New Delhi: A lot of politicians were worked up by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report that said Facebook India was favoring the BJP and unwilling to take down hateful posts by its party members.
Congress spokesperson Gaurav Pandhi pokes fun at Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s response.
Facebook spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad moonlights as the IT Minister of India!
— Gaurav Pandhi (@GauravPandhi) August 17, 2020
Prasad, meanwhile, reminded Congress leader Rahul Gandhi of his party’s “alliance with Cambridge Analytica”.
Losers who cannot influence people even in their own party keep cribbing that the entire world is controlled by BJP & RSS.
You were caught red-handed in alliance with Cambridge Analytica & Facebook to weaponise data before the elections & now have the gall to question us? https://t.co/NloUF2WZVY
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) August 16, 2020
Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi was succinct on the row and provides some tips on how to respond.
The biggest loser in this entire social media platform and us vs them narrative will be India, we Indians, as well as our vibrant democracy if we allow these platforms to manipulate our choices and decisions. 1/
— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) August 17, 2020
Guess BJP MP Tejasvi Surya didn’t get his hands on the WSJ report after all. Or is this classic doublespeak?
Many have complained that Facebook is unfairly censoring many nationalist, pro-India or pro-Hindu voices
As member of Standing Committee on IT, I will take it up with concerned in appropriate forum.
Please send me your complaints, if any, on the issue to email@example.com
— Tejasvi Surya (@Tejasvi_Surya) August 16, 2020
Researcher and advocate Kiruba Munusamy’s post gives a glimpse of India’s racism and casteism.
This is only a glimpse of the abuses I receive online on a day-to-day basis.
India is a deeply institutionally racist-casteist country. Women from oppressed communities are systematically targetted for being visible and vocal.
But, I don't go anywhere. I’m here and I’ll thrive! pic.twitter.com/kLWegJTJOO
— Kiruba Munusamy (@kirubamunusamy) August 16, 2020
Activist Edward Snowden on why you should care about privacy.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) August 16, 2020
World Resource Institute’s Erik Solheim spots some raw talent for India’s Olympic prospects.
India 🇮🇳 has won very few olympic medals
With this talent from rural India it time for change!
— Erik Solheim (@ErikSolheim) August 16, 2020
Former cricketer Bishan Bedi recalls batsman Chetan Chauhan who died of complications after contracting the coronavirus.
Sad #ChetanChauhan’s fight against Corona ended w/the gutsy opener falling prey..RIP #ChetanChauhan!By far the most frequent & lasting partner o Gr8 SMG Chetan was all o sheer grit/determination & ever willing to stay n shadow o illustrious SMG-yet rub shoulders w/high & mighty!
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) August 16, 2020
Tributes for just retired cricketers Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina continue to pour in.
Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli has an emotional moment.
Thank you for these moments skip.
I couldn’t explain the mutual trust, respect and understanding we share better than these two videos I’m posting here today.
The first one explains perfectly well who he is , selfless in the most intense moments…. pic.twitter.com/DYWvJ9ojOv
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 16, 2020
International Cricket Council celebrates on the creative tributes for Dhoni and Raina, especially from sand artist Sudharshan Pattnaik.
— ICC (@ICC) August 17, 2020
On a fun note, here’s Amitabh Bachchan in an evergreen avatar.
I shall tell you .. 'Mahaan' shooting in Kathmandu Nepal 🤣🙏 https://t.co/N4B2xYnqQ3
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 16, 2020
US Democrat Presidential candidate Joe Biden making the bare minimum promises that President Donald Trump obviously forgot about.
Here’s my promise to you: If I’m elected president, I will always choose to unite rather than divide.
I’ll take responsibility instead of blaming others.
I’ll never forget that the job isn’t about me — it’s about you.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 16, 2020
Kamala Harris’ niece Meena Harris finds Indians celebrating the former’s selection as Biden’s running mate.
I was sent this from Tamil Nadu where our Indian family is from. It says “PV Gopalan’s granddaughter is victorious.” I knew my great grandfather from our family trips to Chennai when I was young—he was a big figure for my grandma and I know they’re together somewhere smiling now. pic.twitter.com/WuZiKimmqj
— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) August 16, 2020
To end on a high note, here’s Wuhan giving us all hope — we will chill just like that sooner than later.
Sau Chuhe Khake Billi Haj Ko Chali 😳 https://t.co/MMZJjLlvJs
— Akash Banerjee (@TheDeshBhakt) August 17, 2020
With inputs from Tina Das