BENGALURU: The government has asked social media platforms TikTok, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and ShareChat to take down videos of what is known as the ‘skull-breaker’ challenge, which has resulted in serious head injuries among students across the globe. The social media challenge, popularised first on short video app TikTok, starts with three people standing alongside each other, seemingly ready to jump into the air all at once. However, the two people on either side try to kick the legs out from under the one in the middle, making him or her fall. Doctors have warned that the free fall can result in head injuries, fractures to the joints, and even break the unsuspecting person’s skull. In an advisory last week, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) said it expects social media platforms to remove such videos and warn users to avoid such acts. “This being a dangerous game, severely impacting and harming minors and also being a … [Read more...] about Government wants Facebook, TikTok and YouTube to delete these videos
The National Labor Relations Board took up Souza's case in October of 2010 and filed suit against AMR. In the complaint, the NLRB and Souza argued that she was within her rights as an employee to talk about the conditions of her employment with other coworkers under the National Labor Relations Act. As such, the NLRB accused AMR of illegally firing Souza and denying her union representation, despite AMR's insistence that Souza's comments shouldn't be protected. … [Read more...] about Woman fired for bashing boss on Facebook wins settlement
By contrast, the foundations of Facebook, and other new sources of journalism, rest in large part on the ideals of what John G. Palfrey, the former executive director of the Berkman Kline Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, called the Open Internet. The early Open Internet, considered apart from the law and real life, was reinforced by 1996’s Communications Decency Act’s Section 230(c), or the Good Samaritan act. As writer and activist Soraya Chemaly and I have previously chronicled, Section 230 is widely cherished as the "most important law on the Internet," credited with making possible a "trillion or so dollars of value" according to David Post, legal scholar and fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology. … [Read more...] about Facebook won’t call itself a media company. Is it time to reimagine journalism for the digital age?
Barra’s statement fits with Oculus’ standard line on the Quest. The company says it’s wrapped up its current generation of hardware products and is still figuring out what “second-generation” VR would look like, and by that logic, it makes sense for Barra to focus on building an ecosystem for the products they’ve already got. But it could also be a precursor to Facebook more heavily integrating Oculus products into a larger lineup of hardware and software that includes AR devices. … [Read more...] about Hugo Barra is leaving the Oculus team for a Facebook ‘global AR/VR partner’ initiative
BENGALURU: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will begin a three day India trip on February 24 from Mumbai, where he will engage with chief executives of Indian companies on the future of technology. “...Nadella will share his vision for the future of technology and how Indian organisations can lead in an era of digital transformation,” the company said. Apart from Nadella and Jean Philippe Courtois, EVP and president, Global Sales, Marketing and Operations, at Microsoft, the summit will also be addressed by industry stalwarts. Nadella will head to Bengaluru on February 25 for the ‘Microsoft Future Decoded – Tech Summit’ in the city. In his keynote address, he is expected to engage with the audience on the future of technology and the role of Indian organisations in an “era of digital transformation.” … [Read more...] about Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to begin India visit with Mumbai meet