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Four of the Biggest Tech Giants Teamed Up to Make Moving Your Data Around Less Painful Four of the Biggest Tech Giants Teamed Up to Make Moving Your Data Around Less Painful

Thanks to the rise of cloud storage, there’s a seemingly endless number of ways to save photos, music, documents, or anything else offsite. Unfortunately, if you ever want to transfer that data from one service to another, the process can be quite tedious, as you’ll probably be forced to download everything and then…

WhatsApp Tries to Crack Down on Viral Hoaxes After 20 Lynchings in India WhatsApp Tries to Crack Down on Viral Hoaxes After 20 Lynchings in India

Facebook is restricting WhatsApp users’ ability to forward messages: Each message can now only be sent to a maximum of 20 chats, down from 250, per user. In India, the cap is even lower: only 5 chats. The cap on forwarding comes after at least 20 mob killings, linked to viral child abduction hoaxes spread on the…

Facebook and Instagram Now Encouraging Moderators to Narc on Underage Users Facebook and Instagram Now Encouraging Moderators to Narc on Underage Users

It just became more difficult for children under the age of 13 to use Facebook and Instagram.

How to Livestream From a Smartphone How to Livestream From a Smartphone

Some moments in life demand a live stream: Protestors swarming down your street. The immediate aftermath of a World Cup final. Maybe even a best man speech. Livestreaming allows your friends, family, and followers unprecedented access to what’s going on around you, and nearly every major social network and video app…

Facebook Now Says It Will Remove Misinformation That Inspires Real-World Violence Facebook Now Says It Will Remove Misinformation That Inspires Real-World Violence

After a rough week of criticism over Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s shoddy explanation for why he won’t ban conspiracy site Infowars—including a very awkward tangent into apparently believing Holocaust deniers are not “intentionally getting it wrong”—the social media giant has announced it will begin removing…

Mark Zuckerberg Has a Great Idea for How to Fix Facebook Mark Zuckerberg Has a Great Idea for How to Fix Facebook

In a new interview published today, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg goes long on a wide range of topics including selling data, taking holocaust deniers at their word, fake news, and one simple idea that’s crazy enough, it just might work.

Report: Our Garbage President Is Facebook's Biggest Political Ad Buyer Report: Our Garbage President Is Facebook's Biggest Political Ad Buyer

Donald Trump may be Twitter’s most infamous shitposter, but he’s also leading the charge flooding Facebook with political ads. According to a new analysis, he’s the number one spender on the site, flanked by Planned Parenthood and Texas Democrat Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

How to Watch the Trump-Putin Press Conference in Helsinki, No Cable Required How to Watch the Trump-Putin Press Conference in Helsinki, No Cable Required

U.S. president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin are scheduled to have a press conference today at 9:50am ET, 6:50am PT, 4:50pm Moscow time. And if you’re looking for a way to watch a livestream of the Helsinki press conference without a TV, Gizmodo has got you covered.

Policing Police Drones, Inheriting Facebook Messages, and Unexplained Sounds: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Policing Police Drones, Inheriting Facebook Messages, and Unexplained Sounds: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

We here at Gizmodo had a lot of questions this week, and we did our best to give you some answers because you’re probably wondering some of the same things. For instance, if you’ve ever asked yourself who is regulating police drones to keep them from being abused, the answer is, “Pretty much nobody is right now, but…

Looks Like Facebook Is Getting Serious About Making Its Own Chips Looks Like Facebook Is Getting Serious About Making Its Own Chips

It’s been rumored for months that Facebook might be interested in building its own, in-house processing chips. Now it appears the social network company is really going for it. Bloomberg reported Friday that Facebook managed to snag one of Google’s top silicon engineering directors to head up its own efforts in the…

Should Your Family Be Able to Inherit Your Facebook Messages? Should Your Family Be Able to Inherit Your Facebook Messages?

