Deepika looks ‘pure royalty’ in first look poster of ‘Padmavati’

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Hold your breath guys! Deepika Padukone’s first look as Rani Padmavati is out and it is surely a perfect sync with the commencement of the auspicious festival of Navratras.

 

The Mastani of Bollywood star took to Twitter and shared the first look of herself from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati’.

 

The makers came up with the look and she posted it on her social media handles, captioning it in Hindi, which says, “On the auspicious occasion of Navratras, meet Queen padmavati Devi.”

 

Two posters that are set to bring in royalty to its truest sense, sees Deepika as Ran Padmavati, in her ghaghra-choli and exquisite jewelry.

 

Yesterday, the film’s lead cast Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor announced, “Queen Padmavati will appear at sunrise” on their social media accounts.

 

Helmed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the movie stars Deepika as Rani Padmavati, Shahid as Raja Rawal Ratan and Ranveer as Alauddin Khijli.

 

The flick is all set to release on December 1.

 

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On WhatsApp, fake news is nearly impossible to moderate. Is that bad?

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With the number of social media users in India rapidly rising, the dissemination of fake news has become a widespread phenomenon in recent years.

So-called “information overload” has made it difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff, and in some cases, misinformation spread via social media appears to have precipitated real-life violence, sometimes with fatal consequences.

In one recent incident, Twitter users in India expressed their anger when a ruling party member shared an image taken out of context, in what seemed like an effort to stoke social tensions during a riot in the Indian state of West Bengal.

Several such images were circulated through social media to skew public opinion in this period. In 2015, a possibly fake image circulated via WhatsApp and was later linked to the subsequent lynching of a Muslim man in India, on the suspicion that he had slaughtered a cow.

In India, reporting misinformation to police can be a first step towards prosecuting its sender under Indian laws like Section 67 of the IT act, if the information is perceived as likely to be “harmful to young minds”, or section 468 of IPC if the news is considered “detrimental” to someone’s reputation.

But policies like these are hard to implement effectively, routinely running afoul of protections for free expression.

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Peepli Live’ actor Sitaram Panchal passes away

 

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Bollywood actor Sitaram Panchal passed away early morning today after battling kidney and lung cancer. He was 54.

 

The actor, who made his Bollywood debut in 1994 with “Bandit Queen” and went on to feature in critically-acclaimed films such as, “Peepli Live”, “Slumdog Millionaire”, “Paan Singh Tomar” and “Jolly LLB 2”, died at his residence here, family sources confirmed.

 

“He died today morning. He was suffering from cancer and was unwell. He wasn’t keeping well in the last few months,” family sources said.

 

The actor had celebrated his 26th wedding anniversary with his son Rishabh Panchal and wife Uma Panchal on Wednesday.

 

Panchal’s son had posted a picture with the actor and wished his parents– “Happy 26th anniversary mom and dad.”

 

Last month, Panchal had even put up a post on social media seeking financial help for his cancer treatment.

 

“Brothers, please help me, I have cancer, your artiste, Sitaram Panchal,” he had written.

 

Cine & TV Artistes Association (CINTAA) then came forward to help the actor.

 

“We assure him of all the help we can provide to him in his hour of need and also urge all of you to open your hearts,” it wrote at the time.

 

He was discharged from the hospital last month.

Woman can show face only to her husband: Muslim cleric on Pathan’s selfie

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Following Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan’s post on social media, where he is seen with his wife, the all-rounder has received massive backlash especially from religious leaders, who claim what he did was against Islamic law.

 

Calling it ‘un-Islamic’, Maulana Sajid Rashidi said that Irfan Pathan’s background is very religious as his father was a muezzin, and so posting his wife’s picture on social media is a shameful act.

 

“A woman can show her face only to her husband and in cases involving law related things such as aadhaar or pan card, only then can she show her face,” he added.

 

He also said that it is due to his religious background that people started “reminding” him about his religion, and that this was not a troll.

 

Calling the act shameful, Sajid Rashidi said, “His wife isn’t an actor that she somehow comes in front of the camera, she is a home maker and hence uploading her pictures like that is a shameful act.”

 

He further advised the cricketer to not do anything that is not allowed in Islam.

 

“Right to freedom is only according to the Indian constitution, what I am telling is the Islamic law and Islamic law doesn’t allow this,” he added.

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Facebook video chat gets new masks, animated emoji and filters

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Aiming to take on its competitors, and make video chats with your friends and family in Messenger a whole lot more fun, Facebook has now added four new features- animated reactions, filters, masks and effects, and the ability to take screenshots for one-on-one and group video chats.

So you can now share your emotions with a reaction, add a filter to feel like your best self, make someone laugh with a bear mask, and even take pictures of your time together.

Users can choose one of the five Messenger emoji icons to amplify their emotions and express love, laughter, surprise, sadness or anger.

“These reactions will animate onto the screen and then disappear, so you can express yourself in the moment,” Facebook said on Monday.

Messenger’s new video filters are designed to make you look and feel like your best self or express your current mood.

Users can choose from a variety of filters, ranging from subtle lighting tweaks to bold colour changes — like black and white, red, or yellow.

Masks in Messenger have been available for a while, but they are even more fun now with a bunch of new ones to choose from.

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Twitter algorithm can detect riots faster than police, says study

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Twitter posts can help track riots and other violent events much before they are reported to the police, according to a study which shows that social media can be an invaluable source of information for law-enforcement officials.

An analysis of data taken from the London riots in 2011 showed that computer systems could automatically scan through Twitter and detect serious incidents, such as shops being broken into and cars being set alight, before they were reported to the UK Metropolitan Police Service.

The system, developed by researchers at Cardiff University in the UK, could also discern information about where the riots were rumoured to take place and where groups of youths were gathering.

The research, published in the journal ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, showed that on average the computer systems could pick up on disruptive events several minutes before officials and over an hour in some cases.

Researchers believe that their work could enable police officers to better manage and prepare for both large and small scale disruptive events.

“We have previously used machine-learning and natural language processing on Twitter data to better understand online deviance, such as the spread of antagonistic narratives and cyber hate,” said Pete Burnap from Cardiff University.

“In this research we show that online social media are becoming the go-to place to report observations of everyday occurrences – including social disorder and terrestrial criminal activity,” Burnap said.

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Facebook is using artificial intelligence to combat terrorism

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Facebook said that it has started using artificial intelligence(AI) to help combat terrorists’ use of its platform.

The American company’s announcement comes as it faces growing pressure from government leaders to identify and prevent the spread of content from terrorist groups on its massive social network.

Facebook officials said in a blog post on 15 June 2017, that the company uses AI to find and remove the “terrorist content” immediately, before users see it.

This is a departure from Facebook’s usual policy of only reporting suspect content if users report it first.

They also say that when the company receives reports of potential “terrorism posts,” it reviews those reports urgently.

In addition, it says that in the rare cases when it uncovers evidence of imminent harm, it promptly informs authorities.

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