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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.

Twitter, Facebook under regulatory scanner for hosting unregulated adoption activity

16 Jun 2021

Twitter, Facebook under regulatory scanner for hosting unregulated adoption activity

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has officially intimated social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Telegram over what's alleged to be activities related to illegal adoption of COVID-19 orphans.

15 Jun 2021

New sticker pack released for WhatsApp users on Android, iOS

Over the last few months, Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has struggled to retain users abandoning the platform in favor of alternatives such as Signal.

11 Jun 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Biden shows China some love, and more

US President Joe Biden's love hate relationship with China continues with his latest order revoking his predecessor Donald Trump's executive orders against Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat apps.

10 Jun 2021

Facebook's $400-worth smartwatch, with two cameras, could debut next summer

Earlier this year, reports suggested that social media giant Facebook might be in the process of developing a smartwatch for launch in 2022.

05 Jun 2021

Man saved after Facebook alerts Delhi Police about self-harm video

A 39-year-old man who shared a live video of harming himself on Facebook was saved by Delhi Police after it was alerted by a call from an office of the social media giant, officials said on Saturday.

05 Jun 2021

Trump calls Facebook's two-year ban an insult to American voters

On Friday, Facebook decided to suspend former US President Donald Trump's accounts on Facebook as well as Instagram for two years. The suspension will be counted from its actual enforcement which took place on January 7 this year and will continue until 2023.

29 May 2021

Google, Facebook comply with IT Ministry rules; Twitter's stance unclear

Google, Facebook, and the latter's subsidiary WhatsApp have reportedly agreed to comply with the new rules defined by the Indian Government's IT Ministry. Twitter's intention to comply remains unclear.

27 May 2021

Instagram, Facebook finally allow users to hide Likes

In mid-April, Instagram was spotted testing a setting that would allow users to hide the number of Likes from others' posts showing up on their feeds as well as their own posts. Facebook was expected to follow suit with a similar implementation.

27 May 2021

NewsBytes Explainer: Did COVID-19 leak from Wuhan lab?

What was once considered heresy and "debunked" mercilessly returns with a vengeance. After shocking admission by Dr. Anthony Fauci that COVID-19 could have originated from Chinese virology labs in Wuhan, Facebook says that it won't censor discussions on the SARS-CoV-2 virus being man-made.

26 May 2021

IT rules: Centre seeks compliance status from Facebook, Twitter 'ASAP'

The central government on Wednesday asked social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp to share their status of compliance with the new IT rules.

26 May 2021

Why is WhatsApp suing Modi-led Government?

Days after Delhi Police raided Twitter, another tech giant is fighting back by suing the Indian Government.

25 May 2021

Instagram could reward content creators with Bonuses for uploading Reels

In today's age where social media is drawing flak for targeted advertising, firms such as Facebook, its subsidiaries, Snap Inc., and Twitter are desperately trying to monetize their platforms in other ways.

21 May 2021

Clubhouse app is now available on Android globally (including India)

Popular voice-based social media app Clubhouse has finally made its way to Android. The app is available for download on the Google Play Store in India and around the world but users will still require an invite to sign up and participate.

20 May 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Microsoft tries hiding Windows 10X's demise, and more

In the deluge of Google I/O announcements, news of Microsoft killing Windows 10X has slipped through the cracks. But we have taken it upon ourselves to bring this tragic development to light.

16 May 2021

TikTok India CEO Nikhil Gandhi resigns one year after ban

Video sharing app TikTok's India CEO Nikhil Gandhi has reportedly resigned from his post, almost a year after the app was permanently banned in the country.

13 May 2021

Instagram allows users to list preferred pronouns on their profiles

Social networking platform Instagram has launched a new, albeit small feature where users will get to update up to four pronouns on their profile.

13 May 2021

German authorities invoke GDPR to halt WhatsApp's privacy policy implementation

WhatsApp's privacy policy update that's scheduled to come into effect on May 15 has hit a roadblock in Germany. On May 11, the regulators issued an order on Facebook, thereby barring it from accessing personal data belonging to WhatsApp users.

11 May 2021

WhatsApp issues ultimatum: Accept new policy or lose basic functionality

On May 15, WhatsApp's hotly-debated privacy policy is scheduled to come into force. The company maintains that "No one will have their accounts deleted or lose functionality of WhatsApp on May 15 because of this update."

