Internet This Week got many interesting news and action. First of all lets check how the Sri Lanka Goverment did stopped the violence in their Kandy city. After the violence, Sri Lanka government ordered all the Internet providers and data plan providing mobile phone carriers to stop the access of the services from Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram with and Viber. This is because the authorities believed that hate and fake news against its communities were spreading through these platforms. Now the violence are over and tourists too can move freely in the Kandy town too. There are no curfews as they were removed from today. Still the Facebook is not working in Sri Lanka as of today 10/30/2018. Facebook earnings in Sri Lanka may be very low, but it is not a big amount for the Facebook company. But the Goverment officials said that they will trace those people who are using proxy websites and Apps to access these blocked services.
Instagram and Snapchat Removes Giphy Feature.
Snapchat and Instagram service providers have temporarily removed Giphy GIF sticker features from their Apps. Their users found an extremely racist GIF that can be added to their images. Snapchat has confirmed that they had removed the GIF and have disabled Giphy. It will not be available for the users until that this won’t happen again. As per the Instagram spokesperson “This type of content has no place on Instagram. We have stopped our integration with Giphy as they investigate the issue.” The company confirms the change has been made but might take some time to propagate to all users.
WeChat Gets One Billion Users.
WeChat the popular messaging app from the Chinese tech company Tencent had reached the 1 Billion user mark recently. The user increase came during the past Chinese Lunar New Year in February. Earlier WeChat App had around 980 million monthly accounts during the previous 3 month period. Many experts believe that lot of Chinese people have more than one WeChat account, or even some people have multiple accounts. So the number of active WeChat users may be less than 1 billion.
In China popular social Apps as Facebook and WhatsApp are blocked by the Chinese Government. WeChat App don’t have much competition there. So it can become as the number one mobile messaging app in 2 – 3 years time.