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Republic TV’s 5-star Facebook ratings disappear mysteriously

Tens of thousands of five-star ratings given to Arnab Goswami's Republic TV mysteriously disappeared over night, pushing the rating on the channel's official page to a low of 2.1 stars out of 5.0.It is not clear why the ratings were removed.Over the last three days, the channel has come under

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Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV gets derated by Malayalis

Republic TV, the channel launched by Arnab Goswami -- the former editor of Times Now -- has come in for a barrage of criticism on social media after Malayalis took offence to what has been portrayed as repeated attempts by the channel to tarnish the reputation of the state.The channel,

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Facebook joins Election Commission’s ‘No Voter Left Behind’ campaign

Social network Facebook said it has tied up with the Election Commission of India to remind Indians to register themselves to vote."Starting from 1st July till 4th July, the voter registration reminder will be sent to people on Facebook in India who are eligible to vote," Facebook said, on a

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Facebook restores world’s biggest page for Atheists after outcry

Facebook has restored 'Atheist Republic', by far the biggest page operated by the Atheist community on any social media network, after it was shut down using 'mass reporting' by religious people.The move followed a big outcry among atheists and free-speech advocates online.The page was taken down about 24 hours ago,

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Facebook stops chasing ‘Likes’, looks for ‘followers’ instead

Facebook has made a strategic change in the way it facilitates brands, organizations and celebrities interact with their followers on the social network. It has started de-emphasizing 'likes' and instead promoting 'follows'.Unlike competing platforms like Google Plus and Twitter, Facebook has, for years, allowed users to follow a brand or celebrity

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Quora imposes restrictions on anonymous users; to pre-screen anon content; stops likes, comments

Quora, the question and answer app that is very popular in certain pockets of population in India and abroad, said has made three crucial changes to its anonymity policy: installing a mandatory screening process, preventing anonymous users from liking and commenting, and removing direct linkage between anonymous content and their

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Facebook biggest beneficiary of Reliance Jio free data

It's common knowledge that Reliance Jio's free data service has massively increased Internet usage in India, but a new report throws light on what categories have been benefited and which have not.The biggest beneficiary of the free data offer from Reliance Jio is -- yes, you guessed it right --

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Why Google’s takeover of Twitter is inevitable

When I started using social media about 8-9 years ago, Facebook and Twitter were largely equal in their cool factor. In fact, while it was not obvious what Facebook was (a more intrusive form of Orkut, anyone?), the possibilities of Twitter seemed as limitless as the places where your 'contacts' lived.Over the

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Facebook to explore putting ads on Free Basics in the future

Facebook, the world's largest social media company, said it will explore the option of putting advertising in its 'free Internet' platform - Free Basics.Participating in a discussion on Reddit, Facebook's Vice President in charge of Internet.org, Chris Daniels said it's a possibility the company will look at in the future.Facebook

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Facebook VP to take questions on Reddit AMA today 6 pm on Free Basics and Net Neutrality

Facebook's Vice President in charge of Internet.org, Chris Daniels will answer 'any questions' on the discussion website Reddit at 6 pm today.The move comes in the wake of an uproar in social media in India over what many perceive as Facebook's attempt to take over the Internet, especially in lower-income

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COLUMN: The True Price of Facebook’s ‘Free Internet’ program

Facebook, the world's biggest social network, is prompting its users to send a submission to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to save its 'Free Basics' program, urging them to fight the "small, vocal group" of net neutrality activists."A small, vocal group of critics are lobbying to have Free Basics

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Kerala Facebook group gets support from Physicist Lawrence Krauss

Members of the Malayalam rationalist group Freethinkers were pleasantly surprised today as world renowned physicist and campaigner for spreading scientific education, Lawrence M Krauss, lent his voice to those opposing the shut down of their group.The Freethinkers Facebook group has been shut down several times by Facebook, reportedly because religious

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