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August, 2019

  • 21 August

    Twitter Slammed for China-Backed Ads Against Hong Kong Protesters

    Users on the social bookmarking website Pinboard have slammed China-backed advertisements being run on Twitter, attacking Hong Kong protesters. The ads try to portray the protests as “escalating violence” and call for “order to be restored,” Engadget reported on Monday. “Every day I go out and see stuff with my ...

  • 17 August

    Facebook’s Movie Ads Now Include Showtime, Ticket Details

    Aiming to help movie studios promote their latest releases, social networking giant Facebook is launching two new ad units named movie reminder ads and movie showtime ads. Moviegoers often discover a film months before its release but they often need reminders when a film they care is about to hit ...

  • 12 August

    Snapchat Bets on Localisation, Opens Office in Mumbai to Expand India Base

    Snap, the makers of popular communication app dubbed Snapchat that has been competing against Facebook’s Instagram for a long time, is set to expand its presence in India. The Santa Monica, California-based company has opened an office in Mumbai to boost its developments for the region. It is also in ...

  • 8 August

    Instagram Bans US Firm Hyp3r for Improper Data Collection

    Facebook-owned Instagram has banned a San Francisco-based company from its platform on charges of improper user-data collection. Called Hyp3r, the startup scraped public data such as users’ physical locations, profile information and photos to serve better targeted ads. Information collected by Hyp3r also includes data stored in Instagram Stories that ...

  • 4 August

    Supreme Court Said to Asks RBI to Confirm WhatsApp’s Compliance With Local Data Rules

    The Supreme Court has given the central bank six weeks to report on whether WhatsApp had complied with data localisation norms as the Facebook-owned messenger gears up to launch a payments service in the country, a person involved in the matter said. WhatsApp has been testing a peer-to-peer payments service ...

July, 2019

  • 31 July

    Facebook’s Like Button Makes Websites Liable, Top EU Court Rules

    Facebook’s “Like” button makes third-party websites responsible for processing people’s data under the European Union’s privacy rules, according to the EU’s top court. The EU Court of Justice weighed in on a dispute after an online fashion retailer was accused of violating EU law by embedding a Like plugin, which ...

  • 26 July

    WhatsApp iOS Beta Starts Testing Quick Media Edit Feature, Multi-Platform System Rumoured

    WhatsApp has issued a new beta update for iOS users, and it brings a lot of changes. The most notable being removal of the ability to save profile picture using 3D Touch, notifications of download issues using a pinned alert in chats, and enabling of the Quick Media Edit feature ...

  • 22 July

    TikTok Testing Instagram-Inspired Features: Report

    The wildly popular short video-sharing app TikTok is reportedly mulling to launch a host of new features that seem to have been inspired by Facebook-owned Instagram. The features were discovered by reverse-engineering specialist Jane Manchun Wong who posted screengrabs of the features on Twitter. The purported Instagram-inspired features include a ...

  • 18 July

    Is Facebook Launching a TikTok Competitor?

    With Facebook roping in former Google employee Jason Toff for a key portfolio, speculation is rife about the social networking giant preparing the launch of a serious competitor to the short video-sharing app TikTok. Toff, who earlier served as the General Manager for Twitter’s short-video sharing service Vine, has joined ...

  • 14 July

    WhatsApp Messages Can Be Traced Without Diluting End-to-End Encryption, IIT-M Professor Says

    With India pressing for traceability of WhatsApp messages to check the spread of fake news, a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras on Wednesday stressed that the issue can be easily resolved without diluting end-to-end encryption and affecting the privacy of users. “If WhatsApp says it is not technically ...