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The Delhi high court had earlier said it saw no merit in the petitions of Facebook and WhatsApp to interdict the investigation directed by the CCI. (Representational Image)

Privacy row: Delhi high court seeks CCI stand on Facebook, WhatsApp appeals

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 12:49 PM IST
A Delhi high court bench of chief justice D N Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh issued notice to the CCI which had ordered the probe and sought its response on the appeals of Facebook and WhatsApp by May 21, the next date of hearing.
Trump called the decision and his banning across tech platforms "a total disgrace" and said the companies would "pay a political price."(AFP)
Trump called the decision and his banning across tech platforms "a total disgrace" and said the companies would "pay a political price."(AFP)

Facebook has 6 months to determine if Donald Trump returns

Reuters | | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2021 05:50 AM IST
The much-awaited board verdict has been watched for signals on how the world's largest social media company will treat rule-breaking political leaders in the future, a key area of controversy for online platforms.
Former President Donald Trump(AP)
Former President Donald Trump(AP)

Facebook oversight board to announce decision on Trump ban on May 5

Reuters |
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2021 08:29 PM IST
  • Facebook blocked Trump's access to his Facebook and Instagram accounts over concerns of further violent unrest following the Jan. 6 storming of the US Capitol by his supporters. It later handed the case to the oversight board.
3D printed Lady Justice figure is seen in front of displayed Apple and Epic Games logos in this illustration photo taken February 17, 2021. (REUTERS)
3D printed Lady Justice figure is seen in front of displayed Apple and Epic Games logos in this illustration photo taken February 17, 2021. (REUTERS)

Apple faces grave legal threat, goes on trial over 'walled garden' app store

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 03, 2021 12:49 PM IST
Epic Games, the maker of the popular video game Fortnite, has challenged what it calls an "illegal monopoly" that Apple enjoys over its app store, which brings in billions of dollars each year while feeding more than 1.6 billion iPhones, iPads, and other devices.
Google spent the past quarter serving up more ads from retail and travel companies eager to reach consumers who are starting to spend again.(AP)
Google spent the past quarter serving up more ads from retail and travel companies eager to reach consumers who are starting to spend again.(AP)

Tech titans poised to reap long-term benefits of pandemic shifts

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 01, 2021 06:29 PM IST
  • Both Google and Facebook spoke about how the pandemic has accelerated small businesses’ shifts to the web, using their platforms for e-commerce advertising and sales.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters wear masks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they gather for a rally addressed by Modi ahead of West Bengal state elections in Kolkata.(AP)
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters wear masks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they gather for a rally addressed by Modi ahead of West Bengal state elections in Kolkata.(AP)

Facebook blocks hashtag against PM Modi by ‘mistake’, later restores it

PUBLISHED ON APR 30, 2021 02:10 AM IST
“We temporarily blocked this hashtag by mistake, not because the Indian government asked us to, and have since restored it,” a Facebook spokesperson said.
Signage in front of the Facebook Inc. headquarters in Menlo Park, California, US.(Bloomberg)
Signage in front of the Facebook Inc. headquarters in Menlo Park, California, US.(Bloomberg)

Facebook to pay $5 million to local journalists in newsletter push

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 29, 2021 09:05 PM IST
The move is part of Facebook's answer to the trend of email newsletters, led by platforms like Substack.
“I believe that augmented and virtual reality are going to enable a deeper sense of presence and social connection than any existing platform," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.(AP)
“I believe that augmented and virtual reality are going to enable a deeper sense of presence and social connection than any existing platform," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.(AP)

Facebook reports soaring quarterly ad revenue, stock jumps

AP | | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON APR 29, 2021 05:33 AM IST
CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the extra money means the company will invest more in new areas of potential growth.
Twitch's change in policy largely stemmed from the gaming industry's #MeToo moment in summer 2020(AFP)
Twitch's change in policy largely stemmed from the gaming industry's #MeToo moment in summer 2020(AFP)

As tech starts 'conduct moderation', what you do offline can get you banned

Reuters |
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2021 04:24 PM IST
  • While some groups have praised platforms for being proactive in protecting users, others criticize them for infringing on civil liberties.
People queue outside a Gucci store on via Condotti in Rome, Italy.(Reuters)
People queue outside a Gucci store on via Condotti in Rome, Italy.(Reuters)

Gucci, Facebook file joint lawsuit against alleged counterfeiter

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 27, 2021 01:50 PM IST
  • The initiative, a first of its kind for both Gucci and Facebook, is the latest example of an Internet giant joining forces with a luxury label to fight the proliferation of counterfeit goods being sold via social media.
WhatsApp and Facebook have challenged the CCI's March 24 order directing a probe into the new privacy policy.(Reuters File Photo )
WhatsApp and Facebook have challenged the CCI's March 24 order directing a probe into the new privacy policy.(Reuters File Photo )

