11 May 2021
Facebook tests 'Read First' prompts to check misinformation
Amidst the overflow of information being disseminated across the social media platforms, stopping the spread of false information and fake news has become more important than ever.
09 May 2021
Mark Zuckerberg acquires more land in Hawaii for $53 million
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan recently acquired 600 acres of land on the North Shore of Hawaii's Kauai island. This deal brings the couple's total landholdings on Kauai island to over 1,300 acres.
05 May 2021
NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter finally opens up Spaces, and more
After beta testing Spaces on minorities and marginalized netizens for a while, Twitter has finally opened up its Clubhouse clone to common folks, provided you happen to have at least 600 followers.
28 Apr 2021
Instagram is developing Creator Shops, tools targeting 'creator middle class'
In a recent Instagram Live session with Instagram boss Adam Mosseri, Mark Zuckerberg announced a suite of new tools which would help Instagram influencers monetize their online presence.
20 Apr 2021
Facebook unveils its upcoming Clubhouse-style audio-based social media offering
When Big Tech social media platforms such as Twitter and Spotify unveiled their Clubhouse clones, it was speculated that Facebook would also join in with a similar platform.
12 Apr 2021
Another database of leaked Facebook users' phone numbers found online
Barely a week has passed since Mark Zuckerberg-led Facebook sprang a data leak that put the personal data of around 533 million users out in the open.
09 Apr 2021
Facebook has no plans to notify users about data leak
The personal information of more than 530 million Facebook users was leaked and the data has been posted on a hacking forum for free.
06 Apr 2021
Facebook-leaked phone number reveals that Mark Zuckerberg uses Signal
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's phone number is among the personal data of 533 million Facebook users that was leaked recently. Dave Walker, a security researcher on Twitter revealed that Zuckerberg has an account on the Signal app.
31 Mar 2021
Parler warned FBI over 50 times before Capitol Hill protests
Free speech platform Parler reportedly informed the FBI of violent content on its platform in the days leading up to the Capitol Hill riots.
26 Mar 2021
Congress' five-hour questioning of Big Tech didn't yield actionable answers
In the first appearance before Congress since the US Capitol Hill riots, Big Tech faced criticism for around five hours about its handling of extremism and misinformation during the pandemic and the protests.
07 Mar 2021
Facebook undergoing investigation for systemic racial bias in hiring, promotions
A US agency investigating Facebook Inc. for racially biased hiring and promotions has classified its probe as "systemic." This means it suspects the company policies may be a cause of widespread discrimination.
26 Feb 2021
Facebook-Apple spat escalates: Facebook launches PR campaign defending targeted advertising
On Thursday, social media giant Facebook launched a campaign called "Good Ideas Deserve To Be Found" attempting to explain to users how small businesses rely on targeted advertising. Facebook will air commercials on radio and on TV, including during the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.
16 Feb 2021
NewsBytes Briefing: Zuckerberg goes full Sopranos on Apple, and more
Last month, we had predicted how Apple's new-found love for privacy was an act of war and that it would lead to the Silicon Valley equivalent of a gang war.
16 Feb 2021
Zuckerberg tells Facebook employees "to inflict pain" on Apple
This weekend, a Wall Street Journal report elaborated upon the ongoing rift between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg.
12 Feb 2021
Facebook might be in the process of cloning Clubhouse
It's tough even for the all-powerful Big Tech cabal to dispatch every new competitor like Parler, so sometimes they have to improvise. Facebook has instead chosen to copy the emerging new audio-based social media phenomenon Clubhouse.
28 Jan 2021
NewsBytes Briefing: Reddit makes Wall Street bleed billions, and more
What began as a price war between Reddit's army of trading enthusiasts and the Wall Street billionaires over the GameStop stock, saw the hedge funds lose more than $10 billion.
22 Jan 2021
Google threatens to disable Search in Australia; Facebook follows suit
Google has threatened to disable its search engine in Australia in an attempt to stop the government from passing a law that will force it to pay local media outlets for sharing their news content.
09 Jan 2021
Facebook's smart glasses coming in 2021, but without Augmented Reality
Facebook's much-vaunted smart glasses will be launching soon. The glasses are coming "sooner than later" in 2021, but without the graphical overlays promised through Augmented Reality (AR) technology.
