Facebook is willing to open algorithms to regulators, Clegg says

Facebook’s chief spokesman said the company is willing to subject itself to greater oversight to ensure its algorithms are performing as intended and aren’t harming users. Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president for global affairs, defended the company’s business practices against accusations from a…

Amid Facebook fracas, Australia moves to update defamation laws

Australia is moving with new urgency to redraft its defamation laws after a court ruling that publishers can be liable for public comments on online forums like Facebook sent shockwaves through the media industry and beyond. Since the ruling, CNN, which is owned by AT&T Inc, has blocked Australians from its…

Telegram founder says over 70 million new users joined during Facebook outage

Messaging app Telegram gained over 70 million new users during Monday’s Facebook outage, its founder Pavel Durov said on Tuesday, as people worldwide were left without key messaging services for nearly six hours. Facebook blamed its outage, which kept its 3.5 billion users from accessing services such as…

WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram vanished from internet for 6 hours last night: Full story in 5 points

The internet users across the globe were in for a rude shock when WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram went kaput on Monday evening. Several uses thronged to Twitter to reconfirm whether the issue was with their network or did the Facebook-owned apps really go down. It took over six hours for Facebook to resolve the issue…

A Facebook-Funded Flight Was Suddenly Packed With 155 Extra Afghans

The airlift was fraught with risk from the start. Donors from Silicon Valley including LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, as well as Facebook Inc., had agreed to fund an evacuation flight for 188 journalists, aid workers and others who were suddenly in danger after the Taliban’s quick capture of Kabul. They hoped…

Facebook launches Portal Go, New Portal+ to take on Amazon Echo smart devices

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook has unveiled the Portal Go and Portal+. The Portal devices have been launched in 10-inch and 14-inch display sizes. Interestingly, Facebook has launched its video calling days ahead of Amazon’s hardware event Facebook has launched two new video-calling devices. Expanding its portfolio of video…

“Clearly Unacceptable Error”: Facebook After Labeling Black Men “Primates”

Facebook on Friday said it disabled its topic recommendation feature after it mistook Black men for “primates” in video at the social network. A Facebook spokesperson called it a “clearly unacceptable error” and said the recommendation software involve was taken offline. “We apologize to…

Shashi Tharoor-led Parliamentary panel summons Google, Facebook over misuse of platforms

Parliament’s Standing Committee on Information Technology, headed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, is scheduled to hold a meeting on Tuesday to hear the views of Facebook India and Google India on safeguarding citizens’ rights and prevention of misuse of social media and online news media platforms. The…

Making Every Effort To Comply: Twitter To Government On New Digital Rules

The new rules enforced last month require major social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to appoint a grievance officer, a nodal officer and a chief compliance officer, each based in India. Twitter has written to the government that it is “making every effort” to comply with new digital rules and…

Facebook India Launches Tech Scholars Programme For Law Students

The Facebook India Tech Scholars (FITS) programme has Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co as a knowledge partner. Facebook India on Friday said it has launched a new initiative to provide students from leading law schools in the country a platform for research and mentorship on topics related to technology law and…