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PM Narendra Modi Drops ‘Chowkidar’ from Twitter Handle

Soon after, the Prime Minister added ‘Chowkidar’ prefix to his Twitter handle, and several BJP leaders followed

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday dropped the ‘Chowkidar’ (watchman) prefix from his official Twitter handle and urged BJP leaders to do the same.

As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to sweep the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, he tweeted: “The people of India became Chowkidars and rendered great service to the nation. Chowkidar has become a powerful symbol to safeguard India from the evils of casteism, communalism, corruption and cronyism. Now, the time has come to take the Chowkidar spirit to the next level.”

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses a gathering in New Delhi, India. VOA

“Keep this spirit alive at every moment and continue working for India’s progress. The word ‘Chowkidar’ goes from my Twitter name but it remains an integral part of me. Urging you all to do the same too,” he added.

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In March, Modi tweeted a video with the hashtag ‘#MainBhiChowkidar’ (I am also a watchman) and called all those a watchman who are fighting corruption, dirt, social evils and are working for the progress of India.

Soon after, the Prime Minister added ‘Chowkidar’ prefix to his Twitter handle, and several BJP leaders followed. (IANS)

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Twitter Plans to Develop an Open and Decentralized Standard for Social Media

"New technologies have emerged to make a decentralized approach more viable. Blockchain points to a series of decentralized solutions for open and durable hosting, governance, and even monetization. Much work to be done, but the fundamentals are there," Dorsey added

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has announced that his company was funding a small independent team of up to five open source architects, engineers and designers to develop an open and decentralized standard for social media that would help better control abusive and misleading information on its platform.

The goal is to allow Twitter to access and contribute to a much larger corpus of public conversation, “focus our efforts on building open recommendation algorithms which promote healthy conversation, and will force us to be far more innovative than in the past”, Dorsey said in a tweet thread on Wednesday.

The project is called Bluesky and Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal will hire the team for the project.

“There are many challenges to make this work that Twitter would feel right becoming a client of this standard.

“Which is why the work must be done transparently in the open, not owned by any single private corporation, furthering the open & decentralized principles of the internet,” Dorsey said.

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Decentralized social networks already exist like Mastodon which is based on an open-source networking protocol called ActivityPub.

Dorsey said the team would not only develop a decentralized standard for social media but also build open community around it, inclusive of companies and organisations, researchers and civil society leaders.

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“This isn’t going to happen overnight. It will take many years to develop a sound, scalable, and usable decentralized standard for social media that paves the path to solving the challenges listed above.

“New technologies have emerged to make a decentralized approach more viable. Blockchain points to a series of decentralized solutions for open and durable hosting, governance, and even monetization. Much work to be done, but the fundamentals are there,” Dorsey added. (IANS)