Vidhi Choudhary

Vidhi Choudhary

Vidhi covers business of media and entertainment, sports and pop culture for Hindustan Times.

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At 400 million active internet users, India is the second largest internet user market after China.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
At 400 million active internet users, India is the second largest internet user market after China.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

India adds 40 mn new internet users each year

By Vidhi Choudhary | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2019 02:02 PM IST
This is due to the rise of the non-English speaking internet user. Google’s latest report said that nine out of 10 new internet users in India are likely to be Indian language users.
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The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is way ahead of the Congress in advertising expenditure on social media at the end of the fourth phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.(REUTERS)
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is way ahead of the Congress in advertising expenditure on social media at the end of the fourth phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.(REUTERS)

BJP outspends Congress, others in social media advertising

By Vidhi Choudhary | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 03, 2019 11:35 PM IST
The data shows that so far the BJP has spent Rs 25 crore in advertisements across Facebook, Instagram, Google and YouTube.
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The new film will play in several Indian languages, with 50-60% of the screening estimated to be in Hindi
The new film will play in several Indian languages, with 50-60% of the screening estimated to be in Hindi

Avengers: Endgame may mirror Baahubali success

PUBLISHED ON APR 26, 2019 02:22 PM IST
In April 2017, Baahubali 2 smashed box office records to become India’s top grossing film in just six days.
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Twitter announces new feature to report fake news(REUTERS)
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Twitter announces new feature to report fake news(REUTERS)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Twitter users can now report misleading tweets on polls

By Vidhi Choudhary | New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2019 11:27 PM IST
The rules will also include misleading information about requirements for voting, including identification requirements, misleading statements or information about the official announced date or time of an election.
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Netflix has commissioned 10 new original films for India.
Netflix has commissioned 10 new original films for India.

Netflix to stream 10 more original films in India, partners with Shah Rukh, Karan Johar

UPDATED ON APR 15, 2019 11:25 AM IST
Netflix has partnered with Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment, Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and Ronnie Screwala’s RSVP for the new movies
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Image for representation.(Arun Sharma/HT FILE PHOTO)
Image for representation.(Arun Sharma/HT FILE PHOTO)

BJP tops ad spend on Google and YouTube

By Vidhi Choudhary | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2019 08:56 AM IST
The BJP spent 1.21 crore of the 3.76 crore expended by political parties on ads published on Google and YouTube between 19 February and 4 April, said the report.
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WhatsApp has over 230 million monthly active users in India.(REUTERS)
WhatsApp has over 230 million monthly active users in India.(REUTERS)

To curb fake news in poll season, WhatsApp starts ‘tipline’

UPDATED ON APR 03, 2019 12:16 AM IST
WhatsApp has been at the center of controversy in India since last year after false messages spread on its platform sparked a number of mob lynchings.
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The Congress said in a statement that none of the pages taken down were officially backed by it or its verified volunteers.(REUTERS)
The Congress said in a statement that none of the pages taken down were officially backed by it or its verified volunteers.(REUTERS)

Facebook deletes hundreds of accounts, pages ‘linked’ to BJP, Congress

By Vidhi Choudhary | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 01, 2019 11:51 PM IST
According to Facebook, the network associated with the Congress included 549 accounts and 138 pages, which reached 206,000 followers.
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Facebook on Wednesday apologised for identifying Kashmir independent of India.(AFP)
Facebook on Wednesday apologised for identifying Kashmir independent of India.(AFP)

Facebook apologises for identifying Kashmir as independent

By Vidhi Choudhary | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 28, 2019 12:21 AM IST
Facebook on Wednesday apologised for identifying Kashmir independent of India in a blog post while referring to geographies, where multiple networks tied to Iran engaged in coordinated inauthentic behaviour.
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Former Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps during an interview with Hindustan Times in New Delhi, on Tuesday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Former Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps during an interview with Hindustan Times in New Delhi, on Tuesday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Exclusive: It was hard for me to become vulnerable, says Michael Phelps

By Rudraneil Sengupta & Vidhi Choudhary | HIndustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2020 02:57 PM IST
Michael Phelps speaks on his preparations for the Olympics, his struggles with depression, and what he expects from the 2020 Tokyo Games
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Michael Phelps during an interview with Hindustan Times at ITC Maurya Hotel, in New Delhi on March 26.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Michael Phelps during an interview with Hindustan Times at ITC Maurya Hotel, in New Delhi on March 26.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Flying Fish out of water: ‘I’d rather run than swim,’ says Michael Phelps

By Rudraneil Sengupta and Vidhi Choudhary | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2019 07:30 AM IST
Michael Phelps has been the rare athlete who has openly spoken about his struggle with depression and mental health, the other side of his glittering athletic career.
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WhatsApp Inc. offers a cross-platform mobile messaging application that allows users to exchange messages. Image for representation.(Bloomberg file photo)
WhatsApp Inc. offers a cross-platform mobile messaging application that allows users to exchange messages. Image for representation.(Bloomberg file photo)

Social media giants to draft ethics code for polls

By Smriti Kak Ramachandran and Vidhi Choudhary | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2019 07:34 AM IST
The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and social media intermediaries on Tuesday agreed to draft a code of ethics for the industry in the next 24 hours after being asked to do so by the Election Commission (EC).
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A screengrab of a satirical political video on TikTok.
A screengrab of a satirical political video on TikTok.

