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  • Facebook tests prompt to encourage users to read articles before sharing May 11, 2021 02:20 PM IST

    Facebook tests prompt to encourage users to read articles before sharing

    The new feature will remind users that they should at least skim through the article once before they share it with the world.

  • Instagram for kids under 13: US state attorney generals urge Facebook to drop plans May 11, 2021 11:25 AM IST

    Instagram for kids under 13: US state attorney generals urge Facebook to drop plans

    Facebook, Instagram's owner, said it agreed that any version of the photo-sharing app must prioritise safety and privacy, and experts in child development, child safety and mental health will be consulted.

  • Renowned Kerala poet K Satchidanandan’s FB account ‘suspended’ for posting satire clip on BJP poll defeat May 09, 2021 09:57 PM IST

    Renowned Kerala poet K Satchidanandan’s FB account ‘suspended’ for posting satire clip on BJP poll defeat

    The poet told media that he has also been barred from live appearance on the social media platform for 30 days.

  • Instagram head apologises for bug that deleted content of some users May 09, 2021 06:34 PM IST

    Instagram head apologises for bug that deleted content of some users

    The error has since been fixed, while the company said that the bug was not related to any particular issue.

  • Analytics suggests that just 12% of global and 4% of US users have disabled app tracking on iOS 14.5 May 09, 2021 02:41 PM IST

    Analytics suggests that just 12% of global and 4% of US users have disabled app tracking on iOS 14.5

    App Tracking Transparency arrived with iOS 14.5 and forces apps to ask permission to track you.

  • Centre directs social media platforms to curb COVID-19 misinformation in new advisory May 08, 2021 10:35 AM IST

    Centre directs social media platforms to curb COVID-19 misinformation in new advisory

    Social media platforms have been told to take immediate action to disable or remove content spreading misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • WhatsApp scraps May 15 deadline for accepting controversial privacy policy update May 07, 2021 09:50 PM IST

    WhatsApp scraps May 15 deadline for accepting controversial privacy policy update

    WhatsApp had announced a privacy policy update in January 2021, which was to come into effect on February 8. However, the messaging app faced severe backlash over user concerns that data might be shared with parent company Facebook. Following this, the last date for accepting the policy update was pushed to May 15.

  • Facebook oversight board upholds Donald Trump ban, calls for more review May 05, 2021 06:59 PM IST

    Facebook oversight board upholds Donald Trump ban, calls for more review

    The board, whose decisions are binding on the leading social network, said Trump "created an environment where a serious risk of violence was possible" with his comments regarding the January 6 rampage by his supporters at the US Capitol.

  • Donald Trump's 'communications' platform goes live ahead of Facebook's verdict May 05, 2021 04:08 PM IST

    Donald Trump's 'communications' platform goes live ahead of Facebook's verdict

    Trump was banned from most social media websites including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Snapchat after the storming of Capitol Hill on January 6, this year.

  • Facebook partners with government to launch tool to find nearest vaccine centres May 05, 2021 02:52 PM IST

    Facebook partners with government to launch tool to find nearest vaccine centres

    In a post, Facebook said it is “partnering with the Government of India” and that the app will be available in 17 languages “to help people identify places nearby to get the vaccine”.

  • Social media as ‘Godsend’: In India, cries for help get results May 05, 2021 01:39 PM IST

    Social media as ‘Godsend’: In India, cries for help get results

    Volunteers across India are finding ways to amplify and address queries for updated information, oxygen cylinders, medicines and transport.

  • Facebook to roll out vaccine finder tool on mobile app in India Apr 30, 2021 03:33 PM IST

    Facebook to roll out vaccine finder tool on mobile app in India

    The social media giant had, earlier this week, announced a USD 10 million grant for emergency response efforts for COVID-19 situation in the country.

