Year: 2018

Facebook Let Some Companies Access Your Private Messages, Friends Lists: Report

Another day and another set of startling revelations about Facebook’s lax attitude towards user privacy. The social giant reportedly gave major tech companies more access than advertised to the personal user data. According to a report, the company effectively exempted the tech giants like Yahoo, Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix and Spotify from privacy restrictions that are […]

Facebook Kicks Myanmar Military-Linked Pages Off Platform

Facebook has removed hundreds of pages and accounts in Myanmar with hidden links to the military, the platform said Wednesday, as the company scrambles to respond to criticism over failures to control hate speech and misinformation. The social media giant – Myanmar’s most popular and influential site – has been lambasted for years for its […]

Facebook, Google, Twitter Accused of Democrat Bias by Trump

US President Donald Trump took a swipe on Tuesday at America’s tech giants, accusing them of having a liberal bias, and claiming Twitter was making it more difficult to follow his account. “Facebook, Twitter and Google are so biased toward the Dems it is ridiculous!” Trump tweeted. “Twitter, in fact, has made it much more difficult for people to join […]

Facebook’s Promised ‘Clear History’ tool won’t arrive until 2019

Even though Facebook announced its privacy-oriented ‘Clear History’ feature back in May this year, it won’t be available for users until next year. Unveiled in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the feature will allow the users to clear the browsing history connected to their Facebook accounts, in turn giving users more control on […]

Facebook Messenger Gets Boomerang, Selfie Portrait Shot Features, and More

Facebook has rolled out Boomerang and Selfie features in its Messenger platform. Alongside, it has also introduced new AR stickers “Starting today, there are now five modes to Messenger’scamera including everyone’s favourite video-looping effect, Boomerang, to make Messenger posts more interactive and fun,” the company said in a blog post on Monday. “We’ve also added Selfie mode, where […]

Yelp, Consumer Watchdog Lose Google Intervention Bid

Search company Yelp and lobby group Consumer Watchdog lost their joint bid to intervene in Google’s challenge of an EUR 2.4 billion ($2.7 billion or roughly Rs. 18,900 crores) EU antitrust fine after a court said they had no direct interest in the case. The Luxembourg-based General Court also rejected applications from other Google rivals, according toa ruling on […]

Global Feature Phone Shipments Grow for Fourth Consecutive Quarter: Counterpoint

In contrast with the global smartphone market which is experiencing negative growth, feature phones have contributed to 23 percent of the total handset shipments in the third quarter this year, a report by Counterpoint Research claims. According to Counterpoint Research’s Market Monitor service, feature phone shipments grew for the fourth consecutive quarter. “The return of Nokia HMD has also […]