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Former Facebook Employee Takes Legal Action against the Company for Sex Discrimination

Former Facebook Employee Takes Legal Action against the Company

A former Facebook employee is taking legal action against the social media giant for number of claims involving sex discrimination, sexual harassment, race discrimination, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The lawsuit was filed at the San Mateo County Superior Court and named Facebook as the defendant and Chia Hong as the plaintiff. Hong, who started working at Facebook in 2010, claimed that the company had a 'hostile work environment', where she was asked to organize parties and serve drinks to male colleagues. According to Hong, Facebook fired her in 2013 because she submitted a complaint against her boss Anil Wilson.

Facebook Updates its ‘Community Standards’ Guidelines

Facebook Updates its ‘Community Standards’ Guidelines

On Monday, Facebook updated its 'community standards' guidelines. These guidelines will help provide more clarity to the users on what are the acceptable posts with regard to nudity, violence, hate speech and other such topics.

Facebook has made it clear that they have zero tolerance for the groups advocating terrorist activity, organized criminal activity or any activity that promotes hate. Facebook officials said that according to the new updated guidelines, Facebook with remove the graphic images if they are shared for negative pleasure or to celebrate violence.

Facebook to allow users to define their gender themselves


Washington, Feb 27 - A year after Facebook introduced preset custom genders like "cisgender" or " transgender," it has now started rolling out a new version of its custom gender field where users can type in any word to represent their gender across Facebook.

While the earlier feature allowed users to choose their gender from a set of pre-defined options, they will now be able to define their gender themselves. The version although populates suggestions as you type but you can choose any word and then a pronoun to represent yourself on the platform, reported The Verge.

Facebook adds new tools to offer assistance to users with suicidal tendencies

Facebook adds new tools to offer assistance to users with suicidal tendencies

Washington, Feb 27 - Facebook has reportedly added new tools to provide help to users who may be feeling suicidal.

According to the Verge, in a blog post, Facebook announced it has worked with mental health organizations including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Now Matters Now to find the proper way to offer assistance through the social network.

Facebook says that if it comes across profiles of users indicating suicidal tendencies in them, then it would encourage them to speak with a mental health expert at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and will ensure support to help them deal with whatever issues they may be going through.

The social network site says that it came up with the methods in "conjunction with our clinical and academic partners."

Two loose llamas in Arizona become trending topic on Twitter worldwide

Two loose llamas in Arizona become trending topic on Twitter worldwide

Washington, Feb. 27 - Two loose llamas in Arizona recently became a trending topic on Twitter worldwide.

The chase began after a 911 call came in to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office just before noon, reporting that a black llama and a white llama had escaped from an assisted living facility, the CNN reported.

The llama drama spawned an immediate Internet sensation and even a Tumblr page which included highlights like; "Alpacaclypse," "llow speed chase," and "Dali Llama."

Video of their breakout became a social media sensation and quickly inspired a Twitter account and several hashtags.

The runaway llamas were eventually lassoed and rounded-up by the authorities. In total, the chase lasted a little more than half an hour. (ANI)

Facebook facing new trouble in Europe over data protection practices

Facebook facing new trouble in Europe over data protection practices

Washington, Feb 24 : Facebook is reportedly facing new trouble in Europe over data protection practices.

According to Tech Crunch, a report commissioned by Belgium's data protection authority has found Facebook's revised privacy policy, last updated in January, violates European consumer protection law in a number of ways.

The 61-page report compiled by at the Universities of Leuven and Brussels and entitled From social media service to advertising network points out at Facebook's "failure to secure valid consent from users to its processing of their data - based on offering "limited information" and "the absence of meaningful choice."

It also highlights the social networking site's "problematic" opt-outs for behavioral marketing along with a myriad of other issues.

Mark Zuckerberg likens Facebook access to police service 911

Mark Zuckerberg likens Facebook access to police service 911

Washington, Feb 20 : Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in a recent interview with Bloomberg, compared access to the social network with access to critical services like 911.

According to the Verge, Zuckerberg said that he considered the model to be most similar to is 911 in the US, adding that even if one had not paid for a phone plan, the person could always dial 911 , and if there is a crime or a health emergency or a fire, one get basic help.

He said that there should be an equivalent of this for the internet as well-where even if one hasn't paid for a data plan, the person can get access to basic health information or education or job tools or basic communication tools, and it will vary, country by country. (ANI)

Facebook building versions of its apps in 'virtual reality'

Facebook building versions of its apps in 'virtual reality'

Washington, Feb 19 : Facebook has reportedly declared that it is building versions of its apps in virtual reality.

Chris Cox, the company's head of product said while speaking at Recode's Code Media conference in Dana Point that Facebook VR was on its way. While he did not describe the app in details, he imagines world where people would be able to share their "current environment" with others using the app. It would become an everyday way of sharing, Cox added, reported The Verge.

However, he also added that users may have to wait "a while" before they could try Facebook in virtual reality. "We're a long way away from everyone having those headsets," Cox said.

New Snapchat feature lets users shoot video while playing music on phone

New Snapchat feature lets users shoot video while playing music on phone

Washington, Feb 19 : Snapchat has rolled out a new feature that lets users record video while playing music on their phones.

According to Tech Crunch, users can play jams from iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, or any other app while recording.

The feature is available on iOS with the release of Snapchat version 9.2.0.

Android users will have to wait for a while before the feature will be made available to them. (ANI)

Twitter rolls out new feature that lets users share team accounts without sharing password

Twitter rolls out new feature that lets users share team accounts without sharin

Washington, Feb 18 : Twitter has come up with a new feature that lets users share team accounts without having to share passwords.

