Meta AI is restricting election-related responses in India

Last week, Meta started testing its AI chatbot in India across WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger. But with the Indian general elections beginning today, the company is already blocking specific querie

Meta releases Llama 3, claims it’s among the best open models available

Meta has released the latest entry in its Llama series of open generative AI models: Llama 3. Or, more accurately, the company has debuted two models in its new Llama 3 family, with the rest to come

Meta adds its AI chatbot, powered by Llama 3, to the search bar across its apps

Meta’s making several big moves today to promote its AI services across its platform. The company has upgraded its AI chatbot with its newest large language model, Llama 3, and it is now running

WhatsApp is adding filters to easily find messages

For those who use WhatsApp more like an inbox, the app will now become more useful. WhatsApp on Tuesday announced a handful of new chat filters for the app to access certain types of messages easily:

Meta’s Oversight Board probes explicit AI-generated images posted on Instagram and Facebook

The Oversight Board, Meta’s semi-independent policy council, is turning its attention to how the company’s social platforms are handling explicit, AI-generated images. Tuesday, it announce

After struggling with real-time trends, Threads tests a ‘recent’ filter for search results

Meta-owned social network Threads is finally testing a "Recent" filter to sort search results.

Meta thinks it’s a good idea for students to wear Quest headsets in class

Meta continues to field criticism over how it handles younger consumers using its platforms, but the company is also planning new products that will cater to them. On Monday, the company announced in

Meta to close Threads in Turkey to comply with injunction prohibiting data sharing with Instagram

Meta will "temporarily" shutter Threads in Turkey on April 29, in response to an injunction imposed by the country's competition authority.

Meta is testing an AI-powered search bar in Instagram

Meta is pushing ahead with its efforts to make its generative AI-powered products available to more users. Apart from testing Meta AI chatbot with users in countries like India on WhatsApp, the compan

Meta trials its AI chatbot across WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger in India and Africa

Meta has confirmed to TechCrunch that it is testing Meta AI, its large language model-powered chatbot, with WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger users in India and parts of Africa. The move signals how M

TechCrunch Minute: TikTok and Meta’s latest moves signal a more commodified internet

The internet’s mega-platforms are slowly merging into a great blob of sameness, and even the hottest companies in the world are not immune from the trend. TikTok’s winning strategy to focu

Meta will auto-blur nudity in Instagram DMs in latest teen safety step

Meta said on Thursday that it is testing new features on Instagram intended to help safeguard young people from unwanted nudity or sextortion scams. This includes a feature called “Nudity Protec

Meta unveils its newest custom AI chip as it races to catch up

Meta, hell-bent on catching up to rivals in the generative AI space, is spending billions on its own AI efforts. A portion of those billions is going toward recruiting AI researchers. But an even lar

Meta confirms that its Llama 3 open source LLM is coming in the next month

Meta's Llama families, built as open-source products, represent a different philosophical approach to how AI should develop as a wider technology.

Meta’s X competitor Threads invites developers to sign up for API access, publishes docs

After opening its developer API to select companies for testing in March, Meta’s Twitter/X competitor Threads is now introducing developer documentation and a sign-up sheet for interested partie

Meta explains why the NYC/NJ earthquake didn’t trend earlier in the day

Despite its similarities, Instagram Threads is no X. That's not to say people weren't discussing the earthquake on Threads — many were.

Meta’s new AI deepfake playbook: More labels, fewer takedowns

Meta has announced changes to its rules on AI-generated content and manipulated media following criticism from its Oversight Board. Starting next month, the company said, it will label a wider range o

Ten years later, Facebook’s Oculus acquisition hasn’t changed the world as expected

Every year, Time Magazine issues a list of the 200 best inventions of the past 12 months. Frankly, I don’t know how the editors do it. The dirty secret of this job is that true, game-changing invent

WhatsApp was down in Meta’s second big outage this year

For the second time in just over a month, Meta’s apps, including WhatsApp, and to some extent, Messenger and Instagram, faced outages and intermittent issues. While it’s rare for services

Meta (again) denies that Netflix read users’ private Facebook messages

The document alleges that Facebook even cut spending on original programming for its Facebook Watch video service so as not to compete with Netflix, a large Facebook advertiser.
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