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By Yagya Datt Sharma

Why there is so much havoc created in the country on the topic of Nationalism (राष्ट्रवाद)? What is a Nation? Isn’t it a boundary line drawn over the map, which had been kept on changing since the evolution of humanity?

Once upon a time, Nepal, Bangladesh,Pakistan,Srilanka etc all (in fact most of the known part of earth) used to be termed as One country for our ancestors. Also History says that Lord Ram visited and lived at all these places while roaming in the forest. Today same region is divided by the men made boundaries (as we call सरहदें) on the maps … Same places are being called as foreign for us. Was Ram serving to the people of foreign that time? Buddha was born at Lumbini which is currently in Nepal, but he spread the messages of goodness and non-violence to all parts of the world in his reach to help humanity without considering any boundaries. There was no hatred on the name of nation’s boundaries
In fact RAM, Buddha n all great souls in the world were serving the whole Humanity on the earth wherever they were.

Still, All natural things i.e. Sun, Moon, Winds, Clouds, Rain etc do not follow the rules of boundaries.

In present also, Many Indians like Satya Nadella, Sundar Pichai, Ajay Bagga, Indira Nooyi etc, heading top MNCs like Google, Microsoft, MasterCard, Pepsico as CEOs which are the origins of foreign economies. Aren’t we all using their products technologies to enhance our lives? Irony is that people who hate foreign or tag people anti-national are spreading these messages using social media facebook/twitter running on their Android or iPhone which are all the products of the foreign soil.

Our lives are better today because some great people at Top work for the whole humanity without considering men drawn boundaries. They don’t differentiate based on the nationality.. If they started behaving too nationalist (as per the definitions of some) with hatred towards foreign and never exchanged products,technologies OR their inventions with foreigners, Can we dream of similar paced evolution of humanity?

My whole point is that There is No need of spreading hatred about the word ‘foreign’ or ‘foreigners’ OR and fighting or killings over the drawn lines on the map. It is seen frequently in many Nations that some of their political leaders or some sections of media keep on spreading hatred using the word anti-national, foreign/foreigners or neighboring nations n fill up the the minds of their citizens with negativity. I would say , Don’t generalize by tagging whole country, college or religion etc as evil or good based on the actions of few. We must understand that Good and bad humans are every where… Lines drawn on the map cannot be the criteria of goodness or evil. Without any doubt, We all love our country so we do respect other countries as well.. I would urge not to be extremists.

Be a Humanist first before tagging yourself Nationalist. Live with peace and spread positivity!

Yagya Datt Sharma is an Engineer , working in Hughes ,USA. He likes to write on social issues.

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India 2nd in Government Requests for Users’ Data on Facebook

In the second half of 2018, Facebook identified 53 disruptions of Facebook services in nine countries, compared to 48 disruptions in eight nations in the first half of 2018

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FILE - A man poses for a photo in front of a computer showing Facebook ad preferences in San Francisco, California, March 26, 2018. VOA

The Indian government requested Facebook to provide data for 20,805 users (including 861 emergency requests) — second only to the US government — in the July-December 2018 period and the social networking giant provided some data in 53 per cent of the cases.

During the second half of 2018, the volume of content restrictions based on local law increased globally by 135 per cent — from 15,337 to 35,972.

“This increase was primarily driven by 16,600 items we restricted in India based on a Delhi High Court order regarding claims made about PepsiCo products,” said Facebook in its latest Transparency Report for the second half of 2018.

The US government asked for users’ data in 41,336 cases wherein Facebook provided some information in 88 per cent of the cases.

“In the second half of 2018, government requests for user data increased globally by seven per cent from 103,815 to 110,634,” Chris Sonderby, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Facebook, said in a statement late Thursday.

“Of the total volume, the US continues to submit the highest number of requests, followed by India, the UK, Germany and France,” he added.

In a separate post, Facebook said it removed more than three billion fake accounts in the October 2018-March 2019 period, saying that about 5 per cent of its monthly active users were fake.

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FILE – The Facebook app icon is shown on an iPhone in New York. VOA

Facebook disabled 1.2 billion accounts in Q4 2018 and 2.19 billion in Q1 2019.

“For fake accounts, the amount of accounts we took action on increased due to automated attacks by bad actors who attempt to create large volumes of accounts at one time,” Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president for integrity, said in a blog post.

According to Rosen, for every 10,000 times people who view content on Facebook, 11 to 14 views contained content that violate the platform’s adult nudity and sexual activity policy.

In the second half of 2018, Facebook identified 53 disruptions of Facebook services in nine countries, compared to 48 disruptions in eight nations in the first half of 2018.

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“This half, India accounted for 85 per cent of total new global disruptions,” the company informed.

In this period, on Facebook and Instagram, the company took down 2,595,410 pieces of content based on 511,706 copyright reports; 215,877 pieces of content based on 81,243 trademark reports; and 781,875 pieces of content based on 62,829 counterfeit reports.

“In Q1 2019, we took action on about 900,000 pieces of drug sale content, of which 83.3 per cent we detected pro-actively. In the same period, we took action on about 670,000 pieces of firearm sale content, of which 69.9 per cent we detected pro-actively,” added Rosen. (IANS)