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Politics goes TikTok in new-age campaigning

By Vidhi Choudhary | New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2019 04:51 PM IST
The app is TikTok, and its virtually inexhaustible library of prompts, and easy editing tools, using which people can create their own short videos, has resulted in a veritable deluge of political memes or just political videos.
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A parliamentary panel on information technology on Wednesday asked social media giant Facebook to ensure that its platform and those of its photo-sharing site Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp are not misused to create divisions, incite violence.(Reuters File Photo)
A parliamentary panel on information technology on Wednesday asked social media giant Facebook to ensure that its platform and those of its photo-sharing site Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp are not misused to create divisions, incite violence.(Reuters File Photo)

Parliamentary panel asks Facebook to curb divisive posts on platforms

By Smriti Kak Ramachandran and Vidhi Choudhary | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2019 07:01 AM IST
The panel, citing tensions between India and Pakistan following the February 14 Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir that left at least 40 paramilitary troopers dead, is learnt to have asked Facebook to ensure there is no threat of information leakage though social media.
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India has an estimated 30 million Twitter users but the corresponding number for Pakistan is not independently available. With 13.74 million conversations ( 77.4% of the total), India made up the bulk of these conversations.(Reuters/Picture for representation)
India has an estimated 30 million Twitter users but the corresponding number for Pakistan is not independently available. With 13.74 million conversations ( 77.4% of the total), India made up the bulk of these conversations.(Reuters/Picture for representation)

India’s air strike, Pak response step up heat on Twitter

By Vidhi Choudhary | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2019 01:32 AM IST
Escalating tensions between India and Pakistan dominated Twitter with 17.39 million conversations about the issue shared on February 26 and 27, according to Bengaluru-based digital marketing agency, Autumn Grey.
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Colin Crowell, Twitter’s vice president for global public policy and philanthropy, said the 2019 elections ar critically important for the microblogging site.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Colin Crowell, Twitter’s vice president for global public policy and philanthropy, said the 2019 elections ar critically important for the microblogging site.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

‘No evidence of foreign interference in India polls yet’: Twitter vice-president Colin Crowell

By Vidhi Choudhary | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2019 10:58 PM IST
Twitter vice-president Colin Crowell spoke about the meeting with the parliamentary committee, responded to allegations of a perceived political bias.
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Government renews warnings to social media sites on polls

By Kumar Uttam, Smriti Kak Ramachandran and Vidhi Choudhary | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2019 11:34 PM IST
Prasad’s comments come at a time when Twitter is fighting charges of a perceived bias against right-wing handles on the micro-blogging platform. Earlier this month, Bharatiya Janata Party supporters alleged that Twitter was biased against them.
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Twitter has also set up an “internal cross functional elections group” in its efforts to protect the integrity of elections in the country.(AP File Photo)
Twitter has also set up an “internal cross functional elections group” in its efforts to protect the integrity of elections in the country.(AP File Photo)

Twitter’s public policy head Colin Crowell to attend parliamentary panel on Monday

By Vidhi Choudhary | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2019 02:35 PM IST
For India, political advertisers that fall under the Political Campaigning Policy, people will be able to see further details, including billing information, ad spend, and impressions data per tweet. Additionally, Twitter will be showing demographic targeting data for the ads being served, both intended by the advertiser and actually delivered by Twitter.
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Image for representation.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Image for representation.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)

‘Willing to participate, but need more time’: Twitter on parliamentary panel hearing

By Smriti Kak Ramachandran and Vidhi Choudhary | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2019 07:27 AM IST
Executives from social media firm Twitter’s US headquarters will not appear before a parliamentary panel that has summoned them on Monday over perceived bias towards right-wing handles on the micro-blogging platform.
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Twitter Friday said it believes in impartiality and does not take any actions, such as blocking of accounts, based on political views.(REUTERS)
Twitter Friday said it believes in impartiality and does not take any actions, such as blocking of accounts, based on political views.(REUTERS)

Political ideologies don’t dictate policy, product changes: Twitter

By Vidhi Choudhary | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2019 11:44 PM IST
Explaining how trending topics on Twitter work, the US-based microblogging platform said the velocity or the number of tweets in a given time period and not the total number of tweets decides what is trending.
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Advertisements that reference political personalities, political parties and elections on social networking site Facebook in India will now carry disclaimers about who published and paid for the ad.(REUTERS)
Advertisements that reference political personalities, political parties and elections on social networking site Facebook in India will now carry disclaimers about who published and paid for the ad.(REUTERS)

