Social Media

Poles Launch Facebook Campaign in Court Reform Battle

Tens of thousands of Poles took to Facebook Thursday to support the country’s top court in a constitutional battle against the right-wing government. The EU country has been mired in crisis over a government bid to change how the Constitutional Court reaches its decisions, in a move that has sparked outrage at home and abroad. A new law raised the ... Read More »

Facebook, Google, WhatsApp Looking to Fortify User Data Security: Report

As Apple battles the US government over encryption to unlock an iPhone used by an attacker in a mass shooting in San Bernadino last year, top US companies Google, Facebook and Snapchat are expanding encryption of user data in their services, media reported. According to The Guardian, while WhatsApp is set to roll out encryption for its voice calls in ... Read More »

Ivory Coast Attack: Facebook Slammed for Safety Check ‘Failure’

In the latest controversy over the implementation of its Safety Check tool, users are questioning social media giant Facebook why it failed to turn on the feature after an attack in Cote d’Ivoire on March 14. Built in the wake of the 2011 tsunami in Japan, the Safety Check location tool allows users to “check-in” and assure their contacts that ... Read More »

Twitter, Election Commission Partner on Awareness Campaign in Tamil Nadu

Popular social media platform Twitter will collaborate with Election Commission of India in its awareness campaign on striving for 100 percent voting for the May 16 Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Rajesh Lakhoni held discussions with Raheel Khursheed, Head, News, Politics and Government at Twitter India in Chennai. Later, speaking to reporters, Khurhseed said ... Read More »

ICC World Cup 2016: Facebook’s Profile Frames Feature Sees India, Pakistan Fans Unite

The cricket fever is raging in India and Pakistan as both the countries are set to compete in the ongoing 2016 ICC World Twenty20 on Saturday. Ahead of the cricket match, a brand new feature from Facebookis aimed at engaging fans of the teams of both countries. The new Facebook profile frames feature lets users modify their profile picture to ... Read More »

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Meets Propaganda Czar in China Charm Drive

Facebook’s co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg met China’s propaganda tsar Liu Yunshan in Beijing on Saturday as part of a charm offensive in one of the few markets where the social network cannot be accessed. The rare meeting, reported by China’s state news agency Xinhua, suggests warming relations between Facebook and the Chinese government, even as Beijing steps up censorship ... Read More »

Twitter on Its 10th Birthday Confirms 140-Character Limit to Stay

With 320 million users including celebrities such as Harry Styles, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber on its platform, the micro-blogging site Twitter on Monday wrote a 140-character thank you note to its users as it celebrated its 10th anniversary. Twitter users are creating 500 million tweets per day and 200 billion tweets every year. “On March 21, ten years ago, ... Read More »

Apple CEO Tim Cook Congratulates Twitter on Site’s 10th Birthday

Apple CEO Tim Cook is far from a regular user of Twitter, having racked up just three tweets this month and a total of 226 since joining the micro-blogging service back in July 2013. But despite the burden of the upcoming iPhone event and the ongoing Apple vs FBI battle over encryption, Cook took to the site to congratulate the ... Read More »

Microsoft Pulls the Plug on Its AI Chatbot Because Twitter Users Turned It Into a Giant Troll

Tay, Microsoft Corp’s so-called chatbot that uses artificial intelligence to engage with millennials on Twitter, lasted less than a day before it was hobbled by a barrage of racist and sexist comments by Twitter users that it parroted back to them. TayTweets (@TayandYou), which began tweeting on Wednesday, was designed to become “smarter” as more users interacted with it, according ... Read More »

Journalist Arrested Over ‘Inflammatory’ WhatsApp Message

An Indian newspaper journalist has been arrested after allegedly posting an “inflammatory” message on social media, police said Thursday. Prabhat Singh had criticised police in a WhatsApp post about the situation in Bastar region of eastern Chhattisgarh state, where rights groups say journalists are facing official harassment from security forces. Last year two journalists in the region were arrested under ... Read More »