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Facebook roundup: UK Parliament, location tracking, content takedown and more

Facebook tracks location data of users as potential threats Facebook is able to track the user data of individuals who may pose a threat to the company or its executives, reports CNBC, citing several former Facebook employees. The company maintains a log of who Facebook’s security team must be “on... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, UK, News, Privacy, Internet, Government, Social Media, Policy, Cnbc, Content Moderation


Developments in the digital ecosystem today

By Trisha Jalan and Sneha Johari A quick roundup of the developments in the Indian and international digital, tech and business ecosystem: ACT Fibernet has expanded to Lucknow, Jaipur and Ahmedabad. T-Series will start producing web series and web films, this venture will be headed by Vinod... ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Mobile, Facebook, Twitter, Video, News, Privacy, Internet, Government, Social Media, Insurance, Whatsapp, Policy, Regulation, Flipkart


UK parliament calls for antitrust, data abuse probe of Facebook

A final report by a British parliamentary committee which spent months last year investigating online political disinformation makes very uncomfortable reading for Facebook — with the company singled out for “disingenuous” and “bad faith” responses to democratic concerns about the misuse of people’s data. In the report, published today, the committee has also called for Facebook’s use of user data to be investigated by the UK’s data watchdog. In an evidence session to the committee late last ...
Tags: Security, Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Russia, US, Social Media, Business Model, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, United States


Dating apps face questions over age checks after report exposes child abuse

The UK government has said it could legislate to require age verification checks on users of dating apps, following an investigation into underage use of dating apps published by the Sunday Times yesterday. The newspaper found  more than 30 cases of child rape have been investigated by police related to use of dating apps including Grindr and Tinder since 2015.  It reports that one 13-year-old boy with a profile on the Grindr app was raped or abused by at least 21 men.  The Sunday Times also f...
Tags: Social, Apps, Europe, UK, Instagram, Tinder, Social Media, Tech, Bbc, Policy, Dating, Regulation, United Kingdom, Child Abuse, Dating Apps, Times


Twitter explains its ‘impartiality’; Officials to not attend IT committee meeting

Twitter said that political ideology did not shape its policies, days after accusations of bias against right wing users in India. Right-wingers have accused Twitter of limiting the reach of their accounts, banning or suspending accounts which support the Indian government, manipulating the... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Twitter, News, Internet, Government, India, Social Media, Policy, Platform, Parliament, Intermediary Liability, Standing Committee, Fake News


WhatsApp deletes 2M accounts per month to curb fake news; outlines how

WhatsApp is deleting 2 million accounts per month to arrest the spread of fake news and misinformation, the company revealed in a white paper titled ‘Stopping Abuse’ released in India earlier this week. WhatsApp is deleting these accounts for bulk or automated behaviour, over 75% of the... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, News, Internet, Government, Messaging, India, Social Media, Whatsapp, Policy, Intermediary Liability, Misinformation, Fake News


Online platforms still not clear enough about hate speech takedowns: EC

In its latest monitoring report of a voluntary Code of Conduct on illegal hate speech, which platforms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube signed up to in Europe back in 2016, the European Commission has said progress is being made on speeding up takedowns but tech firms are still lagging when it comes to providing feedback and transparency around their decisions. Tech companies are now assessing 89% of flagged content within 24 hours, with 72% of content deemed to be illegal hate speech bei...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, UK, Instagram, Youtube, Germany, Censorship, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Snapchat, Artificial Intelligence


Facebook to share private chat and account details with Delhi Police for sensitive cases: report

Facebook will provide details of private chats to the Delhi police in sensitive cases, like those related to crimes against women and children, senior Facebook officials told cyber wing officers in a meeting last week, reports the Indian Express. MediaNama has reached out to Facebook to more... ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Instagram, Privacy, Police, Government, Social Media, Data, Whatsapp, Law Enforcement, Policy, Delhi, Delhi Police, Indian Express MediaNama


Facebook, Google and Twitter told to do more to fight fake news ahead of European elections

A first batch of monthly progress reports from tech giants and advertising companies on what they’re doing to help fight online disinformation have been published by the European Commission. Platforms including Facebook, Google and Twitter signed up to a voluntary EU code of practice on the issue last year. The first reports cover measures taken by platforms up to December 31, 2018. The implementation reports are intended to detail progress towards the goal of putting the squeeze on disinform...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, Advertising Tech, Singapore, Social Media, Tech, Spokesperson, Eu, European Union, Law Enforcement, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, Software


Google and IAB ad category lists show “massive leakage of highly intimate data”, GDPR complaint claims

Male impotence, substance abuse, right-wing politics, left-wing politics, sexually transmitted diseases, cancer, mental health. Those are just a few of the advertising labels that Google’s adtech infrastructure routinely sticks to Internet users as it watches and tracks what they do online in order to target them with behavioral ads. Intimate and highly sensitive inferences such as these are then systematically broadcast and shared with what can be thousands of third party companies, via the ...
Tags: Google, TC, Europe, UK, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Marketing, Tech, Eu, European Union, Policy, United Kingdom, Data Protection, NGO, Interactive Advertising Bureau, Online Advertising


