Facebook Google Twitter sign Christchurch Call to cull terrorist content

first_img1:40 0 Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Share your voice Google, Twitter and Facebook all signed the Christchurch Call. Getty Images Tech giants and political leaders from around the globe came together in Paris on Wednesday to pledge their commitment to tackling the spread of terrorist content online, following the attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March.In a summit hosted jointly by French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, companies including Facebook, Twitter and Google agreed to sign the “Christchurch Call.” The pledge was created in response to the New Zealand terrorist using Facebook to livestream part of the murders of 51 people at two mosques. The tech giants also agreed to a nine-point plan that outlined ways they’re going to work more collaboratively than they have in the past to combat this problem.The move highlights how tech companies plan to take action after failing to stop the live video of the New Zealand attack from spreading on social media sites. The video was viewed many times around the world before it was removed. More than a month after the attack, videos of the attack were still found to be circulating online, illustrating just how hard it is for tech companies to control the spread of viral tragedies. Eight tech companies signed the Christchurch Call, including Microsoft, Amazon and YouTube, along with 17 national governments and the EU. But one significant name is missing from the list of supporters — the White House announced it would not be signing the commitment due to free speech concerns.The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a statement that said while the US supports the goals of the Christchurch Call, it’s “not currently in a position to join the endorsement.””We continue to be proactive in our efforts to counter terrorist content online while also continuing to respect freedom of expression and freedom of the press,” the statement reads.Supporters of the call said in a joint statement that signing the pledge will strengthen partnerships between governments, society and tech companies.”Terrorism and violent extremism are complex societal problems that require an all-of-society response,” supporters said in the statement. Tech giants also said they would be taking actions individually to combat terrorist content. That includes updating their rules against terrorist content, giving users ways to report terrorist and violent extremist content, investing in technology, checking who is livestreaming and publishing reports that include the amount of terrorist and violent content that’s detected and removed. The companies could vet who is streaming a live video by including ratings for people who use the tool and looking at an account’s activity. On Tuesday, Facebook said it would ban users from livestreaming for a period of time if they’ve broken certain rules on the social network, including its policy against terrorist content. The company has pushed back against other ideas though, such as delaying the broadcast of a live video. The companies that support the pledge also outlined steps that will help them work better together. Those actions include sharing data and tools to improve technology aimed at combating terrorist content and educating users about how to report the offensive content and why they shouldn’t spread it online. The companies also plan to support research into combatting hate and bigotry and creating a system for responding quickly to an emerging or active event. Originally published May 15, 9:40 a.m. PT.Update, 10:39 a.m. PT: Adds White House statement.Update, 12:27 p.m. PT: Adds more background. center_img Tags YouTube sets rules for terrorism gray-zone videos Internet Services Tech Industry Facebook Google Twitterlast_img read more

A stringed affair

first_imgCarnatic music is considered as one of the main sub genres of Indian Classical Music. The main focus of Carnatic Music is on the vocal part where the music is composed in the way where they can be sung and when rendered through instruments, they are meant to be performed in the singing style. In order to enthral the Carnatic Music lovers, Carnatic Violin Concert by R Sridhar, disciple of Gurus V S K Chakrapani and presently Akhila Krishnan will be held today at the CD Deshmukh auditorium, India International Centre in the national Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The artist will present a musical homage to past violin maestros – Lalgudi Jayaraman, T K JayaramaIyer and others. Accompanying artists are N Padmanabhan (mridangam); and J Vignesh (kanjira).Sridhar is an accomplished violinist from Delhi who from a very early age displayed immense potential. With able guidance from his gurus, V S K Chakrapani and presently from Akhila Krishnan, Sridhar has carved a niche for himself in the field of Carnatic music.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAn engineer by profession who is passionate about Carnatic music, Sridhar is interested in collaborating with other systems of music to achieve a musical communion.In recognition of his contribution to Carantic music, Sridhar received the title of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Asthana Vidwan by H H Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal in 2012; Natya Tarang Yuva Puraskar by Natraj Music and Dance Academy, Visakhapatnam 2013; the title of National Sangeet Mani conferred by the Utkal Yuva Sanskrutik Sangh, Orissa 2012; Yuva Ratna by Hindustan Arts and Music Society, Suta Nuti Parishad, Kolkata among others.Apart from performances, Sridhar is actively engaged in training and imparting his art to a younger generation of musicians many of whom have gone on to win prestigious scholarships. Sridhar has released two audio CDs titled ‘Rare Ragas and Rare Kirthis’ and ‘Bhakti’.last_img read more

