Facebook to Give Lower Privacy Standards to Americans

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg has said himself that North America will be excluded from some of the privacy enhancements being rolled out in the coming months. This is following the scandal that Facebook has been collecting phone records, Internet history, and various other private things from people around the world.

In the phone interview with Reuters conducted yesterday, Zuckerburg declined to talk about implementing privacy standards worldwide to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, passed by the European Union. He said, however, his company was working to rework the law to guarantee certain European privacy rights worldwide. When asked about these rights, however, he declined to comment on which factors of the GDPR they were working to come online.

In a blog post from late last month, Facebook promised its users that their privacy options would be easier to find in the future, and the blog post also mentions that they will be changing their terms of service in the future to help users across the world.

It’s no surprise that social media profits off of our data. They have to make their money somehow to be able to maintain their servers and services. But in these recent months, people have cried out that Facebook has simply crossed the lines and has become something reminiscent of the thought police from 1984. Facebook has been at the front lines of the privacy argument against the general public, trying to keep their actions secret from the world. The European Union’s GDPR is a great first step to protect the privacy of millions of people who use Facebook. But North America simply does not have these laws in place, so what is stopping Facebook from preying on North America only?

In the continuing fight of net neutrality, the NSA and privacy of the American people, companies will have to change soon. If Facebook keeps harvesting data from innocent civilians, they may be on the wrong end of a class action lawsuit.

Technology is Promoting Happiness in Many Different Ways

It is a well-known fact that social media has become a common ground for bullying, and teenagers are its worst victim. In some of the cases, the bullying can be highly damaging to the teenagers and may even lead to long-term implications. However, thanks to the technology, new applications are being developed that promote happiness among the youth as well. Such applications are helping the cause of fighting back the bullying, and the trend of such apps being produced is growing at a massive pace. One of the examples of these new positive apps is Brighten, which sends positive messages to the users at frequent intervals.

Brighten is an app that was conceptualized by a student named Austin Kevitch from Pennsylvania. Kevin lost a friend in an accident, and upon his death, the Facebook page of his friend was filled with consolatory messages as well as positive remembrances. Kevin thought that it would have been good if his friend could have read all those messages while he was still alive. It is how Brighten came to life and so far the users of Brighten have sent more than 10 million messages. The app currently has one million users, and its membership base is expanding at a massive pace. There is another similar app that was a couple of months back was the most downloaded app on the App Store, named TBH. It is an app that is similar to Brighten in many ways but has a more gamey type approach to it. It scans through the contact lists and asks you questions like which of your friends are hot and who is more intelligent and sends out the answer to that friend, anonymously. Facebook bought TBH for $100 million.

With the ongoing trend, it can be said that positivity is becoming an industry in itself and many new apps are under development, and some have already hit the market. With the kind of stressful lives people live these days, whether it is a teenager or a working professional or even an elderly, having an app that reminds you to stay positive is not a bad thing after all. It is a trend that is growing at a massive pace, and people are looking forward to making such apps part of their life.

Facebook Messenger To Integrate PayPal In Chats To Help Users Send Money To One Another

Paying for items and services through facebook just got a whole lot easier, with the incorporation of PayPal’s new payment system. Recently, PayPal representatives announced that they would be partnering up with Facebook Messenger that allows users to send money to others on their friend list. This would allow for better peer to peer transactions, making the entire process of sending money to your buddies much easier. The method of sending money would be streamlined using a PayPal bot that also guides the user through the process.

The incorporation of PayPal into Messenger happened after the two companies entered into a deal last year allowing the integration of the service onto their site. Both the companies realized that this would be an extremely beneficial route for them to take, and will help integrate something that user’s of both the platforms have been asking for a long time.

Facebook does currently allow people living in the United States to send money to people on their friend’s list, but it is generally either through entering their debit or credit card details and can only be used within the United States. However, with the integration of PayPal into Facebook Messenger, even people outside the country will be able to send money to one another without many restrictions. The integrated system will be incredibly easy to use, and will just require the user to click on the PayPal icon in the Messenger to be on their way to sending money to one another.

