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Evan Spiegel Encourages Facebook to ‘Copy Our Data Protection Practices Also’

Copy our data privacy policies too, Snap CEO to Facebook

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Hitting out at Facebook once again, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel has suggested the social networking giant to not only copy itss features but also its data protection policies.

During a ReCode conference in California on Tuesday, the Snapchat chief said Facebook has failed to sufficiently overhaul its user privacy protections.

“We would really appreciate it if they copied our data protection practices also,” Spiegel was quoted as saying during the event.

“Fundamentally, I think the changes have to go beyond window dressing to real changes to the ways that these platforms work,” he added.

Reacting to Spiegel, Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos tweeted on Wednesday, “Snapchat’s implicit promise that photos really disappear combined with poor API security has lead to serious mass leaks of revenge porn. So no, I don’t think copying Snapchat would be a smart move.”

Evan Spiegel Encourages Facebook to ‘Copy Our Data Protection Practices Also’
Facebook CEO of Mark Zuckerberg (Wikimedia commons)

The photo-sharing platform Snapchat today has 191 million users globally, including nearly 9 million in India.

Facebook has reportedly copied several Snapchat features, including the most notable one called “Stories”.

Snapchat on April Fools’ Day had trolled Facebook by introducing a filter that makes it appear as if a Russian bot has liked your post.

The filter targeted Facebook following reports that said more than 50,000 bots on Facebook, with links to the Russian government, were used to influence the 2016 US Presidential election.

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While redesigning Snapchat in 2017, Spiegel took a dig at Facebook.

“The company is redesigning its app to separate media and social communications, making it easier to use and understand,” he said.

“We think this helps to guard against fake news and mindless scrambles for friends or unworthy distractions,” Spiegel said, taking a dig at Facebook and Twitter.

The design overhaul, however, didn’t go well with the Snapchat users and the company has reinstated most of the old design features. (IANS)

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Social Networking Giant Facebook To Develop Camera-Equipped Set-top Box For TVs

Facebook declined to comment on the subject, the report added

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Facebook likely to launch camera-equipped hardware for TVs. Pixabay

Social networking giant Facebook is developing a camera-equipped set-top box for TVs that would support functionalities like video-calling, a media report said.

Internally codenamed “Ripley”, the device would use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to automatically detect and follow people as they move through the frame during a video call, news website Cheddar reported on Tuesday.

Apart from facilitating video-chat, the device could also help Facebook compete with the likes of Apple and Amazon in the TV-segment.

In October, the social networking major launched its smart-speakers — “Portal” — which incorporated AI technology to follow user-movements while on a video-chat amd remove unwanted background noise during a call.

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Priced at $199, sporting a 10-inch display, built-in Amazon Alexa support and pre-loaded with Facebook’s own “Watch” video service, the smart speakers would begin shipping in November.

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With projects like “Portal” and “Ripley” Facebook is trying to build a consumer-hardware business outside of its virtual reality brand ‘Oculus’ that was acquired by the social networking giant in March 2014 for nearly $2 billion.

Facebook declined to comment on the subject, the report added. (IANS)

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