Trai examining Bharti Airtel’s special deals on Facebook and WhatsApp

NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel’s data packages offering access to Facebook and WhatsApp for fixed but nominal amounts are being examined by the telecom regulator to determine whether they amount to “preferential access” for such services, an issue at the heart of the debate on net neutrality, a concept recently backed by US President Barack Obama.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/trai-examining-bharti-airtels-special-deals-on-facebook-and-whatsapp/articleshow/45265212.cms

As Facebook faces uncertain future, Malaysian government now considers censorship of YouTube

The Malaysian government is on a roll. Three months back, it mulled over the possibility of banning Facebook locally, following 2,000 reports of abuse made in the country. That didn’t sit well with Malaysians at all. Now, the Malay Mail Online reports that authorities are looking into setting up a firewall on a number of websites including YouTube.

https://www.techinasia.com/malaysia-censorship-youtube/

Who decides the dos and don’ts of Facebook use? from VN

The students in question had expressed themselves on the social networking site too freely, using vulgar words, curses and insults against others, including their own parents and teachers, and speaking ill of, isolating and threatening friends. “Living with our children in the virtual world is not easy at all,” admitted Nguyen Thu Hang, a mother residing in Ha Noi. “I used to know nothing about information technology. While all of my colleagues have accounts in Facebook, I didn’t care about it,” she said. “But after my daughter, a fifth grade student, joined Facebook, I had to join too.”

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/116227/who-decides-the-dos-and-don-ts-of-facebook-use-.html

VN has 10th-largest number of Facebook users

GWI actively collects data from 32 countries by asking Internet users which sites they visited during a period via any device. The survey revealed that the United States has the largest share of Facebook users with 15 per cent, followed by India and China with 13 per cent each. Viet Nam is in the 10th position with 3 per cent. Meanwhile, Similar Web, which does IP-based analysis, released very different results, saying that India is the only Asian country in the top 10 for Facebook traffic.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/116272/vn-has-10th-largest-number-of-facebook-users.html

Google in race with Facebook, Microsoft for a slice of digital India

NEW DELHI: Drones, balloons or white spaces – what’s best for highspeed Internet access in rural India? That’s the choice that the government may be faced with. US technology giants are tripping over each other to get a slice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India and Smart Cities projects. In less than three months, Google and Hewlett-Packard have followed Facebook and Microsoft to queue up in government office corridors to show off their technology wares, highlighting renewed foreign investor interest as India’s economy recovers.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/google-in-race-with-facebook-microsoft-for-a-slice-of-digital-india/articleshow/45093258.cms

China lifts ban on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube at APEC meet

BEIJING: China today presented its best face at APEC summit by lifting ban on social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter for the first time and even allowing web search of the Dalai Lama at the conference venue.  The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum media centre has allowed reporters to access social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and video-sharing website YouTube. Access to such sites is essentially restricted by the Chinese government elsewhere in the country.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/china-lifts-ban-on-facebook-twitter-youtube-at-apec-meet/articleshow/45058868.cms

Govts push Facebook to hand over more user data, from AU

Governments across the globe are putting increased pressure on social networking giant Facebook to hand over information on its users, with requests globally in the last six months jumping 24 percent. Facebook publishes twice-yearly ‘government requests’ reports, which outline the number of data and content removal requests the company receives from international governments over a six-month period.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/397560,govts-push-facebook-to-hand-over-more-user-data.aspx

North Korea reportedly blocks Facebook and Twitter

North Korean authorities have reportedly blocked access to Facebook and Twitter for the few people in the country with open Internet access. The move came into effect earlier this week, according to a report by the Russian ITAR-TASS news agency, which is one of the few foreign news services to maintain a bureau in the country. Most North Koreans don’t have access to a computer, and those who do are restricted to a nationwide intranet.

http://mis-asia.com/mgmt/it-governance/north-korea-reportedly-blocks-facebook-and-twitter/

China: Facebook not banned, but must follow the rules

China may be blocking access to Facebook, but that doesn’t mean the social media network can’t one day enter the country, as long as it follows the rules, a top government official said on Thursday. Lu Wei, the director of China’s State Internet Information Office, made the comment at a press conference after media outlets had previously reported him saying that Facebook would never be allowed in the country. “The media claimed that I said ‘it would absolutely impossible.’ Today, I can tell you that this news is fake,” he said, according to a government transcript of his comments.

http://mis-asia.com/mgmt/it-governance/china-facebook-not-banned-but-must-follow-the-rules/

Facebook sets up India Client Council to offer a forum to brands

NEW DELHI: World’s largest social networking site Facebook has set up the India Client Council to offer a forum to brands to share ideas about the future of marketing. The Council includes companies like Tata Motors, Flipkart, Airtel, P&G, Madison World, ICICI Bank, HUL, Micromax and Future Group among others.  Apart from India, Facebook has global, EMEA, Brazil and UK councils.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/facebook-sets-up-india-client-council-to-offer-a-forum-to-brands/articleshow/44994891.cms

Asia once again central to Facebook growth as region reaches 426 million monthly active users

