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    WhatsApp, CyberPeace Foundation jointly unveil online safety programme for children, educators

    WhatsApp said CyberPeace Foundation will train teachers, parents and students using a co-created curriculum to increase online safety for children in consultation with UNICEF and state police authorities. At the end of these training sessions, the participants will create a 'CyberPeace Club' for creating a 'repository' of guidance that other students can refer to for boosting online child safety.

    WhatsApp partners with Common Services Centers for a digital literacy service chatbot

    The government describes CSC as a 'strategic cornerstone' of the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP), approved by the government in May 2006, as part of its commitment in the National Common Minimum Programme to introduce e-governance on a massive scale.

    Things you should do to avoid WhatsApp harassment

    You should always be careful about unknown numbers. If you receive a call from an unknown number, better disconnect it. It could be telemarketers or a scamsters or worse a stalker!

    Facebook limits forwarding to 5 people or group at a time on Messenger

    The move comes after there has been a surge in spread of misinformation around the Covid-19 pandemic and major elections in the US, New Zealand and other countries inch closer.

    Facebook representatives have appeared before house committees

    A few months ago, the Ankhi Das-headed Facebook India representatives were summoned and appeared before two parliamentary committees, including the Tharoor-led committee. Last December, Facebook India team deposed before the same house committee when it took up the allegation of ‘WhatsApp snooping row’.

    Facebook set to expand WhatsApp's commerce partnerships in India, then take it global

    In April, Facebook announced investments of $ $5.7 billion in Jio Platforms Limited, part of Reliance Industries Limited, making Facebook its largest minority shareholder. The deal with Jio allowed WhatsApp's integration with JioMart to enable people to connect with businesses, shop and ultimately purchase products in a seamless mobile experience.

    Rahul Gandhi demands probe into operations of Facebook, WhatsApp in India

    Rahul Gandhi claimed that international media have fully exposed Facebook's and WhatsApp's brazen assault on India's democracy and social harmony.

    Groups and communities being leveraged on FB, Twitter, WhatsApp for help in Covid times

    The group currently has more than 47,000 members and is adding 100-200 more every day, Nagaraj said. It gets about 100-150 messages a day on WhatsApp for assistance, and about 300 queries on blood donation. Nagaraj thinks her group is here to stay, because Covid and social distancing is here to stay.

    A sigh of relief! WhatsApp to roll out 'mute forever' option for groups soon

    At present, WhatsApp allows users to mute groups for a year.

    Antitrust allegations against Facebook's WhatsApp in India

    The complaint comes at a time when WhatsApp is working to launch its payments platform in India.

    Print media most credible source of news, radio next, according to latest survey

    The findings have come at a time when it is getting increasingly difficult to distinguish between fact and fiction across social media platforms and fake news is emerging as a growing menace.

    India watchdog throws out antitrust complaint against WhatsApp

    A case in March alleged that WhatsApp was bundling its digital payment facility - WhatsApp Pay - within its messaging app for which it already has a large user base. The case alleged WhatsApp was abusing its position by forcing its payments feature on to its existing users.

    Telecom regulator TRAI cannot treat over-the-top apps as telcos: Broadband body

    “The argument that OTT services should be regulated under the same licensing regime that applies to TSPs (telecom service providers) is incorrect and erroneously overlooks the vast and critical differences between the two entities,” telecom policy think tank Broadband India Forum said .

    Inside Instagram’s training camp for ethical voices

    The photo-and-video-sharing platform from Facebook spends 3-4 crore annually to push these initiatives in India as part of its global safety and well-being programme, said people aware of the initiatives. Instagram started these initiatives in several countries, including the US, India, Nepal, Brazil and Australia, three years ago.

    WhatsApp scouts for senior hand to steer India payment business

    The person will be hired as Director of WhatsApp Payments India and will report to WhatsApp India chief Abhijit Bose, who joined WhatsApp in November 2018 from electronics payments company Ezetap, where he was cofounder and CEO.

