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Sikh man Veerender Jubbal in soup after fake image showing him as Paris attacker goes viral

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A Sikh man from Canada found himself in troubled waters after his digitally altered image, falsely portraying him as one of the suicide bombers involved in the Paris attacks, went viral on social media.

Veerender Jubbal can be seen holding a Quran (and wearing a suicide vest in the altered image) instead of an iPad. So much so that the man’s image was published on the front page of one of Spain’s largest newspapers and also used by two leading Italian newspapers.

One of the largest, though unofficial, pro-ISIS channels on Telegram, the same app that the terrorist group used to take responsibility for the Paris attacks, also shared the image.

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Image: BuzzFeed News / Khilafah News / Telegram

It, however, later came to light that the image was photoshopped as it comprised features that one would not normally associate with an ISIS member.

Image courtesy: BuzzFeed News
Image courtesy: BuzzFeed News

Jubbal pulled out all the stops on Twitter to clear the air over the issue by sharing the original bathroom selfie, adding that he had never been to Paris and that he was a Sikh living in Canada.

Jubbal blamed the supporters of GamerGate, a controversial online movement, whom he had been fighting with on the internet for the past one year for the smear campaign against him.

Jubbal was taken aback when Indian media too started sharing his fake image on their portals. He vowed to take a legal action against the erring media houses.

In this hour of need, Jubbal did not find himself alone with people cutting across lines of religion tweeting in his support.

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Micro-blogging Site Twitter to Audit Developers Using Data From App

Twitter says it suspended 1,62,000 apps in the second half of 2018, showing it is willing to play hardball with developers that endanger its ecosystem

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Twitter on a smartphone device. Pixabay

Micro-blogging site Twitter has decided to audit app developers who use data from its platform, as business and research boosting tools to make sure it gets paid for the information delivered.

Starting June 19, developers that use recent tweets from or mention a user more than 100,000 times per day, will have to submit their apps to Twitter for review.

“The goal is ensuring that our platform is safe and promoting the privacy and safety of our users, and providing a level playing field commercially,” TechCrunch quoted Yoel Roth, Head of site integrity, Twitter as saying on Tuesday.

Developers found to be violating Twitter’s policies would be booted from the platform, while those who fail to file for review will be capped at 100,000 requests per day for the user timeline and mentions application programming interfaces (APIs) of Twitter.

“We’re fundamentally different than other platforms that have APIs since almost everything that happens on our service is public,” Roth explained.

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FILE – A man reads tweets on his phone in front of a displayed Twitter logo. VOA

Developers who use Twitter data as business tools for customer services or social media monitoring, will have to pay and enter a commercial licencing agreement with the platform with an undisclosed custom price-range based on usage.

“Twitter refused to even specify the range those prices fall into, which won’t win it any extra trust,” the report said.

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If a developer in question presents legitimate consumer-use cases, like running a third-party Twitter client or doing research, it will be granted free access to the API at the same rate they have today.

Twitter says it suspended 1,62,000 apps in the second half of 2018, showing it is willing to play hardball with developers that endanger its ecosystem, the report added. (IANS)