Friday is question-and-answer day at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., as co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg hosts a weekly Q&A where employees can ask him questions on any topic. Zuckerberg announced in a Facebook post that since all of the social network’s users can’t come to Menlo Park, he is bring Menlo Park to the users by hosting a community Q&A on Facebook.
By now, you’ve surely heard about the Facebook like-gate ban that will go into effect Nov. 5.
Facebook is experimenting with ways for security-conscious users to access the social network via Tor, and Alec Muffett, a software engineer for security infrastructure in the company’s London office, described the process in a note on the Protect the Graph page.
News Feed is the starting point for most Facebook users’ journeys through the social network, but it began slowing down on the flagship iOS application due to steps that were taken to speed up other components of the app. iOS developer Adam Ernst explained what steps were taken to quicken the loading of News Feed in a post on the Facebook engineering blog.
Facebook announced the release of version 2.2 of its Graph API and updated software-development kits for iOS and Android to support the updated application-programming interface, also revealing that its ads API now supports versioning.
Auto-play video ads debuted on Instagram Thursday, as Adweek reported that 15-second units from Disney, Activision, Lancôme, Banana Republic and The CW began running on the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network.
When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke at Madison Square Garden in New York Sept. 28, live streams of posts from Facebook and Twitter related to the event appeared on both the arena’s Jumbotron and screens in nearby Times Square thanks to a collaboration between Facebook and Vidpresso, which incorporates social media into live productions.
Facebook teamed up with computer-industry association USENIX in August to launch the Internet Defense Prize, aimed at highlighting research that could significantly improve the security of the Web, and in a Newsroom post Wednesday, Facebook chief security officer Joe Sullivan announced that the social network would grant up to $300,000 in awards for the project in 2015.