FB bans non-Irish abortion poll ads

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Dublin: Facebook will no longer accept advertisements from outside Ireland related to the country’s May 25 abortion referendum, the US firm said on Tuesday, in its latest move to boost the transparency of its political advertising. The social media group, under scrutiny for its role in Britain’s Brexit referendum and the 2016 US presidential election, made the move following criticism that foreign advertising could be a decisive in the campaign to overhaul one of the world’s strictest abortion regimes. “As part of our efforts to help protect the integrity of elections…

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Facebook makes major management overhaul

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Facebook reshaped its product and engineering teams into three units, including an emerging technologies division focused on blockchain technology used for cryptocurrencies. Facebook has confirmed an unprecedented management team shakeup in the aftermath of a major data privacy scandal that has rocked the social network. Co-founder Mark Zuckerberg remained chief of Facebook, with chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg his second-in-command. Chris Cox, a longtime member of Zuckerberg’s inner circle, was put in charge of Facebook’s core application as well as smartphone services Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger, the California-based company confirmed.…

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Tips on how to build your brand on social media

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WASHINGTON (ABC7) —  With apps like social and twitter being an important tool for distributing and receiving information, social media marketing and branding is important to get your business started. CEO of DC Media Connection Angel Livas shared a how-to guide to building your brand online. Courtesy:http://wjla.com/features/good-morning-washington/tips-on-how-to-build-your-brand-on-social-media

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Huawei teases P20 Pro India launch on social media

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Huawei has started teasing the launch of the P20 Pro in India. The official Twitter account for Huawei India posted the following tweet and although the hashtag says #HuaweiP20, the triple circle pattern in the video suggests it will either be just the more expensive P20 Pro or both, P20 and the P20 Pro. So far, there is no official information on when the company expects to launch the phone but according to our sources, Huawei is targeting the last week of April for the launch. We don’t have any information yet on…

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Hello Network in talks to raise funds from Indian investors

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Bengaluru: Hello Network Inc., the new social network launched by the founder of Orkut, is in talks to raise money from strategic investors in India as the company seeks to establish itself as an alternative to social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. “We’re looking at strategic partners in India to help us reach our vision. It would be great for us to have strategic partners who know India so much better than we do. We’re currently in conversations (with investors) and people reached out to us,” Hello Network…

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Is your taxi secular? How social media is forcing Indian companies to take political positions

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On April 20, Abhishek Mishra tweeted that he had cancelled an Ola cab because the driver assigned to him was Muslim. Mishra is a member of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, a Hindutva group affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. His tweet created a storm, as scores of people criticised his “flaming bigotry”. But as the controversy swirled, Ola maintained its silence. It took the cab company two days to eventually send Mishra a homily: “Ola, like our country, is a secular platform, and we don’t discriminate our driver partners or customers…

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Companies may redefine social media dos, don’ts

MUMBAI | NEW DELHI: Companies may revise their policies on the online behaviour of employees, even in their private capacity, as some comments face a backlash from social media users in the country, CEOs and HR managers said. For instance, Kotak Mahindra Bank  sacked an employee in Kerala on Friday following a contemptuous Facebook post about the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl that was met with furious condemnation. The bank, however, said it had terminated the employee due to “poor performance”. “Social media is redefining the boundaries of…

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Facebook may take on Amazon and Flipkart in India through Marketplace

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India’s e-commerce is expected to see some massive changes and pretty soon. Where on one hand Walmart is planning to buy majority stake in Flipkart and the reports of the possible deal is already worrying other e-commerce giants like Amazon, a new incoming report suggests that Facebook may also enter into this e-commerce space soon. An ET report states that Facebook is planning to make an entry into the business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce space. According to the report, social media giant has already begun talks with several brands and businesses to list on…

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The rise of social commerce

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Social media has changed the way people interact. From royalty-free music to paid partnerships that are becoming an important part of social networking sites, these platforms are now tying up with brands to offer smooth shopping experience on social media. The term ‘social commerce’ was introduced in 2005 for online collaborative shopping tools, but has only recently picked up more than ever. With increasing internet and social media users, the consumer space has also widened. Retailers are thus increasingly trying to meet them where they are. Even on social media.…

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