Meta: News

26 Feb 2024

Microsoft

Microsoft's water consumption rises to 22bn liters amid AI boom

The rise of generative artificial intelligence (AI) has led to a surge in water consumption.

24 Feb 2024

WhatsApp

WhatsApp rolling out new feature to access channel reports

WhatsApp has launched a new Android beta update, version 2.24.5.11, via the Google Play Beta Program, which includes a "channel reports" feature.

22 Feb 2024

WhatsApp

WhatsApp introduces new text formatting options for improved messaging

Popular messaging platform WhatsApp has introduced four new text formatting features to improve user communication.

21 Feb 2024

Facebook

Fake funeral livestream scams are duping loved ones on Facebook

Scammers are creating fake funeral livestreams on Facebook, targeting grieving friends and family members, according to a 404 Media investigation.

20 Feb 2024

WhatsApp

Meta to launch deepfake fact-checking helpline on WhatsApp next month

Meta and the Misinformation Combat Alliance (MCA) are teaming up to launch a WhatsApp helpline in March 2024.

18 Feb 2024

WhatsApp

WhatsApp to soon allow channel ownership transfer: Here's how

WhatsApp has unveiled an update for iOS users via the TestFlight beta program, which brings a new feature that lets channel owners transfer their channels' ownership to other trusted admins.

Google, Meta, OpenAI, others unite to combat AI election interference

The swift expansion of generative artificial intelligence (AI) has raised concerns that emerging technology might influence global elections this year.

Meta's new AI model learns from videos rather than text

Meta's AI experts have created a new model, called Video Joint Embedding Predictive Architecture (V-JEPA).

16 Feb 2024

Apple

Meta charging 30% fee on boosted posts in iOS apps

Meta has announced that starting later this month, advertisers will face a 30% fee when boosting the visibility of their posts, on Facebook and Instagram's iOS apps.

14 Feb 2024

Mark Zuckerberg

Meta Quest 3 superior to Apple Vision Pro: Mark Zuckerberg

In a recent Instagram video, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared his thoughts on Apple's Vision Pro and Meta's Quest 3 headset.

11 Feb 2024

Instagram

Instagram, Threads to soon limit political content recommendations

American technology conglomerate Meta has announced that Instagram and Threads will no longer suggest political content to users unless they specifically choose to see the same.

09 Feb 2024

Iran

Amid Israel-Palestine tensions, Meta removes Iranian Supreme Leader's accounts

Today, Meta announced the removal of Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's Facebook and Instagram accounts due to violations of its content policies.

09 Feb 2024

Instagram

Instagram is developing an AI-assisted messaging feature: What to expect

Instagram, a Meta-owned social media platform, is reportedly developing a feature that will use artificial intelligence (AI) to assist users in composing messages.

Meta to label AI-generated images across Facebook, Instagram, and Threads

Meta is stepping up its game to help users spot AI-generated images on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Threads.

04 Feb 2024

Apple

Meta Quest 3 outpaces Apple Vision Pro in multiple aspects

Despite the high-end features of the Apple Vision Pro, such as micro-OLED 4K displays and advanced hand tracking, the Meta Quest 3 reportedly manages to outshine it in several areas.

03 Feb 2024

WhatsApp

WhatsApp is developing favorite contacts feature for iOS users

WhatsApp is gearing up to introduce a new feature that will enhance its calling capabilities by allowing users to select their favorite contacts for easy access on iOS.

02 Feb 2024

WhatsApp

WhatsApp to bring channel report feature on Android devices

WhatsApp is gearing up to introduce a new feature through the Google Play Beta Program.

Meta approving inappropriate ads targeting teens made using own AI

A study by the Tech Transparency Project (TTP), a division of the nonprofit Campaign for Accountability, discovered that Meta approved numerous ads containing content that violates company policies.

02 Feb 2024

Apple

Meta Quest 3 now supports Vision Pro-like Spatial Video playback

Meta has introduced spatial video playback for its Quest 3, just as Apple's Vision Pro headset hits the market.

02 Feb 2024

Instagram

Meta shares surge as Q4 revenue jumps 25% to $40bn

Meta Platforms, the company behind Facebook and Instagram, has posted a 25% revenue increase, reaching $40.1 billion for the quarter ending December 31.

01 Feb 2024

Mark Zuckerberg

'Sorry for everything': Zuckerberg to families at US Senate hearing

During a US Senate hearing, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg issued an apology to families, affected by the negative consequences of social media on children.

29 Jan 2024

Microsoft

Why the tech industry is conducting mass layoffs in 2024?

In January 2024, roughly 100 tech companies, including Meta, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Salesforce, have laid off around 25,000 employees, reports layoffs.fyi.

