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  • Google, Facebook, Twitter threaten to leave Pakistan: What is it about and what ruffled their feathers? Nov 23, 2020 04:35 PM IST

    Google, Facebook, Twitter threaten to leave Pakistan: What is it about and what ruffled their feathers?

    Imran Khan-led Pakistan government has notified a new law it proposed in February 2020, which grants the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) a free hand to “remove or block” digital content

  • Battle of the Super Apps Nov 23, 2020 08:52 AM IST

    Battle of the Super Apps

    A number of them will jostle for the attention and share of wallet of the Indian customer. These are the issues they will need to address

  • Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple and others threaten to leave Pakistan over new content censorship law Nov 21, 2020 08:49 PM IST

    Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple and others threaten to leave Pakistan over new content censorship law

    Under the new law imposed by Pakistan, tech firms may have to face a fine of up to $3.14 million if they fail to remove or block unlawful content from their platforms within 24 hours of notice from Pakistan authorities

  • 10 to 11 views of hate speech for every 10,000 views of content globally in Q3: Facebook Nov 20, 2020 04:31 PM IST

    10 to 11 views of hate speech for every 10,000 views of content globally in Q3: Facebook

    Facebook, which has 1.82 billion daily users globally, has drawn flak in the past for its handling of hate speech on the platform in India that is among its biggest markets.

  • India sends a record 35,560 user data requests to Facebook in first half of 2020 Nov 20, 2020 04:01 PM IST

    India sends a record 35,560 user data requests to Facebook in first half of 2020

    Globally, government user data requests rose by 23 percent from 140,875 to 173,592 between January and June. Most requests came from the US, followed by India, Germany, France, and the UK

  • Facebook, Twitter CEOs oppose any changes that may dictate content moderation Nov 18, 2020 04:38 PM IST

    Facebook, Twitter CEOs oppose any changes that may dictate content moderation

    While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, along with the lawmakers, have agreed on the need to make necessary changes in the controversial Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, the two social media heads said they opposed any changes that would allow the government to dictate content moderation.

  • Kamala Harris has 6 million more Twitter followers than incumbent US Vice President Mike Pence, vastly greater engagement Nov 17, 2020 03:36 PM IST

    Kamala Harris has 6 million more Twitter followers than incumbent US Vice President Mike Pence, vastly greater engagement

    With 11.8 million followers on microblogging platform Twitter, Harris has more than double the reach of Pence, who has 5.8 million followers on the social media platform.

  • The Tech Weekender: Elon Musk's 'bogus' COVID-19 tests, Facebook's disappearing messages and the return of PUBG in India Nov 14, 2020 02:48 PM IST

    The Tech Weekender: Elon Musk's 'bogus' COVID-19 tests, Facebook's disappearing messages and the return of PUBG in India

    In case you missed them, here are the biggest developments from the world of tech from the week ending November 13.

  • Facebook's new Vanish Mode lets you send disappearing messages on Instagram and Messenger Nov 13, 2020 05:19 PM IST

    Facebook's new Vanish Mode lets you send disappearing messages on Instagram and Messenger

    The Snapchat-like feature is rolling out to people in the US and other countries starting today.

  • Facebook releases new features for a fun-filled virtual Diwali experience Nov 12, 2020 04:17 PM IST

    Facebook releases new features for a fun-filled virtual Diwali experience

    Facebook's new features include Diwali-themed Avatars and the opportunity to encourage your friends and family to participate in fun challenges and spread festive cheer online.

  • How to enable dark mode on Facebook for iPhone Nov 07, 2020 11:40 AM IST

    How to enable dark mode on Facebook for iPhone

    You can set dark mode on Facebook to “On” to use it all times, or select “System” to switch between dark and light mode as per the System-wide settings.

  • Explained | Here's how to use UPI-based Whatsapp Payments Nov 06, 2020 09:19 PM IST

    Explained | Here's how to use UPI-based Whatsapp Payments

    In this edition of the Explained series, Moneycontrol's Shraddha Sharma explains how to setup WhatsApp Payments to transfer money.

