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88 Per Cent Indians In Favour Of Social Media Blockade During Crisis

A new survey reveals how Indians feel about social media blockade

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Most Indians said that they will support a temporary social media ban during a terror attack to fight fake news. Pixabay

Indians are more likely to support a blanket ban on social media in the event of a crisis with over 88 per cent favouring it, according to a survey by market research firm Ipsos.

The survey was carried out across 28 markets on whether the government should be allowed to shut social media platforms.

Some other markets that strongly favour the temporary ban are Malaysia (75 per cent), Saudi Arabia (73 per cent), China (72 per cent) and Britain (69 per cent). Markets at the bottom of the heap, that seemed to favour the ban least are Argentina (47 per cent), Serbia (49 per cent) and Japan (50 per cent).

Most Indians said they would support a temporary social media ban during a terror strike to stymie the flow of fake news.

“Social Media can help fan trouble and worsen the situation with all the unfettered conversations taking place on these platforms. Cutting it out, until the situation normalises is a wise decision,” said Parijat Chakraborty, Country Service Line Leader, Ipsos Public Affairs, Corporate Reputation & Customer Experience, India.

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Ipsos survey was carried out across 28 markets on Social Media blockade by government. Pixabay

As many as 80 per cent Indians believe the government knows the best when to shut social media. Around 61 per cent Indians trust social media companies to share factually correct content on their platforms, during the times of crisis.

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The survey was conducted between May 24 and June 7 this year. An international sample of 19,823 adults aged 18-74 in the US, South Africa, Turkey and Canada, and aged 16-74 in all other countries, were interviewed, Ipsos said. (IANS)

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WhatsApp to Support “Call Waiting” Feature

Meanwhile, the latest WhatsApp beta update has brought three new options for dark mode on the app

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Call waiting is available in v2.19.352 stable (APK Mirror) and above of WhatsApp, and v2.19.128 (APK Mirror) of WhatsApp Business. Pixabay

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has become the latest Voice over Internet Protocol services provider to support call waiting feature even as the company has skipped adding call holding for now.

When you’re already talking on the phone and another person tries to call you, most phones and operators let you know that you’ve got a call waiting. Very few VOIP services support that, though, and WhatsApp wasn’t among them until now, Android Police reported on Friday.

Earlier, when somebody would try to call you on WhatsApp while you were already on the phone, they would hear it ring, but, no one would answer. The call would then get disconnected.

Call waiting is available in v2.19.352 stable (APK Mirror) and above of WhatsApp, and v2.19.128 (APK Mirror) of WhatsApp Business, the report added.

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Facebook-owned WhatsApp has become the latest Voice over Internet Protocol services provider to support call waiting feature even as the company has skipped adding call holding for now. Pixabay

Meanwhile, the latest WhatsApp beta update has brought three new options for dark mode on the app.

The light theme would offer a white background. Dark theme, as the name suggests, would enable dark mode on WhatsApp, according to WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp updates.

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Another option, which is ‘Set by Battery Saver’, dark mode would be activated only when the smartphone’s battery level drops below a certain point. This third option is said to be available only for smartphones running on Android 9.0 or older. (IANS)