Any attempt to create ‘imperialism of internet’ by few companies unacceptable: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday told Rajya Sabha that any attempt to create “imperialism of internet” by a few companies would not be tolerated. Speaking during Question Hour on the banning of Twitter accounts, Prasad said the government welcomes dissent but cannot allow misuse or abuse of social media. … Read more

View: Social media firms are not digital media companies. The new IT guidelines fail to get this fact

So, while the government may be within its rights to regulate recalcitrant social media platforms — given the recent incidents with Twitter and WhatsApp — by what right can it afford to muzzle the press? Synopsis But in ostensibly trying to create a level censorship field to discourage future misuse, GoI has ingeniously killed two … Read more

Supreme Court should have a Twitter handle of its own, remarks CJI SA Bobde

Chief Justice of India SA Bobde on Tuesday remarked the Supreme Court could have its own account on social media platform Twitter. “The Supreme Court should have a Twitter handle of its own,” he told fellow judges on the bench, Justice AS Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramanian, as an aside during virtual court proceedings in … Read more

Mobile internet suspended in 3 Haryana districts for 24 hours as Delhi witnesses violent protests

Chandigarh: Mobile internet services have been suspended in three Haryana districts of Sonipat, Jhajjar and Palwal for 24 hours ending 5 pm Wednesday, the state government said Tuesday evening, as violent protests by farmers rocked neighbouring Delhi. Haryana’s Home Secretary Rajeev Arora said internet services were snapped to “stop the spread of disinformation and rumours … Read more

For Gujarat local body polls, BJP will start with social media pages of ticket-seekers

GANDHINAGAR: The BJP in Gujarat will thoroughly scan social media accounts of ticket-seekers in the upcoming local body elections on their success in enrolling page committee members and for their commitment to movements like the Ram Janmabhoomi temple. BJP state functionaries told ET the party decided to scan the Twitter and Facebook handles of prospective … Read more

‘Tandav’ controversy: Creator Ali Abbas Zafar says sorry

New Delhi: Amid growing dissent over his recent web series Tandav, show creator Abbas Zafar has apologised on behalf of the entire cast and crew, saying they did not intend to offend anyone or insult any religion and political party. “Our sincere apologies,” Ali wrote on Twitter while sharing the “Official statement from the Cast … Read more

UK bans arrivals from South America over Brazil virus variant

LONDON: Britain will ban arrivals from Brazil, other South American states and Portugal due to concerns over a new coronavirus variant, transport minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday. “I’ve taken the urgent decision to ban arrivals from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela … Read more

Analysis: Donald Trump abdicating in the job he fought to retain

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump‘s days in office are numbered. But he’s already stopped doing much of his job. In the last three weeks, a bomb went off in a major city and the president said nothing about it. The coronavirus surged to horrifying new levels of illness and death in the U.S. without Trump acknowledging … Read more

Can social media companies boot Trump? Yes

Social media companies decided this past week they had finally seen enough from President Donald Trump. Facebook and Instagram suspended Trump at least until Inauguration Day. Twitch and Snapchat also disabled Trump’s accounts. To top it all off, Twitter ended a nearly 12-year run and shuttered his account, severing an instant line of communication to … Read more