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Facebook’s Snooze Button Lets You Temporarily Mute Your Friends

Tyler Lee December 16, 2017

We’re sure from time to time, you come across posts from your friends or Facebook Pages or People that you follow that can get annoying or obnoxious. Sure, there is the option of unfollowing them or unfriending them, but if you’d rather not go to those extremes, then you’ll be pleased to learn that Facebook has a happy middle solution: a Snooze button.

Back in September it was reported that Facebook was testing out a Snooze button, which is basically a way to temporarily mute your friends and pages or people that you follow, and Facebook’s recent announcement means that the feature is now available to all users and could be worth checking out if you’d like a little reprieve from certain people.

According to Facebook, “With Snooze, you don’t have to unfollow or unfriend permanently, rather just stop seeing someone’s posts for a short period of time. The people, Pages, and groups you snooze will not be notified. You will be notified before the Snooze period is about to end and the setting can also be reversed at any time.”

That being said, there are other ways that users can prevent certain posts from showing, such as through the “Hide” feature which teaches Facebook that these are posts you’re not interested in, which in turn will hide similar posts from your News Feed in the future.

Facebook’s Snooze Button Lets You Temporarily Mute Your Friends , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Facebook To Introduce Pre-Roll Ads For ‘Watch’ Videos

Tyler Lee December 14, 2017

In recent times we’re starting to see Facebook introduce ads in its videos, where sometimes when you watch a video halfway, an ad will appear. So far the ads only appear mid-way through the video and never at the start, but apparently this is something that Facebook wants to change as they have announced plans for pre-roll ads.

What this means is that in the future, ads will begin playing at the start of the video versus in the middle. Now before you guys get too worked up over this, note that this change only applies to videos under the “Watch” tab. According to Facebook, “Next year, we will begin testing pre-roll ads in places where people proactively seek out content, like Watch.”

The reason for putting ads in the front versus the middle for videos under the “Watch” tab is because Facebook thinks our intentions are different when watching a video in our News Feed, versus going to the “Watch” tab. “While pre-roll ads don’t work well in News Feed, we think they will work well in Watch because it’s a place where people visit and come back to with the intention to watch videos.”

Basically Facebook thinks that because we purposely click the “Watch” tab, that we wouldn’t mind sitting through a pre-roll ad before the video starts, kind of like how it is in the movies where the ads play before the movie starts. Note that Facebook is only testing out the feature for now, so whether or not it’ll become an actual feature remains to be seen.

Facebook To Introduce Pre-Roll Ads For ‘Watch’ Videos , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Facebook To Introduce Pre-Roll Ads For ‘Watch’ Videos

Tyler Lee December 14, 2017

In recent times we’re starting to see Facebook introduce ads in its videos, where sometimes when you watch a video halfway, an ad will appear. So far the ads only appear mid-way through the video and never at the start, but apparently this is something that Facebook wants to change as they have announced plans for pre-roll ads.

What this means is that in the future, ads will begin playing at the start of the video versus in the middle. Now before you guys get too worked up over this, note that this change only applies to videos under the “Watch” tab. According to Facebook, “Next year, we will begin testing pre-roll ads in places where people proactively seek out content, like Watch.”

The reason for putting ads in the front versus the middle for videos under the “Watch” tab is because Facebook thinks our intentions are different when watching a video in our News Feed, versus going to the “Watch” tab. “While pre-roll ads don’t work well in News Feed, we think they will work well in Watch because it’s a place where people visit and come back to with the intention to watch videos.”

Basically Facebook thinks that because we purposely click the “Watch” tab, that we wouldn’t mind sitting through a pre-roll ad before the video starts, kind of like how it is in the movies where the ads play before the movie starts. Note that Facebook is only testing out the feature for now, so whether or not it’ll become an actual feature remains to be seen.

Facebook To Introduce Pre-Roll Ads For ‘Watch’ Videos , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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France Looking Into Age-Of-Consent Rule For Facebook Users

Tyler Lee December 14, 2017

Depending on where you’re from, there are different age restrictions for different activities. For example in some countries, you can drink when you’re 18, while other countries might require that you’re 21. The same can be said about signing up for online services, where users need to be of a certain age to be able to do so without parental consent.

