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Shimla’s most famous promenade Ridge goes WiFi

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Shimla: You can now log on to a free Wi-Fi facility while strolling on the historic Ridge, Shimla’s most famous promenade.

The Shimla Municipal Corporation, as a pilot project, on Sunday launched this facility for residents as well as tourists, Deputy Mayor Tikender Panwar said.

The facility, which can be accessed from Scandal Point to the Anglican Christ Church, will be available till June 7, he said.

To avail of the service, people need to register their mobile numbers, and a passkey will be sent.

The facility can be used by each user for two hours every day and the speed would be 1 Mbps with data storage of 7 GB.

The free Wi-Fi service will cover some parts of Mall Road, which was once a ‘British only’ street for strolling.

Seven routers (access points) have been installed to provide Wi-Fi service and the range of each router would be approximately 150 metres.

Users are also requested to give their feedback about the facility on the Shimla Municipal Corporation’s Facebook page.

The state capital remains chock-a-block with tourists, especially during the peak tourist seasons — May-June and November-January.

According to tourism industry representatives, Shimla gets 20,000 to 30,000 tourists on an average every weekend during the peak season. ‘(IANS)

 

 

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Facebook will not Remove Fake News – but will ‘Demote’ it

The site had done a trial displaying a red warning icon next to articles that fact checkers had identified as false, but later said it found this approach had "entrenched deeply held beliefs

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The company on Wednesday held an event in New York where it sought to convince journalists it was tackling the problem.
The company on Wednesday held an event in New York where it sought to convince journalists it was tackling the problem. Pixabay

Facebook has said that it will not remove fake news from its platform because it does not violate its community standards. Instead, it says posts that it deems to be fake news will be “demoted” in the news feed.

The social network is currently running an advertising campaign in Britain that declares “fake news is not our friend”. But it said publishers often had “very different points of view” and removing fabricated posts would be “contrary to the basic principles of free speech”, the BBC reported on Friday.

Facebook has been scrutinized for its role in spreading fake news after evidence emerged that Russia tried to influence US voters using the social network.

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The company on Wednesday held an event in New York where it sought to convince journalists it was tackling the problem.

“We created Facebook to be a place where different people can have a voice,” John Hegeman from Facebook said while responding to CNN.

Also Read: Facebook Labels Russian Users as ‘Interested in Treason’

“We allow people to post it as a form of expression, but we’re not going to show it at the top of News Feed,” a Facebook spokeswoman told CNN.

The site had done a trial displaying a red warning icon next to articles that fact checkers had identified as false, but later said it found this approach had “entrenched deeply held beliefs”. (IANS)

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