Opinion: Will Priyanka Chopra’s #GoGentle cool social media?

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Priyanka Chopra has always been known to be a strong-minded and bold actress, who does not hold back. Last week Pantene used Priyanka to convey a very important message: #GoGentle on social media. After all, we are human. We have feelings. We get hurt. And celebrities are no different. #GoGentle, patterned on Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Celebrities Read Mean Tweets’ was launched on April 18 with a video featuring Chopra who admitted to being ‘a little nervous’ before reading the tweets and Instagram comments. The first comment she reads out is “I…

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‘Social media makes trafficking easier’

KOLKATA: Social media is one of the biggest routes for luring schoolchildren into trafficking. This was one of the highlights at the seventh edition of the anti-human trafficking conclave organised by the US Consulate General, Kolkata in association with NGOs Shakti Vahini and Banglanatak Dot Com.  Around 300 students from various Kolkata schools, including The Heritage School, Mahadevi Birla World Academy, DPS Ruby Park, La Martiniere for Boys and Modern High School for Girls attended a workshop titled ‘Empowering Youth Voices to Combat Human Trafficking’. One of the major risks…

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Terror groups use social media for coordination, says Rajnath Singh

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said terrorist groups were using social media networks for spreading their ideology and coordination. “Terrorists pose a threat not only to a country but to entire mankind. Today terrorism poses new challenges. You must have seen that it is continuously changing its face.” “Where terrorists indulge in barbaric and cruel acts, there social media networks have become a platform for contact points, coordination and made easy to spread their ideology,” Singh said at the inauguration of NSG Regional Hub at Hyderabad. “Barring Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), our…

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AMU violence: 2 held for posting ‘inflammatory’ material on social media

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Aligarh (UP), May 7 Two youths wanted in connection with the violence in the Aligarh Muslim University on May 2 have been arrested by the police for allegedly trying to breach peace and posting inflammatory material on social media. Amit Goswami and Yogesh Varshney, former city president of Hindu Yuva Vahini, were arrested late on Sunday and sent to jail, the police said. According to the SO, Civil Lines, Javed Khan, they were arrested under Sections 147 (rioting), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion) of IPC.…

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Odisha girl commits suicide after ‘obscene’ video goes viral on social media

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A 16-year-old girl from Odisha’s tribal-dominated Nabarangpur district hanged herself from a tree on Wednesday, after a video that depicted her in a compromising position with a youngster from the neighbourhood went viral on the social media. A villager reportedly showed the clip to the girl’s father while her body was being brought back to their house. The father then lodged a complaint against the accused – Jagannath Gouda – with the Jharigaon police station. Police said the girl, who was in a relationship with Gouda, decided to take the…

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Huawei teases P20 Pro India launch on social media

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Huawei has started teasing the launch of the P20 Pro in India. The official Twitter account for Huawei India posted the following tweet and although the hashtag says #HuaweiP20, the triple circle pattern in the video suggests it will either be just the more expensive P20 Pro or both, P20 and the P20 Pro. So far, there is no official information on when the company expects to launch the phone but according to our sources, Huawei is targeting the last week of April for the launch. We don’t have any information yet on…

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Hello Network in talks to raise funds from Indian investors

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Bengaluru: Hello Network Inc., the new social network launched by the founder of Orkut, is in talks to raise money from strategic investors in India as the company seeks to establish itself as an alternative to social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. “We’re looking at strategic partners in India to help us reach our vision. It would be great for us to have strategic partners who know India so much better than we do. We’re currently in conversations (with investors) and people reached out to us,” Hello Network…

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Is your taxi secular? How social media is forcing Indian companies to take political positions

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On April 20, Abhishek Mishra tweeted that he had cancelled an Ola cab because the driver assigned to him was Muslim. Mishra is a member of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, a Hindutva group affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. His tweet created a storm, as scores of people criticised his “flaming bigotry”. But as the controversy swirled, Ola maintained its silence. It took the cab company two days to eventually send Mishra a homily: “Ola, like our country, is a secular platform, and we don’t discriminate our driver partners or customers…

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Companies may redefine social media dos, don’ts

MUMBAI | NEW DELHI: Companies may revise their policies on the online behaviour of employees, even in their private capacity, as some comments face a backlash from social media users in the country, CEOs and HR managers said. For instance, Kotak Mahindra Bank  sacked an employee in Kerala on Friday following a contemptuous Facebook post about the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl that was met with furious condemnation. The bank, however, said it had terminated the employee due to “poor performance”. “Social media is redefining the boundaries of…

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Facebook may take on Amazon and Flipkart in India through Marketplace

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India’s e-commerce is expected to see some massive changes and pretty soon. Where on one hand Walmart is planning to buy majority stake in Flipkart and the reports of the possible deal is already worrying other e-commerce giants like Amazon, a new incoming report suggests that Facebook may also enter into this e-commerce space soon. An ET report states that Facebook is planning to make an entry into the business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce space. According to the report, social media giant has already begun talks with several brands and businesses to list on…

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