Category: Social

Twitter struggles continue as it reports slowest quarterly revenue growth since 2013

Twitter struggles continue as it reports slowest quarterly revenue growth since 2013

Investors hammered Twitter Inc on Thursday after the social network reported its slowest quarterly revenue growth since going public in 2013, struggling to attract advertisers amid intense competition from Snap Inc’s Snapchat and Facebook Inc. The company’s shares fell as much as 10% to $16.81 in premarket trading. Revenue grew just 1 percent to $717.2 million, missing analysts’ average estimate […]

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WhatsApp rolls out ‘Two-Step Verification’ for everyone; Here is why it is important

WhatsApp rolls out ‘Two-Step Verification’ why it is important

Finally, WhatsApp is rolling out an update that adds Two-Step Authentication to your WhatsApp account. This feature is an essential method to ensure the safety of your WhatsApp account. WhatsApp had been internally testing this feature since the last few months to finalise the exact implementation of the security countermeasure with reports going back to July last year. This feature […]

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Facebook will now let you donate resources to a disaster area via the new Community Help feature

Facebook will now let you donate resources to a disaster area via the new Community Help feature

Facebook Safety Check is a feature that lets users in a disaster-affected area “check-in” to let their friends know that they’re safe. A planned upgrade to Safety Check, called Community Help, is now live. Community Help was announced last year and was intended to expand on the scope of Safety Check. While Safety Check would only let you let others […]

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Here are 12 things that you didn’t know WhatsApp could do

12 things that you didn’t know WhatsApp could do

WhatsApp is probably the most used app on your smartphone. With over 1.2 billion users the popularity of WhatsApp is not in question. But despite it being such a popular app, I’m pretty sure that many of you don’t know its true potential. Allow me to enlighten you. The readers who have been following us know that WhatsApp has stepped […]

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Facebook will now let you donate resources to a disaster area via the new Community Help feature

Lawyer representing Facebook claims that the company can’t monitor all the posts on the platform

Though Facebook controls what you see in your News Feed, its lawyer claims not everything can be controlled – like policing all racist posts – media reports said. According to a report in Engadget on Wednesday, while defending against a German lawsuit over misuse of photos in fake news, Facebook’s attorney said it wasn’t possible for Facebook to watch for […]

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Facebook Lite has reached 200mn users in under two years

Facebook Lite has reached 200mn users in under two years

Facebook Lite, the stripped-down low-bandwidth-friendly version of Facebook has reached 200 mn users since its launch in June 2015. Facebook Lite (FB Lite) had reached 100 mn users last March, so there has been 100 mn more users added in under a year. Targetted at an audience which still uses 2G connectivity and in areas where network connectivity isn’t great, […]

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Chan Zuckerberg’s non-profit medical organisation, CZ Biohub invests $50 million to fight diseases

Chan Zuckerberg’s non-profit medical organisation, CZ Biohub invests $50 million to fight diseases

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan’s non-profit medical research organisation has announced it will be investing $50 million in its first class of 47 disease investigators in an endeavour to help cure all diseases in our children’s lifetime. The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub (CZ Biohub), which aims to create a “planet without disease”, funded 47 scientists, technologists and […]

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Twitter buries abusive Tweets and takes steps to prevent banned users from rejoining

Twitter buries abusive Tweets and takes steps to prevent banned users from rejoining

Twitter wants the service to be a pluralistic environment, with a variety of ideas and views. However, Twitter intends to draw a line when abusive tweets stifle free expression. Towards this end, Twitter has announced three new changes. The creation of accounts meant only for harassment will be blocked, the search results are safer, and low quality content will be […]

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YouTube introduces mobile live streaming for creators with over 10,000 subscribers

YouTube introduces mobile live streaming for creators with over 10,000 subscribers

In June last year, YouTube introduced a mobile live streaming feature to a limited number of YouTube creators. Now, YouTube is rolling out the capabilities of hosting live video streams from mobile devices to all creators with over 10,000 subscribers. For creators, this is a new way to engage with fans, allowing for immediate and intimate live streams. Google plans […]

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Skype shares the love with new Valentine's Day virtual cards and Mojis

Skype introduces virtual cards, Mojis and emoticons for Valentine’s Day

If you’re looking for another way to express your love this Valentine’s Day, Skype has your back. Teaming up with an independent artist agency called Rogue Octopus, Skype has put together several Valentine’s Mojis that can be “unwrapped” on the big day. Each follows two characters as they move through the stages of love, Skype says on its blog. Skype […]

