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India tells social media firms to take down ‘Indian variant’ posts

  • NEW DELHI: India’s government has ordered social media platforms to take down content that refers to the “Indian variant” of the coronavirus. The B.1.617 variant was first detected in India last year and has been blamed for much of a devastating Covid-19 wave that has battered South Asian nati...

Big Tech starts requiring vaccines; Twitter closes re-opened US offices

  • LONDON: Twitter Inc. is shutting its reopened offices in United States, while other big tech companies are making vaccination mandatory for on-campus employees, as the highly infectious Delta COVID-19 variant drives a resurgence in cases. Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc. said on Wednesd...

Google delays mandatory return to office beyond Jan. 10

  • LONDON: Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Thursday it is indefinitely pushing back its January return-to-office plan globally amid growing concerns over the Omicron variant of the coronavirus and some resistance to company-mandated vaccinations. Google in August had said it would expect workers to...

Facebook delays return to campus as Delta variant rages

  • SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Thursday postponed workers’ return to the office until early next year due to surging cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus. The leading social network set a new target of having employees back on its campuses in January, but promised to provide ample notice ...

Emaar Dubai and Zoom partner up for virtual NYE show

  • LONDON: UAE developer Emaar Dubai and web conference platform Zoom have partnered up to showcase a virtual New Year's Eve event to audiences around the world. The event will take the famous Burj Khalifa’s fountain show straight to viewers’ tablets as many are locked in their homes due to...

Meta no longer requiring COVID booster shots for staff in US offices

  • LONDON: Facebook-owner Meta is no longer requiring employees to have COVID-19 boosters to enter its offices in the United States, a company spokesperson said on Friday. The social media company previously said that all workers returning to the office would have to present proof of their booste...

India warns of clampdown on social media firms over failure to follow new rules

  • LONDON: Indian authorities have warned that big social media platforms that did not comply with new laws issued in the country three months ago may from Wednesday have their operations interrupted. Companies, including Facebook and Twitter, have reportedly failed to abide by rules highlighted...

Apple asks US employees to report vaccination status

  • LONDON: Apple Inc. is asking its US employees to report their vaccination status as COVID-19 cases spike in the country, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday, citing an internal memo.The iPhone maker has asked its staff to report their status “voluntarily” by mid-September, regardless of whether...

Apple drops mask requirements for most of its corporate workers

  • LONDON: Apple Inc. is dropping its mask mandate for corporate employees at most locations, the Verge reported on Monday, citing an internal memo. This comes even as COVID-19 infections in the United States have been on the rise with the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of the omicron variant accounti...

Google again delays return to office due to COVID surges

  • LONDON: Google is once again postponing a return to the office for most workers until mid-January, in addition to requiring all employees to be vaccinated once its sprawling campuses are fully reopened. The highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus is driving a dramatic spike in COVID...