Out of the secret world I once knew I have tried to make a theatre for the larger worlds we inhabit. First comes the imagining, then the search for reality. Then back to the imagining, and to the desk where I’m sitting now.
That’s the legendary spy novelist John Le Carrédescribing his work. He died late Sunday night at the age of 89. We will always be grateful to the man who gave us Smiley.
A new Facebook India controversy
The TLDR: A Wall Street investigation shows that the company may have refused to ban Bajrang Dal—even though it qualified as a ‘dangerous organisation’ under its rules—because it was afraid for the safety of its India offices and staff. This revelation comes on the heels of a previous WSJ scoop that showed its then policy chief Ankhi Das intervened to protect other Hindutva groups, claiming it would hurt Facebook’s interests in the country. We explain what happened—and place it in the broader context of Facebook’s big bet on Reliance and the Indian market.
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