Facebook has removed 70 Facebook and 65 Instagram accounts that were controlled by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA). “Many of the pages also ran ads, all of which have been removed,” said Facebook. Facebook’s chief security officer Alex Stamos said uncovering this activity took months of work. “The IRA has repeatedly used complex networks of inauthentic accounts to deceive and manipulate people who use Facebook, including before, during, and after the 2016 US presidential elections,” said Stamos. “We removed this latest set of pages and accounts solely because they were controlled by the IRA – not based on the content.” “This included commentary on domestic and international political issues, the promotion of Russian culture and tourism as well as debate o
Facebook and its fast-growing Marketplace initiative poses a serious threat to the classified advertising services offered by the world’s “Big Six” multinational classified companies, a new report from the AIM Group shows. Craigslist, Schibsted, Naspers, EBay and other classified advertising companies are running into increased competition from Facebook, Google and even Amazon, which is experimenting with a consumer-to-consumer sales site called Local Finds in India that it has talked about rolling out worldwide. The competition is covered in the 2017-18 Global Classified Advertising Annual published by the AIM Group. “Classifieds and marketplaces online are more competitive than ever,” said Peter M. Zollman, founding principal of the AIM Group, which publishes Classified
Facebook on Thursday announced a new Facebook Creator app that offers exclusive tools for creating and promoting streaming videos. The social media giant also has a new section of its desktop website, called Facebook for Creators, where video makers can get tips to improve their video-making skills and better connect with viewers by using Facebook’s features. The mobile app, which debuts on Apple’s iOS devices today and on Android devices “in the coming months,” includes features that let users to add intros and outros to their Facebook Live broadcasts, as well as custom live stickers and video frames. Video creators can also use the app’s community tab to pull together and respond to comments on their videos from across Facebook’s ecosystem of services—including Facebook,
Facebook, the biggest social networking giant, has decided to finally make money from WhatsApp by charging businesses that want to conduct customer support in the app. The social media platform snatched up WhatsApp in 2014 for a whopping $22 billion, but the popular messaging service still isn't making Facebook much cash despite WhatsApp's 1 billion daily users. The app used to charge users a $1 per year subscription but dropped the fee in early 2016. WhatsApp co founder Jan Koum has long been a staunch opponent of traditional advertising and has promised that the app will never show ads. WhatsApp's program for businesses will charge large companies that want to be verified and have access to a suite of automated tools for helping and responding to customers, the Facebook-owned ap...
According to a new beta version of WhatsApp, the messaging App will soon have a verified account with green ticks for businesses. The WhatsApp Verified account will have a green tick next to it, just like verified accounts on Facebook, Twitter have a blue tick next to them. WhatsApp’s new feature will be rolling out soon, and the company has also put out a detailed blogpost explaining this. The blogpost reads, “WhatsApp is exploring ways for you to communicate with the businesses that matter to you. Some business accounts have been verified by WhatsApp. If you see a green badge next to a contact’s name, it means that WhatsApp has confirmed that the phone number of this contact belongs to a business account.” So how will you know that the WhatsApp account is verified as a busi