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Beware! Group admins on WhatsApp or Facebook could be jailed for sharing fake news

By : CIOL Writers

If you are a group admin on WhatsApp or Facebook, you better be careful, because now it’s officially a criminal offence to spread rumours on social media. Offensive posts—such as rumours, fake news, morphed photographs and videos with fabricated narratives—circulated through

Instagram gets offline support for Android users

By : CIOL Writers

Now Instagram users can post even without internet connection. At Facebook’s F8 developer conference, Instagram announced it’s built support for using most of its features without Internet access. The functionality is largely available for Android now and should soon make its

Indian Govt planning to frame privacy policy for WhatsApp and Facebook

By : CIOL Writers

In a bid to protect personal information and curb sharing of individual data, the Indian government is planning to frame a privacy policy for instant messaging services like WhatsApp, Facebook. The government’s top law officer attorney general Mukul Rohatgi informed a five-judge

WhatsApp testing ‘unsend’ message feature and new font shortcuts

By : CIOL Writers

We have all been through that situation when we wanted to unsend or revoke a message sent online. But, up till now such blunders could not be undone. Well, this may soon change as WhatsApp is testing a feature on similar

Boycott Snapdeal, Oops Snapchat: The curious case of mistaken identity

By : CIOL Writers

Just when you thought that things cannot get worse for Indian online marketplace Snapdeal, comes a blow from a completely unexpected quarter. Snapdeal may be bargaining hard for a potential sale to rival Flipkart behind closed doors but in the virtual

Facebook Messenger hits 1.2bn monthly users

By : CIOL Writers

In 2014, Facebook took a tough decision to separate Messenger as a standalone app drawing much apprehensions from all quarters but Mark Zuckerberg proved every one wrong with the super success of his messaging platform. Achieving another milestone, the social network has

Facebook Messenger expands its payment feature to groups

By : CIOL Writers

After introducing peer-to-peer payments within Messenger in early 2015, Facebook is now launching group payments, making it easier to split a lunch bill or chip in on a group gift. The feature is currently available only for users on Android and desktop

Twitter now allows brands to make custom hearts for their Periscope broadcasts

By : CIOL Writers

To make live video experience more engaging for customers, Twitter has announced the launch of Custom Hearts, that gives broadcasters freedom to customize the hearts within their Periscope livestream so it matches their brand. Users can then use these custom hearts to show

Facebook rolls out ‘M Suggestions’ powered by AI

By : CIOL Writers

After testing M, its AI assistant for almost two years, Facebook has finally rolled out a version of M, christened “M Suggestions,” to all Messenger users in the US. For those who are unaware, M “is your helpful assistant in

Twitter launches ‘Lite’ version in search of growth in emerging markets

By : CIOL Writers

Twitter is leaving no stones unturned to reverse its fortune and stagnant user base. Making a move in the same direction, the micro-blogging site has launched a lighter, speedier, and more data-friendly version of Twitter, called Twitter Lite to attract more people

YouTube TV goes live in five major US cities for $35 a month

By : CIOL Writers

The cable box may soon become a thing of past. Joining the bandwagon of Netflix, Hotstar, and Hulu, Google is rolling out YouTube TV for both iOS and Android platform in five major US cities: New York, Los Angeles, San

WhatsApp could soon support UPI based payments

By : CIOL Writers

India has become a hotbed for digital payment companies both local and global in the post-demonetization phase. Not just this, popular social networking platforms too are exploring the digital route to gain more traction. Following in the footsteps of Sweden-based

Netflix expands the offline viewing option to Windows 10 PCs

By : CIOL Writers

After four months of launching the offline feature on Android and iOS platforms, Netflix has now expanded the feature to PCs also. Yes, now you can download all your Netflix shows on Windows desktop and watch them later. Netflix is

Facebook, Mozilla, and others launch $14mn fund to support news integrity

By : CIOL Writers

Facebook, Mozilla, and other tech industry leaders, nonprofits, have collaborated to launch a $14 million fund dedicated to advancing news literacy. The nonprofit, called the News Integrity Initiative, will be based at the City University of New York. It will run

YouTube is relying on you to translate the video descriptions

By : CIOL Writers

With more than one billion users around the world, YouTube represents 76 languages on its platform. And as it gets a bit tricky to find content in a particular language, YouTube is asking users to translate the video in their

Snapchat rips off Instagram with a perfect April fool’s day prank

By : CIOL Writers

It’s no secret that Instagram Stories, which has been a game changer for the photo-sharing app, was cloned from Snapchat. The Facebook-owned company didn’t even bother to modify the name; it was simply lifted from Snapchat Stories and pasted to Instagram Stories.

Facebook expands its fundraising tools with a ‘personal fundraiser’ for Pages

By : CIOL Writers

Walking on the lines of its CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s statement that Facebook is “a platform for all ideas”, Facebook seems to have found a new ‘inspiration’ for ideas. After doing all it could with Snapchat’s Stories, Zuckerberg team has now announced

Twitter won’t count @replies towards its 140 characters tweet limit

By : CIOL Writers

Twitter is known as a micro-blogging site because of its 140-character limit. But within a short span of time, its USP became its Achilles heel as users increasingly complained about the small window to express themselves.  As part of a series

Facebook rolls out Live 360 video services globally

By : CIOL Writers

After letting only elected Pages for their Live 360 video services, Facebook is now rolling out the services to everyone across the globe. The only requirement is that you should have the latest cameras supporting this feature, such as Samsung

Now Facebook brings ‘Stories’ feature to its main application

By : CIOL Writers

Honestly, it cannot get blatant than this. It looks like there’s no stopping Facebook from its copying spree that has resulted in Snapchat’s ‘Stories’ feature now coming to Facebook’s main application. This means you can now share stories with your