Vidhi Choudhary

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

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A virtual election war room will monitor 2019 polls in India: Facebook’s Richard Allan

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.

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.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
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.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 15, 2018 08:57 AM IST

Centre asks Facebook for update on latest data breach

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.

The information and technology ministry has asked Facebook to provide an ‘update’ on the impact on Indian users on account of the recent hacking incident where about 50 million accounts on the social media portal were affected, sources said.(Reuters Photo)
The information and technology ministry has asked Facebook to provide an ‘update’ on the impact on Indian users on account of the recent hacking incident where about 50 million accounts on the social media portal were affected, sources said.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Oct 03, 2018 11:33 AM IST

Asian Games TV viewership better than FIFA World Cup, Wimbledon

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.

Indian fans celebrate after their team's victory against Pakistan in the men's field hockey bronze medal match between India and Pakistan at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on September 1, 2018. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI / AFP)(AFP)
Indian fans celebrate after their team's victory against Pakistan in the men's field hockey bronze medal match between India and Pakistan at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on September 1, 2018. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI / AFP)(AFP)
Updated on Sep 07, 2018 09:21 AM IST

20 years of Google: ‘You have full control over your data...’

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

Rajan Anandan at Google’s Gurugram office.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Rajan Anandan at Google’s Gurugram office.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 26, 2018 09:08 AM IST

20 years of Google: When information was not just a click away

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

UP Police stand guard.(HT File Photo)
UP Police stand guard.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 26, 2018 09:44 AM IST

Google takes blame as UIDAI number pops up on contact lists, says user data not compromised

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 flaw did not mean any data of users had been compromised, a Google spokesperson said.(Reuters File Photo)
The flaw did not mean any data of users had been compromised, a Google spokesperson said.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Aug 04, 2018 07:23 AM IST

Consent has to be the bedrock on which data is processed: Member of Srikrishna Committee

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.

Justice B N Srikrishna addresses the media after submitting a report on 'Data Protection Framework' to law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, in New Delhi July 27.(PTI Photo)
Justice B N Srikrishna addresses the media after submitting a report on 'Data Protection Framework' to law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, in New Delhi July 27.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jul 28, 2018 09:14 AM IST

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.

The focus on data protection comes after the scandal in March over access gained by political marketing firm Cambridge Analytica to user’s data collected through Facebook.
The focus on data protection comes after the scandal in March over access gained by political marketing firm Cambridge Analytica to user’s data collected through Facebook.
Updated on Jul 28, 2018 09:04 AM IST

FM channels may soon get to air AIR news bulletins

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).

Prasar Bharati, of which AIR is the radio broadcast arm, wants FM stations to be allowed to only replay the news that is aired on AIR, and wants these radio stations to pay for the content.(File Photo)
Prasar Bharati, of which AIR is the radio broadcast arm, wants FM stations to be allowed to only replay the news that is aired on AIR, and wants these radio stations to pay for the content.(File Photo)
Updated on Jul 26, 2018 10:46 PM IST

WhatsApp terms India trip productive, says top challenge remains fake news

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.

Earlier this month, WhatsApp announced plans to limit the use of forwarded messages to five individuals or groups in a bid to curb the spread of misinformation and fake news.(Reuters/Photo for representation)
Earlier this month, WhatsApp announced plans to limit the use of forwarded messages to five individuals or groups in a bid to curb the spread of misinformation and fake news.(Reuters/Photo for representation)
Updated on Jul 26, 2018 01:54 PM IST

No-confidence motion: The Rahul-Modi hug reverberates across internet

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.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi hugs Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his speech in the Lok Sabha on 'no-confidence motion' during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Friday, July 20, 2018.(PTI)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi hugs Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his speech in the Lok Sabha on 'no-confidence motion' during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Friday, July 20, 2018.(PTI)
Published on Jul 21, 2018 12:06 AM IST

17-year-old girl commits suicide after man posts her intimate photos on Facebook

The man who uploaded the photos has been detained and made to delete the photos, West Bengal police said.

Facebook said its community standards strictly prohibit the sharing of non-consensual intimate images. At least three similar incidents over the past ten months have been reported.(Reuters file)
Facebook said its community standards strictly prohibit the sharing of non-consensual intimate images. At least three similar incidents over the past ten months have been reported.(Reuters file)
Updated on Jul 10, 2018 12:06 AM IST

Sacred Games: How India’s first Netflix original came together

Sacred Games is based on Vikram Chandra’s book by the same name. It’s Netflix’s first original series in India.

Sacred Games is directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane.
Sacred Games is directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane.
Updated on Jul 07, 2018 12:05 AM IST

Taking steps to curb fake news and rumours, WhatsApp tells govt

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’.

According to media reports, over 30 people have been killed in the past one year by lynch mobs after rumours of child lifting triggered via messages on WhatsApp.(Bloomberg)
According to media reports, over 30 people have been killed in the past one year by lynch mobs after rumours of child lifting triggered via messages on WhatsApp.(Bloomberg)
Updated on Jul 04, 2018 11:39 PM IST

Ensure steps to prevent spread of rumours, government warns WhatsApp

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

The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration taken September 15, 2017.(REUTERS File Photo)
The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration taken September 15, 2017.(REUTERS File Photo)
Updated on Jul 04, 2018 02:10 PM IST

Women make up nearly half of FIFA World Cup 2018 viewers in India

Regional language feeds in Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali, Tamil and Telugu contributed to 46% of the overall viewership on TV.

