MUMBAI: Walmart, owners of top ecommerce marketplace Flipkart, is not surprised by internet major Facebook’s investment in Reliance, Brett Briggs, chief financial officer of the US retail giant, has said. “It’s (online retail space) been competitive…Reliance, Amazon... When you have 1.3 billion people, it’s going to attract a lot of investment…a lot of the reasons why we went there. So, it's not surprising,” Briggs said at a Bernstein annual conference while answering whether Facebook’s investment in the Mukesh Ambani-controlled rival will be a “game changer” in India. Last month, Facebook had bought 9.9% stake in Jio Platforms for Rs 43,574 crore, making it the largest minority shareholder in the holding firm of Reliance Industries’ digital businesses including Reliance Jio Infocomm. Flipkart’s sales plunged in late March and April, like almost all online and offline retailers, as India went in for a complete … [Read more...] about Flipkart owner not surprised by Facebook’s Jio investment
“I don't think there has ever been a series of music shows featuring so many professional singers anywhere and the response has been overwhelming,” Sudeep told The Hindu over phone. “Many of our shows recorded more than one lakh views.” … [Read more...] about Now, it is raining melodies every night on Facebook!
By Sarah Frier U.S. President Donald Trump unleashed fury at Twitter Inc. this week for fact-checking him and putting a warning label on a message that seemed to invoke violence. But that anger has been channeled through his favorite medium -- Twitter itself -- which is likely to be good for the company’s business, despite Trump’s harangue. “Look at how much he uses Twitter,” said Rich Greenfield, an analyst at Lightshed Partners. “Advertisers want to be where eyeballs are, and people are turning to Twitter for this news.” For years the San Francisco-based company has been under pressure to enforce its content rules against Trump. This week, for the first time, the social network took action in two separate instances. First, it appended a fact-check label to two Trump posts that said mail-in voting would lead to fraud. Then, on Friday, Twitter added a warning filter to other tweets for violating its rules against promoting violence. The actions … [Read more...] about Donald Trump is angry at Twitter, on Twitter. It’s great for business
NEW DELHI: Google sent out 1,755 warnings to users globally, including up to 100 in India, in April whose accounts were the target of "government-backed attackers". In a blog post, Google said its Threat Analysis Group (TAG) tracks more than 270 targeted or government-backed groups from over 50 countries. It, however, did not clarify which governments have targeted these users. Google shared recent findings on government-backed phishing, threats and disinformation, as well as a new bulletin to share information about actions it has taken against accounts that it attributes to coordinated influence campaigns. "Last month, we sent 1,755 warnings to users whose accounts were targets of government-backed attackers," it said. A heatmap on "Distribution of targets of government-backed phishing attempts in April 2020" showed that 51-100 users in India had received such warnings. The tech giant said government-backed or state-sponsored groups have different goals in carrying out their … [Read more...] about Google issued 1,755 warnings to users globally on govt-backed attackers in April
NEW DELHI: US President Donald Trump’s executive order diluting the immunity enjoyed by social media companies is unlikely to change India's stand on making firms such as Twitter and Facebook more responsible and accountable for content posted on their platforms. India has been facing a challenge of misinformation on a large scale and has had to deal with situations such as mob lynching due to unchecked hate speech and fake news on social media. This has made New Delhi propose key policy changes to legislations that put the onus of checking content largely on social media companies. India and the United States, though, are reconsidering the immunity for different reasons, said Udbhav Tiwari, policy advisor with Mozilla. “While India wants to compel platforms to carry out better content moderation and cooperate with law enforcement, the US seems to think that current content moderation practices are negatively impacting political neutrality and wants to rein in such … [Read more...] about Trump’s move against social media cos unlikely to change India’s stand