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  • Twitter to issue user policies in Hindi, Urdu 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Twitter is working on making its user policies available in Indian languages like Hindi and Urdu to increase 'informed' usage of the microblogging site across non-English speaking population in the country. The user policies, which are guidelines to the kind of content that can be shared on the website,...
  • Facebook tweaks news feed to give more prominence to updates from friends 6 days ago

    New Delhi: In yet another change to the way users will be greeted when they log in the site, Facebook has tweaked its algorithm for news feed that will now generate a balanced content from friends and pages that a user likes or subscribes to. Since there will always be a...
  • Google seeks to make social media spoiler free April 9, 2015

    New Delhi: As you scroll your social media feed to ask your friends out for that new movie you had been waiting for, you end up with some state-of-the-art, detailed and highly narrative spoilers. 'Face-palm' and all your excitement is over. Google has decided to save us from the social...
  • YouTube Kids app is deceiving, targets young children with unfair and deceptive advertising: Consumer groups April 7, 2015

    Washington: The new YouTube Kids mobile app targets young children with unfair and deceptive advertising and should be investigated, a group of consumer advocates told the Federal Trade Commission in a letter on Tuesday. Google introduced the app in February as a "safer" place for kids to explore videos because it...
  • Why people are sharing less on Facebook these days April 6, 2015

    New York: If you have cut down on the amount of content you share on Facebook or Twitter even as your lists of friends and followers grow, you are not alone. A study co-authored by an Indian-origin researcher suggests that although more and more people are participating in social networking, a...
  • Tinder tests first video ad on app April 4, 2015

    New Delhi: Hopping on the bandwagon of offering promotional content through its service, Tinder has unveiled its first ad in the form of a video that promotes Budweiser's next #Whatever, USA campaign. Recently, Instagram and Twitter rolled out their own way of subtly inserting ads into their users' feed and similarly,...
  • China to punish Tencent, Youku, Baidu, other Internet sites for hosting pornographic content April 1, 2015

    Beijing: China will punish Internet companies including Tencent Holdings Ltd, Youku Tudou Inc and Baidu Inc's iQiyi for hosting videos suspected of containing violence and pornography, which it said causes juvenile delinquency. The offending material is primarily Japanese animation on the video streaming websites of Tencent, Youku Tudou, iQiyi, Sohu.com Inc...
  • People should understand Pt Madan Mohan Malviya's sacrifices, says his grandson March 31, 2015

    Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya will be posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna on Monday. His family will receive the award on his behalf from the President. ...
  • China begins crackdown on sexually explicit content on WeChat March 26, 2015

    Beijing: China's Internet regulator issued on Wednesday new guidelines prohibiting sexual and vulgar content on Tencent Holdings Ltd's popular messaging app, the latest step in the agency's perennial campaign to clean up China's Internet. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said sexually explicit pictures and text, including nude photos and erotic...
  • Facebook updates guidelines on what is acceptable to share on the site; clarifies policies on nudity, hate speech March 17, 2015

    Washington: Social media giant Facebook has updated a set of standards on what is acceptable to share on its platform, a press release from the company on Monday said. Facebook's "community standards" look to "help people understand what is acceptable to share on Facebook", the company said in the statement. "These...
  • India tops list of requests for blocking content on Facebook in the second half of 2014 March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Facebook blocked 5,832 pieces of content, including anti-religious matter and hate speeches, during July-December 2014 on orders of Indian government, the highest by any country on the social networking giant's platform. In its Global Government Requests Report for July to December 2014, the California-based firm said it has "restricted"...
  • Google re-allows porn on Blogger February 28, 2015

    Bengaluru: Google has abandoned its plan to ban adult content on its blogging site Blogger after receiving negative feedback from users. Google will instead "step up enforcement" of its existing policy prohibiting commercial porn, Jessica Pelegio, the company's social product support manager, wrote on Google Product Forums on Friday. Bloggers can continue...
  • Watch: Cyrus Broacha shows alleged 'jehadi videos' January 18, 2015

    Government has ordered unblocking of all the 32 websites that were being used by terrorists after these sites promised to cooperate with the authorities and removed 'jehadi' content. Cyrus Broacha shows some 'jehadi videos' before they get blocked. ...
  • Government unblocks 32 websites as they promise to cooperate, remove 'jehadi' content January 12, 2015

    New Delhi: Government has ordered unblocking of all the 32 websites that were being used by terrorists after these sites promised to cooperate with the authorities and removed 'jehadi' content. "Order was issued on Thursday to unblock all 32 websites that were blocked following complaint of Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS)...
  • Government unblocks 32 websites as they promise to cooperate January 10, 2015

