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Twitter begins legal battle with India’s Government

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Twitter is taking the Indian Government to court over orders to take down content

Indian officials are warning Twitter over content, which allegedly “threatens the security of the state” and public order.

The Indian Government is warning of consequences if the tech company does not comply.

The U.S. company risks losing its ‘intermediary status’ under the nation’s Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021, which requires social media organisations to take down content when ordered to do so.

But the social media giant is reportedly resisting “several” of these orders, and is taking the government to court.

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In May, the company raised concerns over freedom of expression in the country. It came days after police visited its offices in New Delhi.

Freedom House is a prodemocracy organisation, which says “Indian human rights defenders, journalists, activists, and ordinary internet users criticising those in power too often face this kind of censorship.”

The organisation is urging Indian authorities to lift their restrictions. Twitter has more than 24 million users in India.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Meta faces a probe into triggering poor mental health

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Meta is facing a string of lawsuits that relate to the mental health of young people

The legal disputes blame Instagram for eating disorders, depression and even suicides among children and teens.

It comes after whistle-blower Frances Haugen exposed internal documents about how Instagram impacts body image and mental health.

The leaks allegedly show Meta is aware that its products hurt children but the company chose to put its growth and profits ahead of user’s safety.

Meta has not responded to these latest legal blows.

Of course, if you or someone you know needs help, please contact your local helpline.

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Musk creating hybrid of Uber and Airbnb

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Musk is predicting the company’s robotaxi will be like a combined version of Uber and Airbnb

Unlike Uber though, Musk says the system is not being designed with a launch city in mind, the way competitors have approached the concept.

Are we better off without Uber and taxi drivers?

Musk said Tesla owners will have the choice of using it themselves or adding their cars to the robotaxi fleet to earn money when they do not need them.

The tech billionaire mentioned that regulatory hurdles will limit where it can be deployed.

He estimates that a typical vehicle added to the system will see its usage jump from 12 hours a week to 60 hours a week and become a revenue generator for the owner of the Tesla.

The idea is that when your car is parked, it then joins the fleet and takes off on its own with no driver.

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Elon Musk’s ruins ended up in Australia

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Scientists have confirmed space debris found in the state of New South Wales is in fact from Elon Musk’s SpaceX company

Farmers Mick Miners and Jock Wallace got the shock of their life when they stumbled across the wreckage on their properties.

Australia’s Space Agency was alerted to the find, and sent an expert to determine its origins.

Scientists have now confirmed the location and timing of space junk coincides with a SpaceX craft which re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere at 7am on July 9.

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