WhatsApp saying goodbye to older smartphones

The popular messaging app WhatsApp will cease working for millions of people in just a matter of weeks, as the company, owned by Facebook, has decided not to support the device on older phones.

Friends with benefits: Can Facebook tackle your love life?

Facebook is tackling a new frontier: love. Facebook Dating, a matchmaking service the company already offers in Brazil, Canada and 17 other countries, arrives in the U.S. on Thursday. But after years of privacy missteps by the social network, will people trust it with their love lives?

Facebook privacy overhaul

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out a new "privacy-focused" vision for social networking. He promised to transform Facebook from a company known for devouring the personal information shared by its users to one that gives people more ways to communicate in truly private fashion, with their intimate thoughts and pictures shielded by encryption in ways that Facebook itself can't read.

Facebook app controversy

Apple says Facebook can no longer distribute an app that paid users, including teenagers, to extensively track their phone and web use. In doing so, Apple closed off Facebook's efforts to sidestep Apple's app store and its tighter rules on privacy.

Quitting Facebook

Walt Mossberg, the elder statesman of tech columnists, sent shock waves Monday when he announced he is quitting Facebook.

Facebook security breach

Facebook announced Friday that it recently discovered a security breach affecting nearly 50 million user accounts. The company said hackers exploited the "View As" feature on the service. Facebook alerted law enforcement, disabled the "View As" feature, is working fixing the security problem, and reset the access tokens of 50 million accounts that were affected and another 40 million as a precaution, Rosen wrote.

Facebook seeking financial data?

It can seem like Facebook already knows so much about us and our preferences, but now it seems the social media giant wants to know even more—specifically about our finances. The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook has asked large banks to share detailed financial information about customers in an effort to offer more services to users.

Facebook shuts down accounts

Facebook said it has uncovered "sophisticated" efforts, possibly linked to Russia, to influence U.S. politics on its platforms. The company said it removed 32 accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they were involved in "coordinated" political behavior and appeared to be fake. Nearly 300,000 people followed at least one of the accounts.

Facebook vs. New York Times

In a blog post responding to a New York Times article, Facebook admitted it shared user data with phone and tablet makers but disputes what and how much data it shared. Facebook said it was unaware of any abuses of this data on the part of the phone makers.

Russian political trolling

Democrats on the House intelligence committee have released more than 3,500 Facebook ads that were created or promoted by a Russian internet agency, providing the fullest picture yet of Russia's attempt to sow racial and political division in the United States before and after the 2016 election.

Facebook data scandal

Facebook's privacy scandal is much worse than previously thought—by millions of more users. Data on as many as 87 million people, mostly in the United States, may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, a data-mining company linked to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, according to a post by Mike Schroepfer, Facebook's chief technology officer.

Zuckerberg breaks silence

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has addressed the steps his company is taking to protect user privacy after reports that Trump campaign-affiliated political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica was able to obtain 50 million Facebook users' personal data without their knowledge.

Deleting Facebook

For many of us, scrolling or posting on social media is part of our daily routine. But social media's immersive presence and impact on our lives are leading many young users to seek relief and hit delete. Back in December, Hill Holliday's research group Origin conducted the survey of more than 1,000 young people across the United States. The key findings: 64 percent of users between the ages of 18 and 24 said they have taken a temporary social media break and 34 percent of them deleted their accounts entirely.

Social media and democracy

Facebook posted the first in a series of posts on its newsroom page about democracy and social media. It starts with an admission from the product manager for civic engagement at Facebook.