26 Jan 2024

Instagram

Instagram's Flipside lets you create 'Finsta' account for close friends

Instagram is testing a new feature called 'Flipside' that lets users create a private side to their profile for sharing personal content with close friends.

25 Jan 2024

Facebook

Meta introduces new safety measures for minors on Instagram, Facebook

Meta is taking steps to enhance the safety of young users on Instagram and Facebook Messenger.

24 Jan 2024

Instagram

Meta neglected children's safety on its platforms, claims whistleblower

Arturo Béjar, a former Meta senior engineer, asserts that the company hasn't done enough to shield young users from harmful content following Molly Russell's tragic death in the UK.

22 Jan 2024

Facebook

Meta to let EU users unlink Instagram, Facebook, and Messenger

Meta is making some changes for European Union (EU) users ahead of the Digital Markets Act (DMA) implementation in March.

19 Jan 2024

Facebook

100K children being sexually harassed daily on Facebook, Instagram

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, is facing allegations that around 100,000 children using its platforms encounter online sexual harassment daily.

19 Jan 2024

Mark Zuckerberg

Meta plans to build AGI and open it to developers

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has shared the company's plans to develop its own artificial general intelligence (AGI) and eventually make it accessible to developers.

18 Jan 2024

Facebook

Sheryl Sandberg steps down from Meta's board after 12 years

Sheryl Sandberg, who held the position of Meta's Chief Operating Officer (COO) for 14 years and served as a board member for 12 years, has decided to step down from the company's board of directors.

13 Jan 2024

Instagram

Instagram co-founders' Artifact news app shutting down soon: Here's why

Artifact, a US-based news aggregation app-turned-social network launched by Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, is shutting down.

13 Jan 2024

WhatsApp

WhatsApp beta for Android brings new settings to manage updates

WhatsApp is introducing a new feature with its Android beta version 2.24.2.13, which allows users to manage app updates through the preinstalled Meta App Manager application.

11 Jan 2024

Microsoft

Big Tech companies score poorly in Glassdoor's 2024 rankings 

The tech industry is not having its best time and that is showing up in how employees are ranking their current or former employers.

10 Jan 2024

Facebook

Lawsuit alleges Meta runs content sexualizing minors besides corporate ads

Facebook and Instagram are facing accusations of profiting from corporate ads placed next to content, that may promote child sexual exploitation.

07 Jan 2024

Threads

Instagram boss apologizes for irrelevant, hateful recommendations on Threads

Over the last few weeks, Threads has flooded user feeds with low-quality recommendations, including irrelevant content, engagement baits, and even hate speech, particularly transphobic posts.

07 Jan 2024

WhatsApp

WhatsApp to let you share music audio during video calls

WhatsApp's latest beta update for Android, version 2.24.1.19, has introduced a new feature that lets users share video and music audio during video calls.

05 Jan 2024

WhatsApp

WhatsApp working on new features for Windows and Android

WhatsApp is introducing a new feature for its Windows native app through the official beta channel on the Microsoft Store.

29 Dec 2023

Instagram

Best Instagram updates that caught our attention in 2023

In 2023, Instagram rolled out a variety of new features and updates to boost user experience and cater to content creators, and users alike.

28 Dec 2023

WhatsApp

Best WhatsApp features released in 2023

Meta rolled out a slew of exciting new features for WhatsApp this year, making the popular messaging app even more user-friendly.

OTT services are exempt from Telecom Bill 2023: Ashwini Vaishnaw

Earlier this week, the Indian Government presented new legislation to substitute three existing laws governing the telecom industry within the country.

21 Dec 2023

Indian Government

Telecom Bill: Meta fears Indian government might regulate internet apps

Meta, the tech giant behind popular apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, is concerned about India's Telecommunications Bill, 2023, Moneycontrol reported.

20 Dec 2023

Technology

Top tech innovations that caught our attention in 2023

Year after year, advancements in technology keep redefining the possible. The most meaningful ones are those that help solve real-world issues and improve our daily lives.

15 Dec 2023

Threads

Meta's Threads is heading to fediverse: What changes

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has shared that Threads is testing integration with ActivityPub, which would make posts accessible on Mastodon and other ActivityPub-supported platforms.

14 Dec 2023

Threads

Meta's Threads app now finally available in the EU

Meta's new social media platform, Threads, has finally reached the European Union, opening its doors to nearly 448 million users.

14 Dec 2023

Instagram

Instagram makes it easier to remove fake followers: Here's how

Meta is introducing new tools on Instagram to help users take control of spam and bot content on their feeds.

13 Dec 2023

Google

Google, Meta, Qualcomm form coalition for open digital ecosystems

Google, Meta, Qualcomm, and seven other tech giants have teamed up to form the Coalition for Open Digital Ecosystems (CODE).

