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Facebook said it will soon give users the option to see fewer political and social issue advertisements in their feeds, but the company held firm on its controversial stance against fact-checking political ads

You can now choose to see fewer political ads on Facebook if you want

Facebook said it will soon give users the option to see fewer political and social issue advertisements in their feeds, but the company held firm on its controversial stance against fact-checking political ads
Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared a long post about his future plans but this time it’s different.

Mark Zuckerberg ends annual personal challenge for a decade-long one

Mark Zuckerberg is breaking his annual tradition of setting goals for himself for a “longer term focus” like building a new private social platform.
Facebook logos are seen on a screen in this picture illustration taken December 2, 2019.

Payroll data of thousands of Facebook employees stolen in the US

The hard drives, which were unencrypted, included payroll data like employee names, bank account numbers and the last four digits of employees’ social security numbers.
The acquisition gives Oculus ownership of one of the industry’s most popular games as it tries to expand VR to mainstream consumers

Facebook acquires Beat Games, studio behind popular VR game Beat Saber

Beat Games will join Facebook’s Oculus gaming studio and will operate independently out of its current base in Prague.
Instagram tests hiding likes in the US.

Instagram to start hiding ‘likes’ from posts for some US users

Instagram has been hiding likes from posts in some markets like Canada, Japan and Brazil. The company will continue this experiment in the US which is one of its biggest markets.
The shared data includes the names and profile photos of people who were part of those groups.

Facebook says it unknowingly shared private group data with partners

Facebook said it is reaching out to 100 third-party developers who had access to the data that was supposed to have been restricted
‘Facebook Horizon,’ a new social VR world launched

Facebook’s Oculus launches Horizon, a virtual reality-based social networking platform

Facebook’s VR Horizon platform will launch as a closed beta test in 2020. Here’s everything you need to know about Facebook’s new virtual reality platform.
Facebook’s AI bot playing poker.

Facebook’s AI bot beat professionals in Texas Hold’em Poker

Facebook AI Research and Carnegie Mellon University built an AI bot which beat five poker professionals making profits of about $1,000 per hour.
Facebook’s new research program is called ‘Study’.

Facebook unveils new paid research app to track competitors

Facebook’s Study app will be available only in the US and India for now.
Arielle Cohen, a 30-year-old activist from Pittsburgh, PA., center, holds a sign during a protest outside the Facebook 2019 Annual Shareholder Meeting in Menlo Park.

Facebook shareholders challenged Mark Zuckerberg and returned empty-handed

One investor described Facebook as “Zuckerberg’s failing autocracy.” Another said the company “destroyed journalism.”

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