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October, 2019

  • 20 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 ...

  • 19 October

    Facebook No Longer Among Top 10 Best Brands Globally: Interbrand

    Hit by privacy scandals and year-round investigations, Facebook has lost its place among the world’s 10 most valuable brands in global brand consultancy Interbrand’s annual ranking of best top 100 brands. Facebook fell to the 14th spot. Two years back, the social networking giant was at the eighth spot in ...

  • 18 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 ...

  • 17 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

    Facebook Said to Be Focus of US Justice Department, State AGs Meeting

    A bipartisan group of state attorneys general, including New York Attorney General Letitia James, met Monday with U.S. Attorney General William Barr to discuss a state-level probe of Facebook Inc, two people briefed on the matter confirmed. The meeting comes after Reuters and other outlets reported on Sept. 25 that ...

  • 9 October

    Facebook’s Workplace Now Has 3 Million Paid Users, Growing 50 Percent in 8 Months

    Facebook on Tuesday announced that Workplace, the company’s communications tool, now has 3 million paid users. Workplace paid users grew by more than 50 percent in the past eight months, the company said as it kicked off its second annual Flow conference at a hotel in the Silicon Valley city ...

  • 8 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 ...