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A more ‘thoughtful’ Facebook is here. And ‘Be Kind’ is its first rule

Telepath — a new social network — aims to instill strict content standards from the get-go, including a rule against disinformation and hate speech.
Apps displayed on a phone | Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

SHAREit, Baidu Maps, CamScanner — at least 23 of banned Chinese apps still in use in India

Though India banned 59 Chinese apps, and has now added 47 alternatives of them to the list, people in India have found ways to use many of these.

Digital tool Slack is changing office realities, forcing bosses to listen to employees

Slack has been giving employees, especially in media houses, a voice and space to demand changes from bosses without the fear of management whiplash.
Representational image of social media apps | Alexander Bahena | Pixabay

Army officer challenges social media ban in HC, calls it ‘arbitrary, unconstitutional’

Lt Col P.K. Choudhary, who filed plea in Delhi HC, sought withdrawal of new policy on the grounds that it was 'arbitrary executive action'. Hearing is likely Tuesday.
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Eye on US presidential race, Facebook, Google, Twitter pledge vigilance on disinformation

Facebook said it studied conversations surrounding 200 elections around the world, while Twitter tracked the threat of disinformation on race and police brutality.
The Covid-19 lockdown saw Indians download a host of apps, including Zoom | Stefan Wermuth | Bloomberg

India’s favourite apps in lockdown — Zoom, TikTok and Aarogya Setu

Download figures for apps in the past month indicate which kinds of apps have been popular among users in India during the Covid-19 lockdown.
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Husband complains Vigo star-wife missing, she turns up on TV to say he forced her to flee

Pratima Mondal, who 'disappeared' on 2 January, says her husband pushed her into recording videos & uploading them on Vigo because they bring good money.
A man standing against an illuminated wall bearing Telegram's logo in London

Rape videos, child porn, terror — Telegram anonymity is giving criminals a free run

The end-to-end encryption provided by social media app Telegram has paved the way for a host of illegal activities.
Social Media

Censoring extremists on social media may do more harm than good

When extremist opinions are removed from social networks, they find like-minded individuals in darker corners of web.
The Facebook Inc. WhatsApp application is displayed in the App Store on an Apple Inc

WhatsApp isn’t shutting down, you don’t have to pay to use it. Viral forwards are fake

Attributed to PM Modi, one of the several messages doing the rounds claims WhatsApp will be shut from 11.30 pm to 6.00 am daily.

On Camera

A file photo of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. | Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

How France-Turkey’s probable but unlikely conflict has been shaped by Erdogan’s politics

In episode 604 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the recent France-Turkey conflict and the deeper implications of this row.
The Reserve Bank of India | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Banks have not a signed a single agreement for RBI’s debt recast scheme for high value loans

Tepid response to the debt recast scheme is being seen because there is lack of awareness and reluctance by banks, say bankers.

Defence

Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
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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.