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Internet.org profile picture issue is engineer’s mistake: Facebook

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New Delhi: Social networking giant Facebook on Tuesday defended itself on the ‘Internet.org’ profile picture imbroglio and said that the issue on the site was a mistake by an engineer which had nothing to do with Internet.org’s publicity plans in the country.

“There is absolutely no connection between updating your profile picture for ‘Digital India’ and Internet.org. An engineer by mistake used the words ‘Internet.org profile picture’ as a shorthand name he chose for part of the code,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

“But this product in no way connects to or registers support for Internet.org. We are changing the code today to eliminate any confusion,” he added.

It all started when Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg changed his profile picture with a tint of green, saffron and white for the Tricolour in a symbolic gesture to suggest he supports Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ campaign.

He asked others to follow suit.

Accordingly, a host of Facebook users also started doing the same. But it was soon noticed that if you changed your display, the code below had a small bit with the word ‘Internet.org’ — an initiative netizens have been opposing for allegedly being anti-net neutrality.

It thus sent out a feeling that support to ‘Digital India’ also meant support for Internet.org.

Ahead of his meeting with Prime Minister Modi, Zuckerberg has said on September 27: “I changed my profile picture to support Digital India, the Indian government’s effort to connect rural communities to the Internet and give people access to more services online.”

He added: “Looking forward to discussing this with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Facebook today.” He also made a plea for people to show their support at fb.com/supportdigitalindia.

(IANS)

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Facebook To Give $40 Million in Grants To Help 10K Small Businesses in USA

The social networking giant recently announced $100 million global small business grant programme

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The social networking giant recently announced $100 million global small business grant programme. Pixabay

Facebook has announced $40 million in grants for 10,000 small businesses in the US to help them get through these challenging time.

The grants will go to small businesses in 34 locations where Facebook employees live and work. Those located in New York and Seattle will be the first to receive funds.

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“In this challenging time, when information is changing daily, we are listening to and learning from scores of small businesses to understand what they need now and what they will need down the road,” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said in a statement on Thursday.

The social networking giant recently announced $100 million global small business grant programme.

“We’re making it easier for people to support their favorite local businesses with digital gift cards on Facebook, which are beginning to roll out today in the US,” said the company.

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Facebook has announced $40 million in grants for 10,000 small businesses in the US to help them get through these challenging time. VOA

People will see the option to support local businesses with digital gift cards in their News Feed.

Business owners can also create a personal fundraiser on Facebook for their business and ask customers for support during this critical time.

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“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit small businesses everywhere. Suddenly and, through no fault of their own, many simply can’t do business, and for others it has become much, much harder because customers are doing the right thing and staying at home,” said Sandberg. (IANS)