Finally, Facebook opens office in Manila

PhilippinesTech in Asia  — Facebook has opened its first office in the Philippines. Facebook’s vice president for Asia-Pacific Dan Neary announced the move on his Facebook page on Wednesday and during a press conference held in Manila on Thursday. The Philippines is clearly an important market for the social networking giant, he says. He counts around 49 million Filipino Facebook users – equivalent to 91 percent of the population with internet access.

Facebook Ads See Strong Engagement in India and Southeast Asia

IndiaeMarketer — Data documenting Facebook ad performance in Asia-Pacific sheds light into the key markets helping drive the company’s fortunes in the region. According to research from advertising automation firm Nanigans, India and the countries of Southeast Asia delivered some of the strongest results.

Facebook announces new initiatives to improve internet services, from IN

IndiaSAN FRANSICO: After India said ‘no’ to Free Basics and opted for net neutrality recently, the social networking giant Facebook has unveiled two new initiatives to improve internet services for the rural population in the developing countries, including India.

46 million people interacted on Facebook during ICC WT20

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: More than 46 million people interacted on social networking platform Facebook during this year’s ICC World Twenty 20, which culminated in thrilling victories by both the West Indies men and women’s teams on April 3 in Kolkata.

Facebook probably won’t get into China, and it shouldn’t want to

ChinaTech in Asia — As seems to be his wont from time to time, Mark Zuckerberg has been in the China news again of late, doing things like running around in Beijing’s cancerous air, and meeting with China’s head of propaganda. The goal, as far as anyone can tell, is to try to convince Chinese officials to let Facebook into the country.

Facebook activates Safety Check feature for Kolkata flyover collapse

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: A part of the Vivekananda Road flyover, that was under construction, collapsed on Thursday in Kolkata leaving dozens trapped under the debris. Facebook promptly activated its Safety Check feature following the news of the incident where people can be marked safe by friends on Facebook in the affected area, thus assisting in accounting process.

Lahore attack: Facebook’s ‘safety check’ flounders again

PakistanTimes of India — NEW YORK: The social networking giant Facebook apologized on Monday after a bug turned its “safety check” featureinto a breaking news alert for all users after a powerful blast ripped through a public park in Lahore, killing 69 people and injuring over 250. Facebook turns on the “Safety Check” feature to help let friends and family know they are safe in case being trapped after a natural disaster or terror attack.

Facebook apologises for Safety Check glitch after Pakistan blast

PakistanChannel News Asia — SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook apologised on Sunday for a bug that sent a Safety Check notification to users around the world following a deadly suicide bombing in Pakistan. Facebook users from Honolulu to Brussels and Cairo to Hong Kong were baffled by the notification, a feature that lets users signal to friends that they are safe following an event in their area like a terror attack or natural disaster.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets propoganda czar Liu Yunshan

ChinaTimes of India — BEIJING: Facebook’s co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg met China’s propaganda tsar Liu Yunshan in Beijing on Saturday as part of a charm offensive in one of the few markets where the social network cannot be accessed. The rare meeting, reported by China’s state news agency Xinhua, suggests warming relations between Facebook and the Chinese government, even as Beijing steps up censorship of and control over the internet.

If Mark Zuckerberg loves China so much he should marry it

ChinaTech in Asia — What connection through yonder firewall breaks? It is the East, and China is a gigantic untapped market. Mark Zuckerberg has been on a China charm offensive for several years now. It recently hit a new climax with the Facebook CEO visiting the country and meeting up with, among others, Liu Yunshan, the leader of the Chinese Communist Party’s Propaganda and Ideology Leading Group – the head of the nation’s propaganda and censorship apparatus.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Meets With China’s Propaganda Chief

ChinaNY Times — BEIJING — Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a rare meeting with China’s propaganda chief, at a time when Chinese authorities are tightening control over their cyberspace. Liu Yunshan told Zuckerberg in their meeting Saturday that he hopes Facebook can share its experience with Chinese companies to help “Internet development better benefit the people of all countries,” China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported. Zuckerberg was in Beijing to attend an economic forum.

Facebook keen on Asia despite India saying no to Free Basics

IndiaTimes of India — NEW YORK: Despite India saying no to Free Basics and going for net neutrality, the social networking giant eyes big growth in Asia than any other parts of the world, a top Facebook executive told the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Tuesday. According to Dan Neary, Facebook’s vice president for Asia Pacific, “the potential is greater in Asia-Pacific than it is in any other region because we’ve got two thirds of the world’s population, and it’s all mobile.”

Facebook Sees Big Growth in Asia Despite Free Basics Controversy

APACWSJ — Facebook Inc. is adding users in Asia at a much faster rate than other parts of the world, an executive said, showing the recent controversy over the firm’s free Internet service in India is not deterring the social networking giant’s expansion in this part of the world.

Cambodia jails student over Facebook call to ‘change the vulgar regime’

CambodiaIndependent — A Cambodian university student has been jailed for 18 months for asking the public to join his “colour revolution” and inciting crimes in an anti-government Facebook post. The man, identified as 24-year-old Kong Raya, is the first Cambodian convicted of using social media to attack Prime Minister’s Hun Sen’s government, who has issued warnings that online critics could be traced and arrested in matter of hours.

Facebook userbase crosses 142 million in India

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Networking giant Facebook has said it has over 142 million users in India, of which about 133 million access the social media platform through their mobile phones. Also, about 69 million people in India use Facebook daily, of which 64 million access the platform through their mobile devices.

