Facebook now lets you raise funds for your favorite charities


Starting today, Facebook is rolling out a tool that lets you create personal fundraisers for verified charities, along with a way to accept donations from other users without having to send them elsewhere to complete their transactions. The new feature builds on Facebook’s efforts to enable charitable organizations to rally support on the social network. Last year, it launched a tool to allow nonprofits to create and run fundraising campaigns. Facebook’s Naomi Gleit told USA Today, “Giving is really personal. It’s one thing for American Red Cross to raise money for American Red Cross. It’s another for a friend to…

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Awful Australian election made more awful by awful Facebook Live videos

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The 2016 Australian election campaign has so far been the political equivalent of chipping off old nail polish. It seems only right it be accompanied by the most banal of content: The badly-shot Facebook Live video.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, leader of the Liberal Party, has been facing off against Bill Shorten, leader of the Labor Party. Their parties may disagree on some points, but they definitely come together on garbage video quality.

If you enjoy your eyeballs being tossed like salad, try this video from the Australian Labor Party. Read more…

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Facebook goes down for some users

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This story was updated at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Facebook went down for some users Thursday, but appears to be back up and running for others. The website “Is it Down Right Now?” lists Facebook as having “service disruptions.”

Visitors to Facebook.com were greeted by the message, “Sorry, something went wrong” instead of the usual Facebook homepage when visiting on the web, starting at about 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday. Facebook’s mobile apps didn’t appear to be affected.

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Facebook’s app status dashboard shows a “major outage” beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m. ET. The service reports its key Facebook Graph API — the core software that apps use to read and write to Facebook — became unavailable at that time. Read more…

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