SOCIALISM

  • Facebook's India user base grows to 112 million 17 hours 29 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Growing internet penetration and a large youth population has helped world's largest social network platform Facebook expand its user base in India to 112 million - the second largest after the US. US-based Facebook, which had about 100 million users in April this year, saw its monthly active users...
  • Excessive Facebook use could lead to poor impulse control 2 days ago

    New York: Excessive online social networking is not only addictive but can be associated with other disorders involving poor impulse control that can lead to substance abuse, a new research shows. In a study involving 292 undergraduate students - 18 years and older, psychologist Julia Hormes from the University at Albany,...
  • Army fights misinformation campaign on Whatsapp 1 week ago

    Srinagar: Battling a proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir, the Army now has to fight with a new problem of misinformation campaign on social media which appears to be a tough challenge. It all began with Northern Army Commander Lt Gen DS Hooda admitting to the "mistake" by his personnel in...
  • SC slams Centre over arrests for posting 'objectionable comments' on social media December 9, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday did not agree with the contention of the Centre that arrests of some persons for allegedly posting objectionable comments on social websites were "stray incidents", saying that even if they were aberrations, they were "brazen" and "grave". The counsel for the Centre told a...
  • Twitter users follow like-minded people: Study December 9, 2014

    New York: Twitter users try to insulate themselves from the differing views and opinions on the site by following people who share their interests and beliefs, a study reveals. Researchers from Louisiana State University suggest that Twitter is unwittingly building an "ideological echo chamber". "Two users of Twitter might be exposed to...
  • Snapshot: Prince William, wife Kate Middleton meet Beyonce Knowles and Jay Z at NBA game December 9, 2014

    New York: Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton met star couple Beyonce Knowles and Jay Z here. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were here Monday for the Cleveland Cavaliers game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Beyonce and Jay Z were seated just across the way, reports eonline.com. Prince...
  • People are now more likely to flirt on Facebook than in person: Survey December 7, 2014

    London: People are now more likely to flirt on Facebook than in person and a third of them are too embarrassed to talk to their love interests face-to-face, a survey has revealed. The language of love has gone digital through text messages and it has even affected the way we flirt. The...
  • Twitter makes it easier for users to report abuse, harassment December 3, 2014

    New York: Twitter is trying to make it easier for victims and witnesses of online harassment to report it. The short messaging service said Tuesday that the new tools will roll out to users over the coming weeks. It's available now for a small group of Twitter's 284 million members. Among...
  • Photos: 'Facelook' beauty parlour, WhatsApp sari, Google hotel: 16 Indians who won the Internet with their slightly disturbing love for social media December 3, 2014

    Indians are normally very active on social media sites. If they aren't sharing jokes on WhatsApp groups, they're posting Goa vacation or Karwa Chauth pictures on Facebook or outraging against Honey Singh on Twitter. It's the perfectly normal thing to do unless someone takes their obsession to a new level....
  • Islamic State may possesss nuclear material stolen from Iraq: Report December 1, 2014

    London: Islamic State terror group may have developed a nuclear device by using radioactive uranium stolen from Iraq's Mosul University after seizing control of the city last June, according to a British media report. Terrorists boasted of the device on social media, with one even commenting on the destruction such a...
  • Obama's daughters told to 'dress for respect, not a spot at a bar' November 30, 2014

    Washington: A US lawmaker's communications director was facing social media calls she be sacked after her Facebook rant about President Barack Obama's daughters prompted widespread anger. Elizabeth Lauten, spokeswoman for Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, wrote a scathing post to her Facebook account scolding Malia and Sasha Obama, 16 and...
  • A new social networking app that allows you to decide what posts should go viral November 30, 2014

    London: Not getting enough "likes" on your posts? Try this app. A new social networking app called Plague gives you power to decide what posts should go viral in your circle and beyond. Developed by Lithuania-based firm Deep Sea Marketing, the app "infects" four nearest friends who also have the app installed...
  • Facebook, Twitter data do not reveal true human behaviour November 29, 2014

    Washington: Using social media such as Twitter and Facebook to gather data on human behaviour may be fraught with biases, scientists say. Behavioural scientists use social media to quickly and cheaply gather huge amounts of data about what people are thinking and doing but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in the...
  • Former BJP ideologue Govindacharya challenges government's use of social media in Delhi HC November 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Former BJP ideologue KN Govindacharya has challenged the Government's use of Social media to disseminate information to the public. In a petition filed through his advocate Virag Gupta, he has argued that the public information of the government could be misused or used for commercial gains by the...
  • Delhi schools can now set their own Nursery admission guidelines November 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday has allowed schools to set their own guidelines for admissions, scrapping the point system specified by the Lieutenant Governor. This decision comes as a big relief for schools in Delhi over nursery admissions. The court said location cannot determine which school a...
  • Sex traffickers 'using Facebook' to lure young women into prostitution November 28, 2014

