How Facebook can be more responsible when it goes local

News: Facebook’s approach to not invest in content moderation in Indian languages should be taken seriously and further scrutinized. Recently, in the backdrop of the leaks by whistleblower Francis Haugen, Facebook admitted that it has hate speech classifiers in only four Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, and Tamil out of India’s 22 scheduled languages. Moreover, its scale… Continue reading How Facebook can be more responsible when it goes local

The saviour complex of Facebook’s critics

News: How the media covered its own coverage of the revelations made by Haugen is disheartening. Read about the issue here: https://blog.forumias.com/5-questions-on-facebook/ Why the conduct of Western media in the present case is unstaisfactory? Whistle-blowers and the Western media have exposed how the social media platform allows dangerous social media manipulation in developing countries. But… Continue reading The saviour complex of Facebook’s critics

Should Facebook let the Taliban post

Synopsis: With the Taliban coming to power in Afghanistan, it raised many issues, including how the digital media giants will handle their communication and posts. Introduction Recently, a Pakistani blog Hum Sab was banned by Facebook for posting comments on the Taliban. Given that the Taliban is now in power in Afghanistan, can Facebook ban… Continue reading Should Facebook let the Taliban post

Facebook sued two companies for data scraping. What does this mean?

News: Facebook has sued two companies in the U.S. for data scraping from its platforms. Facts: Data Scraping or web scraping is the process of extracting data from a website.Scraper bots are designed to derive information from these websites.A user designing a bot to extract data is called a scraper. Why Data Scraping? Teams or… Continue reading Facebook sued two companies for data scraping. What does this mean?

Tribal Affairs Minister launches ‘GOAL’ programme to provide online mentorship to tribal youth

News: Union Minister for Tribal Affairs has launched the GOAL (Going Online As Leaders) programme. Facts: GOAL (Going Online As Leaders) is the joint initiative of Facebook and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. Aim: To empower tribal youth through mentorship, leadership training, and digital literacy skills.  Under this, 5,000 young tribal entrepreneurs (to be called… Continue reading Tribal Affairs Minister launches ‘GOAL’ programme to provide online mentorship to tribal youth

Facebook launches digital literacy programme for women in UP

News:Facebook has launched the programme ‘We Think Digital’ programme” for women in Uttar Pradesh. Facts: About the programme: The programme has been launched by Facebook in partnership with the National Commission for Women(NCW) and Cyber Peace Foundation. Aim:To provide digital literacy training addressing issues around privacy, safety and misinformation to one lakh women across seven… Continue reading Facebook launches digital literacy programme for women in UP

GOAL program

News:Union Minister of Tribal Affairs has announced the second phase of programme GOAL (Going Online as Leaders) for tribal women. Facts: About the programme: Going Online as Leaders(GOAL) is a digital skilling initiative launched by Facebook in March,2019 for underprivileged tribal women. The program aims at inspiring, guiding and encouraging tribal girls from across India… Continue reading GOAL program

Facebook officially launches its cryptocurrency Libra

News:Facebook has officially launched its cryptocurrency Libra,despite several high-profile defections from the project and intense criticism from US regulators and politicians. Facts: About Libra: Libra is a virtual currency where users can buy and store in a digital wallet.It can be used for transactions on a decentralized network that is not controlled by one bank… Continue reading Facebook officially launches its cryptocurrency Libra

Fighting fake news: can social media be kept on a leash?

Social media platform Facebook has said that the company is assessing risk across its platforms to help ensure that the Lok Sabha election was free from interference from both foreign and domestic. Facebook had focussed on key areas which includes (a)blocking and removing fake accounts (b)fighting the spread of misinformation (c)stopping abuse by domestic actors… Continue reading Fighting fake news: can social media be kept on a leash?

Facebook purges pages for ‘coordinated’ fake behaviour

Facebook has announced that it has removed over 700 pages, groups and accounts from India.The accounts taken down includes those which are associated with different political parties. Facebook said it has removed these accounts after detecting coordinated inauthentic behaviour ahead of the upcoming elections in India.It removed these pages in four separate takedowns because of… Continue reading Facebook purges pages for ‘coordinated’ fake behaviour