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Facebook downranks video clickbait & fake play buttons

Facebook downranks video clickbait & fake play buttons

Facebook, the world’s most-popular social-networking platform, has confirmed that it is downranking video clickbait and fake play buttons. Many websites and publishers engage in clickbait to drive traffic to their websites.

The notorious clickbait and fake play buttons are News Feed links displayed in the preview image and videos that are essentially merely static images uploaded as a video file to trick viewers to give clicks.

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Facebook preparing to demote slow-loading stories on News Feed

Facebook preparing to demote slow-loading stories on News Feed

Facebook, the world’s largest social network, is preparing to update its News Feed ranking algorithm to promote fast-loading stories and demote slow-loading stories. Jiayi Wen and Shengbo Guo, senior engineers with the social network, announced that the update to its News Feed ranking algorithm aimed at showing people more stories that will load rapidly on mobile and fewer stories that take longer to load.

Wen and Guo added that the change would allow users to spend more time loading and reading stories relevant to them.

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Facebook reportedly working on dedicated video chat device

Facebook reportedly working on dedicated video chat device

Social-networking giant Facebook is reportedly working on a new device that will be dedicated to increasingly popular video chat.

Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg reported that the dedicated video chat hardware will be the inaugural major product from the company’s Building 8 product development lab.

The device will reportedly include a notebook-sized screen, and it will try to make geographically separated video participants feel like they are together in the same space.

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Facebook could launch traditional TV-style shows in June

Facebook may launch traditional TV-style shows in June

Social networking giant Facebook Inc. is reportedly making preparations for releasing a line-up of TV-style shows on its site as soon as in June this year.

Facebook has repeatedly said that video is one of the top priorities for the company going forward. Thus, news of release of TV-style shows is not surprising at all.

Citing anonymous sources, media outlets reported that the social-networking giant will mainly release two kinds of shows: longer, traditional television-style scripted shows and shorter shows that will be updated by the company on daily basis.

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Forbes: Mark Zuckerberg has lost $3.7B in net worth after US presidential election

Forbes: Mark Zuckerberg has lost $3.7B in net worth after US presidential electi

According to a Forbes report, several billion dollars in net worth has been lost by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg after the US presidential election on November 8, 2016.

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SpaceX may partner with Facebook, Verizon on Mars mission

SpaceX may partner with Facebook, Verizon on Mars mission

Billionaire entrepreneur & innovator Elon Musk-led SpaceX is reportedly planning to join forces with tech giants Facebook and Verizon for its ambitious Mars mission.

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Facebook unveils its second-gen computer switch --- ‘Backpack’

Facebook unveils its second-gen computer switch --- ‘Backpack’

On Wednesday, social network Facebook unveiled an innovative second-generation computer switch called ‘Backpack’ --- a 100G optical switch for connecting together all the racks inside of a data center.

The newly-unveiled Backpack computer switch is the successor to Facebook’s 2015-launched 6-Pack 40G switch which had the capability to stream 40G worth of data around a data center network.

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Facebook launches new Snapchat-like app specifically for emerging markets

Facebook launches new Snapchat-like app specifically for emerging markets

In a late Tuesday announcement, social network Facebook said that it is launching a new app -- another clone of the Snapchat ephemeral messaging app -- specifically for the world’s emerging markets in which Wi-Fi is scarce and connectivity is weak.

The new Snapchat-like messaging app launched by Facebook for the emerging markets is called ‘Flash.’ The app – which does not take up much storage or data – is basically a lightweight version of Snapchat, which does not have a strong hold on potential users of messaging apps in emerging markets.

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Facebook launches new feature to allow users to officially endorse a 2016 presidential candidate

Facebook launches new feature to allow users to officially endorse a 2016 presid

In a Tuesday announcement, social network Facebook said that it is launching a new endorsement feature, which will give Facebook users the ability to officially endorse a 2016 presidential candidate.

The launch of the endorsement feature by Facebook marks the latest effort by the company to ensure a deeper level of user involvement.

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Facebook reportedly wants to launch its Free Basics ‘free Internet’ service in US

Facebook reportedly wants to launch its Free Basics ‘free Internet’ service in U

According to a Washington Post report released on Thursday, social network Facebook apparently wants to bring its controversial 'free Internet' plan - Free Basics - to the US.

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