New Delhi: After being involved in several controversies around her educational qualification, another controversy has surfaced regarding Human Resource and Development Minister Smriti Irani. It has been found out that Smriti Irani has two active PAN numbers.
While one number has her maiden name Smriti Ajay Malhotra, the other one has her husband’s name Smriti Zubin Irani. Interestingly, both the PAN numbers were active.
Both the numbers have the birth-date of the HRD minister.
Either Smriti Irani has not shared the information or the co-incidence can be that there is another person living in Mumbai, whose date of birth and father’s name is the same as that of Smriti Irani.
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.
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.
“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.”
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)