Aug 23, 2017, 8:00 am EST | 1 min read
Facebook is a great tool, but it isn’t without its issues. Anyone can create a Facebook Group for any purpose. While lots of sports teams and clubs use Groups to organize things, there are also Groups that are used to coordinate abuse, sell illegal substances, and generally just violate Facebook’s Terms of Service. If you find one, here’s how to report it to Facebook.
Head to the offending Group and click on the three dots. You don’t need to be a member to see them.
From the dropdown, select Report Group.
Select the reason you’re reporting the Group and click Continue.
Facebook will offer you a range of possible actions. To place a report, select Submit to Facebook for Review.
On mobile, the process is similar. Visit the group. If you are a member tap Info and then Report Group.
If you ware not a member, tap View Group Info and then Report Group.
You should only report a Group if the whole thing is breaking Facebook’s Terms of Service. If there’s just one or two posts, you can report them individually instead.
An internal investigation by Facebook has uncovered thousands of groups and pages, with millions of members and followers, that support the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to internal company documents reviewed by NBC News.
The investigation’s preliminary results, which were provided to NBC News by a Facebook employee, shed new light on the scope of activity and content from the QAnon community on Facebook, a scale previously undisclosed by Facebook and unreported by the news media, because most of the groups are private.
The top 10 groups identified in the investigation collectively contain more than 1 million members, with totals from more top groups and pages pushing the number of members and followers past 3 million. It is not clear how much overlap there is among the groups.
The investigation will likely inform what, if any, action Facebook decides to take against its QAnon community, according to the documents and two current Facebook employees who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The company is considering an option similar to its handling of anti-vaccination content, which is to reject advertising and exclude QAnon groups and pages from search results and recommendations, an action that would reduce the community’s visibility.
An announcement about Facebook’s ultimate decision is also expected to target members of “militias and other violent social movements,” according to the documents and Facebook employees.
Facebook has been key to QAnon’s growth, in large part due to the platform’s Groups feature, which has also seen a significant uptick in use since the social network began emphasizing it in 2017.
There are tens of millions of active groups, a Facebook spokesperson told NBC News in 2019, a number that has probably grown since the company began serving up group posts in users’ main feeds. While most groups are dedicated to innocuous content, extremists, from QAnon conspiracy theorists to anti-vaccination activists, have also used the groups feature to grow their audiences and spread misinformation. Facebook aided that growth with its recommendations feature, powered by a secret algorithm that suggests groups to users seemingly based on interests and existing group membership.
Inside the rise of Qanon-affiliated candidates for Congress
Facebook has been studying the QAnon movement since at least June. In July, a Facebook spokesperson told NBC News that that company was investigating QAnon as part of a larger look at groups with potential ties to violence.
A small team working across several of Facebook’s departments found 185 ads that the company had accepted “praising, supporting, or representing” QAnon, according to an internal post shared among more than 400 employees. The ads generated about $12,000 for Facebook and 4 million impressions in the last 30 days.
Some of the most recent ads included one for a “QAnon March for Children” in Detroit, and several retailers selling QAnon merchandise, according to Facebook’s searchable ad library. Many now-inactive QAnon ads also ran recently on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. Most of the Instagram accounts that ran those ads were abandoned or removed, according to the ad library.
A Facebook spokesperson said the company has routinely enforced its rules on QAnon groups.
“Enforcing against QAnon on Facebook is not new: we consistently take action against accounts, Groups, and Pages tied to QAnon that break our rules. Just last week, we removed a large Group with QAnon affiliations for violating our content policies, and removed a network of accounts for violating our policies against coordinated inauthentic behavior,” the spokesperson, who asked not to be named for fear of harassment from the QAnon community, wrote in an emailed statement. “We have teams assessing our policies against QAnon and are currently exploring additional actions we can take.”
The potential crack down follows a campaign from mainstream advertisers as well as lawmakers to curtail misinformation and hate speech on Facebook. Along with a significant summer advertising boycott, 20 state attorneys general and the congressional Democratic Women’s Caucus wrote separate letters last week urging Facebook to enforce its policies and clean up its platform.
