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18-Apr-2019 New Delhi

87% Indians say no to workplace harassment: LinkedIn

A whopping 87 per cent of professionals in India say that harassment prevention at the workplace is a very important trend for the future of hiring and HR compared to 71 per cent globally, a new LinkedIn report said on Thursday.In India, 50 per cent of...

14-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Twitter CEO's bizarre health regimen sparks debate

Fasting over weekends and taking food only on Sunday evening, eating one meal a day along with three ice baths -- Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has created a storm over social media with revealing a punishing health regimen that helps him "stay sharper".In a podcast...

12-Apr-2019 San Francisco

YouTube slammed for hosting conspiracy theorist

Google-owned video sharing platform YouTube is being heavily criticised for hosting controversial conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who is banned from several major social networking platforms for his offensive posts, on a two-hour long podcast episode accessible to...

07-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Facebook does physical verification of an Indian user for a post

Facebook, already facing the election heat in India, is busy doing something never heard of: Sending its representatives to users' home to verify if the post with political content was actually written by them.IANS has contacted one such Facebook user in New Delhi...

06-Apr-2019 San Francisco

Google, Facebook, Twitter to testify on 'censorship'

Tech giants Google, Facebook and Twitter are slated to send their company representatives to testify at a Senate hearing next week about the alleged "censorship" of conservative voices.The Senate subcommittee is chaired by technology critic and Republican...

04-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Renamed fake accounts spreading political bias on Facebook

Barely a week away from when the world's largest democracy goes to the polls, the fake news factories on Facebook and its owned WhatsApp have become active like never before as the social media giant scrambles for solutions which are few and far between.The...

03-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Did Facebook downplay BJP-linked fake accounts?

Facebook, which has created a mini storm in Indian politics by revealing it removed fake Pages, Groups and accounts linked to the Congress, surreptitiously skipped mentioning the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).Downplaying the BJP bit is clear when you deeply scan...

01-Apr-2019 New Delhi

FB dumps Pakistan military-backed fake accounts

Facebook on Monday said it removed 103 Pages, Groups and accounts on both its platform and Instagram for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behaviour against India as part of a military-backed network that originated in Pakistan.The individuals used fake accounts...

27-Mar-2019 San Francisco

Facebook shuts down thousands of fake Pages, accounts

Facebook has removed 2,632 Pages, Groups and accounts that were engaged in coordinated inauthentic behaviour from Iran, Russia, Macedonia and Kosovo on its platform, as well as on Instagram.The social media platform said it did not find any links between these...

27-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Over 90% first-time voters to cast ballot: Twitter India

Over 90 per cent of first-time eligible voters are expected to vote in the upcoming elections, a Twitter India survey revealed on Wednesday.According to the Election Commission, nearly 1.5 crore first-time voters will exercise their franchise in the seven-phase...

18-Mar-2019 New Delhi

WhatsApp, NASSCOM to impart digital literacy

In a bid to curb fake news during the general elections, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation on Monday came together to impart digital literacy training.As part of the partnership, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation will train nearly 1,00,000 Indians to spot false...

13-Mar-2019 San Francisco

Google says sorry for Gmail, Drive global outages

Google on Wednesday apologised after users around the world faced problems with accessing Gmail and other services.Users in several countries including India reported problems in attaching or accessing attachments, as well as accessing and saving draft emails...

12-Mar-2019 New Delhi

Will do more to limit viral content: WhatsApp India

WhatsApp has taken several measures to limit the spread of misinformation and fake news on its platform in India but there is more to do to fully secure the platform, the company's India head Abhijit Bose said on Wednesday.In his first statement after taking...

25-Feb-2019 New Delhi

Twitter asked to support free and fair Lok Sabha polls, ensure no bias

A parliamentary panel on Monday asked Twitter executives to ensure that the content on their platform supports "free and fair" Lok Sabha elections and it does not face allegations of bias or politically motivated practices.The Parliamentary Standing Committee...