AMPAIs Common Entrance Exam to be held on June 23

first_imgKolkata: The Association of Minority Professional Academic Institutes, popularly known as ‘AMPAI’, has announced that its Common Entrance Examination CEE-AMPAI-2019-WB, will be conducted for the sixth consecutive year on June 23 under the supervision of state Higher Education department.It will be conducted for admission to 4-year B.Tech and B.Pharm courses as per government order issued by state Higher Education department recently. The Common Entrance Examination presents yet another excellent opportunity to the students aspiring for B.Tech and B.Pharm degree courses to secure admission in the top ranking engineering colleges of the state. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThis year, CEE-AMPAI examination will be held at various centres spread across the length and breadth of the country including West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh. CEE-AMPAI will allow students to take admission in various streams under B.Tech and B.Pharm in the top ranking engineering colleges of the state such as JIS College of Engineering, Kalyani, Narula Institute of Technology, Kolkata, Guru Nanak Institute of Technology, Kolkata, Guru Nanak Institute of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Kolkata, and Dr. Sudhir Chandra Sur Degree Engineering College, Kolkata. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThis year, the total number of seats available in CEE-AMPAI is 1164. The applications are available online and offline till June 16, 2019. The examination syllabus will be similar to the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination and there would be no negative marking. Though preference will be given to Sikh minority students during the admission, other minority and non-minority students will also get chance to take admission based on the merit list.last_img read more

YouTube to Launch a Separate Video Game Service

first_img This summer, YouTube is making a major play in the gaming world.The Google-owned video platform is slated to launch YouTube Gaming — a site and app dedicated exclusively to video game-related content. The most popular performer on all of YouTube, for instance, is PewDiePie, a gamer with more than 37 million subscribers and 9 billion views.“On YouTube, gaming has spawned entirely new genres of videos, from let’s plays (humorous playthroughs with commentary), walkthroughs (strategic guides) and speedruns (an attempt to complete a game as fast as possible) to cooking and music videos,” wrote Alan Joyce, product manager, in a blog post announcing the endeavor.Related: As Facebook Video Swells, YouTube Creators Cry Foul Over Copyright InfringementThe new hub will feature specific pages for more than 25,000 total games as well as channels from game publishers and popular creators. Live streaming will be at the epicenter of YouTube Gaming, Joyce wrote, and in coming weeks, YouTube will revamp its streaming capabilities with features that make it easier to record and alert viewers when a stream is under way.Gaming is the third vertical that YouTube has pursued. After launching a music subscription service called YouTube Music Key late last year, which is still in beta, the company unveiled YouTube Kids, a standalone app, in February.YouTube Gaming is Google’s answer to Twitch, a live-stream gaming site that the search giant reportedly sought to acquire last year, but which Amazon ultimately purchased for $1.1 billion. One key difference, however, is that while Twitch offers creators the ability to monetize by charging for subscriptions, YouTube Gaming will only offer advertising opportunities.Related: WATCH: The 5 Most Popular YouTube Ads of the Past Decade Register Now » 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. June 15, 2015last_img read more

Online video distribution specialist Rightster has

first_imgOnline video distribution specialist Rightster has appointed Robin Pembrooke as vice-president of products and solutions.He will focus on scaling Rightster’s product management and user experience capabilities in the UK, US and India. Pembrooke joins Rightster from ITV where he was head of the UK commercial broadcaster’s online business.Charlie Muirhead, founder and CEO at Rightster, said: “Rightster makes the task of distributing, promoting and getting advertisers for video content online more efficient and Robin brings a wealth of experience to the table in improving the quality, distribution and usage of online and on-demand platforms. I’m thrilled to have him on board and the his skills and expertise will be invaluable in the continued drive to offer our customers innovative solutions on how best to maximise the value of their video content.”last_img read more

