As the need for resources during the pandemic has increased, social media has proved to be a boon, connecting those in need to resources. Koo, India’s twitter-like platform with 60 lakh users, is adding features to make it easier for people to find oxygen cylinders, hospital beds, plasma donors, and ventilators. The social media platform, with features to increase the visibility of plasma donors, is also working on vaccine availability information, said CEO Aprameya Radhakrishna.
Lifestyle, under the leadership of Srinivas Rao, Sr. VP, Marketing, integrated Amplify.ai’s AI-based solution with its social media handles to automate moderation. The solution strengthened Lifestyle’s presence on Facebook and Instagram by increasing community engagement. Real-time comment analysis helped to build a positive ecosystem across digital platforms. Lifestyle has automated its FB messenger to guide users to a nearby Store, app, or website.
Pakistan has blocked social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and Telegram from 11 am to 3 pm local time on Friday. The move has come at a time when the Islamic nation wants a crackdown against the terrorist group and prevent troublemakers from disrupting Friday prayers congregations. The order which expired at 3 pm local time, however, may last longer, similar past moves by the govt suggests that.
The govt, in a written reply, told the Parliament that there was no proposal to appoint a regulator for social media platforms. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications, Electronics and IT, in the statement, said that social media should not be abused or misused to defame, promote terrorism, rampant violence and compromise the dignity of women. The Minister said that social media platforms are enjoined to develop a robust grievance redress system.
Facebook will launch a new platform to let independent writers and content creators have better engagement with its readers through websites and email newsletter. The platform, in the first phase, will be available via a partnership with a “small subset of independent writers in the coming months in the USA only. Facebook, with the new platform, aims to support independent creators by providing them with additional opportunities for growth and monetisation.
Dailyhunt and Josh’s parent company VerSe Innovation has acquired Vebbler, a digital community photo and video sharing platform. The whole Vebbler team will be now a part of VerSe. With the acquisitions, VerSe Innovation aims to build India’s largest digital media platform where users get plenty of content. The company said that the integration of Vebbler’s camera and community will entertain the millions of Josh users with diverse creativity and talent.
LinkedIn is holding sign-ups for new members for its service in China till it is in compliance with the local laws. The Microsoft company, having 52 mn users in China, said that being a global platform its an obligation to respect the regulations regarding the localised version of the social media platform. This has come after Microsoft’s claimed that China’s state-sponsored hackers were behind the cyberattack on its Exchange Server.
Turkey’s ICT Authority has imposed advertising bans on social media platforms Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest under a new digital media law, as per the decisions published in the country’s Official Gazette. The law, which experts believe will censor dissent, requires social media firms to appoint a local representative in the country. Facebook, on Monday, joined other firms by confirming that it will be appointing a representative in the country.