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Report says top Facebook executive in India openly backed Modi on internal company group

A report by Wall Street Journal revealed that Facebook’s policy head for the region, Ankhi Das, had said in an internal post “We lit a fire to his (Modi) social media campaign and the rest is of course history”

TikTok ban and Trump’s extortionist policies

China sees the US demand for opening their and others’ markets, while ordering ByteDance to sell TikTok, as another version of the Opium War. If TikTok owning the data of its users is dangerous to national security, so is Facebook and Google owning their users’ data

Who benefits from TikTok’s sale?

Prabir Purkayastha discusses the recent revelations on how Facebook’s lobbying influenced the current US stance on TikTok.

Can BJP’s politics and Facebook’s business thrive without hate?

The problem of hate news is built into the genes of big digital monopolies like Facebook. We need to break up these monopolies and regulate them as the new public utilities of the digital age

‘Titans of tech’ face grilling in US Congress

Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha talks about the deposition of the heads of Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and Facebook before the US House of Representatives Committee that deals with anti-trust issues.

Rich big tech, dead democracy

Evidence that Big Tech has had a chilling effect on start-ups and investors is one thing, but the ubiquitous nature of the platforms in their specific ways does effect every aspect of life, not just in the US but across the world

Study says Instagram algorithm prioritizes scantily-clad men and women

According to a study carried out by European Data Journalism Network and AlgorithmWatch, pictures which featured under-dressed people had a greater chance of being featured in newsfeeds on the platform

Israeli court verdict in favor of NSO Israeli court refuses to revoke export license of spyware maker NSO 

An Israeli court said that there was not enough evidence that a human rights activist had been targeted. Amnesty International had said that the spyware was used against one of its employees

Facebook deletes Palestinian accounts Facebook deletes dozens of Palestinian activists’ accounts

Critics accuse Facebook of siding with the Israeli occupation and blocking the Palestinians’ right to freedom of expression and resistance in the past as well

Social media regulations in Pakistan Activists condemn new social media regulations in Pakistan

Pakistan’s cabinet has approved the decision of bringing in a new set of rules to regulate social media and institute a regulatory body with sweeping powers.

India’s data protection bill: from protecting data to a surveillance state

India’s Personal Data Protection bill provides some protection against big digital companies, but none against big government. The objective is a surveillance state where any criticism of the government would be considered sedition

Facebook Libra Decoding Facebook’s Libra

Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha talks about Facebook’s latest venture, Libra, which is being pegged as a cryptocurrency

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