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11 Indians detained and 2 deported from UAE on charges of planning to join Islamic State

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

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Abu Dhabi/Dubai: UAE has detained 11 Indian nationals since early August and deported another two people back to India on charges of planning to join the Islamic State. They have also been charged for recruiting, financing, and providing logistics to those who wanted to join the Islamic State.

UAE security services came across two groups of people who were involved in online discussions and sharing on social media regarding issues related to IS. They were also allegedly trying of establish contact with IS leaders through internet. Eight Indian nationals were detained from the group based in Abu Dhabi and another 5 Indian nationals were detained from the group based in Dubai. A Pakistani and a Bangladeshi national have been detained as well, according to a report in Times of India.

Among the 13 Indians detained, two persons who hailed from Kerala have been deported back to India. They had done their education in UAE and were living there from many years.

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Instagram Likely to Expand its Private Like Counts Test Globally

'Restrict' was also a feature recently announced to protect your account from unwanted interactions

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Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are displayed on an iPhone, March 13, 2019, in New York. VOA

Instagram on Thursday announced to expand its Private Like Counts test globally, including in India.

In the test, you can still see your likes by tapping on the liker list, but others will not be able to see how many likes your post has received.

Likewise, you will not be able to see how many likes others’ posts have received.

Vishal Shah, Vice President of Product, Instagram, said that if you’re in the test, you’ll no longer see the total number of likes and views on photos and videos posted to Feed unless they’re your own.

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FILE – The Instagram icon is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

“While the feedback from early testing has been positive, this is a fundamental change to Instagram, so we’re continuing our test to learn more from our global community,” Shah said in a statement.

The test began in Canada in May 2019 and expanded to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil, Ireland and Italy in July this year.

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The roll-out of this test comes close on the heels of the recent ‘Instagram Experience’ organised in Mumbai where an ‘Unlabel’ content series was announced in partnership with Yuvaa, a youth media platform, featuring young Indians challenging stereotypes to be their authentic selves.

‘Restrict’ was also a feature recently announced to protect your account from unwanted interactions. (IANS)