Facebook to launch transparency tools for electoral ads in India

Tuesday, 29 January 2019 10:50
Advertisers will need to be authorised to purchase political ads and the social networking giant will give people more information about ads related to politics and issues. “We will create a publicly searchable library of these ads for up to…

WhatsApp rolls out PiP feature on its web version

Monday, 28 January 2019 15:45
The feature comes as part of the 0.3.2041 update along with new improvements and security fixes, WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp, reported on Sunday. In the previous web version, the messaging app released the PiP feature to watch…

Social media propagating negative information on vaccination

Monday, 28 January 2019 10:37
The report, titled “Moving the Needle”, identified two in five (41 per cent) parents, saying they are often or sometimes exposed to negative messages about vaccines on social media. This increased to as many as one in two (50 per…

Facebook denies claims that half of its accounts are fake

Sunday, 27 January 2019 16:34
According to a Daily Mail report, a former classmate of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed that the social media giant hosts one billion fake accounts on its platform, or 50 per cent of its total users worldwide. In a 70-page…

WhatsApp rolls out 5-chat message forwarding limit globally

Monday, 21 January 2019 16:14
Aiming to curb fake news, Facebook-owned platform WhatsApp on Monday announced it has globally lowered to five the forward limit for chats — a feature first launched in India last July. “Starting today, WhatsApp will be implementing this change, globally…

Facebook faces ‘record-setting’ fine over privacy violations: Report

Saturday, 19 January 2019 17:01
Facebook is facing a “record-setting” fine from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over its handling of user data and privacy violations. According to a report in The New York Times citing sources late Friday, the FTC “is in the…

Facebook testing ‘LOL’ app to woo kids, experts wary

Saturday, 19 January 2019 14:51
In a fresh attempt to woo children into joining its network and boost user growth, Facebook is testing a new hub called “LOL” that will let kids share and post humorous meme content. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch late…

Facebook kills over 300 Russia-linked fake accounts, Pages

Friday, 18 January 2019 09:52
Social networking giant Facebook on Thursday killed over 300 fake Pages and accounts linked to Russia that it said was “engaging in coordinated inauthentic behaviour”, almost two years after the US presidential election. The social media giant removed 364 Pages…

Facebook commits $300 mn to support local news

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 10:10
Facebook has announced to invest over $300 million over the next three years to support local news organisations. In a blog post, Campbell Brown, Vice President, Global News Partnerships, said that Facebook wants to support local journalists and newsrooms with…

WhatsApp working on fingerprint authentication for chats: Report

Thursday, 10 January 2019 09:21
Facebook-owned WhatsApp is reportedly working on a fingerprint authentication feature to protect its users’ chats from being seen by others. According to WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early, the feature is current under development in Beta…