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Facebook Plans To Shut Down Virtual Hangout App “Bonefire”

"In May, we'll be ending support for the Bonfire tests. We'll incorporate elements of what we learned into other current and future products," Facebook said in a statement.

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The main app "Houseparty" is a synchronous Group video chat in which participants would open it up to see who else was already online and hang out with them online. Pixabay

Facebook has decided to shut down a clone of the main Group video chat app called “Houseparty”, which is a virtual hangout for its users in a group.

According to The Verge on Friday, the clone app called “Bonfire” which Facebook began testing in 2017, will stop working this month.

“In May, we’ll be ending support for the Bonfire tests. We’ll incorporate elements of what we learned into other current and future products,” Facebook said in a statement.

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Facebook has been adding Group video chat features to its other platforms like Instagram and Messenger. Pixabay

The app began testing in Denmark in the fall of 2017.

The main app “Houseparty” is a synchronous Group video chat in which participants would open it up to see who else was already online and hang out with them online.

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Facebook has been adding Group video chat features to its other platforms like Instagram and Messenger. (IANS)

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Private Firms Shouldn’t Censor Politicians, News: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook recently allowed US President Donald Trump's campaign office to post a fake ad about Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden on its platform

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FILE - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at a Facebook developer conference in San Jose, California, May 1, 2018. VOA

Defending Facebook’s policy of not removing political advertisements containing false information, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that a private company should not be censoring politicians and news.

Challenged on CBS over the policy, Zuckerberg said “people should be able to judge for themselves the character of politicians”.

The policy has faced criticism from several quarters due to concerns that ads containing false information may spread misinformation and distort elections.

“What I believe is that in a democracy, it’s really important that people can see for themselves what politicians are saying, so they can make their own judgments,” the Facebook CEO was quoted as saying.

While demands for reconsidering the policy emanated even from within the organisation, Zuckerberg did not commit to any changes.

Mark Zuckerberg. (Wikimedia Commons)

While Twitter has banned all political ads, Google last month announced new restrictions on such ads.

The Internet search giant put new limits on political advertisers globally from micro-targeting users via election ads based on their political affiliation.

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The main formats Google offers political advertisers are Search ads, YouTube ads and display ads. Under the new rules, political advertisers may target their ads only down to the postal code level.

Facebook recently allowed US President Donald Trump’s campaign office to post a fake ad about Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden on its platform. (IANS)