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Privacy is a big issue when it comes to social media, or is it? It is actually a mixed bag. While there are some users who voice concerns, others are just not bothered about whether their personal details are up for everyone to view, like Jim Carrey’s life in The Truman Show.
Both have come under fire for their projects. Google faced flak over its Street View Project, where it is believed to have hovered up personal information from zillions of wireless networks. Its parent firm Alphabet faces a lawsuit for providing personal information to third parties without informing users.
A 2019 report says Facebook inadvertently uploaded email contacts of 1.5 million new users since May 2016.
Now it has introduced a host of features aimed at helping protect the information they give away.
The new update comes with three main features: users will be able to leave group chats more quietly without everyone knowing, and set specific controls on who can see when a user is online.
But perhaps the most significant is a new tool that will block people from taking screenshots when messages are sent using the “View Once” feature, which means they will disappear after being seeing. That tool is undergoing tests now.
The Meta-owned messaging platform said the new features aimed to keep improving the privacy around online conversations, according to the Independent.
According to outage tracking website Downdetector.com more than 14,000 users reported issues with Instagram, while more than 7,500 and 1,600 users reported issues with Facebook and WhatsApp,
In a sign that platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp are emerging as new public square for criminal deception, a study has found that social media fraud increased 43 per cent in 2018.
Millions of users around the world suffered from sudden service interruptions in the WhatsApp and Instagram applications on Friday.
WhatsApp’s own website warns about such hoax messages, and notes that they can often include many of the same tricks that the new one does. Such messages often include instructions to forward them on, for instance, and that people might be hurt if they don’t.
What happened next was nothing short of tragedy as king cobra turned back and bit his rescuer on his lips. The video of the incident, which took place in Karnataka's Shivamogga, has gone viral.
Vishal Ranjan, registrar with the institute confirmed the four deaths and that the rescue operation "has been stopped for now because of heavy rainfall and snowfall in the region".
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD&CEO of DEWA, has emphasised the vital role that the media plays in enhancing sustainable development in its social, economic, and environmental aspects, as well as raising awareness of the shift towards a green economy.
The request in Geneva came a day after Julien Harneis, the UN coordinator for Pakistan, said diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, scabies and malnutrition are fueling a "second wave of death and destruction," with children and women in its path.