U.S. government wants Facebook to break Messenger encryption for a criminal investigation

(Reuters) — The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable […]

Digital Marketing News: Reddit’s Redesign, Yelp’s Growth, Facebook Pages Admin Changes, & B2B Engagement Stats

How B2B Audiences Engage With Business Content Online A new Clutch survey explores how B2B audiences encounter business content online, and their preferences for consuming it, with business content about technology the leading topic. Clutch Facebook pages with large U.S. following to require more authorization Facebook is requiring two-factor administrator authentication for large U.S. pages, […]

Facebook cracks down on opioid dealers after years of neglect

Facebook’s role in the opioid crisis could become another scandal following yesterday’s release of harrowing new statistics from the Center for Disease Control. It estimated there were nearly 30,000 synthetic opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2017, up from roughly 20,000 the year before. When recreational drugs like Xanax and OxyContin are adulterated with […]

Fuzzify.me shows how advertisers are targeting you on Facebook

How exactly online ad targeting works remains a nebulous topic for many casual internet users. A trio of researchers is hoping to demystify the process — with a new browser extension they launched this week called Fuzzify.me. Created by Mozilla fellows Joana Varon, Becca Ricks, and Hang Do Thi Duc — the latter of whom […]

Crimson Hexagon regains Facebook data access

Analytics company Crimson Hexagon says Facebook has reinstated its data access to Facebook and Instagram. That access was suspended last month, with Facebook saying it was investigating whether the company had violated any of its data use policies. (The social network, of course, has been dealing with the fallout from a separate controversy over user […]

Facebook expands its Level Up livestreamer community program in Europe

Facebook is expanding its Level Up Program, which helps livestreamers build communities, into Germany, France, Spain, and Ireland. The program is already available currently in the U.S., United Kingdom, Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand and was originally announced in June. The program will help up-and-coming livestreamers build communities on Fa…Read More Social – VentureBeat

Analytics firm Crimson Hexagon regains Facebook access following scrutiny over government contracts

Nearly a month after being suspended by Facebook following a high-profile Wall Street Journal story scrutinizing its contracts with government agencies, Boston-based data analytics firm Crimson Hexagon stated that its access to Instagram and Facebook have been restored. “After several weeks of constructive discussion and information exchange…Read More Social – VentureBeat

Facebook made a camera system that can make better virtual mirrors

SIGGRAPH is just around the corner so that means research groups like Facebook Reality Lab are starting to reveal some of their cutting edge work. The latest from FRL (formerly Oculus Research) demonstrates a method to capture the appearance of mirrors from the real world. The new research opens up the door to capturing the look of […]

Coffee Meets Bagel now lets you bypass Facebook by logging in with your phone number

Dating app Coffee Meets Bagel announced today that it is giving users another way to sign in, as some remain wary about connecting to apps with their Facebook accounts following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Coffee Meets Bagel users will now have the option to sign in by providing a phone number instead of a Facebook […]

The Latest Evolution of Facebook: The Marketing Low-Down on 5 Recent Changes

From the Russian ad debacle to the Cambridge Analytica scandal to suffering a major stock price blow just a few short weeks ago, Facebook has been making less-than-stellar headlines the past few months. Users are concerned about their privacy and how their data is being used—and brands and marketers are wondering whether the platform will […]