Social Media

Israel to Tax Foreign Companies’ Online Activities

Israel is to start collecting value added tax (VAT) and income taxes from foreign companies that do substantial business over the Internet in Israel. Under new guidelines issued by the Israel Tax Authority on Monday, foreign companies that operate websites and sell various services such as advertising and brokerage will be subject to 17 percent VAT as well as income ... Read More »

Twitter Activism Can Help Fight for Racial Justice: Study

With hashtag activism, the micro-blogging site Twitter has triggered the biggest ever push for racial justice the US has seen in decades, researchers report. With hashtags like #Ferguson, #Blacklivesmatter, and the Online Struggle for Offline Justice, the social media activism fuelled the rise of “Black Lives Matter (BLM) – a nationwide movement dedicated to ending police brutality. The study by ... Read More »

Facebook Fixes Flaw That Could’ve Let Anyone Access Your Account

Facebook has awarded a sum of $15,000 (roughly Rs. 10 lakhs) to an India-born security researcher. Anand Prakash received the bug bounty from Facebook after disclosing a vulnerability in the social juggernaut’s website that enabled an attacker to gain access to anyone’s account. Prakash discovered a vulnerability on Facebook website that allowed him to change the user account password for ... Read More »

2016 ICC World Twenty20: Twitter Unveils Trump Cards, New Emojis, and More

The International Cricket Council (ICC) and social networking site Twitter are all set to introduce a range of new interactive experiences for the ICC World Twenty20 in India. Twitter Trump Cards (#WorldT20Heroes), #AskCaptain and some new Twitter emojis are part of the new initiatives, ICC has innovated with Twitter for cricket fans to get a Trump Card of their favourite ... Read More »

2016 ICC World Twenty20: Facebook, Instagram Let You Support Your Favourite Team

To cater to cricket fans around the world, social media giant Facebook and its photo-sharing app Instagram have tied up with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to let fans support their teams competing in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 tournament. “From March 8 to April 3, 16 men’s and 10 women’s cricket teams will face each other to determine who ... Read More »

Facebook Lite Clocks 100 Million Monthly Active Users

Facebook announced Wednesday that Facebook Lite reached 100 million monthly active users less than nine months since it launched, making it the fastest-growing interface from the company to hit the milestone. Launched for emerging markets on Android devices in June 2015, Facebook Lite has a download size smaller than 1MB, and is optimised for low-bandwidth conditions. Facebook Lite now supports ... Read More »

Facebook Building Dictionary of Modern Slang, Indicates Patent

Social media giant Facebook is reportedly working on a software that will be capable of building a dictionary of slang terms used on the social networking website. The software will scan for unique words used in Facebook posts and comments, and determine if these words have a particular meaning among a small group of people, The Verge reported. According to ... Read More »

German Court Rules Against Use of Facebook ‘Like’ Button

A German court has ruled against an online shopping site’s use of Facebook’s “like” button on Wednesday, dealing a further legal blow to the world’s biggest social network in Germany. The Duesseldorf district court said that retailer Peek & Cloppenburg failed to obtain proper consent before transmitting its users’ computer identities to Facebook, violating Germany’s data protection law and giving ... Read More »

Twitter Doles Out Stock, Cash Bonus to Retain Talent: Report

Twitter Inc has been offering additional restricted stock and cash bonus to employees to prevent staff departure, the Wall Street Journal reported. Twitter granted varying amounts of restricted stock depending on when the employees started working, intending to make up for the value they lost since joining the company, WSJ reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Since the fall, ... Read More »

Facebook Will Soon Let You Turn Off All Live Video Notifications

Facebook last year rolled out its Live Video feature to celebrities, followed by a rollout to verified profiles and pages on iPhone and Android. While all this is increasing the user engagement on Live Videos, many of them are finding it annoying whenever someone goes live and an unwanted notification is sent to them. This becomes more troublesome when users ... Read More »