Social Media

Line Messaging App to Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency Called ‘Link’

Japan’s Line said on Friday it will launch a cryptocurrency in September, as the company tries to build up a wide range of businesses using its popular messaging app as a platform. The company said the digital coin Link will be given as rewards to users of its services and could be traded with other cryptocurrencies at its crypto exchange, Bitbox. The coin is ... Read More »

Twitter Planning to Launch Threaded Conversations, ‘Who Is Online’ Feature

Twitter is planning to roll out threaded conversations like Facebook along with status indicators – showing who else is online among your followers – on its platform. In a tweet, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said on Friday that the microblogging platform will soon get interesting updates. “Playing with some new Twitter features: presence (who else is on Twitter right now?) and threading (easier to read ... Read More »

Facebook AI Said to Significantly Improve Urdu to English Translation

Artificial intelligence (AI) researchers at Facebook have set a new record in improving translation from Urdu to English. The team used Neural Machine Translation (NMT), an AI-based translation technology. The team from Facebook AI Research (FAIR) has seen a dramatic improvement in its results, Forbes reported on Saturday. “To give some idea of the level of advancement, an improvement of 1 BLEU point ... Read More »

Facebook Slapped With UK Fine for Cambridge Analytica Scandal

  Facebook is staring down its first fine for allowing Cambridge Analytica to improperly access data about millions of people, potentially opening the door for governments around the world to slap the social media giant with other tougher penalties and stricter regulation. On Tuesday, UK watchdogs announced a $664,000 (roughly Rs. 4.5 crores) preliminary fine – the maximum amount allowed – after finding Facebook ... Read More »

Facebook Testing Messenger Feature to Spot Suspicious Accounts

Facebook is testing a feature that will identify malicious accounts sending unwanted direct messages to you on its Messenger platform. According to a report in Motherboard on Wednesday, the feature when it goes live will provide additional information about direct messages from unknown contacts. “We are testing a way to provide people with more context on folks they may not have connected with ... Read More »

WhatsApp Will Now Label Forwards in a Bid to Combat Misinformation

What the WhatsApp ‘Forwarded’ indicator will look like HIGHLIGHTS WhatsApp has now started labelling forwarded messages The feature was previously seen in a beta version It can help limit the circulation of fake news and misinformation WhatsApp has started rolling out a feature that will indicate to users which messages they receive were forwarded by as is the sender. Seen by Android beta users ... Read More »

Twitter, Facebook Launch Tools to Track Advertising

Twitter on Thursday made it easier for users to identify political campaign ads and know who paid for them, as social media platforms faced the threat of US regulation over the lack of disclosure on such spending. The microblogging site launched ‘Ads Transparency Center’ to allow anyone to view ads that have been put on Twitter, with greater transparency about US federal election ... Read More »

Lawsuit Over White Nationalist’s Twitter Ban Clears Hurdle

A California judge has refused to throw out a lawsuit that accuses Twitter of violating the free speech rights of a leading white nationalist figure by banning his social media account. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn ruled in Jared Taylor’s favor during a hearing Thursday on Twitter’s request to dismiss the suit, court records show. Taylor claims Twitter permanently suspended ... Read More »

WhatsApp May Be Working on a Windows App for PCs: Report

Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp is reportedly working with Microsoft to deliver a proper desktop app. WhatsApp is one of the few developers that consistently delivered updates to its Windows Phone app, but a report by Windows Central suggests WhatsApp is actually getting ready to deliver a proper desktop app as well, The Next Web reported on Friday. Concept art for a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) version of WhatsApp showed up on Behance ... Read More »

Gmail for iOS Gets AI-Based Smart Notifications for High-Priority Emails

HIGHLIGHTS Gmail for iOS has received a ‘High priority only’ notification feature It lets you receive notifications only for the high-priority emails The new experience will also reach Android devices Gmail for iOS will now send you notifications only when the emails important to you reach your inbox. Leveraging machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, the new feature helps ... Read More »