Russian Lawmakers Approve Harsher Fines for Tech Firms Without Offices

Russian lawmakers on Tuesday approved a bill providing for stricter penalties for foreign internet companies that fail to open an office in Russia, including fines. Moscow has long sought to exert greater control over technology firms, and disputes over content and data have intensified since it sent armed forces into Ukraine on February 24. Foreign […]

UK Proposes to Strengthen Internet Laws to Fight Russian Disinformation

Britain is proposing a new law that will require social media companies to proactively tackle disinformation posted by foreign states such as Russia, the government said on Monday. The law would tackle fake accounts on platforms such as Meta‘s Facebook and Twitter that were set up on behalf of foreign states to influence elections or […]

Meta to Enable NFT Cross-Posting on Facebook, Instagram Apps

Facebook is getting a new ‘digital collectibles’ tab where creators will be able to showcase their non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The release of this NFT-centric feature on Facebook is going to be gradual and will start being available for select creators based in the US. Last month, Instagram had also said that it had begun testing […]

Facebook Owner Meta Will Reportedly Lower Engineering Hiring Target for 2022

Facebook parent Meta Platforms has reportedly reduced its target for hiring engineers in 2022 to around 6,000-7,000, down from an initial plan to hire about 10,000 new engineers. According to Reuters, the statement comes Meta Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, who cited the figure during a weekly employee Q&A session on Thursday. In another update, Meta […]

Facebook Testing Discord-Like Audio Channels for Groups: Details

Facebook is testing out a couple of new features for Groups. These features include a new easy way to access users’ favourite Facebook Groups, along with the introduction of chat, audio, and feed channels. Facebook group admins will now be able to create channels in the groups that are focused spaces for people to connect […]

Amazon Places Purchase Limit on Emergency Contraceptive Pills

Amazon has placed a temporary purchase limit of three units per week on emergency contraceptive pills, the company said on Tuesday. The move comes days after the US Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe vs Wade ruling that recognised women’s constitutional right to abortion. Women with unwanted pregnancies in the country now may face […]

54 Percent in India Turn to Social Media for Factual Info, Says Study

As many as 54 percent of people in India turn to social media when looking for factual information, according to a global study by Oxford University Press (OUP). The research-led campaign ‘The Matter of Fact’ looked at the level of understanding of how truths are identified and sources validated. Despite concerns around misinformation and false […]

Meta Pay: Digital Wallet by Meta Announced by Mark Zuckerberg

Meta, formerly Facebook, is venturing deeper into the arena of metaverse and Web3. In a latest development, the company has launched its own wallet service as a universal payment mode that could be used in physical as well as the virtual world of the metaverse. The name of this wallet service is Meta Pay, which […]

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