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Facebook Messenger Kids lets children add their own friends — with parental oversight

Facebook is currently rolling out a new passphrase feature to its Messenger Kids app, allowing children to send and accept friend requests on their own. Before anyone freaks out, it's important to note that both sets of parents still need to approve the connection.

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Facebook wants to make Pages more transparent

Like most social networks, Facebook has a fake news problem. The company has been trying to fight misinformation on its platform, and popular Facebook pages are a major source of that. Facebook has announced a series of changes coming to pages, with the goal of improving security and transparency.

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WhatsApp vulnerability could be used to spread fake news and scam users

Cybersecurity researchers from Check Point have unearthed a vulnerability in WhatsApp that could allow attackers to trick users by intercepting messages and editing the content. This opens up the possibility of scamming people and spreading misinformation.

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Facebook app transitioning to Chrome Custom Tabs from external link opening

Whenever I get a new phone, one of the first things I do after installing all of my apps is head into the Facebook app settings and enable the 'Links open externally' toggle. However, Facebook may finally be adopting Chrome Custom Tabs, three years after Google first announced them.

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WhatsApp to monetize by selling ads and charging business users

How to go about bringing in revenue is a problem Facebook has failed to solve in the four years since it acquired WhatsApp. The world's most popular messaging app cost roughly $22 billion, but other than a brief experiment with charging an annual 99-cent subscription fee, there has been no clear plan on how to monetize the service.

The company's reluctance to serve advertisements to its now 1.5 billion users is admirable, but it looks like that could change starting next year. According to the Wall Street Journal, there are plans to show ads in the Status section of the app.

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Facebook announces tools to help you use its apps less

In June, we found out that Facebook was developing tools to help users limit use of its social media platforms. The feature was spotted in an incomplete form in the Facebook app, and a Facebook representative confirmed that tools were coming to both Facebook and Instagram in the near future. Now, Facebook has formally announced the new features, which will be "rolling out soon."

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Facebook adapting its app's navigation icons to your personalized usage

It's no secret that plenty of apps/services take your usage data and personalize your experience with it, but Facebook is trying something new with that information. The company is preparing to personalize its app's navigation bar with nav bar icons depending on how much it deems you need each one.

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WhatsApp group audio and video calls are now rolling out to everyone

After leaks and teardown revelations aplenty, WhatsApp group calls were finally formally revealed at Facebook's F8 developer conference in early May. By the end of the month, the feature had started showing up for some. Now, WhatsApp has announced that group audio and video calls are rolling out to all users.

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Facebook's stock dives 20% on dire predictions following second-quarter financials

Facebook has been an omnipresent part of American news for what seems like all of 2018, and rarely with a positive connotation. Based on the company's recent second-quarter financials, Facebook has a more conservative outlook on the future, expecting revenue growth to decline in the coming years. The company is quick to externalize blame for this, pinning its expectations for the decrease on currency markets projections and pesky privacy-enhancing regulations like GDPR.

In an understandable development at the announcement, Facebook's stock has taken a tremendous nosedive, down nearly 20% at peak.

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Facebook is testing a proper Progressive Web App for its mobile website

There are times you want to install a native app on your device to get the full experience from a service or social media platform, and times where you just want to visit the mobile site every now and then and not bother with having the full app. Progressive Web Apps bridge the gap between the two situations, creating an app-like experience in the browser, and they've evolved so much in recent years that they're becoming viable alternatives to native apps. For instance, it's been over a year since I've installed a Twitter client on my phone, because Twitter Lite does the job for me.

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