HC verdict likely on Thursday on WhatsApp, Facebook pleas against CCI order

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 21, 2021 01:29 PM IST
CCI had argued before the court that the new privacy policy of WhatsApp would lead to excessive data collection and "stalking" of consumers for targeted advertising.
The cyber intelligence company has discovered about 1,000 fake Facebook accounts distributing links to an allegedly updated version of Facebook Messenger.(AP File Photo)
The cyber intelligence company has discovered about 1,000 fake Facebook accounts distributing links to an allegedly updated version of Facebook Messenger.(AP File Photo)

Facebook Messenger users hit by scammers in over 80 countries: Report

ANI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2021 07:07 PM IST
  • According to the intelligence company, scammers used official Facebook logos and shortened link names that resembled the real ones.
The Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile phone.(Reuters)
The Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile phone.(Reuters)

Facebook takes on Clubhouse, unveils upcoming audio products

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2021 03:06 PM IST
  • Facebook's incursion into the audio market comes as the sudden explosion of interest in Clubhouse, an audio app where billionaires and celebrities including Tesla CEO Elon Musk have popped in to chat, could be waning.
Facebook is building a series of new audio-focused products, including virtual rooms where users can host live discussions, and a feature called “soundbites”.(Reuters)
Facebook is building a series of new audio-focused products, including virtual rooms where users can host live discussions, and a feature called “soundbites”.(Reuters)

FB pushes into audio to compete with Twitter, Clubhouse

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2021 07:50 AM IST
Facebook will also create a podcasting feature so users can download and listen to podcasts directly from the main app, which will give the company a chance to compete with existing players like Apple Inc.
CleanMax will own and operate the projects, while Facebook will buy the power off the grid using environmental attribute certificates. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
CleanMax will own and operate the projects, while Facebook will buy the power off the grid using environmental attribute certificates. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Facebook signs 1st deal to buy renewable energy from wind power project in India

Reuters | , Singapore
PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2021 12:43 PM IST
Facebook's head of renewable energy, Urvi Parekh, told Reuters the company typically doesn't own the power plants but instead signs "long-term" electricity purchasing agreements with the renewable power company.
Facebook, which owns Instagram, says it's going to test out an option for users to hide those “like” counts.(REUTERS)
Facebook, which owns Instagram, says it's going to test out an option for users to hide those “like” counts.(REUTERS)

Users could soon hide 'like' counts on Instagram, Facebook

AP |
PUBLISHED ON APR 14, 2021 09:49 PM IST
  • Instagram will soon allow a small group of random users to decide whether or not they want to see the number of likes their posts and those of others receive.
The thumbs up logo outside of the Facebook Inc. headquarters in Menlo Park, California, U.S., on Saturday, April 10, 2021. (Bloomberg)
The thumbs up logo outside of the Facebook Inc. headquarters in Menlo Park, California, U.S., on Saturday, April 10, 2021. (Bloomberg)

Climate lies are Facebook’s new target in the misinformation war

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2021 03:46 PM IST
The social-media platform has rules against global warming denial but experts say they aren’t working.
The entrance sign to Facebook headquarters is seen in Menlo Park, California (Reuters / File Photo)
The entrance sign to Facebook headquarters is seen in Menlo Park, California (Reuters / File Photo)

Facebook to convert its Menlo Park headquarters into Covid-19 vaccination site

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2021 07:45 PM IST
Covid-19 vaccination: Facebook is teaming up with the Ravenswood Family Health Centre, the State of California and local nonprofits to support mobile vaccination clinics in the some of the hardest hit regions in the US
The finding strengthens the argument that Facebook's algorithms may be in violation of U.S. anti-discrimination laws, it added. (Reuters)
The finding strengthens the argument that Facebook's algorithms may be in violation of U.S. anti-discrimination laws, it added. (Reuters)

Study finds disproportionate 'gender bias' behind Facebook's job ads

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2021 05:43 PM IST
"Facebook's ad delivery can result in skew of job ad delivery by gender beyond what can be legally justified by possible differences in qualifications," the study said.
CMA began a crackdown on false reviews from 2019 when it first asked Facebook and e-commerce platform eBay Inc to check their websites after it found evidence of a growing marketplace for misleading customer reviews on the platforms.(AFP)
CMA began a crackdown on false reviews from 2019 when it first asked Facebook and e-commerce platform eBay Inc to check their websites after it found evidence of a growing marketplace for misleading customer reviews on the platforms.(AFP)

