Social media

  • 22 girl changemakers takeover social media handles of corporate, diplomats
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 11 (ANS): 22 girl changemakers from across nine Indian states are set to take over the social media handles of leading corporates, diplomatic missions and media houses by leveraging their online presence to highlight the important message of girls having the space and opportunity to share their ambitions and solutions to mark the International Day of the Girl (IDG). These girls will be drawing attention to the significance of girls having the right to decide on th
  • Global workforce in distress as Google services crash
    NEW DELHI, AUGUST 20 (IANS): As millions of people began another busy weekday mostly working from home, Google services especially Gmail and Drive suffered a massive outage on Thursday globally, including in India. Those affected took to social media, reporting issues with opening attachments, failed logins and emails not landing in their inboxes. After spending several hours in the dark, the services started resuming globally in the evening, with Google saying that Gmail has bee
  • Derogatory social media post accused arrested in B'luru
    BENGALURU, AUGUST 12 (IANS): City police have arrested the person accused of posting a derogatory message which triggered riots in Bengaluru east last night, an official said on Wednesday. "With regard to the incidents in D.J. Halli, accused Naveen was arrested for posting derogatory posts," said city Police Commissioner Kamal Pant. Naveen is said to be the relative of Congress MLA Akanda Srinivas Murthy. Following his social media post, irate mobs resorted to riotin
  • Derogatory social media post accused arrested in Bengaluru
    3 dead, 110 arrested for rioting over Facebook post   Bengaluru, August 12 (IANS): City police have arrested the person accused of posting a derogatory message which triggered riots in Bengaluru east last night, an official said on Wednesday. "With regard to the incidents in D.J. Halli, accused Naveen was arrested for posting derogatory posts," said city Police Commissioner Kamal Pant. Naveen is said to be the relative of Congress MLA Akanda Srinivas Murthy.
  • Malaysia opposition warns of 'chilling effect' of applying old law to social media
    KUALA LUMPUR, July 23 (Reuters): A decades-old Malaysian law requiring video or film productions to be licensed before being broadcast extends also to social media, a minister said on Thursday, sparking opposition outcry over its implications for freedom of expression. Communications and Multimedia Minister Saifuddin Abdullah told parliament that licenses were needed "regardless of whether they are mainstream media agencies or personal media that broadcast films on social
  • Modi tells BJP's new RS MPs to use social media to connect
    NEW DELHI, JULY 22 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi met BJP Rajya Sabha MPs who took oath on Wednesday, maintaining social distancing, when he strongly advocated for use of the social media by the new members of the upper house. The Prime Minister urged them not just to be limited to the upper house but also be active in the field. "Urged MPs to keep themselves updated with latest policy issues. Also emphasised on being effective on the floor of the House as well as in the
  • Police cautions against ‘unwarranted comments’ on social media
    Dimapur, July 21 (MExN): Nagaland Police on Tuesday cautioned citizens against posting unwarranted comments and “trials” on social media against arrested animal rights activist Hema Chowdhary, who was brought to Nagaland on Monday.   This may violate the law, including the rights of the accused, the Nagaland Police said on its Twitter handle. The arrest of Chowdhary in Mumbai on July 17 attracted a lot of adverse comments and trolling on various social media plat
  • 'We are a battleground now': In Southeast Asia, U.S-China tensions flare on social media
    Reuters   Tensions between the United States and China over the South China Sea have erupted into a war of words on social media, in what analysts see as a change in U.S. strategy amid a burgeoning superpower rivalry in Southeast Asia.   After Washington last week hardened its position by explicitly rejecting Chinese maritime claims in the South China Sea, U.S. embassies in the region produced an unprecedented flurry of op-eds and statements criticising Beijing
  • Protests lead brands to speak out against racism. But will they act?
    LONDON, June 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Major brands taking to social media to condemn racial inequalities have been challenged to back up their words with action to tackle a lack of black leadership in many firms and entrenched racial pay gaps in the United States.   As protests against the death of an unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of police sweep the nation and spark wider debates, dozens of major firms have shared online posts condemning racism and
  • Trump's social media regulation push faces key hurdle at the FCC
    WASHINGTON, June 1 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump's effort to regulate social media companies' content decisions may face an uphill battle from regulators who have previously said they cannot oversee the conduct of internet firms.   Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai did not endorse Trump's proposal on Thursday but said in a written statement "this debate is an important one" and added the FCC "will carefully rev
  • U.S. Asians, harassed over coronavirus, push back on streets, social media
    NEW YORK, May 29 (Reuters): A spike in harassment of Asian-Americans since the coronavirus pandemic began has led community activists in the United States to fight back - forming street patrols, rallying on social media, and supporting each other online.   Asians of varying national backgrounds have suffered a surge of attacks this year, which activists linked to the pandemic's emergence in China. Some said they feared harassment could worsen in a U.S. election year
  • Not selling WhatsApp or Instagram at any cost: Mark Zuckerberg
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg . (Reuters/Leah Millis File Photo)   Washington, September 20 (IANS):  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected a US lawmaker's call to break his company, saying he's not going to sell WhatsApp or Instagram at any cost. Senator Josh Hawley (Missouri Republican) tweeted that he met Zuckerberg during his visit to Washington, DC on Thursday, and asked him to sell Instagram and WhatsApp. "Just finished meeting with @facebook