Neon light decorations in the shape of soccer players stand in front of the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia June 27, 2018. According to Sony Pictures Networks India, women accounted for 46% of viewers and rural audiences, 41%.(Reuters)
Neon light decorations in the shape of soccer players stand in front of the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia June 27, 2018. According to Sony Pictures Networks India, women accounted for 46% of viewers and rural audiences, 41%.(Reuters)
Updated on Jun 29, 2018 07:25 AM IST

TRAI not in favour of auctioning TV channels

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.

Broadcasters had opposed the proposal put forth by the ministry of information and broadcasting in August 2017, suggesting auctioning of TV channel as is done in the case of FM Radio.(File photo)
Broadcasters had opposed the proposal put forth by the ministry of information and broadcasting in August 2017, suggesting auctioning of TV channel as is done in the case of FM Radio.(File photo)
Updated on Jun 25, 2018 10:46 PM IST

Draft bill proposes 1 crore fine, 3 year jail for data privacy violation

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 Internet Freedom Foundation launched its community project ‘Save our Privacy’ in what it described as a bid to safeguard individuals’ right to privacy.(Bloomberg/Picture for representation)
The Internet Freedom Foundation launched its community project ‘Save our Privacy’ in what it described as a bid to safeguard individuals’ right to privacy.(Bloomberg/Picture for representation)
Published on Jun 08, 2018 10:44 PM IST

Rajinikanth’s political ambitions likely to dent Kaala’s box office collections

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.

Rajnikanth fans celebrate the release of his film 'Kaala', in Chennai on Thursday(PTI Photo)
Rajnikanth fans celebrate the release of his film 'Kaala', in Chennai on Thursday(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jun 08, 2018 02:45 PM IST

Gurugram matters to those who matter: Top CEOs give their take

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.

The skyline view of Cyber City, Cyber Hub and Gateway tower building, in Gurgaon, India.(Parveen Kumar/HT File Photo)
The skyline view of Cyber City, Cyber Hub and Gateway tower building, in Gurgaon, India.(Parveen Kumar/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 02, 2018 09:21 AM IST

IPL 2018 TV viewership increases at tepid 11% despite increase in channels

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)

Star India had won the Indian and global media rights (both TV and digital) to broadcast IPL for the next five seasons for <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>16,347.50 crore.(PTI)
Star India had won the Indian and global media rights (both TV and digital) to broadcast IPL for the next five seasons for 16,347.50 crore.(PTI)
Updated on May 11, 2018 11:17 PM IST

IPL 2018 set to fetch profits for all eight teams for the first time

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.

Team captains posing with the IPL 2018 trophy.(Twitter Photo//@IPL)
Team captains posing with the IPL 2018 trophy.(Twitter Photo//@IPL)
Updated on Apr 22, 2018 08:24 AM IST

Marginal rise in Indian Premier League TV viewership in Week 1 of IPL 2018

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

Star India, which won the television, digital, Indian and global media rights to the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the next five seasons aired IPL 2018 across 10 channels including multiple Star Sports channels as well as its regional channels.(PTI)
Star India, which won the television, digital, Indian and global media rights to the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the next five seasons aired IPL 2018 across 10 channels including multiple Star Sports channels as well as its regional channels.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 20, 2018 03:09 PM IST

Star India and DD to broadcast some matches of the IPL together

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.

The MIB approved for temporary live uplinking of IPL matches that begin on Saturday, on Star India’s non-news and current affairs TV channels(Mint File Photo)
The MIB approved for temporary live uplinking of IPL matches that begin on Saturday, on Star India’s non-news and current affairs TV channels(Mint File Photo)
Updated on Apr 06, 2018 07:50 AM IST

‘Could be tough to match IPL returns as deal has 40 percent Tests’

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.

Star India won the global consolidated bid for all international and domestic cricket matches to be played in India to retain the rights it won in 2012.(PTI)
Star India won the global consolidated bid for all international and domestic cricket matches to be played in India to retain the rights it won in 2012.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 05, 2018 10:54 PM IST

After Cambridge Analytica row, Election Commission to review ties with Facebook

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 Election Commission and Facebook began engaging with each other in 2017 without any legal framework defining the partnership.(AFP file photo)
The Election Commission and Facebook began engaging with each other in 2017 without any legal framework defining the partnership.(AFP file photo)
Updated on Mar 29, 2018 10:51 PM IST

After Cambridge Analytica case, govt asks Facebook if data of Indians was misused

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.

Canadian data analytics expert and whistle-blower Christopher Wylie poses for photographs outside a press conference in London on March 26, 2018.(AFP)
Canadian data analytics expert and whistle-blower Christopher Wylie poses for photographs outside a press conference in London on March 26, 2018.(AFP)
Updated on Mar 28, 2018 11:53 PM IST

App, Facebook rows expose regulatory grey area: Experts

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

Globally, Facebook is at the centre of a storm over access gained by political marketing firm Cambridge Analytica to user data on the social media network.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Globally, Facebook is at the centre of a storm over access gained by political marketing firm Cambridge Analytica to user data on the social media network.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Mar 27, 2018 11:28 PM IST

Sponsorship revenue from cricket accounts for Rs 4700 crore in 2017

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).

Sports sponsorship revenue led by cricket increased by 14% in 2017.(Getty Images)
Sports sponsorship revenue led by cricket increased by 14% in 2017.(Getty Images)
Published on Mar 21, 2018 10:06 PM IST

Fox deal set to make Disney India’s biggest broadcaster

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

In investor calls, 21st Century Fox has forecast that Star will report $500 million in operating profit in India in the year to June 2018.(AP File Photo)
In investor calls, 21st Century Fox has forecast that Star will report $500 million in operating profit in India in the year to June 2018.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Dec 14, 2017 11:17 PM IST
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