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Cool for kids, headache for parents, Skullbreaker is a challenge for an ill-prepared society

Be it the Bird Box Challenge, Kiki Challenge or Blue Whale Challenge, there is a clear correlation between the virality of a video and how hazardous the challenge is.
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.
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No proposal to link social media profiles with Aadhaar, govt tells Lok Sabha

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said steps were being taken to curb spread of fake news and pornography through social media platforms.
Indian Navy | Photo by Manisha Mondal

Can’t use Facebook, post on Twitter — new social media rules for Navy after ‘spy ring bust’

The 85 apps banned/restricted for Indian Navy personnel include Facebook, Instagram, WeChat, Viber, Tumblr, Reddit and Truecaller.
A thermal screening device checks passengers arriving in India from China, in view of the coronavirus outbreak, at Delhi international airport | PTI Photo

What changed between SARS and coronavirus? Twitter, Skype, WhatsApp

With social media and bioRxiv, clinicians, virologists, bioinformaticians from around the world are coordinating their efforts to fight coronavirus.
Latest news on social media monitoring hub | ThePrint.in

This is how Kashmiris are using Facebook, Twitter despite Modi govt ban on social media

Central govt restored 2G mobile internet services on postpaid as well as prepaid phones in J&K last week. But social media sites remain blacklisted.
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Nearly 18,000 Twitter accounts spread ‘fake news’ for BJP, 147 do it for Congress: Study

The study, which remains underway, has been conducted by a user of the social media portal Reddit who goes by the username ‘/u/onosmosis’.
The Facebook Inc. application | Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Facebook’s content oversight board may take months to decide on controversial user posts

Given the time element, the board will be more of a corrective solution to prevent a future Facebook issue, rather than a response team to quickly solve a current one.
Twitter (representational image) | Flickr

From Trump to Netanyahu to Modi’s MEA, Twiplomacy is the new diplomacy. And it’s working

Social media has become an indispensable arrow in the quiver of diplomacy. And Twitter has proven to be a soft power tool by providing a direct channel between diplomats and citizens.
The Vigo app | ThePrint

Vigo — the Chinese social media app where India’s cows & newlyweds’ PDA are going viral

Chinese social media app Vigo has been in the news with the alleged disappearance of one of its Indian stars.

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Supreme Court of India being renovated

Me Lord, use your time for something better: My response to SC order on criminals in politics

Wouldn’t it be better if SC focussed its energy on tackling the root causes – the inordinate delays and miscarriage of justice in India's legal system?
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Will the spectacle of Trump visit without a trade deal boost India-US ties?

Five days ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit to India, he has said that “the big (trade) deal” is being saved for “later”.


A pair of US Navy Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawks. Sikorsky was later acquired by Lokheed Martin | Lockheedmartin.com

Cabinet clears $2.4 billion deal for MH-60 Romeo helicopters for Navy ahead of Trump visit

The 24 MH-60 Romeo helicopters will meet the immediate requirement of the Indian Navy that is looking to step up vigil on enemy activity.

Amit Shah’s performance as minister will now determine the success of Modi-Shah power pair

Modi-Shah share a unique power equation unlike Nehru-Patel and Vajpayee-Advani. After Delhi defeat, Shah enters a new, unfamiliar phase of his political career.