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Twitter Now Lets You Mute Notifications From Accounts You Don’t Follow

Twitter, in its latest step to curb abusive behaviour on its platform, rolled out new features on Monday to help users disable notifications from accounts that they want to avoid. The micro-blogging website said its “advanced filter settings” will now have options for users to mute notifications from accounts that they do …

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Facebook Messenger Ad Testing Expanded to Global Audiences

Facebook on Tuesday said that advertisements will begin popping up on Messenger home screens globally after promising tests with users in Australia and Thailand. “Messenger ads are going global,” the Facebook-owned mobile messaging service said in an online post. “People will see Messenger ads in the home tab of their Messenger mobile app.” Facebook …

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Twitter Hires Ned Segal, Former Goldman Sachs Managing Director, as CFO

Twitter Inc on Tuesday hired Ned Segal, senior vice president of finance at Intuit Inc and a former managing director at Goldman Sachs Group Inc, as its chief financial officer beginning in late August. Anthony Noto, who has been serving as Twitter’s CFO and chief operating officer since November, will remain …

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Facebook Spaces Live Streaming Goes Live, Lets You Share VR Video

Facebook has brought live streaming to virtual reality (VR) by enabling people to share live video with each other using Facebook Spaces virtual reality app. Launched in April, Facebook Spaces is the company’s first VR app built for the company’s Oculus Rift VR headset which is developed and manufactured by Oculus VR, a division of Facebook. According …

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Facebook Data Shows India Is Now Its Biggest Market, Ahead of the US: Report

India seems to have become Facebook’s biggest market, edging past the US, according a report that cites data Facebook shares with advertisers. As of July 13, India is said to have 241 million monthly active users, just ahead of the 240 million monthly active users in the US. The report notes that …

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Australia to Compel Chat Apps to Hand Over Encrypted Messages

Social media giants like Facebook and WhatsApp will be compelled to share encrypted messages of suspected terrorists and other criminals with Australian police under new laws unveiled Friday. It comes after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull warned encrypted messages were increasingly being used by terrorists, drug traffickers and paedophile rings, calling for legislation to be …

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Facebook Camera Gets Its Own Animated GIF Image Creator

When it comes to communication on social media platforms, animated GIF images are perhaps as important as emojis. These two have in a way managed to carve a language for its own and are at times the preferred form of expression than having to type long sentences. GIF images are …

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Twitter Kills 90,000 Accounts Associated With SIREN Botnet Campaign

After a US-based digital security company alerted Twitter about a massive botnet campaign promising online sex to its users, the micro-blogging website has removed nearly 90,000 such fake accounts. Dubbed as ‘SIREN’, the fake botnet campaign was discovered by ZeroFOX, a Baltimore-based security firm specialising in social-media threat detection. “To our knowledge, …

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Facebook, Twitter Manipulated by Governments to Shape Opinion, Study Claims

Governments around the world are enlisting “cyber troops” who manipulate Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets to steer public opinion, spread misinformation and undermine critics, according to a new report from the University of Oxford. Adding to growing evidence of government-sponsored efforts to use online tools to influence politics, researchers found 29 countries using …

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Facebook India’s Boost Your Business Initiative to Add 20,000 Entrepreneurs in 6 Months

Facebook plans to add 20,000 entrepreneurs from 100 cities in India in the next six months as part of its “Boost Your Business” programme to help them scale up their businesses, its top executive said in Gandhinagar on Tuesday. The social network company has tied up with Gandhinagar-based Entrepreneurship Development …