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WhatsApp may lead India’s next payment revolution, but what’s stopping it?

Money is many things, but it’s not fake news. So why block WhatsApp from spreading it around? India is the laboratory of choice for Western tech firms to test out their mobile payment capabilities so they can be rolled out from Bangladesh to Nigeria. Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg entered the fray two years ago by

Social media unites and divides us. How should we respond?

As people all over the country protest the police killing of George Floyd, social media has become the medium for amplifying marginalized voices, organizing and reporting events. It’s also where President Donald Trump and other politicians are responding. But in just the past few days, Twitter has

Opinion | A public campaign could tackle the ills of social media

Most of us, at some point of time, have experienced the perils of unbridled online content. It’s a problem with almost every widely-used medium of communication—the internet, television and social media. Even if we dislike the chatter we witness, we cannot curb people’s freedom of speech. Inflammatory

Pandemic, policing and role of social media

In the past few weeks, social media in India has emerged as a vital platform of communication between the government and citizens. In addition to sending out pandemic-related updates through various news platforms, governments today can share information directly with people. During the lockdown, social media platforms

WhatsApp helps Himachal farmers amid lockdown

SHIMLA: The positive impact of the lockdown, enforced to contain the coronavirus spread, is visible in the agricultural fields and orchards of Himachal Pradesh where almost 80 per cent of rural households possess some land. The state Agriculture Department has seen the lockdown period as an opportunity

Plea in Delhi HC seeks removal of illegal groups on social media platforms for children’s safety.

NEW DELHI : The Delhi High court on Tuesday sought response from Centre on a plea seeking directions to it to direct social media companies to remove illegal groups on their platforms for the safety and security of children in cyberspace. The plea alleges that social media

Letter: Freedom of speech should apply to social media, too

Our country is based on the foundation of freedom of religion, speech and the press. Everyone’s ideas have equal value and are judged on their own merit by each of us individually. Social media is becoming a dominant way of communicating ideas that shape our society. The

To advance human rights, stronger social media governance is key

This week I joined 19 other leaders from civil society, academia and the media around the world as a member of the new Oversight Board for Facebook and Instagram. This is an independent body that will make binding decisions on whether certain content on Facebook and Instagram

How to prepare for COVID-19 as a social media manager

WGBH’s Forum Network livestreamed a community conversation on coronavirus Sunday from Boston’s Museum of Science. The stream was made available via Facebook, YouTube and Twitch for those uncomfortable with attending in person. When it comes to public health crises, social media is at the front lines of

Bosses tell social media celebrities: TikTok on your own time

SparksandTarts, second left, have their bosses’ blessing for their break dancing, other TikTokers may not be so lucky. Photograph: TikTok They are some of the most popular videos on the shortform video-sharing app TikTok – clips of uniformed employees, from builders to nurses to supermarket staff, dancing and goofing