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Facebook drops global roll-out of Explore feed

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The test in these six countries is different than the version of "Explore" that has been rolled out to most people. A Facebook experiment in six countries to understand if people prefer to have separate places for personal and public content on its platform will not be rolled out globally, the social media platform has clarified. While 'Explore' includes content from relevant pages, posts from pages that people like or follow will continue to appear in News Feed," Mosseri explained. Facebook recently said it will introduce "Explore" feed for users on the desktop to help them discover stories beyond the friends and pages they already follow.

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Facebook tests splitting its News Feed into two - Thai Tech by Thaivisa.

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Mosseri said the company has no plans for a global test of the two separate feeds for its 2 billion users. The test is taking place in Bolivia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Serbia, Slovakia and Sri Lanka, and it will likely go on for months, Adam Mosseri, the Facebook executive in charge of the News Feed, said in a blog post. News has proved to be a tricky area for Facebook, as hoaxes and false news stories have sometimes spread easily on the network. Depending on how people respond, two news feeds could mean that they see fewer links to news stories.

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Facebook tests splitting its News Feed into two - Thai Tech by Thaivisa.

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Mosseri said the company has no plans for a global test of the two separate feeds for its 2 billion users. The test is taking place in Bolivia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Serbia, Slovakia and Sri Lanka, and it will likely go on for months, Adam Mosseri, the Facebook executive in charge of the News Feed, said in a blog post. News has proved to be a tricky area for Facebook, as hoaxes and false news stories have sometimes spread easily on the network. Sometimes it makes changes permanent, and other times not.

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Facebook Is Testing This Major Change

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Mosseri said the company has no plans for a global test of the two separate feeds for its 2 billion users. Facebook said on Monday it was testing the idea of dividing its News Feed in two, separating commercial posts from personal news in a move that could lead some businesses to increase advertising. News has proved to be a tricky area for Facebook, as hoaxes and false news stories have sometimes spread easily on the network. , frequently tests changes big and small as it tries to maximize the time people spend scrolling and browsing the network.

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Facebook tests splitting its News Feed into two

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Mosseri said the company has no plans for a global test of the two separate feeds for its 2 billion users. The test is taking place in Bolivia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Serbia, Slovakia and Sri Lanka, and it will likely go on for months, Adam Mosseri, the Facebook executive in charge of the News Feed, said in a blog post. News has proved to be a tricky area for Facebook, as hoaxes and false news stories have sometimes spread easily on the network. Depending on how people respond, two news feeds could mean that they see fewer links to news stories.

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Facebook Denies Plans To Charge Publications For Posts

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Some have interpreted this test as a future product Facebook plans to deliver globally. But, Adam Mosseri clarified that the company currently has no plans to roll this test out further. The company is testing having one dedicated space for people to keep up with their friends and family, and another separate space, called Explore, with posts from pages. Mosseri noted that people told the company they want an easier way to see posts from friends and family.

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Palestinian Man Arrested After Facebook Auto-Translates 'Good Morning' as 'Attack Them'

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Palestinian Man Arrested After Facebook Auto-Translates 'Good Morning' as 'Attack Them'. A Palestinian construction worker was arrested by Israeli police after Facebook incorrectly translated the text of one of his posts. In the picture uploaded with the text, a man is propped against a bulldozer at a West Bank construction site. Even though our translations are getting better each day, mistakes like these might happen from time to time and we’ve taken steps to address this particular issue.

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The biggest mobile tech blunders in history

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Facebook Home wasn't nearly mature enough to be a main feature of a smartphone and the time since has proven that it never would... Facebook Home basically took over your lock screen, updating it with a rotation of status updates from your friends. Also on the Flex line of phones, LG experimented with a self-healing material that could rid phone backs of scratches and nicks. The curved screen of the Flex also allowed the phone to slip more easily into a back pocket, and hold up to your face.

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WhatsApp Is Testing Group Audio And Video Call Features

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Instant messaging service WhatsApp has started running internal tests for new features that will let its users make audio and video calls within groups of their contacts. A feature that has been a regular staple of other mobile messengers like Facebook’s Messenger app is something WhatsApp has yet to deliver to its user base, but the latest reports reveal that team is at least working on catching up with the competition. It also seems it was confirmed that there are even more references on video calls, but also noted that it will arrive after the voice call for groups feature rolls out. Those screenshots actually started the investigation about the group chats getting voice and video call options, when keen-eyed folks noticed that WhatsApp’s group chat example showed more than just shared locations.

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How the bad guys build fake accounts on Facebook

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I passed the phone number test, entering the code Facebook texted me for each account. I changed the phone numbers on my prepaid phones, because Facebook only allows a mobile number to be associated with one account. Many of the fake accounts had no Facebook friends, but I logged into one account to discover 219 pending friend requests. Monica’s account was apparently created in 2014, and when I bought it, she had 62 friends, which made me her 63rd.

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Artificial intelligence finds 56 new gravitational lens candidates

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The researchers published their method and 56 new gravitational lens candidates in the November issue of Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Astronomers search for gravitational lenses because they help in the research of dark matter. The astronomers trained the neural network using millions of homemade images of gravitational lenses. Initially, the neural network found 761 gravitational lens candidates.

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Here's What Facebook Messenger Can Do For Your Stock Portfolio

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TD Ameritrade ( AMTD ) just beefed up the usefulness of its new Facebook ( FB ) Messenger chat bot, announcing Monday that clients can now use the mobile-friendly tool to trade stocks and ETFs. Until now, customers could only use TD Ameritrade's chat bot service, which launched in August, to view the status of their accounts and stock positions, and to access research and education content. TD Ameritrade's trading fees using the Facebook chat bot will remain the same, the spokesperson said. The major discount brokers including TD Ameritrade are enhancing their digital and mobile platforms for a new generation of investors, as a slew of emerging micro-investing apps like Robinhood threaten to make stock trading free, or extremely cheap and easy, for beginners.

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The "Nightmare Scenario" For Publishers: Facebook Is Testing A 'Pay-To-Play' Model

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Remember when Facebook first offered to pay “media partners” to create video content for its news feed? In some countries, though, the social giant is also testing putting all publisher content in this secondary feed, even if you do follow those publishers. In Slovakia, for example, where this new test is under way, a journalist wrote on Medium over the weekend that organic reach for publishers fell by “two-thirds” after Facebook moved Page posts to the Explore Feed. While Facebook claims it doesn’t plan to roll this out globally right now, the fact that Zuckerberg is even testing this should be terrifying for publishers who are heavily reliant on the newsfeed for distribution.

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Facebook tests splitting news feed to highlight posts from friends

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The exception is promoted posts, which brands buy to make sure their content shows up in people's feeds. Adam Mosseri, who is in charge of the news feed at Facebook, emphasized on Monday that the change is only a test. To understand if people like these two different spaces, we will test a few things, such as how people engage with videos and other types of posts. "With all of the possible stories in each person's feed, we always work to connect people with the posts they find most meaningful", Facebook said in a statement.

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Facebook tests moving non-promoted posts out of newsfeed

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" Certain posts from Facebook pages have reportedly dropped by 60 to 80 percent in the test countries. Facebook is testing a new update that would move non-promoted posts out of users' newsfeeds, which could be a major hit to media publishers who use the platform to bring traffic to their websites. Adam Mosseri, head of news at Facebook, said on Twitter that there is no plan to make the changes global. According to a report at the time, Facebook accounted for 43 percent of the traffic at the over 400 media sites included in the study.

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