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Jammu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the nation’s heritage is common to all and it cannot be divided based on political affiliations. pm-modi-new_650x400_41436029978

He was speaking here at the birth centenary of late Congress leader Girdhari Lal Dogra, who was Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s father-in-law.

“The heritage of the country is common to all of us and it cannot be divided into compartments because of political considerations,” Modi said, paying his tributes.

He said the late leader worked for the country, irrespective of which political party of ideology he adhered to.

In a lighter vein, Modi said the Congress leader must have had a great understanding of human beings and “that is why he chose a son-in-law like Arun Jaitley”.

He said that despite being the son-in-law of the late Congress leader, Jaitley held on to his own political beliefs and never used his father-in-law’s clout.

“Otherwise we all know what embarrassment sons-in-law have become for their in-laws nowadays,” said Modi, taking a dig at Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra. He didn’t name Robert Vadra.

Modi also greeted Muslims on the eve of Eid. He then left for New Delhi.

(IANS)

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Facebook Asks Political Ad Buyers In UK To Reveal Their Identity

While the vast majority of ads on Facebook are run by legitimate organizations, we know that there are bad actors that try to misuse our platform,” Facebook said in a statement.

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A protester wearing a mask with the face of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is flanked by two fellow activists wearing angry face emoji masks, during a protest against Facebook policies, in London, Britain (From archives) VOA

Facebook says that anyone who takes out a British political ad on the social media platform will now be forced to reveal their identity, in a bid to increase transparency and curb misinformation.

The company said Tuesday that it will also require disclaimers for any British political advertisements. All the data on the ad buyers will be archived for seven years in a publicly accessible database.

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CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address at a Facebook developers conference in San Jose, California. VOA

Facebook is already applying a similar system in the United States, which is holding midterm elections this year.

British lawmakers have called for greater oversight of social media companies and election campaigns to protect democracy in the digital age.

A House of Commons report this year said democracy is facing a crisis because data analysis and social media allow campaigns to target voters with messages of hate without their consent.

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This photo shows the app icon on a smartphone in New York. VOA

“While the vast majority of ads on Facebook are run by legitimate organizations, we know that there are bad actors that try to misuse our platform,” Facebook said in a statement. “By having people verify who they are, we believe it will help prevent abuse.”

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Facebook said it’s up against “smart and well-funded adversaries who change their tactics as we spot abuse,” but it believes that increased transparency is good for democracy and the electoral process. (VOA)

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