Category Archives: facebook

It is very much possible that Russian secret services are using FaceApp for their own ends

FaceApp is not a new application, but it is currently living through a sort of ”renessaince” thanks to thousands of people using a new option to make their faces look older, therefore taking a peek at what they might look like in a dozen or so or more years. It is a fun thing to do, but, as is the case with many fun activities, there is a dark side to it. In the case of Faceapp its dark side is, sadly, Russia.The problem lies in FaceApp’s servers, places where the data of all the FaceApp users is being held. These servers are located in Russia. Russian government, not ...

Bruce the Aussie Slang Bot, Facebook’s aide for those who do not speak gibberish, I mean Australian

Ah, Australia. You never fail to bring a smile to my face with your tech-related news. Today I had the pleasure – and now you, the readers, will – of learning about Bruce, the Aussie Slang Bot. Bruce is a Facebook app designed for tourists. Its main objective is to quickly translate Australian slang terms into English that can be actually understood by normal people. Bruce offers translations of over one thousand Australian slang terms, which, granted, is most of them, but still misses some of the more NSFW ones, e.g. fuckwit, pissbolt or my favourite ”We are not here to ...

Technology Of The Future, or how FB wants you to shake your phone to report issues

The possibility of reporting Facebook issues in such a fashion already exists on iPhones, but merely as a secondary choice to the usual report system. Now, though, Facebook wants to introduce it both to iOS and Android as the default option. The old system of reporting from the help center will remain, but as a secondary method. The new/old function is already tested on a select number of devices; if tests are successful, it will be introduced to the Android and iPhone smartphones worldwide in the next few weeks. ...

Facebook deleted 2.2 billion accounts!

Such a high number of deleted accounts comes from Facebook’s new, more stern rulebook. The company has cracked down on accounts that do not follow FB rules to the letter: banhammer can now strike anyone who shares content that promotes violence, hatespeech or fake news.The whole action took two months, over which Facebook removed 36 million accounts daily on average. Facebook’s report, first of the new quarterly reports, can be read here. ...

British government wants to make Facebook a safer space for underage users

Some of the British ICO’s (Information Commissioner’s Office) ideas are the removal of the Like button for FB users under 18, keeping their parents updated about their FB activity history and turning off their localization by default. The legal basis for these changes are already set in the recently signed RODO agreement. Still, it is unsure whether or not Facebook has to actually give in to them. If the company does not, it may face a 20 million euro fine. ...

Ha haa! Turns out that Facebook is paying people to write good things about them

So, yeah, Facebook. Shady and untrustworthy data thieves who are slowly losing popularity to more trendy social platforms. Since they seemingly cannot stop taking our personal information from us, and their attempts at becoming a platform for open-minded and tolerant people are stiff at best, what else can they do to remain popular? Oh, I do not know, how about pay other people to say good things about them? Yes, that should work. Facebook has recently sponsored series of articles on The Daily Telegraph, a popular Great Britain newspaper. In this article, TDT did the best they could to ...

Facebook continues its fight against hate speech

This time, Zuckerberg’s social service aims to remove white nationalists. Starting next week, FB will begin a complete ban on propagating, supporting and even positively talking about any kind of white nationalism. White Power? Not on Facebook, it seems. Every FB group that even marginally sympathises with such movements will be removed from the service.On the one hand, such a move by FB is dangerous close to, if not just is, a blatant censorship. On the other hand, there are groups of people who should not be allowed to talk, and nationalists – white or otherwise – are ...

Facebook is currently working on a section made specifically for gamers

Funny how mobile FB gets arguably more attention than the stationary one. The mobile version of the world’s most popular social platform is currently receiving a new section. It is called Gaming and its goal is to make Facebook useful for, well, gamers; Facebook wants it to be a single source of all things video game-related, from reviews to other players to, perhaps most importantly, streamers – why only have Facebook users when you can also have Fortnite players, right? Currently, Gaming is going through beta tests and only selected few people can use it. We do not know when ...

Facebook Messenger’s Dark Mode is here

You asked for it and you got it – the Dark Mode is here. Messenger’s Dark Mode (for both iOS and Android) has been at works for some time. Now that it is finally available, how do you access it? It is pretty easy: first, you need to make sure that your Messenger is up to date. Is the latest update installed? Okay, good. Now you need to pick one of your friends, family or pizza deliverers and send them a text message with nothing but a crescent-shaped moon emoji like this one: ☽. Done? If so, then you should be seeing a bunch of similiar emojis appearing on your ...

Facebook will allow you to clear your history – a bit like your web browser

The first time this new function was ever mentioned was last May, when Mark Zuckerberg himself announced that Facebook is working on it. It has now been confirmed by the company’s CEO, David Wehner. This new tool’s function will be to allow the FB user to clear her or his history on the social website. This includes groups joined, content liked, apps installed etc. At least in theory – knowing Facebook, they will probably keep on spying on us nevertheless. ...