    Sushant's father attempted to reach out to son via Rhea Chakraborty and Shruti Modi, WhatsApp messages reveal

    Late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's father K.K. Singh had tried to contact his son's live-in partner Rhea Chakraborty to know the details of his son's ongoing medical treatment at that time, WhatsApp messages shared with the media showed. The actress, who is now the prime accused in the death case of Sushant, did not respond to any of the messages. Besides Rhea, Sushant's father also tried to connect with his son's former manager Shruti Modi and even she did not revert back to him.Sushant's father attempted to reach out to son via Rhea Chakraborty and Shruti Modi, WhatsApp messages reveal

    COAI: Non-regulation of OTT players will put telecom firms at disadvantage

    COAI's comments come on the back of sector regulator's recommendations that there was no need to regulate OTT players, for now, saying this isn’t the right time to come up with any comprehensive regulatory framework on this score. "We are of the view that these OTT services are substitutable to the services provided by the TSPs and hence a case of non-level playing field exists," COAI added.

    Not the appropriate time to regulate OTT players: Trai secretary SK Gupta

    Following demands from telecom operators, Trai had originally come out with a discussion paper on regaling OTT players such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and Google in March 2015. Subsequently, it started another consultation in November 2018 on whether regulating communication apps was necessary.

    Trai rules out need to regulate OTT players, for now

    “It is not an opportune moment to recommend a comprehensive regulatory framework for various aspects of services referred to as OTT services, beyond the extant laws and regulations prescribed presently,” Trai said in its recommendations on regulating communication apps Monday.

    What is TakaTak? Know all about it

    MX Player has launched an app 'TakaTak' as an alternative to TikTok in India.

    We will continue to aggressively invest in India: Facebook India's Head Ajit Mohan

    When we think of products and partnerships, we don't apply the lens of short term monetization. We look at can we have impact for the long term and can we build sustainable economic models also for the long term. And I think that's the same lens that we're bringing to India.

    Search made easy! WhatsApp to allow users to look for specific images, GIFs within chats

    ​​The Advanced Search Mode, allows users to categorically search for photos, videos, links, GIFs and audio.

    Axis AMC offers mutual fund transactions on WhatsApp

    Axis Asset Management Company has extended a plethora of its services on WhatsApp that can be availed anytime of the day. The whatsapp facility will also allow investor to conduct mutual fund transactions.

    To curb fake news and hate speech, first regulate digital media, Centre tells Supreme Court

    In an affidavit filed in court, the ministry of information and broadcasting said that there was no need to lay down any fresh guidelines balancing journalistic freedom and responsibilities regarding the print and electronic media.

    NPCI confirms WhatsApp Pay's data localisation

    The RBI is yet to specify when it will give the much-awaited final nod for WhatsApp to launch payments beyond the current trial-stage, which is restricted to 1 million users for two years.

    Paying respect from a distance: Covid-19 forces people to hold condolence meetings online

    With restrictions still in place, people are finding it difficult to go out and at such a time.

    Facebook neutral, non-partisan, its India chief says defending handling of hate speeches

    "The content policy of team that is at the centre of all the enforcement decisions (on hate speeches) is separate and independent in India from the public policy team (that handles government relations)," Facebook India Head Ajit Mohan said. "It's designed for independence."

    Digital outreach: BJP likely to launch Atmanirbhar Bihar, RJD takes to booth-level WhatsApp campaigns

    The party on Saturday started conducting social media training workshops for nearly 1,090 mandal heads that saw the virtual participation of IT minister Ravishankar Prasad.

    Startup Bandhoo to raise $1 mn seed funding, helps 7000 labourers in getting work

    Bandhoo is a 15-member team. It has launched a Digital Shramik initiative to provide smartphones and digital literacy to construction worker.

    How its success is beginning to turn into a problem for Facebook in India

    Between Facebook and Whatsapp, the company has not only found wide acceptance by customers, it has also been successful in staving off unfavourable policies. Until it got entangled in political battles.

    Advertisers don't expect a dent in Facebook ad spends in India post hate speech controversy

    Media planners and advertisers do not expect the recent political controversy around the WSJ report to contribute to a dent in ad spends on Facebook. Political issues and battles are unlikely to hamper advertising sentiments in India compared to the US and Facebook’s large SME base continues to advertise heavily on the platform, they said.

