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Delhi Chief Arvind Kejriwal and Paytm CEO go in Twitter War over PM Modi’s appearance in Paytm Advertisement

Paytm has become quite popular and people are downloading the mobile app for easy transactions

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New Delhi, November 11, 2016: The advertisement that surfaced online with Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Paytm’s Founder and CEO congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi for demonetizing Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes has not gone well with Delhi’s chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. As a result, it ended in a war of words over Twitter between the two.

Even though the move will benefit Paytm as people will choose mobile wallets instead of cash, till fresh currency notes are issued, the Chief says, their motive behind this is to solve the financial problems that people will be dealing with right now.

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By hinting at a prearrangement between PM Narendra Modi, his government, and Paytm-Kejriwal tweeted, “Paytm is the biggest beneficiary of PM’s announcement. Next day PM appears in its ads. What’s the deal Mr. PM?”

Further, he added in another tweet that, that it was “utterly shameful” of PayTM to use Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image for such ads.

To which Paytm Chief replied, “Dear Sir, the biggest beneficiary is our country. We are just a tech startup, trying to solve financial inclusion and make India proud.”

The tweets have had a huge impact as it questioned PM Narendra Modi’s move and his appearance on Paytm add. The tweets were retweeted and both Kejriwal’s and Vijay Shekar’s tweets were retweeted and liked by too many people. To this Aaj Tak also posted tweet, which questioned PM Modi’s appearance on Reliance Jio Add and now Paytm Add- but this tweet was later deleted.

Aajtak's Tweet on PM Modi's appearance on Reliance Jio Add and Paytm Add, that was deleted.
Aajtak’s Tweet on PM Modi’s appearance on Reliance Jio Add and Paytm Add, that was deleted.

Needless to say, this has made Paytm quite popular and people are downloading the mobile app for easy transactions. After PM Modi’s move to counter black money, there is 7 times growth in the Paytm’s traffic. While downloading the app has increased three times, many people also added 30% more money to their wallets on Thursday. This means that on the first day, when the demonetization of big currency notes broke, there was 10 times increase in the usage over normal days.

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Further, the online transactions grew three times, and offline (payment to retailers) grew five times. Paytm’s transaction value continued to grow 200% every day for the past couple of days, says the company data.

Kejriwal’s tweets got many angry over twitter, here are few of them-

Another tweet mentioned- “If PayTm adds Modi’s photo, is it his fault? Grow up, man!”

But, Kejriwal tweeted more to express his dissatisfaction and replied to a person with Paytm’s add with Modi’s picture and tweeted- “Utterly shameful. Do people want their PM to model for pvt cos? Tomo, if these companies do wrongdoings, who will act against them.”

– by Deepannita Das of NewsGram. Twitter: @deepweep

 

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Social Media Giants Face Complications Dealing With Online Offensive Speech

Tech companies are known for constantly tweaking their products and software. Now it seems they are taking the same approach with speech.

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An iPhone with Twitter, Facebook and other apps, May 21, 2013. U.S. internet companies are taking a harder look at their policies that have promoted free expression around the world.. VOA

Twitter users are blocking companies like Pepsi, Nike and Uber on Twitter to pressure the social media firm to permanently ban American broadcaster Alex Jones for what they say are his abusive tweets and offensive speech.

Meanwhile, Twitter reportedly is facing a shutdown in Pakistan because of a government request to block what it deems objectionable content.

The moves come as U.S. internet companies take a harder look at their policies that have promoted free expression around the world. The companies have a mostly hands-off policy when it comes to curtailing speech, except when it comes to inciting violence and pornography. But that largely permissive approach is getting a new look.

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Alex Jones from Infowars.com speaks during a rally in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. VOA

Twitter and Alex Jones

Twitter recently slapped a seven-day ban on conservative American radio host Jones for violating its policy on abusive speech, when he appeared to call for violence against the media, something he denies.

On his show this week, Jones noted that Twitter had removed his videos.

“They took me down,” he said. “Because they will not let me have a voice.”

Earlier this month, Apple, Spotify, Facebook, YouTube and other social media limited Jones and his InfoWars media company from their sites. But InfoWars’ live-streaming app can still be found at Google and Apple’s app stores. The on-air personality has put forth conspiracy theories calling some U.S. mass shootings hoaxes.

No more hands off

Internet firms are moving away from the long-held position that they didn’t want to monitor expression on their sites too closely, Irina Raicu, director of the Internet Ethics Program at Santa Clara University, said.

“The companies are stuck in the middle and no longer trying to avoid responsibility in a way that I think they were even a few years ago when they were saying we are just neutral platforms,” Raicu said. “They are increasingly taking a more open role in determining what content moderation looks like.”

It’s not just in the U.S. where the internet companies are having to make hard decisions about speech. The firms are also grappling with extreme speech in other languages.

Comments on Facebook have been linked to violence in places like Myanmar and India. A recent article by the Reuters news agency reports that negative messages about Myanmar’s Rohingya minority group were throughout its site.

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It’s not just in the U.S. where the internet companies are having to make hard decisions about speech. Wikimedia

Some call on social media companies to do more to target and take down hate messages before they lead to violence.

“If Facebook is bent on removing abusive words and nudity, they should be focused on removing these words as well,” said Abhinay Korukonda, a student from Mumbai, India, who is studying at the University of California, Berkeley. “This comes under special kinds of abusive terms. They should take an action. They should definitely remove these.”

Objective standards

Ming Hsu studies decision-making at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He is researching how to come up with objective standards for determining whether certain speech could lead to real-world dangers against people both in the U.S. and across the globe.

“We don’t have actionable standards for policymakers or for companies or even lay people to say, ‘This is crossing the boundaries, this is way past the boundaries and this is sort of OK,’” Hsu said.

Those calls are even harder when looking at speech in other languages and cultures, he added.

Also Read: Twitter CEO Expands on Why He Won’t Ban Alex Jones, Infowars

“We don’t really have any intuition for who’s right, who is wrong and who is being discriminated against,” Hsu said. “And that gets back to relying on common sense and how fragile that is.”

Tech companies are known for constantly tweaking their products and software. Now it seems they are taking the same approach with speech as they draw the line between free expression and reducing harm. (VOA)