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Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party moves to hashtag politics, Akhilesh ‘monitoring’ #NoMoreBJP, other campaigns

Apart from its usual strategy of aggressively hitting the streets to protest, Samajwadi Party is now also seeking to bolster its online campaigns to counter BJP on several issues.
Trump signs executive order to ban WeChat, TikTok | Bloomberg

TikTok and WeChat have taken Chinese-style censorship to rest of the world, study says

These findings may lend ammunition to the Trump administration, which banned TikTok and WeChat after accusing them of bending to China's will in censoring content.
Instagram app | Omkar Patyane | Pexels

How Instagram went from hipster favourite app to must-have by Pepsi, Playboy and Snoop Dogg

In ‘No filter’, Sarah Frier chronicles Instagram’s rise as a photo-sharing app that competed with Facebook and Snapchat & how it shaped influencer culture.
Divya Spandana | ThePrint Team

No more politics or movies, time off has helped me find myself, says Divya Spandana

In an interview with ThePrint, Divya Spandana aka Ramya, former Congress social media chief, talks about an unsavoury experience with Facebook and her plans ahead.
Congress MP Manish Tewari (L) and BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya

Manish Tewari letter to FB on ‘BJP hate speech’ starts row as lobbying, collusion charges fly

Manish Tewari’s mention of US-based policy expert Bharath Gopalaswamy in the letter has led BJP leader Amit Malviya to accuse him of using a lobbyist to influence FB. 
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, Twitter can’t police on speech violation. Only Indian law can

What instigated the outrage against Facebook’s alleged political bias in India is an attempt to coerce platforms to take sides in the US Presidential campaign.
File image of Divya Spandana | Facebook

Actor-politician Ramya back on social media after a year, Congress says she never quit party

Congress leaders say Ramya aka Divya Spandana remains a part of the party but claim to be clueless about the reason behind her online absence.
Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, top right, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, top centre, Sundar Pichai of Alphabet, bottom left, and Tim Cook of Apple, centre left, swearing in during a US House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing, 29 July | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Bloomberg

Why Amazon, Apple, FB and Google are in the dock. It’s not just about economy

Even if the US Congress enacts new legislation, short of breaking up Big Tech, antitrust actions will not directly take on its bigger power.
BJP leader Vinit Goenka at his event | Screengrab

Twitter engaging in ‘anti-India activity’ — BJP leader wants more cases against the platform

According to BJP leader Vinit Goenka, Twitter is also abetting terrorism by accepting advertisements from pro-Khalistani groups such as Sikhs For Justice.
CISF jawans | Nayanika Chatterjee/ ThePrint

CISF issues new social media rules, asks 1.62 lakh personnel to avoid criticising govt

The fresh guidelines issued by the Central Industrial Security Force on 31 July said violators and defaulters of these rules will face 'strict legal and disciplinary action'.

On Camera

File photo of PM Narendra Modi and former PM Manmohan Singh | PTI

Modi govt was handed weak data institutions by Congress, but it ruined them further

The BJP’s 2014 manifesto promised ‘real-time data’. Now, the Modi government has no data on migrant workers’ deaths during Covid pandemic.
A man holds a Rs 2000 banknote | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Are people holding on to cash after lockdown? New RBI data seems to suggest so

Data shows a sharp increase in cash holding after the lockdown was imposed in March. The demand for Rs 2,000 notes has surged, say bankers.

Defence

Army chief M M Naravane assesses situation along LoC in North Kashmir

The Army chief, who is on a 2-day J&K visit, also discussed issues concerning the present security situation in the Union Territory with Lt Governor Manoj Sinha.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why India’s triple crisis needs Modi to de-escalate & disengage from divisive politics at home

Covid, China and economy are intense, intertwined crises that need political space and confidence. Responsibility to create them doesn’t lie with opposition.