India asks WhatsApp to pull out changes in security strategy

Government has asked WhatsApp to pull out the changes in its security strategy, expressing that the changes raise “grieve concerns” over the ramifications of the autonomy of Indians.

What letter said?

In the letter to WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart, the public authority called attention that the Indians, who can’t see the alternative to quit information imparting to Facebook organisations, were being exposed to differential treatment when contrasted with their European partners.

The letter stated that this new privacy policy by WhatsApp would offer a better segment of services to clients, or not is irrelevant; the issue is its effect on educational protection, information security, and client choice. It adds that sovereign freedom of India’s identity and its populace should stand clear and any one-sided changes to WhatsApp Terms of Service and Privacy would not be reasonable and adequate.

Different from European users

The policy offered to European clients explicitly forbids utilising any data shared with Facebook for their motives. At the same time, this Clause is absent in the security strategy offered to Indian clients. This differential and unfair treatment of Indian and European clients is pulling in genuine criticisms and sells out an absence of respect for the rights and interest of Indian users, who structure a significant bit of WhatsApp’s client base.

India as the Most Extensive User Base

Indian Government called attention to India as the most extensive user base. Any adjustment in privacy policies would adversely affect the residents. Authorities showed Worries over how Indian users have been made dependent upon these changes.

The authorities stated that by not giving the option to leave data sharing with Facebook, the social media giant is treating users with a ‘win or bust’ approach, removing any important choice from Indian clients.

History of Google Algorithm Updates

What are Google Algorithms?

Google’s algorithms are a complex system used to retrieve data from its search index and instantly deliver the best possible results for a query. The search engine uses a combination of algorithms and numerous ranking factors to deliver webpages ranked by relevance on its search engine results pages (SERPs).

In its early years, Google only made a handful of updates to its algorithms. Now, Google makes thousands of changes every year.

Most of these updates are so slight that they go completely unnoticed. However, on occasion, the search engine rolls out major algorithmic updates that significantly impact the SERPs such as:

 

  • Fred
  • Intrusive Interstitials Update
  • Mobilegeddon
  • RankBrain
  • Panda
  • Penguin
  • Hummingbird
  • Pigeon
  • Payday
  • EMD (Exact Match Domain)
  • Page Layout Algorithm

Below we have compiled a full list of Google algorithm launches, updates, and refreshes that have rolled out over the years, as well as links to resources for SEO professionals who want to understand each of these changes.

 

All Updates

February 10, 2021

Passage Ranking

Google’s Public Liaison for Search, Danny Sullivan, tweeted today that as of February 10th, 2021, Passage Ranking is live for English-language queries in the United States.

Google’s Martin Splitt discusses Google’s new ranking system and shares 16 key points you need to know about it in a virtual get-together with a trio of top SEO professionals – Cindy Krum, Bartosz Goralewicz, and Tomek Rudzki.

Read: What Is Google Passage Ranking: 16 Key Points You Should Know

 

December 3, 2020

December 2020 Core Update

Google confirms a core algorithm update, the December 2020 Core Update, is rolled out on December 3, 2020. This is the third core algorithm update of the calendar year. A fair amount of time has passed since the last core update, compared to the average time between these types of updates.

Read more about this update below.

Read: What Is a Google Broad Core Algorithm Update?

Read: Google on Broad Core Algorithm Update Recovery – 4 Takeaways

Read: Recovering from a Google Core Algorithm Update with Lily Ray [PODCAST]

Read: Google Confirms Rollout of Core Algorithm Update

Read: Google December 2020 Core Update Insights

Why Did Facebook Block News Content for Australian Users? Here’s What We Know

On Thursday morning, Australians were shocked to wake up to empty news feeds on social media as Facebook had blocked all media content in a surprise and dramatic escalation of a dispute with the government over paying for content.

Facebook on Wednesday announced it has blocked Australians from viewing and sharing news on the platform because of proposed laws in the country to make digital giants pay for journalism.

 

Why did Facebook block all news content?

On Tuesday, the Australian government said that it would draft laws in order to level the playing field between struggling publishers and tech giants like Google and Facebook.

The government said it would amend amend draft laws that would make Google and Facebook pay for news to clarify that publishers would be paid in lump sums rather than per click on news article links.The conservative government hopes to enact the so-called “News Media Bargaining Code” before the current session of parliament ends on February 25, as reported by Associated Press.

The Australian law would require Facebook and Google to reach commercial deals with news outlets whose links drive traffic to their platforms or be subjected to forced arbitration to agree a price.

The BBC says that out of every AUS $100 spent on digital advertising these days, $81 goes to these tech giants. But Facebook and Google had both said that the new law was unacceptable and warned of dire consequences.

Facebook and Google Inc had both warned they could cancel services in Australia because of looming laws that will force them to pay local publishers for content.

What did Facebook say about this?

Facebook published an elaborate blog post explaining its actions.

“The proposed law fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it to share news content. It has left us facing a stark choice: attempt to comply with a law that ignores the realities of this relationship, or stop allowing news content on our services in Australia. With a heavy heart, we are choosing the latter,” the company wrote.

The blog further says, “For Facebook, the business gain from news is minimal. News makes up less than 4% of the content people see in their News Feed. Journalism is important to a democratic society, which is why we build dedicated, free tools to support news organisations around the world in innovating their content for online audiences.”

The law, according to Facebook, attempts to penalise the social media platform for news it didn’t take or ask for.

“Over the last three years we’ve worked with the Australian Government to find a solution that recognizes the realities of how our services work. We’ve long worked toward rules that would encourage innovation and collaboration between digital platforms and news organisations. Unfortunately this legislation does not do that. Instead it seeks to penalise Facebook for content it didn’t take or ask for,” the blog added.

What happened to all the news content?

Australian publishers can continue to publish news content on Facebook, but links and posts cant be viewed or shared by Australian audiences, the U.S.-based company said in a statement.

Australian users cannot share Australian or international news. International users outside Australia also cannot share Australian news.

In the process of blocking news pages, several Australian emergency services were hit by Facebook’s local ban on news content Thursday, with pages that warn the public about Covid outbreaks, bushfires and cyclones rendered blank. Fire, health and meteorological services around the country saw problems with their Facebook pages, amid several serious public emergencies.

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