Facebook awarded Air China for its strategic use of the social networking site, despite it being blocked in mainland China. The state-owned carrier had been aggressively using Facebook as a tool for marketing. It uses the networking site to link its booking engine, promote giveaways, and even to share recipes. Facebook praised the airline for its innovative use of the social media platform, amid China’s ban on the site since 2009.
WeChat is testing out adverts, according to numerous screenshots floating around the web today. The adverts are in the WeChat Moments section of the app, which is a bit like the Facebook timeline. The first ever ad inside WeChat Moments seems to be a test by Tencent itself. It shows a Moments post by WeChat’s own official account showing up labelled as a “promoted” post in random people’s timelines.
WASHINGTON: Sharing and discussing news content on social media sites such as Facebook can drive greater involvement with news and information, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found. People who share news on social media sites may connect more with that information – and stay connected longer – than people who casually read the news, researchers found.
UPDATE: Our original story suggested that the UC Browser Facebook notification feature was only available in India. Actually, the new feature is available in all of UC Browser’s overseas editions. The article has been updated accordingly. Late yesterday, Chinese tech company UC Web announced that international users of its mobile UC Browser will be getting a special surprise: real-time Facebook notifications as they browse the web. Prior to this, Facebook has not offered real-time notifications outside of its own mobile apps, so this partnership is – according to UC Web – breaking new ground.
NEW DELHI: Growing internet penetration and a large youth population has helped world’s largest social network platform Facebook expand its userbase in India to 112 million — the second largest after the US. US-based Facebook, which had about 100 million users in April this year, saw its monthly active users (MAUs) base touching 112 million at the end of September. The number of daily active users (DAUs) from India now stands at 52 million.
SINGAPORE: Where did you check-in to the most this year? According to Facebook’s year in review, Universal Studios Singapore topped the list of the most popular check-in spots in the Republic, closely followed by Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay. Among the 10 most checked-into places here, five of them were attractions located in Sentosa, such as Resorts World Sentosa and the Merlion Park @ Singapore, while one was Sentosa Island itself.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.