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Large players like Facebook have said they are studying the rules.(Getty Images)

New social media rules may raise compliance cost, make competition tough

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 02:50 PM IST
According to the amended IT rules, social media and streaming companies will be required to take down contentious content quicker.
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Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar(AFP)
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar(AFP)

Social media content blocking provision not new, clarifies Centre

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 09:56 PM IST
The provision for the same has been there since 2009, the I&B ministry clarified.
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Satej Patil also said these regulations need to be opposed strongly as they infringe the privacy of individuals and free speech given by the Constitution.(Twitter/@satejp)
Satej Patil also said these regulations need to be opposed strongly as they infringe the privacy of individuals and free speech given by the Constitution.(Twitter/@satejp)

'Dictatorial': Maharashtra IT minister on centre's new social media regulations

By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 05:54 PM IST
  • Patil told Hindustan Times, "The regulations curtail freedom of expression."
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Social media companies will have to remove contentious content flagged by the government or court orders within 36 hours.(Getty images)
Social media companies will have to remove contentious content flagged by the government or court orders within 36 hours.(Getty images)

Govt sets 50 lakh users as threshold for 'significant social media intermediary'

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 02:17 PM IST
They will have to publish a monthly compliance report and details of the contents removed proactively.
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Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announcing the social media guidelines on Thursday,(ANI Photo)
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announcing the social media guidelines on Thursday,(ANI Photo)

Self-regulating body, monthly compliance reports: Govt's social media guidelines

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 03:57 PM IST
So far, online news media has not been unregulated, with the information & broadcasting ministry brining it under its ambit last year, but not yet formalising rules for it.
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The bans are also being applied on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.(Reuters File Photo )
The bans are also being applied on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.(Reuters File Photo )

Facebook bans all Myanmar military-linked accounts and ads

AP, Yangon
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 10:49 AM IST
Facebook already has banned several military-linked accounts since the coup, including army-controlled Myawaddy TV.
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Madhav said that in his new book he has penned his observations on several decisions of the Modi government.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)
Madhav said that in his new book he has penned his observations on several decisions of the Modi government.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

Govt working on law to regulate social media: Ram Madhav

Posted by Prashasti Singh | PTI, Kolkata
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2021 04:20 PM IST
Speaking at the launch of his new book 'Because India Comes First', Madhav said democracy is stressed and facing new challenges with the rise of "non-political" and "non-state" forces.
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Study reveals boys who play video games have lower depression risk(Unsplash)
Study reveals boys who play video games have lower depression risk(Unsplash)

Boys who play video games regularly are at lower risk of depression, says study

ANI, London
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 09:17 AM IST
According to the findings of a new study, 11-year-old boys who play video games are at a lower risk of developing depressive symptoms. The study also found that girls who spend a lot of time on social media might develop more depressive symptoms.
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Activist Disha Ravi was sent to five-day Delhi Police special cell custody, in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI)
Activist Disha Ravi was sent to five-day Delhi Police special cell custody, in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI)

From opposition in the country to global leaders, all come in support of Disha

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Deepali Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2021 04:14 PM IST
Leaders from all over the world and across the political spectrum have come together in her support while condemning the government for trying to kill dissent in a democracy.
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Several Union ministers have joined the app in the past few days.
Several Union ministers have joined the app in the past few days.

Prakash Javadekar joins Koo; RS Prasad 'thankful' for 5 lakh followers

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2021 01:18 PM IST
As the app is experiencing a massive load following push from BJP leaders, ministers, users reported glitches.
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Koo safety features have stoked new controversies.
Koo safety features have stoked new controversies.

Koo not leaking data, says co-founder; French hacker disagrees

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2021 08:50 AM IST
Elliot Alderson claimed that the leaked data is not what the profile pages are showing. Meanwhile, a fake account of Koo on Twitter has been suspended.
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Ministers Piyush Goyal, RS Prasad, several government departments have opened accounts on Koo.
Ministers Piyush Goyal, RS Prasad, several government departments have opened accounts on Koo.

