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On its 13th b'day, Facebook has a gift for you

On its 13th b'day, Facebook has a gift for you

New Delhi [India], Feb. 3 : This Saturday, February 4, is Facebook's 13th birthday, a day they call Friends Day.

Through friendship, our world grows more connected, powerful things can happen, and lives and communities can be changed. Today, connecting is more important than ever.

The team will be sharing some stories of powerful connections made in their community, as well as launching products to celebrate friendship and encouraging people to take time to connect with their friends.

-Inspirational Stories of Friendship

This week, Facebook hosted an event at Menlo Park in the United States. Members of the community who've been using Groups to connect with friends around the world joined to share their stories.

Facebook-WPP launch Creative Ambassador Program in India

Facebook-WPP launch Creative Ambassador Program in India

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Jan. 12 : Aimed at educating WPP creative agencies and unveiling new possibilities of leveraging the platform, Facebook recently hosted the Creative Ambassador Program in Mumbai.

The main motive of the program was to educate WPP Creative agencies in a scaled way and to empower them to develop award winning, mobile first creatives that exceed their clients' business objectives.

As the adoption of mobile accelerates in India, it is transforming the way people are discovering, experiencing, sharing and connecting with people, ideas and organizations that matter to them.

With the Creative Ambassador Program, Facebook is focused on helping partners develop ideas that intrigue and engage for the mobile world.

Facebook apologizes for accidentally sending Safety Check notifications to wrong users

Facebook apologizes for accidentally sending Safety Check notifications to wrong

The social networking website Facebook has come up with an apology for sending Safety Check notifications related to Sunday’s Lahore, Pakistan suicide bombing to the users in living in other areas, by mistake. The social networking website has sent notifications to people in the United States and United Kingdom among many other areas. The destructive bombing in Lahore, Pakistan took more than 69 lives and injured hundreds.

Users who received SMS notification were specifically worried and confused as the test asked the question, ‘Have you been affected by the explosion?’ but didn’t mention where the explosion had happened.

Snapchat reaches 6 billion video views a day, according to Financial Times Report

Snapchat reaches 6 billion video views a day, according to Financial Times

In 2013, there were reports that Snapchat has rejected a $3 billion offer from Facebook to purchase the photo and video social media company. But, now 2 years after that, the decision is looking convincingly justified decision, because as per the Financial Times, Snapchat has reached 6 billion video views per day, trailing just behind 8 billion views of Facebook.

The number is looking even more impressive as it 3 times the 2 billion daily video views that were reported by the company CEO Evan Spiegel just 6 months ago, in May to Bloomberg. During that time, the social website was doubling Snapchat's video views, but now the photo messenger has geared up a lot and has caught up, generating around 75% of the video views Facebook does.

Facebook to Assist In Bringing Internet to Refugee Camps

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised that his company will make every possible effort to make internet accessible to refugee camps. Recently while speaking at the United Nations Private Sector Forum, Zuckerberg said Facebook would work with the intergovernmental body to make the internet available to those who wouldn't be able to use it.

The New York Times reported that Zuckerberg also noted that if more people will be online it will be beneficial to Facebook itself. But Zuckerberg didn’t tell how and when internet was coming to the refugee camps.

“It's one thing to say we should connect the world. The real trick is how. There's no simple solution or silicon bullet”, Zuckerberg acknowledged.

Facebook and Twitter announce Second Quarter Results

Facebook and Twitter announce Second Quarter Results

Major technology companies have been announcing their second quarter results. Facebook and Twitter have also declared their results. But there is a difference, as Facebook has been trading up almost 30% in the past year. On the other hand, Twitter has lost over 7% from a year ago and more than 33% from this year's April high.

Twitter's not so great performance could be due to factors like it is going through a transition phase, it has no permanent CEO and its user bar is also not increasing. However, such is not the case with Facebook, which has been showing great growth and its user base has been increasing exponentially.

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg expresses her grief on her Facebook page

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg expresses her grief on her Facebook page

Chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg has expressed her grief after first month of her husband's death.

