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Facebook Rolls Out ‘Diwali Story’ Feature For Users in India

Importantly, the Diwali special feature is exclusive to Facebook users only in India. It will now show to users from other countries

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Adding to its “holiday Stories” edition Facebook on Wednesday rolled out a special Diwali “Story” feature exclusively to users in India that would enable them to see, share experiences as well as connect with their loved ones.

The “Start a Story for Diwali” feature will be visible on top of users’ News Feed for 24 hours and will only be available in English.

Users can also add to the Story by selecting “Add to Story” icon, and by using the Facebook Camera one can take a photo or video.

“Today, people in India will be able to see and share a collective Diwali,” the social media giant said in a statement.

“Story that will appear on top of their Facebook News Feed, with additional promotions within the Feed. This Diwali Story will only be available to some English language users in India and will last only 24 hours, just like any other story,” it added.

The Facebook camera, which is packed with dozens of effects like masks, frames, and interactive filters, can help add creativity to the photos and videos.

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Facebook App on a smartphone device. (VOA)

Users can also see a message from Facebook in the News Feed that links them directly to the Diwali Story.

Clicking the story, one can see stories shared by friends.

However, adding to the Diwali Story cannot add to users’ personal story.

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But users do have the option to upload to both, the statement said.

Importantly, the Diwali special feature is exclusive to Facebook users only in India. It will now show to users from other countries. (IANS)

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Twitter Takes Multiple Steps To Curb Misinformation Before Elections in India

More than 80 per cent of the Twitter accounts linked to spread of disinformation

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Twitter is taking “multi-variable” steps, including the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, to curb the spread of misleading information on its platform ahead of 2019 general election in India, Co-Founder and CEO Jack Dorsey said here on Monday.

Addressing a Town Hall-style meeting at the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-D), Dorsey said fake news is a way too big category.

“The real problem is not misinformation per se as jokes can also be categorised as misinfomation. But misinformation that is spread with the intent to mislead people is a real problem,” stressed the Twitter CEO who is in India on a week-long maiden visit.

Dorsey, who got a rousing reception at IIT-D with the students wildly cheering the young entrepreneur, likened solving the problem of misleading information to that of addressing a security issue, or building a lock.

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Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on foreign influence operations and their use of social media on Capitol Hill. VOA

“No one can build a perfect lock, but we need to stay ahead of our attackers. AI could probably help,” Dorsey told the audience.

Earlier in the day, the Twitter CEO met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and discussed various steps the social network was taking to curb the spread of fake news and boost healthy conversation on its platform.

Dorsey also met Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama over the weekend. He was also expected to meet Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the wake of the growing criticism over Twitter’s role in the spread of misinformation and fake news as India faces Assembly polls in five states in November-December ahead of next year’s general elections.

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Twitter, along with other social media platforms, including Facebook, came under intense scrutiny of policymakers in the US for their failure to stop the spread of misinformation by Russia-linked accounts on their platforms during the 2016 Presidential election.

The micro-blogging site since then has stepped up its efforts to curb the spread of divisive messages and fake news on its platform.

To further protect the integrity of elections, Twitter recently announced that it would now delete fake accounts engaged in a variety of emergent, malicious behaviour.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses the gathering during the ‘Global Mobility Summit’ in New Delhi, India, VOA

As part of the new rules, accounts that deliberately mimic or are intended to replace accounts that were previously suspended for violating rules may be identified as fake accounts, Twitter said recently.

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However, according to a Knight Foundation study released in October, more than 80 per cent of the Twitter accounts linked to spread of disinformation during the 2016 US election are still active. (IANS)