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You Can Now Use Facebook Through Tor, Still Can’t Actually Be Anonymous

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People are starting to wake up to the fact that using Facebook is like selling your quantified soul to an advertising giant, and Facebook clearly realizes that they might want to adjust their course lest they creep us all out eternally. Unfortunately, everything they do in the name of progress is anything but.

Today, Facebook announced in a post that they’ve built a direct route to using Facebook through Tor, the popular tool for browsing the Internet without being tracked. So this means you can use Facebook anonymously now? Of course not. Read More

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Facebook Creates ‘Safety Check’ Tool for Natural Disaster Survivors

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Nowadays, when natural disasters strike, Facebook users often take to the social network to alert their loved ones that they’re okay.

To facilitate this type of communication, Facebook has created Safety Check, a tool that lets users alert their friends and family of their status in the wake of earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural emergencies. The company announced the new service in a blog post yesterday. Read More

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Facebook’s ‘Apology’ To The Transgender Community Is Full of Half-Truths

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For weeks, the LGBTQ community has been fighting Facebook over its stringent policy that says users have to identify publicly by their “real names,” a conflict which reached a boiling point when hundreds of thousands of people fled en masse for Ello, a network that isn’t even in open beta yet. Yesterday, Facebook finally responded in a way that repaired its public image without actually changing a damn thing.

In a public post, Facebook CPO Chris Cox issued an apology to the drag performers and LGBTQ community who, in the “two weeks since the real-name policy issues surfaced” (it’s been three) have been fighting loudly under the banner of #MyNameIs to get Facebook to reconsider their policy. Read More

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Facebook Builds Yet Another New App — This One For Sharing Private Updates

We made a new thing lol. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Remember how much you totally loved Facebook’s new Messenger app (JK please get it off our phones forever)? Well, there’s a chance Facebook’s going to be releasing another new app — and no, we’re not talking about that Slingshot thing.

Facebook has apparently built an app codenamed “Moments,” according to Techcrunch. The app, should it be released, would reportedly let users share personal updates with small groups of friends and family. Read More

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Facebook is Down, Let’s Try To Enjoy It

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Facebook is down, everyone. We repeat: Facebook is down. If you visit Facebook.com now, you simply get a message saying:

Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can.

To which we say: take your time, Facebook team. This is a great opportunity for the rest of us to Read More

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Like for Sale: Invasion of the Fugazi Facebook Friends

Making friends: Clockwise from left, Kallie Hoots, Maima Hartl, Veta Behrends, Trinidad ransen, Taisha Tryon and Donette Morrency

“The only way to have a friend,” Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “is to be one.”

This was pre-Internet.

These days, friends, fans, followers, likes and other signs of affection are available for purchase, and they’re dirt cheap. On a recent balmy afternoon, we whipped out a credit card and used it to purchase 250 Facebook fans for our tech site, Betabeat, from the Uruguay-based Bulkfans.com. The price? $30. Better, the site guaranteed they were “targeted USA citizens.” We were initially wary of giving this company our credit card number, but the order page linked to a prominent ecommerce site, so we went for it. Read More