Facebook

Founded by Mark Zuckerberg, fellow Harvard students and his college roommates on February 4th, 2004, Facebook has now grown to 1.94 billion monthly active users as of March 2017. Facebook is the most popular social media site worldwide and also owns other popular social media sites such as Instagram, Whatsapp and Messenger. This multi-billion dollar company has its headquarters in Menlo, California, USA.

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Facebook brings chat themes, new features to Instagram and Messenger

09 May 2021

Facebook brings chat themes, new features to Instagram and Messenger

Social media giant Facebook has unveiled multiple new theming features across its messaging services, including Messenger, Instagram, and Messenger Kids. Functional improvements include visual replies, read receipts, improved audio recording tools, and an updated archive feature on Instagram.

Mark Zuckerberg acquires more land in Hawaii for $53 million

09 May 2021

Mark Zuckerberg acquires more land in Hawaii for $53 million

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan recently acquired 600 acres of land on the North Shore of Hawaii's Kauai island. This deal brings the couple's total landholdings on Kauai island to over 1,300 acres.

NewsBytes Briefing: IBM creates first 2-nanometer chip, and more

08 May 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: IBM creates first 2-nanometer chip, and more

Those who thought IBM had stopped making processors are in for a surprise as the company claims to have created the world's first 2nm processor.

NewsBytes Briefing: Signal weaponizes Facebook ads against it, and more

06 May 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Signal weaponizes Facebook ads against it, and more

In a brilliant move of lateral thinking, Signal showcased the real danger of Facebook's invasion of user privacy through, well, Facebook's targeted advertisements.

Trump's Facebook ban upheld by Facebook-funded Oversight Board

05 May 2021

Trump's Facebook ban upheld by Facebook-funded Oversight Board

Facebook-funded Oversight Board upheld the social media giant's decision to ban former US President Donald Trump on all its platforms following the January 6 Capitol riots.

Facebook, Instagram iOS apps include notices extolling virtues of app-tracking

03 May 2021

Facebook, Instagram iOS apps include notices extolling virtues of app-tracking

After fielding frontpage newspaper advertisements to influence public opinion against the App Tracking Transparency (ATT) measures introduced in iOS 14.5, Mark Zuckerberg is relaying the same message through the Facebook and Instagram iOS apps.

NewsBytes Briefing: Chip shortage cripples the auto industry, and more

01 May 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Chip shortage cripples the auto industry, and more

Global chip shortages are getting ridiculous. Ford has projected its earnings will be slashed by an eye watering $2.5 billion as a consequence. That's 1.1 million fewer vehicles from just one auto maker.

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook commits accidental censorship, and more

30 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook commits accidental censorship, and more

Facebook is so used to censorship that it sometimes does so accidentally. That's the reason it cited after being caught hiding posts calling for the resignation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the country's worsening pandemic crisis.

Facebook hides anti-Modi hashtag 'by mistake': Details here

29 Apr 2021

Facebook hides anti-Modi hashtag 'by mistake': Details here

Facebook claims to have had a case of accidental censorship on its hands. The social media platform was accused of censorship when Twitter users began sharing screenshots that showed how Facebook hid posts calling for the resignation of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Here's how Apple is going after Facebook, Google's bottomlines

28 Apr 2021

Here's how Apple is going after Facebook, Google's bottomlines

Apple seems committed to upending Facebook's and Google's ad revenue models. The iPhone maker is thinking several steps ahead and preemptively plugging loopholes that could be exploited by its Big Tech rivals.

Instagram is developing Creator Shops, tools targeting 'creator middle class'

28 Apr 2021

Instagram is developing Creator Shops, tools targeting 'creator middle class'

In a recent Instagram Live session with Instagram boss Adam Mosseri, Mark Zuckerberg announced a suite of new tools which would help Instagram influencers monetize their online presence.

