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Instagram and Facebook experiencing widespread reports of outages

Multiple reports across the globe!

What you need to know Both Facebook and Instagram are experiencing widespread reports of outages. Downdetector notes reports across the world on both services. Users have also taken to Twitter to highlight the issue.

It seems as though Facebook and Instagram are suffering widespread reports of outages across the globe. #instagramdown is trending on Twitter, notably in the United Kingdom. However, there has been a massive spike in reports on Downdetector across  [Read More…]

Facebook is testing a photos-only mode in its app

Instagram inside Facebook?

What you need to know A report shows Facebook is testing a photos-only mode within its app. ‘Popular photos’ uses an algorithm to generate a photos-only feed for users. It could offer users an Instagram-esque escape from Facebook’s regular content.

A report this week suggests that Facebook is quietly testing a photos-only mode for its mobile app, that would allow users to see algorithmically suggested photos in a feed similar to Instagram.

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Facebook wants to take on Apple Pay and Venmo with its own payment service

You can pay using your credit or debit card, as well as PayPal.

What you need to know Facebook has announced the launch of a new payment service called Facebook Pay. It will work with the company’s suite of apps — Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. The initiative does not rely on the Calibra wallet or the Libra cryptocurrency.

Facebook’s plans for becoming a big player in personal finance aren’t going away anytime soon, despite the numerous  [Read More…]

Facebook launches Privacy and Safety Hub for Messenger

There aren’t any new features, though.

What you need to know Facebook this week launched the Privacy and Safety Hub for Messenger. The new section on the Messenger website features a list of privacy and security-focused features available to you on the platform. The company reiterated its intention to eventually bake end-to-end encryption into the app by default.

Facebook has made privacy a big talking point in its corporate messaging in the past few years — though  [Read More…]

How to move your Facebook pictures to Google Photos

Most of us have a lot of photos on Facebook, but don’t actually use that platform as a long-term storage solution. Google Photos has become the go-to service for saving digital photographs, and if you haven’t yet moved your collection of Facebook pictures to Google Photos, there’s never been a better time to finally make the switch. The process can be a bit tricky, so here are a few tips on how to make the transition as seamless  [Read More…]

Facebook Messenger may soon let you make encrypted audio and video calls

WhatsApp is currently the only Facebook-owned messaging app to offer end-to-end encryption for audio and video calls.

What you need to know Facebook is testing encrypted audio and video calls over Secret Conversations in the Messenger app. Audio and video calls made over Secret Conversations will be “encrypted end-to-end across all your active mobile devices.” Facebook is also said to working on bringing its in-house voice assistant to the main app.

Facebook introduced Secret Conversations as an  [Read More…]

Facebook rolls out a dedicated News tab for select users in the U.S.

Facebook News will begin rolling out to a subset of people in the U.S. today.

What you need to know Facebook has announced the rollout of a new News tab as part of a limited test in the U.S. The news section will appear as a home screen tab within the Facebook app for users. Some of the participating publishers include The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Bloomberg, and BuzzFeed News.

Facebook today announced that it is  [Read More…]

Facebook Libra loses support from Visa, Mastercard, eBay, and Stripe

The news comes just a week after PayPal left.

What you need to know Facebook’s Libra Association has lost four more of its founding members. This time around, Visa, Mastercard, eBay, and Stripe are pulling their support. A week prior, PayPal dropped out of the group.

The idea of a Facebook-lead cryptocurrency raised a lot of eyebrows when it was first announced in June, though support from a laundry list of well-established companies gave it a feeling  [Read More…]

Facebook is hiding likes from posts as part of a test in Australia

The most common reactions and the comment counts will still be displayed.

What you need to know Facebook is now testing a feature in Australia where it hides the total number of likes. Only the author of the post will see the total number of likes, but everyone will still be able to see the most common reaction types and the number of comments. This is similar to a test Instagram tried earlier this year.

Starting September  [Read More…]