09 Jan 2021
WhatsApp issues ultimatum: Share data with Facebook or lose account
08 Jan 2021
After Capitol violence, Facebook and Instagram suspend Trump's accounts indefinitely
Outgoing United States President Donald Trump has been slapped with an indefinite ban by Facebook and Instagram. He was initially barred from posting anything on these platforms for 24 hours, in wake of the deadly violence at the Capitol.
07 Jan 2021
Facebook redesigns Pages; Like button removed, new admin controls
Facebook has announced a major redesign of Pages, that are mainly used by artists, public figures, and brands.
07 Jan 2021
Twitter, Facebook temporarily lock Donald Trump's accounts amid Capitol assault
Twitter and Facebook accounts of outgoing United States President Donald Trump were temporarily locked by the tech giants on Wednesday in wake of the chaos that took over the Capitol just as a ceremonial session of Congress was underway.
05 Jan 2021
Jeff Bezos donates $10 billion to fight climate change
The world's richest person made the single-largest charitable contribution in 2020, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual list of top donations, a $10 billion gift that is intended to help fight climate change.
10 Dec 2020
Will Facebook be forced to sell Instagram and WhatsApp?
The Federal Trade Commission and over 40 states in the United States on Wednesday accused social media giant Facebook of crushing competition by buying other companies.
29 Oct 2020
US Senators grill CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google
The CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google were hammered by the United States Senate on Wednesday, in what qualifies as a chaotic hearing which diverted from the topic at hand several times.
02 Oct 2020
NewsBytes Briefing: US Senate subpoenas CEOs of Google, Facebook, Twitter
Last night, the US Senate Commerce Committee voted unanimously to issue subpoenas to the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter.
23 Sep 2020
No coercive action against Facebook executive: Delhi panel tells SC
A Delhi Assembly panel on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that it will take no coercive action against Facebook's top executive in India over the social media giant's alleged role in the February Delhi riots.
15 Sep 2020
Facebook launches new 'Climate Science Information Center': Details here
In a bid to help make planet Earth a greener and less polluted place to live, Facebook has announced a new 'Climate Science Information Center' for its main app.
03 Sep 2020
Facebook bans BJP MLA after hate speech row intensifies
Facebook, which is at the center of a storm in India after a report claimed it didn't act against hate speech of members of the ruling BJP, on Thursday banned T Raja Singh from its platform.
29 Aug 2020
Facebook hate speech row: Congress writes to Mark Zuckerberg again
The Congress party has written to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, asking him about the steps taken by the social media giant to investigate the recent hate speech allegations.
23 Aug 2020
#WeeklyRecap: Apple hits $2 trillion, Gmail suffers outage, and more
This week, both Apple and Google made major headlines in the world of tech.
21 Aug 2020
NewsBytes Briefing: Air leak at International Space Station, and more
In the updates since last night, NASA revealed that there has been a small air leak at the International Space Station.
02 Aug 2020
#WeeklyRecap: Big Tech trial, CERT-In's warning, NASA's Mars mission, more
This week, the biggest story in tech was the congressional trial of the CEOs of Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon over anti-trust issues.
31 Jul 2020
Young people not entirely safe from coronavirus, WHO reiterates
With the seventh month of battling the coronavirus pandemic over, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday repeated that guard can't be let down and blamed the younger population for driving the surge in some countries, adding that they aren't "invincible."
30 Jul 2020
Big Tech on trial: Key moments from the historic hearing
On Wednesday, Big Tech went on trial as the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook appeared before Congress for a hearing on antitrust.
28 Jul 2020
NewsBytes Briefing: Google extends work from home and more
A lot has happened in the world of technology since last evening.
27 Jul 2020
Big Tech CEOs to testify before Congress: All details here
On Wednesday, the Chief Executives of four of US' largest technology conglomerates - Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google - are heading to testify before a US Congressional panel.
21 Jul 2020
NewsBytes Briefing: Zuckerberg says no deal with Trump and more
Since last evening, the world of technology has seen some notable developments.
14 Jul 2020
Mukesh Ambani becomes 6th richest person in the world
After a massive fund-raising spree of Jio Platforms, Indian business magnate Mukesh Ambani has become the sixth-richest person in the world.
30 Jun 2020
Microsoft suspends all advertising on Facebook, Instagram
Microsoft has suspended all advertising on Facebook and Instagram at least until August.