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How social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter have become the fifth pillar of democracy

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By Arnab Mitra

“The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses,” said Malcolm X. Most of the prominent media channels today are controlled by politicians and businessman, and their news is driven by an agenda. Social media deserves to be labelled another pillar of democracy for its ability to connect people on a single platform and ensure free expression.

In the recent Delhi elections, BJP spent huge chunks of money on advertisements on major newspapers during their pre-electoral campaigns. The mainstream media was all gaga over highlighting the so called achievements of the ruling party at the Centre. Little it was known that an emerging regional party like AAP’s focus on social media will change the course of elections. The results showed that how people have shifted their faith from mainstream media to social media.

‘So what’s the stand of the fourth pillar of the democracy? If they would not speak for the cause of people’, says, Amit chatterjee student of JNU. The Arab uprising, issues on Jan Lokpal bill, Nirbhaya incident have shown that it’s the voice of an average citizen that matters. A single tweet or a FB post shows potential to unite millions and yes, they have brought together people to fight for justice, if we are to buy the recent trends.

The media since its origin has betrayed the trite. It had served as a voice of the government in the past, however giving an impression of portraying the voice of the people. From Hickey’s Gazette to Caravan and during the time of emergency, the government and the people with power have always tried to choke voices and used as to control their power.

As visible, social media promises to be a new platform for people, as the opinion is not filtered while publishing and ‘The media of the people, by the people and for the people’ stands with dignity.

 

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Google gets the better of Facebook as top referral source for publishers

In 2016 Facebook tweaked its algorithm to prioritise posts from friends and family over publishers.

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Google has beaten Facebook to become publishers' main source of external page views over the course of 2017
Google has beaten Facebook to become publishers' main source of external page views over the course of 2017. VOA
  • Google webpage traffic increases considerably
  • Facebook went down by 26% in January as compared to last year
  • Video publishing feature might has add up to the Facebook traffic

San Francisco, Dec 12,2017: Google has beaten Facebook to become publishers’ main source of external page views over the course of 2017, a new data showed.

Google used to be the main source of referral traffic for web publishers. Then Facebook eclipsed it, ReCode reported late on Monday.

According to digital analytics company Parse.ly, Google sent more traffic than Facebook to publishers — Facebook sent 25 per cent less traffic to publishers in 2017, while Google increased its traffic by 17 per cent.

In January, Facebook provided nearly 40 per cent of publishers’ external traffic which is now down to 26 per cent.

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Google AMP feature has helped it to add up to the web traffic

Google, which started the year at 34 per cent, generated 44 per cent of the total traffic.

Parse.ly pointed out a number of factors for this turnaround.

In 2016 Facebook tweaked its algorithm to prioritise posts from friends and family over publishers.

Also, Facebook’s “Instant Articles” feature, where the service hosted some publishers’ content directly but promised to send more readers to the original site as well, has declined in importance, the analytics company found.

Since users can now publish videos directly on Facebook, this might have affected how many links to web stories publishers put on their Facebook pages.

Google’s “accelerated mobile pages” (AMP) feature, which also hosts publishers’ content directly on Google’s servers, became more important over the year.

AMP stories – typically from news publishers – are surfaced at the top of mobile search results as “Top Stories,” which drives clicks. (IANS)

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Stand of Chanda Bandh Satyagraha: Hamari AAP ka Siyasi Dafan poora ho, Hamara Hawan Poora Ho

A true volunteer of AAP will not rest until a morally debased AAP is not consigned to flames.

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Chanda Bandh Satyagraha appeals to AAP leaders to make donations public.
Chanda Bandh Satyagraha appeals to AAP leaders to make donations public.
  • By Dr. Munish Raizada

One of our steadfast volunteers sent me a message at Facebook and sought my opinion on the current dogfight going between #ChandaChor gang of our Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Through Chanda Bandh Satyagraha, our stand is clearly a matter of conviction:

सच्चे स्वयंसेवक का यज्ञ तभी पूरा होगा , जब सिधान्तों से भटकी हमारी AAP की पूर्ण आहुति दे दी जाएगी.
अगर जनता का दिया गया चंदा खाओगे, तो कोई हक़ नहीं राजनीती में तुम्हे!
2020 में AAP का अंतकाल आना चाहिए. हमारी पार्टी का सियासी दफ़न पूरा हो, हमारा हवन पूरा हो.

Loosely translated: A true volunteer of AAP will not rest until a morally debased AAP is consigned to flames. Because a party that can eat away the public funds (donations), has no moral right to be in politics. The year 2020 will hopefully see the political demise of our AAP.

As you see the dogfight has come to the streets now. A poet is trying to revive and talking of an AAP II. Some well meaning volunteers are standing with him. He is zestfully speaking about bringing back values of the party and old folks too.

Tragically, the other Chandachor camp led by Mukhiya Kejriwal has termed this as a fantasy.

But, we must be able to read through the lines.

In my opinion, our hardcore selfless volunteers who really wanted to see a change of politics and polity through a vehicle called AAP, now understand that the fight is for personal survival and NOT for principles.

