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‘Goodbye’, writes Babul Supriyo in Facebook post indicating he’s leaving politics, BJP

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Former Union minister and BJP Lok Sabha MP Babul Supriyo on Saturday in a Facebook post announced he has decided to quit politics. Supriyo however clarified that he is not joining any other party, adding that he has always been a “one team player”.

This comes weeks after Babul Supriyo was dropped from the Narendra Modi government in the Cabinet reshuffle and expansion earlier this month.

Explaining his decision, Babul Supriyo said he is quitting politics because he needs time for himself. He said while he joined politics to do social work, it is no longer necessary to be in politics to help people.

“I am leaving only after I have answers to all questions that I had in my heart. One can perform social work even without staying in politics. I need some time for myself,” Babul Supriyo wrote.

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On whether he is quitting politics because he was removed as a Union minister, Babul Supriyo indicated it is one of the reasons.

“The question will arise why did I leave politics. Is there any link to the ministerial post that I lost? Yes there is. To some extent there is a link,” he wrote.

He added that he discussed the matter with his family and some friends and decided it is time for him to leave politics.

“After listening, understanding and feeling everything, I want to say that I am leaving. I stayed for some time. I might have kept some promises and broken some. I might have made someone happy with my work or saddened some. You all can judge that,” Babul Supriyo wrote.

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Reacting to the announcement, the Trinamool Congress hit out at Babul Suriyo and termed it “drama”.

“If anyone talks of quitting politics, then he should quit as MP first. Otherwise, I will say it is all drama. After losing the ministry, he (Babul Supriyo) was cornered in the party and tried to attract the attention of Delhi by floating in the campaign due to frustration,” TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said.

Soon after, Babul Supriyo edited his Facebook post and added, “And yes, I am obviously resigning from the post of MP as well.”

When asked about Babul Supriyo’s announcement, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said he was unaware of it.

“Who wants to remain in politics and who wants to quit is a personal decision. I have nothing to say. Has he resigned? He is still an MP. I am not aware of his resignation. Please ask me about other issues or else I will end the press conference,” he said.

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Babul Supriyo said he had been repeatedly expressing his desire to quit politics to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda for the past few days.

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“I am grateful to both of them that they managed to persuade me otherwise every time. I will never forget the love they have given. So, I don’t have the courage to go and tell them I am quitting, especially when I have already decided what I want to do,” he wrote.

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He added that he fears the senior BJP leaders might think he is trying to bargain for a higher post if he reiterates his decision to them. “I don’t want that to happen. I pray for their forgiveness.”

‘RESPONSIBLE FOR PARTY’S INTERNAL POLITICS COMING OUT IN PUBLIC’

Recounting his political journey with the BJP, Babul Supriyo said there is difference between the BJP in West Bengal in 2014 and 2019.

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“In 2014, I was the only BJP MP. But today, BJP is the main opposition party in West Bengal. There are many young and bright faces in the party. There are experienced seniors too. The party will scale new height under their leadership. I don’t regret saying that it is clear that a particular face doesn’t make any difference to the party and accepting it will be the only right choice.”

He also took responsibility for internal tussle in the Bengal BJP coming out in the public ahead of the state assembly polls.

“I was having some conflicts with the state leadership in the run-up to the election. That’s normal. But, on many occasions those incidents came out in the open. I was responsible for some of them, but other leaders were responsible too. I don’t want to speak about it. However, the conflict among senior leaders was obviously affecting party. To understand that it was not helping party workers on the ground, one doesn’t need rocket science,” he wrote.

He added, “When I left my job at Standard Chartered Bank in 1992, I did the same. I am doing it today as well. I am leaving. Yes, many things remain to be said. Maybe some other day. Bye.”

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Facebook Messenger Is Launching a Split Payments Feature for Users to Quickly Share Expenses

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Meta has announced the arrival of a new Split Payments feature in Facebook Messenger. This feature, as the name suggests, will let you calculate and split expenses with others right from Facebook Messenger. This feature essentially looks to bring an easier method to share the cost of bills and expenses — for example, splitting a dinner bill with friends. Using this new Split Payment feature, Facebook Messenger users will be able to split bills evenly or modify the contribution for each individual, including their own.

The company took to its blog post to announce the new Split Payment feature in Facebook Messenger. 9to5Mac reports that this new bill splitting feature is still in beta and will be exclusive to US users at first. The rollout will begin early next week. As mentioned, it will help users share the cost of bills, expenses, and payments. This feature is especially useful for those who share an apartment and need to split the monthly rent and other expenses with their mates. It could also come handy at a group dinner with many people.

With Split Payments, users can add the number of people the expense needs to be divided with and, by default, the amount entered will be divided in equal parts. A user can also modify each person’s contribution including their own. To use Split Payments, click the Get Started button in a group chat or the Payments Hub in Messenger. Users can modify the contribution in the Split Payments option and send a notification to all the users who need to make payments. After entering a personalised message and confirming your Facebook Pay details, the request will be sent and viewable in the group chat thread.

