Facebook Messenger Polls Are Now a Thing — Fortune

Facebook Messenger just got an upgrade. The social media company now allows messengers to poll their friends through the app. So it’ll be easier for a group of friends to decide when and where they’re going to meet up. “It’s often hard to get groups of people to make decisions and plans, from deciding what…

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How Facebook Is Revamping Its Fight to End Online Hate Speech — Fortune

Facebook is amping up its own anti-hate speech campaign this week after launching the program earlier this year, the company announced Wednesday. The tech titan’s Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI) has been working with at least 84 activist groups and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Germany, France, and the UK since January. Now Facebook fb wants…

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Yahoo Has Been Hacked: What You Need to Know — Fortune

It’s a cyber catastrophe. Yahoo on Thursday confirmed a massive security breach that saw hackers steal personal information for over 500 million accounts. Yahoo YHOO says a foreign government is to blame. The incident is a big deal, since so many have a Yahoo account of some type or other — for email or finance…

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Here’s What Happened When Mark Zuckerberg Met the Pope — Fortune

During his trip to Italy, Mark Zuckerberg made sure to pencil the Pope into his schedule. On Monday, the Facebook fb CEO and his wife, Priscilla Chan, met with Pope Francis to discuss “how to use communications technology to alleviate poverty, encourage a culture of encounter, and to communicate a message of hope, especially to…

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Humans Won’t Hand-Pick Topics in Facebook’s Trending Section Anymore — Fortune

Who would have thought that a tiny section on Facebook’s homepage would cause so much controversy? The “Trending” feature, where a few popular news topics are listed on the social network’s homepage, is getting a makeover,Facebook said on Friday. Most notably, Facebook’s hot topics will no longer appear next to descriptions that are written by…

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WhatsApp-Facebook data-sharing deal probed by UK privacy watchdog — TechCrunch

Well that was fast. Just one day after WhatsApp revealed a sea-change in its attitude to user data, by detailing plans to share the mobile numbers and last seen status of its users with parent company Facebook for ad-targeting and marketing purposes, the UK’s data protection watchdog has fired a warning shot across Zuckerberg’s bows…

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Facebook Plan For WhatsApp Data Poses Legal Risks — Fortune

When WhatsApp announced on Thursday that it would start sharing data with its corporate parent, Facebook, some of its fans howled that the popular messaging service was betraying long-held promises to protect their privacy. But for the companies, angry users may pose less of a problem than the Federal Trade Commission, which serves as the…

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