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#DelhiAirEmergency and #DelhiPollution Trending on Twitter Among People

Several other users pointed to the health risks of breathing toxic air

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Some Twitter users even criticised teenage Swedish environment activist Greta Thunberg for not tweeting anything on the rising pollution levels in Delhi. Pixabay

From wearing masks and staying indoors to working from home, suggestions to deal with the deadly air pollution in Delhi flooded Twitter on Sunday as people took to social media to vent their anger on politicians for their inactions.

“Keep those damned windows closed, y’all. Don’t go out. #DelhiAirEmergency #smog,” wrote one user.

#DelhiAirEmergency and #DelhiPollution were among the top trends on Twitter on Sunday.

“Imagine if this is happening at Capital and still we are seeing such laziness from authorities. We can imagine how they will treat small cities/states. Just because all the major parties are at fault doesn’t mean it’s ok if you don’t take action. #DelhiAirEmergency,” wrote another user.

Some users even criticised teenage Swedish environment activist Greta Thunberg for not tweeting anything on the rising pollution levels in Delhi.

“All offices in Delhi and NCR should ask all employees to do work from home till this situation improves. It will help reduction in pollution level to some extent. #DelhiAirEmergency,” tweeted one user.

With a thick smog engulfing the Delhi airport and areas surrounding it, as many as 32 flights were diverted to nearby cities on Sunday.

The pollution in Delhi, however, did not stop some users from creating some very relevant and yet funny memes.

“Nahi bachega mai idhaar, mar jayega main,” read the caption of an image showing actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui from the Netflix series “Sacred Games”.

Several other users pointed to the health risks of breathing toxic air.

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#DelhiAirEmergency and #DelhiPollution were among the top trends on Twitter on Sunday. Pixabay

“I’m saying this again, and I will, till things improve, we really need to tackle #pollution in Delhi-NCR, or we’re simply just raising a generation with unhealthy lungs and a lifetime of breathing issues,” wrote one user.

Hospitals in the National Capital Region (NCR) have witnessed a rise in cases linked to respiratory and eye problems following the spike in pollution levels over the past one week. Exposure to air pollution is also very harmful for heart patients and kids.

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“Exposure to certain chemicals post Diwali can trigger a variety of heart-related problems ranging from increased blood pressure or irregular heartbeat to heart attacks or even sudden cardiac arrest, especially amongst the elderly population,” Sundeep Mishra, professor of cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), said in a statement. (IANS)

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Twitter Bans All Kinds of Political Ads From its Platform

Experts said the onus is now on Facebook which has become a platform for spreading misleading and fake political ads

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Twitter is a social media app that encourages short tweets and brief conversations. Pixabay

Putting pressure on Facebook to follow suit, Twitter has officially banned all kinds of political ads from its platform, weeks after CEO Jack Dorsey announced that the micro-blogging site would no longer allow those ads.

No political content will be promoted from candidates, parties, governments or officials, public accounts committees (PACs) and certain political non-profit groups.

“Twitter globally prohibits the promotion of political content. We have made this decision based on our belief that political message reach should be earned, not bought,” the micro-blogging platform said on Friday.

It defines political content as content that references a candidate, political party, elected or appointed government official, election, referendum, ballot measure, legislation, regulation, directive or judicial outcome.

“Ads that contain references to political content, including appeals for votes, solicitations of financial support, and advocacy for or against any of the above-listed types of political content, are prohibited under this policy,” said Twitter.

On October 31, Dorsey tweeted: “While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics.”

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News of the ban divided America’s political camps for the 2020 election. Brad Parscale, manager of President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, said the ban was “yet another attempt by the left to silence Trump and conservatives”.

Twitter said it also does not allow ads of any type by candidates, political parties, or elected or appointed government officials.

“News publishers who meet our exemption criteria may run ads that reference political content and/or prohibited advertisers under our political content policy, but may not include advocacy for or against those topics or advertisers,” it elaborated.

Dorsey had explained his position in a thread of tweets.

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“We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally. We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought. Why? A few reasons…” he tweeted.

Internet political ads, he said, presented “entirely new challenges to civic discourse”. These challenges included “machine learning-based optimization of messaging”, “micro-targeting, unchecked misleading information, and deep fakes”.

Experts said the onus is now on Facebook which has become a platform for spreading misleading and fake political ads. (IANS)