Snapchat just teased a major redesign

Snap really isn't looking so hot to Wall Street, and so they're making some radical changes.  "One thing that we have heard over the years is that Snapchat is difficult to understand or hard to...

Instagram will notify users when they’re not disclosing #ad

Instagram wants more people to share when they're being paid to post.  The Facebook-owned app announced Tuesday it will expand its official branded content program. Now, more users will have access to the "Paid partnership...

Indonesia wanted to block WhatsApp because people are sending ‘obscene GIFs’

Image: RITCHIE B. TONGO/EPA-EFE/REX/ShutterstockBy Yvette Tan2017-11-07 09:06:10 UTC WhatsApp appears to be the latest social media platform to run afoul of Indonesia's censorship rules. The populous Southeast Asian nation on Monday vowed to block WhatsApp...

Kremlin-linked Russian firms had big money in Facebook and Twitter

Image: YURI KOCHETKOV/EPA-EFE/REX/ShutterstockBy Adam Rosenberg2017-11-05 20:53:44 UTC Facebook and Twitter both count Russian government-linked business among their former investors. The revelation, confirmed in documents obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), shows that...

Meet Zeynep Tufekci, the critic who predicted Facebook’s impact on politics

Zeynep Tufekci tried to tell us.  She tried to tell us in November 2012, just after Barack Obama beat out Mitt Romney for a second term as president of the United States. Obama's win was...

Facebook rolls out pilot program to prevent revenge porn

Australia has become the latest country to partner with the social network to tackle image-based abuse.Image: studioeast/Getty ImagesBy Shannon Connellan2017-11-02 01:59:09 UTC Revenge porn is becoming a top priority for Facebook's safety team. After announcing...

‘Your power scares me’ senator tells Facebook during first hearing on 2016 election

The two biggest moments of Tuesday's hearing about Russian propaganda on social media put Facebook in the crosshairs. "You put billions of data points together all the time. You can't put together rubles with a...

Russian Facebook trolls pushed for race-based violence

This just keeps getting worse. Another messed-up shoe has dropped in the ongoing saga of Facebook's influence on the 2016 U.S. presidential election. This time, it's the revelation that Russian-linked troll accounts called for...

Facebook says Russia-backed accounts reached 126 million people

Image: Thibault Camus/AP/REX/ShutterstockBy Karissa Bell2017-10-30 22:46:26 UTC Facebook accounts linked to Russia had a far greater reach than what was previously known, reaching nearly half the U.S. population. Russia-linked Facebook accounts reached as many as...

Facebook’s political ad targeting shows just how creepy it can be

Like Kardashians?Image: STEPHEN LAM/GETTY IMAGESBy Kerry Flynn2017-10-30 18:19:49 UTC There are 14 political ideologies in Facebook's world. Like the Kardashians and cannabis reform? You could be one of 20.1 million "Multicultural Millennials" on Facebook. Are...

Facebook’s opaque algorithms, not Russian ads, are the real problem

Pay attention to the algorithm behind the curtain.Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesBy Jack Morse2017-10-28 01:42:11 UTC Much noise has rightly been made about the role Facebook played in the 2016 presidential election. Critics have pointed...

Bill O’Reilly sues for $5 million over #MeToo Facebook post

Bill O'Reilly is suing over a Facebook post.Image: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty ImagesBy Sasha Lekach2017-10-27 17:37:08 -0400 A detailed #MeToo Facebook post about former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly had led to a $5 million...

Facebook’s Slack competitor is getting a standalone messaging app

Facebook may be the last company you'd ever expect to make software for serious businesses, but the social network is quickly proving the haters wrong. A year after officially launching Workplace, the business-focused version of...

Thousands are gathering to scream at the sky on the anniversary of Trump’s victory

Protesters on Nov. 9, 2016. More screaming towards the heavens is expected next month.Image: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty ImagesBy Tim Chester2017-10-24 00:19:52 UTC It's been almost 365 hard tweetin', war widow-bashin', truck-drivin'...

All measuring cups are wrong

A former software engineer for Google and Facebook has combined his love of cooking and mathematics to make this innovative kitchen product. Read more...More about Facebook, Google, Food, Kickstarter, and Mashable Video

WhatsApp’s new feature lets you track your friends in real-time

WhatsApp will now let you track your friend's location. The app is getting a new "live location" sharing feature that allows users to share their location in real-time with the friends they're chatting with. Previously, the...

