Social Media

WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger May Still Put User Information at Risk, Claims Study

HIGHLIGHTS Apps like Messenger, Whatsapp are leaving themselves exposed to hacking Users are unaware of security options like authentication ceremony Important to identify message recipient before sending out sensitive info Do you know that despite the end-to-end encryption provided by popular messaging platforms like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Viber, your sensitive information is vulnerable to hacking? A research report has highlighted the importance ... Read More »

How social media has become an effective tool for telcos to poach customers and is enticing job-seekers

Telcos are ready to pay big bucks to social media analysts. A tweet from Amitabh Bachchan this January addressing his telecom service provider for help had a rival chiming in offering its services. When Vijay Shekhar Sharma, the poster boy of the cashless economy, mentioned the additional data he got from his operator, a competitor jumped in with a better ... Read More »

Facebook, Google, Others Are Part of Wednesday’s Net Neutrality ‘Day of Action’ Protests

Visitors to Facebook, Google, Netflix and dozens of other websites will likely be greeted Wednesday by a special message about the future of the Internet, as part of a broad campaign by the companies to stop what they say is a threat to the Web as most consumers know it. In dispute are a set of federal regulations saying that Internet providers should not slow down, ... Read More »

WhatsApp Finds New Uses in Conflict Zones

These days, the word on the street in war-torn Syria is that hospitals are best avoided – even if you’re injured. “Sometimes we hear that people feel the home is safer than the hospital,” said Mohamed Elamein, an information officer at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Gaziantep, Turkey, close to the Syrian border. Communities often oppose plans to build ... Read More »

Almost half the world is now on social media, according to new report

There are now over 3 billion (!!!) people logging onto social media accounts around the world, meaning that almost half of the world’s population spends at least part of their day updating their status or story. A new report compiled by Hootsuite and We Are Social and published by The Next Web found that there are 3.028 billion active social media users around the world. That’s ... Read More »

Should elected officials block people on social media?

Rick Calvert wants his congressman’s attention. So the Murrieta resident used Facebook and Twitter to send messages to Murrieta’s congressman, Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona – no relation. A self-described “lifelong liberal,” Rick Calvert also has produced online videos for Indivisible 42, a grassroots group critical of the conservative congressman. One day, Rick Calvert found himself blocked from viewing Ken Calvert’s ... Read More »

Man Arrested For Social Media Message On Braid Cutting Gang

LAKHIMPUR KHIRI, UTTAR PRADESH: A man has been arrested on the charge of spreading a false rumour on social media about braid cutting incidents, police said today. The development comes amid a string of complaints of braid chopping, which has led to panic and fear in some areas of UP and other neighbouring states. The message allegedly sent by a ... Read More »

WhatsApp Tests Facebook-Style Coloured Text Status Feature: Report

HIGHLIGHTS WhatsApp is now testing coloured text status feature The feature was spotted in Android beta v2.17.291 This feature was first introduced in Facebook last year Late last year, Facebook started rolling out coloured statuses on its Android app that allowed users to write their status update with a colourful background, font, and emoji combination. Now, the same feature has been spotted ... Read More »

Facebook Reports Modest Growth of Women Employees

Globally, the number of women working at Facebookhas risen to 35 percent, up from 33 percent in 2016 while their number in the technical department has risen by two per cent in the past year to 19 percent, the company said. According to a Facebook blog post on Wednesday, women now make up 27 percent of all new graduate hires in engineering and ... Read More »

Facebook Acquires AI Assistant Startup Ozlo to Make Messenger Smarter

HIGHLIGHTS Ozlo specialises in understanding text-based conversations The startup has raised $14 million from a number of investors It has 30 employees, majority of which will be joining Messenger To build out a more elaborate personal assistant for the Messenger users, Facebook has acquired an artificial intelligence (AI) startup Ozlo that specialises in understanding text-based conversations. The four-year-old startup claims that its virtual assistants can understand ... Read More »