Category Archives: Social Media

Snapchat Ties Up With Amazon for Point-and-Buy

Snap said on Monday it is testing a new way to search for products on Amazon.com through its Snapchat app’s camera, allowing users to shop directly using the messaging app. The visual search function will allow Snapchat users to point its camera at an item or barcode and buy it from Amazon. “Beginning this week, we’re testing a new way… Read More »

Facebook Does Away With Over 5,000 Ad-Targetting Options to Thwart Discrimination

Facebook said Tuesday is cutting more than 5,000 ad-targeting options to prevent advertisers from discriminating based on traits such as religion or race. The shift eliminates the ability to direct Facebook ads at people based on ethnicity, beliefs, political affinity or other data that could be considered sensitive or personal. “While these options have been used… Read More »

Facebook Asked to Change Platform Rules for Journalists and Researchers

A group of First Amendment advocates have urged Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg to change the social media giant’s platform rules to enable public service journalism and research on its platform. The issue is especially pressing, says Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute, as reporters and researchers investigate Russian interference in the midterm elections through platforms such as Facebook’s.… Read More »

WhatsApp Group Video, Voice Calling Rolled Out for All Android, iPhone Users

WhatsApp group calling feature with both voice and video support is finally live. First discovered back in October last year, group calling on the Facebook-owned messaging app was officially announced by Facebook at its annual F8 developer conference in May this year. The new WhatsApp feature is now available for users around the world on iOS and Android. Notably, the… Read More »

WhatsApp Payments Launch Waiting Government’s ‘Green Light’, Says Zuckerberg, Hints at Launch in Other Countries

In the midst of issues concerning the spread of fake news and misinformation through its platform, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is seeking the ‘green light’ from the Indian government to officially launch its Unified Payments Interface (UPI) based payments service in the country. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during the company earnings call on Wednesday confirmed the anticipation. Zuckerberg, 34, also hinted at the… Read More »

Instagram working on alternative to SMS-based two-factor authentication

Facebook-owned Instagram is reportedly working on a non-SMS, two-factor authentication system that would work with security apps like Google Authenticator and generate a special login code in case of theft or hacking. “We’re continuing to improve the security of Instagram accounts, including strengthening 2-factor authentication,” TechCrunch quoted an Instagram spokesperson as saying. A prototype version… Read More »