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New plea in Sudarshan News case seeks SC help to ‘stem menace of hate speech’ by TV anchors

An intervention application has been filed in SC by Sangeeta Tyagi, wife of Congress spokesperson Rajiv Tyagi who died after a TV debate, and political scientist Kota Neelima.
File photo of Editor-in-chief of Sudarshan News Suresh Chavhanke

Supreme Court giving Sudarshan News case a constitutional colour is curious

The facts of the case are so cut-and-dried that Supreme Court's constitutional question about seeking a balance between free speech and right to equality doesn’t arise.
File image of Umar Khalid | Facebook

Umar Khalid’s arrest shows the future of dissent in India only gets darker from here

Those questioned by Delhi Police share with me their harrowing experience of being repeatedly called to interrogation chambers and threatened with imprisonment.
The Facebook Inc. application is displayed for a photograph on an Apple Inc. iPhone in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Facebook is struggling to respond to growing demands from Washington to explain how the personal data of millions of its users could be exploited by a consulting firm that helped Donald Trump win the presidency. Photographer: Bloomberg/Bloomberg

Facebook India snubs AAP government, ignores summons to appear before assembly panel

Facebook India says it has already appeared before the Parliamentary Standing Committee and that its regulation falls 'within exclusive authority of the Union of India'.
File photo of Editor-in-chief of Sudarshan News Suresh Chavhanke

Former IAS, IFS officers move SC in Sudarshan News case, seek ruling on scope of ‘hate speech’

The petitioners say accusations of dual loyalties towards members of any faith — and suggestions of treachery by virtue of belonging to that faith — constitute hate speech.
BJP MLA Raja Singh

Facebook has banned BJP MLA T Raja Singh, but his supporters can still post his praise

T. Raja Singh was among the central figures named in an August WSJ report that claimed Facebook ignored hate speech by BJP leaders to protect its business interests in India. 
Representational picture | Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg File Photo

Facebook replies to Congress’ concerns, says it is non-partisan & against hate, bigotry

The Congress accused Facebook of interfering in India's democratic process and social harmony and being soft on members of the ruling BJP while applying its hate-speech rules.
BJP politicial T Raja Singh

Facebook bans BJP MLA Raja Singh for hate speech violations

Facebook has been in the eye of a storm after a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report alleged that Facebook's content policies favoured the BJP.
Ajit Mohan, vice-president and managing director, Facebook India | Facebook

Grilled by IT parliamentary panel on hate speech, Facebook India head says company is neutral

Facebook India head Ajit Mohan says platform has removed 22.5 million hate speech posts globally, but doesn't respond to suggestions of an India-specific standard for the same.
Rahul Gandhi

Facebook enters Congress list of excuses for Modi’s victories, after EVM and Balakot

Modi wins because of Modi. Period. You don’t have to be a fan of his toxic, narcissistic politics to acknowledge his electoral success.

On Camera

Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.