In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 8th September 2019

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Chinese deepfake app Zao goes viral, then raises privacy concerns

Chinese face-swapping app Zao rocketed to the top of Chinese app store charts within three days of release. The app allows users to drop a single image of their face, to replace people in popular movies, TV shows, and musical performances – all within seconds. Read it here

Linking of Aadhaar with Universal Account Number ‘not mandatory’ says BJP MP Santosh Kumar Gangwar

On July 15, Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State for labour and employment informed the Parliament that the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) had not made the linking of Universal Account number (UAN) to Aadhaar mandatory for crediting provident fund contributions from employees and employers into the employee’s PF account, when asked about it from Congress’ MP Hibi Eden. Read it here

UPI transactions grew 11.7% to 918.4M in August 2019; Rs 154,504.9 Cr transacted

The Unified Payment Interface (UPI) saw an increase of 11.7% in the total transaction volumes taking place between July 2019 and August 2019, according to data published by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). Amount transacted slightly grew between July and August 2019. Read it here

Offline retailers accuse Amazon and Flipkart of deep discounting, predatory pricing and undercutting

How is it that companies like Amazon and Flipkart continue to sell at discounted prices despite being in heavy losses, asked Praveen Khandelwal, national secretary-general of Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) at a panel discussion organised by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) on August 30. Read it here

Facebook will now let people opt-out of its face recognition feature

Facebook will now allow all its users to opt-in or out of its ‘face recognition’ feature — which was used by default — to provide tag suggestions, the company said in a blog post. If used, the face recognition technology will notify users about pictures in which they appear, but haven’t been tagged. Read it here

Why Justice for Rights went to court, asking for online content to be regulated

All that Justice for Rights, the organisation that filed a PIL against Sacred Games, wants is for the government to come up with laws to regulate content online. Read it here

Google’s fine for illegally collecting kids’ YouTube data? A mere $170 million

In an insignificant blow to the company, Google agreed to pay a $170 million fine, or a 0.4% of its Q1 $39.3 billion revenue, to settle claims by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and New York Attorney General that YouTube knowingly and illegally harvesting personal information from children without their parents’ consent. Read it here

Twitter has temporarily disabled tweet to SMS feature

What happened: Twitter is “temporarily” disabling the option to tweet via SMS. It said that mobile carriers need to address “vulnerabilities” in their system, and Twitter needs to rework its reliance on linked phone numbers for two-factor authentication. Read it here

‘Data localisation has legal and economic benefits’: IT for Change responds to MEITY’s questions on the Data Protection Bill

“Personal data can properly be subject to Indian legal reach and protections only when it is in India,” said IT for Change, an NGO, in its response to the additional comments sought by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) on the Personal Data Protection Bill. Read it here

Facebook launches Facebook Dating in USA: Is that such a good idea?

Facebook is finally returning to its philosophical roots with its American launch of Facebook Dating. It will allow you to match with friends of friends and/or strangers, and suggest matches on the basis of your Facebook activity. Read it here