    New Delhi: Government has ordered unblocking of all the 32 websites that were being used by terrorists after these sites promised to cooperate with the authorities and removed 'jehadi' content. "Order was issued on Thursday to unblock all 32 websites that were blocked following complaint...
  • Rajya Sabha members find reality shows, 'Bigg Boss' indecent December 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Rajya Sabha members feel reality shows like 'Bigg Boss' are against Indian values, and urged the information and broadcasting ministry to take action. In a question to the information and broadcasting minister, Samajwadi Party (SP) member Vishambhar Prasad Nishad said: "There is one show which has cameras filming women...
  • Yahoo unveils a lineup of free streaming concerts July 12, 2014

    San Francisco: Yahoo continued its shift to online content with a lineup of free streaming concerts by music stars such as Usher, Michael Franti, and The Dave Matthews Band. A Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen promised to serve up a new live concert daily beginning on July 15 when The...
  • Twitter restores access to 'blasphemous' content in Pakistan June 18, 2014

    Islamabad: Twitter has restored access inside Pakistan to dozens of tweets and accounts, after blocking them last month following official complaints about "blasphemous" content, in a move hailed by free speech activists. The microblogging site said it had changed its May 18 decision to restrict access to the material from...
  • Does porn cause men's brains to shrink? May 30, 2014

    Washington: Researchers found less gray matter in the brains of men who watched large amounts of sexually explicit material, according to a new study. The research, which appeared Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, could not determine if porn actually caused the brain to shrink however, and the authors called for...
  • Man gets judicial custody for posting objectionable remarks on Facebook May 3, 2014

    A youth who was accused of posting objectionable remarks on a social networking website has surrendered before a court here. Gaurav Tomar, who was booked for his alleged hate remarks on Facebook under Section 66A of IT Act (Punishment for sending offensive messages through communication service) in Shamli on April 25,...
  • A new system that can predict what will go viral two months from now April 29, 2014

    London: A new method can identify what information will be relevant on social networks such as Twitter and predict what will "go viral" across the Internet up to two months in advance. This may help predict social movements, consumer reactions or possible outbreaks of epidemics, researchers said. Scientists, including those...
  • The ideal length of your tweets, Facebook posts and other content you post online April 28, 2014

    Here is what should be the ideal length of your tweets, Facebook posts and other content you post online....
  • Facebook warns users about violent content, removes beheading video October 23, 2013

    San Francisco: Facebook removed a video of a woman being beheaded from its website and said it would use a broader set of criteria to determine when gory videos are permitted on the site. The move came a day after a public outcry over news reports that Facebook, the world's No....
  • BCCC fines two channels for airing objectionable content August 15, 2013

    In a first, TV industry's self regulatory body Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) has slapped penalties on two channels for airing objectionable content. Officials said BCCC had issued two orders on Wednesday, imposing Rs 10 lakh fine on Big CBS love and Rs 2.5 lakh penalty on Big CBS Spark. This is...
  • Tumblr removes porn content from search and tag pages July 21, 2013

    New Delhi: When Yahoo had acquired Tumblr in May this year, it confirmed that it wouldn't restrict controversial content from appearing on the site, but now the company has made changes to the way adult content appears on Tumblr. While the company won't ban users from uploading NSFW or nude photos...
  • PMLN govt does not intend to block Google: Pak minister June 14, 2013

    Islamabad: Amid reports that Google could be blocked in Pakistan, the country's new IT Minister on Thursday said the PMLN government does not intend to do so and only wishes to have an effective mechanism in place for shutting out blasphemous contents. "PMLN government does not intend to block Google...
  • Pakistan's new IT minister warns Google over objectionable material June 9, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistan's new IT minister has warned that Google could be blocked in the country if the company fails to remove blasphemous and objectionable material from its videosharing website YouTube. Minister of State for IT and Telecommunication Anusha Rahman Khan made the remarks on her first day in office yesterday...
  • Punjab government orders probe into 'vulgar' school books May 23, 2013

    Chandigarh: The Punjab government has initiated a probe into the distribution of text books containing allegedly vulgar and irrelevant content in government schools, a minister said on Wednesday. Bathinda District Education Officer Surjit Singh Khuram was put under suspension for laxity in this connection. Punjab Education Minister SS Maluka inspected the...
  • SC seeks Centre's response on rise in pornographic sites April 15, 2013

    New Delhi: Amid growing concerns over proliferation of pornographic sites on the internet, the Supreme Court today issued a notice to the Centre seeking its response to the issue. A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir issued notice to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and others on the contention...