LGBT real-name controversy: Facebook apologizes, promises changes

ApologizeDictionary650Facebook promised to overhaul its reporting and enforcement process regarding its real-name policy in an effort to quell the controversy that erupted last month, when several drag queens and other members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community saw their accounts suspended for not using their legal names.

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Update to Facebook Messenger for Android Allows Users to Draw, Type Over Photos

AndroidMessengerPhotoEditing650Facebook released an update to its Messenger application for Android that allows users to edit photos by drawing or typing over them.

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Facebook in Africa: 100M MAUs, and Counting

AfricaGraphic650Facebook announced that it reached the 100 million monthly-active-user mark in Africa in June, adding that more than 80 percent of those users are accessing the social network via mobile devices.

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View Counts Coming to Facebook Videos

VideoViewsCount650Facebook announced that it has been averaging more than 1 billion video views per day since June, with 65 percent of them on mobile, and brands and users that post videos will now be able to see how much of those 1 billion-plus views they were responsible for, as public videos from users and pages will now display view counts.

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Facebook Making It Easier for Developers to Integrate Apps

AddANewApp650Facebook took a step forward in its efforts to ease the process for developers seeking to integrate their applications with the social network, announcing the rollout “over the next few weeks” of a new app registration flow.

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Hyperlapse Becomes a Tool for Marketers

BrandsHyperlapse650Bluetooth-speaker manufacturer Jam Wireless Audio may have been one of the first brands to tap the new Hyperlapse time-lapse video application from Instagram for marketing purposes, but it now has plenty of company, as the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network shared some more examples in a post on the Instagram for Business blog.

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15M Facebook Interactions from 8.5M+ Users on NFL’s Opening Night

NFLFandomMap650The 2014 National Football League season kicked off Thursday night, with the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks routing the visiting Green Bay Packers, 36-16. Facebook said the opening game resulted in nearly 15 million interactions (posts, comments and likes) from more than 8.5 million users.

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‘Sling a Shot to See a Shot?’ Not Anymore

Slingshot650The latest update to Facebook’s Slingshot photo- and video-sharing application eliminated the app’s most prominent and most controversial feature, as users can now sling their shots as locked or unlocked, eliminating the need for recipients to sling their own shots before viewing the shots they receive.

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Facebook Privacy Checkup Now Rolling Out

PrivacyCheckupIntro650Facebook Thursday announced the rollout of Privacy Checkup, a tool aimed at helping users better control who sees their content, which the social network began testing as early as March and officially introduced in May.

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Facebook SPMD SocialCode Announces Exclusive Partnership with Percolate

PercolateLogo650Marketing solutions provider SocialCode, a Facebook Strategic Preferred Marketing Developer, announced a partnership with end-to-end marketing software provider Percolate to combine campaign planning, content creation, closed-loop intelligence and paid media execution on social.

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