NewsBytes Briefing: Apple puts Facebook, Google on notice, and more

28 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Apple puts Facebook, Google on notice, and more

In January everyone had dismissed Apple CEO Tim Cook's privacy campaign as a PR stunt. We had called it back then that it was no ordinary PR stunt, and Cook was setting up a booby trap to gut rivals Facebook and Google.

Once again, WhatsApp is reminding users about privacy policy deadline

27 Apr 2021

Once again, WhatsApp is reminding users about privacy policy deadline

Despite facing severe global backlash for its unilateral privacy policy change, Facebook-owned instant messaging service WhatsApp decided it's a good idea to remind users of the policy change and the fast-approaching implementation deadline.

Facebook begins monetizing TikTok clone Instagram Reels in India

23 Apr 2021

Facebook begins monetizing TikTok clone Instagram Reels in India

Facebook's TikTok copy Instagram Reels won't be free any longer, at least for users in India, Brazil, Germany, and Australia. Facebook will be testing advertisements for the short video platform in these countries.

NewsBytes Briefing: Hackers blackmail Apple with repair schematics, and more

23 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Hackers blackmail Apple with repair schematics, and more

Apple has been fleecing customers with exorbitant repair charges and planned obsolescence, but now a hacker collective called REvil has turned the tables on it.

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook announces its Clubhouse clone, and more

21 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook announces its Clubhouse clone, and more

You can find everything in Silicon Valley except originality. Sure enough, Facebook joins the mad rush to clone Clubhouse.

Facebook unveils its upcoming Clubhouse-style audio-based social media offering

20 Apr 2021

Facebook unveils its upcoming Clubhouse-style audio-based social media offering

When Big Tech social media platforms such as Twitter and Spotify unveiled their Clubhouse clones, it was speculated that Facebook would also join in with a similar platform.

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook could enter the dating game, and more

16 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook could enter the dating game, and more

Facebook had already made an abortive attempt at its own dating app back in 2019, but that didn't work out at all. Now, the social media behemoth is trying its hand at video-based speed dating.

Facebook ran ads for fake Clubhouse app loaded with malware

16 Apr 2021

Facebook ran ads for fake Clubhouse app loaded with malware

Cybercriminals have been running ads on Facebook for a PC version of Clubhouse that does not exist, reports TechCrunch.

Instagram's test lets users hide Likes, Facebook might follow suit

15 Apr 2021

Instagram's test lets users hide Likes, Facebook might follow suit

Continuing its ongoing experimentation with the Likes counter, Instagram has now announced a new option. It allows users to turn off the visibility for the Likes count on their own posts as well as others' posts they see on the app.

New WhatsApp privacy policy could face intervention from German regulators

15 Apr 2021

New WhatsApp privacy policy could face intervention from German regulators

The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Johannes Casper, has opened proceedings to stop WhatsApp from implementing a controversial privacy policy that allows it to share user data with Facebook.

NewsBytes Briefing: Your WhatsApp account isn't safe anymore, and more

14 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Your WhatsApp account isn't safe anymore, and more

Another day, another colossal security bungle from the good folks at Facebook. If two separate data leaks weren't bad enough, it was revealed that anyone who knows your phone number can nuke your WhatsApp account.

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook data leak gets much worse, and more

13 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook data leak gets much worse, and more

Facebook just can't seem to get a break. After the embarrassing leak where CEO Mark Zuckerberg's phone number was found linked to Signal messenger app, it appears the 533 million user accounts compromised might just have been the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

Another database of leaked Facebook users' phone numbers found online

12 Apr 2021

Another database of leaked Facebook users' phone numbers found online

Barely a week has passed since Mark Zuckerberg-led Facebook sprang a data leak that put the personal data of around 533 million users out in the open.

Facebook has no plans to notify users about data leak

09 Apr 2021

Facebook has no plans to notify users about data leak

The personal information of more than 530 million Facebook users was leaked and the data has been posted on a hacking forum for free.

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook refuses to inform leak victims, and more

09 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook refuses to inform leak victims, and more

By now everyone knows how a Facebook security breach leaked personal data belonging to its 533 million users. That means one in five active Facebook users has been compromised.

