- An Indian parliamentary panel has recommended treating social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook as publishers and setting up a regulatory body to oversee them, potentially opening the companies up to more liability for user-generated content.
- They said the current provisions in the personal data protection bill are too broad. The people said the committee recommended that the regulator should be set up along the lines of the Press Council of India to regulate the content.
- Lawmakers from Washington to Brussels have contemplated action to hold social media companies like Facebook and Google accountable for the enormous content generated daily on their platforms, a view that gained momentum during the pandemic.
- India led the world in the number of downloads of social media apps in the first half of 2021, according to a new report by App Annie, a global provider of mobile data and analytics.
- Globally, Asia was the largest region for downloads of social media apps during this period, accounting for 60% of the market.
- Globally, social media apps commanded 740 billion hours in the first half of 2021.
- Still, the app takes your App Store payment info right away, so it could be a barrier to entry for people who worry they won’t remember to delete Glass before the trial period ends, should they not want to continue with it.
- Glass also appeals to photographers by allowing for a wider variety of image sizes on the app – the maximum aspect ratio is 16 x 9, which accommodates the size of standard camera photos.
- At the time of the app’s waitlist launch in August, Watson told TechCrunch that Glass was sending hundreds of invites out every day.
- Instagram users in some regions of the country reported that they were not able to load posts and stories on the application.
- Downdetector, a website that tracks online services that are facing outages registered a sharp spike in outage on Instagram.
- Social media companies across the board are likely to approach the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology once again to expedite the process of putting in place a standard operating procedure for the Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code, sources in know of the development told The Indian Express.
- The need for an SOP for the intermediary guidelines was felt once again, following the recent controversy over Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s post across social media platforms, wherein he had posted a photo of the parents of a nine-year-old Dalit girl who was allegedly raped.
- An executive at another social media firm said that as per the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Shreya Singhal case, where Section 66A of the IT Act had been struck down, the direction to remove any content from social media can only be if there is a court order, or if a competent authority of the Central government issues such order under Section 69A of the IT Act.
For anyone still using someone else’s Netflix account, Netflix is bringing a new feature to put an end to it. The streaming platform is testing a feature that intends viewers to verify they share the same household with the account holder to limit the password sharing. This test is to stop the spread of passwords among people to prevent fraud.
“If you don’t live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching,” the screen reads, according to Streamable.com, which first reported the test.
The streaming platform wants to ensure that the owner and the users of an account live in the same household to limit screen sharing. The test has been rolled out to some customers using Netflix’s TV app. The company’s terms of service also added that it “may not be shared with individuals beyond your household.”
The major reason behind the test is the fact that streaming services proliferate, and more people share passwords and services.
A Netflix spokesperson said, “This test is designed to help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are authorized to do so.”
When a Netflix user chooses their profile on a shared account, a question box pops up asking them to verify their account by confirming by a text or email sent to them. Viewers are given the option to verify their identity through a code sent to the Netflix account’s owner. If the user is not an authorized user of the account, Netflix gives a prompt to set up a new account with a 30-day free trial.
Netflix has benefited the most as the streamer, which added about 37 million new customers last year, reaching around 203.67 million subscribers in 2020.
Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings said back in 2016, “no plans on making any changes” to limit the password sharing. Reed also added that “password sharing is something you have to learn to live with because there’s so much legitimate password sharing, like you sharing with your spouse, with your kids …. so there’s no bright line, and we’re doing fine as is.”
Netflix confirmed the test but didn’t confirm the location or the number of users who were a part of this test. We need to wait and watch if this testing feature is going to be universally accepted.
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