Facebook

Founded by Mark Zuckerberg, fellow Harvard students and his college roommates on February 4th, 2004, Facebook has now grown to 1.94 billion monthly active users as of March 2017. Facebook is the most popular social media site worldwide and also owns other popular social media sites such as Instagram, Whatsapp and Messenger. This multi-billion dollar company has its headquarters in Menlo, California, USA.

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Facebook undergoing investigation for systemic racial bias in hiring, promotions

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.

NewsBytes Briefing: Amazon accused of discriminating against blacks, and more

02 Mar 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Amazon accused of discriminating against blacks, and more

Not long after being caught stealing tips from its drivers, Amazon follows in Google's footsteps and gets accused of discriminating against a black employee.

Instagram's Live Rooms feature will allow broadcasts with four people

02 Mar 2021

Instagram's Live Rooms feature will allow broadcasts with four people

Instagram has announced a new feature called Live Rooms. It will allow a host and three participants in an Instagram Live session. Previously people could host sessions with just one other person.

NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter will soon have paywalls, and more

27 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter will soon have paywalls, and more

Even as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey bloviates about making Twitter free, the microblogging site announced plans to introduce monetization and paywalled content. Dubbed as Super Follow, the upcoming feature allows Twitter to make money off paywalled content.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg pens 'open love letter' to fiance

26 Feb 2021

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg pens 'open love letter' to fiance

The last time Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg hit headlines for her personal life was February 2020, when she announced her engagement to marketing CEO and former NBC News producer, Thomas 'Tom' Bernthal.

Facebook-Apple spat escalates: Facebook launches PR campaign defending targeted advertising

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.

NewsBytes Briefing: Investigation uncovers Facebook's pro ISIS move, and more

25 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Investigation uncovers Facebook's pro ISIS move, and more

Facebook banned pages belonging to the YPG (translated: People's Protection Units) at the behest of Turkey, according to a latest exposé by ProPublica.

Facebook bans all Myanmar military-linked accounts and ads: Details

25 Feb 2021

Facebook bans all Myanmar military-linked accounts and ads: Details

Social media giant Facebook announced on Thursday that it was banning all accounts linked to Myanmar's military and ads from military-controlled companies in the wake of the army's seizure of power on February 1.

Facebook pledges $1 billion to news industry after Australian standoff

25 Feb 2021

Facebook pledges $1 billion to news industry after Australian standoff

The Australian news media code has caused great upheaval in the social media space. After Facebook's recent shutdown of news feed in the country and quick reversal, the social media giant has pledged to invest $1 billion to "support the news industry".

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook shows Australia its merciful side, and more

23 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook shows Australia its merciful side, and more

After successfully getting Google to capitulate and pay for news, Australia learned the hard way that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is made of sterner stuff. Facebook's Aussie news ban also wiped out critical resources involving suicide helplines and COVID-19 information channels.

Facebook reverses Australian news ban following amendments to media code

23 Feb 2021

Facebook reverses Australian news ban following amendments to media code

Facebook has walked back the uncompromising and abrupt total ban it had imposed on sharing Australian news sites. The bold move had blocked Facebook's Australian users from viewing and sharing news.

NewsBytes Briefing: Myanmar joins Trump in naughty corner, and more

22 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Myanmar joins Trump in naughty corner, and more

After getting rid of former US President Donald Trump, Facebook has turned its ban hammer on foreign governments. Its latest victim is the Myanmar military establishment, which has joined Trump in Facebook jail.

Facebook removes Myanmar military's primary page; Cites repeated policy violations

22 Feb 2021

Facebook removes Myanmar military's primary page; Cites repeated policy violations

Facebook has punished the Myanmar military establishment after it led the recent coup that ousted the elected government. The social media giant removed the military establishment's eponymously named Facebook page Tatmadaw, which roughly translates to True News Information Team.

WhatsApp will implement updated policy despite global outrage

20 Feb 2021

WhatsApp will implement updated policy despite global outrage

WhatsApp has reiterated that it will implement its privacy policy despite user backlash and government scrutiny. WhatsApp recently published a blog post reminding its dwindling user base that the privacy policy will come into effect on May 15.

Facebook blocks Australians from viewing and sharing news content

18 Feb 2021

Facebook blocks Australians from viewing and sharing news content

Facebook has chosen to play hardball with Australian authorities by refusing to buckle under the pressure of implementing the country's contentious news media code. The social media platform has blocked its Australian users from viewing and sharing news.

NewsBytes Briefing: Zuckerberg goes full Sopranos on Apple, and more

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.

Zuckerberg tells Facebook employees "to inflict pain" on Apple

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.

NewsBytes Briefing: Narendra Modi draws inspiration from MrBeast, and more

15 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Narendra Modi draws inspiration from MrBeast, and more

It's official, even our supreme leader Narendra Modi is most likely a fan of YouTube philanthropist MrBeast.

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook is after your vital stats, and more

13 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook is after your vital stats, and more

From your political preferences to buying habits, Facebook's spying of its users is comprehensive. However, there's always some scope for improvement.

