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Mumbai girl jumps to death over obscene messages on Facebook

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Mumbai: In a shocking incident, a 14-year-old girl committed suicide by jumping off her seventh-floor home last week in Mumbai over obscene messages on a fake Facebook account allegedly set up by a classmate.

The class 10 boy, who had been allegedly stalking the girl, has been arrested in the Maharashtra capital over the suicide of his classmate.

NDTV reported that when the girl’s parents complained to the police in this regard recently, the boy was warned and let off by the police after being questioned for a while.

The boy thereafter allegedly set up a Facebook account in the name of the girl and posted obscene messages in a bid to avenge the police complaint.

Shocked and embarrassed to see obscene messages in her name, the girl allegedly jumped off her apartment building in Mira Road on October 20.

The accused boy has been sent to a juvenile home.

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Facebook Asks Political Ad Buyers In UK To Reveal Their Identity

While the vast majority of ads on Facebook are run by legitimate organizations, we know that there are bad actors that try to misuse our platform,” Facebook said in a statement.

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Facebook says that anyone who takes out a British political ad on the social media platform will now be forced to reveal their identity, in a bid to increase transparency and curb misinformation.

The company said Tuesday that it will also require disclaimers for any British political advertisements. All the data on the ad buyers will be archived for seven years in a publicly accessible database.

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CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address at a Facebook developers conference in San Jose, California. VOA

Facebook is already applying a similar system in the United States, which is holding midterm elections this year.

British lawmakers have called for greater oversight of social media companies and election campaigns to protect democracy in the digital age.

A House of Commons report this year said democracy is facing a crisis because data analysis and social media allow campaigns to target voters with messages of hate without their consent.

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“While the vast majority of ads on Facebook are run by legitimate organizations, we know that there are bad actors that try to misuse our platform,” Facebook said in a statement. “By having people verify who they are, we believe it will help prevent abuse.”

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Facebook said it’s up against “smart and well-funded adversaries who change their tactics as we spot abuse,” but it believes that increased transparency is good for democracy and the electoral process. (VOA)

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