After its first sports-related streams went live early last year, focusing on soccer and hockey, Facebook this week has made inroads into two new categories that will bring fans of eSports and baseball both live and on-demand content (via The Wall Street Journal). Facebook already had deals with five eSports teams who published live and ...continue reading Facebook Signs Deals With ESL and MLB in Ongoing Streaming Video Push

Facebook today revealed a new redesign coming to its standalone Facebook Messenger app for iOS and Android, with subtle UI changes that emphasize new features like games, while making it easier to see which friends are online and what notifications have been missed (via TechCrunch). The main UI addition is the introduction of three new ...continue reading Facebook Messenger Redesign Makes it Easier to Navigate, Find Online Friends, and Play Games

The European Commission has fined Facebook $122 million for misleading regulators over its 2014 acquisition of WhatsApp. The announcement came on Thursday in a press release in which the Commission said that the social media company had provided "incorrect or misleading information" when it told regulators that it would be unable to link the profiles ...continue reading Facebook Fined $122 Million for Misleading EU Regulators Over WhatsApp Deal

Facebook is actively developing around two dozen television shows with plans to premiere some of them in mid-June, according to a report on Saturday. The social media company has big-budget marquee shows geared towards a TV audience in the works, alongside a tier of less expensive shows that will span about 5 to 10 minutes, ...continue reading Facebook to Debut Original TV Programs as Early as Next Month

Facebook's Instant Games feature, first introduced in November, is now available worldwide. Along with expanding Instant Games worldwide, Facebook is also introducing new functionality first announced at its F8 conference, including turn-based gameplay and additional games. Turn-based gameplay has been a highly requested Instant Games feature. Prior to today, games were single player, with Facebook ...continue reading Facebook Messenger’s Instant Games Now Rolling Out Worldwide, New Features Added

Facebook product manager Sara Su today shared a blog post that highlights a test launching on the company's iOS and Android apps, consisting of an update to the "Related Articles" feature found beneath posts shared by your friends and family. For users included in the update, Related Articles will now highlight differing perspectives from separate ...continue reading Facebook Tests Related Articles Fact-Checking Update in Ongoing Quest to Combat Fake News

During its F8 Developers Conference in San Jose, California this week, social media company Facebook revealed an ongoing project in which it aims to launch a product that will allow users to send emails, texts, and post status updates using only their thoughts (via Reuters). Conducted in a new wing it calls "Building 8," Facebook ...continue reading Facebook Working on Tech That Will Let You Type Texts, Emails, and Status Updates Using Your Brain

Facebook today announced plans to integrate both Spotify and Apple Music into Facebook Messenger, allowing Messenger users to link to Apple Music or Spotify content for sharing songs and playlists directly within the Facebook Messenger app. Apple has not shared details on how its chat extension will work, but Spotify published a blog post detailing ...continue reading Apple Music and Spotify Chat Extensions Coming to Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger has allowed users to send money to one another since 2015, but as of today, the chat platform is being updated with a new group payments feature. With Facebook Messenger for the web and Android devices, users can now send and receive money between groups of people, useful for splitting a restaurant bill ...continue reading Facebook Adds Group Payments to Messenger for Desktop

Google and Facebook have announced new measures to fight "fake news," a term recently popularized by U.S. President Donald Trump. Google today said it will be making its "Fact Check" label in Google News available everywhere, rather than in the United States only, and expanding the feature to its traditional search results globally in all ...continue reading Google and Facebook Working to Fight the Spread of 'Fake News'