Facebook bans 16k accounts for trading fake reviews

Reuters | | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2021 04:16 PM IST
This is the second time UK's competition watchdog Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) cracked down on false reviews.
Facebook suffered its second outage in less than a month as an outage was reported on March 19th which took the sites offline for several hours.(Reuters)
Facebook suffered its second outage in less than a month as an outage was reported on March 19th which took the sites offline for several hours.(Reuters)

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp suffer brief outage, second in a month

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2021 12:04 PM IST
  • Earlier on Thursday, outage tracking website Downdetector.com showed that more than 154,100 reports of outage on Facebook were recorded. Instagram reported 80,200 such outages and Whatsapp reported 1,300 outages according to the tracking website.
Facebook spokesperson said a configuration change caused Facebook services to be unavailable.(Reuters file photo)
Facebook spokesperson said a configuration change caused Facebook services to be unavailable.(Reuters file photo)

Facebook services back up for thousands of users after outage

Reuters |
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2021 05:09 AM IST
More than 154,100 outage reports on Facebook, 80,200 on Instagram and 1,300 on Whatsapp were reported on an outage tracking website.
The Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile phone.(Reuters)
The Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile phone.(Reuters)

Facebook removes accounts tied to Iranian exile group

AP |
PUBLISHED ON APR 07, 2021 07:54 AM IST
  • Facebook determined the accounts were being run from a single location in Albania by a group of individuals working on behalf of MEK.
Facebook said it identified the issue at the time and modified the tool.(Reuters)
Facebook said it identified the issue at the time and modified the tool.(Reuters)

Facebook says data on 530 million users 'scraped' before September 2019

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 07, 2021 07:48 AM IST
Facebook said "malicious actors" had obtained the data prior to September 2019 by "scraping" profiles using a vulnerability in the social media service's tool to sync contacts.
BJP national president JP Nadda on Friday hit out at the Congress party over its alliance with the Left parties in the assembly elections. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
BJP national president JP Nadda on Friday hit out at the Congress party over its alliance with the Left parties in the assembly elections. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)

News updates from HT: JP Nadda hits out at Congress over poll alliance

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 02, 2021 04:54 PM IST
  • Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
The lawsuit accused Facebook of violating the TCPA's restriction on using an automatic telephone dialing system.(REUTERS)
The lawsuit accused Facebook of violating the TCPA's restriction on using an automatic telephone dialing system.(REUTERS)

US Supreme Court bars suit against Facebook under anti-robocall law

Reuters | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON APR 01, 2021 08:18 PM IST
The court ruled that Facebook's actions did not fit within the definition of the type of conduct barred by the law, which was enacted before the rise of modern cellphone technology.
Facebook had said that Giphy's integrations with other social platforms like Twitter Snapchat and ByteDance's TikTok would not change.(AP)
Facebook had said that Giphy's integrations with other social platforms like Twitter Snapchat and ByteDance's TikTok would not change.(AP)

UK refers Facebook acquisition of Giphy for in-depth probe

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 01, 2021 06:18 PM IST
The world's largest social media company bought Giphy in May last year to integrate it with its rapidly growing photo-sharing app, Instagram.
Facebook said that the control option is aimed at helping users feel safe and engage in more meaningful conversations with their community.(AFP)
Facebook said that the control option is aimed at helping users feel safe and engage in more meaningful conversations with their community.(AFP)

Facebook introduces new tool to let users, pages turn off comment

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON MAR 31, 2021 10:19 PM IST
  • Facebook will also offer a Feed Filter Bar that would allow users to switch between an algorithmically-ranked News Feed and a feed sorted chronologically.
A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard.(Reuters)
A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard.(Reuters)

Facebook, Google plan new undersea cables to connect Southeast Asia and America

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 29, 2021 06:31 PM IST
"Named Echo and Bifrost, those will be the first two cables to go through a new diverse route crossing the Java Sea and they will increase overall subsea capacity in the trans-pacific by about 70%," Facebook Vice President of Network Investments, Kevin Salvadori, told Reuters.
A Facebook France spokesman said he could not immediately comment on the RSF initiative.(AP)
A Facebook France spokesman said he could not immediately comment on the RSF initiative.(AP)

Reporters without Borders sues Facebook over disinformation, hate speech

Reuters | , Paris
PUBLISHED ON MAR 23, 2021 04:40 PM IST
RSF said that a court ruling against Facebook in France had the potential to have a global impact and that it was considering filing similar lawsuits in other countries.
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