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Facebook’s Zuckerberg Speaks Out Against Muslim Discrimination

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to protect the rights of Muslims, saying they should not fear being “persecuted for the actions of others.” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post that the Muslim community should not face discrimination following attacks in Paris and elsewhere linked to extremists. His comments appeared aimed at countering the call by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump ... Read More »

Facebook 2015 Year In Review: The Most Popular Topics and Places, Ranked

With 2015 coming to a close, Facebook has released its year-end analysis of the most talked-about topics that were on everyone’s minds on the social network this year. Facebook’s 2015 Year in Review page has published global and Indian top 10 lists, measured by how frequently a topic was mentioned between January and December 2015. To put this list together, ... Read More »

Facebook Post Helps Identify Chennai Flood Victim’s Body

A Facebook update by a councillor of Tarangambadi town panchayat has helped identify the body of aChennai flood victim, which was washed ashore at Tarangambadi coast in the district, some 300 km from Chennai. Coastal security group police of Tarangambadi said the body was washed ashore on December 6 in a highly mutilated condition.   The body contained three tattoo ... Read More »

Thai Man Arrested Over Facebook ‘Like’ of King’s Doctored Photo

A Thai man has been arrested for “liking” a doctored photo of the king and sharing an infographic on Facebook about a growing corruption scandal, the military said Thursday, as prosecutions burgeon under the country’s draconian royal defamation laws. The arrest came as the US Ambassador to Thailand faces a police investigation for royal defamation over a speech he made ... Read More »

Facebook to Let You Post Comments Even When Offline

Facebook on Thursday announced that it is testing “several changes” to News Feed functionality that will become apparent when the app detects slow Internet connectivity – the biggest of which, is offline comment support. The company is also aiming to more “efficiently” show News Feed posts when users are on slow network connections. “These changes will help anyone who is ... Read More »

Bangladesh Lifts Ban on Facebook

Bangladesh on Thursday lifted a ban on Facebook, three weeks after it was imposed for security reasons in the tense country, but mobile messaging apps remained barred, the telecoms minister said. The government ordered Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber blocked last month after two opposition leaders lost their appeals against the death penalty for war crimes committed during the 1971 independence ... Read More »

Social Networks Influence Academic Performance: Study

Social networks influence academic performance among students, finds a new study. Students tend to perform better with high-performers among their friends, as some people are capable of inspiring others to try harder, according to the researchers from the HSE Centre for Institutional Studies in Russia. The recent studies indicate that the role of the social environment may be underestimated, as ... Read More »

Twitter Looks to Make Money From Ads Aimed at Logged-Out Users

Twitter Inc said it was testing a feature to show advertisements to people who read tweets without logging in, as it tries to make good on its long-time ambition to monetize non-active users. The company said the feature will help it cash in on an additional half a billion people each month, pushing its shares up as much as 7.8 ... Read More »

Facebook at Work to Launch in Coming Months, Will Include Paid Features

Facebook at Work, Facebook Inc’s professional version of its social network, is expected to launch in the coming months, after spending a year in tests, a company executive said. The new service, geared towards workplace collaboration, is nearly identical to its ubiquitous social network, with a scrolling news “feed”, “likes” and a chat service. “I would say 95 percent of ... Read More »

Facebook Gives Into Publisher Demand on Instant Articles Advertising

Bending to publishers’ demand, social media giant Facebook is changing the advertising policies for its Instant Articles platform. The company agreed to the changes after publishers complained that restrictions made it too difficult for them to generate revenue from content they posted to the social network’s new feature, the Wall Street Journal reported. According to Facebook’s Instant Articles product manager ... Read More »