Ongoing innovation will enable cable operators to

first_imgOngoing innovation will enable cable operators to continue to use their HFC networks while staying ahead of the competition, according to Chris Lammers, chief operating officer of CableLabs.Christoper LammersSpeaking at Cable Congress in Dublin, Lammers said that the latest iteration of the cable broadband standard, DOCSIS 3.1, will deliver 10Gbps upstream and 1Gbps upstream, but the forthcoming Full Duplex DOCSIS will be able to deliver 10Gbps up and down “when it is needed”.Beyond this, CableLabs is looking at HFC, fibre and wireless technologies to deliver more. The integration of wireless with fibre networks and integration with mobile networks are key priorities, said Lammers. He said half of CableLabs’ members were now either MVNOs or MNOs, rising to 100% in Europe.Lammers said cable would be able to continue to “leverage the HFC network” as well as fibre and wireless networks.The application of virtualisation, AI and machine learning are further areas that will be prioritised by CableLabs going forwards, said Lammers.CableLabs is looking to identify US$1 billion worth of business opportunities from new innovation for the cable industry each year, said Lammers.last_img read more

•  Switching gears Brazil is in its worst recessi

first_img •  Switching gears, Brazil is in its worst recession in decades… The country’s economy is a total disaster… The national unemployment rate doubled from a record low of 4.3% last December to 8.6% in July. The São Paulo Stock Exchange has dropped 16% over the past twelve months. And the real, Brazil’s currency, has fallen 40% against the U.S. dollar over the past year. •  Brazil’s crumbling economy is even threatening the 2016 Summer Olympic Games… Rio de Janeiro won the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in 2009, when Brazil’s economy was in much better shape. Hosting the Olympics usually gives little, if any, long-term economic benefit to the host city. Many host cities actually lose money. Ultimately, the 2016 Summer Games will likely do more harm than good to Brazil’s battered economy. Right now the 2016 Summer Games are expected to cost $13.2 billion, according to Reuters. Last week, International Business Times reported that Brazilian tax dollars will likely fund 75-85% of the total cost. Despite all the taxpayer money being spent, the International Olympic Committee has called Rio’s preparations the “worst ever.” •  The upside is, Brazil’s beaten-down economy could be hiding excellent investing opportunities… Nick Giambruno, editor of Crisis Speculator, is closely following the situation in Brazil. In the latest issue of Crisis Speculator, Nick said Brazilian stocks are starting to look attractive: It’s adding up to a lovely train wreck. If it hasn’t actually hurt you, it’s time to think of the real’s woes as a gift…Brazil is right in the sweet spot…but it’s not quite time to jump in. Nick is watching from the sidelines until something sends investors running for cover: I’d like to see a messy event that drops Brazil’s troubles onto the front pages of first-world papers. Something that leaves investors singing, “They’ve got an awful lot of muck in Brazil.” Something that sets off the “Sell” alarm for anything Brazilian. Something with the emotional power of the Greek debt drama this summer or the Cypriot bank implosion in 2013. Then the markets will be begging us to pick up quality, consistently dividend-paying Brazilian companies on the ultra-cheap. Nick will let his readers know as soon as it’s time to bargain hunt in Brazil. You can hear about these opportunities first by subscribing to Crisis Speculator. You’ll also learn about other exciting investing opportunities popping up on Nick’s Value Radar, “a tool for pinpointing the richest crisis markets.” Click here to learn more and start your risk-free trial. Chart of the Day Brazilian stocks have tanked this year… Today’s chart shows the performance of iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (EWZ) over the past year. This ETF tracks 85% of the Brazilian stock market. EWZ has fallen 47% since last October. Regular readers know crisis breeds opportunity…and Nick Giambruno says Brazilian stocks are starting to look attractive. According to Thomson Reuters, stocks on the São Paulo Index are trading at a price-to-earnings (PE) ratio of 10.7. These Brazilian stocks are also paying a 4.8% dividend yield. Meanwhile, stocks on the S&P 500 are trading at a PE ratio of 18.9. They’re yielding just 2.5%. Streaming LIVE From A Multi-Millionaire’s Secret “Bunker” In Delray Beach Few people get invited to Mark Ford’s secret, Delray “bunker”… It’s where he seals million dollar business deals. And writes New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling books. But next week, he’s personally arranged a way for you to view a LIVE online wealth-training session in his Palm Beach “hideout”, pictured here. Not only that… Mark had our customer service team package up $100’s in digital wealth building resources and