A BJP leader on Tuesday filed a complaint against Facebook-owned Instagram for allegedly displaying the Hindu god, Lord Shiva in a profane avatar in its GIF stickers.
Twitter: Manish Singh
Upon searching for Shiva stickers in Instagram’s Story section, one of the stickers showed Lord Shiva with a wine glass in one hand, a smartphone in the other and wearing headphones.
ये @instagram का साहस देखिए। महादेव की तस्वीर को किस रूप में दिखा रहा है, एक हाथ मे शराब और दूसरे हाथ में मोबाईल। इंस्टाग्राम को इसका परिणाम भुगतना पड़ेगा। @DelhiPolice को इस मामले की शिकायत की है, और आवश्यकता पड़ने पर इंस्टाग्राम के कार्यालय पर भी धावा बोला जाएगा। @rsprasad pic.twitter.com/raG0iXE7s8
— Manish Singh (@MSinghBJP) June 8, 2021
According to the BJP leader, Manish Singh, the sticker portrayed the deity in a bad taste.
Singh has filed a complaint at the Parliament Street police station in New Delhi against the CEO of Instagram as well as its officials. The leader has also stated that he would launch a protest and dharna against the social media platform outside its offices if the stickers continue to be there, while seeking an apology for the disrespect from the image-sharing platform.
People on Twitter too weren’t happy about the sticker circulating on Instagram.
When you search Shiva on Instagram . pic.twitter.com/qsLwW3RspF
— मंजीत सिंह (@manjeet_singhiz) June 8, 2021
These misleadng pictures of Lord Shiva on Instagram App have hurt the sentiments of many people @MSinghBJP has loged a complaint and seeks immediate action to be taken #WellDoneManishSingh pic.twitter.com/CgzqRVfRx0
— ɱąŋ۷ɛŋɖཞą सिंह 🚬 (@Soul_s_Eye) June 8, 2021
Social networking app Instagram insults Hindu deity
Instagram showed Prabhu Shiva sticker with a wine glass and phone
Just filing an FIR is not enough against such cheap acts
Do we need such an app which can’t respect gods of 100 crore Hindus?
— Mahesh Vikram Hegde 🇮🇳 (@mvmeet) June 9, 2021
At the time of writing this news story, searching for ‘Shiva’ in the sticker/GIFs of Instagram Story didn’t show the controversial sticker, which could indicate that the social media platform has gone ahead and pulled the sticker off its library.
This complaint comes at a time when social media platforms are already on thin ice with the new IT rules that have been laid out by MeitY.
The new rules bars content that is defamatory, obscene, libellous, racist, harmful towards minors, threatens the unity, integrity, defence, security or sovereignty of India and its ties with other nations.
The rules also highlighted that the intermediary will have to within 72 hours offer information to the government agency authorised for investigating cybersecurity incidents and violations of the law. The intermediary also has to disable access to content that’s illegal and offensive within 24 hours of reception of the complaint.
LinkedIn Makes its 20 Most Popular LinkedIn Learning Courses Freely Available Throughout August
Looking to up your skills for a job change or career advancement in the second half of the year?
This will help – today, LinkedIn has published its listing of the 20 most popular LinkedIn Learning courses over the first half of 2022. In addition to this, LinkedIn’s also making each of these courses free to access till the end of the month – so now may well be the best time to jump in and brush up on the latest, rising skills in your industry.
As per LinkedIn:
“As the Great Reshuffle slows and the job market cools, professionals are getting more serious about skill building. The pandemic accelerated change across industries, and as a result, skills to do a job today have changed even compared to a few years ago. Professionals are responding by learning new skills to future-proof their careers and meet the moment.”
LinkedIn says that over seven million people have undertaken these 20 courses this year, covering everything from improved communication, project management, coding, strategic thinking and more.
Here are the top 20 LinkedIn Learning courses right now, which you can access via the relevant links:
- Goal Setting: Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) with Jessie Withers
- Excel Essential Training (Office 365/Microsoft 365) with Dennis Taylor
- Interpersonal Communication with Dorie Clark
- Cultivating a Growth Mindset with Gemma Leigh Roberts
- Project Management Foundations with Bonnie Biafore
- Using Questions to Foster Critical Thinking and Curiosity with Joshua Miller
- Essentials of Team Collaboration with Dana Brownlee
- Unconscious Bias with Stacey Gordon
- Learning Python with Joe Marini
- Communicating with Confidence with Jeff Ansell
- Speaking Confidently and Effectively with Pete Mockaitis
- Learning the OWASP Top 10 with Caroline Wong
- Power BI Essential Training with Gini von Courter
- Strategic Thinking with Dorie Clark
- SQL Essential Training with Bill Weinman
- Developing Your Emotional Intelligence with Gemma Leigh Roberts
- Communication Foundations with Brenda Bailey-Hughes and Tatiana Kolovou
- Agile Foundations with Doug Rose
- Digital Marketing Foundations with Brad Batesole
- Critical Thinking with Mike Figliuolo
If you’ve been thinking about upskilling, now may be the time – or maybe it’s just worth taking some of the programming courses, for example, so that you have a better understanding of how to communicate between departments on projects.
Or you could take an Agile course. If, you know, you don’t trust your own management ability.
The courses are available for free till August 31st via the above links.
Instagram Is Rolling Out Reels Replies, And Will Be Testing A New Feature Which Informs …
Instagram has added a few more social features to the platform, with Reels Replies being rolled out. Along with the Replies, anew feature is being tested that shows when two users are active together in the same chat.