    To go or not to go out in times of Covid: Invitations to socialise are back

    At one level, it’s not hard to see why people no longer want to talk about social distancing, let alone do it — it’s over five months since we entered the first lockdown and everyone’s fed up to the backteeth.

    WhatsApp doubles video participants limit to 8

    The move could help it compete with popular videoconferencing app Zoom.

    Retailers plan to set up their own online stores and logistics: Study

    Building industry-specific technology tools for businesses to go online is also a rising trend. Over the past few months, several startups have expanded their offering to get businesses online.

    Users wake up to #WhatsAppDown trend on Twitter, netizens have a field day

    Many users, both on Android and iOS, were unable to log into the app.

    Online scams are on the rise: Here's how you can spot one

    Scams have been on the rise recently and it could happen to anyone. Phishing is usually how gullible internet users are scammed because calls for simply tricking a customer into revealing confidential information. But these kind of schemes are easier to spot than you think.

    Harappa Education CEO can’t imagine running a company without WhatsApp

    Working from home has been efficient, productive and effective for Shreyasi Singh.

    View: The coming Facebook-Jio stress test for the CCI

    Reliance Jio will approach the Competition Commission of India to clear its Facebook deal.

    Sebi penalises 1 person for leaking info on HDFC Bank results via WhatsApp

    The regulator levied a fine of Rs 15 lakh on Renish Hareshbhai Bhuva, a Sebi order said.

    Tips to avoid banking scams on WhatsApp

    After the advent of instant messaging, and the rise of WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned application has become the centre of communication for everyone, including scammers, here are some tips to avoid banking scams on WhatsApp.

    WhatsApp Pay awaits SC verdict to launch service

    Rivals Google Pay and Walmart-owned PhonePe were given permissions by NPCI, as it is authorised to permit UPI-based payment services.

    Hike rolls out a new social virtual product, says messaging category is done

    Hike, founded in 2012 by Kavin Bharti Mittal, was once seen as a potential competitor to WhatsApp. However, the Tiger Global and Softbank-funded startup failed to scale up its userbase, and since then has pivoted into sticker chat and gaming.

    AirAsia India customers to get support services through WhatsApp

    AirAsia India customers will now be able get support services through WhatsApp following the budget carrier making available its virtual assistant, AirAsia Virtual Allstar (AVA) on the Facebook-run messaging platform.

    WhatsApp Pay only after RBI nod, Supreme Court told

    WhatsApp on Wednesday assured the Supreme Court that it would not launch its payment gateway, WhatsApp Pay, before getting the approval of the Reserve Bank of India.

    By-referral-only WhatsApp membership and food delivery agents fuel digital ganja high

    According to a report by TNN, a few among food-delivery agents have emerged as a cog in Chennai’s preferred ganja peddling apparatus, with police stumbling upon the well-oiled network by chance. In sync with the times, by-referral-only WhatsApp membership is another ganja delivery avenue that is under the police radar. Representative Image

    View: Taking Facebook to task over hate speech is a test of India's democracy

    Facebook, which owns WhatsApp and Instagram, has tried to cast itself as an innocent intermediary, an empty stage where users do their own thing, but in fact, it brokers our interactions. How they organise content, make it searchable, what is visible and heard — these are choices, and they have consequences.

    Congress writes to Facebook CEO over alleged "bias"; demands probe into the conduct of India leadership team

    The Congress on Tuesday wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, accusing Facebook India of "interfering" with the country's electoral democracy, and demanded a time-bound high level inquiry into the conduct of Facebook India leadership team, and their operations.

    Facebook deal gives Jio a good leverage in WhatsApp: Experts

    The deal allows Jio to leverage WhatsApp as a powerful messaging channel to promote the telco’s digital offerings directly to the customers of its competitors, Sanford C Bernstein said.

    Facebook controversy: Shashi Tharoor, Nishikant Dubey move Privilege Notice against each other

    Tharoor, in a letter to Birla filed under Rule 222 of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, alleged breach of privilege of his position as an MP and chairman of the committee by Dubey. He termed Dubey’s remarks on social media questioning his decision to summon a meeting on the panel to discuss the alleged misconduct of Facebook as “disparaging”, and said the breach has been on three counts.

