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Facebook Shortcut Bar Settings Now Being Rolled Out for iOS and Android, Letting Users Remove Notification Dots

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A new change to the Facebook app for mobile will now allow users to turn off notifications dots for some icons. To take it a step further, users will also be able to remove these icons altogether if they wish to. The update was first spotted by TechCrunch, and it was further confirmed by Facebook that indeed the Shortcut Bar Settings is now being rolled out for everyone. Additionally, most iOS users can already take advantage of these settings, and as for Android users, they should be getting the update soon in a few weeks time.

According to the report by TechCrunch, users of the Facebook mobile app can now turn off notification dots for Watch, Marketplace , and Profile. And if that is not enough, then you can even remove these three icons from the bottom bar as well.

We tested out the new Shortcut Bar Settings on Facebook (version 246.0) installed on an iPhone running on iOS 13.2.2 and the process is fairly simple. For example, if you want to turn off notification dots for Marketplace, simply tap and long-press on its icon > tap on Turn off notification dots. Similarly, if you wish to remove the Marketplace icon from the bottom bar altogether, again tap and long-press on its icon > tap on, Remove from shortcuts bar. You can repeat the same process for Watch and Profile menus as well.

The new Shortcut Bar Settings comes in handy for those people who use these menus but do not like to get bothered by notification dots. And anyway, one will still be able to use these menus by just tapping on them, it’s just that the intrusive red notification dots won’t appear any more. Also, just in case if you have removed the three icons from the bottom bar but at some point you want to have them back, just go to the app’s Settings & Privacy menu > Settings > Shortcuts bar and simply turn on the toggles for the menus you wish to put back in the bottom bar.

As we mentioned above, most Facebook for iOS users can already take advantage of Shortcut Bar Settings, while Android users will be getting these settings in the coming weeks.

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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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