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New Delhi, April 27, 2017: Considering India to be an important market, Social media giant Facebook is all set to please the users by rolling out effects in its new camera interface, specifically designed for the people in the country.

During an event in Delhi on Wednesday, Facebook has made the announcement and showcased its family products and apps including- Facebook Live, Facebook Lite, Full Camera, 360 Photos, Groups, Events, Oculus, Instagram, WhatsApp.

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“Today, we’re also rolling out local camera effects designed for India. In addition to the frames and effects that come standard in the Facebook camera, we’ve designed several custom effects for India – so people can create and share photos and videos that showcase the expression of Namaste as well as capture geo-specific experiences in Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, and other places,” the social networking site said in a press statement.

The social network giant also revealed that over 184 million people are using Facebook in India. “India is a very important country to Facebook, and we’re proud to have more than 184 million monthly active people in India who use Facebook to connect with their friends and family, and to build supportive communities online and offline,” it said.

According to the Business Today report, last month in March, Facebook rolled out its new camera feature – which had drawn comparisons to Snapchat. “Last month, Facebook rolled out its new camera feature. We want to make it fast, fun and easy for people to share creative photos and videos with whomever, they choose, for however long they choose – and the more we share with each other, the more open and connected our community can be,” Facebook said.

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The company said that there would be new changes in Facebook Lite to improve the experience of Indian users. “Products like Facebook Lite, which makes it easier for people to access Facebook on older Android devices or slower connections, counts India as one of the top countries. We continue to make improvements to these products so people in India can connect,” it said.

“Just this month we’re rolling out Reactions, an extension of the Like button on Facebook Lite. Now, conversations on FB Lite can be enhanced through Reactions including ‘Love”, “Haha’, ‘Wow’, ‘Sad’ and ‘Angry’,” it added.

– prepared by Staff Writer of NewsGram 

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Facebook Adding New Privacy Control Feature on its Android App

The 'Location Services' setting for iOS also comes with three choices -- Never, While Using and Always -- for when an app could access the precise location of the users

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Facebook App on a smartphone device. (VOA)

Facebook is adding a new privacy control feature to its Android app that will allow users to block the app from collecting and saving their background location information.

“We’re introducing a new background location control on Facebook for Android so people can choose if they want us to collect location information when they’re not using the app,” Paul McDonald, Engineering Director, Location Infrastructure, Facebook wrote in a blog-post on Wednesday.

Until now, users using features location like “Nearby Friends” or “Check-in” on Facebook were asked to enable their “Location History” setting.

Enabling the “Location Sharing” feature shared the user location even when the app was not being used, allowing Facebook to store that history.

“With this update, you’ll have a dedicated way to choose whether or not to share your location when you aren’t using the app,” McDonald said.

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Facebook is also updating the “Access Your Information” feature to include an estimate of users’ primary location at the city or postal code level.

“We’re not making any changes to the choices you’ve previously made nor are we collecting any new information as a result of this update,” McDonald added.

This update announcement came just days after Facebook’s security team had used location information to track missing interns and users deemed to be threats, The Verge reported.

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For iOS users though the location setting was not such big an issue as Facebook would send an alert to users who chose to turn on the “Location History” feature so that they could check to make sure their settings are right for them.

The ‘Location Services’ setting for iOS also comes with three choices — Never, While Using and Always — for when an app could access the precise location of the users. (IANS)