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Facebook will crack down on co-ordinated accounts that aim to cause social harm

Sep 17, 2021

Facebook already had a policy for inauthentic or duplicate accounts carrying out social harm in place. Now it has expanded that policy to a network of accounts, even if it is run by authentic profiles.

While Russia has already levied several small fines on foreign tech companies, imposing penalties based on their turnover suggests potentially much bigger sums.

Russia threatens social media firms with hefty fines on eve of election

Sep 17, 2021

Internet services are coming under increasing pressure ahead of Russia's Sept. 17-19 parliamentary vote

Facebook dubbed this banned activity by the groups of fake accounts "coordinated inauthentic behavior" (CIB), and its security teams started announcing sweeping takedowns in monthly reports

Facebook to target harmful coordination by real accounts using playbook against fake networks

Sep 17, 2021

The new approach, reported here for the first time, uses the tactics usually taken by Facebook's security teams for wholesale shutdowns of networks engaged in influence operations that use false accounts to manipulate public debate, such as Russian troll farms

WhatsApp starts testing new feature to search for businesses, stores within the app

Sep 16, 2021

The Facebook-owned messaging app has rolled out the possibility of searching for businesses or stores offering a particular product within the app.

WhatsApp is now letting non-beta users test multi-device support

Sep 15, 2021

The Facebook-owned messaging app had provided early access to the multi-device feature to the beta testers.

WhatsApp working on voice message transcription feature for iOS users

Sep 14, 2021

The transcription feature is reportedly under development for iOS users. WhatsApp's parent company Facebook will not have access to the transcription as Apple will provide the transcription tools.

Facebook allows VIP users to flout rules that other users have to follow, says report

Sep 14, 2021

Facebook runs a program called "XCheck", which allows celebrities including actors, politicians and others to bypass the rules and guidelines that are followed by average users, reports reveal

WhatsApp will provide the option to users to secure the encryption manually or behind a user password

WhatsApp unveils end-to-end encryption; users will now be able to protect their chat backups

Sep 11, 2021

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday that it is the first large-scale messaging app to introduce end-to-end encryption to chat backups

WhatsApp users will now be able to protect their chat backups using end-to-end encryption

Sep 11, 2021

The Facebook-owned company announced that it would now offer end-to-end encryption to chat backups in Google Drive and iCloud as well.

After Facebook, Snapchat will remind users of their friends' birthdays with new Birthdays Mini feature

Sep 10, 2021

Snapchat will only show the birthdays of users who have mentioned it on their profiles. The birthdays will get listed in the Birthdays Mini list as per dates or zodiacs.

Facebook launches Ray-Ban Stories, wants to make creepy smart glasses cool

Sep 10, 2021

Ray-Ban smart glasses will let users capture photos and videos on the go, listen to music and take phone calls. It primarily lets users record the world as they see it.