Facebook could be secretly developing a smartwatch for 2022 launch

13 Feb 2021

Facebook could be secretly developing a smartwatch for 2022 launch

Social media giant Facebook is reported to be developing a smartwatch that is likely to launch next year. The device could be Android-based, although there is no confirmation if that will be the OS of choice.

Ronaldo becomes first person to amass 500mn social media followers

13 Feb 2021

Ronaldo becomes first person to amass 500mn social media followers

Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has reached yet another milestone by becoming the first person ever to have 500 million followers across social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Facebook might be in the process of cloning Clubhouse

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.

NewsBytes Briefing: There's some Chinese in my Koo, and more

11 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: There's some Chinese in my Koo, and more

A French hacker with a penchant for embarrassing Indian software endeavors claims to have found data breaches in the Koo app.

Australia calls Google's bluff; Microsoft offers Bing as replacement

01 Feb 2021

Australia calls Google's bluff; Microsoft offers Bing as replacement

Last month, Google had threatened to disable its flagship search engine in Australia to coerce the government from passing a controversial new law forcing Google to pay local media outlets for sharing their news content.

WFH special: Tips to reduce fatigue from excessive screen time

31 Jan 2021

WFH special: Tips to reduce fatigue from excessive screen time

Excessive use of your phone and/or laptop in these times of WFH leads to a number of discomforts, like migraine, eye pain, and muscle fatigue, among others.

Robinhood reportedly sells GameStop shares without permission from traders

29 Jan 2021

Robinhood reportedly sells GameStop shares without permission from traders

Trading app Robinhood on Thursday prevented investors from buying several stocks in order to facilitate short-selling hedge funds in their battle against the working class investors from the WallStreetBets subreddit.

NewsBytes Briefing: GameStop controversy attracts government scrutiny, and more

29 Jan 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: GameStop controversy attracts government scrutiny, and more

The battle between working class Americans and Wall Street billionaires has garnered bipartisan support from both sides of the US Senate.

Apple goes after Facebook, Google with its pro-privacy PR move

29 Jan 2021

Apple goes after Facebook, Google with its pro-privacy PR move

Apple CEO Tim Cook made a commitment to privacy while speaking at the Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection conference.

NewsBytes Briefing: Reddit makes Wall Street bleed billions, and more

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.

Blamed for inciting Republic Day chaos, Deep Sidhu goes 'missing'

28 Jan 2021

Blamed for inciting Republic Day chaos, Deep Sidhu goes 'missing'

Actor-activist Deep Sidhu has gone missing, so to speak, since the chaos during the farmers' tractor rally on Republic Day (January 26).

Pamela Anderson uninstalls 'brain controlling' social media from her life

28 Jan 2021

Pamela Anderson uninstalls 'brain controlling' social media from her life

Pamela Anderson has taken a decision that might be good for her well-being but really bad for her fans across all age groups.

Farmers' leaders to address protesters, Budget Day march still on

27 Jan 2021

Farmers' leaders to address protesters, Budget Day march still on

After violence rocked Delhi, farmers' leaders will address protesters at the Singhu border, one of the key locations of their agitation, today. Later, the leaders would also hold a meeting to discuss the next steps.

WhatsApp isn't mandatory, users can opt out: Delhi High Court

25 Jan 2021

WhatsApp isn't mandatory, users can opt out: Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court (HC) remarked that accepting WhatsApp's updated privacy policy isn't mandatory, and users have the choice of using a competing app if they don't like its Terms of Service (ToS).

US Defense Intelligence Agency admits buying location data off brokers

24 Jan 2021

US Defense Intelligence Agency admits buying location data off brokers

In a memo to Senator Ron Wyden, the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) admitted to buying location data of the public (and not just US residents) from data brokers.

Amusement park offers free entry to customers named 'Kamala'

24 Jan 2021

Amusement park offers free entry to customers named 'Kamala'

If your name is Kamala or Kamal, you're lucky today!

IT Parliamentary panel discusses WhatsApp privacy policy, Trump ban

22 Jan 2021

IT Parliamentary panel discusses WhatsApp privacy policy, Trump ban

The standing committee of the Parliament on Information Technology grilled officials of Facebook and Twitter at a meeting on Thursday over their views on the prevention of misuse of online platforms.

West Bengal Minister Rajib Banerjee resigns from Mamata Banerjee's Cabinet

22 Jan 2021

West Bengal Minister Rajib Banerjee resigns from Mamata Banerjee's Cabinet

In yet another setback to CM Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal Government, the state's Forest Minister Rajib Banerjee has announced his resignation from the position on Friday.

Facebook data breach: CBI books Cambridge Analytica, Global Science Research

22 Jan 2021

Facebook data breach: CBI books Cambridge Analytica, Global Science Research

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a complaint against United Kingdom-based consulting firm Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research in connection with the Facebook data theft case.

Maharashtra: Woman withdraws rape allegations against minister Dhananjay Munde

22 Jan 2021

Maharashtra: Woman withdraws rape allegations against minister Dhananjay Munde

The woman who accused Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and Maharashtra Social Justice Minister Dhananjay Munde of rape has withdrawn her complaint, reports said on Friday.

Google threatens to disable Search in Australia; Facebook follows suit

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.