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Facebook launches searchable archive of US political ads

Facebook launches searchable archive of US political ads

Facebook launches searchable archive of US political ads Facebook Inc on Thursday launched an archive of US political ads that appear on the world’s largest social network, showing who paid for them and other details, after an outcry over Russians’ alleged purchase of such ads during the 2016 elections. The archive tool will be rolled out to other countries in coming months, it added. Facebook, which has 2.2 billion monthly active users, pledged seven months ago to create a cache, saying on the eve of US congressional hearings that it wanted to increase transparency about its role in political advertising. ...

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Google, Facebook, Twitter get court notice for revealing Kathua victim’s identity

Google, Facebook, Twitter get court notice for revealing Kathua victim's identity

Google, Facebook, Twitter get court notice for revealing Kathua victim’s identity Google and other social media platforms have done a great disservice to the nation by uploading contents which revealed the identity of an eight-year-old girl who was raped and killed in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, the Delhi High Court said Friday. The court issued notice to social media platforms Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube after their Indian subsidiaries told the bench that they were not the concerned entity to reply to the court’s notice on the issue. “You have done a great disservice to the nation. India ...

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Mark Zuckerberg to meet European Parliament over privacy

Mark Zuckerberg to meet European Parliament over privacy

Mark Zuckerberg to meet European Parliament over privacy Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet the leaders of the European Parliament to answer questions about the improper use of millions of users’ data by a political consultancy, as pressure on the company’s protection of data continues. The world’s largest social network has come under scrutiny over the way it handles personal data after revelations that British consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which worked on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign, improperly accessed the Facebook data of 87 million users. “The founder and CEO of Facebook have accepted our invitation and will be in ...

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WhatsApp rolls out new group chat features to make platform more engaging

WhatsApp rolls out new group chat features to make platform more engaging

WhatsApp rolls out new group chat features to make platform more engaging Instant messaging platform WhatsApp announced the rollout of a number of new features for group chats, in a bid to make the platform more interactive and engaging. Among the new features is group descriptions, wherein a short blurb will appear under the group info tab that allows users to set the purpose, guidelines, or topics for the group. Furthermore, when a new member joins a group, the description will show up at the top of the chat. In a move to give group administrators more authority, WhatsApp introduced ...

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Airtel denies Jio’s charges over Apple Watch 3 service

Airtel denies Jio's charges over Apple Watch 3 service

Airtel denies Jio’s charges over Apple Watch 3 service Reliance Jio has alleged that Bharti Airtel is offering eSim service on Apple Watch in violation of licence norms, prompting the Sunil Mittal-led firm to call it a “frivolous complaint”. Reliance Jio has filed a complaint against Bharti Airtel with the DoT, alleging that the telecom major is offering eSim service on Apple Watch Series 3 in violation of licence norms and demanded immediate closure of the service. “Apple Watch Series 3 service is being offered by Airtel in deliberate and gross violation to the terms and conditions of Unified License,” ...

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Google I/O 2018: Google aims to simplify your life with AI

Google IO 2018 Google aims to simplify your life with AI

Google I/O 2018: Google aims to simplify your life with AI Google put the spotlight on its artificial intelligence (AI) smarts at its annual developer’s conference, Google I/O 2018 in Mountain View, California announcing new consumer features aimed at simplifying your life. Many of the updates have a practical bent, designed to ease tasks such as composing emails, making lists, navigating city streets and lessening the digital distractions that have increasingly addled people’s lives as a result of previous tech industry innovations. One of the biggest crowd-pleasers for the thousands of software developers who gathered at the outdoor conference was ...

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UK orders Cambridge Analytica to provide US voter data

UK orders Cambridge Analytica to provide US voter data

UK orders Cambridge Analytica to provide US voter data Britain’s data privacy watchdog has ordered Cambridge Analytica to hand over all the personal information it holds on a US academic, confirming the right of people abroad to seek data held by a UK firm. Data privacy activists say that it sets a precedent that would enable millions of other US voters to request information that the company had collected on them. The Information Commissioner’s Office served notice to SCL Elections, Cambridge Analytica’s parent, to provide the information it holds on David Carroll, saying failure to do so would be a ...

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Change your Twitter password immediately, there’s a security bug

Change your Twitter password immediately, there's a security bug

Change your Twitter password immediately, there’s a security bug Twitter Inc urged its more than 330 million users to change their passwords after a glitch caused some to be stored in readable text on its internal computer system rather than disguised by a process known as “hashing”. The social network disclosed the issue in a blog post and series of Tweets on Thursday afternoon, saying it had resolved the problem and an internal investigation had found no indication passwords were stolen or misused by insiders. Still, it urged all users to consider changing their passwords. “We fixed the bug and ...

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Facebook denied testifying at the US House hearing

facebook denied testifying us house hearing

Facebook said that it has declined an invitation to testify at a US House of Representatives hearing on filtering practices by social media companies, a company spokesman said. The company said that even though it will not appear, it looks “forward to a continuing dialogue with members of the committee about Facebook’s strong commitment to being a platform for all voices and ideas.” Alphabet and Twitter have also been invited to testify at the House Judiciary Committee hearing, but have not said whether they will appear and did not respond to repeated inquiries. Some Republicans have criticised social media companies ...

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For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids

For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids

If you’ve ever wondered exactly what sorts of things Facebook would like you not to do on its service, you’re in luck. For the first time, the social network is publishing detailed guidelines to what does and doesn’t belong on its service — 27 pages worth of them, in fact. So please don’t make credible violent threats or revel in sexual violence; promote terrorism or the poaching of endangered species; attempt to buy marijuana, sell firearms, or list prescription drug prices for sale; post instructions for self-injury; depict minors in a sexual context; or commit multiple homicides at different times ...

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