According to Tech Crunch, like a number of Twitter's power-user-focused features, the new Team tool is built into TweetDeck as opposed to the more standard Twitter client.

The new update is now available on the web/Chrome/Windows versions. (ANI)

Twitter testing revamped sign-up process that automatically fills new users' timeline with tweets

TwitterWashington, Jan 03 : Twitter is reportedly testing an improvised sign-up process that automatically fills a new user's timeline with tweets soon after they have created an account.

According to the Verge, Twitter announced plans to introduce this " Instant Timeline" last year, and now The New York Times reports that Twitter has started testing it out with a small number of people on Android .

The new sign-up process will make sure that users have something to read on signing up. (ANI)

Twitter cofounders come to CEO Dick Costolo's aid amid criticism from investors, analysts

Jack DorseyWashington, Jan 30 : Twitter cofounders have come out in support of the social networking site's CEO Dick Costolo amid a series of criticisms of his performance by investors and analysts.

According to Mashable, Jack Dorsey, Twitter's cofounder and current CEO of Square, issued a lengthy tweetstorm on Thursday in which he praised the progress of the social network and offered a firm endorsement of Costolo's leadership.

Demonstrating its support for Costolo, Twitter later went on to promote Dorsey's tweets.

Facebook testing new 'Place Tips' app that shows relevant info about user's location in News Feed

Washington, Jan 30 - Facebook is testing a new feature called Place Tips that will put useful and relevant information about the users' location in their News Feed.

According to the Verge, the Facebook app will try to guess when a user is in a popular or interesting location and surface relevant tips, photos, and posts from the place in question.

Facebook's product manager Mike LeBeau said that News Feed today is a pretty good tool at connecting one to friends and news, adding that it is Facebook's job to connect the world.

The latest feature has been rolled out to users in New York as of now. (ANI)

Facebook 'gets a lot done in 2014' as it nets 'strong profits,' millions of users

London, Jan 29 - Facebook has recorded profits of 701 million dollars in the fourth quarter, marking a 34 percent increase on the same period last year.

The company's advertising revenue rose by 53 percent to 3.59 billion dollars, with 70 percent of the total coming from mobile ad sales, reported the BBC.

A statement released by the social media network quoted CEO Mark Zuckerberg as saying, "We got a lot done in 2014."

Total profits for the year stood at 2.9 billion dollars, almost double the total for 2013.

Now, post videos and host group chats on Twitter

TwitterWashington, Jan 28 : The long wait for posting group messages and videos is over for Twitter users, as the social networking website on Tuesday revealed that users can now use the features from the iOS and Android apps.

Twitter revealed the features on Tuesday which now allows users to post 30-second video clips to their account and direct messages have expanded to let a user post messages to groups of up to 20 people, creating a place for more private conversations on the site.

Facebook launches 252 Kb 'Lite app' for users in developing countries

FacebookWashington, Jan 27 : In a bid to cater to people with poor internet connections in developing countries, Facebook has unveiled a dedicated 252 kilobyte app, Facebook Lite, which has been specially designed to work on 2G networks and in areas with poor connectivity.

According to The Verge, the app is based on the Snaptu version of Facebook that runs on feature phones but adds functions like, push notifications and camera integration.

The app has been launched last week on an experimental basis in just a few countries in Africa and Asia including, Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. The report added that a wider launch is "not a certainty." (ANI)

Whatsapp releases web client for Chrome, Android

WhatsappWashington, Jan 22 : Whatsapp will now make its way to users' desktop with the launch of a web client for Chrome and Android.

According to the Verge, WhatsApp confirmed earlier rumors, which pointed to a newly live page at web. whatsapp. com.

A company spokesman said that the primary use is still on one' phone, but there are people who spend time in front of a computer at home or at work and this will help bridge the two.

In order for the client to work, the phone will need to stay connected to the web.

Also, all user messages will still reside on the phone, the report added. (ANI)

Twitter releases new feature 'Recap' that allows users to catch up on missed tweets

Twitter RecapMelbourne, Jan 22 : Twitter has released a new feature dubbed " Recap" that allows users to catch up on Tweets missed while they were offline.

According to News. com. au, the latest feature will highlight a selection of tweets users missed when offline.

Twitter said in a statement that the feature was a way to "keep up or catch up" with fast-moving updates, "without compromising the real-time nature of Twitter".

The feature is available in Twitter's Apple app as of now. (ANI)

Twitter in negotiations to acquire Indian startup ZipDial

TwitterWashington, Jan 13 : A report has said that a new acquisition may be on the cards for Twitter as it is in negotiations to buy ZipDial, a startup founded in India that has honed in on a mobile use practice that is unique to the Indian market.

People who call numbers but hang up before the call is answered, using the action as a simple alert that comes free-of-cost, becomes the basis of other commercial actions, and analytics to track everything, reported Tech Crunch.

Sources said that the deal is likely to be priced between 30 million and 40 million dollars and may be announced as soon as this week.

Bug made Instagram's private account pictures accessible to anyone with right link

instagramWashington, Jan 13 : An investigation has found that certain photographs on Instagram's private accounts were accessible to anyone with the right link.

According to The Verge, the bug, which was closed as a result of Quartz's work, meant that photos posted to a public Instagram account would remain available even after the account was made private.

Instagram's tricky sharing settings is said to be behind the privacy glitch. (ANI)

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