Facebook denies cyber attack as Whatsapp, Instagram, Messenger suffer outage
New Delhi: Facebook ruled out a cyber attack on its products Whatsapp, Instagram and Messenger, which suffered service outage for hours on Wednesday.
Users across the globe experienced problems sending messages on Facebook’s messaging apps Messenger and Whatsapp. The social networking giant’s image-sharing website Instagram also suffered service disruptions.
After users reported about the inconvenience faced by them on the websites and mobile apps, Facebook took to Twitter to respond, “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”
The tech major confirmed that the problem was not related to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber attack.
“We’re focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack,” Facebook informed the users, who believed the service disruption could be a “cyber atatck”.
Although the users could open Facebook and Instagram mobile apps, they experienced troubles uploading posts, say reports.
Internet users made their way to Twitter to complain about the hours-long service disruption with hashtags such as “#FacebookDown”, “#InstagramDown” and “#Whatsapp”.
Meanwhile, the social media outage became the butt of jokes on Twitter. Several Facebook users took to the micro-blogging website to tickle their funny bone with satirical comments, jokes and memes.
Video of Tripura minister groping woman colleague on stage during PM Modi’s Agartala rally goes viral
In a shocking incident, a Tripura minister was caught on camera while groping a woman ministerial colleague on stage during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Agartala.
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The video has gone viral on social media, in which it is seen that Tripura minister Monoj Kanti Deb is putting his hand on the waist of Social Welfare and Social Education Minister Santana Chakma, a young tribal leader. In the video, it is also seen that Santana Chakma is quickly pushing away the BJP minister’s hand. Monoj Kanti Deb holds the Food, Youth Affairs, and Sports portfolios.
After the video went viral, Left Front convener Bijan Dhar told the media that “Monoj Kanti Deb must be sacked and be arrested for touching the woman minister in an extremely indecent manner on the stage from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, and others addressed the public gathering.”
BJP spokesman Nabendu Bhattacharjee, however, said that the Left Front, after raking up non-issues against the BJP government, has now “started character assassination of BJP ministers on false and non-issue matters”. “The woman minister has never made any statement and complaint on the issue raised by the Left parties. Why are the Left parties doing this dirty politics?” he asked.
(Inputs from IANS)
‘How to send Whatsapp Stickers’ most searched in 2018; Here’s how to create your own stickers
Google has recently released its annual ‘Year in Search’ list, across categories that highlight the most searched topics on the platform. One of the popular categories is ‘How to’ and the search that tops the category is ‘How to send stickers in WhatsApp’. We all are aware of the fact that the stickers’ feature was introduced on the messaging platform during Diwali and no doubt it was an instant hit. According to a recent update, the ‘stickers’ option has been removed for the iOS users.
If you are among the users who are still wondering about ‘How to use and send WhatsApp stickers within your chats?’ then you are on the right page. Here’s a step by step guide to do so.
- Update your WhatsApp though Google Play Store to version 2.18.329.
- Open WhatsApp chat, at the bottom you will find a new sticker button alongside emoji and GIF options.
- Click on the sticker option, a tab dedicated to stickers will open.
- The existing sticker store has free packs such as Cuppy by Minseung Song, Bibimbap Friends by Pete Ellison, Biscuit by Ghostbot and more.
- There are a lot of sticker packs available for download.
- Simply select the sticker you want to share and send.
- This option is also available via WhatsApp Web.
You can also create your own stickers. Well, WhatsApp doesn’t exactly let you do so but there are a lot of third-party apps that do. An app named ‘Sticker Maker for WhatsApp’ helps you to turn any photos into a sticker. Here’s a guide create your own stickers:
- Download ‘Sticker Maker for WhatsApp’ app from PlayStore.
- Open the app and click on ‘Create a new sticker pack’ option.
- Enter sticker pack’s name and author.
- A new page appears that lets you add up to 30 custom stickers. The icon on top will appear as an identifier of the sticker pack.
- Click on ‘add sticker’ option and create your own stickers by choosing pictures from the gallery.
- Click on ‘Publish Sticker Pack’ option. The stickers will be added to your stickers pack. Note that once the pack is published you cannot edit or add more stickers.
- The sticker pack is now added to your WhatsApp and now you can send your own stickers to your contacts.
WhatsApp Working to Add QR Code For Contact Sharing: Everything You Need to Know
WhatsApp is aiming to make it easier for users to quickly share their contact details by introducing a QR code system with a simple scan. According to WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features, the Facebook-owned messaging app is working on a new feature called "Add Contact" that allows to quickly add contacts directly in the application.
"It was already possible in the past, but WhatsApp wanted to start to redesign this functionality on IOS and Android, making it easier to use. The feature will replace the current option, so it will be located in the same menu," said WABetaInfo in a blog post late on Tuesday.
For the safety of users, they can also revoke the QR code which then stops it from letting other future users scan the code to get contact information. "The UI is very simple and intuitive. You can choose the country where the user is located (owner of the phone number you want to add), so WhatsApp will automatically insert the country code, then you can insert the phone number," it added.
Instagram can now detect bullying in photos, captions
Washington D.C. [USA]: At a time when cyber bullying is on the rise, Instagram, using high-end technology, is focusing on detecting bullying in photos and captions. The image and video sharing platform, in its blog, stated that it is focusing on a new technology to detect bullying in photos and captions. “We are now using machine learning technology to proactively detect bullying in photos and their captions and send them to our Community Operations team to review,” the blog post read. The new technology, Instagram said, is being rolled out in stages.
Kevin Systrom, Co-Founder and CEO, said: “Since Mike and I founded Instagram, it’s been our goal to make it a safe place for self-expression and to foster kindness within the community. This update is just the next step in our mission to deliver on that promise.” Recently, Instagram had introduced a bullying comment filter to proactively detect and hide bullying comments from one’s Feed, Explore and Profile tabs. The developers of the platform are now taking this filter forward to the comments section on live videos in a bid to ensure that Live remains a safe place to authentically connect with friends and interests..
