Facebook for iOS adds icons to status updates, new sharing controls

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Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is rolling out an updated version of its flagship mobile social networking application for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, adding status icons and new sharing controls.

With the release of Facebook for iOS version 6.2, users can add stylized emoticons to status updates to depict how they're feeling or what they're watching, reading, listening to, drinking, eating or playing. Details added to posts also appear on the user's About page and other places across the Facebook platform.

Facebook for iOS 6.2 also enables users to easily change which of their contacts can see content they've shared, a move in line with the company's recent efforts to introduce a more secure user experience. In addition, users may now start a new conversation via photos received in messages.

Last week, Facebook introduced support for hashtags, bringing the platform in line with its Instagram photo-sharing application as well as rivals like Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest. Hashtags are initially rolling out to the desktop, but a Facebook spokesperson said that support will expand to its mobile apps in the near future.

Facebook's total mobile monthly active users eclipsed desktop users earlier this year and reached 751 million in the first quarter of 2013, a year-over-year increase off 54 percent. Its mobile-only MAUs also increased to 189 million, up from 157 million in the previous quarter.

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