Social Media Wins Presidential Debate; Google Spreads Wings in India

Posted September 27th, 2016 at 12:21 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

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Social Media Won the US Presidential Debate – in a Landslide

Monday night’s U.S. presidential debate was the most tweeted debate ever, according to Twitter. To put this in perspective in the absence of more concrete numbers, the first presidential debate of 2012 netted 10 million tweets. The debate was also the top event on Facebook, with 75 percent of the conversation focusing on Trump. On Twitter, 62 percent of tweets dealt with Trump. A variety of issues dominated the Twitter conversation, but Trump’s denial of calling global warming a Chinese hoax was the most popular.

Google Launches Service to Take Internet to India Malls, Cafes

Google launched a new service in India Tuesday intended to extend its reach and attract new users to its platforms. The service, called Google Station, allows the company to deploy more Wi-Fi hot spots in densely-populated common areas like malls, train stations, cafes and universities. Google already has free Wi-Fi access at 53 Indian railway stations.

German Regulator Orders Facebook to Delete WhatsApp User Data

The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information told Facebook on Tuesday to stop harvesting user information from its messaging service WhatsApp and to delete all stored data. The privacy regulator said Facebook did not have approval from Germany’s 35 million WhatsApp’s users and was therefore infringing data protection laws


Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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