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Anti-vaxxers to AIDS denialism, should online platforms be held accountable for the misinformation they host?
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Anti-vaxxers to AIDS denialism, should online platforms be held accountable for the misinformation they host?

As people take to the internet to spread misinformation like cures for autism and encourage AIDS denialism, social media algorithms boost their messages.

Facebook considering banning political ads ahead of US Presidential elections: Report
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Facebook considering banning political ads ahead of US Presidential elections: Report

Reportedly, as of now, the potential ban is only being discussed and has not been finalised.

Facebook removes 50 personal, professional pages connected to US President Donald Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone
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Facebook removes 50 personal, professional pages connected to US President Donald Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone

Facebook says Stone and his associate used fake accounts and followers to promote his books and posts.

Indian Army asks personnel to delete 89 apps, including Facebook and Instagram, say reports
India

Indian Army asks personnel to delete 89 apps, including Facebook and Instagram, say reports

The personnel have been asked to remove these applications by 15 July and have been warned of strict action if they don't comply, said reports.

Instagram's new feature will now let you pin up to three comments per post
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Instagram's new feature will now let you pin up to three comments per post

The pinned comments will help popular celebrities, businesses and creators on Instagram better manage their profiles.

'Facebook stands firmly against hate': COO Sheryl Sandberg's full statement on alleged inaction against hate messages
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'Facebook stands firmly against hate': COO Sheryl Sandberg's full statement on alleged inaction against hate messages

Sandberg says Facebook is having a relook at its policies not for financial reasons or advertiser pressure, but because it is the right thing to do

Facebook, Twitter and Google suspend the processing of Hong Kong government data requests
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Facebook, Twitter and Google suspend the processing of Hong Kong government data requests

Two of the tech giants said they suspended their reviews of data requests from Hong Kong authorities immediately after the new national security law came into effect last week

Instagram is reportedly testing a TikTok-like feature called Reels in India
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Instagram is reportedly testing a TikTok-like feature called Reels in India

Previously rolled out in Brazil, Instagram Reels will let users record 15 seconds videos and upload them as Stories.

Facebook to pull the plug on its TikTok-like app called Lasso on 10 July
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Facebook to pull the plug on its TikTok-like app called Lasso on 10 July

Facebook appears to be shutting down Lasso as its focus shifts to Instagram's Reels.

Facebook, Instagram to remind users to wear masks amid COVID-19 pandemic
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Facebook, Instagram to remind users to wear masks amid COVID-19 pandemic

The banners come as the social media giant struggles to contain disinformation about COVID-19 and face coverings on the platform.

Intel to acquire 0.39% stake in Jio Platforms for Rs 1,895 cr; will be 12th firm to invest in Reliance Industries' digital arm
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Intel to acquire 0.39% stake in Jio Platforms for Rs 1,895 cr; will be 12th firm to invest in Reliance Industries' digital arm

The Intel deal values Jio Platforms at an equity value of Rs 4.91 lakh crore and an enterprise value of Rs 5.16 lakh crore.

US Senate committee approves anti-child porn bill after addressing Google, Facebook encryption concerns
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US Senate committee approves anti-child porn bill after addressing Google, Facebook encryption concerns

US tech companies believe that the proposed law goes too far to weaken privacy protections for ordinary users.

Facebook acknowledges that it shared data of some inactive users with third-party apps, says the issue has now been fixed
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Facebook acknowledges that it shared data of some inactive users with third-party apps, says the issue has now been fixed

Facebook says that from the past several months, approximately 5,000 developers continued to receive user data even after they were inactive for over 90 days.

Facebook has started rolling out Dark mode for a small percentage of it iOS users
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Facebook has started rolling out Dark mode for a small percentage of it iOS users

Twitter users have revealed that for those who can access it, dark mode now appears as an option in their Facebook app settings.

Facebook rolls out customisable Avatars in India: Here's how you can create your own
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Facebook rolls out customisable Avatars in India: Here's how you can create your own

You can use an Avatar in Facebook comments, stories, profile picture, and Messenger chat windows.

Google Photos temporarily suspends default backup for images and videos on apps like Facebook, WhatsApp
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Google Photos temporarily suspends default backup for images and videos on apps like Facebook, WhatsApp

In order to store photos and videos, users will have to manually go into the app and select those folders to be backed up.

'Arbitrary' Facebook crackdown on Mumbai, Delhi theatre groups leaves leading practitioners banned on social media platform
Lifestyle

'Arbitrary' Facebook crackdown on Mumbai, Delhi theatre groups leaves leading practitioners banned on social media platform

Over the weekend, several members of the extended theatre community in Mumbai (and beyond) found themselves at the receiving end of an unexpected online reckoning.

Facebook says it will now label newsworthy content, activists argue 'new changes don't go nearly far enough'
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Facebook says it will now label newsworthy content, activists argue 'new changes don't go nearly far enough'

Facebook also said it will label all posts and ads about voting with links to authoritative information, including those from politicians.

Facebook to notify users if they are posting something that is more than 90 days old
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Facebook to notify users if they are posting something that is more than 90 days old

If the story is 90 days old, a pop-up will prompt users to ponder if what they are sharing is still relevant or not.

Magnolia Pictures, Northface, other US companies pull ads from Facebook, Instagram in support of #StopHateForProfit campaign
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Magnolia Pictures, Northface, other US companies pull ads from Facebook, Instagram in support of #StopHateForProfit campaign

The Stop Hate for Profit campaign was started by several US civil rights groups after the death of George Floyd.