Facebook has released a new ‘vanish mode’ feature on Messenger. This option will help in making messages disappear after they have been read by the receiver so that they do not to stick to the chat. For enabling the option, the user has to open the chat thread and swipe up on their phone. Repeating the process will bring them back to the regular chat space.
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The World Health Organization (WHO) reversed censoring of words "Taiwan" and "China" from social media after criticism. Internet users remarked that WHO's Facebook page was not allowing comments which included the word 'Taiwan.' The censorship surfaced after China was criticized for blocking Taiwan's participation into a WHO meeting. While Taiwan termed the move as contrary to WHO's neutrality, WHO defended it for having a sound conversation… read-more
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In its monthly report, Facebook (FB) has revealed that it had deleted many "fake" accounts that were made to create "political disturbances" in several countries. In one such case, 12 FB accounts, two FB pages and 307 Instagram accounts were deleted citing "coordinated and inauthentic behavior". Facebook also deleted several Iran-based fake accounts that were supporting protests against Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Facebook's WhatsApp Pay on November 5 received approval from the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to go live on the Unified Payment Interface (UPI) system. However, NPCI has allowed Facebook to execute it only in a graded manner by adding a maximum of 20 million users in the first phase. WhatsApp Pay was already launched in India as a Beta version in 2018 with around one million users.
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Whatsapp announced a new feature of 'disappearing messages' for lighter and more private conversations. As per the reports, a new message sent on a chat can be made to disappear after seven days. It is further mentioned that for a private chats, either of the users can access this feature, whereas in groups only the admins will have the access. Earlier this week,… read-more
Courtesy: The Hindustan Times
Mobile messenger app WhatsApp is set to roll a new feature that will help users to clear files in bulk. The new storage management tool allows users to delete data in categories like 'file size' and 'forwarded many times'. The update will also enable users to preview the files before deleting them. After updating the app, users can access the new tool by going to Settings>Storage> Data>Manage storage.
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Facebook India's policy head Ankhi Das has announced her exit from the company "to pursue her interest in public service". Das was in controversy after the Wall Street Journal and TIME magazine accused her of partiality in regulating content. She was also questioned by the Indian government for her alleged biasness in monitoring the hate-spreading contents on Facebook.… read-more
Ahead of the US Presidential elections, Facebook plans to deploy tools that curb election-related violence, reported the Wall Street Journal. Reportedly, Facebook Spokesperson stated that the company has 'hired experts and formed various teams' to tackle any scenarios. It mentioned that the tools are already used in 'at-risk' countries like Myanmar and Sri Lanka. However, few of the Facebook employees and politicians criticised the move as it… read-more
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Stating that "growing Islamophobia" is fostering extremism, Pakistan's PM Imran Khan urged Facebook to ban contents that spread hate against Islam. Khan said, "I would urge you to put a similar ban on Islamophobia the way you have set up for Holocaust." He also said that Islam was being portrayed as terrorism is France. However, Facebook, in response, has said that the company never entertains hate comments.
YouTube has decided to disallow the videos, which promote 'QAnon' content, a far-right movement. The decision came just after a week when Facebook decided to delete 'QAnon' related accounts. YouTube stated on October 15 that they are expanding their policies to curb hate and harassment, which include conspiracies that justify "real-world violence". As per the reports, FBI has claimed 'QAnon' to be a domestic terrorism threat.
Courtesy: Indian Express