Facebook's Preventive Health tool urges you to take screening tests
Facebook has launched a new health-focused tool a few months after making its blood donation feature more widely available in the US. It's called Preventive Health, and it was designed to urge you to become more proactive about your health. The social network says you can use the tool on its mobile app to find out what kind of preventive screenings are recommended for your sex and age -- say, blood sugar and cholesterol tests or a mammogram -- by the US health organizations it worked with.At the moment the tool focuses on tests related to heart disease and cancer, the top two leading causes of death in the US, and on flu that affects millions each year.
Facebook stopped using phone numbers for advertising as of June and will now stop using it to suggest people you may know, Reuters said. According to the report, it's part of Facebook 's privacy settlement with the US FTC, which cost the social media giant billon. The overhaul of the use of
Facebook says it will soon stop its practice of using phone numbers provided to the company as part of its two-factor authentication (2FA) security tool to power a friend suggestion feature, Reuters reported on Thursday. According to the report, Facebook was using phone numbers users gave it
to suggest friends you may know. It's part of its efforts to clean up its privacy practices. Reuters reported the change on Thursday, which Facebook confirmed. Earlier this year, it was revealed that Facebook was using two-factor authentication , too.meant for
Facebook stopped using phone numbers for advertising as of June and will now stop using the information to suggest people you may know, Reuters said. According to the report, it's part of , which cost the social media giant a record $5 billion.
Facebook messaging apps getting unified payment system
Facebook on Tuesday said it is consolidating the system that handles payments at the social network and in its family of messaging apps. Transactions such as payments or donations at Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp or the main social network will eventually be handled by a unified Facebook Pay system, according to marketplace and commerce vice president Deborah Liu. "People already use payments across our apps to shop, donate to causes and send money to each other," Liu said in an online post."Facebook Pay will make these transactions easier while continuing to ensure your payment information is secure and protected.
The process of stopping Facebook from accessing the phone ’s location varies based on the Android version. This will prevent Facebook from accessing your phone ’s location. If you are using an older version of Android, the only solution is to access Facebook from the Chrome browser and not the
- How to turn off suggested friends on facebook ? You Will learn in this video to stop Facebook friend suggestion notifications and disable Facebook Friend Suggestion . Additionally, you disable Facebook upload contact feature to stop facebook friend suggestion .
"Based on feedback from the privacy and security communities, we have started updating our two-factor authentication feature so that phone numbers people add here won't be used to suggest friends," a spokesperson told CNET in a statement.
It's part of a larger shift Facebook has made since it came to light in 2018 that the improperly accessed the information of . In addition to its settlement with the FTC, which beyond the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the company has had to comply with new privacy laws around the globe. That includes the in the European Union, and the California Consumer Privacy Act, a comprehensive privacy law in California that comes into effect Jan. 1, 2020.
Gmail's Smart Compose is coming to Google Docs
The automatic predictive text suggestions which Gmail offers users while they compose emails is launching for Google Docs. In 2018, Google launched Smart Compose in Gmail for G Suite users; now, the feature is coming to Google Docs. Smart Compose is a tool that helps users compose emails by intelligently autocompleting the message based on an individual's writing habits. For example, "it can fill in common phrases and relevant addresses, like that of your home and office." Over time, the feature makes suggestions more and more tailored to each person.
It had already stopped allowing those phone numbers to be used for advertising purposes in June, the company said, and is now beginning to extend that separation to friend suggestions . Facebook initiated the updates in connection with its billion settlement with the U.S
Facebook uses the information you have uploaded about your contacts to make friend suggestions for you and others. To stop the friend finder suggestion , turn off continuous uploading and If you have continuous uploading turned on, Facebook will keep uploading your contacts from your device.
The overhaul of the use of personal two-factor authentication data will start in Pakistan, Ecuador, Libya, Ethiopia and Cambodia this week, Reuters reported, before being expanded globally in 2020.
Earlier Thursday, it was also revealed that over . Security researcher Bob Diachenko discovered the user data on Dec. 14. The personal information was available in a database that anyone with the right web address could access.
Originally published Dec. 19, 12:18 p.m. PT.
Updates, 1:32 p.m.: Adds comment and confirmation from Facebook; 2:17 p.m.: Adds background on legal changes affecting Facebook's privacy practices.
Messenger signups without a Facebook account are no longer possible .
You'll no longer be able to sign up for Messenger if you don't have a Facebook account. Back in 2015, the social network started allowing potential users to sign up for its messaging app using only their phone numbers. Now, an entry in the website's Help Center clearly states that "you'll need to create a Facebook account to use Messenger." The company has also confirmed the change to VentureBeat, telling the publication that "the vast majorityThe spokesperson also said that the new rule applies to those "new to Messenger," and that those already using the app without an account don't need to do anything.