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Facebook Messenger is constantly adding more features that help friends and family communicate with ease. Now, the popular messaging app is getting a new update that brings two much-requested features to the app: message reactions and mentions.

Both features are pretty self explanatory, but here’s what you need to know. With message reactions, users can now react to an individual message in Messenger, just like how you’d normally use Reactions on Facebook.

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Facebook on Monday moved to prevent spy applications from accessing its users’ data.

The company has updated its Facebook and Instagram policies to prohibit developers from using data obtained from those platforms in surveillance tools, according to Rob Sherman, deputy chief privacy officer at Facebook.

Facebook already has taken enforcement actions against devs who created and marketed surveillance tools in violation of the company’s previous policy, he noted, adding that “we want to be sure everyone understands the underlying policy and how to comply.”

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Facebook last week launched new features for advertising job openings on the network.

Although many companies already have been using Facebook to find workers, the new functionality formalizes its job search capabilities, the company said.

U.S. and Canadian businesses can use the company’s new jobs bookmark to list open positions and allow users to apply directly from the site.

Page administrators can track applicants and communicate directly with them using messenger. They also can boost job postings to reach a larger audience.

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97 tech firms team up against Trump's immigration ban (1)

As expected, Intel, Google, Microsoft, Apple and 93 other tech firms have filed an amicus brief in support of lawsuits against President Donald Trump’s executive order barring immigrants from seven countries. “The Executive Order abandons these principals [of tolerance, equality and openness],” the brief, spotted by Ars Technica, states. “[It] inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation and growth as a result.”

After suits were filed against the order in Washington and other states, US District Judge James Robart blocked the order, effective immediately.

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Facebook and Google tackle fake news ahead of French elections (1)

Fake news on Facebook and Google reached millions of people during US elections, and France wants to make sure its own presidential contests aren’t disrupted. Compounding the risk, a lot of fake US news reportedly came from Russia, and Marine Le Pen’s far right National Front party is funded by Russian banks friendly with Vladimir Putin. As such, Facebook has teamed with eight major news organizations including Agence France Presse (AFP), LeMonde and Les Echos to curb false information during France’s April elections.

If users report an article, it’ll be sent to a special portal manned by media experts.

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Facebook is changing how it talks about privacy

Facebook is now making it easier to keep your information private and secure.

As part of Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28, Facebook is launching a new version of its Privacy Basics page to help people understand how to take control of their information on the site.

The new site is mobile-friendly and redesigned based on user feedback. Facebook is also partnering with state attorneys general, privacy experts and others to help users understand how to manage their privacy online. There are 32 guides in 44 languages on the site, covering topics like managing your privacy, customizing who can view different parts of your profile and ways to increase account security.

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If you are a Facebook Messenger user who uses the app to send and receive money, you’d be glad to know that the app now supports PayPal transactions as well. The support is currently being rolled out in the United States.

The Messenger app only supported payments through debit cards so far, but now, a select number of users in the US (at-least) can link their PayPal and Messenger accounts.

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Oculus claims exclusive games are good for the VR industry

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Many have argued — including our own Sean Buckley — that the steady stream of platform-exclusive virtual reality games is a bad thing. Oculus has been by the far the most aggressive in pursuing such deals, but its head of content Jason Rubin claims that this is a good thing for the industry.

In an interview with gamesindustry.biz, Rubin made an argument focused on the growth of the industry. He compared the VR industry to PC gaming in the ’80s, noting that the market is similar in size.

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Instagram's expansion continues as it tops 500 million users

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With 1.6 billion users, Facebook is used to big numbers. Even Whatsapp has one billion people using it every month.

Instagram, on the other hand, isn’t quite as big as its counterparts, but that doesn’t mean it’s not expanding at a decent clip. In a short blog post today, the photo-sharing service announced that it now has 500 million registered users, adding 100 million accounts in nine months.

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Facebook Will Start Tracking Which Stores You Walk Into

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Facebook wants to show advertisers that their ads make you visit their bricks-and-mortar stores and buy their stuff. To do this, they’ll use phones’ location services to track whether people actually walk into the stores after seeing an ad.

The company’s new Local Awareness ad features will be fascinating for businesses and depressing for the rest of us. Businesses can now include a map with their ad to show users where the closest store is in case they want that $12 dress right now. So far, so good.

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