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After facing the flak over spread of fake political ads, Facebook on Wednesday announced additional measures it will take to protect elections and prepare for the US 2020 Presidential election.

Starting mid-September, advertisers will need to provide more information about their organization before Facebook reviews and approves their disclaimer.


“If they do not provide this information by mid-October, we will pause their ads,” Katie Harbath, Public Policy Director, Global Elections, said in a statement.

According to Facebook, this will help the company confirm the legitimacy of an organization and provide people with more details about who’s behind the ads they are seeing.

Last year, Facebook asked advertisers to get authorized before running ads about social issues, elections or politics, and saved those ads in an Ad Library so they’re publicly available for seven years.

Advertisers will now have five options for providing more information, three of which demonstrate they are registered with the US government.


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“If they choose one of the three government resource options, they will be allowed to use their registered organization name in disclaimers and the ‘i’ icon that appears in the upper right-hand corner of their ads will read ‘Confirmed Organization,’” added Sarah Schiff, Product Manager.

Advertisers must also place a “Paid for by” disclaimer on their ads to communicate who is responsible for them.

Despite these requirements, there are a number of cases where advertisers have attempted to put misleading “Paid for by” disclaimers on their ads.

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In addition to providing their US street address, phone number, business email and a business website matching the email, the advertisers need to provide tax-registered organization identification number (i.e. EIN), a government website domain that matches an email ending in .gov or .mil and Federal Election Commission (FEC) identification number.

Facebook also refreshed the list of social issues in the US to a list of 10 categories, rather than 20 distinct subject areas. (IANS)


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As the economy continues to recover from the prolonged pandemic.

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The Centre might bestow infrastructure as well as industry status to new sectors to boost several pandemic hit industries in the upcoming Union Budget. Industry insiders said that several sectors and sub-industries such as hospitality, automobile retail, specific diganotics facilities and companies engaged in installation of EV charging stations amongst others might get the status.
The infra tag will enable these sectors to avail tax breaks, incentives and credit on lower interest rates. "Sectors which are in greenfield or which would need capex augmentation to help them overcome the pandemic can be looked from the lens of an infrastructure sector," said Jagannarayan Padmanabhan, Director and Practice Leader, Transport & Logistics, Crisil Infrastructure Advisory. "Also many of the already identified sectors need a sustained policy push which will help them get visibility both in terms of quantum and the time period of applicability."

Till now, activities associated with laying of power and telecom transmission and distribution lines, roads, highways, railways and construction of facilities such as hospitals, affordable housing, power generation units, water treatment plants, SEZs and certain type of hotels amongst others were given such status.

Besides, these sectors are a part of harmonised master list for infrastructure sub-sectors. However, in April 2021, exhibition-cum-convention centre was included in the list. "Given the focus around electric vehicle, and need for significant investment in charging stations, if the government adds the sector in infrastructure list, the benefits arising out of it will be significant," said Vishal Kotecha, Director, India Ratings and Research. "Infra tag on sectors increases ability to raise funds, access to dedicated funds and lenders, foreign capital, lower interest rates among others."

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A team led by chief scientist Ravi Shankar, is working on two combinations to provide the safest medication to coronavirus patients. "Experts say that a combination of antivirals with different mechanisms can be more effective to counter the viral pandemic. We are working on two combinations - Umifenovir with Molnupiravir (an antiviral) and Umifenovir with Niclosamide (anti-parasitic)," he said.

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Molnupiravur drug has received only Emergency Use Authorisation in India and abroad. Though its usage showed reduced hospitalisation during clinical trials, its biggest drawback are the side-effects, he added.

"Now, we are trying to keep a low dosage of Molnupiravir in its combination with Umifenovir which may weed out the side-effects such as the risk of cartilage and muscle damage. If successful, it will make Umifenovir more effective in Covid-19 treatment," said the chief scientist. The other combination is Umifenovir with Niclosamide.

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"Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced."
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No matter what obstacles life throws at you, it always creates a means to overcome them, whether via determination, persistence, or both. With so many things going on in our lives, it is easy to forget to be grateful for the valuable life that we have been given. To remind people of the value of life, it was determined that there should be a day when people take a close look at their lives and be appreciative of the experiences and memories it has brought us.

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