Some members of Facebook’s cross-departmental team tasked with tracking QAnon for the internal investigation say they are concerned the company will decline to ban QAnon groups outright, opting for weaker enforcement actions, according to one current employee. Those employees have shared concerns with one another that QAnon could influence the 2020 election, the employee added, noting that the pages and groups most likely violate Facebook’s existing policies against misinformation and extremism.
Facebook and other platforms face a unique challenge in moderating QAnon communities, said Joan Donovan, director of the Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media Politics and Public Policy at Harvard. The platforms act both as the “base infrastructure” for networking and spreading content and a target of the conspiracy theory itself, which frames Facebook and other platforms as “oppressive regimes that seek to destroy truth,” Donovan said.
“Facebook is definitely the largest piece of the QAnon infrastructure,” Donovan said. “While people who have bought into these disinformation campaigns are already affected, preventing it from spreading to new groups and new audiences is one intervention, among many, that are needed. Unless there is some kind of coordination between platform companies to get rid of the main QAnon influencers, it will continuously pop back up.”
Facebook’s anticipated move follows Twitter’s more aggressive action against QAnon. In July, Twitter announced it had banned 7,000 QAnon accounts for breaking its rules around platform manipulation, misinformation and harassment. Twitter also said it would no longer recommend QAnon accounts and content, would stop such content from appearing in trends and search, and would block QAnon’s internet links.
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Facebook is not only a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, it can be a great way to share photos. Uploading images to albums is so simple even Grandma could figure it out. Unfortunately though, downloading those images isn’t half so easy. If you’ve ever had to save an entire album of photos one…image…at…a…time, you’ve likely wished there was a better way. Lucky for you, CNET’s Rob Lightner has just the tip you need.
Install the browser extension called PhotoLive and you’ll never have that problem again. It’s available for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and even Opera and it’s completely free of charge. With PhotoLive, a button will appear at the top of the Facebook window whenever you view an album. Click that button and the extension will prepare compressed ZIP archives of the album’s photos. Download the ZIP files, extract them to a folder and you’ll have every image downloaded in just a few clicks.
If this trick saves you time, make sure to share it with your friends.
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Technology has taken a vantage leap in providing solutions for man. Before now, technology used to appear complex and would require a great deal of expertise to handle solutions available. Today, we have technology applicable in the simplest human activities as smart products with intelligent algorithms powering them as they make error-free judgments and provide intelligent and analytic solutions.
Does technology have all the answers?
This article from Credit Suisse, tells us that technology does not have all the answers because it has been found to exhibit “similar biases,” as humans. No one can discredit the impact of technology, but it is not totally free of human input and this is the reason we experience these biases in many areas we have technology holding foot.
Creating technological solutions transparently
This article suggests that the process of creating technological solutions be made transparent and subject to contribution from many people who would end up as users of the product – male, female, young, old, learned, unlearned and all other preferences as we have them. It also underscores the importance of having women on product development teams. This approach is not sure to eliminate all forms of bias, but it is a good way to start in order to appraise the full benefits of technology.
Technology as the connecting tool
Technology so far has been a major connecting tool amongst us humans. It is used and appreciated by all regardless of race, language and sex. In order to keep it less subjective to these arguments about human biases. I believe we should gather opinions on products and solutions before making them available to the public. This could be done by gathering input from intended target users and receiving feedback across the stages of production.
“Recognizing the problem is a start…success will depend on inclusive technologies that meet this vast untapped market.” This cannot be more apt especially at a time when we look up to technology for solutions. We should not muzzle our progress with technology by battling algorithm bias. The first way to avoid this battle is by reading this article here.
You could be chatting with a friend, and because of the importance of the conversation, you want to save it. In some cases you may only need to keep part of the chat and in others the whole thing. Whatever your needs are, you’ll be happy to know there are methods to either save parts of or the entire conversation.
You don’t have to be a tech genius to be able to do this since it’s something even a beginner can do. With the following methods you’ll be able to download your Facebook chat history and quickly save all the conversations you want.
