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By Anjali Gursahaney

A new mouth and an unstrained idea for Indians that comes to fore is ‘blogs’. There has been a lot of fuss about creating our own blog which has become a status symbol and a marker of identity. There is an ongoing tussle between Blogspot and WordPress and people are trying to figure out which one is better and why.

Earlier, Blogspot had a larger number of bloggers. But ever since WordPress has become the ‘new cool’, people are more enthusiastic about it. It can be said that since it includes the word ‘press’ in it, people are getting more passionate about it. Blogspot was launched on August 23, 1999, while WordPress was launched on August 8, 2005.

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Photo credit : spillspace.com

There is no doubt about it that WordPress is better than Blogspot as it includes many new and different features in it. If we compare them, we will see that they both have their own pros and cons. Where on one hand, Blogspot is free, reliable, easy to use and also has decent selections of templates. On the other hand, the drawback of Blogspot is that it has limited features, there is no premium framework and Google is not accountable when it distributes our content.

Also, WordPress has multiple features as its software is free, extremely flexible and feature rich, it can be customized as per our needs  (especially with web design/development knowledge), easy-to-use without coding knowledge, wide-variety of free and premium themes and the most important part is that you own your content.

However, there are few disadvantages of WordPress as well. For instance, theme customization can be difficult for beginners, it also requires paid web hosting

and a domain name but some web hosts are unreliable. Last but not the least, it is easier to hack blogs on WordPress rather than on Blogspot.

Preksha Buttan told NewsGram, “I have recently joined Blogspot and it is good platform for starters. Also, it is an amazing platform for those who don’t want to earn and just write because they want to pursue their passion.”

On the other hand, Simran Keswani has entirely different view as she prefers to use WordPress rather than Blogspot. She said, “WordPress is any day better and is the new cool. It has amazing themes and Blogspot on the other hand, has a lot limitations, like you cannot update pictures more than 1 GB.”

It can be concluded by saying, Blogspot is easy for beginners and is for people who love writing. While WordPress is for people who want to earn money by writing. In my opinion, people who have been on Blogspot from a long time aren’t too keen to shift from it , as they think that they might lose their followers. Or may be they don’t find the need to use WordPress.

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Picture Credit : zedge.net

People’s reluctance has been witnessed earlier as well – Orkut and Facebook are one of the examples.  Earlier, people did not like Facebook much, but because Facebook offered privacy and many other features people eventually shifted to it. Another example is Hangouts of Gmail versus Google Talk .

Thus, we can clearly say, that although people are not very comfortable moving from one thing to the other, yet over the passage of time, their perceptions change. Perhaps it will also change for WordPress too.

The debate is still on!

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Irish Watchdog Opens Inquiry into Latest Privacy Breach of Facebook

The private information of Facebook users was alleged to be used to influence the US 2016 general elections in favour of President Donald Trump's campaign

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Irish watchdog opens inquiry into latest Facebook privacy breach. Pixabay

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has announced a fresh investigation into Facebook, a day after the social networking giant admitted another security breach where nearly 6.8 million users risked their private photos being exposed to third-party apps.

Facebook, which is already facing a probe from the Irish watchdog for a previous privacy leak in September that affected 50 million people, may end up with fine of 4 per cent of its annual turnover – the highest fine under the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), The Independent reported on Saturday.

In Facebook’s case, the fine could amount to nearly 1.5 billion euros.

“The Irish DPC has received a number of breach notifications from Facebook since the introduction of the GDPR on May 25, 2018,” a spokesperson for the watchdog was quoted as saying.

The fresh move came after Facebook on Friday said more than 1,500 apps built by 876 developers may have also been affected by the bug that exposed users’ unshared photos during a 12-day-period from September 13 to 25.

Facebook, in a statement, said it has fixed the breach and will roll out next week “tools for app developers that will allow them to determine which people using their app might be impacted by this bug”.

“Currently, we believe this may have affected up to 6.8 million users and up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers. The only apps affected by this bug were ones that Facebook approved to access the photos API and that individuals had authorised to access their photos.

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This photo shows a Facebook app icon on a smartphone in New York. VOA

“We’re sorry this happened,” said Facebook, adding that it will also notify the people potentially impacted by this bug via an alert.

The disclosure is another example of Facebook’s failure to properly protect users’ privacy that may drew more criticism of its privacy policy.

Earlier this month, Italian regulators fined Facebook 10 million euros for selling users’ data without informing them.

The competition watchdog handed Facebook two fines totalling 10 million euros, “also for discouraging users from trying to limit how the company shares their data”.

The Irish watchdog, which is Facebook’s lead privacy regulator in Europe, in October opened a formal investigation into a data breach which affected 50 million users.

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“The investigation will examine Facebook’s compliance with its obligation under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure the security and safeguarding of the personal data it processes,” said the DPC.

The world’s largest social media network has been grilled over the past year for its mishandling of user data, including its involvement in a privacy scandal in March when Cambridge Analytica, a British political consultancy firm, was accused of illegally accessing the data of more than 87 million Facebook users without their consent.

The private information of Facebook users was alleged to be used to influence the US 2016 general elections in favour of President Donald Trump’s campaign. (IANS)