Category Archives: Social Media

Facebook Says Users Must Accept Targeted Ads Even Under New EU Law

HIGHLIGHTS GDPR is biggest shakeup in online privacy since birth of Internet Companies face fines if they use personal information without permission Opting out of targeted marketing would not be possible: Facebook Facebook said on Tuesday it would continue requiring people to accept targeted ads as a condition of using its service, a stance that may help keep its… Read More »

Facebook Said to Form Team to Design Its Own Chips

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook to join other tech giants making effort to develop chips In 2010, Apple started shipping its own chips Google has developed its own artificial intelligence chip as well Facebook is building a team to design its own semiconductors, adding to a trend among technology companies to supply themselves and lower their dependence on chipmakers such as Intel Corp. and Qualcomm, according… Read More »

Facebook to Put 1.5 Billion Users Out of Reach of New EU Privacy Law

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook is keen to reduce its exposure to GDPR Companies can be fined for using personal data without users’ consent Change affects more than 70 percent of Facebook’s 2 billion-plus members If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people’s online data went into effect tomorrow, almost 1.9 billion Facebook users around the world would be… Read More »

Facebook Bookmarks Menu Revamped to Help Find Privacy Settings More Easily

Facebook has refreshed its Bookmarks menu to let users navigate, access and make changes to their privacy settings easily. The updates will be rolled out globally over the next two weeks. Users can now access various Facebook settings, including Account Settings, Privacy Shortcuts, News Feed Preferences, Activity Log, Payments Settings and access to Help & Support, with lesser number… Read More »

Telegram Block Begins in Russia, Says Regulator Roskomnadzor

Russia’s state telecommunications regulator said on Monday it had begun blocking access to messenger service Telegram after the service’s owner refused to comply with an order to give Russian state security access to users’ secret messages. The watchdog, Roskomnadzor, said in a statement on its website that it had sent telecoms operators a notification about blocking access to Telegram inside… Read More »

Facebook Must Face Class Action Over Facial Recognition: US Judge

A US federal judge ruled on Monday that Facebook must face a class action lawsuit alleging that the social network unlawfully used a facial recognition process on photos without user permission. The ruling adds to the privacy woes that have been mounting against Facebook for weeks, since it was disclosed that the personal information of millions of users was harvested by the political… Read More »

Rihanna Urges Fans to Delete Snapchat After Ad Mocking Assault by Brown

HIGHLIGHTS Snapchat ran an ad making fun of assault on her by then boyfriend Brown Shares of Snap, the company that makes the app, were down 4.7 percent We are so sorry we made the terrible mistake of allowing it: Snapchat Pop star Rihanna urged fans on Thursday to delete Snapchat after the social media app ran an ad making… Read More »

Facebook Nudity Case: French Court Issues Mixed Ruling

A French court ruled Thursday that Facebook failed to fulfil its contractual obligations by closing without prior notice the account of a user who posted a photo of a famous 19th-century nude painting. But the Paris civil court also refused to order the company to restore the account or pay damages as requested by the user, a primary school teacher… Read More »

WhatsApp for Android Now Lets You Add Group Description, Search Participants, Switch to Video Call

HIGHLIGHTS WhatsApp for Android has been updated The update brings the ability to let users add group descriptions It also includes the option to search group participants WhatsApp for Android has been updated with a couple of new group-focused features. There is the ability to let users add a description to a group. This was debuted on the beta… Read More »

Twitter Appoints Parag Agrawal as Chief Technology Officer

HIGHLIGHTS Parag Agrawal succeeds Adam Messinger who left in December 2016 He joined the microblogging site in 2011 as an Ads Engineer Agrawal earlier worked at Microsoft and AT&T prior to joining Twitter Twitter appointed Parag Agrawal as Chief Technology Officer on Thursday, according to an update on the social media company’s website. Parag Agrawal, who joined microblogging site… Read More »