Category Archives: Facebook

Facebook has New Requirements for Page Managers



Facebook announced that they have introduced Page publishing authorization starting with people who manage a Page with a large audience in the United States. In addition, Facebook is also adding primary country location and Page merge details to the Page Info tab (that was introduced in June of 2018).

Why is Facebook doing this? The answer to that question is at the end of their blog post. “Our goal is to prevent organizations and individuals from creating accounts that mislead people about who they are and what they’re doing.”

Now, people who manage these pages will be asked to complete an authorization process in order to continue to post, making it harder for people to administer a Page using a fake or compromised account.

Authorization asks people who manage these Pages to secure their account with two-factor authentication and confirm their primary country location.

Facebook says that if a Page manager requires authorization, they’ll receive a notice at the top of their News Feed to begin the process. People won’t be able to post on their Page if they don’t complete the process. Facebook says: “Enforcement will follow shortly this month.”

In addition, Facebook is adding more Page Info that will show when a Page has merged with another Page. This information will be found under Page History. Facebook is also adding a section called People Who Manage This Page. It will show the primary country locations Pages are managed from. This will initially appear on Pages with a large US audience.

Facebook points out that Instagram will introduce similar features in the coming weeks, which will allow people to see more information about accounts with large audiences.


Crossposting Tweets to Facebook has been Disabled



People who use both Facebook and Twitter may have noticed that they cannot crosspost their tweets to Facebook anymore. The reason is because crossposting tweets to Facebook has been disabled.

Reuters tweeted a video in which they reported that Twitter users will now be required to copy the URL of any tweet that they want to share on their Facebook news feed. Reuters states that this issue is due to Facebook’s lockdown of its API platform, which was done in response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Several websites pointed to a post on the Facebook for Developers website that was published in April. It includes a summary of APIs that were undergoing updates, and states that Facebook will remove older API endpoints that have not been used anymore by apps.

TechCrunch reported: “One of those changes involves Facebook Login, announced back in April. The company said that apps that had been granted permission to publish posts to Facebook as the logged-in user would no longer have that permission. New apps wouldn’t be able to use this feature the day the change was announced.”

On August 1, 2018, Twitter Support tweeted “We’ve learned that Tweets and Retweets will no longer automatically post to connected Facebook accounts due to a recent Facebook update. Don’t worry, you have other ways to share a tweet.”

The Twitter Support tweet included a link to a Twitter post: called “How to share a Tweet”. The post explains how to share a tweet via direct message, and how to share a tweet via SMS or email. This advice is not going to help people who want to be able to automatically crosspost their tweets to Facebook.


Facebook Introduced Groups for Admins



Facebook has introduced a new feature to support group admins. Right now, Facebook is piloting subscriptions with a small number of groups.

Facebook says that group admins have said they are looking for ways to help them earn money to deepen engagement with their members and to continue to support their communities. Facebook states that many admins do this by creating an additional subscribers-only group alongside their existing group. Then, they rely on additional tools to track and collect payments.

Subscription groups were created to make it easier for admins to provide these experiences with built-in tools, and to save them time so they can focus on offering members-only content. For members, they’re now able to sign-up and manage their subscription through the Facebook app for iOS and Android.

Subscription groups align with the experience that Facebook made available to support video creators earlier this year, and is part of Facebook’s overall approach to helping creators and leaders to financially support the work they do to engage their fans and communities.

The subscription groups pilot is testing with a small number of groups across a range of interests who will share input and feedback along the way. They include: Grown and Flown Parents: College Admissions and Affordability (a dedicated college preparation group), and Meal Planning Central Premium (that includes weekly meal plans, shopping lists by preferred grocery store), and more.


Facebook Announced that it is Removing Trending



Facebook announced that it is removing Trending soon to make way for future news experiences. Trending was launched in 2014 as a way to help people discover news topics that were popular across the Facebook community. Facebook is exploring ways to help people stay informed on Facebook.

However, it was only available in five countries and accounted for less than 1.5% of clicks to news publishers on average. From research we found that over time people found the product to be less and less useful. We will remove Trending from Facebook next week and we will also remove products and third-party partner integrations that rely on the Trends API.

Facebook has described Trending as something that helps people discover interesting and relevant topics being discussed on Facebook that might not appear in their News Feed. Trending shows Facebook users a list of topics that have recently become popular on Facebook.

Facebook says that the way people consume news on Facebook now is changing, and is primarily on mobile and increasingly through news video. As such, they are exploring new ways to help people stay informed about news. Some examples include:

Breaking News Label: It is a test Facebook is running with 80 publishers across North America, South America, Europe, India, and Australia that lets publishers put a “breaking news” indicator on their posts in News Feed.

Today In: A dedicated section that features the latest breaking and important news from local publishers in your city (as well as updates from local officials and organizations).

