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Facebook gets a new name; it’s Meta now

San Fransisco: Days after reports of likely rebranding of Facebook, company CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the parent company would now be called Meta. The annoucement comes amid several controvesies in which Facebook is currently mired and is seen as its attempt to move towards its ambitious plans to build a world of virtual reality....

Facebook may re-brand itself, says report

Popular social media company Facebook may rebrand itself, reports have said. According to Verge, chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg plans to talk about the name change at the company’s annual Connect conference on October 28, but the name could be announced earlier. However, Facebook has refused to comment on the matter. The company has been...

Former IAS Rajiv Aggarwal appointed by Facebook to lead policy development initiatives

Former bureaucrat and Uber executive Rajiv Aggarwal has been appointed as the director of public policy by US-based social media giant Facebook. He will replace Ankhi Das who quit the company in October last year after getting entangled in an ugly controversy over the non-implementation of the platform’s hate-speech rules against right-wing leaders in India....

Instagram outage affects users in India, other countries

Popular social media platform Instagram is facing outages in several geographies across the world on Thursday, with users in India also unable to use the app on their Android or iOS phones. While parent Facebook and WhatsApp are working fine, the problem appears to be at Instagram’s end only. According to Instagram users who took...

Taliban’s official websites disappear from internet

Kabul: Days after the Taliban rapidly rose to power in Afghanistan, their official websites disappeared from the internet late on Friday. The reason for this disappearance–whether it is a technical fault or a deliberate move—remains unclear. The group has separate websites in Pashto, Dari, Arabic, Urdu and English. However, late on Friday, all these five...

Facebook launches ‘Small Business Loans Initiative’ in India—Here’s what you need to know

Social media giant Facebook on Friday announced an initiative to help small and medium businesses (SMBs) access credit through independent lending partners. The programme titled ‘Small Business Loans Initiative’ will be rolled out with the help of the online lending platform Indifi. Notably, India is the first country where the US-headquartered social media giant is...

Facebook bans Taliban from its platforms

Social media giant Facebook has banned the Taliban and all content supporting it from its platforms. The step has been taken as the US-based tech giant considers the group as a terrorist organisation. Facebook highlighted that the policy applies to all of its platforms, including its flagship social media network, Instagram and WhatsApp. A Facebook...

WhatsApp halts rollout of new privacy policy until…

Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Friday submitted to the Delhi High Court that it will not force users to accept its controversial new privacy policy until the Centre passes the Data Protection Bill that provides how the data collected by apps can be processed. The messaging app has also submitted that it will not curtail the functionality...

SC rejects Facebook’s plea against summons to appear before Delhi Assembly panel

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a plea filed by Facebook India vice-president Ajit Mohan challenging the summons issued by the Delhi Assembly’s peace committee that is probing the Delhi violence case. Following the verdict, Facebook officials will now have to appear before the committee. However, the court also said that the social media giant...

Ravi Shankar Prasad says govt respects privacy, aim is to stop misuse of social media

Union law and justice minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday clarified that the new digital rules for social media intermediaries have been framed to stop abuse and misuse of social media. The minister asserted that the “right of privacy” of users. The clarification comes a day after Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp approached the Delhi High...

WhatsApp approaches court against Centre’s new digital rules citing users’ right to privacy

Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has approached the Delhi High Court against the Union government’s new digital rules that came into effect today. The company has claimed that the new rules formulated by the Centre would force it to compromise with the privacy protection of users. As of now, the messaging app provides end-to-end encryption to...

Facebook blocks #ResignModi, unblocks it after criticism; says hashtag barred by “mistake”

Social media giant Facebook blocked posts tagged #ResignModi for Indian users, but restored them hours later resulting in a controversy. As the COVID-19 situation in India is aggravating with each passing day and the queues outside hospitals and crematoriums are getting longer, social media platforms are full of posts against the ruling dispensation with many...