Download Facebook Data to Save Your Conversations
If what you’re looking for is to download absolutely everything from your conversations, including photos, then this is the method for you. By downloading the Facebook data, you’ll download things such as friends lists, Facebook data, posts, messages, pictures, etc.
Log into your Facebook account and go to “General Settings.” Towards the bottom you’re going to see a link where you can download a copy of your Facebook data. Once you click on that option, you’ll see a new page with a “Download Archive” button.
After you click on it, Facebook will show you a message telling you that they are gathering your information. You won’t have to wait too long (at least I didn´t), and when it’s done you’ll get a link in your inbox where you can download everything.
Click on the “Start My Archive” button, and you’ll need to re-enter your password for security reasons. A ZIP file that contains all your data will then be downloaded to your computer. You should also see an HTLA folder with the name “messages.htm.” That folder has all your conversations in block format.
The simplest third-party way to download your Facebook chats is to use Messages Saver, an extension available for Chrome.
Messages Saver keeps things nice and simple. It’s a browser extension that only works when you’re on the Messenger page of Facebook. Once you’re in Messenger, click a chat, then open the Messages Saver extension.
Once you’ve done this, Messages Saver will sync with the chat, at which point you can select the ‘From’ and ‘To’ dates that you want to download the chats for. Select the dates and the chats are yours!
The free version of Messages Saver saves chats in the HTML format, but in the $4 paid version you can grab your chats in different formats, with images, and so on.
If downloading the entire Facebook chat is too much, there’s a Chrome extension that allows you to download only a particular part of the conversation. For example, let’s say you only want to download a chat between May 15th and May 18th. Just specify those dates, and the Chrome extension will download only your chat from those days.
The Chrome extension that you will need is Message/Chat Downloader. Once you’ve installed the extension, log into your Facebook account and open the chat you want to save.
Click on the extension’s icon, and you should see a calendar appear. Use this calendar to specify the dates the desire chat took place. When you’re done, don’t forget to click on the Apply button at the bottom.
Hit the “Start” button, and when the download is done you’ll be taken to a new page on a new tab that will have all your chats. You can also choose the format you want to save the file in. You can download your messages in the same order you would see them on Facebook.
If you ever need to keep your important conversations, now you know how. The previously-mentioned methods are easy and something even an inexperienced person can do. Which method will you choose?
Thank you for your informative article. Yours rise to another important possibility: is it then possible to import all of dat of an old account to a new one without losing snything?
Is there any way to get chat history using Firefox browser.?
Is there anyway you can save this chats
Hi is this inly for archived .. what if the conversation was permantly deleted
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Facebook is the number one site where you probably spend most of your time online. Undoubtedly, the comments, messages, photos, and videos you post up end up accumulating into one big online scrapbook of your best and most memorable moments in life. It isn’t any wonder then that you would want to preserve that content offline and onto your computer?
While the videos and photos you have posted up might already be on your computer, there are some related bits, like the notes, comments, Wall posts or Facebook messages, which aren’t.
In fact, one of our PDF Creator Facebook app users was wondering if there was a way in which she could download and get all of her Facebook messages into PDF format.
If you want to download your Facebook data into a PDF file, here’s a detailed and slightly altered step-by-step version of the solution we put together and which you can try out for yourself.
1. Log into your Facebook Account
2. Go to Account Settings
3. Under General settings, click on the “Download a copy” of your Facebook data link below your personal information settings.
You’ll then get an overview of what information will be archived and which won’t.
4. Click on the Start My Archive button and confirm your download. This process may take a while depending on how much data you have. Facebook will send you a link to download your archive file via email.
As Facebook notes, all the data contained on your Facebook profile will be downloaded into one single archive. However, you will get the chance to choose which folder and data you can convert later on.
5. Check your email for the link and click on it to reconfirm your password. Download and save the zipped file to your computer.
6. Extract all files from the zipped folder into a folder or location you can easily access. It contains the individual files of your data– photos, videos, and web-based content.
