Facebook looks to break language barriers with new translation tool

The world’s largest social network announced today that its own developers have built a multilingual composer. A user test of the service will begin today.

The tool enables users to compose a single post that will appear in multiple languages. Other users will see that post in their preferred language.

Facebook will tell if you are a victim of state spying.

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Facebook will explicitly notify users it believes have been targeted by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation state, the company has announced.

Users whose accounts are targeted or compromised by state-sponsored hackers will now receive a notification upon login, warning them that “we believe your Facebook account and your other online accounts may be the target of attacks from state-sponsored actors”.

Read the Facebook press release here.

Stop Facebook targeted ads and tracking

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If you browse the Internet at all, you’ve definitely run into targeted ads. For example, you’ll be looking at a product on one site, and then see an ad for it right away on another site.

Last year Facebook started using all of your app and website history and serve up more targeted ads. Of course since this if Facebook, you’ll automatically be opted in to this new service, and will have to take steps to manually opt-out…and the company doesn’t make it easy.

Most websites get their ads from ad networks. Each ad network puts a bit of code called a “cookie” on your computer. When you visit one of the member sites, the site recognizes the cookie and lets the ad network know where you are so it can send you personalized ads.

Even worse, the member sites share what you do on their sites to build a database of what you like and don’t like, or even specific items you looked at. This makes it easier for the ad network to send you ads that it thinks you’ll click on.

To opt out of targeted ads from other sites, or from seeing Facebook’s ads on other sites, open your Facebook page and click the upside-down triangle in the upper right corner. Select “Settings” and then in the left-hand column select “Ads.”

You’ll see the new “Ads based on my use of websites and apps” setting. Click the “Edit” link, and then click the “Choose Setting” button and select “Off.” You only have to do this once and it will apply to every gadget where you sign in with the same Facebook username.