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Aung San Suu Kyi finally joins Facebook — ‘to communicate with people faster’ during pandemic

Myanmar, which shares a border with China, has reported 16 Covid-19 cases so far.
A woman checks the Facebook Inc. site on her smartphone | Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg

Facebook re-prioritises to adjust to changing user behavior during Covid-19 lockdowns

Facebook is building new features to help users and small businesses to make money despite the prevailing restrictions.
The logo of Reliance Jio, the mobile network of Reliance Industries Ltd., is displayed at a store in Mumbai, India. | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Facebook held talks for 10% stake in Reliance Jio, says Financial Times

Facebook was close to signing preliminary deal for 10% of Jio before Covid-19 travel bans stalled negotiations, Financial Times reported.
A woman checks the Facebook Inc. site on her smartphone | Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg

Facebook wrongly blocks coronavirus news as spam but it’s not the first time

After multiple users reported that articles on COVID-19 were taken down for violating community standards, Facebook said it was a bug.
Passengers use smartphones at Mumbai Central railway station | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

‘Hate speech continues on social media’: Ex-RSS ideologue moves HC against Facebook, Twitter

A Delhi HC bench has issued notices to the Indian subsidiaries of Google, Facebook and Twitter on K.N. Govindacharya’s plea.
Facebook deactivated dozens of accounts and pages in February for Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour | Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg File Photo

Facebook removes accounts linked to Delhi firm for sponsored anti-Saudi content

According to Facebook's findings, content was inauthentic and could have been backed by a government or foreign entity seeking to manipulate public opinion.

Not Twitter or Facebook, is Instagram the new safe space for political opinion in India?

While Facebook has over 26 crore users in India and Twitter has 77.5 lakh, Instagram is becoming the social media of choice for young Indians to express their views.
Facebook Inc. headquarters, California | David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

With ‘please unfriend me if you support BJP’, liberals have already lost the fight

No one is born woke, just like no one is born a bigot. And unfriending on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter is just virtue-signalling, it helps no one.
People using smartphones

400 million social media users are set to lose their anonymity in India

New guidelines expected to be out this month will require Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and TikTok to reveal users' identities if govt agencies ask them to.
Twitter Inc. signage is displayed on the facade of the company's headquarters in San Francisco, US | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Twitter will label, remove ‘deepfake’ videos under new policy

In some cases, Twitter will label the video or photo so users know it has been doctored, but will let it remain on the social-media network.

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Representational image of lockdown in Spain | Bloomberg

How Spain tragically bungled its response to coronavirus

Spain ignored the health crisis unfolding in Italy & dithered before imposing draconian lockdown measures that could have saved thousands of lives.

How is Modi’s BJP different from the one founded by Advani-Vajpayee 40 years ago?

Forty years ago, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani founded BJP. Today it's led by Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo, who have won two general elections with full majority.

Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.