A few months from now, US-based users of Facebook's Messenger app will be able to send and receive money via it for free, the company has announced on Tuesday.
The option will be available in the Android, iOS, and desktop apps, via a $ icon. "The money you send is transferred right away. It may take one to three business days to make the money available to you depending on your bank, just as it does with other deposits," the company noted.
Like it or not, Facebook has become almost ubiquitous in today's world. Most people you know, both young and old, are on there. Worse, some folks keep memories of their lives stored on the service, including precious photos that, in some cases, may not be backed up in any way. It feels safe, after all, Facebook wouldn't lose them, right? Not so fast.
Facebook, Yahoo and other technology firms announced the creation of a "ThreatExchange" to share information to help thwart cyberattacks.
"ThreatExchange is built on the existing Facebook platform infrastructure... so that partner companies can query the available threat information and also publish to all or a subset of participating organisations," the social network said in a statement.
Long ago, wars were fought on the basis of physical weapons and strength, however that's not the case today. The Financial Times reports that the British army is expanding its digital armory of weapons by creating a group of soldiers referred to as the 'Facebook Warriors'. This unit will be named the "77th Battalion" and will be tasked with fighting their adversaries on social media in a non-lethal way.
Mark Zuckerberg tackled the thorny issue of how to balance free speech with local laws at Facebook's first international town-hall Q&A in Colombia on Wednesday.
"Most countries have laws restricting some form of speech or another," the CEO said. If Facebook were to let users post something that would be illegal in their country, would that result in more people being able to express themselves? The best course of action is often to remove the content, he suggested.