Earlier this month, Facebook debuted its first pair of “smart glasses” make in partnership with Ray-Ban. Of course, they have already raised privacy concerns because of the built-in cameras. As it turns out, the LED indicator telling you that the camera is on is way too small, making it easier to secretly film anyone.
Facebook has teamed up with Ray-Ban to bring you Ray-Ban Stories, its first pair of “smart glasses.” They combine the recognizable Ray-Ban frames, Facebook technology, and a pair of cameras so you can now share absolutely every moment of your life on social media. Sounds familiar? Yeah, I thought of Snapchat Spectacles, too.
Competition is fierce in the social media world, both between major platforms and people who use them. As an attempt to fight competition, Facebook plans to invest $1 billion in influencers as an incentive for using its platforms.
Last month, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri confirmed that hiding like counts was soon to become optional. Now the feature is officially being rolled out for everyone, but there’s more. Not only Instagram is letting you hide or reveal like counts as you please, but you can now do it on Facebook, too.
After Instagram (and Facebook) recently put out notifications in the app stating that they wanted access to your data to “Help keep Instagram free of charge“, I stumbled across an experiment by the folks over at Signal. Now, Signal is obviously a competitor to Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp – at least as far as their messaging abilities go – but the results of that experiment are quite interesting.
They involve the personal data collected by Facebook and the services it owns and how it’s used for advertising. It allows you to target ads very specifically. This isn’t really news, as this prank from 2014 illustrates hilariously. But what is interesting is that you’re not allowed to know how and why you were targeted to see a specific ad.
Well, this is kind of a surprise, but also not. It’s not surprising that Instagram (and Facebook) would be capable of trying something like this, but it’s a bit of a surprise that they actually went through with it. According to a new iOS 14.5 notice in the Instagram and Apps users are promoted to ask permission to track user data on the device to improve ads.
The initial statement seems all well and good, but when we get to how Instagram and Facebook say they use this data, one of the arguments given for both apps is to help keep it “free of charge”. Oh yes, that’s right. The “It’s free and always will be” philosophy of Facebook (and apparently other companies it owns) has apparently morphed into “It’s free as long as we get our way”.
As we all know by now, Instagram is a part of Facebook and it has been like this since 2012. But the historic acquisition could face antitrust charges. According to some reports, Federal and state investigators are about to sue Facebook because its acquisition of Instagram was an attempt to protect itself from the competition.
Yes, folks, you read that right. Facebook banned a photo of onions posted to the Facebook page of Canada-based seed company, Gaze Seed Company for being “overtly sexual”. The company used the image in a Facebook ad in order to sell Walla Walla sweet onion seeds on the platform when they were told that the image went against their advertising policies.
The image used in the ad is of the seed packaging and shows a handful of the company’s onions in a wicker basket, which the Facebook says were positioned in a “sexually suggestive manner”. According to Gaze Seed Company, however, the controversy has brought them more sales than the ad ever would have on its own.
Facebook is making some changes to the platform that will make all users really happy, but especially if they’re photographers. Soon, you will be able to protect your photos and control where they are shared on both Instagram and Facebook. If you want to have them taken down, you’ll also be able to file a takedown request.