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Privacy watchdog in Ireland challenges Facebook’s data transfer mechanism in EU Court

Privacy watchdog in Ireland challenges Facebook’s data transfer mechanism in EU Court

Ireland’s privacy watchdog has launched a bid to refer Facebook’s data transfer mechanism to the European Union’s top court in a landmark case that could put the shifting of data across the Atlantic under renewed legal threat. The move is the latest challenge to the various methods by which large tech firms such as Google and Apple move personal data […]

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Facebook has launched drive against fake-news articles in France

Facebook has launched drive against fake-news articles in France

Social media company Facebook launched on Monday an initiative to tackle fake news stories in France, with the media in the spotlight as the country’s presidential election approaches. Facebook said on Monday that it would work with several leading French news organisations, including Agence France-Presse, BFM TV, L’Express and Le Monde among others to ensure that false news items were […]

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Facebook maybe the most affected company because of changes in H-1B visa programme

Facebook maybe the most affected company because of changes in H-1B visa programme

Among Silicon Valley’s top tech employers, Facebook Inc could be the most vulnerable to US President Donald Trump’s expected crackdown on guest-worker visas, according to a Reuters analysis of US Labor Department filings. More than 15% of Facebook’s US employees in 2016 used a temporary work visa, giving the social media leader a legal classification as a H-1B “dependent” company. […]

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A shop merchant sells "hongbao" or red envelopes to a customer at the Dihua Street Market in Taipei. Adults fill the envelopes with money and give them to children during the Lunar New Year. Image: Reuters.

WeChat users sent 46 billion electronic red packets for Chinese Lunar New Year

Users of WeChat sent around 46 billion electronic red packets – digital versions of traditional envelopes stuffed with cash – via the Chinese mobile social platform over the Lunar New Year period, the official Xinhua new agency reported on Saturday. China has a long tradition of giving red packets during the Lunar New Year, which fell on Jan. 28 this […]

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Facebook celebrates its 13th birthday; rolls out new features for ‘Friends Day’

Facebook celebrates its 13th birthday; rolls out new features for ‘Friends Day’

Facebook has rolled out a number of new features for its users on the occasion of ‘Friends Day’. Friends Day marks the day when Facebook was launched back in 2004. This year the company has introduced new tools to encourage its users to connect with their friends using the platform. Facebook hosted an event in Menlo Park to celebrate the […]

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Reddit bans alt-right subreddit and its reasons for the same will surprise you

Reddit bans alt-right subreddit and its reasons for the same will surprise you

Subreddits do not usually get banned on a daily basis on online community Reddit unless there is something that interferes with the site’s policies. Cnet reported that a subreddit called altright was banned from Reddit but the reasons for the same will surprise you. The ‘altright’ is a subreddit — a smaller community for discussions — and is a fringe […]

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BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 27:  In this photo illustration the logo of Instagram is displayed on a smartphone on September 27, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.  (Photo Illustration by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images)

Instagram working on bringing multi-photo album posts

Instagram is said to be working on a new feature where it will allow multiple photo posts to be posted as an album on its app. The new feature is currently available in the beta version of the app on Android. The feature lets users select and upload multiple photos to publish as an album while viewers can swipe through these photos. […]

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Facebook introduces delegated recovery to secure accounts for third party services

Facebook introduces delegated recovery to secure accounts for third party services

Facebook has introduced a new method for recovering lost accounts for third party services through a method known as delegated recovery. The new feature is being introduced first for GitHub, and is planned to be rolled out to other third party services based on how well the process works for GitHub. Users can recover their lost GitHub accounts through Facebook […]

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German consumer rights group accuses WhatsApp of illegally sharing user data with Facebook

German consumer rights group accuses WhatsApp of illegally sharing user data with Facebook

VZBZ, The Federation of German Consumer Organisations, a non-governmental organisation has filed a lawsuit against WhatsApp for sharing its user data with Facebook. The group pointed out that the company is illegally collecting and storing the data to pass it to Facebook. Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014 but there was no privacy concern or problem around Whats App. #WhatsApp gibt […]

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Twitter’s Periscope adds ‘Proudly made in America by immigrants’ to app loading screen

Twitter’s Periscope adds ‘Proudly made in America by immigrants’ to app loading screen

As a mark of protest against the US President Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations, Twitter’s live-streaming app Periscope has updated its loading screen with a small text that reads “Proudly made in America by immigrants”. In a statement, Periscope said on Tuesday that the recent executive order to halt immigration from seven countries in […]

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