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Facebook Says It Inadvertently Restricted A Hashtag. Now It Needs To Tell Us Exactly How And Why

This article originally appeared on Medianama. An excerpt is reproduced here: An explanation The presence of a political context surrounding these cases also raises the question of how Facebook is responding to the possible weaponisation of its community reporting. We know from Facebook’s August 2020 CIB report that it took against a...

It’s Not Just About 50 Tweets and One Platform

This article originally appeared in TheWire. An excerpt is reproduced here. Transparency and a voluntary act This latest attempt came to light because Twitter disclosed this action in the Lumen Database, a project that houses voluntary submissions. And while Twitter is being criticised for complying, reports suggest that the company wasn’t the...

MisDisMal-Information 37: Of Madness of the feeds, Har(dly)vard(th) Fact-checking

This is an excerpt from Edition 35 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Of Madness of the feeds, Har(dly)vard(th) Fact-checking – MisDisMal-Information Newsletter (substack.com) Cooperation of the crowds, madness of the feeds, and we-flip Over the last few days, scrolling on Twitter has literally been ‘doomscrolling’ as timelines are flooded...

Do you have the right to be forgotten?

This article was first published in Deccan Herald. Views are personal. At the risk of sounding ignorant about Bollywood, I think Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is one of the finest films the industry has ever produced. A story of three friends and their journeys of personal growth playing out in Spain; I...

MisDisMal-Information 36: Of Must-Carry Water and Gettin’ Twitchy at Internet Scores

This is an excerpt from Edition 36 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Of Must-Carry Water and Gettin’ Twitchy at Internet Scores – MisDisMal-Information Newsletter (substack.com) Must-Carry Water and Gettin’ Twitchy at Internet Scores Last week, in a case pertaining to whether Donald Trump, as President, blocking people on Twitter was a...

Great power but responsibility?

This column was first published in Deccan Herald. Views are personal. In last month’s column, I mentioned that the US and India were likely to update their intermediary liability rules sometime in the future. Intermediary liability laws decide if social media platforms like Instagram and WhatsApp can be held responsible...

What we must regulate when we regulate social media platforms

The global debate over how to govern Big Tech has intensified after Twitter, Facebook, Alphabet and Amazon de-platformed former US President Donald Trump and some of his supporters in the wake of the mob raid on the US Capitol on 6 January. Clearly, transnational technology platforms not only influence politics...

Amazon, Facebook, Google and the question of trust

In the season of Secret Santa, and last-minute Christmas shopping or new year’s gifts, the option of shopping with e-commerce is a godsend. Read the full article on Mumbai Mirror

Takshashila Blue Paper — Governing Tech Platforms in India

The Takshashila Institution hosted a roundtable on 24 January 2020 to discuss policy solutions to some of the unique issues in platform marketplaces. Finding the balance between mitigating the harm caused by platforms while ensuring that these businesses continue to provide an enormous amount of social surplus is of paramount...

Takshashila Review Paper — Regulating Multi-Sided Platforms – Challenges in the Indian Context

By Anupam Manur Download the paper in PDF [620 KB] Executive Summary Multi-sided platforms possess unique characteristics that differentiate them from a normal market structure. The presence of direct and indirect network effects, high switching costs, price parity clauses, vertical integration, and differentiated pricing structures between the two sides of...
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