Twitter CEO Defends Decision Not to Ban Alex Jones, Infowars

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his company’s decision not to ban right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars show, saying he did not break any rules. Dorsey’s remarks, in a series of tweets late Tuesday, came after other major tech companies removed Jones’ content for violating hate speech policies. “We didn’t suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday,” Dorsey said. “We know that’s […]

WhatsApp to Bring Picture-in-Picture Mode for Android to Watch Instagram, YouTube Videos: Report

WhatsApp is reportedly working on a picture-in-picture video feature for Android. The messaging app has had an eventful 2018 as it has been launching and testing new features with high frequency. To recall, WhatsApp for iOS received PiP support earlier this year. The new feature that will arrive on Android devices, will let WhatsApp users play videos from Instagram and YouTube […]

WhatsApp to Build India Team as Part of Reported Steps to Curb Fake News

WhatsApp has informed the government that it is building a local team, including India head, as part of steps to check fake news circulation but has not met the key demand of identifying message originators, according to official sources. The popular messaging app is under fire over abuse of its platform for circulation of fake news […]

WhatsApp for Business Will Charge Companies for Notifications, Late Replies to Customers

Popular messaging app WhatsApp has announced two new developments for its WhatsApp for Business app, which is only available for Android at present. Firstly, the Facebook-owned company is opening up the WhatsApp Business API for more businesses, with an aim to reach potential customers at scale. Secondly, Facebook ads are getting a new click to WhatsApp shortcut to connect […]

Twitter Ropes in Academic Partners to Curb Abuse, Harassment on the Platform

In line with its efforts to curb abuse and harassment of users on its platform, Twitter has now selected two research projects that aim to develop metrics to measure the “health” of public conversation. “An update! We’ve selected 2 partners from 230 idea submissions. Our first goal is working to measure the ‘health’ of public conversation, and […]

Twitter Sees a Fall in Monthly Active Users to 335 Million, Revenue Beats Estimates

Twitter posted record profit on Friday with second quarter revenue that beat financial analysts’ estimates and said penalising misbehaving users this year had paid off even though monthly usage had dropped. Twitter, like bigger rival Facebook, has been under pressure from regulators in several countries to weed out hate speech, abusive content and misinformation, better protect user […]

Facebook Hires Shahriar Rabii, Google’s Head of Chip Development, to Lead Its Own Efforts

Facebook, in an effort to further its ongoing development of AI-based chips, has hired one of Google’s lead chip developers – Shahriar Rabii. Previously Senior Director of Engineering at Google, Rabii has taken up the role of Vice President and Head of Silicon at Facebook, following the almost seven-year stint at Google. Earlier this year, Facebook […]

Twitter Shifts Navigation Bar to the Bottom for Android Users

Twitter has been on a clean-up spree recently, deactivating over 1 million accounts a day in a bid to combat abuse and fake news. The social media app is now rolling out a server-side update for all its Android users, changing how they navigate inside the app. The bar that held buttons like – Home, Search, Notifications, and […]

Facebook Named Best Company to Work for in the US by Career Site Indeed

Facebook – despite suffering through what could be charitably described as a turbulent year – was ranked as best place to work in 2018, according to Indeed. The career website compiled its annual list of the 50 top-rated workplaces, based on 72 million employer ratings and reviews of Fortune 500 companies. The social media platform was […]