How to use Facebook like a Russian political troll

It only takes about five minutes to buy a Facebook ad with a link to a fake anti-Muslim story and aim it at residents of a Michigan electoral battleground county whom the social network's...

Why I’m forcing all my friends to buy the Oculus Go

Image: bob al-greene/mashableBy Monica Chin2017-10-13 12:13:08 UTC Oculus, Samsung, Google, Sony, Valve, and everyone else who makes virtual reality devices have a problem: VR isn't selling.  From a gamer's perspective, it's pretty obvious why. Devices...

What it’s like to use Facebook’s wireless Santa Cruz VR headset

The future of VR is wireless. Today, Oculus announced that its standalone VR headset prototype, the Santa Cruz, will be available to developers in the next year. The company didn't provide further details of when...

Oculus Go is the most important VR creation yet

Oculus finally figured out how to get consumers excited about virtually reality: It just had to take a little bit of advice from the late Steve Jobs. The company introduced its first standalone virtual reality...

Facebook’s targeted ads on Google want to talk about Russia’s targeted ads on Facebook

Image: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesBy Patrick Kulp2017-10-11 02:47:54 UTC Search anything related to Facebook and Russia on Google, and the top result will be an ad from the social network. Facebook seems to have...

In crisis, Facebook’s shady press relations remain shady

Facebook has said it wants to be more transparent. As usual with the social media giant, it's two steps forward, one step back. The latest development: Trump campaign digital director Brad Parscale appeared on 60...

Starbucks launches new season of short films about ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things

Howard Schultz wants to introduce you to a better side of America. The Starbucks executive chairman (and former CEO) believes the country isn't just the one you see on TV or in your social feeds....

Mark Zuckerberg took his VR avatar to Puerto Rico, and it was just so...

Image: MARK ZUCKERBERG/FACEBOOKBy Alison Main2017-10-10 00:05:23 UTC For all the good Facebook has done in the wake of Hurricane Maria, CEO Mark Zuckerberg sending his cartoon avatar to the ravaged streets of Puerto Rico...

Oh look, another insensitive, wannabe ‘woke’ ad campaign. Here’s how to stop f*cking up.

Russians may have had luck advertising on Facebook. Dove, not so much.  The soap company apologized this week for an ad that showed a black woman removing her brown shirt and revealing a white woman in...

Facebook execs (somewhat) embrace transparency, via Twitter

Twitter ... for Facebook employees.Image: THIBAULT CAMUS/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCKBy Kerry Flynn2017-10-08 14:42:21 UTC Facebook has been making headlines, but not for anything good. The world's largest social network is in the spotlight over Russia's interference with...

Apple Music’s Facebook bot suggests songs based on emoji

Image: brittany hrbert/mashableBy Karissa Bell2017-10-07 19:40:06 UTC Facebook and Apple have teamed up to bring a new, emoji-filled music recommendation feature to Facebook Messenger. The Facebook messaging app was updated this week with an Apple...

Why everyone is so convinced Facebook is spying on their conversations

Bipul Lama believes Facebook is spying on him.  And he's got proof, sort of. Lama performed a test. For two days, all he talked about was Kit-Kats.  "The next day, all I saw on my Instagram...

Facebook reportedly omitted Russia references from a public report on the election

Facebook omitted references to Russia from a public report about the 2016 election after recommendations from its lawyers, according to a new report.  Quoting "people familiar with the matter," the Wall Street Journal said Facebook...

Think you hate selfies? The Russian military might ban them.

Russian soldiers may soon be saying goodbye to their Snapchats.  According to the BBC, the Russian Ministry of Defense, which manages and regulates Russia's armed forces, has drafted a law that would ban soldiers and...

NPR accidentally posts about a cat on its Facebook, now people want more of...

Accidentally posting personal stuff onto a work page is every social media manager's worst nightmare. This time, after the last few days, it came as a moment of relief. On Monday, an NPR staffer's accidental...

Facebook’s data-saving Messenger Lite finally rolls out to the rest of the world

Exactly a year since it was first released, Facebook's "lite" version of its Messenger app is now available for users in countries such as the U.S. and UK. Before this, the Android app was mainly...

Facebook says 10 million people saw Russia’s ‘divisive’ political ads

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Thibault Camus/AP/REX/Shutterstock (7887620c) Facebook logo is displayed in a start-up companies gathering at Paris' Station F, in Paris Facebook, Paris, France - 17 Jan 2017Image: Thibault Camus/AP/REX/ShutterstockBy Karissa Bell2017-10-02...

