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Daily, your Facebook wall gets at least one video which shows how a person is abused in one way or the other. The world should know the evil which we need to eradicate, and so the video is viral. But does it help?

By Kanika Rangray

New Delhi: There is a video going viral on Facebook which shows a mall toy car operator forcibly kissing a child. In this heart-wrenching video you see the innocent little boy trying with his meagre strength to push away the man as he is crying for help.

What was happening?

Instead of helping the innocent little kid, instead of pulling off the toy car operator from the boy, the person assumed it would be better to make a video of the entire incident and put it on social media. May be it was thought to be the ‘right content’ to make the video viral.

A simple question, please answer— how did making the video help out the little kid? Will it be able to erase the trauma which might have embedded itself in the innocent’s mind? Wouldn’t the better option be to go ahead and stop the trauma than to film it?

Photo credit: brafton.com This picture is for representational purpose only
Photo credit: brafton.com
This picture is for representational purpose only

This is not the first time that such incident has occurred. People prefer to watch from the sidelines, filming the troubles faced by a person, and then brandishing the video around to their friends or on social media, instead of lending a helping hand. All this is done, supposedly, for ‘creating awareness’ about the issue.

Such an example can be seen almost daily in the Delhi metro. A mother holding her son in her arms tries to de-board the train. But the crowd is least interested in letting her deboard and more interested in getting on to the train. Hence follows a tussle, in which the little kiddo—hardly three or four years of age—gets hurt and starts crying. What happens next? NOTHING! The onlookers take out their mobiles and start filming the incident rather than helping the woman. Isn’t it cute to see a kid cry? May be it is!

Again, another example from the Metro—general compartment, man misbehaving with a girl, the other passengers ‘ladies included’ standby and watch, some make videos, nobody helps.

Whenever such examples of social evils or people’s lack of etiquette comes to the front, heaps of comments, ideas, suggestions start pouring in—advising that these social evils can only be stopped when the society changes its mentality.

Well aren’t you a part of that society whose mentality—so gallantly said—needs to be changed? Whether you lend a helping hand or take up videography depends on your ‘mentality’.  As Mahatma Gandhi had once said, “be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Think about it. You could save yourself a large amount of candles and numerous candle marches, by acting at the moment rather than protesting later.

At every such incident smartphones come out of your pocket and start filming—your phones are getting smarter, when will you?

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India Second to US in Demanding Facebook User Data, Requests Up by 37%

Globally, in the first half of 2019, government requests for user data increased by 16 per cent from 110,634 to 128,617

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The US government sent Facebook total 50,741 requests about users' data in the same period. Pixabay

The Indian government was second to the US in requesting Facebook for access to users’ data in the first six months of this year — an increase of nearly 37 per cent from the second half (July-December period) last year.India

The Indian government sent Facebook 22,684 queries about users in the above mentioned period and the social networking giant provided data in 54 per cent of the request, according to Facebook’s Transparency Report.

The US government sent Facebook total 50,741 requests about users’ data in the same period.

Globally, in the first half of 2019, government requests for user data increased by 16 per cent from 110,634 to 128,617.

India, US, Facebook
The Indian government sent Facebook 22,684 queries about users in the above mentioned period and the social networking giant provided data in 54 per cent of the request, according to Facebook’s Transparency Report. Pixabay

“Of the total volume, the US continues to submit the largest number of requests, followed by India, the UK, Germany and France,” said Chris Sonderby, VP & Deputy General Counsel, said in a statement on Thursday.

In the US, Facebook received 50,741 requests, representing an increase of 23 per cent more requests than last half, which is consistent with trends over time.

“We always scrutinise every government request we receive for account data to make sure it is legally valid. This is true no matter which government makes the request.

“If a request appears to be deficient or overly broad, we push back, and will fight in court, if necessary. We do not provide governments with a back doors’ to people’s information,” said Sonderby.

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During the reporting period, the volume of content restrictions based on local law decreased globally by 50 per cent from 35,972 to 17,807.

“This decrease follows an unusual spike last half in which we restricted 16,600 items in India based on a Delhi High Court order. Of the total volume, 58 per cent of restrictions originated from Pakistan and Mexico,” said Facebook.

The company also identified 67 disruptions of Facebook services in 15 countries, compared to 53 disruptions in nine countries in the second half of 2018.

“During this reporting period, we took down 3,234,393 pieces of content based on 568,836 copyright reports, 255,222 pieces of content based on 96,501 trademark reports and 821,727 pieces of content based on 101,582 counterfeit reports,” informed Facebook. (IANS)