“I don’t know what the damn problem is at Facebook with anti-Muslim hate, but I would just say at this point that they don’t seem to care.”
¯\_(ツ)_/¯New: More than 40 human rights organizations around the world have written to Zuckerberg asking for Ankhi Das to be suspended for shielding anti-Muslim hate speech.
Of note: No Indian organizations signed the letter for fear of government backlash.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯New from me and @meghara: Twitter And Snapchat are reining Trump In. Critics want them to do it to politicians around the world.
"It's important to make these policies globally applicable," they said.
A software engineer from Bangalore was worried about being forced to download Aarogya Setu. So he ripped its guts out.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯For days, Jay watched with mounting alarm as people in India were forced to install the government’s coronavirus contact tracing app. Then, he rolled up his sleeves and ripped its guts out.
New from me: Indians are finding workarounds to Aarogya Setu.
Aarogya Setu, which more than 75 million Indians have downloaded, might soon become more than a contact tracing app.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯The efficacy of app-based contact tracing hasn't been proven. "This is just something governments want to do for the hell of it" privacy expert Bruce Schneier told me. "To me, it’s just techies doing techie things because they don’t know what else to do.”
¯\_(ツ)_/¯Remember how Aadhaar was voluntarybut was later required to access essential services and became "voluntary-mandatory"? Aarogya Setu might be on the same track. For gig delivery workers, it's a choice between installing the app and earning a living.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯More than 75 million people have downloaded the Aarogya Setu app so far. The government is not going to let go of this huge install base, @nixxin said. "This is an opportunity they've been waiting for."
"It's a catastrophe," a medical student in northern Kashmir told BuzzFeed News.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯Guess who can't get coronavirus updates, can't work from home, can't attend online classes, and can't verify misinformation because the govt refuses give them anything more than 2G internet? 8 million Kashmiris. "It's a catastrophe," one of them said.