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31 deaths later, WhatsApp is yet to be serious about fighting fake news in India

The messenger service used by 200 million Indians has to walk the talk.
Members of the Nathpanthi Davari Gosavi community are called to bless pious occasions such as weddings and pujas | Satish Bate/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

How a WhatsApp rumour destroyed the status of a 500-year-old nomadic tribe in Maharashtra

Nathpanthi Davari Gosavis, are often recognised as 'revered singers of folklore' by a commander of Shivaji.
Supreme Court

Centre approaches WhatsApp for crackdown on rumours, and a new record for Virat Kohli

Front Page The Supreme Court is demanding accountability from states on lynch mobs. On Tuesday, the apex court ruled that mob violence was a crime irrespective of the motive, and that states were obliged to stop lynch mobs, The Indian Express reports. “We do not want lynchings. We do not want mob violence. We want to protect victims,” said a bench comprising CJI Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud. The government has approached WhatsApp to control rumours: As cases of lynchings continue to rise, the ministry of electronics and IT has sent a letter to WhatsApp's senior management, asking them to take urgent steps to prevent the spread of “irresponsible and explosive messages” on its app, The Times of India reports. WhatsApp is owned by Facebook. Now, states must consult the UPSC before appointing their directors general of police. The Supreme Court Tuesday directed states to send a list of potential candidates to the UPSC three months...

The devolution of man, and the fall of the rupee

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint.

Social media’s sinister spin, and why Indians may be opting for Swiss banks

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint.
Representational image | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

A single WhatsApp rumour has killed 29 people in India and nobody cares

How many more will be lynched before the government wakes up?
Several apps of Google displayed on a smartphone | Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Google takes on Facebook in India with hyper-local network Neighbourly

In an era of fake news, trolling and privacy concerns, Neighbourly could help Google take on Facebook and WhatsApp. A Mumbai train commuter who witnessed an accident earlier this month, turned to his smartphone to ask neighbors how to help a bleeding victim. Responses poured in instantaneously. Take him to the station master at the next stop; ask the ticket collector for first aid; call 138 for emergency help and so on. Not long after, the commuter posted a happy ending: the injured party had received medical attention. This transpired within minutes on Neighbourly, the hyper-local social network unveiled in India this month by Google’s Next Billion Users program. The neighborhood network -available in Mumbai and soon to expand to other cities - lets people share local expertise and crucial information with others in the vicinity. The crowd-sourced recommendations range widely: kitchen cabinet makers, service stations that repair electric scooters, cricket...
IPS Officer Rema Rajeshwari addresses villagers at a public awareness programme for fake news via social media apps in Balgera village

Telangana female cop’s fight against fake news is saving lives in more than 400 villages

Police officer Rema Rajeshwari has a local antidote, an education campaign, to fight fake news.

Facebook’s acquisition of every possible digital ad space shows weakness

Facebook's six years lessons as a public company has made it incredibly adept at making money by finding new places to stick ads and tailoring them to specific needs. 
Fake WhatsApp forward

HoaXposed: Fake photograph of ‘corrupt politicians being executed’ in China goes viral on WhatsApp

Taken on 7 April, 2004, the photograph is actually of convicts at a sentencing rally in the Chinese city of Wenzhou.

On Camera

Retiring early can be bad for the brain

Retiring early and working less has many benefits, such as reduced stress, better diets and more sleep. But as we found, it also has adverse effects.
File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.

Defence

Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

No ‘major’ build-up at LoC but Pakistan pushing new Chinese-made assault rifles into Kashmir

Security forces have recovered EMEI Type 97 NSR rifles, manufactured by Chinese firm Norinco, which they believe were dropped into J&K through drones.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.