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TikTok Just Got Banned In India Over Fears It Is Exposing Children To Porn And Sexual Predators

More than 120 million of the app’s 500 million users are from India.

Pranav Dixit • 5 days ago

WhatsApp's New Tip Line Is Apparently "Not A Helpline” For Fake News At All

A misinformation tip line WhatsApp announced on Tuesday turns out to be primarily for research, not to help users who come across suspicious information, BuzzFeed News has learned.

Ryan Mac • 19 days ago

Facebook Removed Hundreds Of Indian And Pakistani Political Pages For Spreading Bad Information Before India's Elections

“We don’t want our services to be used to manipulate people,” Facebook wrote in a blog post.

Pranav Dixit • 21 days ago

Facebook Is Pulling The Curtain Back On How It Organizes The Posts In Your News Feed

A “Why am I seeing this post” feature will let you understand and control why a post is showing up in your Facebook News Feed.

Pranav Dixit • 21 days ago

Wealthy Vapers In India Are Buying Juul Kits For $100 On The Gray Market

As Indian officials crack down on the sale of e-cigarettes, underground resellers are peddling Juuls on the gray market at a dramatic markup to wealthy customers curious about the controversial American brand.

Pranav Dixit • One month ago

Facebook Claims It Can Now Detect Revenge Porn Automatically — Though It Didn't Explain How

How can Facebook's machine learning and artificial intelligence systems tell whether a nude photo or video was uploaded consensually?

Pranav Dixit • One month ago

Airbnb Wanted Travelers To Stay In Homes. Now It's Buying HotelTonight.

Airbnb's acquisition of the hotel-booking app could make it more attractive to investors ahead of a public offering.

Pranav Dixit • One month ago

YouTube Is Rolling Out A Feature That Shows Fact-Checks When People Search For Sensitive Topics

The feature, currently available to some users in India, will eventually be available globally, although YouTube declined to provide a timeline.

Pranav Dixit • One month ago

While Two Nuclear Powers Were On The Brink Of War, A Full-Blown Online Misinformation Battle Was Underway

“There’s politics, religion, enemy nations, and a surge of nationalism in this situation. It’s the perfect storm.”

Pranav Dixit • One month ago

Apple Has A Repair Problem In The World's Second Largest Smartphone Market

There are no Apple stores yet in India, and iPhone users have been stranded with third-party service providers, who they say do not live up to the premium brand’s promise in the rest of the world.

Pranav Dixit • 2 months ago

Twitter Is About To Be Questioned About Political Bias By India’s Nationalist Government. The Company Is Denying It.

Twitter says that it doesn’t let users’ political ideologies influence its policies, three days before being questioned by a Parliamentary Committee in India.

Pranav Dixit • 2 months ago

Germany Has Told Facebook To Change The Way It Gathers Data

A government watchdog ruled the social network has abused its market dominance. Facebook will appeal the decision.

Pranav Dixit • 2 months ago

Facebook Has Banned Four Armed Groups From Its Platform In Myanmar

The social network is under pressure to act after hate speech and misinformation in Myanmar fueled ethnic violence against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority.

Pranav Dixit • 2 months ago

Apple Revoked Facebook’s Developer Credentials Over An App That Mined Teenagers’ Device Data

The Facebook Research app paid people as young as 13 $20 per month in order to access data, including web searches and emails.

Pranav Dixit • 2 months ago

China Has Blocked Microsoft Bing, The Only Major Foreign Search Engine Its Citizens Could Access

Bing is the latest foreign internet service to be blocked by the “Great Firewall,” a system of censorship controls employed by China’s authoritarian government.

Pranav Dixit • 2 months ago

Netflix Says It Won’t Show Content In India That Disrespects The Country’s Flag, Hurts Religious Sentiments, Or Promotes Terrorism

The streaming giant, along with eight other streaming services, voluntarily agreed to ban contentious content — but critics say it’s censorship.

Pranav Dixit • 3 months ago

Facebook Has Removed Hundreds Of Pages And Accounts Linked To Russia For “Inauthentic Behavior”

"The people behind this activity coordinated with one another and used fake accounts to misrepresent themselves, and that was the basis for our action."

Pranav Dixit • 3 months ago

Facebook Is Bringing In Stricter Ad Rules For Countries Going To The Polls In The Next Few Months

“We know we’re not going to be perfect, but our goal is continuing, ongoing improvement,” said a Facebook official.

Pranav Dixit • 3 months ago

Meet The Women Who Have To Sneak Onto Facebook

Women are prohibited from using Facebook in some of India’s most patriarchal corners. Some are taking the risk anyway, going online under false identities against the wishes of their community and Facebook itself.

Pranav Dixit • 3 months ago

Apple Is Building iTunes Directly Into Newer Samsung Smart TVs

You'll no longer need to buy an Apple TV to buy, rent, and play back your iTunes movies and TV shows if you have a 2018 or 2019 Samsung smart TV.

Pranav Dixit • 3 months ago