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A compilation of men crying done by @crying_tiktok_users | Instagram

How TikTok’s unorthodox advertising attracted social misfits and weird niche subcultures

In 'Attention Factory', writer and speaker Matthew Brennan documents the complete story of TikTok and its Chinese parent company ByteDance.
Representational image of social media apps | Alexander Bahena | Pixabay

‘Likes’ & ‘shares’ on social media teach people to express more moral outrage, study says

The study by a team of researchers at Yale University says positive feedback on social media appeared far more salient than negative feedback.
Representational Image | Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid (middle) during a press conference in Afghanistan, on 17 August 2021 | Twitter/@paykhar

Beijing’s support for Taliban is dividing Chinese social media

China wants to deal with Taliban but Weibo trends after Kabul attack show mood’s changing.
Facebook logo displayed on a laptop | Representational image | Bloomberg

Took action against 33.3 million content for violation in India: Facebook compliance report

The company said it had received 1,504 user reports for Facebook and 265 reports for Instagram through its Indian grievance mechanism between 16 June to 31 July.
A collage of Indian foods | ThePrint/Commons

We are mad about Weingarten’s Indian food comment. But who decides what’s ‘Indian’?

From Padma Lakshmi to Salman Rushdie, many were outraged by the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner's jab at Indian food. But are we not also guilty?
A screenshot from UP Police constable Priyanka Misra's video | Via Twitter

‘Aao kabhi UP’ — Agra constable’s Instagram video flashing gun in uniform lands her in trouble

Constable Priyanka Misra seemingly shot the video inside a police station. Clip shows her lip-syncing to a dialogue that appears to laud ‘UP’s culture of rangbaazi (show-off)’.
A view of Cafe Dosti, which is situated at Champa Gali, the hub of small and cozy cafes in Saket, Delhi. | Photo: Twitter/@bhatiananchal29

Where social media meets marketing — Delhi cafe owner’s appeal for support creates buzz

South Delhi's Dosti Cafe owner finds support from personalities including IAS, IPS officers. Last year, another Delhi-based small food joint called Baba Ka Dhaba had found online help. 
Representational image of Pakistan flag | Pixabay

Pakistan lists Israel editor among those spewing ‘anti-state fake news’. ‘Amateurish’, he hits back

Pakistan govt's Digital Media Wing Wednesday released a report accusing dissident groups of colluding with ‘foreign hostile actors’ to propagate fake news about Islamabad.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Can the Hindi novel keep up with social media? Its new readers are signalling a revival

Critics must drop their haughtiness to accommodate new writers ushering in a new era where readers play judge, jury and executioner on social media.
File photo of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

‘You aren’t shutting down Rahul Gandhi, but my followers’: Congress leader lashes out at Twitter

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's account was locked a week ago, followed by the locking of several party leaders' accounts and Congress' official handle.

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File photo of Subhash Chandra | Twitter /@SubhashZEE

How media mogul Subhash Chandra managed to beat a US activist fund & hold on to Zee

Sony is merging with Zee. It will control the larger empire & infuse an additional $1.4 bn of cash into it. But the combined entity will be presided over by Punit Goenka, Chandra’s son.
File photo of CCI Chairman Ashok Kumar Gupta | Twitter/@CCI_India

Data hegemony by digital companies may lead to attention economy: CCI chief Ashok Gupta

Gupta noted that in an 'attention economy', big tech players work to capture users’ attention, build profiles of their choices and habits, then sell those profiles to advertisers.


Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat attends the conference of the Chiefs of General Staff of the SCO member states in Russia's Orenburg, on 23 September 2021 | ANI photo

CDS Bipin Rawat attends SCO military exercise in Russia’s Orenburg

The exercise has provided an opportunity to the armed forces of the SCO nations to train in counter-terrorism operations in a multinational and joint environment, officials said.

Modi at 71 has zero challenge. But one CM is emulating him, a divisive, rising BJP star

Yogi has put high command in a tough situation. If he doesn’t win UP next year, it will set back BJP’s prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as theirs.