Facebook unveils 'lite' app in SA

2015-01-27 07:47

Facebook has said it is testing a lightweight version of its mobile app for mobile phones with poor-quality internet connections in emerging markets like SA.

Google boss: Internet will disappear

2015-01-23 09:10

Google chair Eric Schmidt has predicted that the internet will soon be so pervasive in every facet of our lives that it will effectively "disappear".

Facebook posts land man in psych unit

2015-01-21 18:24

A 31-year-old man will be sent to a secure psychiatric unit in Denmark for four weeks because he posted terrorism threats on Facebook, a court has ruled.

Facebook launches search for Joburg staff

2015-01-20 13:45

The social network is looking to hire staff in Johannesburg - a move that could signal the company’s opening of its first African office.

Vietnam PM gives up on Facebook ban

2015-01-16 16:00

Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has conceded it is impossible for the communist country to ban social media.

Facebook Amber Alerts to find missing children

2015-01-13 17:27

Facebook will show Amber Alerts in users' news feeds in the US to help find missing children.

Facebook does U-turn on atheist group ban

2015-01-12 10:02

Facebook has reinstated a popular group on the social network after fans erupted when it was banned.

WhatsApp now has 700 million users

2015-01-07 14:15

Popular instant messaging service WhatsApp has grown to half the size of social media giant Facebook.

Facebook 'year in review' feature painful for some

2014-12-31 22:25

Facebook wanted to delight its users by compiling each member's "year in review" - but inadvertently revived painful memories for some who suffered tragic events in 2014.

Facebook discontinues it’s relationship with Bing

2014-12-17 16:03

The discontinuation of this relationship between the Microsoft search engine and Facebook was inevitable as Facebook will ultimately have to challenge Google in the search engine space, writes Neil Pursey.

Facebook doesn't love 'dislike' button idea

2014-12-13 11:42

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg wants people to quickly express broader ranges of feelings on the online social network, but a "dislike" button doesn't make the cut.

Facebook boosts search on mobile, desktop

2014-12-10 10:29

Facebook is rolling out upgraded search capabilities for mobile and desktop users who want to find favourite posts from their friends on the huge social network.

ISIS threatens Pakistani lawyer over Facebook case

2014-12-05 16:26

Militants claiming to be members of ISIS have threatened a Pakistani lawyer for defending a university professor accused of posting blasphemous remarks on Facebook.

Selfies driving up demand for plastic surgery

2014-12-01 16:00

Selfies have risen in popularity along with smartphones and social media sites, resulting in a growing number of people turning to plastic surgeons.

Facebook Groups app a 'reaction' to online rivals

2014-11-19 10:20

Social networking giant’s move to launch a separate ‘Groups’ application is a response to other fast-growing services such as LinkedIn moving in on its turf, says an expert.

Facebook to curb promotional posts on timelines

2014-11-15 10:11

The social media giant on Friday said it is making the changes in response to users' demands for fewer advertisements.

Facebook: Government info requests spike

2014-11-05 12:45

Facebook has said requests by governments for user information rose by about a quarter in the first half of 2014.

Egypt jails eight gay men for three years

2014-11-01 20:06

An Egyptian court has jailed eight men for three years over a video prosecutors claimed was of a gay wedding.

WhatsApp founders jump into rich list

2014-10-30 14:00

WhatsApp founders have received 116 million shares of Facebook stock currently worth nearly $9bn when they sold their messaging service.

Hong Kong civil servants show support for protests

2014-10-23 09:19

Hong Kong civil servants have taken to Facebook to anonymously voice support for ongoing democracy protests on a public page.

FB unveils disaster safety tool

2014-10-16 21:45

Facebook has unveiled a "safety check" tool to allow users to alert friends and family about their status in emergencies.

Ronaldo tops Facebook charts

2014-10-15 09:11

Cristiano Ronaldo just hit 100 million likes on Facebook, making him the most liked athlete on the platform.

Now you can tweet money transfers too

2014-10-14 18:43

One of France's largest banks has launched a service to allow its customers to transfer money to other people via tweets on social network Twitter.


