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Building an inclusive visual world: How audio description, alt text can aid the visually challenged
Lifestyle

Building an inclusive visual world: How audio description, alt text can aid the visually challenged

For the visually challenged, audio description and alt text permit a peep into the visual world without being bogged down by its visual information.

Kangana Ranaut, sister Rangoli summoned by Mumbai Police over 'objectionable comments' on social media
Entertainment

Kangana Ranaut, sister Rangoli summoned by Mumbai Police over 'objectionable comments' on social media

Mumbai Police has summoned Kangana Ranaut and sister Rangoli Chandel for the third time on 23 November regarding social media posts allegedly aimed at stirring communal tension.

Is everybody doing okay amid the pandemic? US researchers ask social media
World

Is everybody doing okay amid the pandemic? US researchers ask social media

Though the answer is not a perfect representation of the national mental health, analysis of Twitter data shows an uptick in signs of sadness, anxiety, depression, stress, and suicidal thoughts as compared to 2019

US Election 2020: Twitter to take down calls for violence, premature victory claims on social media platform
World

US Election 2020: Twitter to take down calls for violence, premature victory claims on social media platform

The platform will also broaden its application of warning labels for misleading tweets by candidates leading up to election day on 3 November

Anatomy of a rumour: An analysis of social media content surrounding Sushant Singh Rajput's death
Entertainment

Anatomy of a rumour: An analysis of social media content surrounding Sushant Singh Rajput's death

While social media may have facilitated certain kinds of virality and speed with which the narratives have changed, the Sushant Singh Rajput case and its victims are a reminder of ways in which the patriarchy is alive and well, and always readying its blades for the next execution.

Twitter says its prompt feature has made people open articles 40 percent more
News & Analysis

Twitter says its prompt feature has made people open articles 40 percent more

After three months of rollout, Twitter has a response to the prompt and according to the company, it has significantly contributed to the rate of retweets.

FOMO Ep 02 | YouTube Shorts: All you need to know
India

FOMO Ep 02 | YouTube Shorts: All you need to know

In the second episode of FOMO, Nandini takes a look at this TikTok-like new feature by YouTube.

Facebook introduces Campus feature to help college students connect with each other
News & Analysis

Facebook introduces Campus feature to help college students connect with each other

The Campus-only News Feed will let students create study groups or plan virtual concerts.

'Profiting off hate': Facebook engineer resigns from company, says social media giant on ‘wrong side of history’
Tech

'Profiting off hate': Facebook engineer resigns from company, says social media giant on ‘wrong side of history’

In a letter posted on the company’s internal message board, the former Facebook engineer wrote: 'I'm quitting because I can no longer stomach contributing to an organisation that is profiting off hate in the US and globally'

Facebook, its hate speech policies and everything else you need to know
News & Analysis

Facebook, its hate speech policies and everything else you need to know

Facebook has been walking the thin line between hate speech and freedom of expression; but as expression becomes more egregious, this is becoming a bad look.

Instagram rolls out 'suggested posts' in the feed so that you are never really all caught up
News & Analysis

Instagram rolls out 'suggested posts' in the feed so that you are never really all caught up

Instagram will suggest posts based on accounts “like the ones you follow and posts similar to the ones you like or save”.

Supreme Court is about to score an own goal in Prashant Bhushan case; jailing him will turn 'dissident' into public hero
India

Supreme Court is about to score an own goal in Prashant Bhushan case; jailing him will turn 'dissident' into public hero

The only way for the Supreme Court to save face right now is if Bhushan apologises. If they don't sentence him for contempt, the message sent would be that the Court bowed to public pressure. If they do, then Bhushan becomes a hero and photos of him happily walking into prison are on the front page of every newspaper.

Badshah's just the tip of the fake followers iceberg
India

Badshah's just the tip of the fake followers iceberg

If you think about it, it's rather unfair that Badshah is the only one singled out for purchasing fake followers on social media (albeit a rather large number).

Facebook row is unelectable Left's desperate attempt to gag social media
Politics

Facebook row is unelectable Left's desperate attempt to gag social media

The Centre needs to intervene at the policy level not to censor, but to make these platforms adopt transparency. The Narendra Modi government has long shied from acting on this.

In #MeToo era, 'solidarity' requires taking better care of the stories and survivors of sexual violence
Lifestyle

In #MeToo era, 'solidarity' requires taking better care of the stories and survivors of sexual violence

We have been hearing accounts of sexual violence in an unprecedented manner online for almost half a decade now. But even after several waves of #MeToo, we are still struggling to get the concept of solidarity right.

Australia coach Justin Langer advises young sportspersons to stay away from social media
First Cricket News

Australia coach Justin Langer advises young sportspersons to stay away from social media

With the advent of social networking sites, sportspersons around the world, at times, have to deal with abusive and threatening messages online and Langer believes "zero social media" is the key.

TikTok, WeChat to be banned in US in 45 days unless sold by parent companies, president Trump issues executive order
News & Analysis

TikTok, WeChat to be banned in US in 45 days unless sold by parent companies, president Trump issues executive order

The twin executive orders that will take effect in 45 days, cited national security concerns.

When is a woman's grief 'good' enough? Reactions to a celebrity death highlight gendered social expectations
Lifestyle

When is a woman's grief 'good' enough? Reactions to a celebrity death highlight gendered social expectations

Social media platforms act as sites wherein death, loss, and mourning are increasingly encountered and negotiated. With the online omnipresence of grieving, it becomes a constant challenge for women, especially those bereaved, to perform ‘good grief’.

As Kanye West announces 2020 Presidential run, examining the global allure of the celebrity politician
Entertainment

As Kanye West announces 2020 Presidential run, examining the global allure of the celebrity politician

The rise of such candidates is a sign of political decline of democracies and wider frustration with professional politicians who voters feel disillusioned and distant from.

Premier League: Wilfried Zaha calls on social media platforms to remove racist users
Sports

Premier League: Wilfried Zaha calls on social media platforms to remove racist users

Zaha asserted on the need for action, education and change after being a target of racist abuse before Crystal Palace's game against Aston Villa in Premier League.