Social Media

Twitter Permanently Bans Alex Jones, Infowars, Citing Abuse

HIGHLIGHTS Last month, Twitter banned Jones and Infowars for seven days Was taken down because we were popular, said Jones On Wednesday, Jones attended a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Twitter on Thursday permanently banned US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his website Infowars from its platform and Periscope, saying in a tweet that the accounts had violated its behaviour policies. “As we continue to increase ... Read More »

Facebook Removes Burmese Translation Feature After Reuters Report

HIGHLIGHTS Reuters article showed that the translation feature was flawed Facebook a useful instrument for those spreading hate: UN investigators Some 7 lakh Rohingya have fled Myanmar Facebook has removed a feature that allowed users to translate Burmese posts and comments after a Reuters report showed the tool was producing bizarre results. A Reuters investigation published on August 15 documented how Facebook was ... Read More »

Facebook Researcher Tied to Cambridge Analytica Quits

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook declined to explain why Joseph Chancellor left the company He worked as quantitative researcher on its User Experience Research team Facebook has been under the scanner of lawmakers after the data scandal After becoming infamous for helping the controversial British political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica harvest tens of millions of Facebook users’ profiles, a psychology researcher with the social networking ... Read More »

Facebook’s Aloha AI Voice Assistant, Portal Smart Speaker Mention Spotted in Messenger App

Facebook’s smart speaker ‘Portal’ and voice assistant ‘Aloha’ have been spotted in a new leak HIGHLIGHTS Facebook’s rumoured Aloha AI assistant leaked again The new feature was found inside Facebook and Messenger Android apps It can connect to external Wi-Fi or Bluetooth devices Facebook has already been quite late in joining the voice computing revolution, but it might just be ready ... Read More »

Facebook Does Away With Over 5,000 Ad-Targetting Options to Thwart Discrimination

Facebook said Tuesday is cutting more than 5,000 ad-targeting options to prevent advertisers from discriminating based on traits such as religion or race. The shift eliminates the ability to direct Facebook ads at people based on ethnicity, beliefs, political affinity or other data that could be considered sensitive or personal. “While these options have been used in legitimate ways to reach ... Read More »

Facebook Users Seeking Cambridge Analytica Information Must Wait, US Judge Says

Facebook users who say their personal data was misused, potentially to distort the last US election, must wait to see if they can wring more information from Cambridge Analytica, the disappearing company that played a key role in the drama. The political consulting firm is winding down in both Britain, its home country, and in a New York Chapter 7 bankruptcy case. ... Read More »

Facebook Messenger Gets AR Games Feature in Video Chats

Facebook Messenger gets new ,multiplayer video AR Games feature HIGHLIGHTS Facebook has now launched AR Games in Messenger It allows users to play games while video chatting Up to six people can play these multiplayer games Facebook has copied another one of Snapchat’s features, and this time it brings augmented reality games to Messenger video chats. Facebook Messenger now has two AR games ... Read More »

Facebook Moves to Stop Sharing of 3D Gun Blueprints

Facebook on Thursday said it was moving to prevent the sharing of blueprints for 3D-printed guns on the social network, which violates its rules on regulated goods. “Sharing instructions on how to manufacture firearms using 3D printers or CNC milling machines is not allowed under our Community Standards,” a Facebook spokesman said in response to an AFP inquiry. “In line with ... Read More »

Twitter Ordered by French Court to Change ‘Smallprint’ After Privacy Case

A Paris court on Thursday ordered Twitter to change its smallprint, according to a consumer group which accused the tech giant of having “abusive” clauses in its terms and conditions. UFC-Que Choisir claimed victory in its case against the US social media platform, saying “the conviction has a gigantic scope for the protection of users’ personal data”. The consumer association had called ... Read More »

Paytm’s Tech to Power SoftBank’s Mobile Payments Service in Japan

HIGHLIGHTS New smartphone-based payment service will be named PayPay It will be a joint venture between SoftBank and Yahoo Japan PayPay is planned to launch in fall 2018 SoftBank has announced that it will leverage the technology of India-based digital payments company Paytm in a new mobile payments service it is launching. The new smartphone-based payment service, named PayPay, will be a joint ... Read More »