Social Media

Drowning case teaches lesson about social media’s impact on society

MELBOURNE, Fla. — The cellphone video taken by a group of teens while they watched a man drowning in a Cocoa pond — and not only did nothing to help him, but laughed at him — has shocked many here and beyond. And it raised questions about how to compel people to do the right thing and punish them if they ... Read More »

WeChat Go SIM Card Launched by KPN, Lets Users Chat on the Go in Europe

Chinese tourists can now use the popular WeChatmessaging app while soaking up the sights in Europe this summer thanks to Dutch telecom provider KPN. KPN said Thursday it has teamed up with Chinese technology giant Tencent as well as Internet video operator Sunway Culture Media “to launch the WeChat Go SIM card for Chinese tourists travelling to Europe.” WeChat, known as Weixin in ... Read More »

Facebook Fights US Gag Order That It Says Threatens Free Speech

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook said it wants to notify three users about the search warrants It said gag order poses a threat to freedom of speech The precise nature of the government’s investigation is not known Facebook is challenging a gag order from a US court that is preventing the company from talking about three government search warrants that it said pose ... Read More »

Facebook Hate Speech Rules Protect ‘White Men’ but Not ‘Black Children’: Report

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook is reported to be censoring posts in favour of ‘White men’ But it allowed hate postings against ‘Black kids’ on its platform Facebook recently pledged to nearly double its army of censors to 7,000 Facebook’s censorship rules that are meant to prevent hate speech and fake news might be protecting ‘White men’ over ‘Black children’, a media report said. Facebook ... Read More »

WhatsApp Support for Android 2.3 Gingerbread Extended till 2020

HIGHLIGHTS Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread will support WhatsApp until 2020 WhatsApp will also continue working on Windows 8 and later Nokia S60 platform will stop supporting WhatsApp after June WhatsApp clearly does not want to reduce its user base too early. With over 1.2 billion monthly active users in February, WhatsApp is available on a multitude of platforms, including ageing mobile ... Read More »

Facebook’s New Maps to Help Humanitarian Organisations Tackle Natural Disasters

Facebook has introduced disaster maps to help organisations address critical gap in information they often face while responding to natural disasters. Based on the aggregated location information users have chosen to share with Facebook, three types of maps – location density maps, movement maps and safety check maps – are to be provided during disaster response efforts. “We can help ... Read More »

WhatsApp Users Being Tricked by Scam Artists to Pay Subscription Fee

HIGHLIGHTS A few scam artists are making people pay to use WhatsApp WhatsApp became free last year, dropping its annual subscription fee Users are asked to pay GBP 0.99 to continue using WhatsApp WhatsApp users should be on the lookout as scam artists are trying to charge users for using the instant messenger by faking a subscription fee. “People are ... Read More »

Saharanpur Dalit-Thakur violence: Here’s why UP blocked WhatsApp, social media

  Just last week, a message circulated on WhatsApp spooked Jharkhand villagers, mostly unsuspecting tribals, into believing that their children may be targeted by abduction gangs. The result: Seven people were lynched in 24 hours over the rumours. Why is the instant messaging app that is used by 160 million people – India is its largest market – facing such ... Read More »

J&K security agencies want ban on social media to continue

Claim rumour mongering has come down significantly Security agencies are advocating continuation of the ban on the social media in Kashmir claiming “it has yielded results on the ground”, as the one-month suspension ends on May 26. Top police sources told The Hindu that there was “a visible change on the ground as rumour mongering on the social media sites ... Read More »

With many social media options, small businesses need focus

NEW YORK – When Snapchat went public this year, it was a reminder to many small business owners that they need to be part of the social media evolution. But which network? Snapchat? Facebook? Instagram? All of the above? Many owners opt for a mix, picking services that will be the best marketing tools for their companies. “Each channel is ... Read More »