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Yet Another Facebook Glitch: 800,000 People Affected by a Bug That Accidentally Unblocked the People Who Were Blocked

Facebook published a blog post on Monday warning its users about a bug that automatically unblocked the users they had blocked previously. Facebook said that the blocked users could access the profile of a user who had blocked them before and could see their posts and message them. This bug affected both Facebook and its messaging app, Messenger.

When a person is blocked on Facebook, they will automatically be unfriended and can no longer see your posts or message you or search your profile again. This feature was mostly utilized by people to escape harassment on the platform and this bug has affected the privacy of such users who use the feature.

The bug disclosed the posts that were posted to a wide range of audience, friends of friends or public. Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer, Erin Egan apologized for the fallacy and said that Facebook is reaching out to 800,000 people across the globe that were affected by the bug. The company has now fixed the bug, but it’s a matter of concern as the social media company is making news for all the wrong reasons lately.

The bug was said to be active from 29th of May till 5th of June and the company has decided to send a pop-up notification to the affected users from Monday. Facebook has revealed that out of all the people who were affected by the bug, 83% of them had only one such person they blocked to be temporarily unblocked by this glitch. All the privacy-related disclosures that are being made by Facebook are a result of privacy crisis at the company.

It’s the second time in less than a month wherein Facebook has notified users about their major software bugs that invaded users privacy. Previously in the month of May, a software bug had affected 14 million Facebook users that led them to post publicly by default irrespective of their previous settings.

It’s still unknown if Facebook discovered the error by itself or realized it after receiving complaints from users and the company has not revealed when the error was discovered too.

Facebook should not be allowed to regulate itself says Ex-Employee

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When it comes to data privacy, the lawmakers should not allow Facebook to regulate itself because it would not, a former employee at the social media giant has stressed. Writing in The New York Times, Sandy Parakilas, who led Facebook’s efforts to fix privacy problems on its developer platform, said Facebook needs to be regulated more tightly or broken up so that no single entity controls all its data.

“Facebook knows what you look like, your location, who your friends are, your interests, if you’re in a relationship or not, and what other pages you look at on the Web. This data allows advertisers to target the more than one billion Facebook visitors a day,” Parakilas wrote late on Monday.

Facebook Creator App launched for Video Creators

When Russians decided to target Americans during the 2016 election, they did not buy TV or newspaper advertisements, or hire a skywriter. “They simply turned to Facebook, where their content reached at least 126 million Americans. The fact that FB prioritized data collection over user protection and regulatory compliance is precisely what made it so attractive,” the former Facebook employee said.

Now the social media giant is arguing that it should be allowed to regulate itself to prevent this from happening again.”My experience shows that it should not,” Parakilas added.

As the United States Congress investigates Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election by using social media giants, a new trove of confidential documents has revealed that Facebook and Twitter received significant investments from firms with ties to Kremlin-owned corporations.

The Paradise Papers were received by German newspaper SUddeutsche Zeitung and reviewed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and several media outlets across the globe. The US lawmakers are also eyeing new regulations for social media firms in the wake of Russia’s alleged snooping in the 2016 United States election..

Source:IANS

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan welcome their second daughter August

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan has welcomed their second daughter named August. Mark posted a family picture saying that he and his wife are dreamers about your generation and the future.

Mark Zuckerberg posted, “Priscilla and I are so happy to welcome our daughter August! We wrote her a letter about the world we hope she grows up in, and also hoping she doesn’t grow up too fast.” The name August came from the name Augustus which has Latin origins. The name signifies reverence or holding someone in high regard.

In a letter to new born August, Mark said,” Dear August, Welcome to the world! Your mom and I are so excited to see who you will become.” The letter assured baby August that her parents would do the “worrying” while she just focuses on being a kid. Priscilla and Zuckerberg are already parents to 22-month old Maxima and are hoping their daughter “make time to go outside and play” before they are busy growing up.

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Mark also said, Childhood is magical, and you can get to be a child only once. We will do all the worrying; you just focus on being kind. We make sure the world is a better place for you and all children in your generation. And I hope even in your dreams you can feel how much we love you.

When their first child Maxima (Max) was born in 2015, Mark Zuckerberg announced the creation of Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Mark will be taking two months of paternity leave like he did when his first daughter was born. The couple also shared some of the struggles that come with pregnancy as Priscilla had three miscarriages before giving birth to their first daughter.

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Facebook allows Publishers put Logos next to headlines

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Facebook now permits Media companies to display their logos alongside stories. Now publishers can get their identity by posting the logo so that the readers can know the source of information.

This move by Facebook is to alleviate Media Partners who feel that their power is lost when posting articles on the social network. Facebook releases a new tools that lets publishers put their logos next to headlines to give the readers an idea from where the news is generated.

Samantha Barry, CNN’s executive producer of social and emerging media said, “When people see those logos, they know it symbolizes trusted, reliable and real news, so any effort by Facebook to emphasize the brand and credibility of a story benefits the user as well as the publisher.”

Brand Recognition is very important in today’s marketing strategy where the headlines and layouts of all the brands look similar. According to the Pew Research Survey, only 56% of the readers redirected to the source of news in social networking sites.

Facebook allows Advertisers to buy in-stream video ads separately from News Feed

This move is the result of the recommendations made by the Facebook’s Journalism Project held in January. The Facebook Journalism Project is designed to support news literacy and journalism, which serves as a center for publishers to learn and share.

Andrew Anker, a product manager at Facebook, “By surfacing publisher logos next to article links, we want to make it easier for publishers to extend their brand identity on Facebook. It also helps to enhance people’s awareness of the source of content they see on Facebook, so they can better decide what to read and share.”

Facebook now allows advertisers to buy in-stream ads separate from the News Feed ads. The social networking giant Facebook lets marketers choose to purchase in-stream video Ads (mid-roll and pre-roll) in Facebook Audience Network or on Facebook without having to buy News Feed ads.

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Facebook allows Advertisers to buy in-stream video ads separately from News Feed

Facebook advertising platform comprises of more than 1 billion active users and has an incredible reach. Facebook now allows advertisers to buy in-stream ads separate from the News Feed adsThe social networking giant Facebook lets marketers choose to purchase in-stream video Ads (mid-roll and pre-roll) in Facebook Audience Network or on Facebook without having to buy News Feed ads.

Facebook Audience Network is a hub for third party sites and applications that are partnered with Facebook to run ads from Facebook advertisers on their conditions.

The social network application only allows mid-roll ads (ads that show up in the middle of a video) on the Facebook News Feed — not pre-roll, because Facebook is built for video discovery, and people are less likely to discover new videos if there’s a pre-roll ad (an ad before the video starts).

Facebook makes Minor changes to its News Feed, introduces new features to FB Camera

Facebook product marketing manager Kate Orseth said the marketers have been in need of more options to split up their video budget rather than buying everything. This feature also enables users to post their in-stream videos on Facebook or other range of websites. Orseth also added that the business model would be same as it was on Facebook where content creators are receiving 55% of revenue from ads shown in the video.

This feature allows the advertiser to tell a sophisticated and customizable message through videos to create successful ad campaigns. Facebook recently launched Watch, a video tab on the platform. The Watch will provide several original shows from publishers and content creators. Watch has the potential to increase the time users spending on seeing videos in this social network.

Google introduces Question & Answers (Q&As) section in Google Maps 

More than 70% of people watch in-stream ads which are 15 seconds or less in length mostly with sound on. Facebook also said, our goal is to provide successful Facebook Marketing through in-stream ads to right people and at the right time. Facebook is also testing a feature in News Feed which provides few sentences regarding the news and customized links to news according to the interest of users.

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