This will also help Facebook and their Messenger as well. With the introduction of new big players who come up with messaging platforms of their own, the competition in this sector has become tougher than ever. The introduction of this new policy should give Facebook Messenger a significant boost over other players in the industry. The Messaging app already has millions of users, which is set to increase even more in the coming months because of PayPal.

However, there is always going to be that section of the customer base that is adverse to using this system for their payments. Even though PayPal by itself is considered to be one of the safest peers to peer money transfer sites, this integration has got a few customers skeptical and wondered if their accounts would be secure with the advent of this.

Facebook And Twitter Didn’t Fail Us This Election

The presidential election left many Americans wondering where the country will continue from this point on. As the election itself is a broad topic of discussion, social media platforms have become a means of expressing information. Whether that information is factual or opinion based, every user on Facebook or Twitter has seen some sort of political post. The idea of information received via Facebook or Twitter does not have to be facts alone. The primary purpose of such social media platforms is to quickly release information. Whether that information is actually true is not important. In terms of the election, Facebook and Twitter proved to function just as it was developed to.

According to Buzzfeed’s artictle, these two social media platforms successfully served as ways to push out information regarding relevant political discussions. Thousands of political posts are filtered through Twitter and Facebook and provide thousands of different opinions, arguments, and views. This is the primary purpose of Facebook, as well as Twitter. Therefore, Faceebook and Twitter did not fail to serve the purpose of spreading information during the presidential election. Whether information was released by the presidential candidates themselves, news outlets, or political advocates, the two social media platforms spread all information out to users across the globe.

The article itself is an interesting perspective on how social media spreads information at an alarming rate. With such a fast=paced society, information travels through the internet at a speed that is unmatched by other forms of communication. Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are often seen as ways to spread opinions and debates because of the ability to post anything and everything. In terms of the election, almost every type of political post contained statistics, opinions of candidates, and personal views on substantial issues.

In conclusion, the social media aspect of the presidential race rose to a peak that optimized the way information was spread throughout the United States as a whole. This not only influenced potential voters, but sparked even more debate and political conversations between any individuals with accounts on these websites.

 

Facebook launches a new Messenger tool

Communication is vital in modern society, and many people turn to Facebook Messenger when they need to communicate. Facebook Messenger is extremely convenient because it allows you to quickly connect with your friends and family across various platforms. The messaging app works on multiple platforms, including iOS, Android, and on the web. In recent years, Facebook Messenger has become the premier messaging application, but Facebook is not satisfied.

 

Facebook is always looking for a way to improve their products, and in recent months their eyes have fallen on their messenger app. Facebook wants to make Messenger the best communication tool on the planet, and they are willing to invest time and money into that effort. They just unveiled a new feature that should raise Messenger’s profile.

 

Facebook Messenger is now unveiling a new feature called “Rooms”. The feature is arriving in limited markets right now. This limited launch is meant to see if the messaging application could encourage broader discussions in a more public atmosphere. These “Rooms” will be centered around specific topics.

 

There have been rumors of this new feature since September. Early in September, people discovered code within the Messenger App that referenced the new feature. The code also explained how the feature worked. The text within the code talked about Rooms being a place for conversation about topics and interests. The rooms will have a link, so they can easily be shared with other people through the messenger app.

 

Users will be able to create their own rooms through the Messenger app. They can then invite members, create a nickname for the group, change notification settings, and more. The Rooms feature should allow for customizable chat rooms centered around a central topic.

 

Facebook has quickly come out and announced that the Rooms feature is a short test. Right now, Rooms is available to members in Austrailia and Canada. Both countries are places where social networks often look to test new products. They have small English-speaking bases, which make the countries an ideal place to test before you unveil the application in the United States or the United Kingdom.

