India Wants Facebook to Curb Fake News Ahead of Elections

That’s the headline of my most recent story, which I wrote with my colleague Rajesh Roy. It begins: NEW DELHI—India is pushing Facebook Inc. to do more to combat fake news ahead of coming national elections, underscoring global scrutiny on the social-media titan. A closed Indian parliamentary panel on Wednesday asked Joel Kaplan, the company’s […]

Amazon, Facebook and Walmart Need to Watch Their Backs in India

That’s the headline on a story I wrote Tuesday with my colleague Rajesh Roy. It begins: Hoping to match China’s success at protecting and promoting homegrown tech titans, India has plans to continue tightening restrictions on Amazon.com Inc., Walmart Inc., Facebook Inc. and other foreign firms that have come to dominate the country’s budding internet […]

Facebook’s WhatsApp Limits Users’ Ability to Forward Messages

That’s the headline on my most recent story, out yesterday, with my colleague James Hookway. It begins: Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp messaging service is limiting users’ ability to forward content, seeking to curtail ways the popular platform allows the spread of misinformation and sometimes has led to violence. The move, which follows months of criticism over […]

Exclusive By Me Yesterday: Facebook Messenger Hires Anand Chandrasekaran

The story begins: NEW DELHI— Facebook Inc. is hiring a high-profile technology executive with expertise in Silicon Valley and India to help develop strategies for its Messenger app, an increasingly important platform for the social-media company. Anand Chandrasekaran, a former senior executive at Yahoo Inc., will assume a global leadership role working on strategies and […]

By Me Last Week: Twitter Outshines Facebook — in Japan

The story begins: Twitter Inc. is now bigger than its rival Facebook — in Japan, at least. A week after quarterly earnings fueled investors’ concerns that Twitter’s user growth has stalled, the company for the first time Thursday broke out its user numbers for a country outside the U.S., saying it had 35 million monthly […]

Scoop: Facebook Eyeing Asia for Instant Articles Ad Platform

A colleague and I reported earlier this week that Facebook’s looking at Asia to launch its Instant Articles advertising platform. The story begins: Facebook Inc. is laying the groundwork to expand its Instant Articles service in Asia, underscoring the extent to which it considers populous emerging markets as it implements new features. The world’s largest social network has in […]

By Me This Week: Zuckerberg Visits India

The story begins: Shut out of China, Mark Zuckerberg is training his sights on India as a source for future growth. The Facebook Inc. founder arrived in India on Tuesday as he continues working to expand the company’s reach in a billion-person economy becoming increasingly important in the social networking giant’s quest to add new […]

By Me and a Colleague: Facebook’s Internet.org Iniative Faces Pushback

The story, which ran last week online and on the front page of The WSJ‘s global edition, begins: When Muhammad Maiyagy Gery heard about a new mobile app from Facebook Inc. that provides free Internet access in his native Indonesia, he was excited. But after testing it, the 24-year-old student from a mining town on […]

By Me Today: How Tech Companies Like Google, Facebook, Twitter and Viber are Helping Connect People Following the Nepal Earthquake

UPDATE: Embedded above and online here: a video I recorded with WSJ Live about the story. The story begins: Global technology firms are pitching in on earthquake rescue efforts in Nepal with services such as free calls to and from the country to functions that track survivors and relay the news to worried relatives and […]

Recent Stories Round-Up: Telcos in Myanmar; InMobi, Snapdeal, Facebook in India

It’s been a busy week or so. Here are links to some recent stories I’ve worked on with colleagues, both here in Singapore and in India. Myanmar Tests Foreign Telecom Entrants (March 10): YANGON, Myanmar—When Myanmar’s first foreign telecommunications companies, Qatar’s Ooredoo QSC and Norway’s Telenor ASA, arrived last year, customers lined up for blocks […]