Over 148 million humans actively use facebook in India

Fb is a worldwide sensation and has end up a part of our lives in ways that we could not have imagined some years ago. The social media giant has now introduced that there are approximately 148 million active month-to-month users in India on my own, talking volumes about the popularity of the platform inside the us of a.

Over 148 million people actively use Facebook in India

The information turned into given away by using fb’s vp of Asia Pacific, Dan Neary. He also noted that about 95% of these users access facebook from their mobile devices.

now not is fb considered a luxury, thanks to services like fb Lite, which gives get admission to to the platform even though customers do not have a full blown pc or a cellphone. This aggressive outreach campaign has ensured that practically every tech-savvy character within the u . s . has an account on facebook.

The organization has large plans for India as the following billion net users are predicted to come from the vicinity. There are numerous India orientated promotions being run on fb, even as the company has also tailored its platform to work on slower connections, that’s a practical approach given how a few customers still do not have a proper internet connection in India.

It became currently referred to that about 70 million customers in India get admission to facebook every day, whilst the monthly consumer count number increases significantly as a few users don’t use it normal. There are approximately 1.65 billion lively users of the platform world over. Given the character of the platform, it has additionally emerge as the go-to area for breaking information and different content material that you in any other case might not discover online.

81 Percent Citizens Against Facebook’s Free Basics

81 Percent Citizens Against Facebook's Free Basics: Survey

A whopping 81 percent in a survey of 30,000 people have voted against Free Basics or any such programme and want an unbiased or neutral Internet for themselves, a survey conducted by citizen engagement platform LocalCircles said in New Delhi on Thursday.

LocalCircles said in a statement that when asked if the central or state government should provide free Internet access covering essential or useful citizen services, 78 percent of the respondents said yes.

“This basically redefines the concept of net neutrality and has implications on what is provided as content when the Internet is free and provided by the government. Internet evangelists who have stake in the Internet being open to all meaning that all websites and apps should be given equal access will be disappointed by what the citizens want,” the statement said.

“If the government wants to make electronic books available for free it can make sure that they are at least available on all government hotspots,” said LocalCircles chief strategy officer K. Yatish Rajawat.

“This would not be possible if free Internet is understood only through what private Internet companies are offering. The debate on net neutrality has to take into account that access to Internet is important and its misuse is also a possibility,” he added.

Industrialist Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications (RCom) on December 23 said following the Indian telecom regulator’s directive, the commercial launch of Facebook’s Free Basics has been put on hold till it gets clearance.

RCom is the only telecom service provider offering Free Basics in India.

The regulator said Facebook’s Free Basics service should remain on hold till the ruling on differential pricing on data services – an important aspect of net neutrality – comes.

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Facebook Messenger for Mac App in Development

Facebook Messenger for Mac App in Development: Report

Facebook is building an as-yet-unreleased Facebook Messenger app for Mac desktop that would help Apple users to instantly access it straight from the dock, a media report said.

Instead of getting buried in one of many Web browser tabs that users have to switch to so they can text friends, the dedicated Messenger desktop app would be instantly accessible from the dock present on desktop, TechCrunch reported on Saturday.

The news portal said it has obtained photographic evidence and an eyewitness report that Facebookemployees are working on Facebook Messenger for Mac.

According to the eyewitness account and the photo, the app used by the employee included the Messenger logo as the icon in the app dock, and was named Messenger in the menu bar.

In the photo, it can be seen that the employee was working on app that includes a navigation tab bar in the bottom left. It matches the tab bar options in official Messenger for iOS mobile app, including “Recent, Groups, People, and Settings” menu.

The report said unofficial apps for desktop, of which several are available, lack this tab bar that’s also seen in the official Messenger for iOS app.

TechCrunch added that sources said the employee was logged into Facebook’s “internal portals and VPN”, further confirming the screenshots were from an official Messenger for Mac app that’s not yet available to the public.

Meanwhile, Facebook responded to TechCrunch’s requests for confirmation by saying, “We do not comment on rumour or speculation.”

To recall, Facebook launched the Messenger for Web client back in April, with the launch of the Messenger.com website. The social networking giant had previously separated Messenger on Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices from the main Facebook app, and made it mandatory for all users to download the Messenger app to continue to enjoy messaging services on mobile.