gifts. They’re ready to deliver them to your personal e-mail, for free. To accept your invitation and claim your FREE gifts now, click here. — Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida October 16, 2015 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. Ferrari thinks it’s worth $12 billion… The Italian luxury carmaker plans to hold its initial public offering (IPO) next Wednesday. An IPO is when a company sells shares to the public for the first time. Companies “go public” to raise money. In this case, Ferrari is hoping to raise around $900 million. Ferrari’s owners hope investors will value the company at around 11 billion euros ($12.4 billion). Last week, Bloomberg Business explained why Ferrari is seeking a rich valuation: Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne, who’s also Ferrari’s chairman, has insisted for months that the brand should be valued as a luxury-goods maker, such as clothiers Prada SpA or Hermes International SCA, and not as an auto manufacturer. Those companies trade at over 20 times operating profit, more than twice the average valuation of carmakers. •  Ferrari hopes its IPO will go better than First Data Corp.’s IPO did yesterday… Global payment processing company First Data Corp. (FDC) went public on Thursday. It was the biggest IPO so far this year. The company originally hoped to raise $3.2 billion. It planned to price shares between $18 and $20. But First Data lowered its debut share price to $16 on Wednesday because of weak investor interest. Even with the lower share price, though, the IPO didn’t generate much excitement. The company’s stock closed Thursday down 1.6%, at $15.75. First Data isn’t the only big company to have problems with its IPO recently… On Wednesday, supermarket chain Albertsons postponed its IPO because of recent market volatility. The company was hoping to raise $2 billion. It would have been the year’s second-biggest IPO. Digicel Group Ltd., the biggest mobile provider in the Caribbean, also canceled its IPO last week. This is an ongoing trend. The number of IPOs in the U.S. is down 20% from last year, according to Renaissance Capital. The amount of cash raised is also down by 44%. Still, Ferrari is hoping for a better outcome. It likely wants to go public right now because, in general, investors are paying good money for shares of public companies. U.S. stocks are 49% more expensive than their historical average, according to a popular long-term valuation metric called CAPE. •  Speaking of Ferraris, Casey Research founder Doug Casey just went to Canada to buy one… E.B. Tucker, editor of The Casey Report, went along with him. E.B. explains why they went so far out of their way to buy a car: As you likely know, natural resources are in a historic bear market. This has caused a flight out of Canada’s currency, the loonie (aka the Canadian dollar). Canada is bringing in less money exporting natural resources. The loonie is at its lowest level in over a decade. So we thought this would be the perfect time to buy a Ferrari in Canada. But E.B. says the dealer refused to sell them a Ferrari: The F12berlinetta cost about $400,000… If we’d been able to buy it with U.S. dollars, it would have cost $320,000 out the door… But Carlo, the dealership owner, wouldn’t allow it. Doug says Ferrari dealers only want to sell to locals: There’s such demand for Ferraris—waiting lists dozens of people long—that the dealers only want to sell to people in the area, so they can buy them back and make a market in them. And perform the service on them, which is actually the most profitable part of the business. As for Ferrari’s upcoming IPO, Doug says the company’s owners are getting out at the right time: Ferrari is going to have an IPO on its stock soon. A smart move on their part—when the ducks are quacking, you should feed them. I wouldn’t touch it if your broker offers you some… Regular Casey readers know that Doug and E.B. travel a lot. This weekend, they’re at the Casey Summit at a luxury resort in Tucson, Arizona, along with multi-millionaire entrepreneur James Altucher, famous trend forecaster Gerald Celente, and other world-class investing experts. Unfortunately, it’s too late for you to jump on a plane and join them. But you can still get full access by pre-ordering the Summit Audio Collection…click here to learn more and lock in the special, discounted price.center_img – Goldsmith: Why I Work For Doug Casey Now—Eye-Opening Report from Former Stansberry Director Sean Goldsmith recently left Stansberry to work alongside one of the most influential economists in the world today, Doug Casey. There’s probably not another American alive today who has done as many international deals and learned as much about global economies, currencies, and the inner workings of foreign governments. “Now,” says Casey, “we’re on the cusp of a new and major crisis here in America, one that’s going to be much more severe, different, and longer lasting than what we saw in 2008 and 2009…” Goldsmith explains the full details here. Recommended Linkslast_img read more

