Twitter Shows the Wrong Map of India

There has been a lot of debate on whether Twitter should be banned as it had failed to fully comply with the Central Government rules. To date, it has not been banned and it has been asked to make certain changes to comply with the current IT rules. However, Twitter’s uploading of wrong maps of India is triggering a massive backlash not only from the Government but also from the users.

This is not the first time that Twitter has shown the wrong map of India. In October 2020, Twitter had uploaded a map showing Leh as part of China, which is quite ridiculous. Leh has always been a part of India even before the British rule. It is also argued that despite similarities in religion and customs with Tibet, Ladakh was neither a part of Tibet nor have Chinese claimed Leh, though it claims parts of Arunachal Pradesh. Ajay Sawhney, Ministry of Electronics and IT secretary, said,

“Any attempt by Twitter to disrespect the sovereignty and integrity of India, which is also reflected by the maps, is totally unacceptable. The same is also unlawful.”

After a stern letter was given to the CEO of Twitter, Twitter removed the wrong map from their site.

Twitter has erupted once again due to the uploading of another inappropriate map of India as late as June 2021. This time it showed Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as separate countries, not a part of India. This is very disturbing since almost the entire world, except Pakistan, considers Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as a part of India. It is true that there are parts of Jammu and Kashmir, occupied by Pakistan, and parts of Ladakh, occupied by China. However, those parts are shown to be part of the respective countries, Pok part of Pakistan and Aksai Chin part of China. The rest of the state, which is no doubt a part of India, has been demarcated as a separate country. This has irked the Indian politicians and locals living in those areas, many of whom have raised their voices.

Under public pressure, Twitter was again forced to remove the wrong map and upload a correct map showing Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as part of India. However, this has drawn ire from netizens not only from India but also outside. Many users have lost trust in Twitter and have stopped using it. Twitter will lose a major chunk of users if it continues to post inappropriate maps like this. It is high time, Twitter should respect India’s sovereignty, and verify the contents it is circulating among the users.

Written by – Himadri Paul

The Meme coin that Elon wants to take to the moon.

The Beginning.

Dogecoin created as a joke based on a popular meme featuring a Shiba Inu (a Japanese breed of dog). By IBM software engineer Billy Markus from Portland and Adobe software engineer Jackson Palmer, who set out to create a digital currency that could reach a broader demographic than Bitcoin. It is an open-source, peer-to-peer cryptocurrency that started in 2013 as a way to satirize the hype surrounding cryptocurrencies. It based on Litecoin. Users could buy, sell and exchange DogeCoin from popular Digital Currency Exchanges like Binance, Coinbase, WazirX, namely a few.

The Rise of Dogecoin.

Dogecoin started as something of a joke meme of sorts, but after it was created, it gained a following. In 2017 it also Joined the crypto bubble that got the values of so many coins up significantly. But shortly after the bubble burst in 2018, Dogecoin lost much of its value, like others, but it still had core supporters who trade it and use it to tip content creators on Twitter, Reddit and Twitch( Mostly used for gamers for live streaming).

The Boom.

Basically, the valuation of a particular coin depends on News, among other factors, of course. In the world of Crypto, positive News like being supported by a big company Or a famous person investing in a particular coin can do wonders for the whole crypto market.

It was Feb of 2021, just two days after Elon Musk(CEO of Tesla Inc.) said he was going take a break from Twitter “for a while.” Suddenly came up with a Tweet Musk first tweeted “Doge” and immediately followed it up with “Dogecoin is the people’s crypto.” In the past, Musk has been in support of Crypto, even going as far as accepting Bitcoin as a mode of payment in Tesla Inc. After that Tweet, The valuation of Dogecoin has Skyrocketed From 3.77 INR in Early Feb to being just shy of 30 INR In early April. And so on and so froth Elon has been supporting Doge ever since through his tweets Even say in one of his tweets “Doge Barking at the Moon.”

Written By – Shubham Kaushik

India’s New Social Media Rules

The Government of India has launched new guidelines or rules for social media platforms. The new rules call for identifying the ‘first originator’. The new rules apply to all social media platforms, including WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube.

Personal messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, or Signal need to track the origin of messages that contain wrong information, misleading, or against law and order of the country. Previously the messages were encrypted to provide privacy to the users. Now to track the origin of these messages, these apps need to break the end-to-end encryption. The social media platforms now will have a tough time maintaining the privacy and tracking the origin of the messages, which is a near-impossible task with the available technology. Personal messaging apps do not want to end the users’ privacy, which, otherwise, may result in many users leaving the apps.

The Government of India has no interest in seeing the contents and maintains that privacy is a fundamental right. “We don’t want the content because the content is already out there in the form of tweets or messages. But, who began the mischief? This, they (social media platforms) will have to disclose,” said the Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, while announcing India’s new IT rules on February 26.

The new rules also extend to over-the-top (OTT) platforms like Youtube, Netflix, etc. OTT platforms now need to follow a 3-tier regulation mechanism. The new rules also asked the OTT platforms to self-classify their content according to five groups based on age suitability.

Other social media like Facebook and Twitter should allow users to post what is allowable as per norms. Users can now file a complaint within 24 hours of receiving ‘objectionable’ content. Social media companies should appoint a Grievance Officer to resolve any issue quickly to deal with online complaints.