However over in France, the country’s government is proposing an age-of-consent rule in which all teens/children below the age of 16 will need to get consent from their parents to open an account on Facebook or any other form of social media. According to Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet, this consent could come in the form of a checkbox that users have to tick to confirm approval, and that it can be considered a declaration governed by law.

However there is the question of how exactly how enforceable such a law could be. As it stands there doesn’t seem to be any kind of age-gate that effectively keeps people out. Sometimes all users have to do is click “Enter” or “I Agree” even if it isn’t necessarily true. Sometimes when asked to enter their date of birth, users can put in pretty much anything they want and there is no way to actually confirm it.

That being said, the bill is still pending approval from parliament, which means that as it stands it isn’t a law so it has yet to actually come into effect.

France Looking Into Age-Of-Consent Rule For Facebook Users , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Facebook Messenger Powered 17 Billion Video Chats In 2017

Adnan Farooqui December 13, 2017


There was some concern about the future of Facebook Messenger when the social network decided to launch it as a standalone app a couple of years ago. Many were unsure about the direction that Facebook wanted to take with Messenger. It has since built Messenger into a bona fide cross-platform messaging service. 2017 has been a good year for the service as it saw the total number of video chats it has powered jump to double than that of last year.

Facebook Messenger powered more than 17 billion realtime video chats on Messenger. That’s double the video chat sessions that it powered in 2016.

The social network is aware that the video calling functionality works well with the public. No wonder it introduced the ability to take part in or launch group video chats about a year ago. Facebook Messenger offers a similar user experience to both iOS and Android users.

Facebook has also revealed that Messenger users have shared more than 500 billion emojis in 2017. That comes down to a staggering 1.7 billion every single day.

There are more than 7 billion conversations taking place on Messenger every single day this year. More than 260 million new conversation threads were started every day in 2017.

Facebook continues to add more features to Messenger is and even working to further expand its user base in key markets.

Facebook Messenger Powered 17 Billion Video Chats In 2017 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Facebook’s Augmented Reality ‘World Effects’ Will Arrive On Messenger

Tyler Lee December 12, 2017

By now it seems that Facebook has no qualms when it comes to copying some of Snapchat’s features. The company already borrowed features like Stories and brought it to apps like Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook, and now it looks like Facebook wants to borrow some augmented reality (AR) features as well.

The company has recently announced that they will be rolling out “World Effects” to its Messenger platform over the next few days. World Effects is going to be similar to Snapchat’s World Lenses, which allows users to use AR to place objects in their camera frame to take some interesting photos.

In addition to launching World Effects, Facebook also plans to open up AR Studio to developers that will hopefully encourage them to create more AR-based experiences for Facebook users. According to Facebook director Ficus Kirkpatrick, “We want artists, developers, brands and more creators to be able to build and share amazing AR experiences,. By opening AR Studio to all creators, we’re taking steps towards making AR more a part of everyday life.”

So far it seems that Facebook has been enjoying quite a bit of success with the features that they’ve borrowed from Snapchat, so we wouldn’t be surprised if World Effects were to launch to the same success.

Facebook’s Augmented Reality ‘World Effects’ Will Arrive On Messenger , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Former Facebook Executive Says Social Media Is ‘Ripping Apart’ Society

Tyler Lee December 12, 2017

Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are supposed to bring society closer, where thanks to the internet, people from all over the world can connect with each other. However according to former Facebook exec Chamath Palihapitiya, he believes that social media is actually doing the opposite by “ripping apart” society.

Palihapitiya joined Facebook in 2007 and served as the social media’s VP for user growth. However fast forward a decade later, Palihapitiya expressed the guilt he feels for about the company he helped make. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.”

He goes on to add, “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. And it’s not an American problem — this is not about Russians ads. This is a global problem.” He also points out issues like fake news and misinformation and cites an example in India where fake WhatsApp messages led to the lynching of seven innocent people.

According to Palihapitiya, “That’s what we’re dealing with, and imagine taking that to the extreme, where bad actors can now manipulate large swathes of people to do anything you want. It’s just a really, really bad state of affairs.” However despite his seemingly negative take on social media, he concedes that Facebook “overwhelmingly does good in the world.” We guess that ultimately social media platforms like Facebook are just a tool and a means, and it is up to society on how they want to use it (or abuse it).

