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India the Second Highest Requester for Content Takedown, Content Restriction on Facebook

27 Dec indian-flag-min-e1445404789450

By Mudit Mohilay, The Tech Portal

With an increase in Facebook’s influence over the world, government interference in the platform is also growing rapidly. India is no exception and the number of requests for content take-down and content restrictions has grown exponentially. Apparently, India was the second highest requester for content takedown and content restrictions in a six month period. (more…)

Facebook’s Elusive R&D Wing Signs Agreement with 17 Universities!

23 Dec facebook-new-tp-featured-e1446750787478-600x300

By Mudit Mohilay, The Tech Portal

Amid the vast reaches of Facebook offices, there is a secret lab at work. The lab is known merely as the Building 8 research facility and what goes on inside is hidden from the rest of the world. (more…)

Facebook Turns to Artificial Intelligence to Flag Offensive Content in Livestreams

3 Dec facebook-new-tp-featured-e1446750787478-600x300

By Mudit Mohilay, The Tech Portal

Flagging offensive content can be pretty hard. And when you are attempting to do it on a platform of Facebook’s magnitude — the task becomes herculean. And when you need to supervise live video streams as well — Well, its a superhuman task. Which is why Facebook is now turning to AI to help it monitor offensive material in live video streams. (more…)

Mark Zuckerberg Teases an Affordable Wireless Standalone Oculus VR Headset Prototype

8 Oct facebook-oculus-mark-zuckerberg-1320x947

By Anmol Sachdeva, The Tech Portal

Over the past two years, VR technology has been adapted by over a couple million plus users. But the hardware i.e the VR headset has always been seen as a complimentary technology that required either a powerful gaming PC or a mobile phone to experience immersive content. But Facebook-owned Oculus is now working towards making the process simpler, so you wouldn’t have to go through these hassles to take a detour from reality. (more…)

Facebook Acquires Nascent Objects, A Modular Electronics Startup

21 Sep capture-4

By Mudit Mohilay, The Tech Portal

Facebook has acquired Nascent Objects, a one of its kind startup that sought to produce modular electronics systems that could then be used to create prototype electronic gadgets, by everyone. The acquisition will make the startup part of Facebook’s design 8 Labs. (more…)

Facebook to Let Go Off Human Editors and Automate ‘Trending Topics’

30 Aug facebook-new-tp-featured-e1446750787478-600x300

By Anmol Sachdeva, The Tech Portal

Facebook has been caught amid a lot of controversy for suppressing stories within ‘Trending Topics’ feature but now to do some damage control, it is introducing some much-needed changes to the feature. This update will make the product more automated and less dependent on human scribers for writing descriptions for trending topics. (more…)

Facebook Launches New Video Metrics, 360 Degree Video Guide and Heat Map

12 Aug facebook-new-tp-featured-e1446750787478-600x300

By Vishal Srivastava, The Tech Portal

Facebook is planning to let its publishers create engaging videos by analysing their audience and their preferences. It has launched a set of new video metrics to allow publishers to keep a tab on the performance of their videos. The social media giant is also giving a boost to 360-degree videos on its site by enabling a guide and heat map for these videos. (more…)

Are Facebook and Google Missing the True Profit Potential of Messaging Apps?

19 Jul Instant-Articles_Messenger-for-iOS-624x351

Guest post by: Eli Schwartz

While peer to peer messaging on a mobile phone has always been the most basic of all mobile phone features, 2016 is shaping up to be the biggest year ever in the transformation of smartphone messaging into more than just a medium for communication. (more…)

Facebook, Google and 2 Others Pursued LinkedIn, Before Microsoft Bought It Up

4 Jul microsoft-linkedin-e1465998208706-768x384

By Anmol Sachdeva, The Tech Portal

There is no hiding the fact that the news of the biggest acquisition of the decade hit everyone square in the face. A couple weeks ago, Microsoft announced that it will be acquiring the professional social network LinkedIn in an all-cash transaction, for $196 per share. But, a lengthy SEC filing released today details that Microsoft wasn’t the only suitor pursuing LinkedIn for an acquisition. (more…)

Peter Thiel Re-Elected to Facebook Board, Zuckerberg’s Hold Gets Tighter

22 Jun facebook-family-the-tech-portal-featured-768x325

By  Mudit Mohilay, The Tech Portal

And Peter Thiel is staying on with Facebook. At a recent shareholders meet held by the company, Thiel was re-elected one of its board of directors. The move may surprise those who were expecting the social networking website to let go of Thiel after the Gawker fiasco. (more…)