Twitter violence

IN Media Watch Briefs | 22/07/2016

Actress Leslie Jones quit Twitter this week after being subjected to an avalanche of sexist and racist messages following the release of the all-female remake of the iconic 80s film, Ghostbuster. When Jones, who stars in the film, brought the matter to the notice of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, some abusers were finally blocked from the microblogging site. Twitter’s suspension rules state:  "When an account engages in abusive behavior, like sending threats to others or impersonating other accounts, we may suspend it temporarily or, in some cases, permanently.” However, given the violent trolling that many people face on Twitter — television personality Barkha Dutt, Rajdeep Sardesai are among those singled out for the choicest abuse in our country — clearly not enough is being done to filter shockingly abusive tweets. Twitter has declared that the company is now in the process of “reviewing its policy on hateful conduct” and make it easier to report abuse. The changes are expected soon.  


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The new term for self censorship is voluntary censorship, as proposed by companies like Netflix and Hotstar. ET reports that streaming video service Amazon Prime is opposing a move by its peers to adopt a voluntary censorship code in anticipation of the Indian government coming up with its own rules. Amazon is resisting because it fears that it may alienate paying subscribers.                   

Clearly, the run to the 2019 elections is on. A journalist received a call from someone saying they were from Aajtak channel and were conducting a survey, asking whom she was going to vote for in 2019. On being told that her vote was secret, the caller assumed she wasn't going to vote for 'Modiji'. The caller, a woman, also didn't identify herself. A month or two earlier the same journalist received a call, this time from a man, asking if she was going to vote for the BSP.                 

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