Panic in Kashmir as case filed against social media users

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir have filed a police case against social media users under “anti-terror” laws for defying a social media ban using proxy servers. The move has triggered panic among the people of Kashmir, which has been under a security and communication lockdown since August 5, when the Muslim-majority region was stripped of its limited autonomy. A first information report (FIR or police complaint) has been filed against unnamed users under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). A person booked under the UAPA can be jailed for…

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Police Register FIR Against Social Media Users In Jammu And Kashmir

As the Jammu and Kashmir administration struggles to prevent the people from using social media sites despite the ban, the police have registered a case against various people for defying the government orders. The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday registered a case against various people who have been using virtual private networks (VPN )apps to bypass the ban on social media sites. The union territory’s administration on January 14 had issued an order banning all social media sites to curb their misuse by miscreants for propagating false information and…

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Facebook, Twitter Pledge to Defend Against Foreign Intrusion

HIGHLIGHTS Both Facebook and Twitter are using AI to combat manipulation Facebook is going after “inauthenticity,” or fake accounts Twitter is focusing on analysing behaviour patterns Facebook and Twitter executives assured Congress on Wednesday that they are aggressively working to root out foreign attempts to sow discord in America, and they pledged to better protect their social networks against manipulation during the 2018 midterm elections and beyond. Facebook’s No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, and Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, testified before the Senate intelligence committee in the morning, but there was an empty chair for Google…

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Will the 2018 flu vaccine be effective against the deadly virus?

It is a high-stakes gamble with thousands of lives on the line. Yet twice a year, every year, the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) bets on the flu — which virus types are likely to dominate in the coming season. On this basis, a vaccine is prepared months in advance. “We cannot say for sure which virus will be circulating,” said Wenqing Zhang, head of the WHO’s global influenza programme. “What we’re doing is based on the best possible surveillance information and analysis, and basically to bet, or to project,…

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China warns Donald Trump against approving US-Taiwan travel bill

“The so-called bill you mention, though not legally binding, severely violates the ‘one China principle’ as well as joint US-China communiques,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said. BEIJING: The Chinese government on Friday warned that the US-Taiwan travel bill, which would allow US officials to travel to Taiwan for diplomatic missions, would severely damage ties between Washington and Beijing. The warning coincided with the deadline for US President Donald Trump to sign the bill into law or reject the legislation, Efe news agency reported. “The so-called bill you mention, though not legally binding, severely…

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Moms-to-be, take note. European experts advise against epilepsy drug in pregnancy

An expert committee of Europe’s medicines watchdog recommended Friday that a drug used to treat epilepsy and linked to malformations in children not be used in pregnancy. The compound, valproate, is also used for migraine and bipolar disorder, and doctors already advised against prescribing the medicine for pregnant women in France. France’s medicines regulator, known by the acronym ANSM, asked the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA) to conduct a risk review. The EMA’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) said in a statement Friday it was recommending that valproate not be…

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