Yesterday the Indian government issued an official ban of 60 China-based apps, including some incredibly popular choices like TikTok, SHAREIt, and UC Browser.
These app bans are just the latest in a long history of antagonization between India and China. For more background info I reached out to my talented colleague Dhruv Bhutani. Here’s a brief history of the current tensions between the two countries:
It’s no secret that platforms like YouTube and Reddit have long been breeding grounds for conspiracy theories and misinformation. Whether intentional or not, algorithms have led millions of ordinary people down the rabbit hole into these communities.
Now, YouTube and others are actively enforcing policies prohibiting hate speech and hateful conduct by banning several prominent channels.
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