Facebook Announces Messaging updates for iPhone and a new look for iPad

Today we’re announcing an update to the Facebook app for iPhone and iPad with new features in private messages.

Chat heads
Now you can keep chatting even when you’re doing other stuff on Facebook, like checking your News Feed. Tap chat heads to reply, drag them around, or flick them down to close.

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Stickers
Tap the smiley to add stickers to your messages. Get more stickers in the Sticker Store – just tap the basket.

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A new look for iPad
Facebook is also rolling out the improvements to News Feed they announced in March. The biggest change is on iPad, where you’ll see brighter, more beautiful stories.

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How to get the update
This update to Facebook for iOS will be available later today in the App Store. Chat heads and stickers on the Facebook app for iPhone will roll out fully over the next few weeks.

Facebook, Attorneys General Announce Online Safety Campaign

Below is the Announcement from Facebook regarding their new Online Safety Campaign.

At Facebook, we work hard to make sure people understand how to control their information and stay safe online. The most important components of this approach are a real name culture, where people’s actions are tied to their identity; a set of ubiquitous reporting features, including social reporting tools; specific privacy settings for minors; and state of the art law enforcement tools.

Underpinning all of this is a well-informed community. That’s why we’re thrilled to partner with the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) to launch a new consumer education program today designed to provide teens and their parents with tools and tips to manage their privacy and visibility both on Facebook and more broadly on the Internet.

The campaign consists of a few elements, all of which will be available on the Facebook Safety page:

• “Ask the Safety Team Video” series. Over the past few years, we have traveled around the country, teaching educators, parents and teens how to safely use our service. We’ve created a video series from our safety team that answers the questions we’re asked most during this events.
• “What You Can Do to Control Your Information,” a tip sheet that offers the 10 top tools to control your information on Facebook.
• State-specific public service announcements with participating attorneys general and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

NAAG President and Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced the new campaign during his Presidential Initiative Summit on “Privacy in the Digital Age” in National Harbor, Md., this morning.

“Teenagers and adults should know there are tools to help protect their online privacy when they go on Facebook and other digital platforms,” Gansler said. “We hope this campaign will encourage consumers to closely manage their privacy and these tools and tips will help provide a safer online experience. Of course, attorneys general will continue to actively protect consumers’ online privacy as well.”

Facebook is excited to be partnering with NAAG and all of the participating attorneys general on this important effort. Together, we hope to ensure that young people make safe, smart, and responsible choices online.