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha appeals to AAP leaders to make donations public.
Chanda Bandh Satyagraha appeals to AAP leaders to make donations public.

But the poet is fighting for his survival, so believe me, this fight will not lead him anywhere. It is NOT a MORAL fight. It is a personal fight. Janta ka vishwas nahi milega (public’s trust can not be regained). Janta ek Kejriwal ko dekh chuki hai (the public has already seen one Kejriwal). Abhi 20-30 saal wait kariye (Wait for another generation before you utter of revolution again).  Kraanti kee baaten kar ke janta ko aur dukhi mat kijiye (Do not exploit the sentiments of the society by talking about yet another revolution when the first one was never ever attained).

If you really care about the principles, just do one thing: Ask where is the donation list that the party received?  After all. how can a party fight against corruption and graft, if its own house is  not clean. And then talk about other principles.

Bringing back old folks is a good idea. Reviving AAP is a welcome idea. But, let us remember one thing: Public (janta) is not a toy. You can play with their sentiments once, not again and again.

At AAP, our refrain used to be:

सत्य परेशान हो सकता है, पराजित नहीं.

Today, we know in our hearts, we have eaten the donations given by the public. सत्य को चंदाचोरों व् ‘सत्यवीरों” ने परेशान भी किया तथा पराजित भी (Truth was not only messed around with, it was badly defeated by the so called saints of truth and honesty).

Then, what ideological principles is the poet talking about!

The dogfight is a fight without morality. It is a sign that the rot in our AAP is deep set. However, the karma cycle is trying to complete the circle. The dogfight is exposing the unworthiness of our AAP’s leaders who one time the public thought are statesmen. The poet is helping us achieve our cherished goal: Taking us towards the the Aahuti!

 

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Dogfight in Aam Aadmi Party : The audio clip of Kumar Vishwas reveals the party is no longer for principles but for personal aspirations

Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party seems to be more engaged in dogfight rather than developmental politics. The new audio clip of Kumar Vishwas reveals discontentment within senior leaders of AAP

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  • The abusive audio clip of Kumar Vishwas surfaces hinting at split in Aam Aadmi Party

  • Aam Aadmi Party which claimed to bring clean politics is no longer working on principles, its an ongoing dogfight between unsatisfied political aspirants

Just few days back, Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party was slapped with Rs. 30 crores Income Tax notice. The party which claimed to revive clean politics was itself found dirty. The Income Tax notice cited that the Aam Aadmi Party had not disclosed income worth Rs 13.16 crore. According to the IT Department, the money received as donations in its bank account was not recorded in the books of accounts. Today an audio clip of Kumar Vishwas surfaced hinting at rift within the party.

Last year, Chanda Bandh Satyagraha (www.nolistnodonation.com) led by Dr. Munish Raizada was initiated against Aam Aadmi Party’s backtracking on financial transparency which gathered a huge amount of support from section of Aam Aadmi Party who were not ready to compromise on principles. But anyone who raised questions against Arvind Kejriwal’s dubious stance on donation transparency were sidelined from the party.

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Chanda Bandh Satyagrah led by Dr. Munish Kumar Raizada against dubious donations of Aam Aadmi Party

The leaked audio clip of Kumar Vishwas suggests that individual ambitions are derailing the Aam Aadmi Party, risking the public’s confidence. What issues dominate the AAP? The party members no longer seem to have any aspiration for developmental politics, they are rather engaged in dogfight for power and position. Unmet with expectations, many of the founding members of party like Yogendra Yadav are no more with the AAP today. It certainly affects prospects for party expansion. People supported AAP because it offered hope of a wider democratic platform, giving ordinary Indians a political voice. But it now seems that Aam Aadmi Party is just a bunch of opportunists trying to grab political space for their own development through corruption and dubious political donations.

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Since its inception, Aam Aadmi Party has been indulged in all those things it promised to stood against of. AAP has failed to deliver what it promised. The list of scams by Aam Aadmi Party is endless. From Thali scam where total food bill of 80 guests amounted to Rs 11, 04,357 costing Rs 12,000 to Rs 16,000 per plate to 400 crore Delhi water tanker scam, AAP has crushed the expectations of people who were hoping for an honest political party. Arvind Kejriwal’s government spent a large chunk of taxpayer’s money for party advertisement. The advertisements were found to be in violation of the Supreme Court guidelines.Transport Minister of Delhi Gopal Rai from Aam Aadmi Party is involved in scam worth crores of rupees in Auto Rickshaw Permit scam. Sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra alleged that he witnessed Satyendar Jain giving Rs 2 crore in cash to the party chief Arvind Kejriwal. The list can go on, but the serious question here is the credibility of Aam Aadmi Party. The audio clip of Kumar Vishwas hints at rift within the party, this explains well why Delhi is suffering under bad governance, the key members of party are indulged in back bitching and score setting.

– by SHAURYA RITWIK, Shaurya is Sub-Editor at NewsGram and writes on Geo-politcs, Culture, Indology and Business. Twitter Handle – @shauryaritwik