We weren't hacked, says Facebook

2015-01-27 11:38

The social network has denied that it was hacked after being briefly inaccessible on Tuesday morning.

Facebook and Instagram hit by downtime

2015-01-27 08:57

Facebook and Instagram was briefly down across the globe on Tuesday, with many expressing their shock on social networks.

Austrian court to hear Facebook privacy lawsuit

2015-01-26 16:06

An Austrian court on Monday agreed to consider a class action lawsuit by 25 000 people against Facebook for alleged violations of their privacy.

WhatsApp adds messaging from web

2015-01-22 10:01

WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook for nearly $22bn, has unveiled a new service on Wednesday for sending messages from a web browser.

Facebook clamps down on hoaxes

2015-01-21 17:00

Facebook has said it has taken steps to clamp down on "hoaxes" and fake news stories that can spread like wildfire on its 1.35-billion member online social network.

The rise of plastic surgery in the age of the selfie

2015-01-19 12:12

There is no doubt that social media is a driving force for plastic surgery in the 21st century.

Facebook testing workplace version

2015-01-15 11:18

Facebook is testing a version of its leading social network tailored for getting jobs done in workplaces.

Facebook 'likes' reveal your true personality

2015-01-13 11:00

A computer program that analyses your Facebook 'likes' may be a better judge of your personality than your closest friends and family, research suggests.

Facebook shifts to video as demand soars

2015-01-08 11:38

Facebook may yet prove to be the biggest threat to Google's YouTube as an increasing number of people on the social network watch video.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg starts reading project

2015-01-05 10:00

The social media giant’s founder and CEO announced on his Facebook page that he plans to read a book every other week in 2015.

Russia makes Facebook block page of Putin critic

2014-12-21 17:14

Russian authorities have convinced Facebook to shut off a page inviting people to attend a rally in support of an opposition politician, drawing ire from internet users.

After Google, Facebook investigated over privacy

2014-12-17 10:30

A Dutch government-affiliated watchdog is probing changes in Facebook's privacy policy, the latest skirmish in a wider fight over the commercial use of online personal data.

Instagram is now bigger than Twitter

2014-12-11 06:58

Instagram, the photo-sharing social network owned by Facebook, announced on Wednesday it has more than 300 million users.

Business to take a hit from new Facebook rules

2014-12-02 10:34

The new emphasis on relevant quality content will hit lame self promotional Facebook pages hard, explains Neil Pursey.

Prince pulls vanishing act on social media

2014-11-26 12:59

Prince, whose distaste for the music industry's conventions is well known, has abruptly disappeared from social media after tentative efforts to promote his two new albums.

WhatsApp messages get end-to-end encryption

2014-11-19 07:51

An online privacy tool endorsed by Edward Snowden is being used to protect WhatsApp messages from snooping by encrypting them.

Facebook's privacy update: Five things to know

2014-11-14 08:59

The social media company is trying to simplify its privacy policy to address criticisms that it's too complex and lengthy.

SA men, women equal in Facebook use

2014-11-03 14:37

There is significant gender equality in South Africans' use of Facebook, a report on social media has found.

Facebook shares dive as Zuckerberg eyes future

2014-10-30 14:25

Facebook has reported its quarterly profit nearly doubled but saw its stock pounded after outlining a plan to invest heavily in the future instead of revelling in short-term riches.

Facebook launches Rooms for chats

2014-10-24 08:27

Facebook has released its new app Rooms, which allow users to enter chat rooms using pseudonyms.

Facebook takes on Google over advertising

2014-10-15 12:02

For years, Google has been the undisputed leader in online advertising, but Facebook is gaining quickly in the fast-evolving market.

Facebook, Apple find novel way to help women

2014-10-14 21:48

Facebook and Apple are covering the costs for female employees to freeze their eggs to delay childbearing which could hamper their careers, NBC News has reported.

Zuckerberg presses Indonesia leader on web access

2014-10-13 14:47

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has pressed Indonesia's incoming leader to improve internet access in the sprawling archipelago.

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