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Texas school shooting: Warning signs for shooters get lost in endless grid of social media posts
World

Texas school shooting: Warning signs for shooters get lost in endless grid of social media posts

Katherine Schweit, who heads FBI's active shooter program, tells people not to ignore those type of posts, especially from children or young adults. Report it, she advises, to a school counselor, the police or even the FBI tip line

Half of Indian smartphone users are seeing ads based on their personal phone conversations, says survey
News & Analysis

Half of Indian smartphone users are seeing ads based on their personal phone conversations, says survey

Nearly half of Indian smartphone users have seen ads on websites or social media platforms that were based on phone conversations they had. This further reiterates what privacy advocates have been saying for a long time - your phone and the apps on it are listening in to everything you do.

Ahead of US midterm polls, Facebook, Instagram to reveal more on how advertisers target users with political ads
Tech

Ahead of US midterm polls, Facebook, Instagram to reveal more on how advertisers target users with political ads

In a statement, Meta said, 'By making advertiser targeting criteria available for analysis and reporting on ads run about social issues, elections and politics, we hope to help people better understand the practices used to reach potential voters on our technologies'

Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale remanded in police custody till 18 May for allegedly sharing 'objectionable' post about Sharad Pawar
India

Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale remanded in police custody till 18 May for allegedly sharing 'objectionable' post about Sharad Pawar

Chitale was arrested over a post she allegedly shared on Facebook, and the student, identified as Nikhil Bhamre, was arrested for allegedly making an objectionable comment against Pawar on Twitter

Elon Musk buys Twitter: A look at 15 significant merger and acquisitions in tech industry
Business

Elon Musk buys Twitter: A look at 15 significant merger and acquisitions in tech industry

As the news about Musk’s takeover of Twitter dominates the headlines, let’s take a look at mergers and acquisitions in the tech sector that shook the world

Meta is making Zuck Bucks: What exactly is it?
News & Analysis

Meta is making Zuck Bucks: What exactly is it?

After giving up on its cryptocurrency venture named Diem, Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, is reportedly planning to introduce virtual currency to its apps, internally dubbed as “Zuck Bucks”

Twitter will no longer 'recommend' official accounts from Russia, limit reach to reduce propaganda
World

Twitter will no longer 'recommend' official accounts from Russia, limit reach to reduce propaganda

Twitter said the official accounts of its users in Russia will not be "recommended" to others across all categories of the app, including in searches

Dalit man forced to rub nose in temple in Alwar for criticising Hindu gods; 7 arrested
India

Dalit man forced to rub nose in temple in Alwar for criticising Hindu gods; 7 arrested

An FIR was registered against 11 people on Tuesday night under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Scheduled Castes and Schedule Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, and seven accused have been arrested, polcie said.

Ukraine-Russia war: Moscow bans Instagram and Facebook as 'extremist', WhatsApp to stay
World

Ukraine-Russia war: Moscow bans Instagram and Facebook as 'extremist', WhatsApp to stay

This comes after Meta announcing on 10 March that the platforms would allow statements like 'death to Russian invaders' but not credible threats against civilians

Although Ukraine denied the easy victory Vladimir Putin hoped for, Russia’s military presses for reduced goals
World

Although Ukraine denied the easy victory Vladimir Putin hoped for, Russia’s military presses for reduced goals

Despite all the determination of Ukraine's people, all the losses among Russia's forces, and all the errors of Russia's leaders, there is no sign that the war will soon be over

Chat platforms like Telegram, WhatsApp avoid being blocked by Russia
World

Chat platforms like Telegram, WhatsApp avoid being blocked by Russia

Messaging apps have gotten a pass so far in part because Meta-owned WhatsApp is less suited for mass communication, while Telegram's ability to blast information to large groups has made it useful both for independent media and the Kremlin

Watch: Karnataka man performs stunt with 3 cobras, here's what happened next
India

Watch: Karnataka man performs stunt with 3 cobras, here's what happened next

All cobras are venomous and their bite can even lead to death if the person is unable to receive antivenom injections on time

Russia blocks Instagram over 'death to invaders' posting rule; files criminal case against Meta
World

Russia blocks Instagram over 'death to invaders' posting rule; files criminal case against Meta

Later, in what appeared to be damage control, Meta's global affairs president Nick Clegg responded by saying the loosened rules would only apply to people posting from inside Ukraine

Facebook temporarily eases policy on violent speech against 'Russian invaders'
World

Facebook temporarily eases policy on violent speech against 'Russian invaders'

Moscow's internationally condemned attack on its neighbor has provoked unprecedented sanctions from Western governments and businesses, but also a surge of online anger and debates over social media's role in the war

Donald Trump's NFT collection to focus on ‘iconic’ moments from his own presidency
World

Donald Trump's NFT collection to focus on ‘iconic’ moments from his own presidency

The NFTs, dubbed 'POTUS TRUMP NFT Collection,' will be sold at a fixed price of $50 each via an extension of Melania Trump's platform

Joe Rogan dispute controversy draws Spotify into content liability debate
Entertainment

Joe Rogan dispute controversy draws Spotify into content liability debate

Spotify wants to be viewed as a technology platform that has limited liability for the material that others create and stream through its service — a position shared by many social-media companies.

Billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel to leave Meta board; no word on future plans
World

Billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel to leave Meta board; no word on future plans

The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times have reported that Facebook's first outside investor would focus on aiding Republican candidates backing ex-president Donald Trump's agenda in the midterm elections

Facebook parent, Meta, adds 'personal boundary' tool after virtual world harassment
World

Facebook parent, Meta, adds 'personal boundary' tool after virtual world harassment

The new function comes after complaints have emerged in press reports and in social media or blog posts of incidents of harassment

Meta, formerly Facebook, faces historic drop as stock tanks by 26%
World

Meta, formerly Facebook, faces historic drop as stock tanks by 26%

Since Meta took on its new name last fall, the company has been shifting resources and hiring engineers who can help Mark Zuckerberg realise his vision

How village cooking channels on YouTube blend the traditional and the modern, my simple past with the digital future
Entertainment

How village cooking channels on YouTube blend the traditional and the modern, my simple past with the digital future

During lockdown, when many of us were cooped up at home and in front of our computers, this was an escape into the world we had left behind. A world we never thought we would have to stay away from.