Updated: Google to release political ads archive and transparency report in India

Update: Google’s responses have been embedded into the story. Ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections in May-June 2019, Google will now release a political advertising transparency report and a searchable political ads archive for India in March. Google claims that the steps will bring transparency... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Elections, News, Internet, India, Advertising, Social Media, Policy, Transparency Report, Political Ads, Election Integrity, Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Lok Sabha Elections


Google to release political ads archive and transparency report in India

Ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections in May-June 2019, Google will now release a political advertising transparency report and a searchable political ads archive for India in March. Google claims that the steps will bring transparency to election ads as voters can get information about who is... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Elections, News, Internet, India, Advertising, Social Media, Policy, Transparency Report, Political Ads, Election Integrity, Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Lok Sabha Elections


French data regulator slaps Google with a €50M GDPR fine over lack of transparency and consent

France’s data regulator CNIL has slapped a fine of 50 million euros on Google, claiming that the company was in breach of the EU’s data protection rule GDPR. CNIL said that it imposed the fine for “lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent regarding... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Privacy, France, Government, Advertising, Eu, European Union, Data, Policy, Data Protection, Cnil, Gdpr, Data Protection Authority, Personalisation


ShareChat removes 50,000 accounts with fake content

ShareChat has banned 50,000 profiles to keep pornographic, violent and fake content off of its platform, reports the Economic Times. A ShareChat spokesperson told MediaNama that the platform ran a campaign 6 months ago asking users to flag/report problematic content. However, the company refused to... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Social Media, Policy, Regulation, Content, Intermediary Liability, Economic Times, Content Regulation, Medianama, IT Act, Indic, Fake News, ShareChat, Online entertainment content


Facebook to launch a political ads library in India next month

Facebook will put all political ads on its platform in India in a searchable online library starting next month. This library will contain contact information of the ad buyers and their official regulatory certificates, which have to match their government-issued documents, reports Reuters.... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, Elections, News, Internet, Government, India, Social Media, Policy, Political Ads, Fake News, Election Integrity, Lok Sabha Elections 2019


Facebook suspends Philippines media company’s accounts for scamming

Facebook has banned Twinmark Media Enterprises, a Philippines digital marketing group, because it was using fake accounts, leading users to ad farms, and selling access to their Facebook pages to increase distribution. “This organization has repeatedly violated our misrepresentation and spam... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, Elections, News, Instagram, Internet, Social Media, Policy, Philippines, Misinformation, Fake News, Election Integrity, Twinmark Media Enterprises


The Accidental Prime Minister Case: SC refuses to grant an urgent hearing

The Supreme Court has refused to grant an urgent hearing to the plea seeking a ban on the trailer of and the film The Accidental Prime Minister. This means that the trailer will remain as is on YouTube and the movie will be released on its scheduled release date of January 11, 2019. The Supreme... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Supreme Court, Internet, Youtube, Government, Censorship, Social Media, Policy, Freedom Of Speech, Content, CBFC, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting


Updated: Case dismissed – Fresh PIL seeks a ban on ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ movie

Update 2, 2pm: The matter was earlier listed to be heard by the bench of Justice S Muralidhar and Justice Sanjeev Narula, but was transferred to the bench headed by Chief Justice Menon this morning. During the hearing, the producers of the film, represented by Advocate Sangram Patnaik, objected to... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Justice, Internet, Youtube, Government, Censorship, Social Media, Policy, Freedom Of Speech, Content, Menon, CBFC, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Muralidhar


Fresh PIL seeks a ban on ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ movie

Pooja Mahajan, a Delhi based designer, has filed a fresh PIL in the Delhi High Court seeking a ban on the release of the trailer and the film The Accidental Prime Minister. Mahajan had initially filed a writ petition seeking a ban on the trailer from YouTube and Google and not the film. However,... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Internet, Youtube, Government, Censorship, Social Media, Policy, Freedom Of Speech, Content, Delhi, Delhi High Court, CBFC, Mahajan, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting


The Accidental PM: Delhi HC dismisses ban on trailer, directs petitioners to file PIL

The petition seeking a ban on the trailer of the upcoming film ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ has been dismissed by the Delhi High Court. Instead, the Delhi High Court has directed the petitioners to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the matter. The petition was filed by Pooja... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Internet, Youtube, Government, Censorship, Social Media, Policy, Freedom Of Speech, Content, Freedom Of Expression, CBFC, Public Interest Litigation PIL, Delhi High Court Instead the Delhi High Court


Mozilla calls proposed IT rule changes for intermediaries ‘blunt and disproportionate’

