in shadow and bright light when both are in the same scene. Even though your eye is adapting as you move your eye around, you remember the whole scene as if it was evenly lit.
Several companies are piloting the new product aimed at enterprise collaboration, which has been under testing for six months internally at Facebook and is expected to roll out in a wider launch within a few months. The enterprise app will be separately hosted from the private app but will share features such as News Feed, Messenger, and Groups, which Facebook employees are already using in a work context. A source says there are no ads in the piloted version but isn’t able to say what the final product will look like, or whether it will be available direct for download or sold to IT departments.
Zuckerberg gives the three-, five-, and 10-year outlooks for Facebook on the earnings call. He wants a billion users each for WhatsApp, Messenger, Search, Video, NewsFeed, Oculus and Instagram and will aggressively monetize them once they reach mass scale. He wants to improve the advertising experience, particularly on mobile, and will be investing in ways to better target and measure campaigns through data. Facebook wants to help brands measure online to offline sales conversions to boost ad spend on mobile which is currently only about 11% of ad budgets. Facebook also wants to build the next major computing platform, which Zuckerberg says could be augmented reality and Oculus. He also wants to bring the Internet to more people through Internet.org. Zuckerberg:
[…] You’ve heard me talk about our big company goals of connecting everyone, understanding the world and building the next generation of platforms. These goals are important for us and part of our foundation of our strategy for the next decade, but achieving these will involve many different efforts and steps along the way, some that will be achieved rapidly and others that are going to take longer.
Facebook removes a photo of Emma Bond feeding her baby Carene for the first time as it says the photo is offensive nudity. Bond had been told that Carene was unlikely to survive more than three days after she was born 12 weeks early on Oct. 3, weighing only 2lbs 2oz. She was able to breastfeed Carene for the first time on Sunday and uploaded the photo to show the ‘special moment’. It attracted 166,000 likes, but when others tried to share the picture on their profiles, an anonymous user flagged it as offensive and Facebook took it down. Bond:
It was the first time she had breastfed so there was a reason for me posting that particular picture. It was a magical moment and to have it removed the same day for breaching nudity policies was really rubbing salts in the wounds. The picture represents more than just me breastfeeding my newborn baby. Carene is very poorly and we fought very hard to get to this point.
Facebook reports $3.2 billion revenue for the quarter compared with a Wall Street consensus of $3.12 billion. Advertising revenue is $2.96 billion, up 64% from a year earlier, and EPS is $0.43 versus an expected $0.40. Monthly active users were 1.35 billion, up 14%, mobile monthly active users were 1.12 billion and daily active users were 864 million. Zuckerberg and Wehner give weaker guidance: full-year total GAP expenses including stock compensation may grow 45%-50% while 2015 expenses could be up 50%-70%. They say this is an ‘investment year’. Zuckerberg:
We’re going to prepare for the future by investing aggressively
ISIS disseminates content such as beheading videos and the ‘programs’ featuring Cantlie via anonymous paste sites. Links to the first video featuring Cantlie were placed on Justpaste.it, which allows anonymous uploads. Users were redirected to gulfup.com, sendspace.com and directmirror.com where they could view the video after entering a long password string, also provided on Justpaste.it. The group also uploads to Youtube but expects its content to be quickly deleted. ISIS-affiliated Twitter users with backup accounts announce simultaneously when content is being uploaded. They have also hijacked hashtags for trending topics including the 2012 Scottish independence referendum to spread their message. Facebook’s Simon Milner says the company’s safety team in Dublin is ‘consumed’ by dealing with content emanating from the Syrian civil war. Twitter’s Sinéad McSweeney says it has a team working 24/7 to examine reports across a range of issues which is comprised of
in excess of 100 people
A post appears on Rivers’s Facebook saying that she is replacing her 2010 model iPhone:
This badass is being replaced by an iPhone 6 (not the fat one). I got this one in 2010, and after 4 years, my only complaint is that apps are now designed for bigger screens, and the battery is getting tired.
Apparently an automated marketing message, the post is quickly deleted.
Online brokerage firm TD Ameritrade says pre-open orders for Alibaba ($BABA) were around three times the volume it received for Twitter on its market debut day, and higher than the volume it received for Facebook.
Facebook is testing a feature that allows users to set a time when their status updates will disappear. This feature will allow Facebook to be more like Snapchat. Snapchat allows users to send photos, texts or videos that disappear in a matter of seconds, and is very popular among young users. A Facebook spokesman said the feature is part of a “small pilot” that is available only for certain people using Facebook’s iOS app.
