Could ‘community apps’ built on blockchain solve Facebook’s existential crisis?

GUEST: “We came here for the friends.” In the face of a reputation crisis, Facebook is investing heavily in a nationwide advertising campaign to remind us that it is a community first, a business second. The campaign has gone so far as to recognize that spam, clickbait, fake news, data misuse, and political scandal have […]

Apple banned Facebook’s security app that also reports back on which apps people are using (FB)

Drew Angerer/Getty Images Apple has banned a security app made by Facebook that monitored what apps users were using then sent the data to the social network. Apple determined at Onavo Protect violated its new rules on data collection, and it has now been removed from the App Store. It’s still available on Google’s Android, […]

Here’s our first look at Facebook’s dating feature, now being tested by its employees (FB)

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta Facebook is testing its new dating feature internally. A reverse engineer found the sign-up page, and shared screenshots of it on Twitter. The company warns its employees testing it out that “this is not meant for dating your coworkers.” Facebook is trying to get into the dating game — and we’ve […]

Facebook’s ‘playable ads’ bring game demos to the news feed

Facebook’s next foray into the gaming space is giving players a chance to try mobile games out before they download them. The social network is calling them “Playable Ads,” which is fairly self-explanatory. There’s a lot of advertising mumbo-jumbo in Facebook’s announcement, but the key takeaway is that you’ll be able to play a brief […]

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica woes continue with UK lawsuits

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica troubles are far from over and a new class action lawsuit over the scandal might be on the way. Wired reports today that a group of UK residents has sent the company a letter before claim, in which they highlight the many instances where the social media giant failed to protect its […]

Blue Lives Matter claims Facebook’s ‘fake news’ rules have halved its audience

Blue Lives Matter, a group advocating for greater protections for police in the US, has claimed that Facebook’s new rules to combat fake news has almost halved the number of people it can reach on the platform. The group said that the introduction of Facebook’s quality surveys, in which the platform asks users to rate […]

Facebook’s “downvote” system begins rolling out wider in US—here’s how it works

Enlarge (credit: Jean-Léon Gérôme / Getty / Aurich Lawson) Facebook’s latest dalliance with a “downvote” button launched this week as a limited test in the United States. The feature began appearing on the service’s mobile app without a formal company announcement—and we only found out about it by browsing on our phones. The feature appears […]

Facebook’s growth went into reverse for the first time, and the worst is yet to come (FB)

Getty Facebook saw a decline in monthly active users for the first time in its history. It’s a big deal because the decline was in Europe, which has just introduced the strict new GDPR privacy regulation. It shows that regulation is capable of curtailing Facebook’s massive growth and capping its revenue. The worst is yet […]