Facebook will reportedly launch a new ad unit that will allow businesses to create a link between WhatsApp. Reports say, advertisers can now include a button on their Facebook ad that will let people call or message via Whatsapp. Notably, WhatsApp has always said that it has no plans to put ads in its app. Though indirectly promoting ads, this feature might cause disappointment to users.
The Kochi police are reportedly using social media platforms like Facebook and Whatsapp to crackdown on drug cartels that supply banned drugs for rave parties during the festive season. Reports say, police have arrested 3 people linked to drug dealing till Wednesday, by collecting information shared on social media groups.
Social media giant Facebook is reportedly testing a new feature that lets users' comments on posts be visible to only pre-approved individuals. The feature can be enabled by clicking on the 'padlock' icon showing privacy options like friends only, post owner and commenter only, and everyone else.
Facebook's messaging platform WhatsApp is all geared up to introduce a slew of new features that include replying privately in groups, picture-in-picture mode (which will allow users to have a video chat with their friends and simultaneously message someone else), tap to unblock, link-based invite to a group and more.
Facebook has reportedly planned to introduce a new feature for gaming with friends on the Messenger chat app. The new feature includes support for live streaming via Facebook Live and video chatting with fellow gamers. The users will be able to record these live streams so that they can be posted to the profile afterwards.
Might come across as trivial, but a Chennai-based mental health centre Mind Zone, reportedly offers help for those suffering from Whatsapp and Facebook addiction! A picture of the centre's advertisement has reportedly gone viral on social media and earned a few guffaws!
The Kochi Metro invited people to name its Mascot on its official Facebook page. The post asked people to comment the name for the mascot from which top three names with the most number of likes will be shortlisted, and officials will finalise the winner who will be awarded exciting prizes. Send in your entries by 6 pm, December 4.
A young girl from Arunachal Pradesh reportedly went missing when she travelled to Delhi without her parents’ knowledge to meet a friend who she got to know through Facebook. The man allegedly promised her a job to lure her. However, the girl’s parents and friends haven’t been able to establish contact so far. A case has been registered by the police on the apprehension that the missing girl is being held against her will.
On Tuesday, the Vellore cops arrested Mahalakshmi, 42, a resident of Sathuvacheri for posting a derogatory Facebook post criticising Madras High Court judge N Kirubakaran, who raised questions on the continuous protests and road roko by the Joint Action Council of Teachers Organization and Government Employees Organization. Mahalakshmi was remanded to 15 days judicial custody.
The government has reportedly told the Supreme Court that it lacks the technical know-how to monitor and block the deadly blue whale challenge. Blue whale challenge involves accomplishing of tasks by an unknown administer culminating in a suicide. Facebook, Google and other companies have also expressed their inability in containing the menace.
Similar to what OLX and Quikr offer, social media giant Facebook has introduced a new feature called 'Marketplace' where you can trade used goods. Currently, the feature is said to be on trial in Mumbai and will soon be implemented across the country. 'Marketplace' is available in over 25 countries as of now.
Facebook has announced a new app called Facebook Creator for video creators to help them join and manage their communities. The app reportedly allows users to open and close live broadcasts and offers custom live stickers for easy interaction. Reports say, the app has been launched for iOS platform and will soon roll out for Android users.
In a Facebook post, allegedly by Saraj Singh Mintoo a gangster and a murder accused in the killing of a Hindu outfit leader Vipan Sharma last month, he claimed responsibility for the murder. "I want to tell my friends that the murder of Vipan Sharma which took place on October 30 on Amritsar-Batala road was committed by me... His killing should not be linked with any religion," he reportedly said in the post. Reports say, police have taken notice of the Facebook post and are investigating the matter.
To help communities recover faster from disasters in the aftermath, Facebook has introduced several new features including ‘Disaster Maps’ feature in India. As part of the measure, Facebook will make data available through features for safety checks and raising donation for relief measures to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development society. The measures were reportedly announced at Facebook’s first annual ‘Disaster Response Summit’ in New Delhi on Thursday.
Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi’s (VCK) public relation officer B Puthiyavan was reportedly arrested by Cuddalore District police for making obscene posts about Tamil Nadu BJP President Tamilisai Soundararajan on Facebook. BJP's SC/ST wing lodged a complaint on Thursday that Puthiyavan posted a cartoon with derogatory comments on Tamilisai’s appearance. Following which, he was reportedly charged with criminal assault “on a woman with an intention to outrage her modesty” and criminal intimidation. He was produced before a magistrate and remanded in judicial custody on Friday, reports say.
Raya Sarkar, a woman lawyer, in a Facebook post on Tuesday, invited others to share academics who are sexual harassers. In her Facebook post, 58 professors were alleged as sexual harassers and were listed by the name and the institution they serve at. The list reportedly included academics from several premier academic institutions of India. Though this viral post on Facebook encourages women to come out in the open and talk about the offenders, it is also worrying because anyone can blame anyone without concrete proof and cause serious defamation.
Reports suggest that Facebook is testing a resume feature which is reportedly an expansion of Facebook's 'Work and Education' section. It lets users list their contact details along with professional experience and education on their Facebook accounts, say reports. Users can add their image and other qualifications, that are combined under a single tab, suggest reports.
According to reports, a 19-year-old girl in Rajasthan used the congratulatory messages on her husband’s Facebook page to prove in court that she was married at 12. An activist named Kriti Bharti, who helped the girl Sushila Bishnoi, reportedly said many of the friends of the husband, who was also 12 at the time of marriage, posted congratulatory messages on his Facebook page for the wedding in 2010. The girl wanted to study while the parents forced her to consummate the marriage, say reports. “The girl is in a government shelter and is continuing studies in an open school”, the activist reportedly said.
Police have reportedly arrested Linu, a 23-year-old hotel employee, of Vallachalil in Rajakkad in Idukki for live-streaming intimate moments with his girlfriend on Facebook. “The youth said the video was uploaded to get more likes on Facebook. But later he said they quarrelled and he live-streamed their act to take revenge on her”, police reportedly said. After the video went viral on social media, the woman went to police saying he had raped her on false promises of marriage. Her twin sister also filed a complaint to get the video removed from the social media.
Facebook has come up with a new feature that lets users get familiar with their friends' friends. The feature gives potential friends’ information, say reports. Another feature in its Messenger that would let the users connect if they both are interested in hanging out is being tested, reports added. The feature prompts messages like - “Would you like to meet up with (name) this week?”, say reports.