This week, a German federal court ruled that Facebook must give the mother of a dead 15-year-old access to her entire account. They’re not just talking about access to a memorial page, either. The mother gets access to everything, including private messages. In Germany, the judges decided, heirs should be able to…

Facebook Nixes Worrying Loophole That Put Vulnerable Closed Groups at Risk Facebook Nixes Worrying Loophole That Put Vulnerable Closed Groups at Risk

Facebook has quietly changed its privacy standards for closed groups to eliminate the option of manually viewing members’ private information and after it threatened legal action, a Chrome extension that made it possible to download the details of all group members at once has been shuttered. But the question of why…

Check Out the Fox News-Filled Schedule for Facebook's 'Trustworthy' News Shows Check Out the Fox News-Filled Schedule for Facebook's 'Trustworthy' News Shows

Still reeling (at least in reputation, but certainly not in financial success) from the 2016 US presidential election, Facebook is launching its own slate of news shows produced and funded by the social network in partnership with “trustworthy” news organizations. The lineup, which launches next week, features a whole…

Facebook’s Ad Tools Labeled Thousands of Users as ‘Interested’ in Treason Facebook’s Ad Tools Labeled Thousands of Users as ‘Interested’ in Treason

Facebook is apologizing after its algorithms tagged 65,000 Russian users as “interested in treason.” Facebook algorithmically tags users based on their behavior, making it easier for advertisers to target people interested in specific topics. In this case, however, the tag “treason” may have put users under the threat…

Facebook's 'Maximum Penalty' in UK for Cambridge Analytica Is Chump Change Facebook's 'Maximum Penalty' in UK for Cambridge Analytica Is Chump Change

Facebook, the social media giant that recently clocked in at a total valuation of nearly $600 billion, may soon face the maximum penalties UK authorities have available to punish the company for its role in the Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal. And—drumroll, please—it’s $664,000.

Facebook Runs Full-Page Ads in Indian Newspapers to Fight Fake News Facebook Runs Full-Page Ads in Indian Newspapers to Fight Fake News

Facebook has been under fire in India following a string of lynchings that appeared to have been prompted by false news spread on WhatsApp. It’s become such an epidemic that the Indian government has demanded something be done. For now, Facebook’s solution involves running ads in local newspapers explaining how to…

Facebook Stock Hits All-Time Record High Despite Ongoing Screw-Ups Facebook Stock Hits All-Time Record High Despite Ongoing Screw-Ups

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the social media giant gave access to the data of up to 87 million users to an app partnered with an ultra-sketchy election data firm, still isn’t totally resolved, with news breaking this week investigators from four agencies are looking into Facebook’s conduct. But…

Facebook Says It's Sorry for Removing a Part of the Declaration of Independence That Includes a Racial Slur Facebook Says It's Sorry for Removing a Part of the Declaration of Independence That Includes a Racial Slur

The Vindicator, a news outlet in Liberty, Texas, wanted to help its followers read the entire U.S. Declaration of Independence before the Fourth of July, so it posted excerpts on its Facebook page. But something in one of the most significant documents in modern history triggered Facebook’s filters.

Facebook Called Itself a 'Publisher' in Court After Repeatedly Rejecting the Label in Public Facebook Called Itself a 'Publisher' in Court After Repeatedly Rejecting the Label in Public

For years, Facebook has insisted that it isn’t a publisher or media company but rather is just a platform. That position appears to have changed in a recent court appearance. The Guardian pointed out the social media giant’s legal defense referred to it as a publisher to bolster its case in a lawsuit.

India Calls on WhatsApp to Stop the Spread of Hoax Messages That Have Led to Lynchings India Calls on WhatsApp to Stop the Spread of Hoax Messages That Have Led to Lynchings

WhatsApp is promising to introduce new features intended to prevent the spread of hoax messages in India following reports that more than one dozen lynchings have occurred in the country as a result of false rumors spread on the popular, Facebook-owned messaging service.

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