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Social Media: How ‘free’ is it?
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Social Media: How ‘free’ is it?

The over-extensive use of social media and technology in global politics today highlights the delicate balance between ethical, just and unbiased reporting. The infamous Twitter Files revealed how the micro-blogging platform concealed the scandal during the 2020 presidential election in the US. India has also gotten into troubled waters with social media giants (especially Meta and Twitter) over their respective definitions of freedom of expression and speech. The impacts that national and international political segments have on this advanced media also pose a threat to the information distributed—or rather concealed. Democracy is renowned as the beacon of independence, providing a glimpse at a just and fair modern society with the freedom to vote, to be voted, and to express ours...
Twitter employees do not believe in free speech; hated takeover bid by Elon Musk, footage reveals
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Twitter employees do not believe in free speech; hated takeover bid by Elon Musk, footage reveals

Project Veritas published explosive undercover footage on Monday night featuring one of Twitter's senior engineers discussing the dynamics behind internal reactions to the acquisition of the tech company by business magnate, Elon Musk. In the video Twitter engineer, Siru Murugesan, says many of his colleagues have voiced " this would be my last day if it happens", referring to Musk's highly publicized intended purchase of Twitter. He also says employees at Twitter are " stress - eating " and "worried for our jobs". More significantly, the sting operation revealed what employees at Twitter feel about free speech, censoring views from the right, capitalism vs communism, etc. Some claims made by the Twitter engineer were: * "Twitter does not believe in free speech •••• Elon  b...
India’s strong rebuttal to Twitter – Says Twitter cannot dictate terms to world’s largest democracy and undermine India’s legal system
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India’s strong rebuttal to Twitter – Says Twitter cannot dictate terms to world’s largest democracy and undermine India’s legal system

Condemns Twitter's statement as baseless, false and an attempt to defame India to hide their own follies. Twitter needs to comply with the laws of the land, says India. The government of India has reacted sharply to the statement by Twitter over its hesitationg to adhere to the laws laid down by the government. In a statement released by the Ministry of Electronics & IT, it said India has a glorious tradition of free speech and democratic practices dating back centuries. Protecting free speech in India is not the prerogative of only a private, for-profit, foreign entity like Twitter, but it is the commitment of the world’s largest democracy and its robust institutions. It further says that Twitter’s statement is an attempt to dictate its terms to the world’s largest democrac...
Russia’s Federal Watchdog Charges Twitter with Administrative Offenses; Slows down the platform for not deleting prohibited information
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Russia’s Federal Watchdog Charges Twitter with Administrative Offenses; Slows down the platform for not deleting prohibited information

Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) has taken measures to initially decelerate Twitter’s loading speed by 100% on mobile gadgets and 50% on desktop devices for non-compliance amounting to administrative offences. The watchdog’s deputy head Vadim Subbotin on March 10 said that they have sent three protocols on administrative offense to the magistrates’ court charging Twitter with not deleting prohibited information. He added that those offenses were committed in 2021, reports TASS. On February 1, a law came into force in Russia, which obliges social networks to independently identify and block prohibited content. Social networks are required to take immediate action to restrict access to such prohibited i...
“Misuse of Twitter’s platform for execution of campaigns designed to create disharmony and unrest is unacceptable” India to Twitter Inc.
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“Misuse of Twitter’s platform for execution of campaigns designed to create disharmony and unrest is unacceptable” India to Twitter Inc.

The GOI conveyed to the Twitter leadership that the manner in which Twitter officially allows fake, unverified, anonymous and automated bot accounts to be operated on its platform, raises doubts about its commitment to transparency and healthy conversation on this platform.Lawfully passed orders are binding on any business entity. They must be obeyed immediately. If they are executed days later, it becomes meaningless.Secretary of MeitY expressed his deep disappointment to Twitter leadership about the manner in which Twitter has unwillingly, grudgingly and with great delay complied with the substantial parts of the order.He also reminded Twitter that in India, its Constitution and laws are supreme. It is expected that responsible entities not only reaffirm but remain committed to comp...
India asks Twitter to remove 1178 more accounts for fueling protests and separatism
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India asks Twitter to remove 1178 more accounts for fueling protests and separatism

The government of India (GOI) has asked Twitter to block 1,178 accounts, suspected to be linked to Khalistan sympathisers or backed by Pakistan as per a TOI report. The demand has been made by the IT ministry after it received an advisory from MHA and security agencies, sources to TOI said. As per sources to TOI "The accounts ordered blocked are of Khalistan sympathisers, or those backed by Pakistan and operating from foreign territories… Many of the accounts are also automated bots that were used for sharing and amplifying misinformation and provocative contents on farmers protests". Reports suggest that these accounts were flagged by security agencies as accounts of Khalistan sympathisers or backed by Pakistan and operating from foreign territories, causing threat to public o...
Republicans accuse Twitter and Facebook of political bias at Senate hearing; Company CEOs hide behind action against ‘election disinformation’
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Republicans accuse Twitter and Facebook of political bias at Senate hearing; Company CEOs hide behind action against ‘election disinformation’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified remotely during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Facebook and Twitter's actions around US Elections on Nov 17 in Washington (AP Photo) On Nov 17th, a Senate hearing was held over legal protections for Social Media companies. CEOs of Twitter and Facebook were put to scrutiny by senators during the hearing. The Republican senators accused the social media companies of political bias and also charged them with unfair business practices and market dominance. The charges are seen as laying the ground for curbs on the long-held legal protections for these social media companies. Social Media users were witness to repeated interventions by Facebook and Twitter into the posts of US President Donald Trump and his R...
Turkey fines social media giants including Facebook, Twitter for breaching it’s new Internet law
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Turkey fines social media giants including Facebook, Twitter for breaching it’s new Internet law

Turkey has fined global social media companies, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, 10 million lira each for not complying with a new social media law. Omer Fatih Sayan, chairman of the Information and Communication Technologies Authority, said Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Periscope, YouTube and TikTok would be fined to the tune of $1.2 million each. The new law, which was passed in July and came into effect last month, requires platforms with more than one million daily users in Turkey to appoint a representative accountable to Turkish courts, abide by orders to remove “offensive” content within 48 hours and store user data inside Turkey. The law was passed immediately after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for social media sites to be "cleaned up" after hi...