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HC Extends Time For FB, Whatsapp To Respond To CCI Notices In Privacy Policy Matter

Jan 03, 2022 Outlook Web Desk

The case relates to the appeals of Facebook and WhatsApp against a single judge order dismissing their pleas against the probe CCI ordered into the instant messaging app's new privacy policy.

So Many People Wouldn’t Be Online If There Were No FB, Insta And WhatsApp, Says Meta’s Ajit Mohan

Jan 01, 2022 Pallavi Chakravorty

We have more than 434 million users on Facebook in India. And, as per the numbers disclosed over the last few years, we are growing equally in Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, Ajit Mohan said.


Banal Memes Killed The Joke In 2021, Will 'Picture Template' Revive It In 2022?

Yearender 2021: The reality is reels – an ensemble of sound and visuals to share some short message of 15 or 30 seconds on Instagram – are reducing the shelf life of a meme.

Chhattisgarh: Food Dept Officer Suspended Over 'Derogatory' Comments Against Mahatma Gandhi

Dec 28, 2021 Outlook Web Desk

The development comes a day after Hindu religious leader Kalicharan Maharaj used abusive language against the Father of the Nation at an event here for which an FIR was registered against him.


Myanmar: Rohingya Muslims Seek $150 Billion In Damages From Facebook For Facilitating Genocide

Rohingya Muslims, in their lawsuit against Facebook said, 'Facebook has long been aware that hateful, outraged, and politically extreme content... is oxygen to the company's blood'. They seek $150 Billion in damages from the tech giant.

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03 December, 2021

Meta's (Formerly Facebook) India Revenue Up 16% To Rs 1,485 Crore In FY21

Outlook Business Team

Meta’s gross ad revenue saw a 41 per cent jump to Rs 9,326 crore for the fiscal ended March 2021. It’s total income in India stood at about Rs 1,277 crore, while its net profit was at Rs 136 crore in FY20.


19 November, 2021

US Attorneys Investigating Instagram Say It Ignored Research About Physical, Mental Health Of Young People

Associated Press (AP)

Facebook's own research made it aware of the harms Instagram can cause teenagers (especially teen girls) when it comes to mental health and body image issues. US Attorneys are now investigating Meta Platforms.


18 November, 2021

Hate Speech Still Rampant On Facebook In Myanmar

Associated Press (AP)

From homophobic propaganda to military justifying brutality, hate speech in Myanmar is still doing rounds on Facebook, even after coming under scrutiny.


10 November, 2021

Sensitive Ad Targeting To Be Removed By Facebook Parent Company Meta

Associated Press (AP)

Meta, the parent company of Facebook said that it will remove ad targeting options on sensitive pointers such as health, race or ethnicity, political affiliation, religion or sexual orientation.


09 November, 2021

Plenty of pitfalls await Zuckerberg’s ‘metaverse’ plan

Associated Press (AP)

Zuckerberg's promise that “you’re going to able to do almost anything you can imagine” in "metaverse" might not be such a great idea


09 November, 2021

Facebook Messenger To Now Have End-to-End Encrypted Voice And Video Calls

Outlook Business Team

Facebook Messenger has more than 1.3 billion monthly active users globally, it informs in its blogpost.


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09 November, 2021

Russia Fines Google, Telegram For Not Removing Content

Deutsche Welle

A Moscow court ordered Google's parent company Alphabet Inc. to pay a new fine for not deleting content Russia considers illegal. The move comes as state officials seek to rein in tech giants.


03 November, 2021

Facebook To Shut Down Face Recognition System, Delete 1 Billion People's Faceprint Data

Associated Press (AP)

A blog post from Facebook's Vice President Jerome Pesenti said that more than a third of Facebook's daily active users had opted in for its Face Recognition setting, now their faceprint data will be deleted.


02 November, 2021

Facebook Gets 14 Day Extension To Depose Before Delhi Assembly Committee On 2020 Riots

In the process of identifying best officials for deposition, Facebook had sought a 14 extension from the Peace and Harmony committee of the Delhi Assembly which is probing Northeast Delhi Riots of 2020.


29 October, 2021

Facebook To Meta: Tracking The Expansion Of The Mark Zuckerberg 'Metaverse'

Outlook Web Desk

Internet giant Facebook has been rebranded to Meta. Will any changes be seen on the platforms? How far has facebook travelled since 2004? What are the reasons of this rebranding?


29 October, 2021

Facebook's Name Changed To Meta, Why? How?

Associated Press (AP)

Facebook Name Change: Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger will stay, corporate structure won't change but shares will start trading under the ticker 'MVRS' from 1st November.


28 October, 2021

Facebook Under Fire — Will Lawmakers Now Get Tough On Big Tech?

Deutsche Welle

The revelations by whistleblower Frances Haugen have put the US tech giant under renewed scrutiny. Stricter rules are overdue, the EU’s digital policy chief told DW.


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25 October, 2021

Facebook Dithered In Curbing Divisive User Content In India

Associated Press (AP)

From research as recent as March of this year to company memos that date back to 2019, the internal company documents on India highlight Facebook’s constant struggles in quashing abusive content on its platforms in the world’s biggest democracy and the company’s largest growth market.


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A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

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Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

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A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

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Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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