    No need to regulate OTTs for now: Govt in LS

    “It is not an opportune moment to recommend a comprehensive regulatory framework for various aspects of services referred to as OTT services, beyond the extant laws and regulations prescribed presently,” Dhotre said in response to a question in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

    Facebook financial formed to pursue company’s payments plans

    The company has invested heavily to make WhatsApp a destination for commerce in those markets, but regulation has stalled its payments efforts in both countries.

    Trump's move against social media cos unlikely to change India's stand

    The Indian government has been in the process of finalising amendments to the IT Intermediary Guidelines, which will require platforms to verify their users in order to discourage anonymous posting and need companies like WhatsApp to trace the origin of unlawful messages on court orders, among a host of measures to pin greater responsibility on companies.

    WhatsApp to work with partners in India to enhance access to financial products

    WhatsApp had started testing its payments service - WhatsApp Pay - in India in 2018. The UPI-based service, which allows users to utilise the messaging platform to send and receive money, competes against Softbank-backed Paytm, Flipkart's PhonePe and Google Pay in India.

    How to balance work and personal life while working from home

    As the pandemic ranges on, the work-life balance has gone for a toss. Your health, routines, peace of mind, professional output and personal life have all changed in ways you couldn’t predict. Let’s take a look at the negatives and understand how you can recover from them.

    WhatsApp Pay to comply with all rules in India by May

    A full-fledged rollout of WhatsApp Pay has not been approved for over two years due to concerns over its data storage policy in India and over sharing of that data with its parent entity. In February, a plan to allow WhatsApp Pay to increase the number of users in a pilot project, from 1 million to 10 million, did not take off.

    Brazil suspends WhatsApp's new payments system

    The central bank said in a statement that rolling out the service without previous analysis by the monetary authority could damage the Brazilian payments system in the areas of competition, efficiency and data privacy. The system, launched last week in a nationwide rollout, allowed users to transfer funds to individuals or local businesses within a chat.

    WhatsApp reduces Status video time limit to 15 seconds in India

    "You can no longer send videos to WhatsApp Status if they are longer than 16 seconds: only videos having a duration of 15 seconds will be allowed. This is happening in India and it's probably an initiative to reduce the traffic on the server infrastructures," WABetaInfo tweeted on Sunday. India has over 400 million WhatsApp users.

    Facebook responds to Congress' charge of political bias, says it is non-partisan and denounces hate

    The Congress accused Facebook of interfering in India's democratic process and social harmony and being soft on members of the ruling BJP on applying its hate-speech rules.

    Facebook says will remove content to mitigate adverse legal or regulatory impact

    The changes in Terms of Service come despite growing criticism of Facebook's content moderation policy that is allegedly influenced by employees' political leanings and the company's business considerations in globally and India.

    WhatsApp makes saving contacts easy with QR codes, Dark Mode comes to desktop

    The Facebook-owned company also announced animated stickers features for all its users.

    Google Pay rolls out Nearby Stores feature in 35 Indian cities

    Last month, the feature was launched only in a few cities. The feature referred to as Spot by the company is a commerce layer on the app. It enables businesses to open mini digital storefronts within the payment app where users can browse for products and services.

    COVID-19 to accelerate digital adoption in India; Jio helped spur internet usage: Morgan Stanley

    India's total online shopper base at 30 per cent of its internet population is low when compared with 78 per cent in China and 70-plus per cent in the US. Morgan Stanley projected India's 670 million internet users to rise to 914 million by 2027 and online shoppers to jump to 590 million from 190 million in 2020.

    Bengaluru Riots: Karnataka to hold talks with social media giants on filtering fiery contents

    The emphasis of the meeting, the home minister said, will be to seek the cooperation of social media companies to come up with a mechanism by which they can “voluntarily” remove such content that have the potential to cause trouble.

    Reliance and Facebook that rolled JioMart WhatsApp will have long term benefits for both: Credit Suisse

    Facebook gets the majority of revenues from advertisements but is also venturing into commerce (Facebook Marketplace, Instagram Checkout, WhatsApp Business accounts, Meesho investment, etc.).

