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Facebook says Pak hackers targeted Afghan users amid govt collapse: Report

Major online platforms and email providers including Facebook, Twitter Inc, Alphabet Inc's Google, and Microsoft Corp's LinkedIn have said they took steps to lock down Afghan users' accounts during the Taliban's swift takeover of the country this past summer.
Facebook logo (File Photo / AFP)
Facebook logo (File Photo / AFP)
Published on Nov 16, 2021 07:48 PM IST
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Mark Zuckerberg reacts to Iceland tourism’s ‘Icelandverse’ ad inspired by Meta

Mark Zuckerberg posted humour-laced reply to Iceland tourism’s ‘Icelandverse’ ad.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a live-streamed virtual and augmented reality conference to announce the rebrand of Facebook as Meta. (Reuters Photo)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a live-streamed virtual and augmented reality conference to announce the rebrand of Facebook as Meta. (Reuters Photo)
Published on Nov 15, 2021 06:29 PM IST
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Congress writes to Mark Zuckerberg, seeks internal inquiry on ‘fake news’

“The atmosphere of propagating false news and hatred under Facebook India's patronage is becoming extremely dangerous and Facebook is becoming irresponsible,” Rohan Gupta, social media head of the All India Congress Committee (AICC), wrote in his letter to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.(AFP)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.(AFP)
Published on Nov 13, 2021 03:41 PM IST
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Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Indian-American man hires woman to slap him every time he uses Facebook

  • Maneesh Sethi’s peculiar act was advertised in Craigslist back in 2012 and has started doing the rounds on social media nine years later after Tesla CEO Elon Musk reacted to it
Maneesh Sethi had credited Kara with helping him up his productivity rate by slapping him every time he got distracted. (Twitter)
Maneesh Sethi had credited Kara with helping him up his productivity rate by slapping him every time he got distracted. (Twitter)
Published on Nov 11, 2021 10:38 PM IST
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Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Facebook's work app Workplace to integrate with Microsoft Teams: Report

  • Workplace, which the Silicon Valley company uses as its internal messaging board, was launched outside of the company five years ago
Facebook's work app Workplace to integrate with Microsoft Teams: Report (Representational image)
Facebook's work app Workplace to integrate with Microsoft Teams: Report (Representational image)
Updated on Nov 10, 2021 09:54 PM IST
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Facebook to charge 2% fee from UK sellers using Marketplace. Details here

The move came after Facebook had launched a delivery service last month in the UK in partnership with Hermes. The service is currently free to use.
The delivery service is intended to give buyers more choice while using Marketplace and it will also enable the sellers to reach more customers.(Reuters File Photo)
The delivery service is intended to give buyers more choice while using Marketplace and it will also enable the sellers to reach more customers.(Reuters File Photo)
Published on Nov 06, 2021 03:53 PM IST
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Facebook ‘knew what it was doing’: Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt

Facebook, now known as Meta Platforms Inc., “went a little too far on the revenue side and not enough on the judgment side,” Schmidt said.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (File Photo)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (File Photo)
Published on Nov 05, 2021 08:54 AM IST
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Facebook to shut down its facial recognition system

In a statement, parent company Meta said that over a third of Facebook's daily active users have opted in to its facial recognition setting.
Facebook last week changed its name to Meta Platforms Inc to reflect its focus on building the
Facebook last week changed its name to Meta Platforms Inc to reflect its focus on building the "metaverse". (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 03, 2021 12:15 AM IST
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Facebook's ‘metaverse’ can take up to 15 yrs, says senior executive 

  • Facebook Inc's head of global affairs, Nick Clegg, who said it could take up to 15 years for the metaverse to come to fruition, said there would be time for the company to build in safety and privacy protections.
Facebook last week changed its name to Meta Platforms Inc to reflect its focus on building the
Facebook last week changed its name to Meta Platforms Inc to reflect its focus on building the "metaverse"(Bloomberg)
Updated on Nov 02, 2021 10:21 PM IST
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‘Step down and allow change’: Facebook whistleblower urges Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook would be stronger with someone who was willing to focus on safety, Frances Haugen said on Monday at a tech fest in Lisbon.
Former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen testifies during a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing, in Washington, U.S., October 5, 2021. Drew Angerer/Pool via REUTERS
Former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen testifies during a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing, in Washington, U.S., October 5, 2021. Drew Angerer/Pool via REUTERS
Published on Nov 02, 2021 07:44 AM IST
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Facebook rebranding: WhatsApp, Instagram now show 'from Meta' for beta users

