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Facebook Launches New Groups App

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Facebook has launched its new Groups app for both Android and iOS systems. The company says that with the Facebook Groups app, users can see and post in their groups, as well as easily create new groups.

Facebook product manager Shirley Sun stated in a company blog post that the new app, “helps people share faster and more easily with all the groups in their life. We built this app with the people who use Groups the most in mind.”

When opening the app, user will see all of their Facebook Groups in one place. Groups that they use most frequently are at the top, and users can quickly move between each group.

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A new group can be started by simply tapping on a “create” button. A new Discover tab lets people see groups suggested to them based on Pages that they have liked and groups where their friends are in and where they live.

In other Facebook news the bus drivers who work for the company’s shuttle service for its employees who reverse commute from San Francisco to Silicon Valley have voted to join the Teamsters Union.

The vote was 43-28.

The drivers had been complaining for some time about getting low pay and no benefits.

Jeff Leonoudakis , the CEO of Loop Transportation, the contractor which employs the Facebook drivers, said in a statement, “Loop Transportation respects the election results and the decision of our drivers who service Facebook. Even though we don’t feel that our drivers’ interests are best served by union representation, our drivers have spoken and we will now begin the negotiation process.”

Rome Aloise, International Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 853 said, “I hope going forward this will set a trend with other drivers in Silicon Valley and the tech industry so we can set a pattern to make the companies pay these drivers decent wages and benefits so they can live a decent life.”



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