To access your messages, go to HTML> Messages file.
Double click to open the Messages file in your browser to make sure all the content you want is there.
To convert this data into the PDF format, you can use Sonic PDF Creator 3.0 to convert HTML to PDF.
7. Once installed or if you have the program already, open Sonic PDF Creator and click on the Create PDF From File icon on the command toolbar.
8. Click on the Browse button. Select and upload your Messages HTML file.
9. Click the Create PDF button. This should start the conversion process.
Once your Facebook data conversion is done, you can then add whatever PDF features you want to the file. Add a password, headers, footers, watermarks or bookmarks. When you’ve added all you want, simply save your PDF file in a location of your choice.
This process can work for any of the HTML data files you have in your archive. It’s an easy way to keep or reuse your Facebook content in a secure manner while customizing the file to your needs. Give it a try.
If you have another way of saving and preserving your Facebook data, let us know in the comments below!
Our guide explains the many different ways you can share a Facebook post
Did you know that you have multiple options when it comes to sharing the Facebook posts you see in your News Feed? From sharing a post directly to your own News Feed to doing so outside of the Facebook application itself, our guide breaks down your many options.
Note: These screenshots were captured in the Facebook app on iOS.
Step 1: Tap “Share” on the post you’d like to share.
From here, you have multiple options:
Option 1: If you want to quickly share the post to your own timeline, select “Share Now.”
Option 2: If you want to add your own comment to a post before sharing it, select “Write Post.”
In addition to writing your own comment, you can also tap “Tap to Change” at the top of the screen to change where you’ll share the post (your personal News Feed, a group or a page). Note: If you’re sharing the post to your personal Timeline, you have the option to change the post’s privacy setting before sharing it (posts on a Facebook page are public). Finally, you can add content such as check-in information and an “activity” to a post before sharing it.
Option 3: To share the post in a private or group message through Facebook Messenger, tap “Send in Messenger.”
This loads the Messenger app (if it’s installed on your device), where you can add your own personal message before sharing the post with one or more contacts. You can select the recipient(s) from the “Recent” and “Groups” lists under the message composition window, or you can search for contacts manually.
Option 4: To share a post to a Facebook page, tap “Share to a Page.” As with Option No. 2 above, you can tap “Tap to Change” at the top of the screen to select the Facebook page you’d like to share the post to.
Option 5: To share a post outside of the Facebook app, tap “Copy Link.” From there, you can paste the link into a text message, email or another app to share the post.
Using the new feature you can make sure you’ll never miss a post from your best friends.
Facebook is known for showing you what its smarter-than-you algorithms have determined to be important, regardless of when it was posted. The option to rearrange your News Feed by most recent posts is present, but hidden and a hassle to access on a mobile device.
Starting today, however, Facebook is giving you better control over your feed with a new feature.
The new feature, called “See First,” lets you designate which of your Facebook friends’ posts you want to see at the top of your feed at all times.
According to the report, the feature is currently only available on iOS devices, with plans for Android and desktop access in the near future.
Without further ado, here’s what you need to do to set your See First friends list:
Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET
Launch the Facebook app on your iOS device, then tap on the More button in the bottom-right corner. Scroll to the bottom of the menu, where you’ll find News Feed Preferences; tap on it.
Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET
On the following screen you’ll find a list of four options to help you take control of your feed. Should you only have three options present, force close and relaunch the app.
Select the top option Prioritize who to see first.
A grid of your friends profile pictures will show up. Tap on each friend or page you’d like to see atop your news feed. You’ll know a person or page is selected thanks to a blue star indicator that’s placed atop the profile picture.
When you’re finished, tap on Done followed by Close. You can adjust and tweak this list at any time by visiting this same settings screen, tapping on a friend to remove them from the list.
Use the Manage Activity tool to do a mass removal of old posts
What to Know
- Go to your profile and select Manage Posts, find posts you no longer want, and click Next >Delete Posts >Done.
- In the mobile app, select Manage Activity, set filters to find posts you don’t want, and Archive them.
