Instagram to remove self-harm images

Instagram boss Adam Mosseri says he hopes new technology will help to flag all graphic images of self-harm  and will be removed from Instagram. Father of Molly Russell, 14-year-old who took her own life in 2017, said Instagram had “helped kill” his daughter. Molly’s family found she had been viewing graphic images of self-harm on…

Battle of the tech titans: Apple and Facebook over data privacy

Facebook is shutting down an app that paid $20 a month to people aged between 13 and 35 for allowing it to collect data on their iPhones, which according to Apple breached its privacy policies. The “ Facebook Research” app enabled the social network to monitor a user’s web and phone activity, including how they…

There was time when you searched Google, but now Google searches you

In Zuboff ‘s view Google’s original aim of making all the world’s information accessible mutated into a ruthless domineering to make money by exploiting and modifying human behaviour, by serving up ads to users just when they are most susceptible to persuasion and generating wants they did not know they had. Google is following a…

WhatsApp new payments function via messaging App in India

WhatsApp has streamlined its new payments function via the messaging app service to become the quickest way to take orders from small business customers and is the easiest way to take their payments in India. Since May 2018, over 1 million Indians have been testing a new payments function in the messaging app, which is…

5G network auction raised £1.36bn

Regulator Ofcom said “an auction of frequencies, for the next generation of mobile phone networks has raised £1.36bn with Vodafone, EE, O2 and Three all winning the bandwidth needed for the future 5G mobile internet services and faster connections which is expected to be launched in 2020. Ofcom auctioned two spectrum bands 3.4 GHz, which…

Snapchat launches new lenses that responds to voice

Snapchat is today launching new lenses that respond to voice commands. Snapchat is rolling out a series of lenses that will animate when users speak simple English world like “hi’’ , “love’, “yes”, “no” and “wow”, as opposed to taking some other action like opening their mouth or raising their eyebrows. By saying “HI” in…

Facebook shares tumble by 20 per cent

Facebook shares fell by more than 20 per cent on Wednesday after the social media network’s revenue and user growth fell short of investor expectations. The firm had 2.3 billion monthly active users at the end of June 2018, which was 11 per cent up from June 2017, the slowest growth in more than two…

FB 2016 memo

A Facebook memo written in 2016 by Facebook VP, Andrew Bosworth said, “Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools.And still we connect people. The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is “de facto” good.” Facebook…

Snapchat guilty of trivalising domestic violence victims: Rihanna

Rihanna was the subject of an advert on the Snapchat which asked users if they would “rather slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown”, which appeared for a game to reference  Chris Brown’s conviction for assaulting Rihanna in 2009 while they were dating. Snap Inc says the ad “ never should have appeared on our service.…