The Centre’s withdrawal of the Social Media Hub project is a victory for the people. And, the government will think twice before embarking on such ‘insidious’ ways to infringe on people’s privacy, TMC legislator Mahua Moitra, who challenged the notification issued by the NDA government on this, told ET. On Friday, the central government, told the Supreme Court that the notification proposing a social media hub was withdrawn. Moitra was the first politician to point out how the notification was allegedly infringing on people's privacy. Accordingly, she submitted a writ petition before the Supreme Court, in her individual capacity. The court took a strong note of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s decision to set up a social media hub for monitoring online data and observed that it would be like ‘creating a surveillance state’. Response from the government was sought. Following the government’s submission, Moitra said, … [Read more...] about Govt will think twice before embarking on such ‘insidious’ ways to infringe on people’s privacy: Mahua Moitra on social media hub
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Working for the British Royal family is not an easy job. Working for the Queen is an even distant dream. But a recent Linkedin job listing posted by the Royal Household of Buckingham Palace is looking for a social media expert to handle the content and marketing strategy for the Queen herself.The job listing put out on Linkedin redirects to the official site of the Royal family’s website where one can get more details about the role. And that’s not all. The post informs that the job comes with a handsome salary ranging between 45,000 to 50,000 pounds (Rs 47 lakh approx.) a year. Queen Elizabeth II is supposedly in the need of a good social media expert who will be handling her social media accounts and her millions of followers. “It’s about never standing still and finding new ways to maintain the Queen’s presence in the public eye and on the world stage. This is what makes working for the Royal Household … [Read more...] about The Queen needs a social media expert. Are you up for it?
Following a bout of winter storms, thousands of phallic shaped sea creatures have been drifted to the shore on a California beach. Due to its shape, the “pulsing penis fish” have raised eyebrows on social media. Ivan Parr, biologist from the Western Section of The Wildlife Society, first spotted the creatures and explained that 10-inch creature typically lives underwater. According to a report by Bay Nature magazine, these creatures are marine worms and are called “fat innkeeper worms.” However, colloquially, they are called exactly what they look like: penis fish. View this post on Instagram SHOOK 😳 Thousands of these marine worms—called fat innkeeper worms, or “penis fish”—were found on Drake’s Beach last week! These phallic organisms are quite common along the West coast of North America, but they spend their whole lives in U-shaped burrows under the sand, so few beachgoers are aware of their existence. … [Read more...] about Thousands of ‘Penis Fish’ Wash Up on California Beach and Social Media is ‘Shook’
Email 7.30 By James Elton Updated December 13, 2019 19:23:44 Video: Open-source data turning private citizens into intelligence analysts (7.30) Map: Canberra 2600 Just four days into its offensive against Kurdish forces in northern Syria, the Turkish military claimed a major victory.The "residential centre" of border town Ras al-Ayn had been captured, it declared in a tweet. Turkish state media broadcast videos of tanks rolling through the town.But there was a problem. Kurdish fighters insisted they were actually still there, and released videos of their own to prove it. Social and traditional media alike were flooded with conflicting claims.So was the town really captured, or not? In an unassuming office in Canberra, 22-year-old Nathan Ruser — an open-source intelligence analyst with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) — is scanning the Turkish broadcaster Anadolu Agency's triumphant tank video for identifying landmarks.His eyes light up as he … [Read more...] about The Australians using social media and satellites to fight fake news in Syria