Facebook Adds Support for Localized Images; Events Gets Timezone Support; Admits Over 83M 'Fake' Accounts are on its Network; Introduces Facebook Stories

Facebook's localization functionality, which was introduced earlier last month lets you translate your app's name, tagline, description and detailed description. Now, today, Facebook introduces 'Localized images' enabling developers to also upload localized icons, banners and screenshots."Localized images will be displayed to people based on their language setting and will be used across Facebook, including news […]

Facebook's localization functionality, which was introduced earlier last month lets you translate your app's name, tagline, description and detailed description. Now, today, Facebook introduces 'Localized images' enabling developers to also upload localized icons, banners and screenshots.

"Localized images will be displayed to people based on their language setting and will be used across Facebook, including news feed, timeline and App Center," Facebook said.

"If you don't provide localized images for a specific language, we will continue to use the images you uploaded for your default language."

Also, App Center is now available worldwide

Check out the docs to learn more about localizing your app.

Facebook Localized Images Support

Also, the company recently added support for timezones as well as date-only events (those with a date but no time yet defined) for events on Facebook to make it easier for friends to share events make plans together. Today, Facebook extended this support to developer APIs.

Starting today, the following changes will be made to platform APIs to support event timezones. "Any apps created as of today will automatically get timezone support. Existing apps may opt-in to timezone support by going to the App Dashboard, clicking on Settings > Advanced, and changing the 'Events Timezone' migration field to 'Enabled'," Facebook said.

This is a 90-day breaking change; timezone support will be added to all apps in 90 days.

Facebook Stories, a new site launched today let you share the stories of people using Facebook in extraordinary ways. Each month, "this site will explore stories around a different theme."

"The first theme is "Remembering" and includes the story of Mayank Sharma, a man from New Delhi who lost his memory after contracting meningitis. Sharma rediscovered his friend network with "People You May Know" on Facebook, helping him to recover some of the experiences he lost," Facebook said.

You can find more about Facebook Stories here.

During the first quarterly financial report, Facebook announced it now had 955 million monthly users worldwide. Today, in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Facebook admitted that "8.7 percent (over 83 million of Facebook's monthly user base) of its user base may have "fake" accounts on the social network service."

These fake accounts fall into three categories:

"duplicate accounts," may account for 4.8 percent of its monthly user base. "A person who has more than one Facebook account is in violation of the company's terms of service and these still happen "despite our efforts to detect and suppress such behavior," Facebook said.

"user-misclassified accounts" account 2.4&% of Facebook's subscriber base. "These happen when someone creates a personal profile for a business or organization, or for someone who wants to make a personal account for a pet or other "non-human entity.""

"undesirable" accounts 1.5% of subscribers. "These subscribers create accounts "that we determine are intended to be used for purposes that violate our terms of service, such as spamming," Facebook says in the SEC filing.