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All Things Policy: Is the FTC Suit Against Facebook Fair?

The US Federal Trade Commission is suing Facebook for its acquisitions of WhatsApp and Instagram. Is Facebook monopolising the personal social networking marketplace? Anupam Manur and Rohan Seth weigh the evidence and debate whether the FTC action is fair.

All Things Policy: The Political Theatre of Section 230

The US Senate questioned the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google on whether Section 230- which shields them from liability for the actions of online users – enables their own ‘bad behaviour’. What’s driving this new bout of scrutiny? And...

Anupam Manur quoted in Mint on Big Tech Regulation

Anupam Manur was quoted in a Mint report on how the US Congressional House Committee report on regulating Big Tech companies. One of the solutions proposed by the report was to break up big tech companies. On this, he commented: “Breaking...

All Things Policy: Does Facebook Risk Antitrust Action?

Facebook reportedly aims to integrate Messenger and Instagram Direct. While this may have been in the works all along, it’s now stirring murmurs about US antitrust action. Aditya Ramanathan joins Rohan Seth and Prateek Waghre to break down recent events....

All Things Policy: The Wicked Problem of Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour

CIB or Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour is a precise-sounding term that remains imprecise. As the recent Buzzfeed exposé on Facebook highlights, platform action against such activities is often subjective and haphazard. How are narratives manipulated on platforms? How can platforms address...

Prateek Waghre quoted in TheQuint on ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour’ and Platform Manipulation

Prateek Waghre was quoted in an article by Sonal Gupta on ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour’ and manipulation of public debate. The article was published on 11 September 2020. Prateek was quoted as saying: Prateek Waghre, a research analyst at Takshashila Institute...

Prateek Waghre quoted in The Indian Express on Public Policy at Social Media Platforms

Prateek Waghre was quoted in an article by Karishma Mehrotra published on 02 September 2020. The article dealt with processes and concerns regarding Public Policy roles at Social Media Platforms. Prateek was quoted as saying “Traditionally, public policy roles have...

All Things Policy: Should Companies Boycott Social Media?

Social media platforms, especially Facebook, have been facing an ad boycott from companies such as Unilever and Starbucks that are demanding they address concerns misinformation and hate speech online. Prateek Waghre and Rohan Seth go into the fine print of...

Will India experience the fallout of Trump vs Twitter?

This is an extract from the full article which appeared in Deccan Herald. …. But before resorting to isomorphic mimicry, it is important to understand what the executive order proposes. A reading suggests that it seeks to narrow the definition...

Why India needs to be the centre for content moderation reform

You could put a price tag on what it costs to keep platforms clean of harmful content. $52 million is a good starting point (and an underestimation). But the learnings that come out of this experience have the potential to...
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