Karnataka Polls 2018: How BJP and Congress leverage social media during campaigns

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With increasing internet connectivity and smartphone usage, social media is now a major platform for campaigning during elections. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress are on the last leg of their campaigns, with the Karnataka elections just around the corner. In an attempt to woo voters, both parties are going all out and attacking each other on social media, just as much as they are doing in rallies and roadshows. Social media played an important part in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections that saw Narendra Modi and the BJP win big.…

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Facebook users in India target Hindu-Muslim couples, promote extremism and hate speech

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The 21-year-old Hindu college student was having a quiet breakfast with her mother when her phone pinged with a terrifying message. Her name was on a hit list. She and her Muslim boyfriend had been targeted publicly on Facebook along with about 100 other interfaith couples – each of them a Muslim man and their Hindu girlfriend. She immediately called her boyfriend to warn him. The Facebook post included instructions: “This is a list of girls who have become victims of love jihad. We urge all Hindu lions to find…

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Cyber Law Experts Wary of I&B Ministry Move to ‘Regulate’ Digital Media

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New Delhi: Cyber and media law experts have expressed concern at the recent order issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on regulating digital media – on the grounds that it may be an attempt to control what content is published. Pointing out that the 10-member panel formed to frame guidelines for websites lacks both a representative from digital media – the very object of the government’s ‘regulatory’ exercise – and a legal expert, lawyers said any provision to regulate the medium must be within the boundaries of freedom of speech as laid…

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EPFO slams Aadhaar data theft reports on social media

There was news doing the rounds earlier on in the day that Aadhaar data of subscribers of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has been stolen by hackers. On social media, there was secret letter alegedly written by VP Joy, the Central Provident Fund Commissioner, on March 23 confirming that such a theft has taken place. However, about two hours ago, the EPFO through its official social media handles put out a statement regarding ‘certain falsehoods being circulated in the social media platform about EPFO data’. The release clarified that…

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Social media can be poison, CM warns

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Patna: Chief minister Nitish Kumar is worried over the misuse of social media, even though he is part of the NDA which believes in harnessing the power of the virtual world to communicate with the masses. Nitish on Wednesday cautioned that rampant misuse of social media was damaging the social fabric and creating law and order problems. “Social media has become very important, but what is happening? People write whatever they want. They write bad things which lead to a row…. This has to be controlled,” the chief minister said. He…

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Just Like A Boss, Indian Navy Trolls China Navy On Social Media Over Presence In Indian Ocean

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The Navy today cheekily let China’s naval force know, “we see you on the Indian Ocean”. It did that by tweeting a “warm welcome” to three warships of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA-N)) that entered the Indian Ocean region (IOR). The Navy then added “happy hunting” to its welcome message to the Chinese navy ships, which Beijing says belong to the 29th Anti-Piracy Escort Force of the PLA-N in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). China often projects its Navy deployments as being aimed at piracy, when it is…

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Air India employee unions take to social media to protest against disinvestment plan

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Worried over possible job losses post disinvestment, as many as 11 Air India unions representing more than 10,000 employees have taken to Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook to protest against the stake sale plan. Messages and graphics with ‘Save Air India’ slogan are being posted on various social media platforms. People are also being urged through WhatsApp messages to raise their voice against the strategic disinvestment of the national carrier, according to union representatives. As part of efforts to revive the loss-making Air India, the government has kicked off the…

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Use social media for publicising govt schemes: BJP leader

Jaipur, May 6 (PTI) BJP joint general secretary V Satish today asked the party’s workers in Rajasthan to utilise social media for publicising various schemes and programmes of the government. Social media platforms should not be misused for destructive purposes rather it should be constructively utilised for the sake of development, he said at a division-level meeting of the party’s IT and social media volunteers here. He said that digitisation has brought transparency in governance due to the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The party’s state general secretary Chandrashekhar…

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