Facebook’s Portal video chat displays go on sale in the US

Facebook’s Portal and Portal+ smart displays are now available in the US via Amazon, Best Buy and their own, ahem, portal. The social network created the devices with video chats in mind, giving them AI-powered cameras that can track you as you move around while talking to friends and family. It can call anyone on […]

Facebook’s Level Up is available for game streamers in 21 countries

Facebook is still continuing its assault against Twitch, as the social media giant has expanded its Level Up Program to game streamers around the world, totalling 21 countries. The Level Up Program helps streamers build a community on Facebook. Streamers that are eligible can earn some extra cash through Facebook Stars — similar to Twitch […]

Inside Facebook’s ‘war room’ is a battle for public trust

The internet has a misinformation problem. Symptoms include fake news, election interference, hate speech, trolling — it goes by many names. It’s become increasingly clear over the past few years that social media platforms should bear some responsibility for policing what’s shared on them. None more so than Facebook. For many, it’s the front page […]

Facebook’s ‘Limetown’ is a mystery series starring Jessica Biel

Facebook has announced another original headed by a big-name female star for its Watch section lineup. The social network has put in a 10-episode order for Limetown, a mystery series starring and executive produced by Jessica Biel, who earned an Emmy nomination this year for Netflix’s The Sinner. Facebook recently released Elizabeth Olsen’s grief-themed dramedy […]

Senator calls for investigation into Facebook’s latest breach

Facebook revealed today that it was hit with a data breach that affected 50 million users, and now Senator Mark Warner has called the incident “deeply concerning.” In a statement released shortly after the reports surfaced, Warner said, “A full investigation should be swiftly conducted and made public so that we can understand more about […]

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, […]