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The Meta-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp has introduced a new tool for web and desktop users to make their own custom stickers.
One can access the sticker maker from any chat > Attach (paperclip icon) > Sticker and upload a photo to create a custom sticker.
A user can outline and crop a photo into a sticker and add emojis or words to it.
"To use Sticker Maker, download the latest version of WhatsApp for Web or Desktop, from a chat window select the attachments icon, then the Sticker icon, and from there, you can upload a photo and make your own magic," the firm said in a statement.
WhatsApp recently introduced two new safety features: 'Flash Calls' and 'Message Level Reporting' for users in India.
The Flash Calls and Message Level Reporting features will allow people better security and control over their usage of the messaging app.
With Flash Calls new Android users or the ones who change their devices frequently, one can choose to verify their phone numbers via an automated call instead of an SMS.
The Message Level Reporting feature allows users to report a particular message received on WhatsApp. This can be done by simply long pressing a particular message to either report or block a user. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: WhatsApp, Social Media, Messages, Meta, Android.
A social media expert, who recently launched a blockchain technology powered, decentralised social networking platform - Freebits.app, said there is a social media censorship crisis across the world.
Speaking at an international seminar here on Friday, Shiva Kintali, an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, said social media platforms controlled by technology companies are becoming spaces of censorship and control.
"There is a social media censorship crisis across the world. Journalists, politicians, global leaders, creators, and even satire accounts are getting de-platformed. A couple of technology companies are controlling global social media communications and censoring, shadow banning, and de-platforming opinions without any transparency," said Kintali.
He said that democracy is impossible without freedom of speech, cross-pollination of ideas, and a common understanding of what is true and what is false.
Before launching his own business, Kintali, who was a faculty member in the Computer Science department at Princeton University, said "Freebits is a new social networking platform built on blockchain technologies and is a radically new kind of social media, which has built-in support for decentralised identity, Metaverse integration, AI-powered news aggregation, tamper proof photos, videos, credentials, and many more," added Kintali, who before launching his own business, was a faculty member in the Computer Science department, Princeton University.
The event, titled 'International Conference on Social Media and Developing Societies' was organised by the Media Studies Department of Christ Nagar College, in association with two other organisations based outside India.
Manju Rose Mathews, the head of media studies and organiser of the conference, said the social media in the pandemic and post-pandemic age has diverse issues to be studied by researchers. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: Social Media, Crisis, Pandemic, Technology, International Conference on Social Media.
FB India asks for a 14-day extension to appear before the Delhi Assembly’s Committee on Peace and Harmony
Facebook India has sought a 14-day extension to appear before the Delhi Assembly's Committee on Peace and Harmony, which had summoned the social media giant to send its senior representative to testify on November 2 over the February 2020 riots in the national capital.
Public policy head of Facebook India has made the extension request to enable the organisation to ensure the availability of senior representatives with the requisite knowledge to provide the Committee with the data required.
"It becomes incumbent on yourself to ensure the appearance of the appropriate senior representative(s) before the Committee on the date and time requested," the letter sent to the Deputy Secretary of the Committee on October 29 read.
The team has also requested the Committee to share the questions it intends to ask, "or at least the topics of inquiry in advance" so that Facebook's representatives are "equipped with relevant information".
The Delhi Assembly panel in its summon dated on October 27 said: "Since Facebook has lakhs of users in the NCT of Delhi, Athe committee has decided to hear the views of representative(s) of Facebook India.
"The committee has observed and is of the opinion that social media has a very important role in curbing the spread of false, provocative and malicious messages, and can fan violence and disharmony."
The Committee was constituted after the Northeast Delhi riots took place between anti and pro-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters.
The time of the mayhem coincided with former US President Donald Trump's maiden trip to India.
Over 50 people had died in this riots, one-third of which belonged to a minority community.
Several viral posts over social media, mainly Facebook, added fuel to the fire. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: Committee on peace and harmony, Facebook, Social Media, February 2020 Riots, Community.
Facebook says it is shutting down its facial recognition system.
Citing "growing societal concerns" about the technology that can automatically identify people in photos and videos, the company says it will continue to work on the technology to try to address issues.
"Regulators are still in the process of providing a clear set of rules governing its use," Jerome Pesenti, vice president of artificial intelligence at Facebook, said in a blog post. "Amid this ongoing uncertainty, we believe that limiting the use of facial recognition to a narrow set of use cases is appropriate."
The move will delete the "facial recognition templates" of more than 1 billion people, Reuters reported. Facebook said that one-third of its daily active users opted into the technology.
The deletions should be done by December, the company said.
The company also said that a tool that creates audible descriptions of photos for the visually impaired will function normally, but will no longer include the names of people in photos.
Facebook, which rebranded itself as Meta last week, doesn't appear to be shutting the door permanently on facial recognition.
"Looking ahead, we still see facial recognition technology as a powerful tool, for example, for people needing to verify their identity or to prevent fraud and impersonation," the company wrote, adding it will "continue working on these technologies and engaging outside experts." (VOA/RN)
Keywords: Facebook, Facial Recognition, Science and Technology,