Information Technology Rules 2021 is undoubtedly a boon for most users who have previously been the victim of fake news or blackmailing content. However, it has become a severe headache for the IT social media giants to follow some issues. It may result in doing away with the privacy of contents, thus interfering with the users’ rights. Let’s see what plans the social media platforms and OTT platforms come up with.

To know more about the new Information Technology Rules click here.

Written by – Himadri Paul

The Tanishq Ad Controversy

Written by Mansi Yadav

Was this fair?

The Preamble to the India’s Constitution declares India to be a sovereign, socialist, democratic republic, and a secular country (more emphasis on secular). Why is the Preamble being reminded again? The reason is linked to the topic and is pretty much evident. So, let’s start!

On 9th October 2020, the Titan group’s Tanishq Jewellery launched an advertisement that featured an interfaith marriage couple. The ad revolves around the baby shower ceremony of a Hindu woman. She seems surprised as this custom isn’t a part of their tradition and asks her Muslim mother-in-law the reason behind this ceremony’s conduction.

Her Muslim mother in law smiles and says, “But keeping daughters happy is a custom of every house, right?” This line took away the woman’s heart. The advertisement celebrates Tanishq’s new collection: Ekatvam, i.e., the beauty of oneness, and it ends on a beautiful note that if we are united, we can achieve anything. 

The advertisement is a beautifully constructed concept which promotes unity and brotherhood among the two religions. 

Table of Contents

  1. So, the question is, why #BoycottTanishq was trending on Twitter in the last few days?
  2. What is Love-Jihad?
  3. Let’s not just get biased and see two sides of the coin first
  4. Have a look at the tweets made by the Indian audience

So, the question is, why #BoycottTanishq was trending on Twitter in the last few days?

This ad has been viewed from a completely different perspective by the Indian audience. People find this ad promoting love-jihad. 

What is Love-Jihad? 

It is an Islamophobic conspiracy theory that allegedly says that Muslim men target women belonging to non- Muslim communities for conversion to Islam by faking love. 

The plot of the advertisement line, which is explained right now, is it anywhere near to the concept of Love Jihad?

Was Tanishq really promoting ‘LOVE JIHAD.’ Let’s not just get biased and see two sides of the coin first. 

Starting from people who are against this ad. Many people, including the Bollywood Celebrity Kangana Ranaut, came out on Twitter and criticized the ad and the brand. She claimed that the ad promoted Sexism and Love Jihad.  Also, Kangana called the brand ‘creative terrorists.’ Is it justified? She is using Hindu-Muslim agendas to get into politics. First, she boycotted her industry and now she is spreading hatred towards this brand.

Read what the actress has to say
Have a look

While on the other side, Shashi Tharoor stoops up in favour of the brand. After people started the #BoycottTanishq, he suggested boycott the most prominent symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity, i.e., the Indian country itself!  

Shashi Tharoor penned down a few words

Have a look at the tweets made by the Indian audience regarding Tanishq.

Indians have a lot to say about the Tanishq advertisement
An unfair outlook?
An impediment to harmony?

People eradicated the real concept of secularism by comparing the advertisement with Love Jihad and terrorism. Many advertising bodies later came out in support of the brand and demanded freedom of commercial expression. 

Have a look at what the IAA has to say
There has been an uproar regarding freedom of advertisement

It’s so shameful to see an advertisement being taken down due to communal issues.

What’s your view on this whole issue?

To read more on the topic: https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/news/india/whats-the-controversial-tanishq-ad-and-why-is-boycotttanishq-trending-on-social-media/articleshow/78636691.cms

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POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media: a blessing or a curse?

Social Media is a tool that is becoming quite popular these
days because of its user-friendly features. Media
platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and many
more are giving people a chance to connect with each other
across the world. In other words, we can say that whole
world is on our fingertips all thanks to it. The
youth is especially one of the most dominant user of social
media. All this makes you wonder that something so
powerful and with such a massive reach cannot be all good.
As we all know that “there are always two sides of a
coin
,” likewise the same goes with social media.
Subsequently, different people have different opinions on
this topic. So, let’s see some of the pros and cons of social
media.

Connect with others easily!

PROS OF SOCIAL MEDIA-

• We can make new friends, communicate with old
ones and with family.
• We can get a fan base, can try to make name of
ourselves.
• It can bring people together that are
interested in the same things as you are.
• Provides academic research to a wider
audience, allowing people access to previously
inaccessible educational resource.
• Professional networking sites like LinkedIn,
naukri.com, etc greatly assist companies to find
personnel and job seekers to find work.

CONS OF THIS TOOL-

• It use is associated with personality and
disorders.
• Criminals can use it to commit and promote
crimes.
• Advertising practices of this media sites may create
an invasion of privacy.
• Crimes like cyber bullying, hacking of profiles are done
on this platform.
• If profiles are not private, people can get information
about the users and can misuse it.
But, is it really helping us?
At the end , I would like to conclude that social media is a
game changer on the world wide web . It allows people to
connect with virtual world with the risk of disconnecting
with the real world. Then again, businesses are doing well
on these platforms. There are indeed two sides of it, one positive and another negative, and it is up to
you which one you choose.

Written by: Priyanka Joshi

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