Mark Zuckerberg pens a Yom Kippur message asking Facebook for 2016 election forgiveness

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivering a keynote address.Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesBy Nicole Gallucci2017-10-01 15:21:52 UTC It seems Mark Zuckerberg spent his Yom Kippur reflecting on the impact Facebook has had on the world. As...

Digital marketing classes can help grow your business, and your career

Image: pexelsBy Team CommerceMashable Shopping2017-09-29 14:33:14 UTC The good news: social media and digital marketing can unlock massive conversion and revenue, taking your business to the next level of success. The not-so-good news: managing...

Facebook is making blood donation easier with a new feature

Facebook is rolling out a new feature to help blood donors, and the people who need it in India find each other. On Oct. 1, India's National Blood Donor Day, Facebook will start prompting users...

Why it’s OK to use social media to mourn

I'm now more open to social media's place in the mourning process.Image: christopher mineses/mashableBy Brett Williams2017-09-27 11:15:00 UTC This month, after 102 years of approaching every day with a spitfire personality and sticking out...

Facebook and Microsoft’s big undersea cable is finally finished

More than 17,000 feet below the ocean's surface, there now lies the "most technologically advanced subsea cable," providing up to 160 terabits (Tbps) of data per second — beating Google's alternative, now poorly named,...

What the Facebook/Russia controversy is actually about

Mark Zuckerberg is in damage control mode like never before because Facebook is facing the only real threat to its dominance: U.S. government regulation. Zuckerberg's video on Thursday told the story. Staring directly into the...

Here’s 27.6 billion reasons why Facebook wants to regulate itself

Facebook spent most of 2017 promising to do better. The social network has been in hot water ever since last year's historically nasty presidential election laid bare how its ultra-precise ad targeting can be used...

Facebook just copied MySpace’s worst feature to creep on your friends

Facebook's latest test feature will make creeping on your friends even easier.Image: lili sams/mashableBy Brett Williams2017-09-20 16:33:50 UTC Facebook may have just taken a page out of MySpace's playbook: It's now testing a creepy...

‘Strangers’ is the sweetest new series on Facebook Watch

By Laura Prudom2017-09-17 23:45:05 UTC Mashable Debuts exclusively premieres music, videos, artwork, trailers and more. You saw it here first! There's already a lot to, ahem, watch on Facebook's new streaming video platform, but if you haven't...

Facebook handed over info on those Russia-linked ads under a search warrant

They've got a warrant.Image: Thibault Camus/AP/REX/ShutterstockBy Emma Hinchliffe2017-09-16 20:56:29 UTC There's more to the $100,000 in ads that Facebook sold to a Russian propaganda company.  Special counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller obtained a...

Blocking hate speech from isn’t hard, tech companies just need to care

Facebook, Google, and Twitter are facing a lot of difficult questions over their ad policies after it came to light this week that all three companies allowed advertisers to run targeted ads based on...

You can finally “snooze” annoying people on Facebook

Image: BRITTANY HERBERT/MASHABLEBy Monica Chin2017-09-16 01:40:38 UTC You know that guy in your News Feed who just got a car and won't stop posting pictures?  Facebook finally has a solution for you. It's testing a...

Wanted man taunts police on Facebook, gets a chilling response

Police appealing to the public on Facebook for help tracking down a wanted man isn't particularly uncommon. Getting a response from the suspect, though — that doesn't happen every day. On Tuesday, North Wales Police...

Why Facebook’s app looks so different

Image: brittany herbert/mashableBy Karissa Bell2017-09-10 17:03:52 UTC Facebook's app is looking a lot different and, surprise surprise, not everyone is a fan. The company showed off the redesign back in August, when it introduced its...

The messaging app that should scare the hell out of Facebook and Snapchat

It's rare that a small startup is able to challenge the likes of Facebook and Snapchat in a meaningful way. But Houseparty, a teen-centric video chat app is managing to do just that. One year...

Facebook comments might soon get colored backgrounds

Sigh.Image: STAN SCHROEDER/FACEBOOKBy Stan Schroeder2017-09-07 06:56:57 UTC Oh, no. First it was the colored statuses — those awful, ugly, often-gradient-based abominations that pop up in your Facebook feed now and then — but we...

Facebook sold targeted ads to a Russian ‘troll farm,’ and that’s a big problem

Mark Zuckerberg, possibly thinking about all that sweet Russian cash.Image: Adam Berry/Getty ImagesBy Jack Morse2017-09-07 02:42:20 UTC So Facebook reportedly sold thousands of ads to a shady Russian company trying to influence voters around...
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