Facebook Blocking Some Hike Messenger Ads, Claims Company

Facebook Blocking Some Hike Messenger Ads, Claims Company

Popular mobile messaging app Hike has claimed that Facebook is blocking an option in its advertisements which allows people visit the company’s site. It’s worth noting that Facebook-owned WhatsApp is a rival service to Hike messaging app.

A Hike spokesperson told PTI, “Advertisers have, among other options, the option to ‘Send people to your website’. A few weeks back we were suddenly blocked from using this option, while we were able to use other non-action led options.”

According to the spokesperson, Hike initially assumed the problem to be a technical glitch and wrote to Facebook for a solution. The spokesperson added that when queried, the social giant responded by saying, “There are specific products and services that cannot be advertised on Facebook – looks like Hike is one of these. Unfortunately, you will not be able to run these ads.” Facebook has not yet publicly responded to Hike’s allegations.

Hike last month had claimed a user base of 70 million in the country as well as said that it handled over one billion messages exchanged per day or 30 billion messages per month. To recall, Hike was launched in December 2012.

It’s worth noting that this is not the first time Facebook or Facebook-owned WhatsApp is reported to have blocked a rival service.

Last month, WhatsApp blocked links to rival chat service Telegram. According to reports, WhatsApp allowed users to share Telegram links; though it didn’t treat them as hyperlinks. The problem only was reported to be occurring on the WhatsApp for Android client as iOS remained unaffected.

In another example, Facebook back in November deleted millions of posts that included links to Tsu, a rival social network. Facebook was reported to delete over 9.5 million posts that included links to Tsu. There were reports that said the social network even blocked posts that contained the text “tsu.co” but without links and had also warned users that links to Tsu are “unsafe.”


New Facebook Breakup Tools


Being constantly connected to the world is great, except when your world revolves around someone you don’t want to see anymore. Facebook is trying to fix that though, and announced a new tool today that will “help people manage how they interact with their former partners on Facebook after a relationship has ended.”

Now when Facebook users update their relationship status after a breakup, they’ll be asked if they’d like to see less of their ex without having to unfriend or block them. Using this option will stop your ex’s posts from making it to your News Feed and won’t suggest their name as someone to tag in your photos.

Change Your Past Posts


You can also limit which of your content your exes can see, and edit or untag yourself from any (or every) past post you share with them. While you could do all of this before, this new tool guides you through the process and can edit posts and tags in batches, so you don’t have to go through every individual post if you decide to stay connected to your ex. All of these features are totally optional though, so if you end with someone on good terms, you can leave things as they are.

The feature is currently only being tested in the United States on mobile devices, but will be released to the general public in the future.


Live video on Facebook


Facebook announced three big new features today for its mobile app: live streaming, photo and video montages called “Collages, and a new dropdown menu for updating your status. The features are initially restricted to iPhone users in the U.S., but will eventually come to Android users as well. Facebook also appears to be testing a new concert ticket purchasing feature in San Francisco, but that isn’t widely available yet. Here’s a rundown:

Live Video Sharing

Live streaming video apps have been a round for a few years, but the crazy really kicked off earlier this year with the app Meerkat, followed shortly by Twitter’s Periscope, which allowed users to directly interact with their viewers. Never one to be one-upped, Facebook introduced the ability to livestream video in August with a feature called Live, but it was initially only for celebrities.

Facebook finally began rolling out Live for all users today. But right now, you can only do it if you’re a select iPhone user in the US.

To begin livestreaming, tap the “Update Status” button and choose the Live Video icon (it looks like a silhouette with two halos).

Much like Periscope, you can describe what you’re filming before the broadcast begins, as well as the number of viewers who are watching you and a live feed of comments. You’ll also have the option to be notified when the streamer you’re watching goes live again.

Unlike Periscope though, you’ll only be able to see the names of your friends who are watching you. Additionally broadcasts will automatically save to your timeline. Periscope videos-on-demand (or VODs) have to be downloaded as soon as a broadcast ends and are only able to be replayed for 24 hours.

Facebook Collages

Photo albums are so 2014 (or, so “almost 2015,” at this point). Today Facebook introduced Collage, a new montage tool that lets you stitch together photos and videos. Collages are available for all iPhone users and are coming to Android in early 2016.

When you tap on the “Photo” button at the top of the Facebook app, your recent pictures and videos taken together will automatically be grouped into a new Collage. Facebook’s algorithms will try to group the images and video in a way that makes sense, but you can edit it yourself by adding, removing or rearranging the content, as well as adding a title before you publish.