22-Feb-2019 New Delhi

Colin Crowell to face Parliamentary panel in India on Feb 25 : Twitter

Twitter on Friday confirmed that Colin Crowell, Global Vice President of Public Policy for Twitter, will face the Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology (IT) on February 25.In a statement given to IANS, the micro-blogging platform said that for Crowell,...

21-Feb-2019 New Delhi

Lok Sabha election key priority for us : Twitter

Twitter on Thursday said the 2019 Lok Sabha election is a key priority for the company and it deeply respects the integrity of the election process while being committed to provide a service that fosters and facilitates free and open democratic debate."The 2019...

14-Feb-2019 New Delhi

Google celebrates quintessential Madhubala

On Valentine's Day, Google doodled the star-crossed iconic character from "Mughal-E-Azam", Anarkali, made indelible in movie lovers' mind by the effervescent Madhubala who would have been 86 on Thursday."The Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood" as the Google blogpost...

12-Feb-2019 New Delhi

Working 'hard' to expand team to fight misinformation: Twitter India

With Twitter finding itself in the midst of a controversy for not sending its CEO to appear before a parliamentary panel on Monday, the microblogging site has said that it is "working hard" to expand its team and resources to help tackle the spread of misinformation...

06-Feb-2019 New Delhi

Discussion on with government on 'bias' allegations: Twitter India

After a parliamentary panel summoned Twitter for alleged bias against "right-wing" accounts as general elections loom, the micro-blogging platform on Wednesday said it is in touch with the Indian government on the issue."Discussions with the government on...

26-Jan-2019 New Delhi

Google displays colourful doodle to mark 70th R-Day

Google on Saturday dedicated a colourful doodle marking the 70th Republic Day of India.It recreated the celebrations depicting the iconic Republic Day Parade, representing various components of the country's rich heritage, culture and history: environment,...

17-Dec-2018 Tel Aviv

Facebook blocked Netanyahu's son for anti-Muslim posts

Facebook temporarily banned Yair Netanyahu, son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for posting anti-Muslim posts, the media reported on Monday.According to a report in The Times of Israel, Yair's Facebook account was blocked for 24 hours on Sunday...

07-Dec-2018 New Delhi

Facebook tightens political ads in India ahead of 2019 polls

Facing intense scrutiny over the misuse of its platform globally during elections, Facebook has announced fresh steps to increase ad transparency and defend against foreign interference ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in India.Now anyone who wants to run...

05-Dec-2018 San Francisco

Facebook temporarily removes post on 'black people problem'

Facebook reportedly pulled down a post by a former employee who accused the social media giant of having "a black people problem", the media reported.According to a report in CNET on Tuesday, the post by Mark Luckie, former strategic partner manager for global...

03-Dec-2018 New Delhi

WhatsApp launches TV campaign in India to fight fake news

Facing flak for the misuse of its platform, WhatsApp on Monday launched its first-ever TV campaign in India as part of its efforts to address the challenge of misinformation and pernicious rumours.The popular messaging platform earlier launched two phases of...

27-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google acquires large office park in Silicon Valley for $1 bn

Google has invested $1 billion on a large office park near its headquarters in Mountain View, California, the media reported.A Google representative confirmed the $1 billion purchase price for the office park but did not comment beyond that, The Mercury News...

27-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook working on fix for bug showing old messages

With several users complaining about old messages resurfacing on their Facebook Messenger, the social networking giant said it was aware of the issue and was working on a fix, The Verge reported.The issue of old Messenger threads resurfacing automatically,...

27-Nov-2018 San Francisco

WhatsApp's Chief Business Officer Neeraj Arora quits

In yet another high-profile exit at WhatsApp, its Indian-origin Chief Business Officer Neeraj Arora has quit, saying he needs "time off to recharge and spend time with family".Arora has been with WhatsApp since 2011 -- well before the mobile messaging service's...

26-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google's new Search feature gives single result to certain queries

Google is rolling out a new feature to the Search app on mobile web, Android and iOS that would not show multiple links to a query if it could be answered by a direct result for faster search experience."For queries where we have extremely high confidence that...