Facebook breach: How to check if your data was compromised

07 Apr 2021

Facebook breach: How to check if your data was compromised

After the recent Facebook data breach which affected more than 533 million users including CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself, the first question that comes to mind is, "How do I know my Facebook account was affected?"

Man blackmails ex-girlfriend, threatens to upload private videos online; arrested

07 Apr 2021

Man blackmails ex-girlfriend, threatens to upload private videos online; arrested

A 23-year-old man was arrested in Delhi for allegedly blackmailing his ex-girlfriend for money by threatening to upload her private videos and photos on social media, police said on Tuesday.

NewsBytes Briefing: Mark Zuckerberg gives off mixed Signals, and more

07 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Mark Zuckerberg gives off mixed Signals, and more

People are best judged by their actions and not their words, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is a resplendent example.

Facebook-leaked phone number reveals that Mark Zuckerberg uses Signal

06 Apr 2021

Facebook-leaked phone number reveals that Mark Zuckerberg uses Signal

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's phone number is among the personal data of 533 million Facebook users that was leaked recently. Dave Walker, a security researcher on Twitter revealed that Zuckerberg has an account on the Signal app.

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook springs a massive data leak, and more

06 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook springs a massive data leak, and more

Facebook demonstrated how MobiKwik's data leak affecting 100 million users were rookie numbers by leaking the data of 535 million users, 6 million of which were Indians.

Data of over 500M Facebook users, including 6M Indians, leaked

04 Apr 2021

Data of over 500M Facebook users, including 6M Indians, leaked

The personal data of nearly 533 million Facebook users from over 100 countries was leaked online.

Google to limit apps from seeing what else is installed

04 Apr 2021

Google to limit apps from seeing what else is installed

Google will soon moderate which applications on the Play Store can access the list of all the other apps that you have installed on your device, reports XDA-Developers.

Instagram Reels' latest feature called Remix mimics Duets from TikTok

01 Apr 2021

Instagram Reels' latest feature called Remix mimics Duets from TikTok

It's no secret that Instagram Reels is Facebook's version of TikTok. And, now Instagram's new Remix feature announced yesterday mimics TikTok's Duet feature.

Parler warned FBI over 50 times before Capitol Hill protests

31 Mar 2021

Parler warned FBI over 50 times before Capitol Hill protests

Free speech platform Parler reportedly informed the FBI of violent content on its platform in the days leading up to the Capitol Hill riots.

NewsBytes Briefing: Reddit users get transgender employee fired, and more

26 Mar 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Reddit users get transgender employee fired, and more

The last couple of days saw high drama with several high-profile subreddits going private to protest Reddit censoring dissent against an employee. Redditors expressed concerns against a recent Reddit hire and former transgender politician's checkered past.

Facebook demonstrates new wrist-worn prototype for interacting with AR systems

24 Mar 2021

Facebook demonstrates new wrist-worn prototype for interacting with AR systems

In a recent blog post, Facebook announced that it is developing a wearable which will act as a new medium for interaction with Augmented Reality (AR) computers.

App Store privacy analysis finds Instagram, Facebook most invasive apps

22 Mar 2021

App Store privacy analysis finds Instagram, Facebook most invasive apps

Apple's privacy campaign keeps on giving. Cloud Storage firm pCloud rummaged through Apple's brand-new privacy labels and came back with a privacy report card for apps with results that will shock no one.

NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter gets ready for fifth-generation warfare, and more

20 Mar 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter gets ready for fifth-generation warfare, and more

You really need to pay attention when Angela Merkel, who was once scouted by Stasi secret police, gets spooked by Big Tech censorship.

Facebook working on Instagram for children under 13

19 Mar 2021

Facebook working on Instagram for children under 13

Facebook is building a version of Instagram for children. The company had reportedly announced the app internally on Thursday, but it is not yet launched for public use.