  • Facebook, which was rebranded as 'Meta' last week, has started updating the name on its platforms, including Instagram and WhatsApp for beta users.
 Meta, the new name for the company formerly known as Facebook,(REUTERS)
 Meta, the new name for the company formerly known as Facebook,(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 01, 2021 04:16 PM IST
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Taslima Nasreen alleges her Facebook account banned for a week

Taslima Nasreen has been banned by Facebook from using her account before as well. Nasreen alleged on March 16 this year that Facebook barred her from using the platform for 24 hours.
Taslima Nasreen has alleged her Facebook account has been banned. (HT File Photo)
Taslima Nasreen has alleged her Facebook account has been banned. (HT File Photo)
Published on Nov 01, 2021 11:04 AM IST
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Amazon’s Diwali ad on unsung Covid heroes leaves people emotional. Watch

Diwali 2021: Amazon’s ad has gathered more than 9.6 million views till now.
Diwali 2021: The image is taken from the viral video by Amazon.(Facebooko/@Amazon.in)
Diwali 2021: The image is taken from the viral video by Amazon.(Facebooko/@Amazon.in)
Published on Oct 31, 2021 02:00 PM IST
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Peace panel summons Facebook reps for Nov 2 hearing on Delhi riots

  • The notice, a copy of which HT has seen, added that the failure in complying with the notice could lead to proceedings for breach of contempt/privilege of the assembly.
The panel is headed by Rajendra Nagar MLA and senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Raghav Chadha. (ANI Photo)
The panel is headed by Rajendra Nagar MLA and senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Raghav Chadha. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Oct 30, 2021 04:39 AM IST
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Why Facebook changed name to Meta amid multiple controversies

Why Facebook rebranded itself to Meta
Why Facebook rebranded itself to Meta
Published on Oct 29, 2021 09:41 AM IST
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Facebook rebrands to Meta. What has changed, what hasn’t

Zuckerberg said the new name reflected its work investing in the metaverse, rather than its namesake social media service.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a live-streamed virtual and augmented reality conference to announce the rebrand of Facebook as Meta. (Reuters Photo)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a live-streamed virtual and augmented reality conference to announce the rebrand of Facebook as Meta. (Reuters Photo)
Updated on Oct 29, 2021 11:47 AM IST
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Leaked photo shows Meta's rumoured smartwatch with front-facing camera

The smartwatch being developed by Meta Platforms Inc., formerly known as Facebook Inc., may be launched in 2022 and will have a front-facing camera, unlike the Apple smartwatch.
A man stands in front of a sign of Meta, the new name for the company formerly known as Facebook,(REUTERS)
A man stands in front of a sign of Meta, the new name for the company formerly known as Facebook,(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 29, 2021 12:11 PM IST
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Facebook to be called Meta in nod to its 'metaverse' vision

  • The tech giant said the change would bring together its different apps and technologies under one new brand. It said it would not change its corporate structure.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the new name reflects that over time, users will not need to use Facebook to use the company's other services.(Bloomberg)
CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the new name reflects that over time, users will not need to use Facebook to use the company's other services.(Bloomberg)
Updated on Oct 29, 2021 12:28 PM IST
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UK lawmakers to grill Facebook, Google, Twitter, and TikTok over online safety

Representatives from Facebook, Google, Twitter, and TikTok will be questioned by members of a parliamentary committee scrutinising the British government's draft online safety legislation.
The UK's online safety bill calls for a regulator to ensure tech companies comply with rules requiring them to remove dangerous or harmful content (File Photo / Reuters)
The UK's online safety bill calls for a regulator to ensure tech companies comply with rules requiring them to remove dangerous or harmful content (File Photo / Reuters)
Published on Oct 28, 2021 01:53 PM IST
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Facebook removes Jair Bolsonaro video linking Covid-19 shots to AIDS

  • Facebook removed the offending video, while YouTube went further, suspending the far-right leader for one week in addition to blocking the clip.
Facebook, which took down the comments late Sunday or early Monday, has removed Bolsonaro posts in the past.
Facebook, which took down the comments late Sunday or early Monday, has removed Bolsonaro posts in the past.
Published on Oct 26, 2021 07:40 AM IST
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Facebook invests billions in metaverse efforts as ad business slows

Chief Financial Officer David Wehner also said Facebook expected its investment in its hardware division, Facebook Reality Labs, to reduce overall operating profit in 2021 by approximately $10 billion.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.(Bloomberg)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.(Bloomberg)
Published on Oct 26, 2021 03:30 AM IST
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‘FB algorithms designed to push divisive content’