News Video in Watch: Facebook will soon have a dedicated section in Facebook Watch in the US where people can view live coverage, daily news briefings and weekly deep dives that are exclusive to Watch.


Facebook Imposes Restrictions on Ads and Pages



Facebook announced changes to the way the company manages ads and pages on Facebook and Instagram. The purpose is to increase transparency and accountability – and to prevent election interference.

Last October, Facebook announced that only authorized advertisers would be able to run electoral ads on Facebook and Instagram. Now, Facebook is extending that requirement to anyone who wants to show “issue ads”.

Facebook describes “issue ads” as “political topics that are being debated across the country.” To get authorized by Facebook, advertisers will need to confirm their identity and location. Advertisers will be prohibited from running political ads – electoral or issue based – until they are authorized.

Those kinds of ads on Facebook and Instagram will be clearly labeled in the top left corner as “Political Ad”. Next to that label, Facebook will show “paid for by” information. Facebook users who live in the United States will start seeing the label and additional information on those kinds of ads later this spring.

Facebook has invested in artificial intelligence and has added more people to find advertisers who didn’t go through the authorization process. Facebook users who see an unlabeled political ad will be able to report it.

In Canada, Facebook has been testing a new feature called View Ads. It allows users to see the ads that a Page is running – even if that Page is not in your News Feed. This applies to all advertiser Pages on Facebook and is not limited to Pages that are running political ads.

The View Ads feature will launch globally in June, along with a public, searchable, political ad archive. It will contain all ads with the “Political Ad” label, and show the image and text, as well as additional information like the amount spent and demographic audience information for each ad.

In addition, Facebook is now requiring people who manage Pages with large numbers of users to be verified. Those who manage large Pages and do not clear the process will no longer be able to post. This is intended to make it harder for people to administer a Page using a fake account. Facebook will now show additional context about Pages, including whether a Page has changed its name.


Mozilla Created a Facebook Container Extension



Mozilla has created the Facebook Container Extension It functions similarly to Mozilla’s Multi-Account Containers. The Facebook Container Extension was designed specifically to help Firefox users have more control of their data on Facebook.

The Facebook Container Extension helps people who are using Firefox to control more of their web activity from Facebook by isolating your identity into a separate container. Mozilla says this makes it harder for Facebook to track your activity on other websites via third-party cookies.

Rather than stop using a service you find valuable and miss out on those adorable photos of your nephew, we think you should have tools to limit what data others can collect about you. That includes us: Mozilla does not collect data from your use of the Facebook Container extension. We only know the number of times the extension is installed or removed.

When you install the Facebook Container Extension, it will delete your Facebook cookies and log you out of Facebook. The next time you visit Facebook, it will open in a new blue-colored browser (the “container tab). In that tab, you can login and use Facebook as you normally would. If you click on a non-Facebook link, it will load outside of the container.

I think this is a useful tool for people who value their privacy but do not want to stop using Facebook. It can be difficult to quit using Facebook if it is the most reliable way to contact members of your family.

It should be noted that the Facebook Container Extension is for Firefox. It won’t work on other browsers. The Mozilla blog points out that if you click on any Facebook Share buttons or other browser tabs it will load within the Facebook container. When you use those buttons, information will be sent to Facebook about the website that you shared from.


Facebook to Add More Staff to Monitor Facebook Live



When I first heard about Facebook Live, I thought it would be a good thing for people who like to play video games and livestream it in a way that made it easy for their Facebook friends to watch. Unfortunately, there are some people out there who have been using Facebook Live to commit acts of violence. Mark Zuckerberg says that Facebook will hire more staff to monitor Facebook live.

In a Facebook post on his verified Facebook page, Mark Zuckerberg makes it clear that he is aware of the bad things that have happened on Facebook Live – and states what Facebook will do about it.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen people hurting themselves and others on Facebook – either live or in video posted later. It’s heartbreaking, and I’ve been reflecting on how we can do better for our community.

If we’re going to build a safe community, we need to respond quickly. We’re working to make these videos easier to report so we can take the right action sooner – whether that’s responding quickly when someone needs help or taking a post down.

Over the next year, we’ll be adding 3,000 people to our community operations team around the world – on top of the 4,500 we have today – to review the millions of reports we get every week, and improve the process for doing it quickly.

These reviewers will also help us get better at removing things we don’t allow on Facebook like hate speech and child exploitation. And we’ll keep working with local community groups and law enforcement who are in the best position to help someone if they need it – either because they’re about to harm themselves, or because they are in danger from someone else.

In addition to investing in more people, we’re also building better tools to keep our community safe. We’re going to make it simpler to report problems to us, faster for our reviewers to determine which posts violate our standards and easier for them to contact law enforcement if someone needs help. As these become available they should help make our community safer.

