With all of the mostly misguided hysteria about Facebook’s Messenger applications and the user data they request permission to access, satire and entertainment blog Cream Bmp Daily may have concocted the most outlandish tale to date, saying that illegal conversations conducted on the messaging apps are being forwarded to law-enforcement authorities.
Facebook appears to have tweaked its notifications icon to reflect the locations of its users.
Security outfit MyPermissions released version 3.0 of its Android application, which provides users with a dashboard displaying all apps on their devices that are accessing personal data, including via Facebook and other social networks.
Looking for an event to attend? Boulder, Colo.-based startup Eventblimp has more than 20 million of them aggregated in its hangar, from Facebook, Meetup, Eventbrite, Bandsintown, SeatGeek, and Eventful, accessible via the Web or its new iOS application.
Prepare to see fewer stories from applications in News Feed, as Facebook announced a change to its News Feed algorithm that will emphasize what it calls explicitly shared stories from apps, or stories that users share by taking explicit actions, and cut back on implicitly shared stories, or stories automatically shared by apps without actions by the users.
Nothing tells potential diners about restaurants as effectively as their menus do, so Facebook announced an easier way for restaurants in the U.S. and Canada to add their menus to their pages via the SinglePlatform online listings service from email marketing provider Constant Contact.
Facebook announced its Audience Insights tool earlier this month, aimed at giving brands ways to learn more about the audiences they are targeting with their ads on the social network, and some page administrators now have access to the new feature.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation released its 2014 Who Has Your Back? report, detailing Internet companies’ efforts to protect their users from government requests, and Facebook was one of a handful of companies to receive stars in all six criteria.