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Facebook brings Messenger into Instagram DMs

2020-09-30 14:00:49| Engadget

Facebooks plan to unify its messaging apps is beginning to take shape. The company will begin incorporating more of Messengers features into Instagrams in-app chat, including the ability to send messages across the two apps. Facebook began testing...

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Facebook Merges DMs for Instagram and Messenger

2020-09-30 14:00:00| Wired News: Top Stories

A new update allows for cross-platform messaging for the first time within the Facebook family of apps.

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Report: Trump Facebook campaign tried to deter Black voters in 2016 suppression effort

2020-09-28 18:05:02| Fast Company

Trump’s data science team profiled mainly Black and minority voters and used the detailed data to target them with ads to convince them not to vote. The election victory of political novice Donald Trump in 2016 resulted from a confluence of factors, including Russian disinformation, nationalist political winds, anger at “establishment” politicians, low voter turnout, and the rise of social media as a primary source of news and political messaging. One of the main ingredients in the Trump campaign’s (and the Russian GRU’s) recipe for winning was using social media—primarily Facebook—to convince people not to vote at all.Read Full Story

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Facebook Wants to Be Your Default iPhone Messaging Service

2020-09-26 19:00:00| Fool.com Headlines

One potential antitrust violator is pushing for another potential antitrust violator to make a concession on an antitrust issue so that it can become even stronger and exacerbate its own antitrust concerns.

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Can democracies stand up to Facebook? Ireland may have the answer | John Naughton

2020-09-26 17:00:18| Guardian Unlimited Business - more business news

Governments struggle to tackle the might of the tech giants when it comes to protecting users data Last month, the Irish data protection commissioner (DPC) sent Facebook a preliminary order ordering it to stop sending the data of its European users to the US. This was a big deal, because in order to comply with the ruling, Facebook would have to embark on a comprehensive re-engineering of its European operations, or to shut down those operations entirely, at least for a time.Such a shutdown would of course be traumatic for the poor souls who are addicted to Facebook and Instagram, but it would be even worse for the company for two reasons. The first is that it makes more money from European users data an average of $13.21 (10.19) per user in 2019 than from any other territory except the US (where it earns $41.41 per user); the second is that failure to comply could land it with a fine of up to 4% of its global revenue, which in Facebooks case would come to about $3bn. Given the scale of its revenues, thats not a showstopper, but it would nevertheless be annoying. Continue reading...

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