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October, 2019

  • 22 October

    Twitter Plans Policy to Fight Deepfake Videos

    Twitter is working on a new policy to tackle deepfake videos on its platform that will address the content which could threaten someone’s physical safety or lead to offline harm. The micro-blogging platform has asked its users how best the synthetic and manipulated videos can be addressed. “Deepfakes” are video ...

  • 21 October

    Assembly Elections 2019: Facebook Alerts People to Vote During Maharashtra, Haryana Polls

    Facebook on Monday activated its election notification feature for India, requesting people to go out and vote for their candidates in the Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly polls and post that they have voted. Voting started in Maharashtra for the 288-Assembly constituencies, while over 1.83 crore voters in BJP-ruled Haryana are ...

  • 20 October

    WhatsApp Splash Screen Feature Spotted in Latest Android Beta: Here’s How to Get It

    WhatsApp for Android beta 2.19.297 has now been released, and it brings along a new Light Splash Screen feature for users. Splash Screen is essentially a new page that shows up initially when the app loads for the first time, with the WhatsApp logo plastered on a white background. This ...

  • 19 October

    Facebook Hit by $35 Billion Class-Action Lawsuit Over Misuse of Facial Recognition Data

    A court in the US has denied Facebook’s request to quash $35 billion class-action lawsuit against its alleged misuse of facial recognition data in Illinois. A three-judge panel of the ninth circuit judges in San Francisco rejected Facebook’s plea and the case will now go to trial unless the Supreme ...

  • 17 October

    TikTok Brings in Ex-US Congressmen to Review Content Policies

    TikTok will bring in an external group comprising former US congressmen to review and advise on its content moderation policies including on child safety, misinformation and hate speech, the popular Chinese-owned video app said on Tuesday. The group, K&L Gates, will work with TikTok’s internal US management team, the company said. The ...

  • 16 October

    Instagram to Give Users More Control Over Data They Share With Third-Party Apps

    Facebook-owned Instagram on Tuesday announced a new feature which will allow users to have control over the personal information they share with third-parties through the app and it will be rolling out gradually over the next six months. A user can navigate to Settings > Security > Apps and Websites ...

  • 14 October

    Facebook Sued by Mobile Banking App Current Over Similar Calibra Logo

    Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project has hit another roadblock, as a mobile banking app has sued its Calibra subsidiary over similar logos. Interestingly, both the logos were designed by San Francisco-based branding firm ‘Character’, which has also been named as a defendant in the lawsuit. According to the lawsuit filed by ...

  • 12 October

    Instagram Gets Dark Mode Support on Android and iOS, Removes Following Tab for All Users

    Instagram is introducing a series of new, welcome changes to its Android and iOS apps this week. The Facebook-owned app now finally supports dark mode on both Android and iOS. The company has been testing the feature for a while and it’s now rolling out to all users. Besides this, ...

  • 11 October

    Twitter for Mac Returns to the Mac App Store, Thanks to Apple’s Project Catalyst

    In 2018, Twitter decided to kill its native Mac app, claiming it was not sustainable to maintain two separate codebases. The company changes its stance earlier this year with an announcement that Twitter will return on the Mac, thanks to Apple’s Project Catalyst which will allow the company to port ...

  • 10 October

    Porn, Politics Are Key Targets in ‘Deepfakes’: Study

    So-called “deepfake” videos are proliferating online, with most of them pornographic but with some politically motivated ones as well, security researchers said Monday. A report by the security firm Deeptrace identified 96 percent of deepfakes as “nonconsensual pornography,” which use the images of female celebrities or others in videos manipulated ...