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WhatsApp group admins change posting rights ahead of Ayodhya verdict

Ahead of Ayodhya verdict, WhatsApp group admins take action to preempt hate speech

Numerous WhatsApp group administrators restricted posting rights ahead of the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict, fearing action if hate speech was posted.
Delhi suffers from dangerous levels of pollution yet again this November

Will there be a solution to smog, asks Amar Ujala & Dinamani on snooping, right to privacy

A round-up of the Hindi and Tamil newspapers opinion pages to reflect a North-South viewpoint on topical issues.
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Activists hit by WhatsApp snooping write to govt, ask if public money was spent on Pegasus

In open letter, 19 activists & lawyers demand to know if there was any contract between govt & NSO Group to ‘deploy’ Pegasus spyware in India.
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Facebook adds more corporate branding to Instagram, WhatsApp

The branding effort reflects a larger shift happening inside Facebook as CEO Mark Zuckerberg pulls different aspects of the empire closer together.
Opposition leaders discuss WhatsApp snooping

Parliament, President, people’s court — how Opposition plans to tackle WhatsApp snooping

Opposition leaders met to discuss the deteriorating state of the Indian economy Monday, but also discussed the WhatsApp snooping of journalists & politicians.
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Uddhav Thackeray’s loud call, and government silence over air pollution

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

In India, it’s save-the-internet time once again

Internet freedom is threatened once again as the Modi government is high on power and the opposition dead. We must speak up before it's too late.
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Ten years of WhatsApp: From chat revolution to political weapon to Whexit

Since the Pegasus scandal broke out, more and more Indians, who relied on WhatsApp for reunions and jokes, are now looking at alternatives like Telegram and Signal.
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How Indians can guard their smartphones & computers from being hacked like WhatsApp

There’s no way you can protect your smartphones & laptops 100% from hacks, but there are some ‘hacks’ that might help.
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The rise of Pegasus and why India should know the problem with hiring ‘internet mercenaries’

Pegasus, the spyware behind India’s WhatsApp snooping incident, has been used in over 45 countries and comes with a hefty price.

On Camera

File photo | Dr Li Wenliang, who died of the novel coronavirus | Wikimedia Commons

China’s blunders in Wuhan should settle the debate about democracy and economic progress

The virus exploded from Wuhan to the world because the Chinese form of government abhors transparency. What they need is democracy — and India should learn this lesson.

Is talk of lifting lockdown premature or is it necessary to allow some economic activity?

As the Narendra Modi government considers the option of extending the Covid-19 lockdown beyond 14 April, concerns around its impact on the economy are growing.

Defence

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Indian Navy veterans slam ‘childish’ US response to Roosevelt ship incident

Former Navy Chief Admiral Arun Prakash says captain of USS Theodore Roosevelt should’ve resigned if he felt system let him down, rather than leaking mail to media.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.