  • As WhatsApp Pay goes live, Mark Zuckerberg says India has created something 'truly special' with UPI Nov 06, 2020 08:49 AM IST

    As WhatsApp Pay goes live, Mark Zuckerberg says India has created something 'truly special' with UPI

    Mark Zuckerberg, in a video message, said that the company had been working on WhatsApp UPI with the NPCI to ensure that it is secure and reliable.

  • US braces for post-election tension: Here is what social media platforms are doing to curb spread of misinformation Nov 03, 2020 11:24 AM IST

    US braces for post-election tension: Here is what social media platforms are doing to curb spread of misinformation

    US Election 2020: The spread of misinformation and fake news on Election Day and during the counting of votes could lead to violent protests. Social media platforms are putting in additional checks to ensure curbing misinformation.

  • Stricter punishments for online defamation is a step too far Nov 02, 2020 11:27 AM IST

    Stricter punishments for online defamation is a step too far

    The available remedies against online disinformation and mischief are proportionate to the crime. Anything further will only result in suppression of free speech and stifling criticism of the government

  • Plea in SC seeks to make Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram accountable for hate, fake news Oct 30, 2020 05:34 PM IST

    Plea in SC seeks to make Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram accountable for hate, fake news

    The PIL requested the apex court to ask the central government to establish a mechanism that would automatically remove any forms of hate speech or fake news within a stipulated time frame.

  • Facebook employees given entire Thanksgiving week off for working through 'unprecedented challenges' Oct 29, 2020 08:07 PM IST

    Facebook employees given entire Thanksgiving week off for working through 'unprecedented challenges'

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in an internal communication that the company's wanted to give as many people as possible a break.

  • From Facebook to TikTok, US political influencers are paid for posts Oct 29, 2020 04:48 PM IST

    From Facebook to TikTok, US political influencers are paid for posts

    Political groups and strategists say they work with paid micro-influencers - people with a few thousand engaged social media followers - who post on platforms including Chinese-owned video app TikTok, YouTube and Facebook-owned Instagram and messaging service WhatsApp.

  • Can’t stop countries like Russia from interfering with elections: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tells Senate panel Oct 28, 2020 10:35 PM IST

    Can’t stop countries like Russia from interfering with elections: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tells Senate panel

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was speaking at a Senate panel hearing on Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which protects tech companies from liability for any content shared and created by users, and allows them to remove objectionable posts

  • Facebook, Twitter, Google CEOs will defend law protecting tech platforms before US Senate panel Oct 28, 2020 04:50 PM IST

    Facebook, Twitter, Google CEOs will defend law protecting tech platforms before US Senate panel

    The hearing comes after Republican President Donald Trump has repeatedly called for tech companies to be held accountable for allegedly stifling conservative voices.

  • First day of Facebook ban on new US political ads marked by glitches Oct 28, 2020 03:45 PM IST

    First day of Facebook ban on new US political ads marked by glitches

    A spokesman for Joe Biden said an undisclosed number of his campaign's ads were affected

  • Here's how netizens reacted to Facebook merging Instagram DM with messenger Oct 28, 2020 03:01 PM IST

    Here's how netizens reacted to Facebook merging Instagram DM with messenger

    The new update replaces the regular DM icon of Instagram with Facebook messenger logo, and the users of both the apps can directly reach out to each other without them needing to download the messenger app

  • Ankhi Das, Facebook's Public Policy Director for India, steps down Oct 27, 2020 06:56 PM IST

    Ankhi Das, Facebook's Public Policy Director for India, steps down

    Ankhi Das, who recently made headlines for allegedly interfering with Facebook's content moderation policy, has decided to step down from her role to pursue her interest in public service, said Ajit Mohan, Managing Director of Facebook India

  • Facebook forays into free-to-play cloud gaming for its 380 million players Oct 26, 2020 08:13 PM IST

    Facebook forays into free-to-play cloud gaming for its 380 million players

    The service will be available from October 26 and will be in competition with the likes of Google’s Stadia and Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass. The service will be rolled out on the Facebook app across most platforms by October 26.

  • WhatsApp to offer in-app purchases, cloud hosting services Oct 22, 2020 08:20 PM IST

    WhatsApp to offer in-app purchases, cloud hosting services

    The company will also enter the cloud computing sector, offering firms who use its customer service messaging tools the ability to store those messages on Facebook servers.

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