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

Facebook brings chat themes, new features to Instagram and Messenger

Social media giant Facebook has unveiled multiple new theming features across its messaging services, including Messenger, Instagram, and Messenger Kids. Functional improvements include visual replies, read receipts, improved audio recording tools, and an updated archive feature on Instagram.

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.

08 May 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: IBM creates first 2-nanometer chip, and more

Those who thought IBM had stopped making processors are in for a surprise as the company claims to have created the world's first 2nm processor.

06 May 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Signal weaponizes Facebook ads against it, and more

In a brilliant move of lateral thinking, Signal showcased the real danger of Facebook's invasion of user privacy through, well, Facebook's targeted advertisements.

05 May 2021

Trump's Facebook ban upheld by Facebook-funded Oversight Board

Facebook-funded Oversight Board upheld the social media giant's decision to ban former US President Donald Trump on all its platforms following the January 6 Capitol riots.

03 May 2021

Facebook, Instagram iOS apps include notices extolling virtues of app-tracking

After fielding frontpage newspaper advertisements to influence public opinion against the App Tracking Transparency (ATT) measures introduced in iOS 14.5, Mark Zuckerberg is relaying the same message through the Facebook and Instagram iOS apps.

01 May 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Chip shortage cripples the auto industry, and more

Global chip shortages are getting ridiculous. Ford has projected its earnings will be slashed by an eye watering $2.5 billion as a consequence. That's 1.1 million fewer vehicles from just one auto maker.

30 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook commits accidental censorship, and more

Facebook is so used to censorship that it sometimes does so accidentally. That's the reason it cited after being caught hiding posts calling for the resignation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the country's worsening pandemic crisis.

29 Apr 2021

Facebook hides anti-Modi hashtag 'by mistake': Details here

Facebook claims to have had a case of accidental censorship on its hands. The social media platform was accused of censorship when Twitter users began sharing screenshots that showed how Facebook hid posts calling for the resignation of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

28 Apr 2021

Here's how Apple is going after Facebook, Google's bottomlines

Apple seems committed to upending Facebook's and Google's ad revenue models. The iPhone maker is thinking several steps ahead and preemptively plugging loopholes that could be exploited by its Big Tech rivals.

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.

28 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Apple puts Facebook, Google on notice, and more

In January everyone had dismissed Apple CEO Tim Cook's privacy campaign as a PR stunt. We had called it back then that it was no ordinary PR stunt, and Cook was setting up a booby trap to gut rivals Facebook and Google.

27 Apr 2021

Once again, WhatsApp is reminding users about privacy policy deadline

Despite facing severe global backlash for its unilateral privacy policy change, Facebook-owned instant messaging service WhatsApp decided it's a good idea to remind users of the policy change and the fast-approaching implementation deadline.

23 Apr 2021

Facebook begins monetizing TikTok clone Instagram Reels in India

Facebook's TikTok copy Instagram Reels won't be free any longer, at least for users in India, Brazil, Germany, and Australia. Facebook will be testing advertisements for the short video platform in these countries.

23 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Hackers blackmail Apple with repair schematics, and more

Apple has been fleecing customers with exorbitant repair charges and planned obsolescence, but now a hacker collective called REvil has turned the tables on it.

21 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook announces its Clubhouse clone, and more

You can find everything in Silicon Valley except originality. Sure enough, Facebook joins the mad rush to clone Clubhouse.

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.

16 Apr 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook could enter the dating game, and more

Facebook had already made an abortive attempt at its own dating app back in 2019, but that didn't work out at all. Now, the social media behemoth is trying its hand at video-based speed dating.

16 Apr 2021

Facebook ran ads for fake Clubhouse app loaded with malware

Cybercriminals have been running ads on Facebook for a PC version of Clubhouse that does not exist, reports TechCrunch.

15 Apr 2021

Instagram's test lets users hide Likes, Facebook might follow suit

Continuing its ongoing experimentation with the Likes counter, Instagram has now announced a new option. It allows users to turn off the visibility for the Likes count on their own posts as well as others' posts they see on the app.

15 Apr 2021

New WhatsApp privacy policy could face intervention from German regulators

The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Johannes Casper, has opened proceedings to stop WhatsApp from implementing a controversial privacy policy that allows it to share user data with Facebook.

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