 

Facebook wants to change the way people communicate, and this new feature is sure to have an impact. Only time will tell just how effective this new application will be.

 

Workplace: The Facebook for Work

Facebook continues to innovate and wedge itself even further into our everyday lives. Facebook recently launched Workplace, a social network version of their current social media site geared towards the work environment to help connect employees. This type of platform already exists through some companies like Slack, Yammer, and Jive. Over 1,000 businesses already use Workplace and with millions of people already using Facebook, the site’s adaptation should be simple for most. Workplace has a similar layout to Facebook which includes a newsfeed, chat, and photo/video/document sharing capabilities. This consumer familiarity allows the platform to be user-friendly since millions of people already see these features on their personal Facebook accounts. The platform, however, does not show ads nor are the Workplace accounts connected to an individual’s personal accounts. These features will prevent distraction in the office and provide a clear divide between work and home life to prevent distractions. The interface’s color is gray instead of blue, which serves as a visual differentiator between Facebook, used for socializing and Workspace, used for working. This network is intended to increase communication and connectivity within organizations whether employees are working next to each other in a communal workspace or working remotely in a different country. Workers will be able to see what their co-workers are doing via their Workplace status and post documents and information for a whole team or office to see in their newsfeed. This “one-stop” virtual workspace will increase connectivity, which Mark Zuckerberg says will increase communication and create a positive workplace. The cost structure is scaled per employee where companies with one to 1,000 active users will pay $3 per user per month; companies with 1,001 to 10,000 users will pay $2 per user per month, and businesses with more than 10,000 users will pay only $1 per user per month. Although this pay scale is very different than Workplace’s competitors, Facebook is banking on their brand recognition, loyalty, and ease of the site’s use to be the number one business communication space.

How Internet Has Changed The World For The Better

If there is one thing that could be said for the internet, it is that it has made a lot of changes for people. For one thing, it has made it has made it a lot easier for people to do a lot of things. A lot of people are making money through the internet with the technology that they have. When internet was first invented, people could only access the websites from stationary computers. However, a lot of changes and advancements were made to where people could access the internet from their smartphones. This makes it very convenient for people.

One of the major features of internet is social media. Social media is what allows people to meet new people like never before. It also helps people connect like never before. Among the social media companies that are good for making connections are Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and plenty of other social media sites. Twitter itself is undergoing some changes in order to make for some even greater changes in the internet. As of right now, it is up for sale with many companies such as Google, Verizon, and Salesforce setting their sites for the company. One could expect the social media platform to make some significant changes in the way it is structured.

Perhaps one of the most significant advances on the internet is video. Now, people can stream high resolution images at a smooth frame rate. As a matter of fact, smartphones and computers can easily display their videos in their native resolution at their native frame rate. Computers such as tablets, desktops, and laptops have an easier ability to display the videos at their native resolution and their natural color without the need for any extra calibration. They display the images in their natural color as well.

Internet is one of the most revolutionary technologies. People can use it for a lot of things which include entertainment, education, and making connections. There is a much greater freedom for people that use the internet.

Twitter May Be Bought Out Soon

As if Google wasn’t already buying out startup after startup to add to its empire, they may now be acquiring the hashtag giant of them all, Twitter. According to The Verge, rumors are now circulating that the second-largest social media platform may now be putting itself up for sale to the highest bidder, a move that investors are now watching closely, and such that Twitter’s stock rose 23% after the rumors started. Google isn’t the only company interested in Twitter, as Salesforce and now even Verizon are also interested parties. All of this is coming on the heels of former head of TV, Andrew Adashek leaving the company.

Twitter appears to be in the midst of a transition period as the growth of new users and new streams of revenue have bottomed out. Twitter has attempted to garner new interest with its new feature for streaming Thursday Night NFL games, and presidential candidate Donald Trump always brings Twitter publicity when he makes a public statement on there. But even though Twitter founder Jack Dorsey also returned as CEO to try to resurrect his social media creation, it has not happened yet and now the clock may be ticking on the company. While Google, Salesforce, and Verizon are all in the mix of sales talk, nothing concrete has been established as far as mergers and acquisitions as of yet.