SEA is Facebook’s fastest growing region

APACTelecom Asia — More than three million businesses actively advertise on Facebook, according to an update posted by the company on the Facebook for Business page. The number of active advertisers on Facebook grew by 50% in one year, with more than 70% of these businesses located outside of the United States. Notably, Southeast Asia is the fastest growing region, according to Nadia Tan, head of SMB in Southeast Asia at Facebook.

Southeast Asia is fastest growing region for Facebook

APACEnterprise Innovation — More than three million businesses actively advertise on Facebook, according to a new update on the Facebook for Business page. The number of active advertisers on Facebook grew by 50% in one year, with more than 70% of these businesses located outside of the United States.  Notably, Southeast Asia is the fastest growing region, according to Nadia Tan, head of SMB in Southeast Asia at Facebook.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg disappointed by Free Basics ouster, but still committed to India

IndiaTimes of India — BARCELONA:Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is disappointed with the Indian telecom regulator’s rule that oustedFree Basics from the country, but said that the social networking giant will focus on other aspects of the programme and work with all telcos to connect more Indians to the Internet. “We recently had a ruling in India that says there should be no differential pricing for services, that even if you are trying to give some basic services for free, that’s not going to be allowed.

Facebook launches new website to help nonprofits master the platform

APACThe social media giant announced a new website on Thursday dedicated to resources for nonprofits and NGOs to get the most out of their Facebook Pages. The new site reads like an extensive instruction manual, covering everything from setting up a Page to building a support network of “likes,” and it also includes a step-by-step guide covering how to use the platform’s latest fundraising tools.

India issues new rules in support of net neutrality

IndiaEnterprise Innovation — The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) officially announced this week new rules that would prevent Internet service providers to offer discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content being accessed by a consumer. The ruling was much awaited in India, following the furor and intense debate over Facebook’s Free Basics program, which regulators see as discriminatory and a setback to the concept of net neutrality.

What did China’s internet think of Mark Zuckerberg’s Spring Festival message?

ChinaTech in Asia — In what’s becoming a bit of a tradition, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a video recently aimed primarily at people who have no access to Facebook: Chinese net users. As in years past, Zuck delivers his holiday message in accented Mandarin, but this year’s video also includes his wife Priscilla and their daughter Max (whose Chinese name, Zuckerberg announces, is Chen Mingyu):

Facebook confirms pulling the plug on Free Basics in India

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Facebook has pulled out Free Basics from India following the telecom regulator’s regulation barring discriminatory pricing of data services, which includes a ban on zero-rated products. “Free Basics is no longer available to people in India,” a Facebook spokesperson said in an emailed statement Thursday.

Trai’s decision on net neutrality: Marc Andreessen snubs India

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: American entrepreneur and member of Facebook’s board of directors Marc Lowell Andreessen seems highly miffed with telecom regulator Trai’s recent rejection of Facebook’s Free Basics in India. So much so that the Silicon Valley’s most celebrated venture capitalist and co-founder of Netscape browser publicly expressed his disappointment on Twitter and went on to say that the country would have been in much better economic shape had it been under the British rule.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg disappointed with Trai’s ban on Free Basics

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is disappointed with the Indian telecom regulator, which decided to bar all forms of differential pricing on Monday, putting an end to the social networking company’s Free Basics initiative in the country. “Today India’s telecom regulator decided to restrict programs that provide free access to data. This restricts one of’s initiatives, Free Basics, as well as programs by other organizations that provide free access to data,” said Zuckerberg in a post on his Facebook page late Monday night.

Facebook and Google to enter Sri Lanka in June this year

Sri LankaSunday Times — While Sri Lanka being a developing island with many new innovations and technologies evolving, international big players and multibillionaires such as Facebook and Google are eyeing to enter the country in June this year.  Minister of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure, Harin Fernando made this disclosure at the Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) launch of SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable system together with the launch of SLT’s Tier 4 National Data Centre, at the Presidents House in Colombo on Monday.

Trai set to reject differential pricing; Free Basics to be hit

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Telecom regulator Trai is set to reject differential pricing for data services, a move that would mean the end of controversial services like Facebook’s Free Basics and Airtel Zero. Trai will issue an order to this effect within a week, top sources told TOI.

Thai junta pressures Facebook, Line to censor online posts

ThailandChannel News Asia — BANGKOK: Thailand’s military government will try to persuade media companies Facebook and Line to comply with court orders to remove content it considers harmful to peace and order, a senior official said Sunday. The junta-appointed NRSA advisory council plans to meet executives from the two companies in the next three months, council member Major General Pisit Paoin told Reuters.

Thailand embarks on mass surveillance of social media

ThailandThailand’s technology crime suppression division has issued a draft procurement document for a system to surveil all public Facebook and Twitter accounts against a target list of up to half a million individuals that can be identified through names, keywords or even facial recognition.

PM Narendra Modi is second-most popular world leader on Facebook: Study

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is one of the most popular world leader on Facebook, according to a study by PR firm Burson-Marsteller. He has more than 31 million fans on his personal Narendra Modi page and 10.1 million fans on his official PMO India page, which is ranks third.

Facebook’s India revenue rises 27% to Rs 123.5 crore

IndiaTimes of India — SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook posted a 27% jump in its revenues in India to Rs 123.5 crore during the year to March 2015 from Rs 97.6 crore a year earlier, according to filings with the Registrar of Companies on Thursday. However, the social media firm earned less than Rs 9 per user on an average in the country, its second-largest market outside the United States, where it earned Rs 630 per user.