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Now, paramilitary forces asked to ban Facebook

The Ministry of Home Affairs has sent a letter to all paramilitary forces including CRPF, ITBP, BSF, CISF, ITBP and NSG, asking them to ban Facebook in forces as well as for ex-servicemen as they remain in touch with armed forces.

The MHA sent a communication after getting an e-mail from Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy asking to extend the ban of foreign apps in paramilitary forces as well.

Another message which initiated the procedure said, "The ban should be extended to the entire force like CRPF, ITBP and ex-servicemen too because they are generally in touch with our armed forces. Ideally, India should have our own app like Facebook or Instagram to which no foreign country should have access," the e-mail said.

15 Jul 2020
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Social media buzz: PM’s look-alike twitter handle

The virtual world of social media has many camouflaged faces. It has many fake accounts and many identical handles making netizens confused. One such handle with similarity to PM’s handle confuses if it is a real unless you look at its following list. This is apparently being done by self-styled warriors and sometimes they go overboard. But in the billions of social media users, this has become normal now and every attempt is made to push issues of their choice into trending. But PM’s look-alike handle is something very interesting.

25 Jun 2020
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Now, paramilitary forces asked to ban Facebook

By IndianMandarins 15 Jul 2020

The Ministry of Home Affairs has sent a letter to all paramilitary forces including CRPF, ITBP, BSF, CISF, ITBP and NSG, asking them to ban Facebook in forces as well as for ex-servicemen as they remain in touch with armed forces.

The MHA sent a communication after getting an e-mail from Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy asking to extend the ban of foreign apps in paramilitary forces as well.

Another message which initiated the procedure said, "The ban should be extended to the entire force like CRPF, ITBP and ex-servicemen too because they are generally in touch with our armed forces. Ideally, India should have our own app like Facebook or Instagram to which no foreign country should have access," the e-mail said.

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Social media buzz: PM’s look-alike twitter handle

By IndianMandarins 25 Jun 2020

The virtual world of social media has many camouflaged faces. It has many fake accounts and many identical handles making netizens confused. One such handle with similarity to PM’s handle confuses if it is a real unless you look at its following list. This is apparently being done by self-styled warriors and sometimes they go overboard. But in the billions of social media users, this has become normal now and every attempt is made to push issues of their choice into trending. But PM’s look-alike handle is something very interesting.

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Shameless players misrepresent RG’s tweet to mock him again

By IndianMandarins 17 Jun 2020

Making fun of former Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been a general trend on Social Media, the recent tweet by Gandhi about Sushant Singh Rajput where he wrote about untimely passing away of the actor. But his tweet was tempered with by replacing the actor with cricketer to mock the Congress leader.

 

Though there is an Army of social media warriors involved in building such narrative but these days various fact check mechanism is foiling such attempts to put the fake news industry to rest including on social media. There is a big section that works, survives and thrives on such social media activities causing confusion in the name of fun.

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IAS officer served show-cause notice for his tweet

By IndianMandarins 02 May 2020

The Karnataka government has issued a show-cause notice to IAS officer Mohammad Mohsin (IAS:1996:KN) over his recent tweet about coronavirus-cured Tablighi Jamaat members donating plasma for the treatment of other patients.

The officer was in the news last year as well after Election Commission suspended him for trying to inspect PM’s helicopter during his visit to Odisha in April where he was deployed as a poll observer.

Mohsin tweeted: “More than 300 Tablighi Heroes are donating their plasma to serve the country in New Delhi only. What about? #Godi Media? They will not show the works of humanity done by these heroes.”

Mohsin is currently serving as a Secretary in the Backward Class Welfare Department. The state government said the show cause notice has been issued to the officer in connection with his recent tweet.

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Role of media equally important in the time of Covid-19: K G Suresh

By IndianMandarins 22 Mar 2020

The threat of community spread of Covid-19 is looming large on India with most of the countries dealing with the menace in their own ways and means and even citizenry of the country is now involved in it. Media too has a very important role to play not only in telling people how to handle it but also how media can be helpful in stopping rumours and bringing clarity in the time of calamity.

Prof K G Suresh, Dean, School of Modern Media, UPES and former DG, IIMC has to offer certain dos and don’ts for not only journalists and media houses alike as threat perception of reporters in such a situation is very potent. So following certain guidelines may help them to handle such difficult situations and help disseminating the right information to people.

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Murmur over the role of Malik?

By IndianMandarins 13 Mar 2020

The government of India has been firefighting to deal with the misinformation campaign by the foreign media on Delhi riots but a section in the government has raised eyebrows over the role of journalist Ashok Malik who has been appointed in the ministry of external affairs to the rank of additional secretary through the lateral entry.

Sources said that people in the government are of the view that he should have utilised his media expertise to counter the misinformation propaganda of foreign media. The MEA generally handles its media issues independently. But for the present propaganda, all the concerned departments including PMO, HM, MEA and I&B were involved and I&B minister Prakash Javadekar himself was monitoring everything.

But Malik failing to offers his expertise on the issue has miffed many but most of them remained tight-lipped over the issue with some passing references like even if he was busy with some other assignment, still he should have taken pro-active stand on the issue to deal with the matter.

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PM’s Social media plans: Something bigger than what is thought about?

By IndianMandarins 04 Mar 2020

Elements of surprise, unpredictability and out of box initiative have been the hallmark of the Modi dispensation so has been the recent case when PM Narendra Modi tweeted leaving all social media platforms. However every such surprise has never been without any purpose and well thought out decision.

Several theories are doing round over PM’s surprising tweet. A couple of such speculation is that PM wants to tell social media platforms that the Indian government can keep them aside if they continue supporting selective outrage against it as this will have a definite impact on these social media platforms with PM having following of over 4.5 crore on just twitter.

Another speculation is that the government may come out with its own such platforms with more and more Indianess into it. The way China is using its own social media platform, India too can do it with 130 billion population to safeguard its true democratic values, sovereign character, culture and secular credentials. The government is for sure very serious about false propaganda unleashed against it. It has reports about posts talking good about the government being dumped and factually incorrect propaganda against it being pushed.

However, all these are speculations except the fact that the government has started sending rejoinders to foreign media as yesterday, ministry of information and broadcasting sent such a rejoinder to a foreign media house. This will go on till they start following the norms and journalistic ethics. Sources said that modus operandi of international media is that they come with a prepared story and just look for a quote that suits their agenda. The government wants to expose such plans.

But the real reason of the PM going out of social media will come from him only but for that everyone will have to wait but everyone is free to keep guessing also. 

(By Rakesh Ranjan and Vinod Shukla)

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Two Deputy Director level officers shifted to PMO

By IndianMandarins 21 Oct 2019

If some well placed sources are to be believed two Deputy Director level officers have been moved from I&B Ministry to PMO. One of them was working as Deputy Director (Media & Communication) with I&B Ministry information however the other one was with Doordarshan. Both of them are experts in social media handling.

Abhinav Prakash was looking after social media of I&B ministry and he is likely to get the same responsibility in PMO. Similarly, Aashutosh Mohile who was also taking care of the social media of Doordarshan is likely to get similar responsibility. Reportedly, have already joined the PMO.

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