Social Media

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 »

Twitter Reports 336 Million Monthly Active Users, Second Straight Profitable Quarter

HIGHLIGHTS Twitter earned $61 million in the first three months of the year Company was helped by strong growth in advertising revenue First quarter revenues rose 21 percent from a year ago to $665 million Twitter reported its second consecutive quarterly profit Wednesday, boosting the outlook for the messaging platform after years in the red. The San Francisco-based social network earned ... Read More »

Facebook to Clearly Label Political Advertising in Britain, CTO Says

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook will introduce the new measures by June this year The social network will require political ads to be clearly labelled Political advertisers will have to complete an authorisation process Facebook will introduce new measures to improve transparency around adverts in Britain by June this year and require political ads to be clearly labelled, the firm’s Chief Technology Officer told ... Read More »

Google Most Trusted Internet Brand in India: TRA

Online search engine Google is the most trusted Internet brand in India, followed by Facebook, a report said on Wednesday. “With 1.2 trillion searches per year, it (Google) has become the first port of call for all things on the Internet,” the TRA Brand Trust Report 2018 said. It further said: “Facebook, ranked second in the list, has been steadily climbing the trust ... Read More »