European tech leaders warn against EU digital services tax

first_img Citation: European tech leaders warn against EU digital services tax (2018, October 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-european-tech-leaders-eu-digital.html Explore further In a letter to finance ministers of the 28-nation European Union, leaders of 16 tech companies including Spotify, Booking.com and Zalando say the proposed tax would undermine the EU’s goal of a digital single market and “harm the very businesses that are the catalysts for economic growth and employment in the European economy.”Johannes Bahrke, spokesman at the EU’s executive Commission, defended the proposal Tuesday, saying it aims to create a “level playing field” for companies whether they are based in or outside the EU.”Our proposal remains fully grounded on the most basic principle of corporate taxation which is that profits should be taxed where the value is created,” he said.However, Bahrke added that the commission would prefer an international agreement to a new EU law.The European Commission unveiled its plan in March, insisting that EU member countries should be able to tax firms that make profits on their territory even if they aren’t physically present.The proposal was seen as a way of making tech giants like Google and Facebook pay more taxes.Brussels argues that corporate tax rules haven’t kept up with the emergence of the borderless digital marketplace that allows some companies to make huge profits in Europe yet pay very little tax.In the EU, foreign companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook pay what tax they owe in the country where they have their regional base—usually a low tax haven like Ireland.Britain, which is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, announced its own tech tax on Monday.Treasury chief Philip Hammond said the proposed tax would target U.K.-generated revenues of specific digital platform business models. Hammond, like the EU, said he would prefer an international solution.In their letter, tech CEOs warned that the EU proposal “will have a disproportionate impact on European companies, resulting in unfair treatment.”They also said the tax will be difficult to implement, could result in double taxation for some businesses and might trigger retaliatory measures from other countries.Addressing EU finance ministers ahead of a Nov. 6 meeting, the letter urged them “not to adopt a measure which would cause material harm to economic growth and to innovation, investment and employment across Europe.” © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Technology company chiefs have warned that a digital services tax proposed by the European Union would hinder innovation and hurt economic growth.center_img US opposes taxes on big tech firms Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond poses for the media as he holds up the traditional red dispatch box, outside his official residence 11 Downing Street before delivering his annual budget speech to Parliament in London, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Driverless cars will make you sick – but theres a fix

first_imgCredit: Metamorworks/Shutterstock This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Drivers, however, don’t suffer motion sickness because they are aware of the likely future motion of the vehicle, like helmsman on boats. As a result, they tend to do things like tilt their heads against the turn of the car, which counteracts the forces of motion (whereas passengers tend to tilt with the bend).The main solution to motion sickness is to look at a fixed object in the direction you are travelling so that your eyes send the same signal to your brain about how you are moving as your inner ears do. This means it will be difficult for driverless cars to include rear-facing seats from where you can’t see in the direction of travel.Other information that can tell us about the future movement of the vehicle can help minimise motion sickness. This can include voice cues from a satnav, directional lighting showing which way the car is going to turn, and virtual horizons that display where the real horizon would be.Stopping sicknessHowever, it may be possible to design driverless cars to reduce the chances of motion sickness in the first place. My colleagues and I have demonstrated technology that can reliably predict a passenger’s motion sickness from their vital signs, posture and data from the vehicle for past and predicted future motion. Using this, we can create a personalised recovery programme depending on the individual and what they are doing. We can then adapt the car’s control settings to minimise provocative motion further and maximise passenger comfort.We have also been researching how a small vibration device located just behind the ear can lengthen the time it takes the most sensitive people to start feeling motion sickness in a driverless cabin. Such a device could, for shorter journeys at least, enable you to avoid motion sickness without having to look out the window, and without the side-effects of medication.Future research will focus on how we can train people to gradually get used to riding and eventually multi-tasking in a driverless car so they experience less motion sickness. We also want to gather passengers’ biometric data in more remote and discreet ways, and use artificial intelligence to assess this information to work out how well they are doing with the training and adjust it accordingly. Hopefully by enabling passengers to do other things while riding, we can stop feeling sick from being a barrier to the driverless revolution. Provided by The Conversation But my Ph.D. research suggests we’ll never be as comfortable or productive as these visions portray without finding a way to combat motion sickness. Just as passengers in human-driven cars can easily feel sick if they don’t look out the window, giving up control to a self-driving vehicle to focus on something else will likely to lead to queasiness.In one recent experiment, my colleagues and I found that facing backwards in a driverless car increases motion sickness symptoms in 100% of passengers during normal urban driving. This echoes previous research that shows not being able to see out the front of a vehicle can worsen motion sickness.In another experiment, again echoing other research, we found that ability to perform a simple reading task was reduced by 40%, simply by being driven around at normal speeds on a normal urban route. However, we’ve also found that there might be technological ways to combat this problem.Motion sickness is caused by a conflict between the signals from our different senses. When our eyes observe the environment, our inner ears sense if we are moving. When the two signals do not match then we are more likely to develop motion sickness.For example, if you read a book in a car, your eyes see the stationary item but your ears tell your brain you are moving. The reverse is also true for so-called virtual reality sickness, where your eyes are immersed in a rich tapestry of information that tells you you are moving, but your inner ears can’t detect any movement, leading to similar symptoms to motion sickness.Everyone except the profoundly deaf or those with true vestibular dysfunction is susceptible to motion sickness. The extent of the problem can depend on age, ethnicity, gender and past experiences. For example, Chinese people are generally more sensitive than white Europeans, females are more sensitive than males, and 11-year-olds are the most sensitive. New patented system could prevent motion sickness while riding in self-driving carscenter_img Driverless cars will usher in a transport utopia, at least according to many of their proponents. Concept art for these futuristic vehicles often show passengers sat facing each other, reading, working or enjoying some other activity as their car does the driving for them. I would argue that one of the main attractions of an automated vehicle is being able to do something else while you’re safely and comfortably transported to your destination. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Citation: Driverless cars will make you sick – but there’s a fix (2018, November 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-driverless-cars-sick.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Facebook use eroding in US as social media under pressure

