Capturing the TweeSurfing Journey!

Capturing the TweeSurfing Journey!

Social Surfing
The online space is steadily turning into a domain of choice for many people wanting to speak out about certain social issues, or raise their voices. One of the most preferred platforms for people to share their opinions, engage in discussions and learn about other perspectives is microblogging site Twitter. As the number of Twitter users has increased to an incredible 320 million, that has also risen are the cases of online abuse and harassment. Twitter Safety has been working constantly to ensure that reporting mechanisms are updated at regular intervals, to incorporate new kind of threats, and that these measures are user friendly. Centre for Social Research and Twitter collaborated to create #TweeSurfing in the year 2016. A Twitter Literacy program designed to spread knowledge on how to use…
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Freedom of Speech Vs Being Social Online

Freedom of Speech Vs Being Social Online

Online Safety
As we discuss the virtual space in today’s world as essential platforms for networking, socializing, career, businesses etc., it has developed and grown as a space which is also home to millions of brains coming together and having conversations openly. And since all the users have the freedom to express at the online spaces, there is an ongoing debate on who should be barred from the social media platforms so as to ensure safety of the users. Though filtering of users who are exploiting the social media spaces with illicit intentions can probably help in cleaning up the space, it is highly debatable. Banning users from social media has been at times stated as unconstitutional or as a barrier to freedom of speech. The argument is based on who to…
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#LetsPictureConsent : A Brand New Social Media Campaign

#LetsPictureConsent : A Brand New Social Media Campaign

Social Surfing
Today, the world shares their lives with significant people with a click of a button, by way of pictures and videos. We share every aspect of our day, whether the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the places we visit, and the people we meet. Many people, also often share their intimate pictures and videos with their partners. But what happens when these pictures are forwarded, to others? Would that count as online harassment? Last year’s movie Pink spoke to us in detail about the issue of consent, a discourse which was very much the need of the hour for Indian society, where being a woman denies one of any personal agency. Consent implies giving your agreement, your nod to an action or gesture. In the same line of…
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Twitter is Safer Than Before!

Twitter is Safer Than Before!

Social Surfing
The online space is steadily turning into a domain of choice for many people wanting to speak out about certain social issues, or raise their voices. One of the most preferred platforms for people to share their opinions, engage in discussions and learn about other perspectives is microblogging site Twitter. As the number of Twitter users has increased to an incredible 320 million, what has also risen are the cases of online abuse and harassment. Twitter Safety has been working constantly to ensure that reporting mechanisms are updated at regular intervals, to incorporate new kind of threats, and that these measures are user friendly. Last week Twitter Safety announced an improvement to reporting harassment online. Yesterday, Twitter Safety three new changes were introduced to the user experience, which will give…
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#Whatsapp Safety Tips: Do Not Download Unverified Attachments!

#Whatsapp Safety Tips: Do Not Download Unverified Attachments!

Online Safety
It’s a basic etiquette we all email users learned, downloading an unverified attachment is a bad idea. Usually it’s some sort of a scam. Let’s talk about the latest one doing rounds in India on Whatsapp. If you receive a random forwarded message with an attachment "NDA-ranked-8th-toughest-College-in-the-world-to-get-into.xls" Or "NIA-selection-order-.xls" I can assure you it’s a virus! It provides your personal details to the sender. Hence highly recommend not downloading it. For anyone who has downloaded it, please run a virus scan on your phone right away to ensure it is removed. Here are some of the top android virus scans apps. Easily downloadable from Google Play Store. Another good setting for check it the auto download setting on Whatsapp, Go to Settings and then Data Usage Then one by one…
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