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Facebook encrypted messages: Setting up Secret Conversations in Messenger

Even Facebook lets you have a little privacy, letting you send encrypted messages using the Secret Conversation feature in Facebook Messenger. Here’s how it works.

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Zuckerberg shows off upcoming Facebook features

Facebook executives are showing off new features and technologies that could be added to the social network next year.

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What happens when a country cracks down on fake news? Ask China

The debate over fake online news has one country feeling vindicated: China. For years, its controversial censorship system has been cracking down on so-called "online rumors," and last week a state-controlled newspaper essentially...

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Twitter gets new product head and team from app startup Yes

Twitter has swallowed social app developer Yes and is also getting a new product head as part of the deal.

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Facebook Instant Games helps you waste more time

Sure, messaging with Facebook Instant Messenger is great, but what we really wanted was some games. And now we have them.

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The Queen signs off on UK internet surveillance law

Britons hoping that a quaint historical tradition might stop a Draconian internet surveillance law in its tracks were disappointed on Tuesday morning, when the Queen gave her approval to the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.

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Researchers work to tame deadly selfies

Researchers hope an app could save people from being killed while taking dangerous selfies.

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Facebook said to create censorship tool to enter China again

Facebook has reportedly developed a software tool that will help keep certain content away from users’ news feeds in certain geographies, reflecting the company’s apparent willingness to meet Chinese government censorship demands part...

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5 things to know about fake news on Facebook, Google

With presidential election signs coming down from front lawns and voters watching protests on the news, many are wondering if fake news stories on Facebook and Google contributed to Donald Trump's winning the presidency.

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Facebook working with fact-checkers to weed out fake news

Returning to the controversy over fake news on the social networking site, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said over the weekend that the company was working with fact-checking organizations to put in place third-party verification of...

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When Airbnb asked users to pledge to treat people equally, a lot refused

Stung by criticism and evidence that some of its hosts discriminated against non-white guests, Airbnb this month began asking users to pledge to treat everyone equally.

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Russia orders ISPs to block LinkedIn

LinkedIn's network just got a little smaller: Russia's communications regulator ordered Internet service providers to block access to the business networking company.

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Facebook acquires facial image analysis startup FacioMetrics

Facebook has acquired facial image analysis firm FacioMetrics as it tries to give users new features to add special effects to photos and videos.

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Facebook privacy settings: How to control your ad preferences

Facebook targets ads based on your activity. You can check--and change--what it thinks your interests are in Ad Preferences.

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Snapchat parent reportedly headed for an IPO

The company behind the Snapchat messaging app has reportedly filed papers for an initial public offering that could value it at up to $25 billion, according to news reports.

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No, Twitter, a mute button for hate speech won’t work

A mute button for notifications is not much of a step toward curbing online harassment. Twitter needs to do a lot more.

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Facebook vows again to fight fake news post-election

Here's how two of the world's largest social networks are thinking about their roles as purveyors of news following Donald Trump's election.

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Check your Facebook account right now, you might be dead

Oops. Facebook made a big mistake. It is reporting that people are dead.

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