Facebook’s newest earnings report (for Q3 2014) reveals yet more strong growth in user numbers across Asia. While Europe and the US and Canada edged up only slightly in terms of monthly active users (MAUs) in the past quarter, Asia spurted from 410 million MAUs in Q2 to a new high of 426 million. Growth in the region’s numbers slipped a bit, but there have been fluctuations before.

https://www.techinasia.com/facebook-asia-growth-426-million-monthly-active-users/

Facebook Hits The Same Wall As Apple In China

The leaders of Facebook and Apple were in China this past week on separate missions with the same goal: gain better transparency and more access to the Chinese market. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was in Beijing for an event at a local university, and Apple’s Tim Cook met with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai to review security concerns. When Facebook’s multi-billion-dollar initial public offering launched more than two years ago, details of its prospectus shed light on Facebook’s possible entry into China.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/10/23/16023-facebook-hits-the-same-wall-as-apple-in-china

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg makes first public appearance speaking in Mandarin

BEIJING: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg impressed during a 30-minute Q&A session at Tsinghua University on Wednesday (Oct 22) when he addressed the crowd and fielded questions in Mandarin. According to a post on his Facebook page, topics discussed during the session included “connecting the world, Internet.org, innovation and the early days of Facebook”.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/facebook-s-mark/1430208.html

Japan court orders Facebook to reveal revenge porn IP addresses

TOKYO: A Tokyo court has ordered Facebook to disclose the IP addresses used by fake accounts that were posting revenge porn, a lawyer said Tuesday, in the first such case in Japan.  In response to the order the US-based social networking site revealed IP addresses — a string of numbers identifying the computer being used — connected to two accounts that were uploading personal information and private pictures, lawyer Yohei Shimizu said.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/10/21/Japan-court-orders-Facebook-to-reveal-revenge-porn-IP-addresses/

Zuckerberg named to board of influential Beijing business school

BEIJING: China’s Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management has added three western business heavyweights to its advisory council, including Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook Inc founder who has long sought to enter the Chinese market where his social network is currently banned.  Zuckerberg — who was named to the board along with Virginia Rometty, the IBM chief executive, and Anheuser-Busch InBev SA CEO Carlos Brito — will attend the business school’s annual board meeting in Beijing on Friday, Facebook said.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/10/20/Zuckerberg-among-industry-chiefs-named-to-board-of-influential-Beijing-business-school/

Facebook’s new sticker feature unpopular with Vietnamese netizens

Stickers had previously been available within Facebook’s Messages and Messenger app, but not outside messages. But now, they can be used in Comments as well. “The new feature will not bring anything good, and it will create more spam,” Hoang Anh said, an office worker who reportedly spends 2.5 hours in the evening on Facebook. “It seems that Facebook is trying to create a new communication style, the Doraemon-like style, childish and odd with spam messages,” she said.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/114344/facebook-s-new-sticker-feature-unpopular-with-vietnamese-netizens.html

Facebook founder presses Indonesian leader on web access

[Jakarta] Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg pressed Indonesia’s incoming leader Monday to improve Internet access in the sprawling archipelago saying that his social media network and other sites can help boost the economy. Zuckerberg met president-elect Joko Widodo at his office in the capital Jakarta, before both men – still dressed in their suits – made a tour through the cramped alleys of a bustling textile market, mobbed by an enthusiastic crowd.

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/technology/facebook-founder-presses-indonesian-leader-on-web-access

Mark Zuckerberg promises PM Narendra Modi mobile app for Clean India

NEW DELHI: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the firm would create and launch a mobile application devoted to Clean India, during a conversation where they discussed the PM’s pet projects such as Digital India and his hopes to use the networking site’s use for social causes and prevent its misuse by terror outfits.  Zuckerberg told the Prime Minister that he is extremely excited about the government’s Digital India initiative. Modi, a prolific user of social media platforms with nearly 7 million followers on Twitter and around 23 million people following him on Facebook, has asked Zuckerberg to identify domains of the program that it can get involved in and work with the government.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/mark-zuckerberg-promises-pm-narendra-modi-mobile-app-for-clean-india/articleshow/44779335.cms

Zuckerberg launches $1 million Facebook fund for apps that help India’s poorest

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg kicked off his India visit today with a startling stat: 69 percent of Indians have no clue how the internet can help them. Zuckerberg shared this stark evidence of a digital divide during an address at the Internet.org Summit in New Delhi. Internet.org was founded by Facebook, Samsung, and several other groups, with a mission to bring internet access to under-served regions and people. As part of this initiative, Zuckerberg today launched a US$1 million fund for apps in numerous Indian languages for farmers and various social services. Internet.org will conduct a contest to pick the apps to back.

http://www.techinasia.com/zuckerberg-launches-facebook-fund-for-india-rural-poor/

I am excited about PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ initiative

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook who is visiting India, is on a mission to get more and more Indians online. In his keynote address, Zuckerberg talked about how he plans to get millions of Indians online. During an interaction, he also talked about net neutrality, starting up, privacy and meeting Prime Minister Modi.  The thing I am really excited about is the Prime Minister’s whole Digital India initiative.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/i-am-excited-about-pm-narendra-modis-digital-india-initiative-facebook-ceo-mark-zuckerberg/articleshow/44765285.cms