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Once someone has made the payment, you can mark their transaction as ‘completed’. The Split Payment feature will automatically take into account your share as well and calculate the amount owed accordingly.


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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com.

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Facebook Owner Meta Launches New Platform, Safety Hub to Protect Women in India

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Meta (formerly Facebook) on Thursday announced a slew of steps to protect woman users on its platform, including the launch of StopNCII.org in India that aims to combat the spread of non-consensual intimate images (NCII).

Meta has also launched the Women’s Safety Hub, which will be available in Hindi and 11 other Indian languages, that will enable more women users in India to access information about tools and resources that can help them make the most of their social media experience, while staying safe online.

This initiative by Meta will ensure women do not face a language barrier in accessing information Karuna Nain, director (global safety policy) at Meta Platforms, told reporters here.

“Safety is an integral part of Meta’s commitment to building and offering a safe online experience across the platforms and over the years the company has introduced several industry leading initiatives to protect users online.

“Furthering our effort to bolster the safety of users, we are bringing in a number of initiatives to ensure online safety of women on our platforms,” she added.

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StopNCII.org is a platform that aims to combat the spread of non-consensual intimate images (NCII).

“It gives victims control. People can come to this platform proactively, hash their intimate videos and images, share their hashes back with the platform and participating companies,” Nain said.

She explained that the platform doesn’t receive any photos and videos, and instead what they get is the hash or unique digital fingerprint/unique identifier that tells the company that this is a known piece of content that is violating. “We can proactively keep a lookout for that content on our platforms and once it”s uploaded, our review team check what”s really going on and take appropriate action if it violates our policies,” she added.

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In partnership with UK Revenge Porn Helpline, StopNCII.org builds on Meta’s NCII Pilot, an emergency programme that allows potential victims to proactively hash their intimate images so they can”t be proliferated on its platforms.

The first-of-its-kind platform, has partnered with global organisations to support the victims of NCII. In India, the platform has partnered with organisations such as Social Media Matters, Centre for Social Research, and Red Dot Foundation.

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Nain added that the company is hopeful that this becomes an industrywide initiative, so that victims can just come to this one central place to get help and support and not have to go to each and every tech platform, one by one to get help and support.

Also, Bishakha Datta (executive editor of Point of View) and Jyoti Vadehra from Centre for Social Research are the first Indian members in Meta”s Global Women”s Safety Expert Advisors. The group comprises 12 other non-profit leaders, activists, and academic experts from different parts of the world and consults Meta in the development of new policies, products and programmes to better support women on its apps.

“We are confident that with our ever-growing safety measures, women will be able to enjoy a social experience which will enable them to learn, engage and grow without any challenges.

“India is an important market for us and bringing Bishakha and Jyoti onboard to our Women”s Safety Expert Advisory Group will go a long way in further enhancing our efforts to make our platforms safer for women in India,” Nain said.

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Facebook Adds New Trend Insights in Creator Studio, Which Could Help Shape Your Posting Strategy

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Facebook’s looking to provide more content insight within Creator Studio with the rollout of a new ‘Inspiration Hub’ element, which highlights trending content and hashtags within categories related to your business Page.

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As you can see in these screenshots, posted by social media expert Matt Navarra, when it becomes available to you, you’ll be able to access the new Inspiration Hub from the Home tab in Creator Studio.

At the right side of the screen, you can see the first of the new insights, with trending hashtags and videos from the last 24 hours, posted by Pages similar to yours, displayed above a ‘See more’ prompt.

When you tap through to the new hub, you’ll have a range of additional filters to check out trending content from across Facebook, including Page category, content type, region, and more.

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That could be hugely valuable in learning what Facebook users are responding to, and what people within your target market are engaging with in the app.

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The Hub also includes insights into trending hashtags, within your chosen timeframe, which may further assist in tapping into trending discussions.

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How valuable hashtags are on Facebook is still up for debate, but you’ll also note that you can filter the displayed results by platform, so you can additionally display Instagram hashtag trends as well, which could be very valuable in maximizing your reach.

Much of this type of info has been available within CrowdTangle, Facebook’s analytics platform for journalists, for some time, but not everyone can access CrowdTangle data, which could make this an even more valuable proposition for many marketers.

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Of course, overall performance really relates to your own creative, and thinking through the action that you want your audience to take when reading your posts. But in terms of detecting new content trends, including hashtag usage, caption length, videos versus image posts, and more, there’s a lot that could be gleaned from these tools and filters.

It’s a significant analytics addition – we’ve asked Facebook for more info on the rollout of the new option, and whether it’s already beyond test mode, etc. We’ll update this post if/when we hear back.

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