What could Google, Salesforce, or Verizon stand to gain from buying twitter? The network offers a wealth of user data that all of them would love to add to their vaults. More so, Google has had an existing relationship with Twitter that’s allowed both sides to profit from using Tweets in search engine rankings. And considering that Google Plus has failed to match Facebook on every level, Google may see Twitter as its opportunity to change that. Will such a move grow or thwart interest in using Twitter? It’s hard to say, but it appears to be inevitable if users wish to continue seeing their celebrities tweet.

Twitter To Pay It’s Best Users to upload Video

Twitter is working on something new in order to get people to participate more. One of the new ideas is to pay users to upload videos. The social media platform wants the same type of popularity that YouTube has. Twitter is offering a percentage of revenue for people that upload their videos. This type of revenue is a lot different from other video platforms like YouTube which offers 55% of revenue to creators with 45% to be kept to itself. Twitter is offering 70% revenue sharing to the content creator with the rest of the money being kept. This is the same type of plan that it offers Amplify video partners.

The reason this is a good idea for Twitter to offer such a generous deal to video creators. For one thing, it is not really big in the video department like Facebook and YouTube. It is also very late when it comes to video offers. Also, there have been requests by some of the highest profile stars of the network. They have wanted to split revenue so that they can gain incentive for their recognition. After all, it is the views that the high profile stars bring that bring about success to Twitter. The only thing that remains to be seen is whether or not Twitter is able to encourage enough creators to participate. For one thing, it might be too late.

Twitter is one of the most popular social media platforms. In fact, it is actually very simple to use. People will find themselves having an easy time getting followers. It is not hard to find a topic that they can comment on compared to some other platforms. There is also no limit placed on the amount of replies one could do at a time.

As of right now, Twitter is looking to attract YouTube style stars so that it can gain a piece of the pie that YouTube has a large share in. Facebook has also taken behind YouTube when it comes to videos. It is most likely that Twitter is going to become one of the other companies that allow and encourage users to shoot videos.

Instagram Becoming More Mobile-Friendly

Instagram is a free widely used application that many use. It is a great technology application that allows users to take and share photos and/or videos. Instagram also allows users to be able to filter photos that are taken on the application and share them on a variety of social media networks. Networks include Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, Foursquare, and Posterous. With the Instagram mobile-friendly features you are able to take the photos and/or videos and customize. The customization for this free technology application includes several built in special effects. Instagram is very compatible with iOS technology.

Recently, there has been a widespread frustration for many phone users. Many mobile users are experiencing frustration when his or her mobile technology is not able to zoom in for a photo taken on Instagram. There is hope that frustration with Instagram when using a mobile device is of the past. Recently, Instagram is applying a new feature to its application. This feature will allow a mobile user using iOS to be able to apply a pinch-to-zoom option. This amazing and compatible feature allows an individual’s mobile device to zoom in on videos and photos. Once zoomed in the mobile-friendly device will be able to open up the videos and/or photos on internet feed pages, profile screens, and the basic tab on Explorer. This added feature really allows you to dive into your photos and experience every detail clearer than ever before. It has been such a relief for iOS users to not have to deal with the complications of trying to view photos and or videos every time Instagram is being used. In several weeks kinks to help individuals who have Android have been circling around the internet. Soon Android users will be able to have some relief when using the Instagram application on a mobile device.

Instagram is continuing to grow and advance in our modern day technology. This application has gone through several changes. Each change advancing this application to a whole new level. The pinch-to-zoom option is raving in popularity and initiating a positive perspective about Instagram. In conclusion, this new feature is very exciting for mobile device users worldwide. For more information about this new technology and Instagram application follow this link.