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Twitter to revive controversial account verification system from early 2021

As part of the revamped process, Twitter said it may remove verification if a user’s account is dormant, or if it repeatedly breaks the company’s rules.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at a forward base in Ladakh

Political ideology has a direct impact on Army’s leadership, and that’s a worry

Rajnath Singh doing Shastra puja looks like PR. India’s secular Army never made a big deal out of them.

Diana-mania gets a new Gen-Z makeover. Netflix is cashing in

From being dubbed a ‘Gone Girl’ figure to street style icon, Princess Diana has a new legion of fans among Gen-Z and millennials.
A file photo of the CBI headquarters in New Delhi. | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

CBI books 17 over ‘life-threatening’ social media posts against Andhra Pradesh HC judges

The HC bench directed the CBI to submit a report in a sealed cover in eight weeks and posted the case to 14 December for further hearing.
Sameet Thakkar, a Nagpur resident, who was arrested by Maharashtra Police this week for the third time in 17 days | Twitter | @thakkar_sameet

Palghar girls to Sameet Thakkar case — all Maharashtra govts tried to shut online dissent

There are at least 10 cases under Shiv Sena-led MVA govt, 6 under BJP-Shiv Sena regime & at least 3 under Congress-NCP rule in which people were booked for social media posts.
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The test for scandalising the courts has to be redefined for the age of social media

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Humble headline? No, it’s a weapon for media, Facebook, Google, your WhatsApp group

We have a problem. Most of us Indians don’t read articles beyond the headline and we are having a tough time distinguishing report and opinion.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, son Aaditya, and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut (far left) offer aarti by the Saryu river in Ayodhya in this December 2018 file photo | Twitter | @AUThackeray

BJP sympathiser Sameet Thakkar latest, Sena’s filed 10 FIRs in 6 mths for ‘insulting CM, govt’

The cases filed by Shiv Sena have set the stage for the latest face-off between the party and erstwhile ally BJP, which has accused the former of misusing power to ‘silence detractors’.
Umbrellas featuring BBC News logo in London | Photo: Simon Dawson | Bloomberg File Photo

BBC’s new rules restrict staff from posting personal views on social media

New rules will apply whether online platforms are being used ‘professionally or personally’. BBC employees also aren’t allowed to criticise colleagues publicly.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed BJP workers on the party's foundation day Monday | Photo: ANI

Man booked for ‘objectionable’ Facebook post against PM Modi, Yogi Adityanath

Police say the man shared a picture of Ravana's effigy on Facebook with photos of four leaders, including PM Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath, on it.

On Camera

The moment of the Hand of God Goal, 1986 | Wikimedia

Why the English still can’t let go of the ‘Hand of God’ goal

In England, the continuing anger that Maradona “got away with it” in 1986 comes out of the ashes of empire.
File image of former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan | PTI

Rupee strong from exports perspective, should depreciate a bit, says Raghuram Rajan

India needs to worry about medium-term growth trajectory and see if the current levels of demand are sustainable in future, the former RBI governor says at ASCENT eConclave 2020.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in interaction with his Vietnamese counterpart Friday | Twitter | @Rajnathsingh

Rajnath Singh assures ‘friend’ Vietnam of help modernising its armed forces

India has been in talks with Vietnam, which has maritime border issues with China in the South China Sea, over Hanoi’s interest in acquiring supersonic cruise missile BrahMos.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint Team

What the amazing rise & sudden death of a ‘Holy Warrior’ tell us about Islam & politics in Pakistan

Khadim Hussain Rizvi was the face of Pakistan’s radical Islamist politics. His sudden death, however, will not end the mass appeal of religious fundamentalism.