Internet

Google, Facebook Need a Regulator, Says Australian Watchdog

Australia’s competition watchdog on Monday recommended tougher scrutiny and a new regulatory body to check the dominance of tech giants Facebook and Alphabet’s Google in the country’s online advertising and news markets. The recommendation, in a preliminary report on the US firms’ market power, is being closely watched around the world as lawmakers wrestle with the powerful […]

Internet

2019 Elections: Facebook to Check Indian Political Ads in Build-Up to Vote

Indian advertisers wanting to run political ads on Facebook will have to confirm their identity and location to help prevent abuse of the system in the build-up to national elections, the company said on Thursday. Facebook – under increasing scrutiny following the Cambridge Analytica scandal – said it would start verifying ads from Thursday and, from next year, […]

Internet

With an Eye on Past Problems, Facebook Expands Local Feature

Facebook is cautiously expanding a feature that shows people local news and information, including missing-person alerts, road closures, crime reports and school announcements. Called “Today In,” the service shows people information from their towns and cities from such sources as news outlets, government entities and community groups. Facebook launched the service in January with six cities and […]

Internet

Facebook Referred to Key EU Regulator Over Targeting Techniques

Britain’s Information Commissioner has referred Facebook to Ireland’s data watchdog, the lead authority for the social network under Europe’s strict data law, over issues regarding the way it targeted and monitored its users. Britain’s Information Commissioner has been investigating how Facebook handled personal data after a consultancy Cambridge Analytica was accused of improperly harvesting information from around 87 million […]

Android

Facebook Mentions App Finally Reaches Android

The Facebook Mentions app, which was launched for iOS users back in 2014, has finally made it to Android. The app lets public figures with verified profiles broadcast live videos, interact with followers, track trending stories, and more. The app also lets public figures post public updates without spamming their friends and family members. They […]