WhatsApp rolls out group calling; 4 can call at one time
Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Tuesday rolled out its group calling feature -- for both voice and video options -- on iOS and Android devices for its 1.5 billion users.
The group calling feature supports up to four people simultaneously.
"You can make a group call with up to four people total -- anytime and anywhere. Just start a one-on-one voice or video call and tap the new "add participant" button in the top right corner to add more contacts to the call," WhatsApp said in a statement.
WhatsApp users currently spend over two billion minutes on calls per day.
"Group calls are always end-to-end encrypted, and we've designed calling to work reliably around the world in different network conditions," WhatsApp added.
At Facebook's F8 developer conference in May, WhatsApp had announced to bring group calling support on its platform.
The instant messaging service unveiled video chatting in 2016 and voice calling in 2014.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologises to EU Parliament over data breach
Brussels: Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg apologised to the European Parliament today and said the social media giant is taking steps to prevent a repeat of a massive breach of users’ personal data.
Zuckerberg also pledged to keep investing in Europe as he made the latest stop on a tour of contrition over the Cambridge Analytica scandal that began in the US Congress in April. Zuckerberg told the livestreamed hearing in Brussels that it has become clear in the last two years that Facebook executives “haven’t done enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm”.
“And that goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections or developers misusing people’s information. We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility,” he said. “That was a mistake, and I’m sorry for it.” Facebook admitted that up to 87 million users may have had their data hijacked by British consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which worked for US President Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign. The Silicon Valley giant has told the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, that the personal data of up to 2.7 million Europeans may have been sent inappropriately to Cambridge Analytica, which has since filed for bankruptcy in the US.
The Facebook chief welcomed the EU’s sweeping new personal data protection rules, which come into effect in three days, saying that his website was adopting similar steps. Zuckerberg said Facebook was bringing in new features including a special “clear history” button that would allow them to delete any cookies or browsing history details it stores. He also told the leaders of the European Parliament’s political groups that Facebook would make fresh investments to protect its users in the wake of the scandal.
“It’s going to take time to work through all of the changes we must make. But I’m committed to getting it right, and to making the significant investments needed to keep people safe,” he added. “I expect this will significantly impact our profitability. But I want to be clear: keeping people safe will always be more important than maximising our profits.” Zuckerberg meanwhile admitted that Facebook had been “too slow to identify Russian interfering” in the 2016 US presidential ballot, but was working with European governments for future elections.
Facebook also serves a valuable social role with tens of thousands of people having used its Safety Check feature “after the recent terrorist attacks in Berlin, Paris, London and here in Brussels”, Zuckerberg said. The Facebook chief staged a U-turn on Monday and agreed to the hearing being webcast, in a further bid to limit the fallout from the data scandal. Angry EU lawmakers had objected to initial plans for it to be held behind closed doors.
European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, who welcomed Zuckerberg to parliament, urged him to ensure people’s data was respected. In April, Tajani rejected Zuckerberg’s initial offer to send a more junior executive in his place, saying it would be a “big mistake” for him not to answer questions from an elected body that regulates a market of 500 million people, many of them Facebook users. Tajani said MEPs want to know if “people used data for changing the position of the citizens”, including during the shock 2016 referendum for Britain to leave the EU.
Objecting to a closed-door hearing, MEPs insisted Zuckerberg face a grilling similar to his 10-hour interrogation in US Congress last month. Guy Verhofstadt, who heads the ALDE liberals group in parliament, dropped his plan to boycott the event now that it would be “transparent and public”. Inviting Europeans to send him questions for Zuckerberg, Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister, tweeted that EU citizens “deserve to hear the truth”.
EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova recently paid Zuckerberg a backhanded compliment for having admitted that the Facebook scandal showed the need for strict new rules despite the reluctance of US internet giants. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect on Friday, aims to give users more control over how their personal information is stored and used online, with big fines for firms that break the rules. Zuckerberg, who has repeatedly apologised for the massive data breach, told the US Congress in April that the more stringent EU rules could serve as a model globally.
Sensex extends losses on foreign fund outflows, rising oil prices
Mumbai: The BSE Sensex drifted lower by another 125 points in early trade today amid unabated foreign fund outflows and surging global crude oil prices. The rupee depreciating against the US dollar also affected momentum.
Brokers said sentiment remained weak largely on sustained capital outflows by foreign funds and rising global crude oil prices, which went past the USD 80 per barrel mark. Investors also kept an eye on political developments in Karnataka.
The 30-share index fell by 125.10 points, or 0.35 percent, to 35,024.02 in the opening trade. The gauge has lost 407.59 points in the previous three sessions. In similar fashion, the NSE Nifty declined by 34.35 points, or 0.32 percent, to 10,648.35.
Sectoral indices led by capital goods, IT, teck, oil and gas, banking and PSU were trading in the negative zone.
Major losers were Wipro, L&T, HDFC Bank, Adani Ports, Infosys, Tata Motors, Asian Paints, Bharti Airtel, ICICI Bank, Maruti Suzuki, Axis Bank, ITC Ltd and Reliance Industries, falling by up to 1.28 percent.
Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) net sold shares worth Rs 830.94 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought equities to the tune of Rs 428.92 crore yesterday, as per provisional data.
Trend at other Asian markets, however, was better as investors kept a cautious watch on developments in US-China trade negotiations.
Japan’s Nikkei advanced 0.25 percent, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up 0.22 percent in early trade. China’s Shanghai Composite index too rose 0.46 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, however, ended 0.22 percent lower in yesterday’s trade.