Mark Zuckerberg goes on to point out that Facebook got a report that someone on Facebook Live was considering suicide. They were able to reach out to law enforcement, who helped prevent that person from harming himself.

I read some of the comments left on Zuckerberg’s post. Some people are very happy to see these upcoming changes take effect. Others would like Facebook Live shut down so that no one can use it to try and get attention by engaging in violence. Those comments inspired other people to insist that Facebook Live should not be shut down because they are using it to connect with family members who live far away.

In some ways, I feel like we’ve heard this before. A few of the commenters said that they have been reporting hate speech, and that Facebook doesn’t do anything about it.  Forbes points out that Facebook has long had a problem with people using the platform for illegal gun sales.  Facebook’s Community Standards specifically state that users are prohibited from selling firearms or ammunition on Facebook.


Facebook Introduced Live Location in Messenger



Facebook has introduced a new way to share your location in Messenger. The new Live Location feature makes it simple and seamless for you to choose to share where you are in the real world with your friends and family. This is rolling out globally and is available on both iOS and Android.

In a blog post, Facebook said:

We’ve been testing this for a little while, and people tell us that Live Location is helpful when trying to coordinate with friends, telling people how close you are when you’re on your way to an appointment, or even sharing where you are with your roommate when you’re on your way home at night. You can share your Live Location with a group of friends in Messenger or just with one person – it’s up to you!

The most important thing to know is that Messenger is not going to suddenly start sharing your Live Location with your friends. You have to actively click a few things when you want to share your Live Location with a friend (or friends).

Once you share your Live Location, the person or people you share it with will be able to see where you are on a map for the next 60 minutes. Users have the option to stop sharing their location at any time – by tapping a button called “Stop Sharing”.

This new feature also enables people to share a static point on a map (instead of sharing their Live Location). It is useful for when a group of people want to meet at a specific place. I can see people making use if this feature at crowded conferences or cafeterias.

The Live Location feature is still rolling out. You can check to see if it is available where you are by visiting the Facebook Help Center.  The last sentence on that post might say “Live Location isn’t available in your area yet.”


Facebook Announced New Ways to Watch Facebook Video



Facebook announced some updates that will give Facebook users new ways to watch Facebook video. It appears that the idea is to give users more flexibility on how and when they watch videos on Facebook.

Previously, Facebook users would have videos in their News Feed that silently played. Those that wanted to hear the sound had to click on an individual video. The new update, which is slowly being brought to users, will have sound automatically start playing on the videos in your News Feed. The sound will fade in and out as you scroll through videos in your News Feed.

If you don’t like that idea, there is a way to disable it. Go into your Facebook Settings and switch off “Videos in News Feed Start With Sound.” If you view Facebook on your phone, and your phone is set to silent, the videos will not play with sound.

Facebook is now offering a larger preview of vertical videos in News Feed on mobile. The larger format is now available on both iOS and Android.

It is now possible to watch a Facebook video and scroll through your News Feed at the same time. Users can minimize the video that they want to watch to a picture-in-picture view that plays in the corner of the screen. Users can drag the video to any corner of the screen they want to. People who view Facebook on an Android device can keep the video playing as they exit the Facebook app to do something else on their phones.

The biggest part of the update is the announcement of a Facebook video app for TV, which will roll out soon to app stores for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Samsung Smart TV (with more platforms to come.) This is an expansion upon an existing ability to stream videos from Facebook to your TV.

The Facebook video app for TV will let you watch videos shared by friends or Pages you follow. It will show you top live videos from around the world, and will recommend videos based on your interest. You can also catch up on videos that you’ve saved to watch later, or to revisit videos you already watched, shared, or uploaded.


Locked out of Facebook



So this morning I got locked out of Facebook for reasons unknown. They asked for a security check and I had to provide a Government ID!

During the security check, where I provided my ID to get my account unlocked, they said my DOB did not match. I think when I set my FB account up years and years ago I used an alternative birthday, as I did not trust the security there.

So now it appears I may have lost my account! For reason yet unknown to me. I have thousands of FB friends and an active FB profile where I have done live streaming etc.

This came at a critical time we where sharing info from my mother-in-laws death with relatives. Now Facebook has cut that critical flow of information off. Serious bastards.

So if anyone has a friend at FB, I would appreciate a hand in getting my account unlocked. Sending them 3 forms of ID has not helped.

While its Facebooks right to lock me out because I did not use my correct birthday at least let me update it. For Christ sake the account is not fake.

I am sure I am dealing with a robot at this point, so maybe someone with a pulse will see this. My dead Facebook page is at Facebook.com/cochrane

The real in the flesh Todd Cochrane, podcaster, blogger, podcast hall of fame member and I thought good guy.