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Turkey hosts first World Humanitarian Summit to discuss Global aid distribution system

Turkey has hosted the largest refugee population in the world with almost 2.8 million Syrians but there are large refugee camps in Kenya, India, Jordan, Ethiopia and elsewhere.

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Istanbul: The first world humanitarian summit is held in Turkey on monday. Leaders and Aid organizations from all around the world are going meet on Monday for world’s humanitarian summit trying to change the world’s reaction and response towards crises caused by natural disasters and conflict. The summit is supported by the UN and their secretary general Ban ki Moon. More than 60 governments and state heads are gathered for this summit

Close to 60 million people are displaced worldwide as a result of Violence, poverty and natural disasters. Wars and naturals disasters have caused huge displacement of people. Millions of people who managed to stay at home also require aid’s to survive.

World Humanitarian Summit logo. Image Source: Wikimedia
World Humanitarian Summit logo. Image Source: Wikimedia

“Today we are in the most humanitarian situation since the end of World War 2. With 130 million people around the world are in need of humanitarian support. The secretary general decided that it was time with all the actors , Member states and private sectors together to see how we can deliver for those 130 million people in need “said one UN Official.

Turkey has hosted the largest refugee population in the world with almost 2.8 million Syrians but there are large refugee camps in Kenya, India, Jordan, Ethiopia and elsewhere. People in many parts of Africa and Asia are facing famine as a result of drought.

Even the pope Francis called on for the success of the summit. He said “The participants at that meet should fully commit themselves for the main humanitarian goal to save the life of every human being without exception especially innocent and the defenseless. The leader of the Catholic Church even visited the migrants of Greek island last month to draw attention towards their fight.

The humanitarian groups worldwide are calling for a permanent Global aid distribution system. One of the official also said “we cannot have this lurching response from crises to crises, we need a permanent distribution system which is based on global response sharing’

The recent surveys shows that most people worldwide are welcoming refugees with China, Germany and Britian topping the list. According the survey Russian are the least accepting of the internationally displaced people. Russia is also not participating in the Istanbul summit and refuses to be bound by its decision.

-by Bhaskar Raghavendran

Bhaskar is a Staff-writer at NewsGram and has done his graduation in Journalism from Amity University.

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WhatsApp Wrote To IT Ministry That It Is Horrified By Acts Of Violence

According to media reports, over 30 people have been killed in the past one year

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Taking cognisance of the Indian government’s concerns over the misuse of its platform for repeated circulation of provocative content, Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Wednesday wrote to the IT Ministry, saying the company is horrified by terrible acts of violence.

The IT Ministry on Tuesday asked WhatsApp to take immediate action and ensure that the platform is not used for such malafide activities over the growing instances of lynching of innocent people owing to large number of irresponsible messages filled with rumours and provocation circulated on the mobile messaging platform.

“Thank you for your letter dated July 2. Like the Government of India, we’re horrified by these terrible acts of violence and wanted to respond quickly to the very important issues you have raised. We believe this is a challenge that requires government, civil society and technology companies to work together,” WhatsApp said in the reply to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

WhatsApp, which has over 200 million monthly active users in India, listed several measures it is taking or has already put in action to control the spread of misinformation and abuse on its platform.

“We have been testing a new label in India that highlights when a message has been forwarded versus composed by the sender.

“This could serve as an important signal for recipients to think twice before forwarding messages because it lets a user know if content they received was written by the person they know or a potential rumor from someone else. We plan to launch this new feature soon,” the company informed.

According to media reports, over 30 people have been killed in the past one year by lynch mobs after rumours of child lifting triggered via messages on WhatsApp.

In Mid-May, said WhatsApp, it added new protections to prevent people from adding others back into groups which they had left — a form of misuse they thought it is important to correct.

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WhatsApp Logo. Image source: Pixabay

“Last week, we launched a new setting that enables administrators to decide who gets to send messages within individual groups. This will help reduce the spread of unwanted messages into important group conversations – as well as the forwarding of hoaxes and other content,” the popular messaging platform noted.

WhatsApp has also announced a new project to work with leading academic experts in India to learn more about the spread of misinformation.

“The fact-checking organisation Boom Live is available on WhatsApp and has published some reports on the source of the rumours that have contributed to the recent violence,” the company said.

While WhatsApp messages can be highly viral, the way people use the app is by nature still very private.

“Many people (nearly 25 per cent in India) are not in a group; the majority of groups continue to be small (less than 10 people); and nine in 10 messages are still sent from just one person to another,” WhatsApp informed.

The company also asked to Indian government to talk further about the actions it is taking and its plans going forward.

“With the right action we can help improve everyone’s safety by ensuring communities are better equipped to deal with malicious hoaxes and false information — while still enabling people to communicate reliably and privately across India,” it noted.

Also read: WhatsApp Copies Telegram to Add One-way ‘Broadcast’ Mode to Group Chats

WhatsApp also announced to soon start an engagement programme with the law enforcement officials across the country so “they are familiar with our approach and how we can be helpful”. (IANS)