Dave Goldberg, who was chief executive of online polling company SurveyMonkey, died at age of 47 in a treadmill accident. During that time, the couple was spending holiday in Mexico. She posted a touching tribute on her Facebook page and said that she wanted to return some of what she has received.

She wrote in the post, "I think when tragedy occurs, it presents a choice. You can give in to the void, the emptiness that fills your heart, your lungs, constricts your ability to think or even breathe. Or you can try to find meaning".

Facebook announces partnership with a group of news organizations

Facebook announces partnership with a group of news organizations

A new report from App Annie has shown that the US users spend most of their time in Facebook Inc sessions, which has proved the quantum of power in hands of the social media giant. Facebook has the ability to generate traffic and buzz for media websites.

Being self-aware of its own capabilities, Facebook has announced a partnership with a group of news organizations, including The New York Times, BuzzFeed, The Guardian and others.

The partnership is related to a project named, 'Instant Articles', under which Facebook will be giving its users direct and instant access to the entire new stories published by these partners within its mobile app.

Facebook Increases Minimum Wage to $15 per Hour

Facebook Increases Minimum Wage to $15 per Hour

Famous social networking site Facebook has announced wage hike and better standards for company contractors. As per sources, under new standard, the contractors will receive higher salaries and benefits similar to all the white-collar workers of the corporation.

Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg announced yesterday that the minimum wage would be increased to $15 per hour. He further said the benefits provided to the contractors will be in accordance to the company’s policy.

This would include 15 paid vacations per year and $4000 worth of child support for maternity or paternity leave.

Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg Breaks Silence after Husband’s Memorial Service

Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg Breaks Silence after Husband’s Memorial Service

Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg re-emerged in public on Tuesday, following her husband's memorial service and paid a heart-wrenching tribute to him on her Facebook page.

Dave Goldberg, 47, died last Saturday after tripping from a treadmill at a private villa near Puerto Vallarta, while out for a family vacation in Mexico. He hit his head, thereby causing him brain injury and hypovolemic shock, which resulted in massive blood and fluid loss.

Goldberg was the chief executive officer of SurveyMonkey since 2009, after having worked for venture firm Benchmark and founding Launch Media and selling it to Yahoo Inc in 2001. His death was mourned across the country, even by the President Barack Obama.

Facebook’s Net Income declines due to increase in expenses

Facebook’s Net Income declines due to increase in expenses

At present, about three-quarters of Facebook's advertising revenue comes from mobile ads, as a lot of users access the social network on smartphones and other handheld devices.

Facebook has been coming out with its own stand-alone mobile apps to capture more of the time people spend on phones. Though, leaving aside Facebook's Messenger app, its home-grown efforts have had limited success.

Facebook has bought the popular photo-sharing app Instagram and the messaging service WhatsApp.

Yesterday, the company had introduced 'Hello', which is a voice-calling app designed for Android phones. In essence, it's meant for replacing the voice dialer on your phone.

Study finds Link between Facebook and Depression

Study finds Link between Facebook and Depression

A new study from the University of Houston has found that regular Facebook account access could lead to depression signs among some people as they compete with their friends and compare their living conditions to those of Facebook friends.

The research team said that the negative feelings come with the comparison, when the users compare their lives to the virtual lives of their Facebook friends.

Researchers said that many times people present themselves and their experiences in the best possible light warping users' sense of reality.

FaceNet Facial Recognition is practically perfect: Google

FaceNet Facial Recognition is practically perfect: Google

Internet company Google and social network company Facebook have been involved in an algorithm war to come up with the perfect facial detection system. Now, California headquartered Google claims that it has developed new FaceNet system, which is practically perfect. According to the company, the FaceNet system gets the right person more than 99% of the time.

Former Facebook Employee Takes Legal Action against the Company for Sex Discrimination

Former Facebook Employee Takes Legal Action against the Company

A former Facebook employee is taking legal action against the social media giant for number of claims involving sex discrimination, sexual harassment, race discrimination, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The lawsuit was filed at the San Mateo County Superior Court and named Facebook as the defendant and Chia Hong as the plaintiff. Hong, who started working at Facebook in 2010, claimed that the company had a 'hostile work environment', where she was asked to organize parties and serve drinks to male colleagues. According to Hong, Facebook fired her in 2013 because she submitted a complaint against her boss Anil Wilson.

