Facebook is always updating its site and the way that people interact with it, creating a better user experience. That’s why it’s one of the most popular social media platforms. Do you know many people who don’t use Facebook? Almost everyone logs on everyday or at least has an account, even if they don’t actively use it. Aside from using a public records search engine, Facebook is one of the easiest ways to find a person. Here are some of the changes that are coming to the social network this year.
Messenger Day is a new feature of Facebook’s separate Messenger app. It lets you instantly take a photo and post it as a private message. You can then add stickers and filters to the photo, similar to Snapchat’s features. However, the Messenger Day photo only stays visible for 24 hours or 48 hours, whichever you choose. This means that you don’t have to clog up your feed or use up your storage to keep your photos. Any time you find a person and add them to your friends list, they’ll be able to see your current Messenger Day photos.
The downside to Messenger Day is that inappropriate or bullying photos also disappear, leaving behind zero evidence. If your child is using Messenger, they might receive threatening photos that are deleted in a matter of hours. Alternatively, your partner might be sending inappropriate photos to someone else that won’t leave any evidence. Strangers may also use the social network to find a person and send a friend request to your child through the app. So, you might want to monitor your child’s Internet use more frequently if they’re using Facebook or Messenger.
Stopping Fake News
Facebook came under a lot of fire during election season because people can easily use it to share fake or sensational news stories that haven’t been verified. The same goes for sharing news articles from biased sources and other questionable content. Some people say that Facebook’s fake news epidemic was a big problem during the most recent election. As a result, the website is making some changes to help users identify fake news and other similar types of content.
Facebook has labeled some obviously biased sites and pushed them down to the bottom of the news feed, which means their posts won’t show up as often. It also set up partnerships with several different well-known third-party fact checkers to start tagging fake news articles and marking them as spam. This new update means that people will be able to trust that they’re reading factual articles. It may not be enough to stop the spread of fake news, though. Fake news sites can pay for Facebook ads that will boost their content, even if it consists of clickbait stories that aren’t actually true.
Facebook is making the jump to virtual reality with Facebook 360, powered by Samsung Gear and Oculus. This interface shows you videos, photos, and other content from your friends and family members in a virtual reality format. It’s pretty cutting edge and so far, not too many people have jumped on the virtual reality bandwagon. Do you need to see kitten videos or your friend’s child’s recital in virtual reality? Probably not. But the fact that you can do more with Facebook than find a person, send messages, and post updates is undeniably cool. However, Facebook 360 isn’t in wide release yet because virtual reality is only just starting to become a trend.