24-Nov-2018 New Delhi

Facebook plans to train 5 mn Indians in digital skills by 2021

To help small businesses in India reach the global economy, Facebook is planning to train five million people with digital skills in three years, a top company executive said here on Saturday.With ten ongoing programmes, Facebook has already trained one...

23-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google to scrutinise political ads before EU polls

In the run-up to European Union (EU) elections in May 2019, Google will introduce a EU-specific Election Ads Transparency Report and searchable ad library to provide more information about who is purchasing election ads, whom they're targeted to and how...

23-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Twitter bans far-right activist for violating rules

Twitter has permanently banned far-right activist Laura Loomer for her tweet criticising Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democratic Representative-elect, and her Muslim faith.Loomer was banned for violating Twitter rules regarding "hateful conduct", Mic.com reported...

21-Nov-2018 New Delhi

WhatsApp appoints Ezetap Co-founder Abhijit Bose as India head

Under pressure from the government to build a separate corporate entity in the country, instant messaging service WhatsApp on Wednesday named Ezetap Co-founder Abhijit Bose as its India head.Bose will join WhatsApp in early 2019, the company said.He will build...

21-Nov-2018 New York

Twitter bots played 'disproportionate' role in 2016 US polls : Study

Automated accounts or "bots" played a "disproportionate" role in spreading misinformation online during the 2016 US presidential polls, revealed an analysis of 14 million messages and four lakh articles shared on Twitter.Researchers from the Indiana University...

21-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook to now track your time spent on its platform

Just days after photo-messaging app Instagram rolled out the feature to track users' time spent on the app, Facebook has now released "Your Time on Facebook" tool that counts how many minutes people spend on the app.The feature is designed to help users manage...

21-Nov-2018 New Delhi

Google News to fund new ideas for quality journalism in Asia-Pacific

Google News has launched a new innovation challenge to help scribes and publishers in the Asia-Pacific region produce quality journalism in the digital age.The Asia-Pacific Google News Initiative (GNI) Innovation Challenge will fund selected projects up to...

21-Nov-2018 San Francisco

I have no plan to step down : Mark Zuckerberg

Despite mounting pressure from investors to step down as Facebook chairman as the social media firm faces intense scrutiny on data scandals, Mark Zuckerberg has said he has no plans to retire.In an interview with CNN late on Tuesday, he said this was not the...

20-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook Messenger crashes globally

Several users in the US and Europe on Tuesday reported that Facebook Messenger was not working for them.According to DownDetector.com, a portal that tracks when outages happen in the digital world, thousands of Messenger users were unable to receive messages,...

19-Nov-2018 London

Google News may shut down in EU over 'link tax'

Google may shut down its Google News service in the European Union (EU) if a proposed "link tax" for using news stories comes into force in member countries, The Guardian reported.According to the new copyright directive, adopted by the European Parliament...

18-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook seeks to patent software to analyse who lives with you

Despite facing flak for leakage of personal data of millions of its users in recent times, Facebook is seeking to patent a software that could help it build profile of an user's household - the number of people in the household, the interests that they share,...

18-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google halts project to build glucose-sensing contact lens

Google's parent company Alphabet has put on hold a project to build glucose-sensing contact lens for people living with diabetes due to unsatisfactory results from clinical work.The aim of the project was to turn contact lens into a cutting-edge medical device...

18-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google to allow users to comment on search results

Google is planning to launch a new feature that will enable users to leave in search results comments that could be seen by others.While the feature has not yet gone live, an official Google help document has described how it would work, the Search Engine Journal...

17-Nov-2018 United Nations

YouTube comedian 'MostlySane' fights hate online but 'likes' trolls

How does one react to the torrent of hate engulfing the social media?The surprising answer of the Indian YouTube personality Prajakta Koli, herself the target of trolls, was: "Personally for me, I like them.""I don't hate them at all because they bring a...

17-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook testing feature to let you co-watch videos with friends

Facebook is testing a feature called "Watch Videos Together" on Messenger that would enable simultaneous co-viewing of videos over a group chat on different devices.A Facebook spokesperson said this is an "internal test", TechCrunch reported on Friday. The code...

