Facebook Shut Down ‘FB Anon’ Internal Chat Platform After It Was Used to ‘Harass’ Employees

August 18, 2017

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shut down an anonymous online chat platform in late 2016 after it was increasingly used to talk about the US presidential candidates and ‘harass’ the company’s employees, media reported on Thursday. Initially launched in 2015 for employees to anonymously voice their concerns, the platform called ‘Facebook Anon’ became more political around last year’s US presidential elections. “The ‘FB Anon’ internal Facebook group violated our Terms of Service, which…

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Facebook Shuts Down AI System After Bots Create Language Humans Can’t Understand

August 14, 2017

Days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg’s understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) was limited, the social media company has reportedly shut down one of its AI systems because “things got out of hand.” The AI bots created their own language, from the scratch and without human input, forcing Facebook to shut down the AI system. The AI bots’ step of creating and communicating with the new language…

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Facebook Acquires AI Assistant Startup Ozlo to Make Messenger Smarter

August 14, 2017

To build out a more elaborate personal assistant for the Messenger users, Facebook has acquired an artificial intelligence (AI) startup Ozlo that specialises in understanding text-based conversations. The four-year-old startup claims that its virtual assistants can understand and provide answers to questions which do not have simple “yes” or “no” answers. “By joining a team (Facebook) that shares our values and our vision, we will be able to continue to work on building experiences powered by…

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Facebook Reportedly Surpasses Google, Microsoft in Terms of Profit Per Employee

August 14, 2017

Facebook has leapfrogged Microsoft and Google’s parent company Alphabet in securing maximum profit per employee in the second quarter of 2017 while Twitter suffered a hefty loss, a media report said. Facebook, which employed 20,658 persons in the past quarter – a 43 percent increase over the same period last year – made $188,498 (roughly Rs. 1.2 crores) per employee, according to a report in ReCode. Microsoft made $52,400 (roughly Rs. 33 lakhs) and Alphabet $46,610…

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Facebook Lifestage Shut Down, the Company’s Snapchat Clone Targeted at Teens

August 14, 2017

Facebook has shut down its standalone social networking app Lifestage that it released a year ago for high schoolers, a media report revealed. Not many people know about this Snapchat-like app as only users aged 21 or younger could sign up for it. Lifestage, launched in August last year, was intended to help teens find and connect with other classmates who went to their school. But it never seemed to become popular in…

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Facebook Watch Unveiled in New Expanded Video Bid for TV Viewers

August 14, 2017

Facebook on Wednesday made its biggest move to date to compete in the television market by expanding its video offerings with programming ranging from professional women’s basketball to a safari show and a parenting program. The redesigned product, called “Watch,” will be available initially to a limited group in the United States on Facebook’s mobile app, website and television apps, the company said. The world’s largest social network added a video tab last…

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Facebook Warning System Said to Identify, Stamp Out Threats From Startups

August 14, 2017

Facebook has an internal startup scanning team that identifies promising upcoming tech businesses, sees the threat they potentially pose, and takes measures to counter them early on, according to a report. This internal “early bird” warning system allows Facebook to kill competition early on by aping new features in its product verticals. The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook has an internal system whose sole purpose is to identify threats…

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Game On: You Can Now Play Games On Messenger

Messenger just got way more fun — or competitive — depending on how you look at it, with the ability to play games right in your messaging conversations. So when you’re looking for a reason to connect with your best friend who lives on the other side of the world, you can kick off a round of Words with Friends: Frenzy; or try again to beat your roommate at PAC-MAN…

June 6, 2017
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Facebook’s 2016 Year In Review

Every day people turn to Facebook to share the moments that matter most to them. Today we’re highlighting the most talked about global topics in Facebook’s 2016 Year in Review. Here is the list: US Presidential Election Brazilian Politics Pokemon Go Black Lives Matter Rodrigo Duterte & Philippine Presidential Election Olympics Brexit Super Bowl David Bowie Muhammad Ali For the first time, we’re also sharing a list of the top…

June 6, 2017
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Messenger Announces Global Launch of a New Powerful Native Camera Just in Time for the Holidays

Today we are excited to launch a brand new, faster and easier-to-use camera with art and special effects to help make your conversations better than ever. Rolling out globally over the coming days, we hope you’ll be as happy as we are with the new experience in your favorite messaging app. We’ve seen that the way people are messaging is becoming much more visual. In fact, over 2.5 billion emojis,…

June 6, 2017
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