Big Tech: New Step to Curb Firms’ Power Advanced by US Senate Panel

New Step to Curb Tech Giants’ Power Advanced by US Senate Panel

The US Congress has taken a new step toward reining in the market dominance of Big Tech companies. Bipartisan legislation advanced by a Senate panel would bar the dominant online platforms from favouring their own goods and services over those of rivals. It could, for example, prevent Amazon from steering consumers to its own brands […]

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Snap Plays Up Augmented Reality in Latin America, Asia Expansion

Snap Plays Up Augmented Reality in Latin America, Asia Expansion

Snap is speeding up its global expansion in countries from Mexico to Japan through tie-ups with wireless carriers and highlighting its popular augmented reality features, the company told Reuters. The parent company of the Snapchat photo messaging app is leaning on its relative safety during a period when social media platforms such as Meta’s Facebook, […]

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Instagram Expands Remix Feature to All New Videos, TikTok Working on Paid Subscriptions

Instagram Expands Remix Feature, TikTok to Introduce Paid Subscriptions

Instagram has expanded support for its ‘Remix’ feature for Reels to any video shared on the platform, allowing users to create a response video to regular videos on the service. The Remix feature will work in a similar fashion as rival TikTok, which also allows a similar feature. Meanwhile, TikTok has announced that it is […]

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Facebook Critics Call for Release of India Human Rights Review

Facebook critics on Wednesday called on the world’s largest social network to release a human rights impact assessment it commissioned in 2020 to investigate hate speech on its platforms in India. The social media company, which is now called Meta, faces increasing scrutiny over its handling of abuses on its services, particularly after whistleblower Frances […]

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WhatsApp Desktop Beta Begins Testing Ability to Pause While Recording Voice Messages

WhatsApp Desktop Beta Tests Ability to Pause Recording Voice Notes

WhatsApp is working on a feature which allows users to pause and resume voice recordings on the desktop version of the app. The instant messaging service recently rolled out the ability to review voice notes before sending them. The latest beta version of WhatsApp Desktop is now testing the ability to pause and resume voice […]

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Google, Facebook CEOs Colluded in Online Advertisement Sales, Lawsuit Alleges

Google, Facebook CEOs Colluded in Online Advertisement Sales, Lawsuit Alleges

Newly unredacted documents from a state-led antitrust lawsuit against Google accuse the search giant of colluding with rival Facebook to manipulate online advertising sales. The CEOs of both companies were aware of the deal and signed off on it, the lawsuit alleges. The original, redacted lawsuit, filed in December 2021, accused Google of “anti-competitive conduct” […]

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Facebook-Owner Meta Sets Out Grounds for UK Appeal on Giphy Sale

Meta to ‘Assess Feasibility’ of Human Rights Review on Ethiopia Practices

Facebook owner Meta Platforms said on Thursday it would “assess the feasibility” of commissioning an independent human rights assessment into its work in Ethiopia, after its oversight board recommended a review of how Facebook and Instagram have been used to spread content that heightens the risk of violence there. The board, set up by the […]

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Facebook Faces GBP 2.3-Billion UK Class Action Over Market Dominance

Facebook, now known as Meta Platforms, faces a GBP 2.3 billion (roughly Rs. 23,420 crore)-plus class action in Britain over allegations it abused its market dominance by exploiting the personal data of 44 million users. Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, a senior adviser to Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) watchdog and a competition law academic, said she was […]

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Delhi Police Asks Twitter for Details on Who First Posted 'Bulli Bai' Content

Twitter, Meta Among Tech Giants Subpoenaed by US Capitol Riot Panel

Months after requesting documents from more than a dozen social platforms, the House committee investigating the US Capitol insurrection has issued subpoenas targeting Twitter, Meta, Reddit and YouTube after lawmakers said the companies’ initial responses were inadequate. The committee chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, demanded records Thursday from the companies relating to their role in allegedly […]

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Meta’s Antitrust Dismissal Request Shut Down by US Judge

A federal judge has ruled that the Federal Trade Commission’s revised antitrust suit against Meta, formerly known as Facebook, can proceed, shutting down the social media company’s request for a dismissal. In a revised complaint filed last August, the FTC argues that the company pursued a “buy or bury” strategy against rivals to suppress competition. […]

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