BBC: Twitter in India: Why was rival Mastodon trending?. “Some of India’s most influential Twitter users are looking to move to little-known network Mastodon amid an outcry over Twitter moderation methods. Mastodon’s apparent trend-surge was prompted by Twitter suspending a leading Indian Supreme Court lawyer’s account twice.”
The Week: Google Maps leads a car into a river in Kerala. “Travelling with Google Maps as a guide at night led a family in Kerala into a river, Manoramaonline reported. The family of Karikkal Sebastian was on their way from Palakkad to Thrissur in a car when they took to Google Maps to find a different route with less traffic. Since it was dark, they did not realise there was a water body in front of them, the publication reported. No casualties were reported. A similar incident was reported in September at Kasargod, when a car narrowly escaped falling into a pond.”
Times of India: Army warns officials against 150 fake social media profiles who target personnel for sensitive info. “The Army has cautioned its officials against 150 fake social media profiles that are being used by adversaries for honey trapping in order to extract sensitive information, sources said on Thursday.”
New Indian Express: Tamil University to digitize manuscripts with funds from British Library. “Rare collections of Tamil manuscripts available in the Tamil University (TU) will now be digitized under the Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) of British Library in London. ‘The British Library has approved 51,040 British Pound Sterling, which is approximately Rs 48 lakhs for the project’, said Vice-Chancellor of TU G Balasubramanian, adding that as a first instalment, the British Library has already released Rs18.50 lakhs.” Rs 48 lakhs is a little less than $68,000 USD.
TechCrunch: Facebook is failing to prevent another human rights tragedy playing out on its platform, report warns. “A report by campaign group Avaaz examining how Facebook’s platform is being used to spread hate speech in the Assam region of North East India suggests the company is once again failing to prevent its platform from being turned into a weapon to fuel ethnic violence.”
Committee to Protect Journalists: India uses opaque legal process to suppress Kashmiri journalism, commentary on Twitter. “On August 10, 2018, the Indian government informed Twitter that an account belonging to Kashmir Narrator, a magazine based in Jammu and Kashmir, was breaking Indian law. The magazine had recently published a cover story on a Kashmiri militant who fought against Indian rule. By the end of the month, Indian police had arrested the journalist who wrote it, Aasif Sultan, and Twitter had withheld the magazine’s account in India, blocking local access to more than 5,000 tweets. “
Techdirt: Indian Court Orders Global Takedown Of ‘Defamatory’ Video From YouTube, Twitter, Facebook. “I’ve mentioned in the past that, from Techdirt’s earliest posts, one key topic is how you handle ‘jurisdiction’ on the internet, since the internet is global, and laws don’t always work that way. Indeed, allowing for global jurisdiction for any particular government’s laws would inevitably mean that the most draconian and the most limiting laws rule around the globe — and that should worry everyone.”