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New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that his government accepted One Rank One Pension “in principle” drew the attention of Twitter users, with many of them disappointed that he made no announcement regarding OROP implementation.

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It was anticipated that he would announce the implementation of the scheme in his Independence Day speech on Saturday, but Modi only repeated his government’s stand.
“No time or commitment for OROP is extremely disappointing. Don’t understand the nitty-gritty, but this is about people who lay their lives for us,” tweeted @rashminp.

Retired naval-officer-turned-writer Vikram Waman Karve also took to Twitter and said: “What is surprising is that national party like BJP has alienated military veterans due to bungling of #OROP issue.”

Writer Suhel Seth echoed similar views, and insisted that the government should announce a date for implementation.

“The government should announce a date and not just enduring intent on One Rank One Pension. Red Fort is now a fort of promises. Not action,” Seth tweeted.

“Am deeply disappointed and pretty disgusted that yet again we’ve only paid lip service to our veterans. It’s a shame. And tragic. #OROP,” he added.

“It is a bloody shame that MPs and bureaucrats constantly give themselves a raise but don’t care for veterans. We take them for granted.”

“Modi is doing everything to not come to power for a second term. No OROP announcement. No announcement for farmers,” @halsatyagrah, another micro-blogging site user, said.

Another user @DMarcusAntonius tweeted: “Implement #OROP. If we can’t even take care of our soldiers and war heroes.. do we even deserve to be safe?”

“If OROP is not immediately implemented, it will lead to unrest in armed forces,” @bb_sharma tweeted.

“Today’s speech is the first speech in which he lacks confidence. Recent parliament issues, OROP and many others have brought down his confidence,” @rocksy1234 said.

“I am assuring again, it is not a person speaking, I am speaking on the behalf of 125 crore people, under the tricolour, from the ramparts of Red Fort… In principle we have accepted One Rank One Pension. The phase of discussions is on,” Modi said in his speech.

Ex-servicemen protested in the national capital on Saturday, shouting “shame, shame” after Modi did not announce the scheme’s implementation.

(IANS)

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Twitter Testing a New Feature Called ‘Hide Replies’

A Twitter user can also hide replies that attempt to correct misinformation or offer a fact check

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You will soon be able to hide replies in the conversation thread on Twitter that are offensive, hateful or racist in nature. The micro-blogging platform is testing a feature called “Hide Replies”, beginning with users in Canada which will be rolled out globally.

It is not the equivalent of a delete button but hides replies behind an icon.

If your followers still want to see the hidden replies, they can press the icon and view those.

“We’re testing a feature to hide replies from conversations. This experience will be available for everyone around the world, but at this time, only people in Canada can hide replies to their tweets,” Twitter Support posted late on Wednesday.

“They’ll be hidden from the main conversation for everyone behind a new icon. As long as it hasn’t been deleted and/or is not from an account with protected tweets, everyone can still interact with a hidden reply by clicking the icon to view,” it added.

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The aim, said Twitter, is to have healthy conversations on its platform.

There is, however, a downside to the feature.

“For example, a user could choose to hide replies that simply disagreed with their views. This would then create a ‘filter bubble’ where only people who shared the original poster’s same opinion would have their comments prominently displayed,” reports Tech Crunch.

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A Twitter user can also hide replies that attempt to correct misinformation or offer a fact check.

However, for Twitter, “transparency is important to us — that’s why we’re hiding the replies behind an icon where they can still be accessed. We want to give tweet authors control over their conversations, but in a way that’s open”. (IANS)