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Instagram comes under scanner for making email addresses and phone numbers of minors public

Facebook owned Instagram has come under scanner by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) over the social media giant’s handling of children’s personal data on its websites. The DPC, the main data privacy regulator in the European Union, received complaints from individuals and had identified “potential concerns” in relation to the processing of children’s personal data […]

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Man puts himself for sale on Facebook to someone to attend weddings with

A 30-year-old UK man from Northamptonshire put himself on sale in an advertisement on Facebook after he had no luck with dating apps for ten long years. A lorry driver by profession, Alan Ian Clayton came up with the unique idea to search for a partner after disappointment with traditional ways. In the ‘Items for […]

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Your Facebook usage is inversely proportional to your happiness, study finds

The use of Facebook is inversely proportional to your happiness and use of the social media platform has negative impact on your well-being, a study has found. The study was carried out over a span of two years. While previous studies found links between happiness and social media use, they have had limited or unrepresentative […]

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Celebrities and brands pause Instagram accounts in Stop Hate for Profit campaign

The charity Stop Hate for Profit is asking Instagram users to join a 24-hour social media “freeze” on Wednesday, during which they put up a message about Facebook Group’s “repeated failures to address hate speech and election disinformation on their platforms.” In July brands including Adidas, Birchbox, Dockers and French Connection US paused their advertising […]

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India

Facebook bans Modi’s party member for violating hate speech rules

Facebook banned a legislature belonging to the ruling BJP party in India for violating policy on content promoting hate and violence. Facebook’s action against T Raja Singh, a BJP leader from Telangana comes as it faces growing political pressure for seeding extremist content on its platform. “We have banned Raja Singh from Facebook for violating […]

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Facebook and Twitter ban Russian accounts for interfering US elections

Facebook and Twitter suspend accounts and pages close to the Russian government who are accused of interfering with the 2016 US elections. Facebook has dismantled a small network of accounts and pages that were part of a Russian influence operation. The company said the campaign was linked to Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA), an organisation […]

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World

Facebook blocks access to group critical of Thai monarchy

Facebook has blocked a million-member group discussing the Thailand Monarchy, after the Thai government threatened legal action. Thailand is seeing a wave of anti-government protests which have included unprecedented calls for reforms to the monarchy. Criticism of the monarchy is illegal in Thailand. Access from within Thailand to the “Royalist Marketplace” group was blocked on […]

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Instagram launches ‘Suggested Posts’ to keep users scrolling forever

Instagram is enhancing its content on the home page so that users never get bored while scrolling infinitely. Facebook owned platform announced the ‘Suggested Posts’ at the bottom of the field after users have viewed all recent posts for the accounts that they follow. When you see the notification that “you’re all caught up,” you’ll […]

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Small boutique owner survived coronavirus by live streaming fashion shows on Facebook

When the coronavirus pandemic exploded in countries many businesses were forced to shut down overnight, owners were seen scrambling to keep themselves afloat. Virginia Sharp, owner of Daemarii’s Unique Boutique in Macon, Georgia, was one of them. But instead of surrendering to the circumstances, she came up with an innovative way to reach customers. The […]

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India Tech

Facebook ignored hate posts for business prospects: WSJ report

Facebook ignored hate speech policy to allow anti-Muslim posts on its platform to avoid ruining its relationship with India’s governing party, a Wall Street Journal report has said. The report published on Friday claimed top Facebook executive in India refused to apply the company’s hate speech rules to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politicians and other […]

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3 dead, several injured in violence over blasphemous Facebook post in India’s Bengaluru

Three people died in the south Indian city of Bengaluru after police fired on crowds protesting against an allegedly blasphemous Facebook post. Large crowds gathered at outside the house of a local politician whose relative was accused of making an “offensive” Facebook post about the Prophet Muhammad, which local media say has since been deleted. […]

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World

Australian government unveils draft bill that’ll force Google and Facebook to pay news outlets

The Australian government unveiled a plan to force tech giants such as Google and Facebook to pay news outlets for their content. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission draft allows news companies to negotiate as a bloc with tech giants for content which appears in their news feeds and search results. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the “world-leading” […]