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The BYJU'S learning app | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Byju’s raises $1 billion from Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s company, others

The infusion that values the online-lessons platform Byju's at about $15 billion is among the largest recent capital increases in India.

Facebook data of 533 million users leaked online

Data leaks threaten to undermine Facebook’s business model of gathering a large amount of personal information and using that to sell targeted ads.

Facebook steps up efforts to curb hate speech, misinformation amid assembly elections

Facebook will also temporarily reduce the distribution of content from accounts that have recently and repeatedly violated the company's policies, a company blogpost said.
Twitter Inc. logo. | Bloomberg

Govt asked Twitter to block 2,731 URLs in 2020, twice the 2019 tally

MoS Information Technology Sanjay Dhotre tells Parliament that govt asked Twitter to block 1,041 URLs in 2019. Facebook was asked to block 1,717 URLs in 2020, compared to 2,049 in 2019.
Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., speaks during the Viva Technology conference in Paris, France

Zuckerberg’s proposal for tech regulation isn’t as transparent as it looks

Facebook’s AI does not take the total amount of harmful content down, and the company doesn’t share how many people viewed it before it was removed.
Google and Facebook | Representational Image | Bloomberg

Admit it, CEOs of Google, Facebook, Twitter, you’re publishers

If Zuckerberg, Pichai & Dorsey want to follow a gentler path, they could stop claiming that they’re overseeing digital machines, acknowledge that they’re publishers & accept consequences.
Trinamool Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party flags on display in West Bengal | Moushumi Das Gupta | ThePrint File Photo

West Bengal tops list of poll-bound states spending on political ads on Facebook

Bengal spent about Rs 3.74 cr on poll-related campaigns, followed by Tamil Nadu (Rs 3.3 cr), Assam (Rs 61.77 lakh), Kerala (Rs 38.86 lakh) & Puducherry (Rs 3.34 lakh), according to data.

Facebook’s internal guidelines let users ‘call for death of public figures’: Guardian report

The Guardian report says Facebook allows the abuse because it wants to 'allow discussion, which often includes critical commentary of people who are featured in the news’.
The Facebook Inc. Instagram logo is displayed on an Apple Inc. iPhone in an arranged photograph taken in the Brooklyn Borough of New York | Gabby Jones | Bloomberg

Facebook is building Instagram version for children under 13

Yet to be launched, the new app is an effort by Facebook to get its popular products into the hands of the next generation of internet users.
Google and Facebook | Representational Image | Bloomberg

Enact law to make Google, FB, YouTube share ad revenue with news media: Sushil Modi tells govt

Rajya Sabha MP Sushil Modi said Google, Facebook & YouTube end up benefiting from efforts of traditional news media that collect, verify & disseminate credible information.

On Camera

Deserted road at Marine drive as Maharashtra govt announced weekend lockdown due to surge in Covid cases in Mumbai on 10 April, 2021 | PTI

Deserted roads bring back nightmare of demand slump for Indian fuel companies

It’s an ominous sign for India, where fuel consumption still hasn’t fully recovered from last year’s national lockdown that saw oil demand fall to the lowest since 2007.

Defence

Representational image of an Indian Army convoy moving through Ladakh | Photo: ANI

China changes stance, wants de-escalation before disengagement in Ladakh. India disagrees

De-escalation before disengagement could give China an advantage as it can move troops back much faster than India due to its better infrastructure.

Why mosques in rear view mirror, like Kashi’s Gyanvapi, can crash India’s drive into future

Court’s order to ASI to survey Gyanvapi Mosque for remains of old Kashi Vishwanath Temple questions the optimism that Ayodhya wouldn’t be repeated.