A new feature allowing users to perform a “privacy checkup” is announced. The privacy feature has a blue dinosaur to help guide users through the process. The feature starts by displaying the share settings for the user’s Facebook posts and gives an option to change them. Next, the checkup shows the apps that have access to the user’s Facebook information and whether or not usage of those apps is displayed publicly. The apps that are no longer used can be deleted and the display options adjusted. Lastly, the personal information for the user is displayed, like work history, birthday, email address, etc., with options for the user to delete or change any of the information. Paddy Underwood, Facebook product manager writes in a blog post:
We know you come to Facebook to connect with friends, not with us”But we also know how important it is to be in control of what you share and who you share with.
A study on Facebook Autoplay claims that the feature may be to blame for above normal data usage. It concludes that this feature can cause users to max out their data limits and suffer higher charges more often than before it was rolled out. The Facebook Autoplay feature also sometimes causes videos to play automatically, when a person is at a computer. While this may not be a problem for many computer users, it could still be one for those with the limited data that is offered by many satellite internet providers.
While the company was performing configurations to the infrastructure of the online service, many users were unable to access Facebook today for approximately 20 minutes. At around 1:00 pm PST service returned to the US, Germany and other places after the short period of difficulty accessing the site. Some users are still having trouble accessing the service:
Earlier today we encountered an error while making an infrastructure configuration change that briefly made it difficult for people to access Facebook.
The incident is under further investigation, and Facebook apologizes to its users for any inconveniences they experienced today.
A Facebook campaign is asking the public to make one last stand in honor of late actor and comedian Robin Williams. The group, Standing Ovation for Robin Williams, is calling for people in San Francisco — and beyond — to stop what they’re doing at 1 p.m. August 18 and cheer Williams for a minute. So far, 30,000 have signed up.
Facebook adds a satire tag to help people distinguish between real news articles and satirical articles from sites like The Onion. A Facebook representative says they added it in response to user demand:
We are running a small test which shows the text ‘[Satire]’ in front of links to satirical articles in the related articles unit in News Feed. This is because we received feedback that people wanted a clearer way to distinguish satirical articles from others in these units.
In an effort to protect the site from cyber attacks, Facebook purchases PrivateCore, a company that builds security software. Joe Sullivan, Facebook’s chief security officer, says PrivateCore’s technology:
protects servers from persistent malware, unauthorized physical access, and malicious hardware devices.
Based in Palo Alto, CA, the company was started in 2012 by security experts from Google and VMware. PrivateCore CEO Oded Horovitz says the deal gives both companies “a huge opportunity to pursue our joint vision at scale with incredible impact.” Neither company discloses the purchase price.
Sergeant Burton Brink from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department tweets that people should not call 911 when Facebook is down. He says that multiple people called the emergency line during a one-hour period where Facebook was inaccessible.
Several teenagers in Cape Girardeau, Missouri are severely burnt after emulating “fire challenge” videos from YouTube and Facebook. They involve people putting alcohol or perfume on their skin and setting it on fire to see if they can handle the pain. Cape Girardeau Fire Battalion Chief Mark Starnes says many people have been taken to the emergency room due to this trend:
These kids are starting to challenge themselves more and more in a very dangerous way. We are starting to get more and more people that are confirmed going to the ER and we’ve had one confirmed death.
In a five-section report Shatner reviews Mentions against the Facebook Pages Apps, comparing feeds, insights, posts and notifications. Shatner notes that Mentions forces him to follow a another celebrity. When the app suggests he follow George Takei he rolls his eyes and follows Robert Downey Jr. instead.
If this app is for celebrities, then why force them to follow another celebrity in order to set up this app?
I’m not quite sure why Facebook released this app. It seems to be ill conceived. I will probably use it to post to my Facebook when I’m on my phone but it doesn’t allow for mail or groups. I will continue to use my regular Facebook App as well as the Pages app.
Facebook tests a buy button on Newsfeeds as well as in ads. The company says a lot of parts are still in the works such as the shopping cart process.
In a perfect world, you don’t have to check out.
That auto-pay option only works if Facebook already has a cusomter’s credit card information on file.
Regulators approve Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus. Facebook bought Oculus for $2 billion in March 2014, but it takes time for state and local anti-trust teams to approve the acquisition. The companies release a joint statement:
We’re looking forward to an exciting future together building the next computing platform and reimagining the way people communicate.