Breaking Up Facebook ‘Won’t Be Enough,’ Says Morgan Stanley Boss. Here’s His Proposal.

New York City’s just-concluded “blockchain week” was palpably more subdued than it has been in years past. (Or maybe I was just not invited back to the parties after my 2018 travelogue.) In any case, I took a brief break from the madness of the Fortune 500 issue close to drop by the Consensus conference, […]

Cyber Saturday—Facebook Data Ownership, WhatsApp Phone Hack, ‘Blockchain Week’

New York City’s just-concluded “blockchain week” was palpably more subdued than it has been in years past. (Or maybe I was just not invited back to the parties after my 2018 travelogue.) In any case, I took a brief break from the madness of the Fortune 500 issue close to drop by the Consensus conference, […]

Twitter and Instagram Are Starting to Imagine a World Without ‘Likes’

The “like” is one of the most valuable metrics on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, letting people know that their posts are appreciated while also helping those social media services better decide which content to show first, or which ads a user is most likely to click on. They’ve also turned social media into a popularity […]

5 Takeaways from Mark Zuckerberg’s F8 Keynote

At F8, Facebook‘s annual developer conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg stressed his vision of building a privacy-focused social network as he debuted the newest version of the company’s core app. Zuckerberg said the redesigned Facebook, version FB5, will make navigation easier, load time faster, and provide a cleaner appearance. The new version also encourages private interactions […]

‘This Is an Arms Race.’ Why Facebook Isn’t Winning Its War on Harmful Content—Yet

Facebook says its latest updates to News Feed, Messenger, and Instagram will help it battle misinformation and harmful content. While the new features incrementally turn the dial, don’t expect them to end fake news entirely. Facebook detailed its new rollouts at a press briefing on Wednesday at its Menlo Park headquarters. To combat bad actors […]

Instagram Is Testing a Feature That Will Let You Try on a New Name. Here’s Why Professionals Will Love It

Changing your name can feel serious, even if it’s just your Instagram username. There’s good news for anyone who wants to try on a new name, but without the commitment. The Facebook-owned photo sharing app is testing a new feature that lets people change their usernames, while keeping their old ones on reserve for 14 […]

Instagram Wants to Help Users Buy Products in its App

Instagram is strengthening its role in e-commerce by allowing users to pay for dresses, makeup, and watches inside its app. The new checkout feature, which begins rolling out on Tuesday, lets users make in-app purchases from 23 retailers, including Nike, Burberry, and H&M. The list of retailers is expected to grow. “When we set out […]

Hacking and Cyber Attack Ruled Out as Cause of Mystery 14-Hour Facebook Outage

A widespread outage affecting the Facebook fb family of apps for more than 14 hours on Wednesday and Thursday remains unexplained. Worldwide, many users reported issues using Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, Oculus VR and WhatsApp. For some, the websites were down completely, while others struggled with limited functionality. User reports of Facebook being unreachable continued at […]

Facebook and Instagram are Down for Some Users

Facebook and Instagram are partially down across the country for some users. While the apps for both are able to open, in many cases they’re missing a good bit of their functionality. Both platforms seem to have issues, especially when sending and receiving messages as well as posting new content. While widespread, the issue isn’t […]