Did you know you had an interests lists option on Facebook? And do you even know what they are? Well, I’m about to tell you, but if you read nothing further, know this: They’re pretty terrible for businesses, and they can be great for individuals. Yes, Facebook actually does help you protect your own best interests (via lists).
Facebook continued to mark National Cyber Security Awareness Month with a note on the Facebook Security page from site integrity engineer Matt Jones, detailing the steps taken by the social network to eliminate fake profiles and fraudulent activity.
Facebook is testing a new feature in its flagship iOS application that appears to be inspired by similar capabilities in messaging apps such as Snapchat, if not by classic television series Mission: Impossible: Users who are part of the can schedule the deletion of their posts in advance.
Facebook Thursday announced the rollout of Privacy Checkup, a tool aimed at helping users better control who sees their content, which the social network began testing as early as March and officially introduced in May.
If you have ever wanted to scroll back through your status update history on Facebook’s Timeline to delete old statuses (just in case someone ever looks), but you didn’t want to take the time to do actually sit and scroll through the years of regretted posts, there is now a solution for that, and it’s aptly named Status History.
Facebook users often see their Timelines flooded with well wishes from friends on their birthdays, and now Facebook itself is apparently contributing to the merriment with emails to users on their special days.
Facebook’s tendency to brand its new applications and features with names that are already in use in the tech sector appears to have been adopted by its Instagram unit, as well, as Andrew Benton, co-founder and CEO of mobile voice app Bolt, penned a blog post in the form of a “Dear Instagram” letter to the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network over its apparent plans to launch a photo-messaging app called Bolt.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg weighed in on the controversy over a study by social scientists from the social network, Cornell University, and the University of California-San Francisco, in which the researchers randomly selected 689,003 Facebook users and tinkered with the number of positive or negative stories that appeared in their News Feeds to gauge the results of those users’ moods.