Internet This Week got many interesting news and action. First of all lets check how the Sri Lanka Government did stopped the violence in their Kandy city. After the violence, Sri Lanka government ordered all the Internet providers and data plan providing mobile phone carriers to stop the access of the services from Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram with and Viber. This is because the authorities believed that hate and fake news against its communities were spreading through these platforms. Now the violence are over and tourists too can move freely in the Kandy town too.
Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are strictly cleaning bad links.
Months after the corona virus pandemic spread worldwide, social media platforms are still dealing with misinformation. In May a video titled Pandemic spread across Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, despite containing false information loosely attached to wider conspiracy theories targeting people like Bill Gates and Dr. Anthony Fauci.
On Facebook, sharing a link to the video’s website is blocked straight away, as opposed to their initial steps with the first video that just limited its reach. Using Twitter the link is posted without a warning on the site, but clicking it takes viewers to an interstitial warning that link is “potentially spammy or unsafe” because it could fall into a list of categories that includes “misleading content that could lead to real-world harm.” YouTube is taking down copies of the video, while TikTok has blocked searches for the term.
Instagram and Snapchat Removes Giphy Feature.
Snapchat and Instagram service providers have temporarily removed Giphy GIF sticker features from their Apps. Their users found an extremely racist GIF that can be added to their images. SnapChat has confirmed that they had removed the GIF and have disabled Giphy. It will not be available for the users until that this won’t happen again. As per the Instagram spokesperson “This type of content has no place on Instagram. We have stopped our integration with Giphy as they investigate the issue.” The company confirms the change has been made but might take some time to propagate to all users.
WeChat Gets One Billion Users.
WeChat the popular messaging app from the Chinese tech company Tencent had reached the 1 Billion user mark recently. The user increase came during the past Chinese Lunar New Year in February. Earlier WeChat App had around 980 million monthly accounts during the previous 3 month period. Many experts believe that lot of Chinese people have more than one WeChat account. Or even some people have multiple accounts. As per Internet This Week, the number of active WeChat users may be less than 1 billion.
Internet This Week in China.
In China popular social Apps as Facebook and WhatsApp are blocked by the Chinese Government. WeChat App don’t have much competition there. So it can become as the number one mobile messaging app in 2 – 3 years time.