16-Nov-2018 New Delhi

Steep rise in government data requests from India : Facebook report

Facebook has recorded 16,580 data requests from the Indian government in the first six months of 2018 -- a steep rise compared to a total of 22,024 requests in the full year of 2017 and 13,613 in 2016.In the January-June 2018 period, Facebook provided some data...

16-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google set to release new system update to 'Wear OS'

Google is set to release a new system update called the "H Update" to its "Wear Operating System (OS)" with features like the battery saver, body efficiency and smart app resume."In the next few months, you should soon see a system update on your device labeled...

15-Nov-2018 San Francisco

We disagree with Apple but Android use purely on merit : Facebook

Dismissing a media report that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ordered his management team to use only Android phones after his tiff with Apple CEO Tim Cook, the social media network on Thursday said the decision to use Android is because it is the most popular operating...

15-Nov-2018 Mumbai

Shah Rukh Khan, A.R. Rahman meet Twitter CEO

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Oscar-winning music composer A.R. Rahman met Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey, with Rahman calling it an "inspiring" meeting.Shah Rukh on Wednesday evening shared a photograph with Dorsey. The two are seated in a yogic position...

15-Nov-2018 San Francisco

YouTube Premium service expands to 7 new countries

YouTube Premium, the paid streaming subscription service and YouTube Music Premium is being rolled out to seven new countries, taking the services to 25 and 21 global markets, respectively.Initially launched in June and formarly known as "YouTube Red", YouTube...

14-Nov-2018 Mumbai

Priyanka Chopra joins hands with Facebook

Actress Priyanka Chopra has partnered with Facebook India for a live event called #SocialForGood to spread awareness on issues like mental health, cyber bullying and women entrepreneurship.#SocialForGood will be a four hour long live event, which will take place...

14-Nov-2018 New Delhi

Google Safety Center with 9-language support now in India

TO help users stay safe online in India, Google on Wednesday expanded its Safety Center to the country in nine languages.The center has a wide range of tools and resources, right from basic security guidelines to information on important topics like data...

14-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook blocks more accounts for malicious activities

The Facebook crackdown on accounts engaged in "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" on its platform and on Instagram continues."Combined with our takedown last Monday, we have removed 36 Facebook accounts, six Pages and 99 Instagram accounts for coordinated...

13-Nov-2018 New Delhi

Enjoy being on Twitter, PM Modi tells Jack Dorsey

After meeting Twitter CEO and Co-Founder Jack Dorsey on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he enjoys being on the platform and has made "great friends" there.Complimenting Dorsey for the passion with which he leads the company, Modi said that...

13-Nov-2018 Paris

Facebook agrees to work with French regulators on hate speech

In a first, Facebook has agreed to allow French regulators to monitor what steps the social networking giant is taking to combat hate speech, the media reported.Addressing the Internet Governance Forum held in Paris on Monday, French President Emmanuel...

13-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google probing 'malicious' attack on its internet traffic

After several users complained that they were either unable to access Google services like YouTube on Tuesday, the tech giant confirmed the root cause of this was "external" and under investigation.Internet research firm ThousandEyes, however, claimed that...

13-Nov-2018 Madrid

WhatsApp to delete all chats not saved, updated via Google Drive

The world's most popular freeware instant messaging app confirmed its prior announcement that, as of Monday, any users who have not backed up their stored data and chats on Google Drive will lose their chat histories.WhatsApp, which is owned by tech giant...

12-Nov-2018 New Delhi

Twitter India launches #PowerOf18 initiative for youth civic engagement

Voting rights emerged as the top response when asked what people would consider the power of turning 18 years old, according to a new survey from Twitter India. With this empowering insight, Twitter is launching today a social initiative called #PowerOf18 aimed...

12-Nov-2018 New Delhi

Twitter CEO meets Rahul Gandhi, discusses fake news

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Monday met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and discussed various steps the social network was taking to curb the spread of fake news and boost healthy conversation on its platform."Jack Dorsey, the Co Founder and CEO of Twitter dropped...

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