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Regional Winners for the 2019 Developer Circles Community Challenge Announced

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Building on the momentum of our F8 Hackathon in May, we dived straight into our 2019 Developer Circles from Facebook Community Challenge – inviting developers to create software solutions that help build community and bring the world closer together.

This year, we invited participants to submit entries using React360, Spark AR and/or HTML5 Games, across categories including Gaming and Entertainment, Productivity and Utility, and Social Good.

As always, we were astounded by the inspiring and innovative solutions shared by individuals and groups from across the globe.

We saw a participant from North America use Messenger to build a game that makes language learning fun, a team from India deploy React to create a synced experience for cinema-loving friends, and a duo from Sub-Saharan Africa use Spark AR to inform consumers about health and budget considerations when shopping.

We also welcomed participants to a series of Build Days hosted by local Developer Circles in over 140 cities, where developers and community leaders connected and collaborated on their entries.

The first phase of the challenge has now come to a close and the regional winners have been selected!

Here are the regional winners of our 2019 Community Challenge

Asia Pacific

  1. First Place: ColorMax
  2. Second Place: Fun with English
  3. Third Place: BaghChal. Nepali Board Game
  4. Best Pre-Existing, Updated Solution: Glass Runner!
  5. Honorable Mentions: Skating AR; What to Eat?

Europe

  1. First Place: Faceboard
  2. Second Place: Necksplorer
  3. Third Place: Tales for the Future
  4. Best Pre-Existing, Updated Solution: Draw with your nose
  5. Honorable Mentions: My Bitcoin Clicker; zRada Game

India

  1. First Place: Virtual Galaxy
  2. Second Place: Roar
  3. Third Place: AR Pool
  4. Best Pre-Existing, Updated Solution: KettleMind – Brain Games & Cognitive Training
  5. Honorable Mention: Space Walk

Latin America

  1. First Place: Escooteros
  2. Second Place: Quito 360
  3. Third Place: WeLoveBlocks
  4. Best Pre-Existing, Updated Solution: Monstrovia 3D

Middle East and North Africa

  1. First Place: WeLearn
  2. Second Place: All Around
  3. Third Place: ARocketX
  4. Best Pre-Existing, Updated Solution: The Tiny Giant
  5. Honorable Mention: Hungry Heads

North America

  1. First Place: Streets Ahead
  2. Second Place: PhotoBooth AI
  3. Third Place: InterVR
  4. Best Pre-Existing, Updated Solution: Cadenza!!
  5. Honorable Mentions: The Snakeman; Miss Bot’s Classroom; SUR for Spark

Sub-Saharan Africa

  1. First Place: Aptero
  2. Second Place: HealthPro
  3. Third Place: Consume Wise
  4. Best Pre-Existing, Updated Solution: JusticeBot

And, the hackathon isn’t over yet! These winners will have the chance to update their solutions based on judges’ feedback and resubmit to compete for our top global prizes! The first place winner will walk away with up to $25,000.

We can’t wait to see what our global developer community continues to build!

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Helping Prevent Discrimination in Ads that Offer Housing, Employment or Credit Opportunities.

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iscrimination has no place on Facebook, and our advertising policies have long prohibited unlawful discrimination. Over the last year, our auditors have released two progress updates on Facebook’s Civil Rights Audit and we reached a historic settlement with leading civil rights organizations. As part of the settlement, we introduced a new process for how advertisers based in the US, or trying to reach audiences in the US, can buy ads that offer housing, employment or credit opportunities. These ads are known as Special Ad Categories and are restricted from using the following targeting criteria: age, gender, ZIP code, multicultural affinity or any detailed options describing or appearing to relate to protected characteristics.The Latest News from Facebook for Business

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Facebook Brings WhatsApp Integration to Its Revamped Crisis Response Tool

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Social network giant Facebook is adding a WhatsApp button to crisis response tool, its disaster-reporting and communications feature where a user requests or offers help during a time of emergency. The tool is being used in 300 crises in more than 80 countries presently.

The new feature will allow people in affected areas to provide real-time information related to any disaster, TechCrunch.com reported on Tuesday.

Formerly, replies to requests on Facebook’s crisis response pages could only be sent with Facebook Messenger.

The update allow the social network to provide this information to state and local officials, as well as federal relief agencies such as Direct Relief and the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation.

Facebook is also expanding its Data for Good tools, using its data to provide relief organisations with information on where to distribute supplies, based on aggregated, anonymised data.

Additionally, Facebook is also updating its disaster maps to be more accurate in collaboration with agencies such as the International Displacement Monitoring Centre.

The new features will allow for photo and video sharing within the Crisis Response centre on Facebook.

Crisis Response originally developed out of a handful of features that help family, friends and communities support one another in the wake of a disaster.

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Facebook to Allow Transfer of Photos, Videos to Google, Other Rivals

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Facebook started testing a tool on Monday that lets users move their images more easily to other online services, as it faces pressure from regulators to loosen its grip on data. The social network’s new tool will allow people to transfer their photos and videos directly to competing platforms, starting with Google Photos. The company said it will first be available to people in Ireland and will be refined based on user feedback.

The tool will then be rolled out worldwide in the first half of 2020.

US and European regulators have been examining Facebook’s control of personal data such as images as they look into whether the tech giant’s dominance is stifling competition and limiting choice for consumers. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reacted by calling for new rules to address “data portability” and other issues.

Facebook said that as it worked on a new set of data portability tools, it had discussions with policymakers, regulators, and academics in the UK, Germany, Brazil, and Singapore to learn about which data should be portable and how to protect privacy.

The company is developing products that “take into account the feedback we’ve received and will help drive data portability policies forward by giving people and experts a tool to assess,” Steve Satterfield, director of privacy and public policy, said in a blog post.

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