Political advertisements on Facebook to carry disclaimers

By Vidhi Choudhary | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2019 07:46 AM IST
From 21 February only advertisers who have completed authorisations and disclosed who is responsible for an ad will be allowed to run political ads in India.
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India is WhatsApp’s biggest market with more than 200 million users.(REUTERS)
India is WhatsApp’s biggest market with more than 200 million users.(REUTERS)

Ahead of LS polls, WhatsApp tells political parties not to spam users

By Vidhi Choudhary | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2019 02:58 PM IST
WhatsApp has been at the centre of controversy in India since last year after false messages spread on its platform sparked a number of mob lynchings.
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While these sops will put some extra money in the hands of the two classes of consumers and boost demand for items of daily use and low-cost staples, they are not expected to lift purchases of more expensive items, executives at other consumer goods companies said.(AP)
While these sops will put some extra money in the hands of the two classes of consumers and boost demand for items of daily use and low-cost staples, they are not expected to lift purchases of more expensive items, executives at other consumer goods companies said.(AP)

Budget: Rise in demand may be limited to FMCG, say experts

By Vidhi Choudhary | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2019 09:18 AM IST
While these sops will put some extra money in the hands of the two classes of consumers and boost demand for items of daily use and low-cost staples, they are not expected to lift purchases of more expensive items, executives at other consumer goods companies said.
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The need for a new legislation has been felt as the Information Technology Act, which provides for privacy and security of data in digital form, has its limitations.(Representative image)
The need for a new legislation has been felt as the Information Technology Act, which provides for privacy and security of data in digital form, has its limitations.(Representative image)

Data protection bill may get Cabinet nod next week

By Rajeev Jayaswal and Vidhi Choudhary | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2019 07:16 AM IST
The data protection law, once passed, will protect citizens’ personal information such as health and financial data, religious or political affiliation, caste, tribe, gender, sexual orientation and biometric information.
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‘In India, Sacred Games has created a level of awareness for Netflix that didn’t exist before.’(Photo courtesy: Netflix)
‘In India, Sacred Games has created a level of awareness for Netflix that didn’t exist before.’(Photo courtesy: Netflix)

India on their minds

By Vidhi Choudhary | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2019 11:52 AM IST
Netflix, now three years old in India, has spent more on local content here than anywhere else in the world, except the US. That’s given us the stellar Sacred Games. But is it enough to score over other streaming services?
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Piyush Pandey, who has three decades of experience in advertising, will be chief creative officer, worldwide, in Ogilvy from January 1, 2019.(HT File Photo)
Piyush Pandey, who has three decades of experience in advertising, will be chief creative officer, worldwide, in Ogilvy from January 1, 2019.(HT File Photo)

Ad man Piyush Pandey to become global creative chief of Ogilvy

By Vidhi Choudhary | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2018 11:20 PM IST
Piyush Pandey is the man behind the famous advertisement for Dairy Milk chocolate in which a girl breaks into a gleeful dance on the cricket pitch after a winning six is scored. That was in 1994. For him, it was just a nice story, but many interpreted it as an expression of freedom in those days.
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During his first visit to India, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey said the country would be the next big growth frontier for Twitter.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
During his first visit to India, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey said the country would be the next big growth frontier for Twitter.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Using US polls insights to prepare for India elections, says Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey

By Vidhi Choudhary and Samarth Bansal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2018 08:57 AM IST
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey said they are mainly learning from what happened in the 2016 US elections, the Mexico elections and the 2018 midterm elections. They have also built models to identify where people are trying to game the system.
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A study done by the BBC World Service Group, titled ‘Beyond Fake News’, used multiple methods to understand the circulation of fake news in India.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
A study done by the BBC World Service Group, titled ‘Beyond Fake News’, used multiple methods to understand the circulation of fake news in India.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

What drives fake news in India? Here’s what a BBC study found out

By Vidhi Choudhary | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2018 08:23 AM IST
Since May this year, at least 30 people have been killed in India in mob violence over rumours circulating on messaging service WhatsApp and other social media platforms.
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WhatsApp has over 200 million users in India, its largest market.(AFP File Photo)
WhatsApp has over 200 million users in India, its largest market.(AFP File Photo)

Brazil’s experience a red flag for WhatsApp in Indian polls, say experts

By Vidhi Choudhary | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 21, 2018 07:15 AM IST
Data shows that the share of active WhatsApp users in rural India has doubled since 2017, according to a survey by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.
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The Digital Empowerment Foundation survey titled “What’s up Rural India?” recorded responses from only 1018 rural users in 14 states.(Reuters File Photo)
The Digital Empowerment Foundation survey titled “What’s up Rural India?” recorded responses from only 1018 rural users in 14 states.(Reuters File Photo)

Rural Indians don’t trust messages on WhatsApp blindly: Survey

By Vidhi Choudhary | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2018 01:43 PM IST
Only 8% of the respondents marked 10 as their trust score on a scale of 1-10, where 1 stands for complete distrust and 10 for complete trust, in information received on WhatsApp, found a survey.
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