Facebook, Google, Twitter Defend Filtering Practices Before US Congress

Facebook, Alphabet, and Twitter told a US House panel on Tuesday that the social media companies are not discriminating against content for political reasons. Conservative Republicans in Congress have criticised social media companies for what they claim are politically motivated practices in removing some content, a charge the companies have rejected. House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Republican,…

WhatsApp Android Beta Gets ‘Mute’ Button in Notifications, Reportedly Sets Stage for Stickers

WhatsApp last week reportedly started testing ‘Mark as Read’ and ‘Mute’ buttons to make it easier for users to take actions on new WhatsApp messages directly from their notifications. Now, the Facebook-backed instant messaging app has rolled out the Mute button for all users having the latest WhatsApp beta version on their Android devices. The button emerges on the message…

Uganda Protest Over New Social Media Tax Turns Violent

Ugandan police on Wednesday used tear gas and bullets to break up a street protest against a new tax targeting social media users. Two protesters were arrested in downtown Kampala, the capital, after a scuffle in which some policemen were assaulted, said Luke Owoyesigire, a spokesman for Kampala police. The protest was organised by a…

Facebook Tests Augmented Reality Ads on News Feed in US

Facebook said on Tuesday it is testing augmented reality advertisements on its News Feed ahead of the holiday shopping season in the United States. The ads will let users virtually interact with different products – from trying on Michael Kors sunglasses and accessories to visualising furniture in a room. Facebook said Sephora, Bobbi Brown, Pottery Barn,…

Behave responsibly on social media

“The government can’t make people love me, but it can keep them from lynching me.” While vacationing in Europe’s verdant valleys, one of my friends was reminded of these words by Martin Luther King Junior. The reason? Time and again, he was asked in a veiled manner whether Indians were a nation of rapists and…

Mark Zuckerberg Becomes World’s Third Richest Person as Facebook Stock Soars

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has overtaken Warren Buffett as the world’s third-richest person, further solidifying technology as the most robust creator of wealth. Zuckerberg, who trails only Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, eclipsed Buffett Friday as Facebook shares climbed 2.4 percent, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. It’s the first time that the three wealthiest people on the ranking made their fortunes…

India Asks WhatsApp to Curb Spread of False Messages

India has asked Facebook-owned WhatsApp messenger to take steps to prevent the circulation of false texts and provocative content that have led to a series of lynchings and mob beatings across the country in the past few months. With more than 200 million users in India, WhatsApp’s biggest market in the world, false news and videos circulating on…

Facebook Issued Notice by DCW Over Online Rape Threats to Gurmehar Kaur

Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal on Tuesday issued notice to Facebook seeking details to identify those who issued rape threats to Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur. In the notice, Maliwal wrote that Kaur was subjected to “extreme abuse and rape threats” on her Facebook profile. “The Commission is in receipt of a…

Facebook Messenger Testing New Chat UI, Virtual Assistant ‘M’ Integration

Facebook is testing new features in its Messenger app for Android including a revamped UI and the integration of its previously announced ‘M’ assistant. These features were seen on the beta version of Facebook Messenger, and may arrive in the stable version soon. Android Police first spotted these changes on Facebook Messenger beta version, and…

Instagram Gets Stickers for Stories, Hands-Free Video Recording

Instagram has rolled out two more features that allows users to add stickers to posts and capture videos “hands-free”. According to a report in the Next Web on Tuesday, users can now add stickers to videos and photo stories through a sticker button that shows up next to the drawing tool. The feature includes specific…