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Social networking sites under govt lens? Are you willing?

Minister of State for Telecom and IT Sachin Pilot recently told reporters that security agencies have sought permission to monitor major social networking sites like Facebook.

BT Online Bureau | July 18, 2011 | Updated 11:30 IST

In what could come as a shocker for Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter fans, security agencies have asked for real-time access to social networking sites' data to maintain top notch security.

Minister of State for Telecom and IT Sachin Pilot recently told reporters that security agencies have sought permission to monitor major social networking sites like Facebook, Google, Skype and Twitter, among others. This, in the backdrop of the government still trying to get access to BlackBerry messenger and services data.

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The government had earlier asked Canadian firm Research in Motion, which provides BlackBerry services, to hand over an interception solution for its BlackBerry Internet Services (BIS), BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) and BlackBerry Enterprise Servers (BES) over security concerns that terrorists may use these services, since the data is highly encrypted and security agencies can't monitor such services.

Below is a roundup of what's been making news of late in the social networking world -

1. Facebook unveils Skype video calling
Facebook launched a video calling facility which is powered by Skype, just a few days after Google took another plunge into social networking with Google Plus.

2. Google launches Google Plus to take on Facebook
Google's new social-networking endeavor is about trying to gain valuable insights into people's lives and relationships. This could help the company do a better job of targeting ads.

3. Bigadda becomes shopping portal, logs out of social networking
The Reliance ADA-promoted blogging and social networking website aimed specifically at India, announced it is getting out of social media services and transforming itself into a shopping portal.

4. Firms bank on social media to hire
Firms are logging in to social networking sites to pick up the right candidates. A study reveals 90 per cent of Indian employees have individual accounts on social media sites, of which 81 per cent use them for professional purposes.

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