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India asks Facebook's WhatsApp to withdraw privacy policy update
Technology

India asks Facebook's WhatsApp to withdraw privacy policy update

  • The demand creates a new headache for WhatsApp and its US parent Facebook, which have placed big bets on the South Asian nation to expand their payments and other businesses.
  • The proposed changes raise grave concerns regarding the implications for the choice and autonomy of Indian citizens.
Published 19 Jan, 2021 06:49pm
Google backs Biden's immigration reform plan for 'dreamers'
World

Google backs Biden's immigration reform plan for 'dreamers'

  • Google has announced that it would support President-elect Joe Biden's efforts to pass a new United States immigration law, helping to cover application fees for immigrants seeking lawful work.
  • Google announced its philanthropic aim to pay for the application fees of nearly 500 young immigrants, seeking employment under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme.
Updated 14 Jan, 2021 05:16pm
US FTC's antitrust case against Facebook gets new judge
World

US FTC's antitrust case against Facebook gets new judge

  • The state attorneys general requested last month that the cases be consolidated. Facebook objected to the consolidation, saying it was "premature and unnecessary" but did not object to the same judge hearing both cases.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 12:27pm
Facebook can’t see your private messages, calls says WhatsApp amid privacy row
Technology

Facebook can’t see your private messages, calls says WhatsApp amid privacy row

  • We want to be clear that the policy update does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family in any way. Instead, this update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp, which is optional, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data,” said WhatsApp in an official statement to address the issue.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 11:01am
Pence rejects calls to oust defiant Trump, but impeachment looms
World

Pence rejects calls to oust defiant Trump, but impeachment looms

  • "I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our nation," Pence wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shortly before the House was set to vote on a measure calling on Pence to use the amendment to strip Trump of power.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 10:02am
Google, Facebook and Microsoft among other corporate giants to suspend political spending
World

Google, Facebook and Microsoft among other corporate giants to suspend political spending

  • In the aftermath of the violent attack on the Capitol Building last week, Facebook, Microsoft and Google have joined a growing list of corporations that are pausing their political spending.
  • As corporate responses have escalated, some companies have suspended donations to lawmakers who objected to the certification of the election, while many have halted all of their political donations for a few months.
Updated 12 Jan, 2021 04:34pm
Turkey probes Facebook's move to collect WhatsApp data
World

Turkey probes Facebook's move to collect WhatsApp data

  • The Competition Board said it ruled the data-collection requirement should be suspended until the probe is complete
  • WhatsApp updated its terms of service last Wednesday, allowing Facebook and its subsidiaries to collect user data
Published 11 Jan, 2021 04:32pm
Facebook drops 'likes' button from public pages
Technology

Facebook drops 'likes' button from public pages

  • Facebook Pages will only show followers and have a dedicated News Feed where users can join conversations, interact with peers and engage with fans, the company said in a blog post.
  • “We are removing Likes and focusing on Followers to simplify the way people connect with their favorite Pages,” Facebook said about the redesign.
Updated 06 Jan, 2021 08:37pm
Google, Facebook agree to join hands against potential anti-trust lawsuit: Report
World

Google, Facebook agree to join hands against potential anti-trust lawsuit: Report

  • Google and Facebook were aware that their cooperative agreement could potentially trigger anti-trust investigations, and subsequently strategised on how to deal with them.
  • According to a spokesperson from Google, such agreements over anti-trust threats are extremely common in the industry, to avoid any unprecedented legal challenges.
Updated 22 Dec, 2020 01:07pm