Google offers a similar feature in its free Google Photos app that also relies on artificial intelligence to group photos and images from the same time period or event.

Status Update Dropdown Menu

New Sharing Menu


Now that Live is available as a status update, Facebook is testing a new status update menu for select Android and iPhone users. By tapping “What’s on your mind?” the menu will appear, and can contain any future sharing features Facebook creates in the future.

Concert Ticketing

Concert Ticketing

Buzzfeed News/Facebook

Originally reported by Buzzfeed News, you can now purchase concert tickets directly on Facebook.

Buzzfeed News writes that “[Facebook] is partnering with a small group of independent venues, artists and event promoters in the San Francisco Bay Area for the pilot.” On these select events pages, a “Buy Tickets” button will appear.

Ticket sales will be completed via third-party sites, so your purchase will happen outside of the social network. However, your confirmation email will go to the address you have listed on Facebook. Facebook will not receive any profits from the ticket sales.

While it remains to been if this feature actually expands widely to other markets or all of Facebook, the idea is a provocative one, and marks a new area of ambition for the social network. It may also prove challenging and even somewhat contradictory alongside Facebook Live, as other livestreaming apps have been used to broadcast concert footage, which could anger some musicians or event owners.

Still, taken together, the updates show that Facebook isn’t resting on its laurels as the world’s most popular social network with over 1.5 billion monthly active users. And if even a fraction of those users try out these new features, they could instantly create lots of new content on Facebook, and may even threaten Periscope as the current livestreaming app du jour.

Facebook shuts down its Creative Labs

 Social networking giant Facebook has decided to call it a day for its experimental division Creative Labs.

Founded two years ago as a start-up within the company, it built a series of experimental social apps designed to test new interfaces and interaction patterns.

But the experiments have come to an end: Facebook said on Tuesday that the division has been closed. As a result, a number of apps developed by it are being discontinued, The Verge reported.

“Since their launches, we’ve incorporated elements of Slingshot, Riff and Rooms into the Facebook for iOS and Android apps,” a Facebook spokeswoman was quoted as saying.

“We haven’t updated these apps in some time and we’ve decided to officially end support by removing them from the App Store and Google Play,” she added.

However, Slingshot and Riff will continue to work for those who have already downloaded them.

Facebook said no one was laid off as part of the division’s shutdown.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to donate 99% of stocks after birth of daughter

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder ofFacebook and his wife Priscilla, who were blessed with a baby girl recently, announced that they will donate 99% of their fortune to charity to celebrate their child’s birth.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

The couple has also announced that they will give away 99% of their Facebook stocks which are worth $45 billion (Rs 29,92,95 crore), reports News.com.au.

In the post on Facebook, the billionaire couple said the donation would be made to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative during their lifetime.

 The post read, “We know this is a small contribution compared to all the resources and talents of those already working on these issues.But we want to do what we can, working alongside many others”.

Zuckerberg last month said he would be taking two months off after his daughter’s birth.

Facebook not working for some users

Facebook was not immediately available for comment.Facebook was not immediately available for comment.
Facebook Inc’s social media website was inaccessible on Thursday afternoon, but it remained unclear whether the glitch affected all or some users.

A message displayed on facebook.com said “Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can.”

Facebook was not immediately available for comment.

Brief Facebook outage prompts flurry on Twitter

Different media outlets estimated Facebook down time from 14-22 minutes.

SAN FRANCISCO:Facebook users experienced a brief outage of the huge social network on Thursday, with many turning to Twitter to vent frustration or joke about the incident.

The monitoring website Currentlydown showed Facebook offline for around 14 minutes from around 1630 GMT. The news website TechRadar pegged the outage at 22 minutes, and others gave varying estimates.

Facebook had no immediate comment on the outage.

 As with previous such incidents, this one sparked a series of panicked – and mock-panicked – remarks on rival network Twitter. The #facebookdown theme became a global trending item on the messaging platform.

Another wrote “#facebookdown means we can’t get updates from those groups we never asked to join, or see pics of what distant cousins had for lunch.”

Facebook, which has some 1.49 billion active users, according to the latest company update, experienced a major outage in January lasting around one hour. The company said a software update was to blame, dismissing concerns of a cyberattack.