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Consolidation of online platforms with the intent of censorship does not always help

Social media companies amassed billions of users by promising space for free expression. But in their effort to offend nobody, they’ve managed to anger everybody. 
File photo of a man reading a newspaper in Karachi | Representational image | Asim Hafeez/Bloomberg

Pakistan media was no angel either after Balakot with its half-truths and denials

Pakistan media can’t hope for peace by denying the reality on ground or about groups that have also caused havoc on Pakistani soil.
Gandhi and Nehru

When Nehru’s India banned a story on Gandhi’s murder and Godse’s past

Nine Hours to Rama reflects our complicated relationship with censorship.
Cyber security

Twice in a week, India moves to clamp down free speech

Legal and policy-related implications of the proposed amendment raise serious concerns.
Pakistan finance minister Asad Umar

Didn’t cut Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mention from Pak finance minister’s interview, says BBC

Here’s what’s happening across the border: US to ensure Pak doesn't use IMF bailout to repay Chinese debt, and Voice of America’s Urdu and Pashto websites blocked in Pakistan.
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Respected judges & ministers, policing Netflix won’t make us sanskari

It is as if our courts and govt, having rid the society of all other evils, have taken up the onerous task of cleansing it.
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The meeting at which Netflix is said to have agreed to self-regulate in India

Netflix is said to have committed to look at global best practices and come up with a solution to self-regulate after meeting Modi govt officials.
China

China’s censorship policy could end up clipping its economic prospects

China's information gap only worsens an income gap,  which remains among the country's most chronic problems.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan | Asad Zaidi/Bloomberg

Imran Khan, once a critic of ISI, now claims it’s the best intelligence agency of all

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Nawaz Sharif didn’t apply for parole after wife’s death; and horrifying graffiti appears on girls’ school walls.
Chinese customers look at the new iPhone X at an Apple store | Getty images

Censored, yes, but China’s versions of Instagram and WhatsApp are a global rage

Apps like TikTok and We Chat reportedly have millions of users around the world, and a bike-sharing app has already reached 200 cities.

On Camera

How, and why, we learned to stop worrying and love the electoral bonds

Modi government’s electoral bonds scheme has several benefits that its critics ignore. But even their criticisms are without merit.
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Google, Apple stop TikTok downloads: Is HC order quashing small town India’s creative joy?

Google and Apple have blocked downloads of the video-sharing app TikTok in India in compliance with the Madras High Court order.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
National interest

Imran Khan’s ‘support’ for Modi shows BJP has walked into its own Pakistan trap

Modi & the BJP hope to return to power by exploiting the fear of Pakistan. Imran Khan has turned the tables and become a factor dividing Indian public opinion.