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20 Moments in 2016 that took Indian Internet by Storm

Dhoni’s last ball run-out against Bangladesh in T20 World Cup

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December 30, 2016: The year 2016 has been a year of big happenings and loaded with shocks and surprises.However, it remains really difficult to churn out the positive happenings which has seen many terror attacks. With many unfortunate incidents, some positive things also occured in the year.

Here are some moments that took the Indian internet by storm-


When PM Narendra Modi declared Rs 500, 1000 currency notes to be invalid in an attempt to curb black money

People outside banks. Twitter

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When images of currency notes inscribed in Devanagari “Sonam Gupta bewafa hai” had gone viral on social media.

Twitter

When Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested and charged with sedition by the Delhi police for allegedly raising anti-India slogans in a student rally.

Kanhaiya Kumar. Wikimedia Commons

When daughters of India made us proud at the Olympics.

PV Sindhu. Twitter

Dhoni’s last ball run-out against Bangladesh in T20 World Cup.

Facebook

Hrithik Roshan received 1,439 emails from Kangana Ranaut.

Hrithik Roshan and Kangana Ranaut. Quora

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With the launch of Pokémon Go, the craze to get Pokémons went to an extent where people cared not where they are going, the only think they bothered about was, Pokémons.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan shocked everyone with her funky purple lipstick at the Cannes Film Festival.

Facebook

When the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) refused the release certificate for Udta Punjab and asked the makers to make 89 cuts.

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Virat Kohli slammed trolls targeting his former girlfriend Anushka Sharma on social media.

Instagram

A 15-year-old boy, Pranav Dhanawade scored a world record 1,009 runs in a single innings during an inter-school match.

Pranav Dhanawade. Twitter

On 29 September, the Indian army said it had conducted “surgical strikes” against suspected militants in Pakistani-administered Kashmir.

Indian Army. Wikimedia Commons

When Bollywood banned Pakistani artists.

We’ll miss you, Fawad!

Fawad Khan. Twitter

When a blue-eyed handsome young chaiwala from Pakistan became an internet sensation.

Facebook

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Jayalalithaa Jayaram, ‘Amma’ to millions passed away.

PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to Jayalalithaa. FacekookN

When Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief and President (News) of Times Now and ET Now resigned from Times Now.

Facebook

Pakistani singer Taher Shah, who became an online sensation with his ‘Angel’ song.

Taher Shah. Twitter

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Coldplay’s electrifying concert in Mumbai, India

Coldplay. Twitter

Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan blessed with a baby boy, named him Taimur

Twitter

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Will Facebook accounts be linked to Aadhaar card?

The social media giant did not ask participants in the test to provide their Aadhaar number

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Facebook is not collecting Aadhaar card data: Wikimedia commons

After some reports suggested that Facebook was asking new users in India to enter their names as mentioned in their Aadhaar Card when they sign up for an account, the social media giant clarified that it is not collecting Aadhaar data.

From where the rumor emerged

Facebook said it ran a small test to help new users understand how to sign up to the social network with their real name and connect with their friends and family.

“Some have interpreted this test as a request for people’s Aadhaar information… This is not correct,” the company said in a statement.

“The test, which has now finished, merely includes additional language on the account sign-up page to explain that using their Aadhaar name will help family and friends recognise them,” the statement said.

At the point of account sign-up, users who were part of the test saw language that said, “using the name on your Aadhaar card makes it easier for friends to recognise you.”

The social media giant did not ask participants in the test to provide their Aadhaar number.

Facebook conducted tests just when the Government was linking Aadhaar to the digital world Wikimedia commons
Facebook conducted tests just when the Government was linking Aadhaar to the digital world Wikimedia commons

The test ran with a small number of users in India and Facebook said it currently has no plans to roll out this test further.

“We are not collecting Aadhaar data and do not require people to enter their Aadhaar name when they sign up to Facebook,” the company stressed.

Facebook has over 217 million monthly active users in India and 212 million of them are active on smartphones. It has 2.1 billion monthly active users globally. Facebook-owned WhatsApp has over 200 million monthly active users in India.

The Facebook test came at a time when the government is asking citizens to link Aadhaar details with their digital lives.

The government recently extended till March 31, 2018, the deadline for linking Aadhaar with bank accounts, PAN, mobile numbers and several other schemes. (IANS)