13 Dec 2023

Facebook

How Meta's fact-checking program will work on Threads

Meta is gearing up to launch its fact-checking program on the Threads platform, ahead of the major elections in the US and India next year.

11 Dec 2023

Congress Party

'Over Rs. 40cr': Congress outspent BJP on ads in November

In India, the top 20 political advertisers (online) for November reportedly spent Rs. 36.31 crore on 15,405 advertisements on Google Ads, while 7,901 ads worth Rs. 5.98 crore were published through Meta's platforms.

07 Dec 2023

Facebook

Your Facebook Messenger chats are now end-to-end encrypted

Meta has started introducing end-to-end encryption for Messenger and Facebook users.

05 Dec 2023

IBM

Meta and IBM forge open-source alliance against big AI players

Meta Platforms and IBM have partnered to form the 'AI Alliance.' Their goal? To promote responsible innovation in artificial intelligence (AI).

05 Dec 2023

Instagram

Meta to discontinue cross-messaging between Instagram and Facebook: Here's why

Meta has decided to discontinue the feature that lets users chat with Facebook friends on Instagram. The change will come into effect later this month.

05 Dec 2023

Harvard

Disinformation researcher accuses Harvard of firing her on Meta's orders

Dr. Joan Donovan, a well-known disinformation expert, has accused Harvard University of ending her project and forcing her out to protect its ties with Facebook's parent company, Meta.

03 Dec 2023

WhatsApp

WhatsApp to soon let users share statuses directly to Instagram

WhatsApp has constantly been exploring innovative methods for users to share status updates on various platforms.

02 Dec 2023

Facebook

Meta platforms failing to stop child abuse content, says report

Meta has reportedly dedicated months to addressing child safety issues on its platforms, Instagram and Facebook. However, it is still encountering challenges in preventing its own systems from promoting an extensive network of accounts associated with pedophilia.

30 Nov 2023

Threads

Meta's Threads set to launch in EU next month

US tech giant Meta is gearing up to introduce Threads, its text-based social network, to the European Union (EU).

30 Nov 2023

WhatsApp

WhatsApp introduces 'Secret Code' feature for enhanced chat privacy

WhatsApp is stepping up its privacy game with a new "Secret Code" feature, adding an extra layer of protection to your most sensitive conversations.

29 Nov 2023

Mark Zuckerberg

4,000 calories; 8 hours sleep: Mark Zuckerberg reveals his routine

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently offered a sneak peek into his daily routine during a Facebook live Q&A session.

28 Nov 2023

Europe

Meta's paid ad-free service draws privacy complaint in Austria

Meta Platforms, the company behind Facebook and Instagram, is facing a privacy complaint in Europe over its new paid ad-free subscription service.

28 Nov 2023

Instagram

Instagram promotes child-sexualizing reels to followers of teen influencers: Report

Instagram's Reels feature has come under fire for allegedly showing explicit content, including "risqué footage of children" and adult videos, to accounts that followed young influencers, according to an investigation by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

27 Nov 2023

Instagram

Meta intentionally made social media addictive for children: Court documents

Meta Platforms, the company behind Facebook, is facing allegations of intentionally designing its social media platforms to be addictive for children, according to a legal complaint unsealed recently and reported by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

26 Nov 2023

Facebook

Meta accused of targeting under-13s, deceiving public about age-verification measures

A freshly unsealed complaint in a lawsuit against Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, has claimed it knowingly allowed and even pursued children under 13 to use its platforms.

Meta dissolves Responsible AI team; members to support cross-team efforts

Meta has reportedly disbanded its Responsible AI (RAI) team, which was focused on ensuring the safety of its artificial intelligence (AI) projects.

18 Nov 2023

WhatsApp

WhatsApp, Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 team announce multi-year partnership

WhatsApp, the popular private messaging platform, has embarked on a multi-year collaboration with the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 team.

18 Nov 2023

WhatsApp

WhatsApp introduces new icons for chat attachment view on iOS

WhatsApp's latest update has brought fresh icons to the chat attachment view on iOS, providing users with a contemporary experience when deciding what to share during a conversation.

17 Nov 2023

Threads

You can now use Threads from your mobile web browser

Meta's Threads app is now accessible from mobile web browsers as well, broadening the platform's reach and providing a more adaptable experience for users.

17 Nov 2023

WhatsApp

WhatsApp is highlighting AI-powered chats with new shortcut button

WhatsApp is working on an exciting new feature called AI chats, which is meant to help users with daily tasks, by providing suggestions and recommendations.

16 Nov 2023

Instagram

Instagram users can now create meme-worthy reels: Here's how

Instagram is introducing a series of enhancements to elevate user experience across various content formats such as reels, feed images, carousel posts, and stories.