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Indian Government takes on Twitter in battle of power



Indian COVID crisis

As India mounts pressure on Twitter over the COVID pandemic, concerns are growing that social media platforms are becoming more powerful than governments.

Andrew Selepak, a social media professor at the University of Florida, says companies like Twitter are playing from their own rule book.

“They are applying their own rules [and] regulations to free speech regardless of local laws and regulations,” he told Ticker News Live.

India is removing critical posts about COVID from Twitter

India has asked Twitter to remove hundreds of tweets critical of its handling of the COVID pandemic.

Around half of all new daily global COVID-19 cases came from India. The nation’s hospitals have run out of oxygen and hospitals are above capacity.

“The Indian Government has been very unhappy with certain accounts being able to spread misinformation or just say anything negative about the Government,” he added.

Twitter is pushing back

Meanwhile, it’s not the first time Twitter and India have clashed. The country also ordered the removal of over 1,000 accounts in February. New Delhi claimed the tweets spread misinformation amid protests over new agriculture reforms.

Twitter first refused to comply. The tech giant later buckled to pressure from the IT ministry by blocking access to the bulk of accounts.

“[Twitter] believes there is a right for people to engage in free speech. It is one of these things where you’ve got international companies that are more powerful than any one Government,” he said.

Misinformation is a growing issue

It comes on the back of growing concern over fake news. Professor Selepak says reliance on social media platforms for information is becoming an issue.

“It’s how people are getting their news these days. It’s how individuals are deciding social issues to political issues,” he said.

However, Selepak says the problem is that there is little oversight when it comes to the facts.

“Where that becomes a sticky situation is the fact that the information isn’t from reputable news sources. It’s the most significant place for people to learn about their politicians [and] issues,” he said.


Gucci goes big in metaverse with new Vault Art Space



Forward thinkers who love fashion, this exhibit is for you

Luxury brand Gucci has opened a Vault Art Space as it continues to explore the art world and the metaverse

Gucci inaugurated the gallery in a partnership with NFT marketplace SuperRare

The debut exhibit is titled “The Next 100 Years of Gucci”

Spring Cry by Alanna Vanacore

Keep your eye out for a special selection of NFT artworks, each a collectible fragment of Gucci’s heritage.

The artworks are showcased and auctioned off directly on Vault’s website in three drops between now and the end of July.

All sales will be in Ethereum.

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Samsung penalised for misleading Galaxy phone users



Samsung Electronics Australia will pay $14 million after admitting that it misled customers about its phone’s waterproof capabilities

The false or misleading claims were made about the water resistance of several phones, including the S7, S7 Edge, and Note 8 Samsung Galaxy phones.

It’s understood there were more than 3.1 million of these Galaxy phones sold in Australia.

The company says if the phones were submerged in pool or sea water there was chance of the charging port being corroded and stop working if the phone was charged while still wet.

“The phones would display a warning message to discourage consumers from attempting to charge the phones while water was in the charging port,” the company said.

“The phones also had inbuilt systems to minimise the prospect of corrosion if the phones were attempted to be charged while water remained in the charging port.”


Australia’s consumer watchdog says they reviewed hundreds of complaints from customers who experienced issues with their Galaxy phones.

“The case only relates to a prospect of corrosion of the charging port (if charged while pool or
sea water remained in the charging port), and only following submersion in pool or sea
water. It does not relate to water resistance generally,” the company explained.

Affected customers are urged to contact Samsung.

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Netflix laying off 150 employees amid low revenue and subscriber loss



Netflix is set to implement new cost cutting measures citing the low revenue growth

The largest streaming platform is laying off 150 staffers across the company with most of the cuts focused on the US office.

The layoff represents nearly 2% of the company’s total workforce of 11,000 employees.

One of Netflix’s representatives, while talking about the layoff, told CNBC

These changes are primarily driven by business needs rather than individual performance, which makes them especially tough as none of us want to say goodbye to such great colleagues.

This comes less than a month after the company recorded a fall in the number of subscribers.

Netflix shares have gone down significantly since January and the forecast shows further subscriber loss in the next quarter.

The company likely plans to introduce ads to the service or any one of its tiers after being ad free for years.

There might also be actions to prevent password sharing or charging users for doing so.

Shreya Vats contributed to this report


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