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Breaking up Facebook and other applications is not a good idea- Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Chief Executing Officer, Mark Zuckerberg is feeling very betrayed now and he has ended up firing back at the co-founder Chris Hughes.

Chris Hughes has suggested for regulations to split up applications like WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook. In an interview with France Info in Paris Chief Executing Officer of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg said:

 “When I read what he wrote, my main reaction was that what he’s proposing that we do isn’t going to do anything to help solve those issues. So I think that if what you care about our democracy and elections, then you want a company like us can invest billions of dollars per year like we are in building up really advanced tools to fight election interference.”

The idea of Mark Zuckerberg is that Facebook is the only application which is suffering from privacy as well as safety issues. Breaking up the company will not be the solution to any of the problems and instead of that safeguard the social network. It is expected that the other applications from Facebook will have fewer economies of scale when investing in safety technology like artificial intelligence.

Chris Hughes said:

“Mark’s power is unprecedented and un-American.”

The first President of Facebook Sean Parker and Chief Chamath Palihapitiya have earlier said that the social network will build an impact in the society and they were right all along.

Mark is still arguing about the size benefits of Facebook by saying:

“Our budget for safety this year is bigger than the whole revenue of our company was when we went public earlier this decade. A lot of that is because we can build a successful business that can now support that. You know, we invest more in safety than anyone in social media.”

According to the claims from Hughes:

“Well [Hughes] was talking about a very specific idea of breaking up the company to solve some of the social issues that we face” to which Mark said “The way that I look at this is, there are real issues. There are real issues around harmful content and finding the right balance between expression and safety, for preventing election interference, on privacy.”

It is very clear that breaking up the company will not end up doing any help. The Vice President of communications and the former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was screened by Mar by saying:

 “What matters is not the size but rather the rights and interests of consumers, and our accountability to the governments and legislators who oversee commerce and communications. Big in itself isn’t bad. Success should not be penalized.”

It is very important for a company to protect its customers. It is important for Facebook to simply scale up and fix the privacy issue rather than splitting the company up into pieces. Hughes tried to make people understand about the whole situation simply by saying:

 “Competition alone wouldn’t necessarily spur privacy protection — regulation is required to ensure accountability — but Facebook’s lock on the market guarantees that users can’t protest by moving to alternative platforms,” he writes. After Cambridge Analytica “people did not leave the company’s platforms en masse. After all, where would they go?”

Zuckerberg will come with its own support for interoperability, which is the core tenet of regulation so that users are able to switch to another social media platform without any kind of hassle. Splitting up all the applications related to Facebook like WhatsApp and Instagram should be respectfully added and maintained to avoid any kind of problem in the application.

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Ola to switch gears on Foodpanda, their food delivery application

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Ola has finally ended up expanding in some of the international markets and is now focusing on achieving the goal of electric vehicles. The company is now struggling with their food delivery business and this is why it will be making major changes in the business.

Ola is now shifting its focus towards Foodpanda which is an Indian food delivery startup acquired by Ola in the year 2017. Ola now wants to focus on their in house food delivery application because this was the business which was left neglected. The market leaders in the food delivery industry are Zomato and Swiggy that work with a lot of small and big restaurants creating a very big portfolio. The main focus of Foodpanda will now be increasing the portfolio of all the private labels.

Ola has already started to walk towards its goal by having a total of 50 Kitchens and four private labels. Some of the places which are covered by Ola are Flrt, Lovemade, and Grandma’s Kitchen. These places cover all the popular dishes which include Rice, lentils, Indian subcontinental, shakes and biryani. All the stores are operating in Chennai, Pune, Mumbai, and Delhi.

A company spokesperson said in a statement:

“As part of our ongoing business repurposing initiatives, we are focused on building a portfolio of own food brands and curated food offerings through our fast expanding network of kitchens. Many of these offerings are already available in all major cities through the Ola and Foodpanda apps. We continue to invest in expanding our facilities and kitchens, as well as our portfolio of food offerings for customers. We remain committed to our mission of building a superior food experience for millions of our customers.”

Foodpanda is planning to expand its avenues and will soon be operating in 10 more markets, which will be under a different owner called Delivery Hero. Delivery Hero is known for being very popular outside of India.

After Ola acquired Foodpanda, the company tried to give heavy discounts to the customers so that more people purchase food from their application. The company had said that it has invested a total of $200 million in the Foodpanda business. The discounts ended up creating a lot of loss for the company making Ola change the whole strategy for the food business. The way of the company to reach its audience did not work successfully for them.

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Steam Chat of Valve to get its own Android and iOS application

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Just one year ago, Valve ended up releasing the big overhaul for all the features of chat built into the Steam game launcher. The main focus was modern day chat options which include better group chat features along with media embedded in it like GIFs.

This was seen as a hope of keeping some of the users from heading for Discord which was basically just one week away from being poked around Valve’s turf.

Today, the chat of Steam will go live in mobile devices. They have announced that the chat will be available immediately for both Android as well as an iOS platform. This platform will let users check who is online and who is playing what game.

Steam friends will now chat in groups as well as in pairs. If you do not like that your phone will get notified every time there is a message, then you can simply tweak notifications group by group basis and friend by friend basis.

The only complaint about this new application is that it cannot do voice calls yet. It is expected that this feature will be added very soon.

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Millions of influencers from Instagram finally have their private contact data scraped and exposed

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A massive database which contained all the contact information of all the millions of Instagram celebrities, influencers and brand accounts has been found online. This database is hosted by a company called Amazon Web Services was available online in the exposed state without any kind of password. This is the reason why people can look at what was there inside the document. When this was written, there were about 49 million records available and it was growing as time went by.

In the data, there was record available on all the public Instagram influencers and Instagram accounts which included the bio, profile picture and then the number of followers they have along with their location and whether they are verified on Instagram or not. The sheet also contained some private contact information like the email address of the Instagram account and the phone number of the person.

Anurag Sen was the Security researcher who ended up discovering the database and alerted TechCrunch so that the owner of the file can be tracked down. The owner of the file was tracked back to a social media marketing firm from Mumbai called Chtrbox. The main work of the agency is to pay influencers to do paid promotions of different brands and services. Each of the accounts which are mentioned in the list also had a detailed calculation on its worth depending on the reach, engagement, likes, shares, and number of followers.

In this exposed database a lot of high profile influencers were exposed which included celebrities, social media influencers, food bloggers and many more.

The people who had their names in the database were contacted and the email id and phone number checked out for all. The influencers also confirmed that they do not have any kind of contact with the company Chtrbox.

After the people started reaching out to Chtrbox the company ended up pulling back the database. The Chief executing officer of the company Pranay Swarup did not respond to request for comment so it is not sure how the company can get a hold of all the private Instagram email addresses and phone numbers.

The scrapping effort was basically two years after Instagram ended up admitting that because of their security bug in the API hackers can obtain all the email addresses and phone numbers of the users. This data was later stolen by hackers from bitcoin.

Instagram now with almost close to a billion users ended up choking the API so that they can limit the number of request application and developers can simply make the platform.

Facebook which is the owner of the application Instagram ended up commenting on the whole situation by saying:

“We’re looking into the issue to understand if the data described – including email and phone numbers – was from Instagram or from other sources. We’re also inquiring with Chtrbox to understand where this data came from and how it became publicly available.”

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