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New Facebook India head Ajit Mohan had served UPA govt

New Delhi: Facebook announced on Monday that it has appointed former Hotstar executive Ajit Mohan as Vice-President and Managing Director of its India operations. Twitter erupted on receiving this news as Mohan had served the “Sonia Gandhi-led UPA”, tweeted the handle @LegalKant. While the handle has a modest following, the tweet attracted a disproportionately high […]

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2019 poll campaign: Parties plan big on social media, data analytics

New Delhi: Social media played a key role in propelling the BJP to power in 2014 but is set to take on a different dimension altogether in 2019 with the opposition led by the Congress getting their arsenal ready to combat the ruling party’s formidable cyber army.   War rooms are getting ready and thousands of […]

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Cambridge Analytica files for bankruptcy in US court

New York: Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy at the centre of Facebook Inc’s privacy scandal, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the United States. Cambridge Analytica and its British parent SCL Elections said earlier this month that they would shut down immediately and begin bankruptcy proceedings after suffering a sharp drop in business. The firm became embroiled […]

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Facebook shut 583 million fake accounts

Paris: Facebook closed 583 million fake accounts in the first 3 months of 2018, the social media giant has said, detailing how it enforces community standards against sexual or violent images, terrorist propaganda or hate speech. Responding to calls for transparency after the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, Facebook said those closures came on top […]

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Twitter urges users to change passwords

San Francisco: Twitter asked on Friday its over 300 million users to consider changing their account passwords after the social media giant identified a bug that stored unmasked information. However, Twitter assured its users that the bug has been fixed and its investigation has found no breach or misuse on any account. The advisory by […]

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Zuckerberg unprepared to answer many questions

Washington, DC: The owner of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg was still at the Capitol Hill testifying before US lawmakers at the time of filing of this report. Facebook’s general counsel, Colin Stretch, and Joel Kaplan, vice president of global public policy, are with him. Zuckerberg has so far admitted before Senators that he had made mistakes and accepted the […]

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Cambridge Analytica pleads innocent; Modi government not impressed

New Delhi: UK-based Cambridge Analytica has denied using data of Facebook users in India even as the social media giant has admitted that 5.62 lakh people in the country were potentially affected by the data breach, according to official sources. In fact, Not only did Cambridge Analytica harvest 87 million Facebook users’ personal data but […]

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Zuckerberg: Facebook in ‘arms race’ with Russia

Washington: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has told US senators his company is in a constant battle with Russian operators seeking to exploit the social network. “This is an arms race. They’re going to keep getting better,” he said, according to a BBC News report. Zuckerberg was answering questions in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica […]

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BJP lashes out at Congress after fresh ‘expose’ on Analytica

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday launched an attack at the Congress for yet another “expose” of its links with the controversial data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica, saying that it cannot continue to be in denial mode. The remarks from BJP leaders come amid a video screen footage of Cambridge Analytica’s suspended Chief Executive Officer […]

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Data Breach: Facebook called upon to give response by 7 April

New Delhi: After a notice seeking details relating to breach of data from Facebook had been sent to Cambridge Analytica particularly with regard to reports in the media about questionable practices attributed to Cambridge Analytica in their efforts to influence elections, Government of India here on Wednesday issued a letter to Facebook seeking their response […]