1. Facebook launches ‘Workplace’, a business version of the social media giant

Facebook launches ‘Workplace’, a business version of the social media giant

Facebook is creating a separate version aimed at helping you do actual work instead of catching up on baby photos and political chatter.

By: | Updated: October 11, 2016 12:13 AM
Facebook is launching a communications tool Monday for businesses, nonprofits and other organisations. (Reuters) Facebook is launching a communications tool Monday for businesses, nonprofits and other organisations. (Reuters)

You probably already use Facebook at work. Now, Facebook is creating a separate version aimed at helping you do actual work instead of catching up on baby photos and political chatter.

Facebook is launching a communications tool Monday for businesses, nonprofits and other organisations. Called Workplace, the platform is ad-free and isn’t connected to existing Facebook accounts. Instead, employers sign up as an organisation. Businesses have to pay, but Facebook is offering it to schools and nonprofits for free.

Organisations have used Workplace, previously called Facebook at Work, on an invite-only basis for the past 18 months. Facebook says more than 1,000 places use it, up from 450 six months ago.

Besides group chats and video calls, Workplace has live video and a news feed, much like the regular Facebook.

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