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#LiberateBalochistan vs #Liberate Khalistan: How twitterati reacts in no-man’s land

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The conflict of Balochistan has not yet turned up explicitly in International media’s coverage and continues to remain an unattended issue. “Balochistan’s long held demands for increased autonomy have fallen to deaf ears over the past half century.” [1]

While Balochistan continues to remain a comparatively poor area in spite having rich natural resources, the human rights violation cases in the conflicted area by Pakistan army have surfaced. Among many such attempts, #LiberateBalochistan was trending on Twitter.

When NewsGram researched the tweets (and the handles), the results were quite interesting. Many of the handles supporting Balochistan were pro-Modi.

NewsGram brings to you a series of tweets with #LiberateBalochistan.

Though India has dismissed the allegations about its role in Balochistan, the ongoing trend clearly reflects the twitterati extending its support to the conflicted region. While there were tweets flooding in India with #LiberateBalochistan, some stir was observed among Pakistani twitterati with #LiberateKhalistan.

This is how the twitterati of both the countries have reacted to the internal problems. Instead of fighting for their own cause, it is disturbing to observe this approach among the people of the two nations.

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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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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)