WhatsApp urges users to upgrade app after ‘surveillance’ attack

Facebook’s WhatsApp urged users to upgrade to the latest version of its popular messaging app as an added precaution after reporting that users might be vulnerable to having malicious spyware installed on phones without their knowledge. Read More
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FB says it’s removing nearly 10 lakh accounts daily just ahead of LS poll

Ajit Mohan, Facebook India’s managing director and vice-president, wrote in a blogpost that the social-media giant is “absolutely determined to maintain the integrity of the elections” and “willing to work with local organizations, government groups and experts” to make it possible. Read More
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On Facebook, BJP, its supporters top list of political advertisers

While the campaigning for general election picks up, the Bharatiya Janata Party and its supporters continued top the list of spenders on political advertisements on Facebook. Read More
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Social-media giants, IMAI agree to police themselves for LS poll

The Internet and Mobile Association of India and top social-media companies have accepted the Election Commission’s suggestion of policing themselves for the Lok Sabha election. Read More
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EC calls India heads of social sites for meeting over fake news

The Election Commission has asked the country heads of six social-media platforms for a meeting, which includes representatives of Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Google, ShareChat and TikTok, to fight fake news before the general election. Read More
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EC directs FB to remove IAF pilot’s photo shared by BJP MLA

The Election Commission asked Facebook to remove two political posters with Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s photograph shared by BJP leader and Delhi MLA Om Prakash Sharma. Read More
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In TN, over 50 women sexually abused after being lured via FB

Over 50 women from across Tamil Nadu were allegedly lured and sexually exploited by a four-member gang from Pollachi. Police stumbled upon the case when they arrested four suspects in February for allegedly blackmailing and sexually harassing a 19-year-old girl. Read More
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Delhi HC directs Facebook to remove video ‘defaming’ Ramdev

After Google’s YouTube removed the video containing allegations against yoga guru Ramdev from their platforms, the Delhi high court has directed Facebook to ensure that links of the video are removed from its platform. Read More
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Thomas Friedman warns Russia may influence LS poll via Facebook

Pulitzer prize winner journalist, commentator and author Thomas Friedman has warned that India should be wary of Russia in the Lok Sabha election as it may try to manipulate the outcome by influencing voters through unregulated social media, like Facebook. Read More
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FB to Bombay HC: New tools for political ad transparency soon

A lawyer had filed a petition before the court seeking directions to the Election Commission impose restrains on any form of advertisement, videos or messages 48 hours before the election and demanded regulation of popular social-media sites. Read More
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