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Acting against hate speech, Reddit bans pro-Trump subreddit

30 Jun 2020

Acting against hate speech, Reddit bans pro-Trump subreddit

As Facebook continues to reel from a massive advertiser protest against its mishandling of racism, violence, and hate speech, Reddit, which has long been criticized over these issues, has started taking corrective measures.

Now, Twitter warns against replying with mean, harmful tweets

06 May 2020

Now, Twitter warns against replying with mean, harmful tweets

If you often lose your temper during Twitter arguments and end up saying mean things to others, be prepared to be reprimanded by the microblogging giant.

Twitter to ban dehumanizing remarks based on age, disability, diseases

06 Mar 2020

Twitter to ban dehumanizing remarks based on age, disability, diseases

In a bid to curb cases of online hate, Twitter has taken the step to ban the dehumanization of users on the basis of their age, disability, or disease.

Why are Twitter users switching to the social platform Mastodon?

10 Nov 2019

Why are Twitter users switching to the social platform Mastodon?

Ever since Twitter suspended the account of the Supreme Court lawyer twice, several users of the micro-blogging site have been moving to the alternative social network Mastodon.

Facebook moves to curb white nationalism, separatism on platform

28 Mar 2019

Facebook moves to curb white nationalism, separatism on platform

Facebook announced yesterday it will ban praise or support for white nationalism and white separatism as part of a stepped-up crackdown on hate speech.

Pichai asked to explain why Googling 'idiot' returns Trump photos

12 Dec 2018

Pichai asked to explain why Googling 'idiot' returns Trump photos

When Google CEO Sundar Pichai, on Wednesday, appeared for his first Congressional hearing, he was asked why a Google image search for 'idiot' returns images of Donald Trump.

Twitter banning 'dehumanizing language' to prevent offline harm

27 Sep 2018

Twitter banning 'dehumanizing language' to prevent offline harm

"You may not dehumanize anyone based on membership in an identifiable group, as this speech can lead to offline harm" - this could soon be the newest addition in Twitter rules.

Not returning to India until I feel 'safe': Zakir Naik

04 Jul 2018

Not returning to India until I feel 'safe': Zakir Naik

Zakir Naik, the controversial Islamic preacher who is staying abroad to evade arrest in India, today said he would not return home till he felt "safe".

Minutes before murder, Shujaat Bukhari said hate-campaign was "getting shriller"

22 Jun 2018

Minutes before murder, Shujaat Bukhari said hate-campaign was "getting shriller"

Minutes before his cold-blooded murder, esteemed journalist Shujaat Bukhari had warned a friend about an online hate-campaign, saying it was "getting shriller."

Facebook adds a 'clear history' option after privacy scandal

02 May 2018

Facebook adds a 'clear history' option after privacy scandal

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook has now announced the addition of a 'clear history' option which allows users to clear their browsing history on Facebook.

Twitter enforces anti-abuse rules: Nazis, racists may finally get banned

19 Dec 2017

Twitter enforces anti-abuse rules: Nazis, racists may finally get banned

For years, Twitter has been criticized for failing to curb online abuse and protect its users from hate-speech, harassment, and bullying.

Allahabad HC gags media from reporting in Yogi's hate-speech case

25 Nov 2017

Allahabad HC gags media from reporting in Yogi's hate-speech case

The Allahabad HC banned the media from reporting on the proceedings of the 2008 Gorakhpur hate speech case; UP CM Yogi Adityanath is the prime accused.

NIA files chargesheet against Zakir for hate speeches, inciting violence

26 Oct 2017

NIA files chargesheet against Zakir for hate speeches, inciting violence

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a 50-page chargesheet in a special court in Mumbai against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik for inciting youth to engage in terror activities, giving hate speeches, promoting enmity between communities and diverting money for anti-India activity.

Government to strengthen existing laws to curb offensive online speech

20 Aug 2017

Government to strengthen existing laws to curb offensive online speech

In 2015, the Supreme Court quashed Section 66(A) of the Information Technology Act, calling it "unconstitutional".

Google bats for gender equality, ends up hating free speech

09 Aug 2017

Google bats for gender equality, ends up hating free speech

Google has fired James Damore, the man behind the anti-diversity memo that caused widespread outcry both within and outside the firm in the last few days.

Why this man showered Twitter with really hateful tweets

09 Aug 2017

Why this man showered Twitter with really hateful tweets

Twitter has been under fire lately for not curbing online hate and abuse.

In parliament, MP Naresh Agarwal links Hindu gods with alcohol

19 Jul 2017

In parliament, MP Naresh Agarwal links Hindu gods with alcohol

There was uproar in Parliament after Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal seemed to link Hindu gods with alcohol.

Germany: Social media giants may face €50m fines over hate-speech

30 Jun 2017

Germany: Social media giants may face €50m fines over hate-speech

In a bid to regulate hate speech on social media, the German Parliament voted in favour of a law that mandates social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter to take down posts containing hate speech or criminal content.

Section 295A: Regulating speech that offends religious sentiments

02 Feb 2017

Section 295A: Regulating speech that offends religious sentiments

Hate speech in India is prohibited under several sections of various laws.

MHA to SC: Hate speech law necessary

4 Nov 2015

MHA to SC: Hate speech law necessary

Responding to a petition filed by BJP-leader Subramanian Swamy, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) told SC that hate speech should be treated as a criminal offence.