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Tanishq ad backlash strips India's veneer of pluralism, propped up by television, film programming of decades past
Lifestyle

Tanishq ad backlash strips India's veneer of pluralism, propped up by television, film programming of decades past

What exactly has the Tanishq controversy revealed that wasn’t already in practice in India?

For JK Rowling & Co, woke chickens of cancel culture have come home to roost
World

For JK Rowling & Co, woke chickens of cancel culture have come home to roost

Recently, 150 writers artists and academics wrote an open letter arguing against ideological conformity amid a debate over so-called cancel culture — where prominent people face attack for sharing controversial opinions

Amid anti-CAA protests, this coder amplified anti-establishment voices by taking down 1.6 lakh bots that disrupted Twitter trends
India

Amid anti-CAA protests, this coder amplified anti-establishment voices by taking down 1.6 lakh bots that disrupted Twitter trends

There has been a general trend in recent weeks of anti-establishment narratives dominating Twitter trends, as opposed to earlier, when pro-government hashtags and trending terms often dominated the conversation.

Nithya Menen on Mission Mangal, working in the Hindi film industry: It's more professional in Bollywood
Entertainment

Nithya Menen on Mission Mangal, working in the Hindi film industry: It's more professional in Bollywood

"I was very happy to work here. I found the environment much more professional, and people easy going. There is less hierarchy," says Nithya Menen.

Video of PJ Kurien translating Rahul Gandhi goes viral: Ridiculing ex-RS deputy chairman done in bad taste, betrays insensitivity
Politics

Video of PJ Kurien translating Rahul Gandhi goes viral: Ridiculing ex-RS deputy chairman done in bad taste, betrays insensitivity

Kurien is a 78-year-old and, at the rally, he was unable to hear Rahul despite training his ears on him. For Kurien, who is of a certain age and the situation was made much worse by the huge din from the crowd, his repeated failures to get what Rahul was speaking made him probably nervous and led to those errors that indeed were serious

Here's why breaking up with Facebook is hard, despite all the privacy scandals
News & Analysis

Here's why breaking up with Facebook is hard, despite all the privacy scandals

A growing number of people say they are deleting Facebook, or at least considering it.

TM Krishna's concert called off: AAI cites 'exigencies of work', but art and culture fraternity demoralised
India

TM Krishna's concert called off: AAI cites 'exigencies of work', but art and culture fraternity demoralised

Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna has become a target of some right-wing trolls who are objecting to the mention of Jesus and Allah in his lyrics.

Russian Twitter bots and trolls spread false information about vaccines: Study
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Russian Twitter bots and trolls spread false information about vaccines: Study

The Twitter bots and trolls used tactics similar to those at work during the 2016 US elections.

Who trolls better, BJP or Congress? Creativity of online army would put legendary artistes to shame
India

Who trolls better, BJP or Congress? Creativity of online army would put legendary artistes to shame

The moment Rahul Gandhi tweets something, an army descends, mostly humans, but also many bots, to attack him in ways even Picasso would praise.

Twitter blocks polling app MyVoteToday's account over behavioral issues
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Twitter blocks polling app MyVoteToday's account over behavioral issues

MyVoteToday in a poll asked people who they want to be silenced and listed names of CMs and others.

Man trolls women for wearing short skirts, Twitter hilariously hits back at him
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Man trolls women for wearing short skirts, Twitter hilariously hits back at him

He was trying to preach women on how to dress. Twitter set him straight just right.

Rajnath Singh calls up Sushma Swaraj, issues first condemnation of EAM's abusive trolls by Union minister
India

Rajnath Singh calls up Sushma Swaraj, issues first condemnation of EAM's abusive trolls by Union minister

Home minister Rajnath Singh has condemned online abuse of his Cabinet colleague Sushma Swaraj, in the first such statement from a Union minister.

Sushma Swaraj speaking to trolls is ill-advised: EAM should ignore them, because being nice doesn't work with this bunch
India

Sushma Swaraj speaking to trolls is ill-advised: EAM should ignore them, because being nice doesn't work with this bunch

For the past three years, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has been earning the respect and regard of the Indian public for her hands-on and heartwarming approach to individual agony

Sushma Swaraj initiates poll asking Twitter users if they approve of trolls abusing her; 43% answer in affirmative
India

Sushma Swaraj initiates poll asking Twitter users if they approve of trolls abusing her; 43% answer in affirmative

Matters came to a head on Saturday when Sushma Swaraj's husband tweeted a screenshot of a post by a Twitter user who asked him to 'beat her up.'

Twitter to make login via phone number or email mandatory to fight abusive bots
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Twitter to make login via phone number or email mandatory to fight abusive bots

New Twitter users will now have to confirm an email address or phone number to register an account.

Ivanka Trump trolled for tweeting out a fake Chinese proverb
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Ivanka Trump trolled for tweeting out a fake Chinese proverb

Another of the Trumps fall prey to the Internet’s trolls.

Sushma Swaraj takes on Twitter trolls by retweeting, 'liking' abuse she received after Lucknow passport row
India

Sushma Swaraj takes on Twitter trolls by retweeting, 'liking' abuse she received after Lucknow passport row

Sushma Swaraj on Friday took on online trolls who targeted her over a controversy involving an inter-faith couple accusing a passport officer of bigotry.

Online abuse of women: Female internet users are sitting ducks for anonymous keyboard warriors
India

Online abuse of women: Female internet users are sitting ducks for anonymous keyboard warriors

Online abuse of women has become widespread in recent times. Women who face such abuse say having a community of supporters helps in such situations.

AMAs 2017: Bruno Mars dominates with eight nominations; Drake, Ed Sheeran get five each
music

AMAs 2017: Bruno Mars dominates with eight nominations; Drake, Ed Sheeran get five each

The 2017 AMAs see Bruno Mars with eight nominations; Ed Sheeran and Drake with five. Shape Of You has been nominated for Video of the Year

Journalist who wished death for Prime Minister Narendra Modi gets lavish liberal love
Politics

Journalist who wished death for Prime Minister Narendra Modi gets lavish liberal love

If all abuse is to be treated as kosher, then liberals should refrain from name-calling and blame-fixing when they see something that they don't like.