  • #ResignModi posts blocked: Facebook explains why, reinstates hashtag Apr 29, 2021 12:47 PM IST

    #ResignModi posts blocked: Facebook explains why, reinstates hashtag

    A hashtag calling for the resignation of Modi was briefly blocked on Facebook.

  • Spotify's new tie-up to allow listeners to play music, podcasts from Facebook app Apr 27, 2021 08:18 AM IST

    Spotify's new tie-up to allow listeners to play music, podcasts from Facebook app

    Facebook last week said it planned to launch several audio products, including Clubhouse-style live audio rooms and a way for users to find and play podcasts.

  • COVID-19 second wave | Government asks Twitter, other social media platforms to remove misleading posts Apr 25, 2021 09:00 AM IST

    COVID-19 second wave | Government asks Twitter, other social media platforms to remove misleading posts

    Twitter said it has notified the impacted account holders of its action taken in response to a legal request from the Indian government but did not give details of the affected accounts.

  • WhatsApp is testing an update that lets you speed up playback of voice messages Apr 23, 2021 04:59 PM IST

    WhatsApp is testing an update that lets you speed up playback of voice messages

    The new feature is restricted to a few users in the beta group for now.

  • Delhi HC dismisses Facebook, WhatsApp pleas against CCI order to probe privacy policy Apr 22, 2021 11:24 AM IST

    Delhi HC dismisses Facebook, WhatsApp pleas against CCI order to probe privacy policy

    Justice Navin Chawla said that though it would have been "prudent" for the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to await the outcome of petitions in the Supreme Court and the Delhi HC against WhatsApp's new privacy policy, but not doing so would not make the regulator's order "perverse" or "wanting of jurisdiction".

  • A global tipping point for reining in technology has arrived Apr 21, 2021 03:05 PM IST

    A global tipping point for reining in technology has arrived

    President Joe Biden has stacked his administration with trustbusters who have taken aim at Amazon, Facebook and Google

  • A Global Tipping Point for Reining In Tech Has Arrived Apr 20, 2021 05:52 PM IST

    A Global Tipping Point for Reining In Tech Has Arrived

    Around the world, governments are moving simultaneously to limit the power of tech companies with an urgency and breadth that no single industry had experienced before.

  • Facebook looking to integrate Messenger and WhatsApp; Here's what it may look like Apr 19, 2021 01:55 PM IST

    Facebook looking to integrate Messenger and WhatsApp; Here's what it may look like

    The leak also reveals that users who have Messenger but not WhatsApp will still be able to chat with users of the latter.

  • Instagram is testing a feature that lets you hide 'Likes' on posts Apr 15, 2021 02:56 PM IST

    Instagram is testing a feature that lets you hide 'Likes' on posts

    Instagram has begun testing a feature with a limited number of users that gives them the option to hide 'Likes' on their posts

  • Facebook signs first deal to buy renewable energy in India Apr 15, 2021 02:45 PM IST

    Facebook signs first deal to buy renewable energy in India

    The 32 megawatt wind power project, located in southern Karnataka state, is part of a larger portfolio of wind and solar projects that Facebook and Mumbai-based CleanMax are working together on for supplying renewable power into India's electrical grid, the joint statement said.

  • A Facebook loophole is allowing world leaders to manipulate their citizens Apr 13, 2021 02:24 PM IST

    A Facebook loophole is allowing world leaders to manipulate their citizens

    An expose by The Guardian sheds light on how Facebook is allowing world leaders to get away with harassing their citizens.

  • Clubhouse denies data breach report, calls it 'misleading and false' Apr 12, 2021 09:29 AM IST

    Clubhouse denies data breach report, calls it 'misleading and false'

    The audio-based social media app called the report "misleading and false."

  • New Facebook features on what you see and who can comment on your posts: Here's how it works Apr 11, 2021 12:53 PM IST

    New Facebook features on what you see and who can comment on your posts: Here's how it works

    Facebook users also get the option to sort and browse their News Feed using the Feed Filter Bar.

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