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25 Jun 2021


'Dhol' actress Payal Rohatgi arrested for threatening society member

Bigg Boss fame actress Payal Rohatgi was arrested today for verbally abusing her housing society's chairperson.

15 Jun 2021


Hold on, so Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are married?

Gwen Stefani's recent Instagram post has sparked rumors of her getting married to Blake Shelton over the weekend.

14 Jun 2021


'Naagin-2' actor Rohan Gandotra lost projects for low social-media presence?

Social media platforms can bridge the gap between celebrities and fans, helping them to interact openly.

13 Jun 2021

Rakhi Sawant

Times when Rakhi Sawant and bizarre went hand-in-hand

Rakhi Sawant sure finds ways to grab media attention with her posts and allegations.

11 Jun 2021

Ed Sheeran

Wait is over! Ed Sheeran's 'Bad Habits' coming this month

English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is finally dropping new music this month.

02 Jun 2021


A pizza-party post landed Siddharth Pithani straight to NCB net

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) was trying to catch Sushant Singh Rajput's former roommate Siddharth Pithani since last August, as per reports.

28 May 2021


NewsBytes Briefing: Wuhan lab-leak hypothesis no longer thought-crime, and more

Mainstream media, so-called fact checkers, and Big Tech censors have a busy weekend of stealth editing incriminating content and revising their algorithmic ban hammers ahead of them.

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


Instagram launches new 'Shop' tab section exclusively for product drops

In yet another move markedly reducing dependency on advertising revenue, Instagram has announced that it will add a new section called "Drops" under the Shop tab on the app.

26 May 2021


NewsBytes Briefing: Delhi Police pays Twitter a visit, and more

Twitter learned the hard way that Narendra Modi shouldn't be confused with Donald Trump, and that its arbitrary policies won't fly in India.

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.

23 May 2021

COVID-19 India

Sambhavna Seth alleges her father died due to medical negligence

Actress Sambhavna Seth has alleged that her father, who was seeking treatment for COVID-19 at a Delhi hospital, passed away due to the negligence of the hospital staff.

20 May 2021

Kangana Ranaut

Please stop Kangana Ranaut, enough of your tone-deaf comments!

It's one thing to have an opinion, and an entirely different scenario to be lacking sensitivity.

18 May 2021


NewsBytes Briefing: Twitterati feels the subscription blues, and more

Apple has been going after its Big Tech rivals by hurting their ad revenue models, but Twitter is making sure it can weather Apple's impending "adpocalypse".

16 May 2021


Make way, Rakhi Sawant is now eyeing Hollywood!

Actress-dancer Rakhi Sawant never fails to keep us hooked to her antics, be it on a reality show or in real life.

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


NewsBytes Briefing: YouTube's TikTok clone already doing well, and more

Silicon Valley's foundation is built on compelling ideas. But ideas can be stolen, which happens with clockwork precision in the world of social media platforms. For instance, YouTube's TikTok clone has been gradually phased out from testing to global roll-out now.

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.

05 May 2021


Signal exposes Facebook on Instagram, Facebook bans its ads

In another shocking incident that could tarnish Facebook's brand image, Signal displayed ads on Instagram illustrating how frighteningly intrusive the platform's data collection practices are to the target audience.

29 Apr 2021


NewsBytes Briefing: Intel should be worried of Apple, and more

Even as Apple's new iOS 14.5 wreaks havoc on Facebook's and Google's advertising business model, its custom-designed processors have not only displaced Intel's offerings, but their performance and efficiency threatens the x86 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.

27 Apr 2021


Palash Sen reveals why he stayed away from Bollywood

Singer-songwriter Dr. Palash Sen, who founded the pop-rock band Euphoria three decades ago, recently revealed why he kept a distance from Bollywood for all these years.

24 Apr 2021


NewsBytes Briefing: App makers are terrified for Apple, and more

If you thought the term Big Tech mafia was a hyperbole, think again. App makers told US senators that they are scared of Apple and Google during the ongoing anti-trust dog and pony show.

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.

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.

19 Apr 2021

Kamal Haasan

Actress blasts doctor after dermatological process leaves her with swelling

Tamil actress Raiza Wilson has lashed out at a dermatologist for allegedly pestering her to undergo a procedure she "didn't need."

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.

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.

08 Apr 2021

Social Media

High time we normalize all body types, says Sayantani Ghosh

Popular TV actress Sayantani Ghosh broached an important topic on social media recently, that of body positivity and shaming.

08 Apr 2021


After Aamir Khan, Amit Sadh, Samir Soni quit social media

The recent COVID-19 surge has been hard on the entertainment industry with many actors getting infected and shoots being halted.

01 Apr 2021


Instagram Reels' latest feature called Remix mimics Duets from TikTok

It's no secret that Instagram Reels is Facebook's version of TikTok. And, now Instagram's new Remix feature announced yesterday mimics TikTok's Duet feature.

22 Mar 2021


App Store privacy analysis finds Instagram, Facebook most invasive apps

Apple's privacy campaign keeps on giving. Cloud Storage firm pCloud rummaged through Apple's brand-new privacy labels and came back with a privacy report card for apps with results that will shock no one.

20 Mar 2021


NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter gets ready for fifth-generation warfare, and more

You really need to pay attention when Angela Merkel, who was once scouted by Stasi secret police, gets spooked by Big Tech censorship.

19 Mar 2021


Facebook working on Instagram for children under 13

Facebook is building a version of Instagram for children. The company had reportedly announced the app internally on Thursday, but it is not yet launched for public use.

18 Mar 2021


NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook develops concern for human rights, and more

Last time Apple feigned privacy concerns, that was revealed to be a ploy to ruin Facebook by going after its ad revenues. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had responded by famously asking employees "to inflict pain" on Apple.

17 Mar 2021


Instagram deploys AI tool to keep teens safer: Here's how

On Tuesday, Instagram announced a new technology that will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to determine users' age. The tool is aimed at underage youngsters who might lie about their age to create accounts on the platform.

12 Mar 2021


NewsBytes Briefing: Uncle Sam wants your YouTube money, and more

YouTubers have been suffering lately from rampant demonetization, COPPA purges, and the overall decline in AdSense revenues, but Google isn't done just yet.

11 Mar 2021

Social Media

Instagram Lite rebooted in 170 countries; Adds Reels support

The Instagram Lite app has been available in India since last December, but now Facebook has launched it in a new avatar in 170 countries. The lightweight app is meant for smartphone owners with limited space.

10 Mar 2021

Instagram Stories

Instagram Captions feature will transcribe audio within your Stories

Instagram is testing a new feature called Captions which transcribes the audio of Instagram Stories.

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.

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