In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 19th August 2018

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Why Shashi Tharoor’s CBFC amendment bill must not pass

Despite all the well deserved ill repute that the Indian Censor Board has, it is a reasonably well-architected institution. While this may be a surprising statement to make about the CBFC, it is true. The CBFC is transparent since ‘cut recommendations’ are made over the table and ‘cut lists’ are made available publicly (with hiccups). Read it here

Facebook Watch: Tighter controls for Groups & Pages, ACJ & BOOMLive tie ups

Under fire for the role it has played in spreading misinformation on its platform, Facebook has officially announced a new ‘mentorship’ program — a free service which will pair people who need help or guidance with those who can provide it. Mentorships will start first with a focus on mentoring opportunities within specific Groups — there are about 200 million Group members across the platform. Read it here

Airtel Q1FY19 concall: Airtel optimistic over future despite slump in earnings

Despite avoiding what would have been its first quarterly consolidated net loss in over a decade, Bharti Airtel remains optimistic about the future. It expects that its strong network coupled with a massively underserved market in India would work in its favour in the long run. Read it here

ICANN seeks comments on rules for Indic language domain names

The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking comments for the use of Indian languages in nine Indic scripts – Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu. These additions will allow domain names to include Indian languages. Read it here

Facebook buys La Liga broadcast rights for Indian subcontinent

Facebook has acquired exclusive rights to stream the next 3 seasons of La Liga’s matches on Facebook in the Indian subcontinent (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Pakistan), reports Reuters. Read it here

Government invites public comments on Srikrishna data protection bill

The IT Ministry has invited comments on the Srikrishna committee’s data protection bill. Comments can be posted here. till the 5th of September 2018, that is 20 days from now. This further consultation takes special significance due to the contentious nature of the draft bill — there were voices of dissent from within the committee that found place on its official report. Read it here

Social media cos blocked 1,662 links by govt demand since 2016

Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, along with other online platforms, took down 1,662 posts on demand from the central government since 2016, the government revealed in response to a Parliamentary question. Read it here

Separate biometric ID for 40 lakh not included in Assam’s NRC: Centre

The biometric details of 40 lakh Assamese people, who filed claims and objections with respect to Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC), will be collected, the Centre has told the Supreme Court. After the final list of the NRC is published, people whose names are not included in the register will be issued Aadhaar number, in the same fashion as Aadhaar enrollment took place in the rest of the country. Read it here

Global payment cos still in dark with RBI’s local data storage norms

International payment companies operating in India are worried that they will not be able to adhere to the RBI’s deadline of storage of payment system data in India. The deadline for this action is less than 2 months away. Read it here

Google saves location data without permission; tweaks help page

Google has revealed that it tracks a user’s location even if the user has turned ‘Location History’ off. It did so in a changed a help page which throws light on the function. On the page, the company mentions that “Some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, like Search and Maps.” Read it here