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Megastar Amitabh Bachchan Considers Social Media as Modern Generation Atomic Bomb

On the Bollywood front, Amitabh will next be seen in Ayan Mukerji’s upcoming directorial “Brahmastra”. The film also stars Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt

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Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says the social media is the modern generation atomic bomb as users can easily voice their opinions and have the capability to give a perspective to any move be it political or otherwise.

Amitabh, who has a following of over 36.9 million followers on Twitter, 12.6 million on Instagram and over 30 million likes on his official Facebook account, took to his blog on Thursday night to voice his opinion on social media.

He wrote: “The social media is the modern generation atomic bomb. It has the capacity to exercise a chilling response to the enemy; bringing them down to their knees, seeking pardon.

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Amitabh Bachchan. Pink

“Over 7 billion humans in the Universe now have opinion and voice and capability to give a perspective to any move political or otherwise. And see it being spread through the medium it employs across the continents of habituated being… It is a scary ultimatum.”

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On the Bollywood front, Amitabh will next be seen in Ayan Mukerji’s upcoming directorial “Brahmastra”. The film also stars Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. (IANS)

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Knight Foundation Pledging Nearly $50 Million for Research in How Social Media Impacts Democracy

The grants announced Monday by the Miami-based Knight Foundation partly respond to the manipulation

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FILE - Students discuss First Amendment rights at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., April 2. 2016, during a conference sponsored by the Newseum Institute and Knight Foundation. (Photo credit - Mark Schierbecker via Flickr). VOA

A foundation that specializes in journalism is pledging nearly $50 million for research in how social media and technology impacts democracy.

The grants announced Monday by the Miami-based Knight Foundation partly respond to the manipulation of tech giants like Facebook and Twitter during the 2016 election. Eleven universities and research institutions are recipients.

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A foundation that specializes in journalism is pledging nearly $50 million for research in how social media and technology impacts democracy. Pixabay

Besides trying to get a bead on social media’s impact on election campaigns, the grants include projects on the spread of disinformation and how newsrooms can address polarization in society. The foundation says it is time for society to understand the issues through data and not emotion.

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Grants will go to New York University, Carnegie Mellon, George Washington, North Carolina, the University of Washington, Indiana, Stanford, Texas, Wisconsin, Yale and the Data & Society Research Institute. (VOA)