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.
Online security firm Kaspersky Lab released its Friend or Foe Facebook application, which is aimed at helping users assess the potential threat levels caused by interaction with friends on the social network.
Facebook has made its focus on producing stand-alone applications more than clear in recent weeks, but two of its pre-Facebook Creative Labs efforts, Poke and Camera, are now history, as the social network has removed them from the iTunes App Store.
Facebook introduced a way for brands to learn more about the audiences they are targeted with their ads on the social network in order to refine their strategies, and the new Audience Insights tool will begin rolling out to U.S. users of Ads Manager Thursday, with access outside of the U.S. to be added “in the coming months.”