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Facebook Down: Mark Zuckerberg loses nearly $6 billion due to outage

Facebook’s share price walloped by outage, stripping billions out of company CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s personal fortune. Business publication Forbes reported that Zuckerberg has lost US$5.9 billion off the back of the global outage of Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp. This still leaves Zuckerberg with a cool fortune of around US$117 billion. The company’s share price slipped […]

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Tech World

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram suffer six hour global outage over ‘faulty configuration’

Social media services Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram suffered an outage that lasted for at least six hours on Monday, Facebook said. The company says the cause was a faulty configuration change. All three services are owned by Facebook and could not be accessed over the web or on smartphone apps. Downdetector, which tracks outages, said […]

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Ireland fines Facebook’s messaging service Whatsapp $267 million for breaching EU privacy rules

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission on Thursday fined Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp a record $267 million. The privacy watchdog increased an existing fine for breaking data protection law after European regulators complained it had been too lenient. Ireland is the home of the regional headquarters of major tech players — including Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter. […]

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Ethiopia is developing local rival Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp for better monitoring of its population

Ethiopia has begun developing its own social media platform to rival Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, though it does not plan to block the global services, the state communications security agency said. Ethiopia has been engulfed since last year in an armed conflict pitting the federal government against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls […]

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Google, Apple’s data shadowban to severely impact Facebook’s income

Facebook earned $28 billion in revenue through advertisements for the second quarter of this year and its global ad revenue during the pandemic year totaled to $84.2 billion. This would mean that the social media giant earned at least $32 on an average from every user all over the world in 2020. Facebook witnessed a […]

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India Tech World

India: WhatsApp blocks over two million accounts for violating limit of forwarding messages

WhatsApp has said it blocked over two million accounts in India in May and June for violating rules. The service said 95% of these users were blocked for violating the limits of the number of times messages can be forwarded in India. The submissions were made by WhatsApp in its first monthly compliance report under […]

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Facebook reaches $1 trillion valuation after federal court dismisses anti-trust lawsuits

A federal court in the state of Colombia dismissed two separate anti-trust lawsuits filed against Facebook. Judge James Boasberg ruled that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s anti-trust complaint against the social networking giant was too vague. Another separate anti-competition lawsuit filed by a coalition of states was thrown out because the alleged violations occurred too […]

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India Tech World

WhatsApp is suing the Indian government to protect privacy rights of users in India

WhatsApp is suing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration over new digital rules that will force the messaging service to violate privacy protections. It said rules that require tracing the origin of chats were the equivalent of keeping a “fingerprint of every single message sent on the service”. In February, the Mr Modi’s government introduced new […]

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London woman and her kids drink their own piss to cure Covid19 after getting fake WhatsApp forward

A woman following a bizarre fake WhatsApp forward that claimed to cure coronavirus drank her own urine for four straight days along with her children. The woman, a resident of London, drank her own urine after she watched a dubious video she received in a WhatsApp forward from her friend. According to reports, the woman […]

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Tech

WhatsApp delays data-sharing changes following mass exodus

WhatsApp on Friday postponed a data-sharing change as users concerned about privacy fled the Facebook-owned messaging service and flocked to rivals Telegram and Signal. The smartphone app, a huge hit across the world, canceled its February 8 deadline for accepting an update to its terms concerning sharing data with Facebook, saying it would use the […]

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Tech

Facebook might be forced to SELL Instagram and WhatsApp

The United States Federal Trade Commission and nearly every US state sued Facebook Inc on Wednesday, saying it violated antitrust law and should potentially be broken up. With the filing of the twin lawsuits, Facebook becomes the second big tech company to face a major legal challenge this fall. The FTC said in a statement […]

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Facebook owned WhatsApp launches WhatsApp Pay for Indian users

Facebook owned WhatsApp announced WhatsApp Pay’s availability in India from Friday. WhatsApp in its blog has mentioned that it wants to make money transferring as easy as sending messages on the app. India currently has many payment apps including Paytm, PhonePe, Google Pay among others. Announcing the new feature, WhatsApp said in a blog, “Starting […]