Reels has been performing much better than perhaps even Instagram ever anticipated. The TikTok-inspired new video format (which officially claims to have absolutely no relation to the former) had some trouble really finding its footing initially. However, Reels has grown massively and while it may not be a source of the most direct competition to TikTok, it is indeed a worthy alternative.
Reels has grown to the point that it has a massive creator program attached to it, and the video format has even been migrated to Facebook with the goal of generating further user interest there. Naturally, with such a successful virtual goldmine on its hands, Instagram has been hard at work developing new features and interface updates for Reels, integrating it more and more seamlessly into the rest of the social media platform. Features such as Reels Replies are a major part of such attempts at integration.
Reels Visual Replies are essentially just what they sound like: A Reel that is being used to reply to someone. It’s a feature that’s been seen frequently across TikTok as well. Reel Replies essentially take a user’s comments, and reply to them in video format. The comment will then show up within the Reel itself as a text-box, taking up some amount of space, and showing both the user who issued said comment along with the text. The text-box is apparently adjustable, with users having the ability to move it around and change its size depending on where it obstructs one’s Reel the least.
Overall, it’s a fun addition to the Reels format, even if the credit should be going to TikTok first. At any rate, it’s an example of Instagram really utilizing Reels’ social media capabilities, outside of just serving it up as a form of entertainment.
Speaking of social media capabilities, a new feature might help alleviate one of the most common frustrations encountered across all such platforms. Isn’t it annoying when you see that a friend’s online, but isn’t replying to your chat? Sure, they’ve probably just put their phone down to run a quick errand, but there’s no way for you to know, right? Well, there sort of is now! Instagram is beta testing a new feature via which if both users are active within a chat, the platform will display that accordingly. It’s a work-around, sure, and one that’s currently being tested for usefulness, but it’s still a very nice, and even fresh, addition to the social media game.
— Yash Joshi (@MeYashjoshi) December 10, 2021
5 apps for scheduling Instagram posts on iPhone and Android
Alright, we get it. You’re an Instagram Nostradamus.
You know exactly what you want to post and when you’re gonna want to post it. Maybe there’s a meme or comment you want to make that you know will be totally relevant for a future moment or event. Or it could be that you’re an influencer and you want to make sure you keep a steady stream of content coming, so you want to schedule posts for times when you know you won’t be active (or won’t have internet access).
You’ll be happy to know there are apps that are specialized for just such situations. So listen up, InstaNostradamuses…Instagrostra…Instadam…Insta…uh…you guys (we’ll workshop it. No we won’t. We’ll probably just abandon that effort completely. You’re welcome) — these are the Instagram-post-scheduling apps for you.
While all of the iPhone apps below are free to download, they all have some in-app purchases.
We’ll start with “official partner” of Instagram, itself, Planoly — an Instaplanner that uses a grid to let you plan, schedule, and publish posts (as well as Reels) on Instagram. The app also lets you see post metrics and analytics so you can make sure your post didn’t flop.
Credit: buffer / app store
Buffer is another Instagram post scheduler that helps you plan your posts and analyze feedback once they’re published. Use a calendar view to drag and drop posts into days/time slots for easy scheduling.
Credit: preview / app store
Preview offers typical post-scheduling tools and analytics along with a few helpful extras. Get caption ideas, recommendations for hashtags, and more.
Credit: content office / app store
An Instagram post scheduler with a visual boost, Content Office allows users to plan and schedule Instagram posts while learning “marketing and visual guides to grow your brand on Instagram.” Like aesthetics and using visuals to create cohesive themes? Maybe this is the Instaplanner for you.
Content Office is available for iOS on the Apple App Store.
Credit: plann / apple store
You’ll never guess what “Plann” lets you do…
Aside from scheduling posts, get content ideas and recommendations, as well as strategy tips to ensure you’re maximizing your Instagram engagement. Ever wonder when the best time to post something is? Plann can offer you some help with that.
Twitter Under Elon Musk Leaning on Automation to Moderate Content Against Hate Speech
Elon Musk Introduces ‘Live Tweeting’ Feature Amid Ongoing Plans for Twitter
WhatsApp Begins Beta Testing Android Tablet Support, iOS Testers Get ‘Search by Date’ Feature
Elon Musk Suspends Kanye West’s Twitter Account Again; West Drops Plan to Acquire Parler
Twitter Offers Advertisers Incentives Amid Marketer Exodus After Elon Musk Takeover: Report
How to Write a Great Social Media Call to Action
(Re)building Threat Detection and Incident Response at LinkedIn
Introducing the ‘Instagram Explore home’ Ads Placements via the Instagram Marketing API
Twitter’s Chief of Information Security Lea Kissner Exists Company Amid Mass Layoffs
Adding WhatsApp to Your Java Projects
Get Started with the Page Insights API
Career stories: From Hollywood videographer to frontend engineer
FACEBOOK2 weeks ago
How to Send Interactive Messages with the WhatsApp Business Platform
OTHER1 week ago
Elon Musk Urged by US Senator to Better Protect US Users’ Data After Whistleblower Testimony
FACEBOOK5 days ago
What to know about Presto SQL query engine and PrestoCon
FACEBOOK6 days ago
How to Interpret Webhook Components in the WhatsApp Business Platform
FACEBOOK2 weeks ago
Hermit: Deterministic Linux for Controlled Testing and Software Bug-finding
FACEBOOK2 weeks ago
Building Intuitive Interactions in VR: Interaction SDK, First Hand Showcase and Other Resources
OTHER1 week ago
Twitter, Other Social Media Apps Fail to Remove Hate Speech, Says EU Review
Uncategorized2 weeks ago
How To Find and Use Business-Friendly TikTok Sounds