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Monday, August 17 2020


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That’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni putting a full stop to a glorious 16-year career in international cricket within the space of a few sentences. Yes, he will still play for the Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming IPL. Illustration: Parth Savla

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Facebook & Modi: A backstory

The TLDR: Over the weekend, a Wall Street Journal investigation into Facebook’s ties with BJP went viral. In essence, it showed that two top FB India execs were responsible for blocking all attempts to pull down hate-filled posts by BJP and Hindutva leaders. The reason: “punishing violations by politicians from Mr. Modi’s party would damage the company’s business prospects in the country, Facebook’s biggest global market by number of users.”

 

This story, however, is rooted in a close relationship that was established way back in 2014—when PM Modi first ran for election. And the lessons learned when Facebook lost the fight to bring Free Basics to India.

 

We piece together reporting over the years—in Bloomberg, NewsClick, The Guardian etc—to show you how and why we arrived at this dismal point. And we connect the dots to reveal Facebook’s global playbook—which explains why it’s been protecting the worst excesses of everyone from Donald Trump to Rodrigo Duterte to Narendra Modi.

 

Aap chronology samajhiye...

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • A shocking Supreme Court verdict
  • A bisexual Disney character
  • Modi mentioned sanitary napkins in his Red Fort address
  • No Bali vacays in the near future
  • Trump’s brother has passed away

 

Smart And Curious

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  • Tie dye is having its moment thanks to the pandemic
  • Bombay Canteen’s Thomas Zacharias offers a guide to stocking an
  • Indian kitchen during a lockdown
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