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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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Parliament panel asks Facebook, WhatsApp to step up action on women & child abuse content

The committee, chaired by BJP’s Heena Gavit and featuring 20 women MPs, was not satisfied with the social media giant’s answers.
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Why Kashmiris are mysteriously losing their WhatsApp accounts

Some Kashmiris living in other states have taken to social media platforms to share screenshots of people from the Valley leaving WhatsApp groups.
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Telegram, Signal, WhatsApp — what Gandhis, Kejriwal, Badals use to keep their calls private

Privacy concerns & new technologies have ushered in a new era of exchanges between politicians, with many now opting for apps offering better levels of encryption.

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Scuba divers are turning plastic waste in the oceans into Covid face masks

Diving organisation PADI has teamed up with a watersports clothing company to recycle bottles recovered from the ocean to make a range of face coverings.
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All about Odisha’s new credit scheme for 7 lakh landless farmers, a ‘first’ in India

Under the ‘Balaram’ scheme, the Odisha government will provide credit worth Rs 1,040 crore to 7 lakh landless farmers in the next two years.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets soldiers who were injured in Galwan Valley clash, during his visit to Ladakh, in Leh on 3 July 2020 | ANI

Army slams ‘malicious’ claims on Leh hospital visited by PM, says troops get best treatment

Army said troops injured at Galwan are being treated in a repurposed hall that is part of the hospital complex as some wards have been made isolation facilities.
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It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.