Facebook signs content deals, restores news services in Australia

Facebook Inc ended a one-week blackout of Australian news on its popular social media site on Friday and announced preliminary commercial agreements with three small local publishers. The moves reflected easing tensions between the U.S. company and the Australian government, a day after the country’s parliament passed a law forcing it and Alphabet Inc’s Google… Read More Facebook signs content deals, restores news services in Australia

India announces new rules to regulate social media firms

India announced new rules on Thursday to regulate big social media firms, such as Facebook and Twitter, the latest effort by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to tighten control over Big Tech firms. The rules come after Twitter ignored orders to drop content on farmers’ protests, fuelling the government’s zeal, dating from 2018, to clamp… Read More India announces new rules to regulate social media firms

Facebook bans Myanmar military from all its platforms with immediate effect

Facebook on Thursday said it had banned the Myanmar military from using its Facebook and Instagram platforms with immediate effect, as weeks of mass demonstrations continue in the Southeast Asian country after the military seized power. “Events since the February 1 coup, including deadly violence, have precipitated a need for this ban,” Facebook said in… Read More Facebook bans Myanmar military from all its platforms with immediate effect

Facebook to restore news services in Australia following amendment of content laws

Facebook said on Tuesday it will restore Australian news pages after negotiating changes with the government to a proposed law that forces tech giants to pay for media content displayed on their platforms. Australia and the social media group have been locked in a standoff for more than a week after the government introduced legislation… Read More Facebook to restore news services in Australia following amendment of content laws

Facebook restricts publishers and users in Australia from sharing news content

Facebook Inc will restrict publishers and users in Australia from sharing or viewing news content in response to a proposed law that would require it and Alphabet Inc’s to pay publishers for content, the company said in a blog post on Wednesday. The law “fundamentally misunderstands” the relationship between tech platforms and publishers, Facebook said,… Read More Facebook restricts publishers and users in Australia from sharing news content

Facebook to ban ads on weapon accessories and protective gear in U.S.

Facebook Inc said on Saturday it will ban advertisements for weapon accessories and protective equipment in the United States with immediate effect until at least two days after U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. Following the attack by supporters of President Donald Trump against the U.S. Capitol on January 6, the social media… Read More Facebook to ban ads on weapon accessories and protective gear in U.S.

WhatsApp to delay of business features following backlash over privacy policy

Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp is delaying an update aimed at increasing business transactions on the platform after a storm of concern from users who feared that the messaging platform was watering down its privacy policy in the process. WhatsApp users received a notification this month that it was preparing a new privacy policy and terms, and… Read More WhatsApp to delay of business features following backlash over privacy policy

WhatsApp faces legal petition in India over new privacy policy

WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy verges on user surveillance and threatens India’s security, a petition filed in an Indian court said on Thursday, presenting another legal challenge for the Facebook Inc-owned messenger. California-based WhatsApp said on January 4 it reserved the right to share some data including location and phone number with Facebook and its units… Read More WhatsApp faces legal petition in India over new privacy policy