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Why You Need To Delete, Not Just Deactivate, Your Facebook Account

Deleting Facebook app from phoneFacebook may be the 800-pound gorilla of social media platforms, but the company’s business practices are leading many users to abandon it. In recent years, Facebook has been embroiled in one scandal and issue after another and has become synonymous with abuse of privacy. The Cambridge Analytica scandal was one of the biggest such examples, with the private data of … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/why-you-need-to-delete-not-just-deactivate-your-facebook-account-08701567/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Matt Milano

Facebook’s ‘Professional Mode’ lets creators monetize their own profile page

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Facebook has launched a new professional mode for profiles that will let eligible creators earn money without the need to create a separate Page. The feature is part of Facebook parent Meta’s $1 billion investment in creators that includes bonuses for Instagram influencers and an expansion to the Stars program announced yesterday by CEO Mark Zuckerberg. 

The biggest feature of professional mode profiles is the addition of the Reels Play bonus program that allows creators to earn up to $35,000 a month based on views of qualifying reels (videos). Previously, that program was only open to users with Pages. It’ll be invitation-only for professional profiles to start with, with more information about how to create reels here

As part of Reels, Facebook is planning to add the ability to create longer, 60 second reels, save drafts mid-creation and create compositions from multiple clips. Those features are coming “soon” and it’s planning to expand Reels to more countries next year, too. Professional Mode also lets profiles see the same kind of post and audience analytics data that Page users get, including shares, reactions and comments. You can also see your follower growth over time. 

There’s a caveat that, not surprisingly, involves privacy. Once you turn on professional mode, “anyone can follow you and see your public content in their feed,” Facebook said. However, you’ll still be able to limit specific posts or updates to friends only.

Facebook is playing catchup to rival platforms with the creator community, particularly TikTok, which recently passed 3 billion downloads and is ahead of Facebook in user engagement. On top of the new profiles, it recently introduced the Stars store website that lets creators earn cash from followers without paying app store commissions. Professional mode is testing with a limited number of profiles today in the US, but will be expanded to more people in the US “soon” and more countries in the coming months. 

Source: https://www.engadget.com/facebook-introduces-a-new-professional-mode-for-creators-140006876.html?src=rss
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Facebook Will Soon Require Two-Factor Authentication for Some Users

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In an effort to keep certain at-risk accounts even more secure, Facebook is updating its Protect program and will soon force enrolled users to enable two-factor authentication (2FA). These accounts include politicians, human rights activists, journalists, and other high-profile users.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/104688/facebook-will-soon-require-two-factor-authentication-for-some-users/
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Streamlabs says Facebook Gaming views have overtaken YouTube Gaming

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For the first time ever, people recently spent more time on Facebook Gaming than YouTube Gaming watching their favorite streamers. That’s according to Streamlabs, which published its Q3 2021 Live Streaming Industry Report on Wednesday.

The company says viewers watched 1.29 billion hours of content on Facebook Gaming between August and September, representing a 9.2 percent increase from the previous quarter. By contrast, the amount of content people watched on YouTube Gaming went from 1.294 billion hours in Q2 2021 to 1.13 billion hours in the most recent three-month period. In terms of viewership, Google’s platform has seen a steady decline since it hit a peak at the end of last year.

YouTube’s struggles are surprising considering the company recently spent big to secure talent like DrLupo and TimTheTatman. Steamlabs attributes the milestone to Facebook Gaming’s international popularity, in addition to the recent rollout of features like co-streaming. Whether Facebook can continue to top YouTube is hard to say. Over the same timeframe, the platform saw a decline in both total hours streamed and unique channels. Those stand at 17.1 million and 440,000 currently, representing declines of 17.8 percent and 48 percent from the previous quarter. For what it’s worth, Steamlabs predicts the company is on the right path.

As for Twitch, it ran into its own set of problems. People watched 5.79 billion hours of content last quarter. Obviously, that’s more than Facebook and YouTube combined, but it’s also a 11 percent decrease from the viewership numbers it saw in Q2 2021. What’s more, the above number represents a year-over-year decline of 22 percent. At the same time, Twitch saw, for the first time ever, a year-over-year decline in unique channels, with that number decreasing from 10.6 million in Q3 2020 to 10.4 million in Q3 2021. Still, with a 70 percent share of the market in terms of hours watched, Twitch is the dominant platform in the space, and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/streamlabs-q3-2021-live-streaming-industry-report-150022643.html?src=rss
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Igor Bonifacic

Google Takes a Big Step Toward the Unified Smart Home Future

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Just months after announcing its commitment to Matter, the unified smart home standard, Google is launching a set of tools to help developers integrate Matter with their products. It’s a big step toward a future where smart devices work with any app or assistant, even if they come from rival companies.

Matter aims to take the confusion out of buying smart home products, which aren’t always compatible with one another. It’s basically a universal language (or maybe a universal translator) for connected devices—if two products support Matter, they’ll work together.

Google Nest Smart ThermostatGoogle’s Nest Thermostat is just one product that will gain Matter support in 2022. Google

But for developers who are rushing to finish products, Matter could feel like a challenging and time-consuming task. That’s why Google is building a Google Home Device SDK for Matter, which should help developers quickly integrate their products with the new protocol.

Additionally, Google announced new mobile development tools to help integrate Matter with smartphones and apps. This should dramatically simplify the setup process for smart home devices—instead of jumping between an app and your Wi-Fi or Bluetooth settings, you’ll just let the app do the work.

Clearly, Google understands that Matter won’t be successful without the support of major smart home brands. Its simple development tools should help companies build Matter integration into their products before the protocol launches in 2022.

Source: Google via The Verge

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/101234/google-takes-a-big-step-toward-the-unified-smart-home-future/
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‘The Buck Stops With Mark’: Facebook Whistleblower Says Zuckerberg Responsible for System Harming Kids

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Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen stepped out of the shadows Sunday after months of working secretly with lawyers, journalists and lawmakers to build a case against the company she’d once thought to change from within—but now views as fundamentally threatening to the whole of humanity. Haugen was once against…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/the-buck-stops-with-mark-facebook-whistleblower-says-z-1847797678
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Facebook is down, along with Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger

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If you can’t access Facebook, Instagram, Messenger or WhatsApp, you’re not the only one. Starting at approximately 11:38AM ET, Downdetector began logging a spike in outage reports across all four Facebook-owned services. Andy Stone, a spokesperson for the company, said at 12:07PM ET that the company was working quickly to resolve the issue but didn’t mention what was at the root of the problem. We’ve reached out to Facebook for more information on the outage.

We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

— Andy Stone (@andymstone) October 4, 2021

Source: https://www.engadget.com/facebook-instagram-whatsapp-messenger-down-161653706.html?src=rss
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Igor Bonifacic

9 Horrifying Facts From the Facebook Whistleblower’s New 60 Minutes Interview

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Last week, the Wall Street Journal published internal research from Facebook showing that the social media company knows precisely how toxic its own product is for the people who use it. But tonight, we learned how the Journal obtained those documents: A whistleblower named Frances Haugen, who spoke with CBS News’ 60…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/9-horrifying-facts-from-the-facebook-whistleblowers-new-1847791184
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Matt Novak

How to Hide (or Show) Like Counts on Facebook

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Do you measure a Facebook post’s quality not by how many likes (reactions) it receives but the post’s actual impact on people? If so, you can get rid of the like counts in your Facebook news feed. We’ll show you how.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/744232/how-to-hide-or-show-like-counts-on-facebook/
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