    COVID-19 led to revival of technology, expertise: Infosys co- founder Nandan Nilekani

    Nilekani asserted that during the ongoing crisis, digital and medical technologies stood out, which enabled people to work from home, among other things, and helped in dealing with the virus by developing better tests, drugs, and vaccines.

    SpiceJet offers automated customer service and check-in facility on WhatsApp

    Domestic flights resumed in India on May 25 after a gap of two months due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown. However, passengers have been asked to follow various rules such as mandatory online check-in in order to ensure social distancing and avoid coronavirus transmission.

    BofA Securities is betting on Reliance Industries 'layer of commerce'

    Over the next 3-5 years, RIL is expected to have 500 million mobile users, offer broadband services to 20-25 million households, and cater to 12-15 million small businesses.

    Facebook takes aim at Zoom with video chat upgrade

    Facebook on Friday unveiled a new video chat service with virtual "rooms" where people can pop in to visit friends, aiming at users turning to the popular Zoom platform during the pandemic.

    Jio announces new offer; now you can get the Jio Phone 2 in Rs 141

    The Jio Phone 2 is priced at Rs 2,999, and the offer is applicable only on credit cards. With a booking price of Rs 99, buyers can get the device within 3-5 days.

    Ample digital proof against rioters, more arrests soon: DGP

    The Karnataka Police is looking into a possible conspiracy behind Tuesday night’s violence in Bengaluru as an allegedly derogatory social media post seems to have managed to incite a mob of thousands of people in just 90 minutes.

    How Facebook is logging into the Reliance Jio ecosystem

    The Reliance-Facebook deal has ensured the creation of yet another high-powered ecosystem.

    View: Facebook is responsible for a lot, but not responsible for Congress’ 2019 defeat

    A whole army of Congress-leaning media persons has found patronage as Facebook-sponsored ‘fact checkers’, many of them part of the pre-election anti-BJP campaign 15 months ago.

    International Fact-Checking Network launches a WhatsApp bot to fight Covid-19 misinformation

    The IFCN's bot provides users with a global directory of fact-checking organizations. The system is capable of identifying the user's country via the person’s mobile country code and then providing them with their closest fact-checking organizations. IFCN's bot is 100% free to use, WhatsApp said.

    Facebook, Jio should be transparent on data sharing: Experts

    If the $5.7-billion deal is approved, the two companies together will have a subscriber base that would give them a near-monopoly, touching most Indians using the internet.

    Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg skewered with damaging internal emails during antitrust hearing

    The House Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel appeared to draw on a rich trove of Facebook company emails, releasing numerous screenshots of correspondence from Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives. Using the exchanges, lawmakers got Zuckerberg to acknowledge that he saw photo-sharing app Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp as competitors when Facebook acquired them.

    Net neutrality laws likely to be tested in clearance for Facebook-Jio deal

    While India has strong Net neutrality laws, they might be tested in a major way given the magnitude of the deal.

    Facebook-Jio deal: No preferential treatment, stand by net neutrality, says Jio

    Cos say it’s an open deal, shouldn’t fall foul of competition rules; Facebook states no data sharing pact with Jio while both have agreed to disagree on issues like data localisation

    BPCL to commission Rs 80 crore bottling plant in Tamil Nadu soon

    According to a company official, BPCL has a customer base of 55.20 lakh families in Tamil Nadu and 86,000 in Puducherry.

    Sebi penalises individual in WhatsApp leak case

    The watchdog has imposed a penalty of Rs 15 lakh on Neeraj Kumar Agarwal.

    Is a pandemic the right time to start a business? Perhaps yes

    From Uber to Airbnb, the number of successful startups formed during the great financial crisis of 2008-09 may prove that the economic downturn may in fact be a good time to take the entrepreneurial plunge.

    Uttar Pradesh government to monitor home isolation patients

    The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to open a dedicated call centre in Lucknow to monitor asymptomatic patients recuperating in home isolation in the state, where the total number of positive cases has crossed 158,000.

