Top Twitter Users Lose 2 Percent of Followers on Average as Policy Changes

A Twitter policy change on Thursday to increase the service’s credibility cost its 100 most popular users about 2 percent of their followers, on average, according to social media data firm Keyhole. Twitter is no longer counting as followers any accounts that have been locked because of suspected fraud, Chief Executive Jack Dorsey posted on Thursday. Locked accounts had … Read more

Facebook to Bar Weapon Accessories Ads for Under 18 Users

Facebook has updated its advertising policy to prohibit ads for weapon accessories to users under the age of 18, the media reported. The social network currently bans ads for the sale of weapons and modifications, like magazines. But Facebook has taken an additional step of adding an age requirement for ads selling things like holsters, belt … Read more

Facebook Asks European Users Which News Sources They Trust

Facebook is asking users in Europe which news sources they trust to help it gauge whether to extend a change to its News Feed that it made in the United States earlier this year, designed to filter out misinformation. In January, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the News Feed, the social media company’s centrepiece … Read more

90% of ‘Active’ Twitter Users Spread Falsehoods During Disasters: Study

Nearly 90 percent of Twitter’s ‘active’ users tend to spread falsehoods in the case of public emergencies or disasters, a study of more than 20,000 tweets has found. The researchers found that 86-91 percent of the users spread false news, either by retweeting or liking the original post. Five to 9 percent sought to confirm the … Read more

Xiaomi Said to Be Seeding MIUI 9.5 Nightly Build to Some Redmi Note 4 Users

Xiaomi is reportedly rolling out its latest update to its proprietary OS MIUI. As per some Redmi Note 4 users, Xiaomi is bringing the MIUI 9.5 Stable ROM, which includes the much awaited Notification Shade feature. It is essentially a quick reply feature with which you can reply to a message directly from the notification pane. Additionally, the new … Read more

One in Two Feature Phone Users in India Intend to Buy a 4G Feature Phone in Next 6 Months: IDC

One out of three feature phone users in India are willing to purchase a data-enabled phone in next one year, and more than half are ready to spend between $100 to $200 (roughly between Rs. 6,400 and Rs. 12,800) on a new smartphone, according to a research study by IDC. The study, titled India Smartphone Pulse, … Read more

Tech Companies Must Prune Privacy Policies for Users: Government

With the privacy policies of tech companies running into dozens of pages and users often accepting the terms and conditions without reading them, there is an urgent need for improving privacy communication to generate nuanced consent from the users, a senior government official said here on Thursday. “There is a need for simplifying communications to … Read more

Nokia 8 Users Can Now Download the Android Oreo Beta Testing Build

Nokia 8 users who are looking forward to getting Android 8.0 Oreo update won’t have to wait too long. HMD Global has opened a new Nokia phones beta labs via a tweet by Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas; users will be able to sign up to test the beta build of Android Oreo for Nokia 8via this … Read more

Pixel Users Facing Issues in Receiving Text Messages, Google Promises a Fix

Several Google Pixel phone users have reported that they aren’t able to receive text messages on their handsets. In response to the complaints on its product forums, Google has acknowledged the bug and confirmed a fix is on its way. The issue, as first highlighted by a Verizon subscriber using an Android 8.0 Oreo-running Pixel XL, disables the functionality to … Read more

Android 8.0 Oreo Using Mobile Data Despite Wi-Fi Turned On, Some Users Complain

While Android 8.0 Oreo has not been made available widely for very long yet, it seems like a bug associated with the new platform has shown up. As per a user of the latest version of Google’s mobile platform, the update has brought along an issue where the system is using up mobile data even when Wi-Fi has been … Read more