Google opposes Facebook-backed proposal for self-regulatory body in India

Google plans to create a self-regulatory body for the social media sector in India. India proposed establishing a government panel to hear user complaints about content moderation decisions In June. Representatives from Snap Inc. and popular Indian social media platform ShareChat joined Facebook, Twitter, and Google at the meeting. Google has serious reservations about creating a self-regulatory body for the social media sector in India to listen to user complaints, even though the proposal has the support of Facebook and Twitter. India proposed establishing a government panel to hear user…

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Krafton says will cooperate with Indian govt to resolve BGMI ban

Krafton, the developer of Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI), said on Thursday that it is working closely with Indian authorities following the ban on its most popular Battle Royale game, which has over 100 million users in the country. During the company’s quarterly earnings call, Kraft CFO Bae Dong-geun stated that the company respects and understands the Indian government’s concerns. “We have been directly running the service based on stringent data security standards and monitoring. We will closely cooperate with the authorities to find ways for the users in India to…

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Why Meta’s New AI Powered Chatbot Hates Facebook?

BlenderBot, a chatbot launched by Meta on Friday, has already been corrupted by the darker parts of the web. BlenderBot thinks it’s a plumber to ease us in with the strange but harmless. BlenderBot, like many of us, is critical of how Facebook collects and uses data. That wouldn’t be surprising if the chatbot hadn’t been created by Meta, Facebook’s parent company. Things become much more contentious from this point forward. BlenderBot believes the far-right conspiracy that the US presidential election was rigged, Donald Trump is still president, and Facebook…

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India plans to make Google, Facebook pay news publishers for using their content

Big digital companies like Google and Facebook may soon have to pay news publishers a price for utilizing their original content. The government has intimated that it is considering acquiring major content-creation companies such as Google, Meta, Microsoft, Apple, Twitter, and Amazon. Pay a percentage of revenue to Indian newspapers and digital news publishers for using their original content. Countries such as Australia, Canada, France, and Spain have already implemented the technique. The Minister of State for IT and Electronics, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, said the government is currently thinking about revising…

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Meta tells managers to identify low performers, employees fear layoffs

Meta has apparently requested company managers to identify poor performers, just weeks after the company warned of difficult times ahead. Some Meta employees are concerned about losing their jobs soon, while others are concerned about mass layoffs later. According to reports, Mahar Saba, Meta’s VP for Remote Presence, has directed managers to identify team members who “require care.” Saba has also reportedly instructed managers to “move to exit” under-performers and those “who are unable to get on track.” In the meantime, Meta rival Google is also slowing down hirings this…

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Meta’s new AI model to improve translation quality

Meta has unveiled NLLB-200, a new AI model that can translate 200 languages and improves quality by 44 percent on average. For a long time, translation apps have been fairly adept at the most common languages. Even if they do not provide an exact translation, it is usually close enough for the native speaker to understand. However, hundreds of millions of people in multilingual regions such as Africa and Asia continue to be underserved by translation services. In a press release, Meta wrote: “To help people connect better today and…

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Ecosystem Being Created to Make Social Media More Accountable: Union IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw

Union IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Tuesday called social media a “very powerful medium,” adding that how to hold it accountable is a “very valid question” and that an ecosystem is being built around the world, and also in India. According to the Union Minister of Railways, Communication, and Electronics and Information Technology, self-regulation is the first step toward holding social media accountable, followed by industry regulation and then government regulations. “Social media is a very powerful medium. Social media has a big influence on our lives. How to make…

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Twitter Pursues Judicial Review of Indian Content Takedown Orders

Twitter is attempting to overturn some Indian government orders to remove the content in a legal challenge that alleges official abuse of power according to a source familiar with the matter. The efforts by the US social media company to obtain a judicial review are part of a growing conflict with New Delhi over content regulation. The Indian IT ministry threatened Twitter with criminal charges if it did not comply with certain orders. Over the last year, Indian authorities have asked Twitter to take action on content such as accounts…

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How AI helped Whatsapp to ensure user safety?

Meta-owned WhatsApp banned over 1.9 million accounts in May alone, according to its twelfth User Safety Monthly Report, which was published on Friday in compliance with the IT Rules 2021. A WhatsApp spokesperson said, “Over the years, we have consistently invested in Artificial Intelligence and other state of the art technology, data scientists and experts, and in processes, in order to keep our users safe on our platform. In accordance with the IT Rules 2021, we’ve published our report for the month of May 2022. This user-safety report contains details…

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Why does Mark Zuckerberg warn his employees?

Meta has warned its staff that “serious times” are ahead. Meta is aggressively reducing hiring. Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s CEO, said that the company’s intentions to hire engineers have been reduced by over 30%. During a weekly employee Q&A, Zuckerberg also stated that the company is “turning up the heat” on performance management to remove employees who fail to fulfill their targets. “Realistically, there are probably a bunch of people at the company who shouldn’t be here,” Zuckerberg said. Part of my hope for raising expectations and having more aggressive…

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