    Working 24x7 to achieve success is a myth: Arianna Huffington

    As people around the world grapple with the impact of the pandemic, Arianna Huffington talks about the importance of getting work-life balance, and why sleep is important to increase performance and efficiency.

    Timely support for market access helped 14 FPOs in Andhra offset COVID-19 impact: TechnoServe

    TechnoServe India has been working with 17,500 farmers under the Sustainable Livelihoods for Smallholder Farmers programme with the support of Walmart Foundation.

    Inside Facebook’s early days of lobbying in India, led by Ankhi Das

    A Wall Street Journal report published on August 14 claimed that Das, Facebook's public policy director in India, had opposed application of the platform’s hate speech rules to posts by BJP leaders.

    Banking @WhatsApp a win-win partnership

    The Facebook-owned social media giant has ramped up existing partnerships with some of the biggest names in Indian banking — HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Axis Bank and RBL Bank. The service is taking off with banks seeing engagements in millions as a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the pandemic has caused most branches to remain accessible only for select services.

    Banking @WhatsApp a win-win partnership

    The Facebook-owned social media giant has ramped up existing partnerships with some of the biggest names in Indian banking — HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Axis Bank and RBL Bank. The service is taking off with banks seeing engagements in millions as a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the pandemic has caused most branches to remain accessible only for select services.

    How official affiliates circumvented Facebook’s political ad policies in 2019 elections and beyond

    Using dummy websites to get political authorisation from Facebook and with phoney addresses in disclaimers, official affiliates of political parties placed thousands of ads in the general and state elections

    WhatsApp Pay has now met all data localisation rules, NPCI tells RBI

    "WhatsApp has satisfied the data localisation requirement based on the CERT-In auditor's report and we hereby are giving ICICI Bank (PSP bank for WhatsApp) the approval to go live," NPCI said in a letter dated June 5.

    Mukesh Ambani-Mark Zuckerberg partnership will upend payments sector: Experts

    The Reliance Jio-Facebook partnership is expected to upend the digital payments sector, crowd out small players and drive consolidation, fintech experts said.

    View: This playground stays level

    Facebook is the most powerful social network in the world, WhatsApp the most used app in India, and Jio the largest internet service provider (ISP) in India. Facebook’s investment of $5.7 billion for a 9.9% stake in Jio has given a fresh lease of life to questions about why we need to be concerned about NN in India.

    Plan to undertake pilot projects in India in next couple of years: WhatsApp India

    Digitisation will improve health of the economy. There is need to scale India's digital banking solutions among others says Abhijit Bose, WhatsApp India Head.Plan to undertake pilot projects in India in next couple of years: WhatsApp India

    Not allowed WhatsApp to go live for full-scale UPI operations: RBI tells Supreme Court

    The central bank said it had advised the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI), which manages the UPI system, to not permit WhatsApp to launch full-scale payment services till the time it fully complied with the rules.

    On day 3, ED confiscates mobile phones of Rhea, family members; finds response 'not satisfactory'

    The SC is scheduled to hear Chakraborty's plea to transfer the case from Patna to Mumbai today.

    In times of social distancing, people turning to FB, WhatsApp & Twitter communities for assistance

    From providing information to supplying essentials, these groups are doing it all.

    Grofers partners 600 new local and regional FMCG brands

    Grofers, which operates on an inventory-led model, gets nearly half its Rs 2,000 crore annual sales from its own brands and labels.

    View: BJP has won the culture war on Ram. Time now to focus on the economy

    The fact is that BJP has won the culture war on Ram. Priyanka Gandhi’s sudden messaging welcoming Ram Lalla, Manish Tiwari’s social media recitation of a Ram bhajan, Kamal Nath changing his Twitter profile picture to that of a Hindu pilgrim reciting the Hanuman Chalisa – all reflect the tricky position the Congress found itself in on the temple.

    Big tech goes on shopping spree, brushing off antitrust scrutiny

    Big Tech is even buying amid a world economy ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. While global economic output is expected to shrink by 4.9% this year and bankruptcies and job losses are tearing through industries, tech companies are enjoying surging traffic and sales.

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