Vidhi covers business of media and entertainment, sports and pop culture for Hindustan Times.
Articles by Vidhi Choudhary
Richard Allan, vice president of policy solutions at Facebook, has the crucial task of finding policy fixes at the social media giant for important issues such as privacy, freedom of expression and online child safety.
Last week, Facebook had said hackers had exploited a vulnerability in its system, impacting up to 50 million accounts. The US-based firm did not disclose country-specific impact.
Previous viewership of Asian Games were significantly lower at 40.9 million and 32.6 million in 2014 and 2010, respectively. However, these numbers, measured by TV ratings agency TAM, were for a different universe and hence no direct comparison can be made.
Rajan Anandan, vice-president (South-East Asia &India), Google talks about the company’s journey in India, since it arrived in the country in 1994, and addresses concerns often voiced by users
In India, getting basic information in the pre-Google setup meant spending days at the library, calling in favours to meet experts, use of dictionaries, directories and globes, reading books and enclyopedias and watching quizzes
The clarification came hours after a social media storm against UIDAI, with users blaming the agency, which oversees the Aadhaar identification system, for pushing the information to their devices without their consent.
The draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 – part of the Srikrishna panel report – provides for regulations on how personal data is to be handled by various entities, including the state.
Data protection bill will hold tech companies such as Facebook, Google accountable for users’ information
A draft of the data protection bill, that was submitted to the government on Friday, says there will be consequences for companies that collect users’ data, and also calls for storing this information in India.
Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati will soon set up a joint committee with private radio stations to figure out how much it can charge FM channels for broadcasting news aired by All India Radio (AIR).
Senior executives from instant messaging service WhatsApp, owned by Facebook Inc., described their week-long trip to India as “productive” and said their “top challenge” continues to be fake news as the company searches for an India head in this time of crisis.
As visuals of the Congress president walking across the House to hug Modi were played repeatedly across television channels and social media platforms, some recalled the prime minister’s own penchant for hugging foreign leaders.
The man who uploaded the photos has been detained and made to delete the photos, West Bengal police said.
Sacred Games is based on Vikram Chandra’s book by the same name. It’s Netflix’s first original series in India.
The assurance comes in the wake of fake videos and child-lifting rumours spurring mobs to target innocent people across India over the last two years. The government had expressed ‘deep disapproval’ over the company’s inability to clamp down on ‘irresponsible and explosive material’.
The warning to WhatsApp comes in the wake of a spate of incidents involving lynching of innocent people because of certain “fake and motivated” messages being circulated on the widely used messaging app
Regional language feeds in Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali, Tamil and Telugu contributed to 46% of the overall viewership on TV.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has said the existing administrative system for grant of permissions for uplinking and downlinking of TV channels should be continued.
The move comes at a time when user data of Indians is under threat from social media firms accused of data mining and sharing information with private companies for advertising and marketing purposes. There has also been a growing concern over Aadhaar.
The latest Rajinikanth movie ‘Kaala’ has fared poorly in Karnataka, where it was not shown by many theatres after local political groups protested the actor’s comments in favour of Tamil Nadu in the dispute between the two states on sharing Cauvery water.
The CEOs of Renew Power Limited, Nestlé, Make My Trip, Boston Consulting Group and PVR Pictures share their thoughts about what they love about Gurugram and the changes they want to see in the city.
Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 clocked 731.3 million impressions compared to 660.2 million in IPL10 after 30 matches according to data by TV ratings agency, Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC)
The brand value of IPL was over $ 5.3 billion in 2017, an increase of 26% from $ 4.2 billion in 2016 on the back of renewed title sponsorship deals.
The 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) Week 1 viewership numbers also include viewership from DD Sports as well as 10 channels in the Star India network
Feed from IPL matches will also be shared by Star India with Prasar Bharati to air IPL matches on DD Sports, on a one-hour deferred live basis.
Star India won the global television and digital media rights for all cricket played in India in the next five years for Rs 6,138.1 crore but experts believe it will be harder to get returns compared to the IPL.
There is now a view within the poll panel that it should not partner with any social media platform until a strict code of conduct defining the scope and nature of such partnerships is drafted.
The ministry has raised five questions in all including whether the personal data of Indian voters and users has been compromised by Cambridge Analytica or any other downstream entity in any manner.
India needs a regulatory framework to deal with issues of data protection and privacy, said BG Mahesh, who worked on digital political ad campaigns in 2014
In 2017, spending on cricket was an estimated Rs 4,692.5 crore, or 65% of the overall spending and a 15% increase over 2016, largely driven by the steep sponsorship deals for the Indian Premier League (IPL).
In India, the deal means that Murdoch-owned Star India’s businesses, including 49 entertainment channels and 10 sports channels would be absorbed by Disney along with its digital streaming platform Hotstar