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EU's rules on hateful content applies to social media

Facebook, Alphabet-owned YouTube, Twitter and other social media will for the first time be subject to EU broadcasting rules on hate speech and harmful content under European Commission guidelines announced on Thursday.

The amendments to the Audiovisual Media Services Directive adopted in 2018 came in part from lobbying by broadcasters who wanted online platforms to have the same obligations as traditional media companies.

“Online players will have to ensure, in a similar way to traditional media players, that users are protected against hate speech and that minors are protected from harmful content,” the Commission said.

“Online platforms must take action against flagged content, which incites violence, hatred and terrorism, and ensure appropriate advertising and product placement in children's programmes,” it said.

The non-binding guidelines apply to social platforms where audiovisual content is seen as an essential but not principal part of their business. EU countries, which have until September 19 to implement the rules, will have the final say on the list of companies.

Facebook breached its own 90-day cut-off policy

Facebook said on Wednesday it found at least 5,000 app developers had received user data from its platform even after the 90-day cut-off period.

The 90 days of inactivity period was set to stop apps from accessing user data from Facebook until someone logins again and re-authenticates the app. From the 91st day of inactivity to the next login, apps connected to the user’s Facebook login should not access their data.

The social networking company discovered that in some instances apps continued to receive data authorised by users past the 90-day of no login.

Facebook cited an example of a fitness app user to explain how it missed to recognise sharing information with app developers past the cut-off period.

Developers' take on 'Make in India'

India's recent Chinese apps ban has jolted both consumers and companies alike.

Post the ban order, teams at some companies and their creators have remained quiet until more updates come from the Government.

It is a time of uncertainty for the technology industry in India but there are people — mainly developers and investors — who look at this order with optimism. Many have long felt that the technology and innovation side of ‘Make In India’ had been put off for far too long.

Those who have the power to help change this conversation for the better are developers; those who can craft the apps upon which we rely — be it for mindless entertainment or quotidian must-do’s.

Read More: Developers speak about ‘Make In India’ future for apps industry

Windows Calculator app’s new graphing feature

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Microsoft announced a new graphing feature for its calculator app to all users. The technology company had initially released the new feature to its insider group in January after receiving requests for graphing feature in the Feedback Hub.

The feature may prove helpful for students to learn and explore linear algebra, and to improve their conceptual understanding in mathematics.

The new graphing feature in the Windows Calculator will allow users to plot equations on the graph, add variables and analyse the graph.

European digital ads groups criticise Apple

A group of European digital advertising associations on Friday criticized Apple Inc's plans to require apps to seek additional permission from users before tracking them across other apps and websites.

Apple last week disclosed features in its forthcoming operating system for iPhones and iPads that will require apps to show a pop-up screen before they enable a form of tracking commonly needed to show personalized ads.

Sixteen marketing associations, some of which are backed by Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google, faulted Apple for not adhering to an ad-industry system for seeking user consent under European privacy rules. Apps will now need to ask for permission twice, increasing the risk users will refuse, the associations argued.

Facebook and Google are the largest among thousands of companies that track online consumers to pick up on their habits and interests and serve them relevant ads.

Apple said the new feature was aimed at giving users greater transparency over how their information is being used. In training sessions at a developer conference last week, Apple showed that developers can present any number of additional screens beforehand to explain why permission is needed before triggering its pop-up.

 

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