Parents Share too Much Information on Social Media about Their Kids

Parents Share too Much Information on Social Media about Their Kids

An event conducted in Michigan suggested parents to not share too much information about kids on social media as it could put them at risk. A new study has found that an increasing number of parents across the globe have been posting too much information about their kids on social media and putting the little ones at risk.

The study has been conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan’s C. S. Mott Children's Hospital. The researchers found that more than 50% parents who were included in the study shared personal information of them and their children. This could help other people with wrong intentions to identify the location of a child. The study also stated that about 56% parents surveyed shared embarrassing or private information of their children.

Facebook Updates its ‘Community Standards’ Guidelines

Facebook Updates its ‘Community Standards’ Guidelines

On Monday, Facebook updated its 'community standards' guidelines. These guidelines will help provide more clarity to the users on what are the acceptable posts with regard to nudity, violence, hate speech and other such topics.

Facebook has made it clear that they have zero tolerance for the groups advocating terrorist activity, organized criminal activity or any activity that promotes hate. Facebook officials said that according to the new updated guidelines, Facebook with remove the graphic images if they are shared for negative pleasure or to celebrate violence.

Facebook Should Remove Its ‘Feeling Fat’ Emoticon, says activist group

Facebook Should Remove Its ‘Feeling Fat’ Emoticon, says activist group

An activist group in its recent petition argued that Facebook must remove its ‘feeling fat’ status emoticon. Activist group Endangered Bodies’ campaign urges the popular social network that the emoticon can be hurtful and also promotes body shaming.

Catherine Weingarten on her petition page wrote that being fat is not a feeling, and it’s a natural part of body, no matter what their weight is.

The smiley which is actually a chubby-cheeked smiley face, is one among the 100 other smiley’s offered by the social network. Facebook users often use these smileys when they post updates and posts.

Weingarten told the Daily News that a particular person who used the ‘feeling fat’ smiley might have chosen it as a joke.

Facebook’s Fat Emoticon Gets a Thumbs Down

Facebook’s Fat Emoticon Gets a Thumbs Down

Facebook’s latest "feeling fat" emoticon has received bad remarks from the public and an appeal has been made on Change.org to push the company to remove the emoticon. The emoticon is basically a huge smiling face with fatter or chubbier cheeks.

While for some it is just an emoticon but for many men and women, it had only worsened the stigma that the fat people face every day.

A movement named ‘Endangered Bodies’ that intends to improve a person's self-image, has started a new campaign against this emoticon. The campaign launched in one of their Facebook posts is named FatIsNotAFeeling, as for a lot of people, including them, fat is not a feeling but a very real presence in our society.

Facebook to allow users to define their gender themselves

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Washington, Feb 27 - A year after Facebook introduced preset custom genders like "cisgender" or " transgender," it has now started rolling out a new version of its custom gender field where users can type in any word to represent their gender across Facebook.

While the earlier feature allowed users to choose their gender from a set of pre-defined options, they will now be able to define their gender themselves. The version although populates suggestions as you type but you can choose any word and then a pronoun to represent yourself on the platform, reported The Verge.

Facebook adds new tools to offer assistance to users with suicidal tendencies

Facebook adds new tools to offer assistance to users with suicidal tendencies

Washington, Feb 27 - Facebook has reportedly added new tools to provide help to users who may be feeling suicidal.

According to the Verge, in a blog post, Facebook announced it has worked with mental health organizations including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Now Matters Now to find the proper way to offer assistance through the social network.

Facebook says that if it comes across profiles of users indicating suicidal tendencies in them, then it would encourage them to speak with a mental health expert at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and will ensure support to help them deal with whatever issues they may be going through.

The social network site says that it came up with the methods in "conjunction with our clinical and academic partners."




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