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Facebook to notify users when photos of them are uploaded

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook said on Tuesday it would begin using facial recognition technology to tell people on the social network when others upload photos of them, if they agree to let the company keep a facial template on file. The company said in a statement that it was making the feature optional to allow people to protect their privacy, but that it thought some people would want to be notified of pictures they might not otherwise know about. The feature would not immediately be available in Canada and the European…

Twitter reports progress on weeding out users advocating violence

BRUSSELS: Twitter said that its internal controls were allowing it to weed out accounts being used for “promotion of terrorism” earlier rather than responding to government requests to close them down. US and European governments have been pressuring social media companies including Twitter, Facebook and Google to fight harder against online radicalization, particularly by violent militant groups. Twitter said it had removed 299,649 accounts in the first half of this year for the “promotion of terrorism”, a 20 percent…

Digital Pakistan: Internet users can register and use websites in Urdu

ISLAMABAD: Internet users in Pakistan will now be able to register and use internet domains in Urdu as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board has passed a resolution on the Internet Registry. Minister for IT Anusha Rahman on Friday in a statement mentioned that this is an important milestone to proliferate the digitalisation in Pakistan through local content. The ministry had submitted a request in December 2016 for the internet registry in Urdu after consultation with stakeholders. Ms.…

Instagram’s user base crosses 600 million

Instagram's user base rose to more than 600 million, the Facebook owned company said on Thursday, as new features helped it gain popularity. The photo-sharing app added 100 million users since June, when it last announced its 500 million user milestone, the company said in a blog post. Since then, the company launched Instagram Stories, its picture and video slideshow feature, identical to the signature function of rival Snapchat. ALSO READ: You can now turn off and like comments on Instagram Instagram in…