first_img The average amount of time US adults spent at Facebook dropped by three minutes per day last year and will likely decrease by another minute next year, to a total of 37 minutes daily, according to the research firm eMarketer.The report suggests that Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg’s efforts to focus on safety and remove divisive and hateful content could be having an economic impact.”Facebook’s continued loss of younger adult users, along with its focus on down-ranking clickbait posts and videos in favor of those that create ‘time well spent,’ resulted in less daily time spent on the platform in 2018 than we had previously expected,” said eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson.”Less time spent on Facebook translates into fewer chances for marketers to reach the network’s users.”Money taken in from digital ads are the leading source of revenue at Facebook, which has 2.4 billion monthly active users around the world.A bright spot for Facebook is that daily US engagement is creeping up at its image and video focused social network Instagram, where eMarketer expected it to rise a minute this year to 27 minutes and then another minute per year through 2021.”Features like Stories, influencer content and video are all contributing to more engagement and a slow but steady uptick in time spent on Instagram,” Williamson said.Meanwhile, time people in the US spend at Instagram rival Snapchat has seemingly plateaued at 26 minutes daily, with an application redesign failing to boost engagement, according to eMarketer.A broader trend seen last year was for Americans to spend less time at online social networks, and the overall engagement was expected by eMarketer to remain unchanged this year at almost one hour, 14 minutes per day.”Gains in digital video viewing are putting pressure on social time, and gaming is also creating new competition for user attention,” Williamson said.”Though we can’t say there is a direct cause-effect relationship, these activities do at least threaten users’ engagement with social media.” Credit: CC0 Public Domain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Facebook’s efforts to crack down on misinformation and sensational content have reduced the time spent at the leading social network eroding, researchers said Tuesday. Video ad business booming in US: market trackercenter_img © 2019 AFP Explore further Citation: Facebook use eroding in US as social media under pressure (2019, May 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-facebook-eroding-social-media-pressure.htmllast_img read more

Narendera Tomar Sadananda Gowda given additional charge

first_imgSHARE November 13, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on COMMENTcenter_img national politics  Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has been given the additional charge of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and DV Sadananda Gowda that of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan communiqué on Tuesday.The move was necessitated following the demise of Ananth Kumar on Monday. He held the charge of both the Ministries.Gowda is currently the Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation. Tomar is Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Mines Minister. COMMENTSlast_img read more