    Lodon: Gangs are using social media sites such as Facebook to lure young women into crime and prostitution, the head of European policing agency Europol said Tuesday. Rob Wainwright said traffickers were drawing victims in by posting advertisements for childcare or cleaning vacancies and once ensnared, controlling their movements with webchats...
  • Facebook finalises its simplified privacy policy; to go into effect January 1, 2015 November 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Facebook, which invited users to comment on its new privacy policy until November 20, is now ready with the final version that will go into effect January 1, 2015. The company has already started sending out notifications informing users of the updated terms, data policy, and cookies policy...
  • Have thousands of Facebook friends? Check-in to this hotel in Europe for free! November 27, 2014

    Take this moment to thank all your friends and followers on social media. If you're big on social networking sites, use your followers as currency to check in to a hotel in Europe! The luxurious Nordic Light Hotel in Stockholm is allowing people with more than 2,000 friends on Facebook to...
  • Twitter Offers: Twitter now lets advertisers post deals and discounts in users' feeds November 26, 2014

    New York: Twitter is expanding its reach into commerce with a new tool called "Offers." Advertisers can post promotions and discounts in users' Twitter feeds, whether or not the users follow those merchants on the short-messaging service. To redeem an offer, customers enter their credit or debit card information. They then use...
  • German leftists set to head first regional state November 21, 2014

    Berlin: Germany's left-wing parties have reached a historic deal to form their first coalition government at state-level, 25 years after the collapse of communism in the country. The leaders of the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Green party and the Left party set their seal for a new government in...
  • Delhi: Manipuri PhD scholar from TISS found dead at residence November 20, 2014

    New Delhi: A 33-year-old PHD scholar at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) LT Zingran Kengoo from Manipur was found dead at his Delhi residence on Thursday morning. Zingran was found dead in a pool of blood by his landlord's brother at his residence. Thereafter, the police was informed around...
  • Facebook to launch a professional social network in a few months; aims to take on LinkedIn November 18, 2014

    San Francisco: Facebook's professional version of its social network aimed at businesses will launch in the next few months, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday. The world's No.1 Internet social network with 1.35 billion monthly users has been quietly testing a version of its website geared toward...
  • Facebook working on a professional social network 'Facebook at Work': Report November 17, 2014

    Bangalore: Facebook is secretly working on a new website called "Facebook at Work" that would allow users to keep their personal profile separate from their work profile, the Financial Times reported. The new website, that will look very much like Facebook, will compete with professional social network LinkedIn, Google, and Microsoft,...
  • Facebook attempts to simplify privacy policy again, invites user comments November 14, 2014

    New York: One more time, Facebook is trying to simplify its lengthy privacy policy - and make it much shorter - to explain how it targets advertisements to its 1.35 billion users. The world's largest online social network uses the information people share on its site, along with the apps they...
  • Watch: Vladimir Putin got flak for what he put on the first lady's shoulders November 13, 2014

    US President Barack Obama and Russian President Putin are getting lampooned on social media for their antics. ...
  • Social media triggering low self-esteem among teenage girls November 10, 2014

    London: The surge in online communication and social media coupled with economic downturn seven years ago have left many teenage girls with low self-esteem, reveals a British survey. The survey that included 30,000 students found a worrying drop in the number of 14- and 15-year-olds, particularly girls, who say they feel...
  • Why Mark Zuckerberg found 'The Social Network' hurtful November 10, 2014

    Los Angeles: Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg says parts of the movie 'The Social Network', inspired by his life and work, were "hurtful" as its makers took liberty with the story. Zuckerberg was involved in Facebook's first public questions and answers Thursday, when a fan questioned him about the accuracy of the...
  • Aadhaar not required for availing social security: Kavita Jain November 6, 2014

    Chandigarh: Haryana Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Kavita Jain said that beneficiaries of various social security schemes are not required to produce Aadhaar card for availing these. She said that she has come to notice that beneficiaries were being asked to produce Aadhaar cards at the time of disbursement of...
  • Six types of killers on Facebook identified November 6, 2014

    Washington: Researchers have identified six different types of killers who turn to Facebook to lure their victim or otherwise use the social networking site in their crimes. The researchers analysed cases of homicide in which the social networking site Facebook had been reported by the media as a significant factor. The researchers...
  • University offers course on 'wasting time on the Internet' November 3, 2014

    Washington: A prestigious Ivy League University is offering a new course on 'wasting time on the Internet' which requires students to stare at a screen for hours and only interact via chat rooms and social media. The Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania is offering the course titled "Wasting...