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WhatsApp faces outage, down for thousands of users 

WhatsApp faces outage, outage for thousands of users

Meta-owned instant messaging platform faced a major global outage that prevented users from sending and receiving text and video messages WhatsApp faced problems on Tuesday with thousands of users complaining of outages on Twitter. Meta, which owns the popular messaging app, said it had fixed the glitch and that the service is back. Service restoration …

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Social media platforms brace for U.S. midterm elections mayhem

Social media platforms are bracing for chaos ahead of the US election

Social media platforms such as Facebook, TikTok and Twitter say they are taking steps to prevent the spread of disinformation about voting and elections ahead of next month’s midterms. A Facebook search for the words “voting fraud” first brought up an article alleging that staff at the Children’s Museum of Pennsylvania were brainwashing children into …

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TikTok bad at culling US election misinformation ads

TikTok is bad at removing disinformation ads about the US election

In a statement, TikTok said it bans and prohibits election disinformation and paid political ads from its platform TikTok algorithms are very good at finding videos to keep people glued to their phone screens for hours. What they’re not so good at is spotting ads that contain blatant misinformation about the US election, a new …

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Meta launches ad campaign against Apple’s iMessage to promote Whatsapp

Meta has launched a new ad campaign targeting Apple’s iMessage platform. Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Meta, has unveiled a campaign criticizing Apple for only providing end-to-end encryption for iMessage and not for regular SMS communications. In an Instagram post, Zuckerberg posted a photo of the new ad playing at Penn Station in New …

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Hiring freeze at Big Tech unlocks talent pool for U.S. startups

Big Tech hiring freeze unlocks talent pool for US startups

The hiring spree comes even as funding for startups dries up in the face of decade-high inflation, a stronger dollar and massive rate hikes that have prompted Big Tech to pull back on their spending spree. Late-stage U.S. startups are snapping up talent freed up by layoffs and hiring freezes at Big Tech, adding experienced …

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Russia adds Meta to list of ‘terrorist and extremist’ organisations

Russia has added Met to its list of “terrorist and extremist” organizations

Russian financial monitoring agency Rosfinmonitoring has taken action against the American company Meta Platforms Inc. Russia on Tuesday added US tech giant Meta, the parent company of Instagram and Facebook, to a list of “terrorist and extremist” organizations, according to the Rosfinmonitoring database of the Federal Financial Monitoring Service. Russia banned Facebook and Instagram in …

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At the moment, users can only post one note at a time. (REUTERS)

Instagram rolls out ‘Notes’ feature: Here’s how to use it

Instagram, the messaging platform owned by Meta, has introduced a new feature called ‘Notes’. This feature allows users to create short notes that have a 60-character limit. Notes created by users will be visible to followers in the DM section, and like Instagram stories, notes will disappear after 24 hours. Replies sent by followers appear …

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WhatsApp says it is working to keep Iranians connected

WhatsApp says it is working to keep Iranians connected

Iran on Wednesday restricted access to Instagram and WhatsApp, two of the country’s last remaining social networks WhatsApp by Meta Platforms Inc. said on Thursday that it was trying to keep users in Iran connected after the country restricted access to the Instagram app and social media platform. WhatsApp will “do everything” within its technical …

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Big Tech’s right to regulate online speech rejected by U.S. court

US court rejects Big Tech’s right to regulate online speech

Some conservatives have called the social media companies’ practices offensive, pointing to Twitter’s permanent suspension of Trump from the platform shortly after the attack on January 6, 2021. A US appeals court on Friday upheld a Texas law that prohibits major social media companies from banning or censoring users based on “viewpoint,” a setback for …

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Disney CEO Bob Chapek lays out early plan for digital future in metaverse-like direction

Disney CEO Bob Chapek lays out an early blueprint for the digital future in a metaverse direction  

Entertainment and technology companies rushed to secure a position in the meta universe after the CEO of Meta Platforms Inc. Mark Zuckerberg announced his company’s plans to adopt the concept. The Walt Disney Co. on Sunday outlined a plan for how the entertainment, theme park and consumer goods conglomerate will use technology to improve storytelling …

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