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Facebook has added nearly 200 flags to its profile frames so that users can display their nationality. The small flags appear at the top corner of profile pictures. Facebook already allows users to show icons of their favorite sports teams or social causes. “Whether you’re showing support for your favorite sports team or solidarity with a cause or movement, profile frames help you express yourself,” a Facebook spokesperson told Digital Trends. “Now we’re adding flag frames to the mix, in addition to the frames people will be able create on their own thanks to our Camera Effects Platform.” The move comes a week after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he wants Facebook to build "social infrastructure" and go beyond just a photo and text-sharing platform. – CNBC

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Facebook Live video publishers now have the option to insert ads into their videos. Users can publish ads if they have at least 2,000 followers, the Facebook live broadcast has been rolling for at least four minutes and has at least 300 viewers. Video publishers would have the option to choose "take an ad break now" to have an ad appear. They would receive 55 percent of proceeds while Facebook would take the rest. Ads will appear for 20 seconds and must be spaced out at least every two minutes. Facebook in 2016 invested heavily into video, paying celebrities and professional publishers to create video content. – ENGADGET

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Major League Baseball games might be coming to Facebook. The social networking company is in talks to broadcast games starting in the upcoming season. The deal would be to stream one high-profile game per week. "Facebook is aggressively going after sports content and they are now one of a number of competitors to traditional media outlets that are going after sports programming," said sports media consultant Lee Berke. "It makes perfect sense that they would be going after name brand properties like the MLB." Twitter already has a partnership with the NFL to show some Thursday Night Football games. – REUTERS

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Politico says a new industry is rising on Facebook aimed at President Trump. Politico reports that many anti-Trump pages are pushing back at the president's policies. One of them, News and Guts, a Facebook page created by former CBS anchorman Dan Rather, has more than one million followers on Facebook. “I think that part of the attraction of our news site is we try to be candid and direct,” Rather said. “We don’t spend much time debating ourselves about how to soften something or use a euphemism or even sophistry. I want to be as blunt as a punch in the nose.” “Stand Up America” and “Donald Trump Is Not My President,” also have a combined 1.5 million followers. Another, the Democratic Coalition Against Trump, now has more than 250,000 followers. – POLITICO

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Facebook's stock hit an all-time intraday high earlier this week. The stock reached $136.79, past the $135.49 price per share record set on Feb. 2. The stock also reached a new all-time high closing price of $136.12. The stock uptick is the latest good news for Facebook, which posted higher-than-expected 4th quarter earnings, largely from a rise in advertising revenue. The social networking company is looking to grow revenue in 2017, based on greater efforts to monetize video through advertisements. The increase in stock values comes as rival Snapchat prepares to launch its own IPO. – INVESTORS

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A single mom's Facebook post showing that she paid her rent for the entire year has gone viral, and sparked financial donations. Christina Knaack posted a photo of her rent receipt on Facebook on February 22. She said she used all of her tax return money to make the entire payment. “I got back $5600 on my taxes,” the 29-year-old South Carolina mother of two said. “Instead of buying my kids the latest Jordans or fancy electronics I paid my rent for the YEAR. I’m a single mom and I do it all buy myself on a minimum wage job. I kno that a roof over my kids head is what’s important. My kids don’t want for anything because my priorities are straight. And this also means I will have that extra 450 a month to do things with my kids.” Her post received more than 330,000 reactions and has been shared nearly 134,000 times. Someone also started a GoFundMe campaign. – US

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Tennis great Novak Djokovic was yelled at by his wife on Facebook Live. Jelena Djokovic was filming the player while he was training. After his practice, Djokovic went to take the camera from her, saying "I like to take the camera, it’s nice. It makes me feel more into it, more I guess, friendly.” The Facebook Live broadcast kept rolling, however. The camera picked up Jelena saying, "How are you behaving yourself? For heaven’s sake. 'Thank you, love. Thank you,' Isn’t that what you should be saying?" – METRO

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Some Facebook users were getting locked out of their accounts on Friday, for the second time in the past 48 hours. Some people were sent back to the login screen and then told that their accounts can't be verified. Others saw alerts that told them that all of their messages have been deleted for being spam. Some were told that their account had been hacked and that they were signed out or their password had been changed. The problems were occurring across the world, according to the website Down Detector, but mostly Europe and the U.S. East coast. Facebook experienced similar problems on Feb. 22. – DAILY MAIL
 

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