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Saudi Arabia increases India''s Haj quota to 2 lakh after Modi-Salman talks        SC collegium transfers high court judges        Security of 18 separatists, 155 political leaders withdrawn        Crown Prince orders release of 850 Indian prisoners from Saudi jails        Putin says Russia to take measures if US deploys missiles        Jadhav''s death sentence based on ''extracted confession'', should be annulled: India tells ICJ        Israel strikes on Gaza arson balloons launchers, no injuries reported        Taylor surpasses Fleming becomes highest ODI scorer for NZ        ICC keeping a close watch on India-Pakistan situation ahead of WC        Vivo unveils V15Pro with Industry-first 32 MP pop-up selfie camera        Tripura gets Rs 85 crore Mega Food Park        India, Saudi Arabia ink MoUs for cooperation in tourism, broadcasting        Bernie Sanders enters 2020 US presidential race : Reports        Sixteen states sue Trump over border wall emergency        Djokovic wins his fourth Laureus World Sportsman of the Year        Pakistan shooters not taking part in New Delhi World Cup        Pulwama attack masterminded by Jaish, ISI: corps commander        Cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad joins Congress, calls it ''ghar wapsi''        Salve exposes Pak military courts at ICJ, says judges don''t even need law degree        RBI pays Rs 28,000 cr interim dividend to govt ahead of elections        
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Business News
Twitter says it doesn''t take actions based on political views
 
(Washington, Feb 09,2019):Faced with allegations of being politically biased in India, Twitter Friday said it believes in impartiality and does not take any actions, such as blocking of accounts, based on political views. Twitter, which has been accused by supporters of the ruling BJP of being biased against the right-wing, said "abuse and hateful conduct comes from accounts across the ideological spectrum" and it will continue to take action when rules are broken. Explaining how trending topics on Twitter work, the US-based microblogging platform said the velocity or the number of tweets in a given time period and not the total number of tweets decides what is trending.

The statement by Twitter comes days before its representatives are set to appear before a Parliamentary panel on information technology, which is perceived to have issued the summons to it as a reaction to concerns of supporters of the ruling dispensation. The committee head and BJP MP Anurag Thakur on February 5 had tweeted about the agenda of the February 11 meeting as examining the issue of "safeguarding citizens'' rights on social/online news media platforms".

Members of Youth for Social Media Democracy, a right-wing group, had protested outside its office alleging that Twitter has acquired an "anti-right-wing attitude" and has been blocking their accounts. In its statement on Friday, Twitter asserted that the company "does not take any actions based upon political views or viewpoints", neither does it use political ideology to rank content on its service. "There has been a lot of discussion about Twitter and political bias in India in recent weeks and the global real time communication platform today set the record straight...

Twitter is a platform where voices from across the spectrum can be seen and heard. It is committed to the principles of openness, transparency, and impartiality," it added. The US-based company argued that the content that appears in users'' timelines or the manner in which the company enforces its policies are impartial, and that it is "committed to remain unbiased with public interest in mind". "Twitter''s product and policies are never developed nor evolved on the basis of political ideology... Abuse and hateful conduct comes from accounts across the ideological spectrum and Twitter will continue to take action when its rules are broken," it added. Twitter, which counts India among its biggest markets, said it has a specialised, global team that enforces its rules with impartiality and that its India employees do not make enforcement decisions -- which "by design" ensures fairness and objectivity.

"Twitter does not review, prioritise, or enforce its policies on the basis of political ideology. Every Tweet and every account is treated impartially. We apply our policies fairly and judiciously for all. "If there are ''false positive'' decisions, these are not political statements of intent; they are the basic human error rate of running the fastest, most open conversational tool in history," Twitter Global VP (Public Policy) Colin Crowell said. The company also stated that the public verification process on its platform is currently closed. Twitter said it is working with Indian political parties to verify candidates, elected officials, and relevant party officials whose accounts will be active in the public conversation. "To be clear, the parties themselves select the accounts for verification and then Twitter reviews these accounts to ensure they meet the company''s verification standards," it said. Twitter emphasised that it verifies these accounts to "empower healthy election conversations" and to "provide confidence that these public figures are whom they claim to be".

"India is the world''s largest democracy, and one of our fastest-growing audience markets globally. Twitter''s real-time and open nature facilitates robust civic engagement on topics of national and local interest during elections. We are committed to surfacing all sides of the conversation as we enter the election season in this extraordinarily diverse cultural, political and social climate," Crowell said. He added that the company endeavours to be "even more transparent in how we develop and enforce our policies to dispel conspiracy theories and mistrust". With ensuing general elections, the Indian government had warned social media platforms of strong action if any attempt was made to influence the country''s electoral process through undesirable means.

The government is also proposing to amend IT rules, wherein social media, online platforms and messaging apps will be made more accountable and be mandated to deploy tools to identify and curb unlawful content as well as follow stricter due diligence practices. Over the last few months, social media players like Facebook, Twitter and Google have promised to infuse more transparency into political advertisements on their platform, and have since announced a slew of measures as part of election integrity efforts.


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KERALA NEWS
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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Israel strikes on Gaza arson balloons launchers, no injuries reported
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NATIONAL NEWS
Saudi Arabia increases India''s Haj quota to 2 lakh after Modi-Salman talks
 New Delhi: Saudi Arabia on Wednesday increased India''s Haj quota by about 25,000, the third hike in
SC collegium transfers high court judges
Security of 18 separatists, 155 political leaders withdrawn
Cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad joins Congress, calls it ''ghar wapsi''
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