Co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has gone out of his way to mention Facebook’s groups feature during the company’s earnings calls for the third quarter of 2014 and fourth quarter of 2013, hinting during the latter that a stand-alone application might be forthcoming. Forthcoming is now here, as the social network announced the launch of its Facebook Groups app in a Newsroom post Tuesday, saying that the app is available in all countries, for iOS and Android.
Facebook users are going to like this news, and page administrators will likely not: The social network announced Friday that users will begin seeing fewer promotional posts — not ads, but posts from pages – in their News Feeds starting in January.
Expressing gratitude is a wonderful thing, and Facebook Wednesday introduced a way for users to do just that by creating personalized video cards for their friends and sharing them, Say Thanks.
Add Kenya to the expanding list of countries where the Internet.org application is available, joining Tanzania and Zambia, as Internet.org vice president Chris Daniels announced at AfricaCom in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday that Airtel subscribers in Kenya will gain access to the app later this week.
That was quick: One day after Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg mentioned during his town-hall question-and-answer session that the social network was working on adding more ways for users to control the content that appears in their News Feeds, product manager Greg Marra announced the release of new News Feed settings in a Newsroom post.
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, donated $25 million to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Foundation last month to aid the fight against the Ebola virus, and the social network announced Thursday that it is joining the fight with three related initiatives — offering an easy way for users to donate to the cause, teaming up with UNICEF to provide information and working with NetHope to connect medical and aid workers in affected regions.
Requests for Facebook user data and content restrictions in the first six months of 2014 were up some 24 percent compared with the same period of 2013, with a total of 34,946 requests, and the amount of content on the social network restricted by local laws rose about 19 percent year-over-year, according to the third global Government Requests Report, released Tuesday.