Twitter, Other Social Media Apps Fail to Remove Hate Speech, Says EU Review

Twitter took longer to review hateful content and removed less of it in 2022 compared with the previous year, according to European Union data released Thursday. The EU figures were published as part of an annual evaluation of online platforms’ compliance with the 27-nation bloc’s code of conduct on disinformation….

Amazon Laid Off Devices Unit Staff, Including Retail and HR, Amid Job Cuts

Amazon on Wednesday said it has laid off some employees in its devices group as a person familiar with the company said it still targeted around 10,000 job cuts, including in its retail division and human resources. The announcement, Amazon‘s first since media outlets including Reuters reported its layoff plans on…

Meta Layoffs Mostly Affected Tech Team, Reorganisation Underway, Say Execs

Facebook owner Meta Platforms told employees on Friday that it would stop developing smart displays and smartwatches and that nearly half of the 11,000 jobs it eliminated this week in an unprecedented cost-cutting move were technology roles. Speaking during an employee townhall meeting heard by Reuters, Meta executives also said…

Meta to Lay Off More Than 11,000 Employees in One of Biggest US Job Cuts in 2022

Meta said on Wednesday it will let go of 13 percent of its workforce, or more than 11,000 employees, in one of the biggest tech layoffs this year as the Facebook parent battles soaring costs and a weak advertising market. The broad job cuts, the first in Meta’s 18-year history, follow thousands of…

Mastodon Hailed as Open Alternative to Twitter After Elon Musk Takeover: All You Need to Know

With Twitter in disarray since the world’s richest person took control of it last week, Mastodon, a decentralised, open alternative from privacy-obsessed Germany, has seen a flood of new users. “The bird is free,” tweeted Tesla mogul Elon Musk when he completed his $44 billion (roughly Rs. 3,37,465 crore) acquisition…

WhatsApp Business Beta Users Nudged to Link Facebook, Instagram Accounts to Reach More Users

WhatsApp Business has begun testing a new prompt asking users to link their Facebook and Instagram accounts to reach more users. The Meta-owned instant messaging app is nudging beta testers of WhatsApp Business to bring in new customers via an in-app banner. For starters, the banner is reaching a handful…

Google, Facebook, Big Tech Should Pay for Network Costs, Suggest EU Telcos

Telecom operators are pushing the European Union to implement new laws that would make Big Tech pay for network costs, following Australia’s example, according to four sources close to the matter. Europe’s telecoms operators have lobbied for a financial contribution from US tech firms such as Alphabet‘s Google, Meta‘s Facebook and…

Facebook Parent Meta Ordered to Pay $10.5 Million Legal Fees to Washington State

Facebook parent company Meta has been ordered to pay $10.5 million (nearly Rs. 86 crore) in legal fees to Washington state atop a nearly $25 million (nearly Rs. 200 crore) fine for repeated and intentional violations of campaign finance disclosure laws. King County Superior Court Judge Douglass North issued the…

Mark Zuckerberg to Testify in FTC Case Against Facebook’s Virtual Reality Deal

Meta Platforms Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg will testify in a case by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that argues the company’s proposed deal to buy virtual reality (VR) content maker Within Unlimited should be blocked. In a court document filed with the US District Court Northern District Of California…