Amarcast India Tech News Update 8th July 2020: Indian Army Asks Personnel to Delete 89 Apps Including Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Tinder, PUBG and Dailyhunt
- Facebook fails own audit: Facebook has released a long-awaited civil rights audit that’s bound to ramp up pressure to change policies that allow hate speech and other troubling content to flourish. It revealed that executive decisions by the company caused “significant setbacks for civil rights” and that the site could become an “echo chamber” of extremism if it doesn’t take stronger measures. “The company must recognize that failure to do so can have dangerous (and life-threatening) real-world consequences,” the report states. Throughout the document, Facebook was faulted for placing free expression above hate speech. It singled out misinformation by Donald Trump around mail-in votes in Nevada and Michigan that could potentially affect the upcoming US elections in November 2020. Despite the false statements, Mark Zuckerberg left the posts as they were.
https://www.engadget.com/facebook-audit-civil-rights-hate-speech-134739868.html Full Report: https://about.fb.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Civil-Rights-Audit-Final-Report.pdf
2. Microsoft is adding new features to Teams that aim to make video calls more human and less exhausting, including a new “together mode” that puts all participants in a single virtual environment. Teams’ Together Mode displays the images of the user and all the other participants in a video conference against the same backdrop, ranging from a coffee bar for a couple people to an auditorium for larger gatherings of up to 49 people. Since users are in a fixed place relative to others (rather than in one of many boxes moving around in a gallery), they can point at each other and make eye contact. The effect is like sitting in a barber chair, seeing yourself and others in the mirror and having a conversation with them.
3. “There has been some confusion about the facts as it relates to Zoom. Zoom has been clear about its identity: Zoom is a U.S. company, publicly traded on the NASDAQ, founded and headquartered in San Jose, California,” Velchamy Sankarlingam, president of engineering and product at Zoom, wrote in a blog post. “Like many global technology companies, Zoom has offices in China operated by subsidiaries of the U.S. parent company.”
4. Paytm launches WeChat-like platform for businesses: Businesses now have a new platform to promote their offerings. Payments player Paytm has launched ‘Paytm Mini Programs’ that enables businesses to showcase their products and services to its user base. This is similar to the WeChat Mini Apps Programs and allows a mobile website or web app to integrate with Paytm’s Mini Programs platform.
At present, more than half a dozen brands including Faasos, Practo, 1mg, Magicpin and Zoomcar are using Paytm Mini Programs.
5. Indian Army Asks Personnel to Delete 89 Apps Including Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Tinder, PUBG and Dailyhunt: The 13-lakh strong Army has directed all its officers and soldiers to delete their Facebook and Instagram accounts as well as 89 apps from their mobile phones by July 15. The Indian Army wants its personnel to delete 89 apps, ranging from Tiktok, Facebook, Truecaller, and Instagram, to games like PUBG Mobile, and datings apps like Tinder, as well as news apps like Daily Hunt and all ‘private blogs’, according to reports. According to the reports, the army wants personnel to delete these apps to plug the leakage of information. The inclusion of categories like dating apps suggests that the army isn’t just worried about cyber snooping, but also real world snooping. There is a large overlap with the list of 59 Chinese apps banned by the government, but this list is even larger and isn’t restricted to only apps from China.