Koo's Chinese investor will be exiting fully, says app co-founder

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2021 11:32 AM IST
The app is facing more load than ever, Aprameya tweeted requesting patience from new users and also clarified that Koo's China connection will soon be a thing of past.
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Antonio Guterres was responding to a question on whether Twitter made the right move in closing down the account of former US President Donald Trump.(AP file photo)
Antonio Guterres was responding to a question on whether Twitter made the right move in closing down the account of former US President Donald Trump.(AP file photo)

Worried about power of social media companies: UN chief

PTI, United Nations
PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2021 04:42 PM IST
  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, addressing a press conference on Thursday following his informal briefing to the UN member states on ‘Priorities for 2021’, said he does not think “we can live in a world where too much power is given to a reduced number of companies".
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Social influence has a large impact on people's adherence to Covid-19 guidelines, suggest the findings of a new study.(ANI)
Social influence has a large impact on people's adherence to Covid-19 guidelines, suggest the findings of a new study.(ANI)

When it comes to following Covid-19 guidelines, social influence matters

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 06:13 PM IST
Social influence has a large impact on people's adherence to Covid-19 guidelines, suggest the findings of a new study.
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It is regarding the 'objectionable comments' made on social media against ministers and government officials. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
It is regarding the 'objectionable comments' made on social media against ministers and government officials. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Social media posts against govt, officials to drive action by Bihar Police

ANI, Patna
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 12:57 PM IST
The letter was released on the behalf of Economic and Cybercrime Department from Bihar Police Headquarters on January 21.
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Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan’s Instagram Reels videos show him unabashedly at the core of some very entertaining action with his teammates during the 2020 IPL season in Dubai
Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan’s Instagram Reels videos show him unabashedly at the core of some very entertaining action with his teammates during the 2020 IPL season in Dubai

Social Media Star of the Week: Shikhar Dhawan

By Shruti Nair
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 06:42 PM IST
The cricketer wins this week because of the sheer ease with which he has taken to the Instagram feature even those half his age struggle with: Reels!
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Users complained on Tuesday that they were unable to access Facebook and WhatsApp, social media platforms being widely used for campaigning.(AP (Representative Image))
Users complained on Tuesday that they were unable to access Facebook and WhatsApp, social media platforms being widely used for campaigning.(AP (Representative Image))

Uganda bans social media ahead of presidential election

Reuters, Kampala
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 07:39 PM IST
The govt had made clear to executives at telecoms companies that the social media ban was in retaliation for Facebook blocking some pro-government accounts.
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The plea has also sought directions to frame guidelines to entrust responsibility on the officers of ministries of electronics and IT and Information & Broadcasting to deal with grievance/complaint against social media platforms.(AP (Representative Image))
The plea has also sought directions to frame guidelines to entrust responsibility on the officers of ministries of electronics and IT and Information & Broadcasting to deal with grievance/complaint against social media platforms.(AP (Representative Image))

Petition filed in SC seeks regulation of social media platforms

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 05:46 PM IST
The petition, likely to come up for hearing in the coming days, claimed that due to the lack of government control and intervention Twitter acts as it deems fit.
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The study appears in the Journal of Health Communication.(Unsplash)
The study appears in the Journal of Health Communication.(Unsplash)

In social media safety messages, the pictures should match the words: Study

By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Washington [US]
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 11:06 AM IST
When using social media to nudge people toward safe and healthy behaviour, it’s critical to make sure the words match the pictures, according to a new study.
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The teen digging the grave for his father while police are trying to stop him. (Videograb)
The teen digging the grave for his father while police are trying to stop him. (Videograb)

Video of teen pleading with cops to let him bury his father sparks outrage

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram:
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 04:28 PM IST
The boy’s parents had ‘accidentally’ immolated themselves on December 22 in Neyyatinkara in Thiruvananthapuram after police came to their house to evict them following a court order.
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You shouldn’t play the social media game for the followers says Ranveer
You shouldn’t play the social media game for the followers says Ranveer