If you’d like more details, you can check out Palihapitiya’s interview at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in the video above which starts at around the 21 minute mark.

Former Facebook Executive Says Social Media Is ‘Ripping Apart’ Society , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Facebook Is Trying To Bring Back The ‘Poke’ Feature

Tyler Lee December 11, 2017

Some of you guys might recall that very early on in Facebook’s life, there existed a “poke” feature, which basically lets you “poke” your friends to get their attention. That person in return can poke you back, and this would basically go back and forth until one person gets sick of it. We’re not sure if it served a bigger purpose, but Facebook wants to bring it back.

Note that the feature has never really gone away, but it isn’t quite as obvious, but that’s what Facebook wants to change. In the screenshot to the right, you can see that Facebook is now making the poking feature considerably more obvious in its placement and location. However it seems that the poke is just the start of things.

According to TNW, they have discovered that Facebook is also testing out other methods of getting a user’s attention through the form of greetings. Just like how the “Like” button expanded to cover a range of emotions, the poke feature will also be expanding into various forms of greetings, such as hugging, winking, high-fiving, and so on.

Facebook has got a bunch of new Reaction buttons for ‘Greetings’ pic.twitter.com/FMiH7e0m5B

— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) December 6, 2017

Like we said, we’re not sure what the poke was trying to accomplish back then, so it is unclear what these greetings will accomplish either. However back in the day, Facebook explained, “When we created the poke, we thought it would be cool to have a feature without any specific purpose. People interpret the poke in many different ways, and we encourage you to come up with your own meanings.”

Image credit – TechCrunch

Facebook Is Trying To Bring Back The ‘Poke’ Feature , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Facebook Launches Messenger For Kids With Pre-Approved Contacts

Tyler Lee December 4, 2017

With kids these days being able to access smartphones, tablets, and social media, we’re sure that parents now have more dangers to worry about. Kids will be kids, but that doesn’t mean that parents can’t have a bit of control over their online activities, which is why Facebook has since launched a new app called Messenger Kids.

As the name implies, this is Facebook Messenger designed for kids. According to Facebook, “Messenger Kids is full of features for kids to connect with the people they love. Once their account is set up by a parent, kids can start a one-on-one or group video chat with parent-approved contacts. The home screen shows them at a glance who they are approved to talk to, and when those contacts are online.”

This means that kids can only chat with those who have been pre-approved by their parents, so chatting to weird strangers on the internet, at least through Messenger, will not be a danger they’ll have to worry about. The app will also come with fun features like filters, emojis, and sound effects, along with the ability to video chat.

Parents who are interested in checking it out can download the app from the iTunes App Store (the preview is currently only available for iOS). They will also have to authenticate it using their own account, but Facebook notes that this won’t result in a separate Facebook account made for your child.

Facebook Launches Messenger For Kids With Pre-Approved Contacts , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Australia To Investigate Facebook, Google Over Media Disruption

Tyler Lee December 4, 2017

It is no secret that there are a handful of websites and services that dominate the web, like Google for search, and Facebook for social media. In turn this has resulted in many companies sort of forced to play by their rules, because getting deranked from Google could mean losing a significant chunk of your visitors.

This is why it doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that over in Australia, the country’s competition regulator has announced that they would investigate both Google and Facebook over whether or not they have disrupted the news media outlet, and not necessarily in a positive way.

The regulator will be looking into whether or not the practices by Google and Facebook has disrupted the media market to the detriment of both publishers and consumers. In a statement provided by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Chairman Rod Sims, “We will examine whether platforms are exercising market power in commercial dealings to the detriment of consumers, media content creators and advertisers.”

Whether or not they will find anything remains to be seen, but like we said earlier, these companies do wield some pretty heavy influence on others. For example a couple of months ago, Google announced that they will be dropping their controversial “first click free” policy, where Google had mandated that publishers with paywalls to allow readers to access three free articles a day before being met with a paywall.

The policy was controversial as it basically was Google telling publishers how to go about their business, that is if you want to remain ranked highly on Google’s search.

Australia To Investigate Facebook, Google Over Media Disruption , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.