Dear God no: Facebook is testing autoplaying video with sound

There are few things more annoying on the Web than having audio blare out when you’re not expecting it. But that’s precisely what Facebook is going for in its latest test, where it starts autoplaying video clips on your feed with sound. To be fair, it’s a very small test. The company is currently trying two methods of getting people to watch video with sound in Australia: the aforementioned autoplaying, and an unmute button on the lower right corner of videos, like Vine videos on a desktop. The latter certainly sounds more reasonable; the last thing you want is to…

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Facebook touts 1.5 billion interactions for its Rio Olympics coverage with Michael Phelps video as the crown jewel


While athletes went for the gold, Facebook achieved a new record of views and clicks for its own coverage of the Rio Olympics 2016. 

Facebook saw more than 1.5 billion interactions — likes, posts, comments and shares — related to the Olympics throughout the games. From Aug. 5 to 21, 277 million people participated in the conversation around the world, meaning Facebook users, on average, interacted with Olympics-related stories 5 times. 

The social networking giant did not provide an apples-to-apples comparison from the previous summer games in London. Back in 2012, Facebook announced 116 million posts and comments and 12.2 million likes to athletes’ pages, not on posts.  Read more…

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Gawker founder says Facebook should be held accountable for its content

Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker Media and a late edition to the Code conference thinks Facebook has to be held accountable for the content posted the site. First, kudos to Denton for assuming responsibility for what Gawker publishes and for admitting that it should be held accountable for things like the Hulk Hogan sex tape — which he doesn’t regret publishing. Sadly, that’s where the kudos end and reality begins. Denton wants sites like Facebook and Reddit to be held to the same standards of Gawker (is that really a thing?) when it comes to what gets published on the…

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Facebook goes down for some users



This story was updated at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Facebook went down for some users Thursday, but appears to be back up and running for others. The website “Is it Down Right Now?” lists Facebook as having “service disruptions.”

Visitors to were greeted by the message, “Sorry, something went wrong” instead of the usual Facebook homepage when visiting on the web, starting at about 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday. Facebook’s mobile apps didn’t appear to be affected.


Facebook’s app status dashboard shows a “major outage” beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m. ET. The service reports its key Facebook Graph API — the core software that apps use to read and write to Facebook — became unavailable at that time. Read more…

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Zuckerberg: Facebook is working on a ‘dislike’ button

"People first," the slide behind Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg proclaims.

Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that a dislike button is being worked on and Facebook will be testing it soon.

In his latest town hall Q&A session that was held at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., the company’s chief executive said that his team has been hearing things and shared that it’s not a matter of downvoting people’s opinions and posts, but rather expressing empathy to moments.

“Not every moment is a good moment,” he said. “If you share something that’s sad like a refugee crisis that touches you or a family member passes away, it may not be comfortable to like that post…I do think it’s important to give people more options than liking it.”

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Zuckerberg said that it’s a surprisingly complicated process, but that Facebook has an idea and they’ll be testing it out soon. If it works out well, they’ll roll it out more broadly. In a previous town hall session, Zuckerberg disclosed that Facebook was thinking about a dislike button. This time it appears that the concept has moved forward and is now closer to being implemented.

Other questions being asked include whether or not Facebook would get involved in affordable housing. Zuckerberg says that in order to be a responsible member of the community, his company would have to be involved and said that it was “really important”, but didn’t provide any further details.

A few questions centered around Zuckerberg’s news that he’s going to be a father, which he recently announced in a post on the social network and is extremely gratified at the support of the community.

It’s worth noting that this is the first of two town halls that Zuckeberg will be holding. This Saturday, he’ll be joined by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi where the two are expected to discuss social and economic challenges facing the world’s third-largest economy and how Facebook can help with those issues.

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