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  • Focused on the Facebook app, a new consumer marketing campaign called 'More Together' shares stories that highlight the power of connections on the platform, the company said. This is the first such campaign launched by Facebook in India.

    A group of seven top industry associations representing internet and technology giants such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Adobe has sought withdrawal of the new equalisation levy that comes into force from April 1, due to its widespread negative impact on American companies.

    Industry insiders said usage and engagement rates of TikTok and Instagram's live videos have gone up significantly during the lockdown with more content and views being generated by users. But, despite digital usage going up, brands and advertisers are holding on to digital spends fearing a backlash.

    Social media platforms including YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram are reaching out to their creators in India to continue to make engaging videos during the lockdown as users turn to social media for entertainment.

    In an advisory sent on Friday, the government asked social media platforms to start awareness campaigns, remove misinformation from the platform and promote authentic information on the virus.

    Washington has slammed the move as discriminatory, but both sides agreed last month to pursue a global framework under the aegis of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), with Paris suspending its collection of the tax until December 2020.

    Google, Facebook and other platforms are struggling to keep ahead of scammers, trolls, and others with ill intent who routinely use major tragedies or disasters as opportunities to swindle or manipulate people.

    Parikh was considered to be instrumental to creating the data center infrastructure on which the company builds its numerous apps and services.

    The coalition, which represents companies such as Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and IBM among others, has raised concerns over areas such as data localisation, government access to non-personal data and the classification of sensitive and critical data. The letter was addressed to Meenakshi Lekhi, head of the joint select committee.

    The plan, sources told ET, is to enhance user engagement across the suite of apps – Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. The move comes at a time when Chinese video-sharing networking service TikTok is adding users in India. The Menlo Park-based social network, owned by tech billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, has hired Avinash Pant to head the marketing function.

    Wattpad has around three million monthly users in India and stories by some of the most popular India writers that are resonating with Indian audience but also people from around the world.

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