  • Haugen, a former product manager on Facebook’s civic misinformation team, was appearing before a parliamentary select committee in Britain that is examining plans to regulate social media companies.
She said the algorithms pushed users towards the extreme.(AFP)
She said the algorithms pushed users towards the extreme.(AFP)
Published on Oct 26, 2021 01:23 AM IST
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Video of these four ducklings taking a flower bath in a pool will make your day

The tiny yellow balls of fuzz happily soak their feathers and beak into the water as they swim and play.
The four very adorable ducklings enjoy paddling around inside a little pool of crystal clear water.(Facebook/@MotherTheMountainFarm)
The four very adorable ducklings enjoy paddling around inside a little pool of crystal clear water.(Facebook/@MotherTheMountainFarm)
Published on Oct 25, 2021 02:48 PM IST
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Facebook struggles with hate speech, celebrations of violence in India: Report

“Internal documents show a struggle with misinformation, hate speech and celebrations of violence in India, Facebook’s biggest market,” the US report said.
The documents also detail how a plan “championed” by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to focus on “meaningful social interactions” was leading to more misinformation in India, particularly during the pandemic.
The documents also detail how a plan “championed” by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to focus on “meaningful social interactions” was leading to more misinformation in India, particularly during the pandemic.
Updated on Oct 25, 2021 04:29 AM IST
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Facebook assesses country risks for decisions on content removal

The factors used for such evaluations include social tensions and civic participation, as well as how the use of its social media tools affect that country, it said, citing elections in Myanmar, Ethiopia, India and Mexico as recent examples.
Facebook is also hoping that the strategy might shed light on a current problem, such as crime, elections, violence and Covid-19 transmission and vaccination rates, it added.(AP)
Facebook is also hoping that the strategy might shed light on a current problem, such as crime, elections, violence and Covid-19 transmission and vaccination rates, it added.(AP)
Updated on Oct 24, 2021 04:56 AM IST
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New whistleblower, more leaks add to FB’s troubles

  • The unnamed new whistleblower filed a complaint with US financial regulator Securities and Exchange Commission that could add to the company’s woes, said a Washington Post report.
The second whistleblower signed the complaint on October 13, a week after Haugen’s scathing testimony before a Senate panel, according to the report.(Reuters)
The second whistleblower signed the complaint on October 13, a week after Haugen’s scathing testimony before a Senate panel, according to the report.(Reuters)
Published on Oct 24, 2021 01:38 AM IST
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Another whistleblower accuses Facebook of wrongdoing: Report

  • The unnamed new whistleblower filed a complaint with US financial regulator Securities and Exchange Commission that could add to the company's woes, said a Washington Post report.
Facebook has faced previous firestorms of controversy, but that has not translated into substantial new US legislation to regulate social media.(File Photo / REUTERS)
Facebook has faced previous firestorms of controversy, but that has not translated into substantial new US legislation to regulate social media.(File Photo / REUTERS)
Published on Oct 23, 2021 03:58 AM IST
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Twitter says its algorithm amplifies right wing political content

This comes a week after a whistle-blower singled out Facebook’s engagement-based algorithm as a crucial source of hate speech and fake news.
Experts have recently called on companies such as Twitter and Facebook to share access with academic researchers to get to the bottom of harms their technologies may be causing.
Experts have recently called on companies such as Twitter and Facebook to share access with academic researchers to get to the bottom of harms their technologies may be causing.
Updated on Oct 23, 2021 04:28 AM IST
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WhatsApp, FB must abide by law: Centre tells HC in affidavit

The Centre said companies like WhatsApp, which are foreign commercial entities, do not have a place of business in India and are engaged in the business of propagating information created by its platform users
WhatsApp was among the first big companies to challenge Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 saying its section 4(2) would amount to a “dangerous invasion of privacy” and defeat a concept known as end-to-end encryption (AFP)
WhatsApp was among the first big companies to challenge Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 saying its section 4(2) would amount to a “dangerous invasion of privacy” and defeat a concept known as end-to-end encryption (AFP)
Updated on Oct 23, 2021 01:47 AM IST
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Facebook to pay French publishers for news content

  • The preliminary deal lists the main principles of the accord and the copyright fees due to each of its members, the same source said.
Facebook News will be launched in France in 2022, the US company said.(Reuters)
Facebook News will be launched in France in 2022, the US company said.(Reuters)
Updated on Oct 22, 2021 08:58 AM IST
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