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Twitter testing ‘fleets’: exciting feature or late to the trend after Snapchat, Instagram?

Twitter’s new feature ‘Fleets’, which is currently being tested, will see tweets vanish after 24 hours without getting any retweets, likes or replies

Texting and calling are passe. Voice notes are it for the hands-free generation

Have you ever tried to have an argument over voice notes? Try it, they’re cleaner, simpler, and eliminate the shouting matches.
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How India protested when there was no WhatsApp or Instagram

From stickers in bathrooms to litho printing, Indians always found ways to protest.
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Fake news is here to stay. But it can be countered easily, without sources & links: Study

Cow urine cures cancer. EVMs hacked. These are just some of the fake news that circulate on social media and WhatsApp. So, a new study tested correction methods.
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The most powerful job in UK politics is now ‘WhatsApp group admin’

WhatsApp groups unite MPs of different parties that range from Labour factions to the “One Nation” group of moderate Tories.
The Sabarmati Hostel in JNU was attacked by a masked mob on Sunday night

WhatsApp, Google asked to provide information related to JNU attack

The Delhi High Court asked Delhi police to seize phones of members who were part of two WhatsApp groups via which the attack on JNU students and teachers was allegedly coordinated.
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Ladakh diktat to WhatsApp group administrators — register yourself with police, bring photos

A senior police officer said the practice of registering WhatsApp groups predated the bifurcation of J&K but residents dispute the claim. 
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Can Modi govt know who you text? Should FB be liable for your posts? We’ll know in Jan 2020

Apart from deciding on end-to-end encryption for chats, the amended IT Rules will also decide on what content belongs on the internet.

FireChat, Bridgefy see massive rise in downloads amid internet shutdowns during CAA protests

Data reveals that Delhi showed the most interest in FireChat and Bridgefy in the seven-day period beginning 12 December.
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Spying or hacking — nothing is hurting WhatsApp’s status as India’s top messaging app

Data with Sensor Tower shows WhatsApp was most downloaded app in November, the month the Pegasus scandal broke, and continues to remain India’s most popular app.

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Covid-19: Dr WHO gets prescription wrong

China informed WHO on 31 December, but there is evidence that the coronavirus had spread among humans as far back as mid-October. Yet, WHO showed no urgency.
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Coronavirus racism against NE Indians: How can govt prevent Sino-phobia from hurting our own?

While US President Donald Trump is constantly calling coronavirus the ‘Chinese virus’, people from northeast India are being targeted, abused and attacked.

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Army may recall retd personnel with medical expertise if fight against Covid-19 intensifies 

The Army has made a composite list of all those who retired in the last two years, especially focussing on those with medical expertise and trained technicians. 

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.