MeitY’s new proposed rules for intermediaries are “blunt and disproportionate solutions” to issues surrounding harmful online content, Mozilla Corporation said in a statement to MediaNama. Free speech vs regulation: a fine balance Content pulldown: Mozilla emphasizes that the new rules... ...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, News, Internet, Government, Censorship, Social Media, Policy, Regulation, Mozilla, Isp, Intermediary Liability, Mozilla Corporation, IT Act, IT Rules


Facebook is not equipped to stop the spread of authoritarianism

After the driver of a speeding bus ran over and killed two college students in Dhaka in July, student protesters took to the streets. They forced the ordinarily disorganized local traffic to drive in strict lanes and stopped vehicles to inspect license and registration papers. They even halted the vehicle of the Chief of Bangladesh Police Bureau of Investigation and found that his license was expired. And they posted videos and information about the protests on Facebook. The fatal road accident ...
Tags: Google, Security, Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Asia, Saudi Arabia, Government, India, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Policy, Uganda, Egypt, Internet Access


Twitter Transparency Report: Info requests by Indian govt on the rise

The Indian government’s information requests to Twitter have gone up over the years, reveals Twitter’s bi-annual Transparency report. In the first half (H1) of 2018, i.e. January to June 2018, the government sought information on 355 accounts. In H2 of 2017, government sought... ...
Tags: Travel, Twitter, Legal, News, Internet, Government, India, Social Media, Policy, Content Moderation


Increase in the blocking of social media URLs: 587 in 2014 to 2,388 in 2018

MeitY has informed the parliament that 2,388 URLs were blocked this year under Section 69A of the IT Act. The total number of websites and webpages blocked have gone up by four times in the last four years. URLs blocked 2015: 587 blocked 2016: 964 blocked 2017: 1,329 blocked 2018: 2,388 blocked... ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Twitter, News, Internet, Government, Censorship, Social Media, Policy, Blocking, IT Act, MeitY, Section 79, Section 66a, Section 69A


Australia passes a bill to access encrypted messages

Late last week, the lower house of the Australian parliament passed a bill through which security agencies can compel technology companies to grant access to encrypted messages reports AlJazeera. Through ‘The Telecommunications (Assistance and Access) Act’, a company could be fined $7.3... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Technology, News, Australia, Social Media, Whatsapp, Cyber Security, Surveillance, Policy, Telecom


WhatsApp meets MeitY officials over message traceability: report

Officials from the Facebook owned WhatsApp met the officials from the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) over the traceability of messages, reports The Economic Times. The report mentions that the agenda was “technical issues on traceability” and that WhatsApp did not offer any kind... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, News, Internet, Government, Social Media, Whatsapp, Encryption, Policy, Data Protection, RBI, Economic Times, Fake News, MeitY, Ministry of Electronics


“Today In” Facebook’s publishing dreams, find a local news section

Facebook has launched a local news aggregator called “Today In” that will provide alerts from relevant (it does not explain this) government pages and the local community. Right now, it is available in over 400 cities in the United States and has been launched for a test in its first... ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Publishing, News, Internet, Social Media, Policy, United States, President, Donald Trump, News Aggregators, Platforms, Us Elections, Fake News


Updated: UIDAI to SC: Social Media Agency to not access any private conversation

Update on Nov 26, 2018: In an affidavit filed in the apex court, the UIDAI said that the proposed social media agency will not access any private conversations, reports The Indian Express. UIDAI also conveyed that it has modified and removed the portions from its Request for Proposal (RFP) which... ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Twitter, News, Internet, Government, Social Media, Surveillance, Policy, Social Media Agency, Aadhaar, UIDAI, Aadhaar Act, Indian Express UIDAI


India Shale Gas: Environmental Concerns

Shale gas is natural gas trapped in very fined grained sedimentary rocks like shales. These rocks are not very permeable. To release the gas trapped in the tiny pore spaces, the rock is fractured by injecting water, sand and various chemicals into it at very high pressure. Several million gallons of fresh water is needed for such ' fracking' activity at any one site.  Shashikant Yadav, Gopal K Sarangi and M P Ram Mohan in an essay in the Economic and Political Weekly explain the environmental co...
Tags: India, Environment, Seo, Policy, Shale Gas, Davies, Groundwater, Hydrocarbon Resources, Suvrat Kher, Shashikant Yadav Gopal K Sarangi


Facebook policy VP, Richard Allan, to face the international ‘fake news’ grilling that Zuckerberg won’t

An unprecedented international grand committee comprised of 22 representatives from seven parliaments will meet in London next week to put questions to Facebook about the online fake news crisis and the social network’s own string of data misuse scandals. But Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg won’t be providing any answers. The company has repeatedly refused requests for him to answer parliamentarians’ questions. Instead it’s sending a veteran EMEA policy guy, Richard Allan, now its Lond...
Tags: Security, Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, London, Privacy, Australia, Social Media, Tech, Data Breach, Policy, Digital Media, New York Times, Committee



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