Ranveer Allabadia: How to increase your IG followers organically

By Ranveer Allahbadia | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 07:54 AM IST
Your Reels game on IG can solve can help get you followers
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Jeetujayson Raju shares his story about becoming a celebrity PR agent

UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 05:45 PM IST
Jeetujayson Raju works with Hollywood actor and celebrity Chase Tang to promote activewear and premium beverage brands.
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In a country with 0.29 psychiatrists per 100,000 people — against a recommended 3 per 100,000 — according to 2017 World Health Organization data, online access to counselling can be a vital tool.(HT Illustration: Gajanan Nirphale)
In a country with 0.29 psychiatrists per 100,000 people — against a recommended 3 per 100,000 — according to 2017 World Health Organization data, online access to counselling can be a vital tool.(HT Illustration: Gajanan Nirphale)

Couch surfing: As therapists turn influencers, here’s what to watch out for

By Madhusree Ghosh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 02:19 PM IST
The helpful, humorous videos about mental health can act as a gateway in times of stress, make the idea of counselling less intimidating, but must never be seen as a substitute for the real thing.
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Meet Shaleen Mishra, the 18-year-old running your favourite Instagram pages

UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 04:51 PM IST
He Is also the Co-founder of Sarrcasm Media which is handing an Instagram base of over 50 M people.
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Nepal Embassy officials assisted police in India to track the minor girl who had run away to MP from Kathmandu.(Courtesy- Facebook)
Nepal Embassy officials assisted police in India to track the minor girl who had run away to MP from Kathmandu.(Courtesy- Facebook)

Minor girl from Nepal travels to MP on marriage promise, rescued after 18 days

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Bhopal
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 05:15 PM IST
The minor girl lives with her father in Nepal while her mother works abroad. She was quite active on different social media platforms and was easily misguided by her contact in India, said a child welfare officer.
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AIMIM Uttar Pradesh social media & IT committee formed, appointed new members to their party

UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 06:14 PM IST
AIMIM Uttar Pradesh selected Afzal Anis as their social media coordinator.
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Covid-19 lockdowns drive spike in online child abuse(Twitter/tasblegal)
Covid-19 lockdowns drive spike in online child abuse(Twitter/tasblegal)

Online child sex abuse witnesses a spike worldwide amid Covid-19 pandemic

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz | Brisbane, Australia
PUBLISHED ON DEC 02, 2020 10:43 AM IST
Covid-19 lockdowns created the perfect storm for increases in online sexual exploitation of children and from slums in the Philippines to Australia’s suburbs, the cross-border crime has mushroomed as offenders take advantage of school closures and lockdowns to reach children - either in person or via social media, gaming sites and the dark web.
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Do you rely on social media for news?
Do you rely on social media for news?

Ranveer Allahbadia: Of newspapers and nudes

By Ranveer Allahbadia | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON NOV 29, 2020 07:02 AM IST
In the battle of traditional news media versus social media, and sharing nudes versus common sense, who wins?
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Minister of state for road transport general VK Singh addressing a public rally ahead of DDC polls in Jammu on Tuesday.(PTI)
Minister of state for road transport general VK Singh addressing a public rally ahead of DDC polls in Jammu on Tuesday.(PTI)

J&K sees subdued campaign, candidates rely on social media

By Mir Ehsan | Hindustan Times/Srinagar, Srinagar
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 01:19 AM IST
Amid the Covid crisis, most candidates in fray for the 280 seats, are opting for door-to-door campaigning or are using social media platforms
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Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan (File Photo: ANI)
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan (File Photo: ANI)

Amid mounting criticism, Kerala puts on hold controversial Police Act Amendment ordinance

By Ramesh Babu | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 02:09 PM IST
Issuing a brief statement, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said his government has no plan to go ahead with the ordinance. “In view of concern expressed from various quarters, we have decided not to go ahead with it,” Vijayan said.
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