Google’s New and Improved Safety Policy

Google’s New and Improved Safety Policy

Online Safety
In a worldwide announcement made on May 12th, internet giant Google revealed that the company's privacy policy has changed. While there are no changes to the information Google collects or how it collects and uses it, there are changes in the language used to Google, so that users know in clear terms what Google is doing. In addition to this, there are now more controls available to the user to aid in the review of Google security, privacy and settings. The new privacy policy is more user friendly, incorporating videos which explain settings in a user friendly manner. William Malcolm, Director, Privacy Legal EMEA at Google said in a blogpost - “We’ve improved the navigation and organization of the policy to make it easier to find what you’re looking for;…
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5 Tweesurfing Videos You Need to Watch to Ride the Waves on Twitter

5 Tweesurfing Videos You Need to Watch to Ride the Waves on Twitter

Online Safety
Our #Tweesurfing project with Twitter India, is a one of a kind, online safety initiative, which uses video interviews of a variety of Twitter influencers, to help social media users understand the nuances of a safe and beneficial Twitter experience. For your benefit, dear reader, we have compiled a short list of 5 of our favourite videos, which outline some key tips and tricks. These will definitely help you navigate the world of Twitter! Stay tuned for more such lists, and log on to Tweesurfing for all the videos! 1. @mojorojo's Questions to Self before Tweeting Ace Comic Rohan Joshi, one of our first Tweesurfers, urges you to ask yourself certain questions before voicing your opinion on Twitter, to avoid unpleasantness and hate on social media. "You can voice your…
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Facebook’s very real dilemmas and very human Community Standards

Facebook’s very real dilemmas and very human Community Standards

Social Surfing
Harassment and Hate Speech are not permitted on Facebook as per its Community Standards. In case some user content is taken down because it violates the Community Standards, Facebook intimates the user of the same. If the user feels that Facebook’s decision was unfair, he or she can click on Facebook’s intimation to appeal for a re-look at their decision. Facebook works on these requests by getting an external review to see the content in conflict. If the external review decides that the user is right, then the content is put back on the site by Facebook. As per the Community Standards on Hate Speech, Facebook differentiates between Hate Speech content posted by a user and other people sharing the same hate content to create awareness about the concept of…
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Instagram Takes One Step Towards Curbing Hate Speech

Instagram Takes One Step Towards Curbing Hate Speech

Online Safety
The online world comes with an immense freedom of speech. The flipside of this freedom is undeniable. Trolls, that were earlier simply a part of children’s storybooks have now transfigured into people who sit behind their screens and misuse the freedom of the online world. So, how does one go about tackling the trolls and bullies of the online world? Is that necessary? How does one navigate the thin line that is freedom of speech on social media? Online bullying/harassment includes everything from insulting comments on people’s photos to more serious murder/rape threats. Instagram, in its latest effort to create an inclusive community on Instagram has rolled out a feature that allows you to filter out comments that are intended to bully or harass. “We’re not here to curb free…
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Discussing Social Media for Social Change with students of Sri Aurobindo College, Delhi

Discussing Social Media for Social Change with students of Sri Aurobindo College, Delhi

Social Surfing
On 11th April 2018, Ms Pratishtha Arora and Ms Suhasini Mukherjee, went to Sri Aurobindo College of University of Delhi, for a #SocialSurfing workshop with about 112 students of the institution. The workshop began with an introduction and felicitation of our trainers by the team at Sri Aurobindo College. The first activity was the brainstorming quiz, where some questions were asked, to break the ice- Who is the most followed Indian on Facebook; what is the percentage of Indian population on Internet; what is the percentage of Social media users in India. Discussing #SocialMedia for #SocialChange with students of #SriAurobindoCollege, #DelhiUniversity. @GenderCrusader @su_unlettered @SociallyBlog #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/624VKIhTzI — CSR (@CSR_India) April 16, 2018 The workshop discussed the issue of the importance of communication in cyber spaces, especially on social media platforms.…
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