Here’s how to delete all Facebook posts at once and archive your activity with the Manage Activity tool in a web browser or in the mobile app.
Bulk Delete Posts Using Facebook in a Web Browser
The first step to deleting your old Facebook posts is to select the posts you no longer want (up to 50 at a time). There are a couple of ways to do that, including filtering posts if you want to delete something specific.
Go to Facebook.com or open the Facebook app and sign in to your account. Select your name or profile icon in the upper-left sidebar or in the menu bar to go to your profile.
Select Manage Posts located beneath the post composer.
Select Filters to narrow down the available options. You can select specific years, who created the post, privacy levels, and items you’re tagged in.
Take advantage of the filtering options to find the posts you want to delete. The filters are especially helpful for finding old posts fast without spending time scrolling through your Timeline.
Select the square check box in the upper-right corner of any post thumbnail you want to delete.
You can only select up to 50 posts to delete at a single time.
To view the full post on Facebook.com, select the post thumbnail. A window appears that shows the full post, so you can make a decision about whether you want to keep it or delete it.
When you’ve chosen all the posts you want to delete, select Next at the bottom of the screen.
Choose Delete Posts, then select Done.
Deletion is permanent. If you don’t want to permanently delete these posts, hide the posts instead, so they no longer appear on your profile timeline. Select Hide Posts on Facebook.com or tap Hide from timeline on the app. To unhide these posts, go to the Activity Log on your profile and then select the Hidden from timeline tab.
How to Use the Manage Activity Tool in Facebook
In the Manage Activity section of the activity log, you can delete, archive, or restore content. This feature is currently only available on the Facebook mobile app.
Open the Facebook app and sign in to your account.
Select your profile picture in the upper-left corner of the screen to access your profile.
Select More represented by the three dots (. ) below your profile picture.
In the Profile Settings list, select Activity Log.
At the top of the activity log, select Manage Activity.
In the Manage Activity window that appears, select the type of activity you’d like to view, such as Your Posts.
At the top of the activity log, select Filters and choose a filter, such as Categories or Date, if desired.
Select the check box next to any content you wish to archive.
You can restore archived content at any time by selecting Archive in the activity log, choosing the content, and selecting Restore. However, if you move content to the trash, Facebook permanently deletes it after 30 days.
Choose Archive. Alternatively, select Trash to delete the content.
Can’t Delete Some Posts?
You might notice that when you try to delete some posts, the deletion option is grayed out, and you can only select the hide option. This might occur for specific posts like profile picture updates, posts that weren’t created by you, or posts with particular privacy settings.
For posts you’re unable to delete using the manage posts option, you can delete those posts individually. Find the posts on your Timeline, select the three dots in the upper-right corner of the individual post, and select Delete.
Those big boxes at the top are just there to cover up customer info
I have to design reports for custom pack slips for a couple of customers. Putting their logo on the report and their special footer is no problem.
Where things get hairy is that they both have a whole other page worth of stuff like policy information, return info, this and that, that they want printed as part of their pack slip.
I’m pretty new to Crystal Reports, but I’m kind of sure you can’t just. do that. I thought “oh I’ll just stuff this in the Page Footer section and select “New Page Before” and it’ll just print on the next page!” . no. No, that is not how that works, apparently.
So, is it even possible to create a report that has two pages or am I going to just have to set up the script to print two different documents for them?
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Alright, I figured it out. It just took a little creative re-design of the report.
I moved all of the stuff in “Page Header” to “Report Header”. That way I wouldn’t get all of the shipping information and what not printed on every page.
then I moved all of the detail headers from “Page Header” to “Group Header #1” and completely suppressed the Page Header section.
Then I moved all that huge mess to the Report Footer section, right-clicked on “Report Footer” and went in to the Section Expert and checked “New Page Before”.
Voila, it comes out exactly the way I want it to. It just took a little bit of learning and understanding exactly how these reports go together and what the sections do and how they work. I might not have mentioned this, but I have NEVER touched CR before this project was put on my desk.