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Vernacular Social Networking Platforms Spreading Vulgar Content in India

The court said inappropriate content was being provided by the app and the government had a social responsibility to stop it

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TikTok is fast catching up: it has been downloaded more than 240 million times in India so far, according to app analytics firm Sensor Tower. VOA

In the era where apps control our lives, the rapid spread of explicit vulgar content via social networking platforms, especially in regional languages, has become a matter of concern in India.

While some apps like China-based TikTok came under fire for not filtering inappropriate content on its platform, several not-so-famous apps are also earning large revenue via unfiltered and vulgar content.

Most of these apps are free to download while some of them let users make an in-app purchase as well to let them “unlock special features”.

One such app, available on Google Play Store is called, “Hot Bigo” that has been downloaded over 100,000 times.

The live-streaming app shows inappropriate pictures of Asian girls on its thumbnail and says it is “a collection of Bigo streaming videos, live hot”.

Another such app called “Vigo Video” has also managed to gather millions of downloads on the Google Play Store and lets users “follow and interact with other video makers, send private messages, shoot clips with background music and share videos on social media”.

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Multiple apps are displayed on an iPhone in New York. VOA

Even as these apps aren’t downloaded by most smartphone users in the country, the videos doing the rounds on them are circulated on popular social media apps like WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook, which are accessible by all.

Ever since Instagram tightened its rules around showing sexually explicit content, creators have stopped keeping such “special pages that cater to a specific set of adults” open for anybody to follow.

Minors who get a hang of such short-video making apps not only get hooked to them instantly, but also come under the risk radar of being exposed to or involved in dangerous and sexually explicit content that could make them victims of cyber crimes.

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According to reports, in the absence of adequate human moderators, such material are slipping through the automated systems of these popular platforms.

Earlier in April, the Madras High Court had asked the Central government to ban the Chinese video mobile application “TikTok”, saying it spoils the future of youth and minds of children.

The court said inappropriate content was being provided by the app and the government had a social responsibility to stop it. (IANS)

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Developers Can Now Start Building Hindi Skills for Alexa in India

Right now, Alexa can understand some Hinglish commands but these are few and far between

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Amazon Echo led the Indian smart speakers market with 59 per cent share in 2018 (Representational image). Pixabay

Amazon on Tuesday announced that developers can now start building Alexa skills for customers in India with the new Hindi voice model available in Alexa Skills Kit (ASK).

Developers would get a headstart and submit skills for certification as the company prepare to offer engaging experiences for Alexa users in one of the most spoken languages in the country, the company said in a statement.

Commercial hardware manufacturers who want to develop Alexa Built-in products for Hindi-speaking customers in India can request early access to the invite-only Alexa Voice Service (AVS) developer preview.

The Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) is a collection of free, self-service APIs and tools that make it fast and easy for developers to create skills, or capabilities, for Alexa.

Amazon last year launched a new category of skill called “Cleo” that enables customers in India help Alexa learn Hindi and other languages. The idea was to improve Alexa’s language model and help her gradually speak in local languages.

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The lawsuit alleges Amazon of saving ‘voice prints’ of millions of children by unlawfully recording their conversations around Alexa-enabled smart devices. Pixabay

Apart from Hindi, users can respond to Alexa’s English statements in Tamil, Marathi, Kannada, Bengali, Telugu, Gujarati and other regional languages.

Alexa is currently available in over 80 countries and speaks more than 14 language variants.

One can sign up for the first webinar on Hindi skill building scheduled on July 24. Developers in India who have their Hindi-language skill certified for publication in India before July 31 would receive exclusive early bird Alexa merchandise.

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Rohit Prasad, Vice President and Head Scientist for Alexa, told IANS recently that the company is working on infusing regional languages capabilities in Alexa for the Indian market but these are early days.

Right now, Alexa can understand some Hinglish commands but these are few and far between. (IANS)