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Kanye West Suspended From Twitter After Swastika Tweet
  + stars: | 2022-12-02 | by ( Newley Purnell | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Twitter Inc. again suspended Kanye West’s account after the musician and designer posted a swastika in a tweet that the social-media platform’s owner, Elon Musk, said violated its rules. Mr. West, who now legally goes by Ye and had recently returned from a previous suspension, on Thursday posted a picture of a swastika merged with the Star of David.
HONG KONG—Twitter is banned in China, but it is proving a critical platform for getting videos and images of protests occurring across the nation out to the rest of the world. China’s robust internet censors have sprung into action to scrub domestic social media of photos and video streams showing demonstrations against harsh Covid restrictions, spurring citizens to circumvent the nation’s Great Firewall.
The European headquarters of Twitter in Dublin, one of the company’s hubs from where staff have left since Elon Musk took over. Elon Musk‘s move to purge Twitter Inc. employees who don’t embrace his vision has led to a wave of departures among policy and safety-issue staffers around the globe, sparking questions from regulators in key jurisdictions about the site’s continued compliance efforts. Scrutiny has been particularly close in Europe, where officials have in recent years assumed a greater role in regulating big tech companies. Staff departures in recent days include dozens of people spread across units such as government policy, legal affairs and Twitter’s “trust and safety” division, responsible for functions like drafting content-moderation rules, according to current and former employees, postings on social media and emails sent to work addresses of people who had worked at Twitter that recently bounced back. They have left from hubs including Dublin, Singapore and San Francisco.
Facebook Parent Meta Sees Executive Exodus in India
  + stars: | 2022-11-16 | by ( Newley Purnell | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Three of Meta Platforms Inc.’s top executives in India have departed the company in recent weeks, with the Facebook parent changing the country’s reporting structure amid its first broad global restructuring, according to people familiar with the matter. The India head of Meta’s WhatsApp messaging service, Abhijit Bose , and Meta’s India public policy director, Rajiv Aggarwal, have resigned, a Meta spokeswoman said Wednesday. Their exits follow the departure announced earlier this month of Meta’s India head, Ajit Mohan .
Facebook Parent Meta to Cut 11,000 Staff
  + stars: | 2022-11-09 | by ( Sam Schechner | Newley Purnell | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Meta Platforms Inc. said it would cut more than 11,000 workers, or 13% of staff, embarking on the company’s first broad restructuring to cope with a slumping digital-ad market and falling stock price. In a message to staff on Wednesday morning, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the company, the parent of Facebook and Instagram, would cut staff across all of its businesses, with its recruiting and business teams disproportionately affected. The company is also tightening its belt by reducing its office space, moving to desk sharing for some workers, and extending a hiring freeze through the first quarter of 2023.
Meta Platforms Inc. said it would cut more than 11,000 workers, or 13% of staff, embarking on the company’s first broad restructuring as it copes with a slumping digital-ad market and plunging stock price. The layoffs add to a wave of job cuts that are roiling Silicon Valley, where tech giants that added employees by the tens of thousands through the pandemic are now retrenching.
WhatsApp Suffers Global Outage, Company Says
  + stars: | 2022-10-25 | by ( Newley Purnell | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
WhatsApp suffered an outage for many users on TuesdayHONG KONG— Meta Platforms popular WhatsApp messaging service stopped working for many users Tuesday, with people from Hong Kong, India and the U.K. reporting they were unable to connect or send chats. “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble sending messages and we’re working to restore WhatsApp for everyone as quickly as possible,” a WhatsApp spokeswoman in India said.
WhatsApp suffered an outage for many users on TuesdayHONG KONG— Meta Platforms Inc.’s popular WhatsApp messaging service suffered a global outage Tuesday, with some users saying they were unable to use it for more than an hour. “We know people had trouble sending messages on WhatsApp today,” a WhatsApp spokeswoman said. “We’ve fixed the issue and apologize for any inconvenience.” She didn’t immediately respond to a question about what caused the outage.
An upstart e-commerce service is winning more new shoppers in India than Amazon Inc. and Walmart Flipkart, posing a challenge to the U.S. retailing titans, which have plowed billions of dollars into the world’s biggest untapped digital market. Bengaluru-based Meesho is leading the burgeoning social-commerce sector, allowing users to sell items by sharing product listings with friends via Meta Platforms Inc.’s popular WhatsApp messaging service, along with Facebook and Instagram. Meta is also an investor in Meesho, with an undisclosed stake.
The anchoring in Hong Kong waters of a sanctioned Russian oligarch’s superyacht is ramping up tensions between Beijing and Washington, which warned against the financial center being used as a safe haven. The 465-foot Nord, owned by steel magnate Alexey Mordashov , moored west of the Chinese territory’s Victoria Harbour last week after departing from the far-eastern Russian city of Vladivostok, according to website MarineTraffic.
India is Meta’s biggest market by users, where it has faced accusations of failing to adequately police hate speech against religious minorities. Executives at Meta Platforms privately told rights groups that security concerns prevented them from releasing details of its investigation into hate speech on its services in India, according to audio recordings heard by The Wall Street Journal. Meta, the parent company of Facebook, in July released a four-page summary of a human-rights impact assessment on India, its biggest market by users, where it has faced accusations of failing to adequately police hate speech against religious minorities. The India summary was part of the company’s first global human-rights report. The 83-page global report offers detailed findings of some previous investigations; it included only general descriptions of its India assessment, which disappointed some rights advocates.
Proton is joining other VPN service providers in shutting down their servers in India to protest new government rules. The Swiss company behind well-known virtual-private-network service Proton VPN is pulling its servers from India, the latest provider to do so in response to new government rules that companies and rights groups say threaten users’ privacy. India’s agency overseeing computer security will effective Sunday require VPN operators in the country to collect information such as customers’ names, email addresses and the IP addresses they use to connect to the internet. The companies must maintain the data for at least five years and furnish it to authorities when asked.
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