Facebook didn’t mean to send spam texts to two-factor authentication users

 Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos apologized for spam texts that were incorrectly sent to users who had activated two-factor authentication. The company is working on a fix, and you won’t receive non-security-related text messages if you never signed up for those notifications. Facebook says it was a bug. But calling it a bug is […]

Facebook is so desperate for engagement, it’s spamming users via their 2FA numbers

Facebook is feeling lonely these days.  The social media behemoth has seen a decline in traffic in recent weeks along with millions of users leaving its platform, and it appears to be taking rather drastic measures to win them back. Specifically, spamming the hell out of them in a most unfortunate place.  SEE ALSO: The […]

How Facebook users show their love for chatbots, by the numbers

GUEST: In honor of Valentine’s Day, the team at Dashbot took a closer look at how men and women show their love for Facebook Messenger bots. Our team processes more than three billion messages a month; we used January’s data for our analysis. Here’s a holiday-themed look at how users interact with Facebook chatbots. Women’s usage […]

Twitter’s first quarterly profit sends shares soaring more than 20%, but monthly users remain flat

Twitter posted its Q4 2017 numbers today and reported its first ever quarterly profit as a public company. The San Francisco-based tech firm announced a GAAP net income of million, which compares favorably to the net loss of 7 million during the same period last year and the million net loss for Q3 2017. However, it’s […]

Snapchat will not let users broadcast Live

 Snapchat is finally getting Live video, but you won’t be able to broadcast. Today Snapchat announced it will pipe snippits of NBC’s Live Olympics coverage directly into its app. But when TechCrunch asked if users would be able to go Live, a Snap spokesperson told us on background that there’s no intention to open up […]

WhatsApp hits 1.5 billion monthly users. $19B? Not so bad.

 Facebook’s billion acquisition of WhatsApp sounds smarter and smarter. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on the Q4 2017 earnings call today that WhatsApp now has 1.5 billion users and sees 60 billion messages sent per day. That’s compared to 1.3 billion monthly users and 1 billion daily active users in July. Read More Social – TechCrunch

Skype launches as a ‘snap’ to cater to more Linux users

Microsoft has some good news for Skype users on Linux today: The VoIP communications app is now available as a snap, the packaging format designed for all popular Linux distributions. Skype has in fact been available on Linux for years already, though the company had effectively ignored the platform until July 2016, when it announced […]

Facebook’s user engagement dips on News Feed tweaks, WhatsApp passes 1.5 billion monthly users

(Reuters) — Facebook said on Wednesday that time spent on the social network fell at the end of last year by about 50 million hours a day, even before the company made changes to its flagship News Feed that may further reduce user engagement. On the Q4 2017 earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg announced that WhatsApp […]

Instagram gave brands a hot new feature, but still won’t give users a chronological timeline

Instagram’s latest update is totally here for you — as long as the you in question just so happens to be a major brand account on its platform.  That’s right, as of today, businesses now have the ability to schedule posts. And new features are all good and fine, I guess, but what I’m really […]

Facebook will roll out privacy center globally to give more users control ahead of EU law

(Reuters) — Facebook will make it easier for its more than 2 billion users to manage their own data in response to a tough new European Union law that comes into force in May, the social network’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said. “We’re rolling out a new privacy center globally that will put the […]