Facebook announced a host of new features aimed at encouraging publishers to share more content on the social network, introducing the ability to target posts by users’ interests, a way to eliminate posts that are out of date, a new Smart Publishing tool and improvements to domain insights.
Not content to let Instagram have all the survey fun, some Facebook users (including this writer) began seeing invitations atop their News Feeds to participate in a survey about their experiences with Facebook Login and applications.
Facebook is overhauling its support system for its Preferred Marketing Developers, announcing that in the next week, support queries will be routed through its Support Dashboard, rather than via PMD Support Forms.
Facebook hosted Security @Scale 2014 at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Oct. 29, and production engineer Fernanda Weiden recapped the proceedings in a post on the Facebook engineering blog, which also included videos of the event’s presentations.
Should tech companies stick with the practice of individual code ownership, where one engineer is responsible for his or her code throughout its usage? Facebook software engineer Pierre Raynaud-Richard explained why the process is not used at the social network in a post on its engineering blog.
Facebook continued its focus on security with two announcements Wednesday related to its white-hat program: The social network is doubling the bounties that it will pay out to researchers who discover white-hat bugs its ads code, and it released a “Bounty Hunter’s Guide” containing detailed instructions on how to submit those bugs.
Facebook engineers have solved a long-term mobile bugging issue in iOS, reducing its crash rate by more than 50 percent. According to the company’s engineering blog, one of mobile’s top crashes was in the Apple Core Data system. The team received the crashes into a report analyzer, but it took months for them to create the correct approach to the problem.
Facebook responded via email to advertisers who were victimized by a bug Tuesday night, which resulted in several of them receiving receipts that detailed other advertisers’ campaigns and spending.