In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 24th March 2019

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National child rights commission seeks ‘action taken’ report from MeitY on PUBG: report

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has sought a report from MeitY on action taken on PUBG addiction among children in the country, reports The News Minute. Earlier in January, Hyderabad-based activist Vijay Gopal from Forum Against Corruption wrote to the NCPCR and MeitY seeking a ban on the game. Gopal said the video game “promotes war and violence” and impacts children’s psyche as it allows them to “wage war, buy weapons, and invest time in devising strategies on how to kill opponents”. Read it here

ECI to talk to Google, FB, Twitter, WhatsApp, ShareChat and TikTok India heads about taking down offending content

The Election Commission of India (EC) has asked to meet with Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, ShareChat and TikTok’s India heads to talk about taking down content which violates its guidelines during the upcoming elections, reports the Indian Express. Read it here

Intermediary Liability: “Many problems need many solutions”, says S Gopalakrishnan, Jt Secretary, MEITY

There was some indication from from S Gopalakrishnan, Joint Secretary, MEITY about how the ministry is looking at its consultation on Intermediary Liability protections. Gopalakrishnan was speaking at the Future of Tech Policy in India event organised by SFLC.in. Read it here

WhatsApp ties-up with Nasscom Foundation to hold workshops to fight fake news

WhatsApp has partnered with NASSCOM Foundation to run workshops to fight misinformation. The workshops will encourage people to “be mindful about forwarding rumors”, and will train people in tools which can be used to verify a forward, and how users can report problematic content to fact checkers and law enforcement. Read it here

Google testing UPI to onboard offline retailers on Google Pay: report

Google Pay is testing UPI based transactions with unspecified point-of-sale (POS) providers to onboard retail merchants, reports the Economic Times. Currently, Google is running small scale pilots with retail stores, to rollout over the next few months, and gain momentum in this market, the report added. Google did not specify which cities it is testing this in. Read it here

Xiaomi launches Mi Pay as a UPI app on Indian Xiaomi smartphones

Xiaomi has launched Mi Pay, its UPI payment app, for Xiaomi smartphone users in India. MIUI users can install Mi Pay from the Mi Store. Users can login with their Mi account or use another account. With Mi Pay, users can also pay utility bills (water, electricity, gas, phone recharges) across 120 billers and 120 national and regional banks using cards. Read it here

Intermediary Liability Amendment: Civil society Counter Comments on ‘Unlawful Content’

Earlier this year MEITY released a draft of an Amendment to the Intermediary Guidelines for public consultation. The consultation included a counter-comment period, where a number of civil society organisations and researchers have made arguments with specific reference to Rule 3, which details the procedures and regulations for intermediaries in order to monitor ‘unlawful content’. Read it here

Hotstar launches VIP option for Rs 365 per year, will collect cash for subscription

Hotstar has launched a VIP subscription option where users can watch Hotstar original, STAR network content including the Indian Premier League, ICC Cricket World Cup etc for Rs 365 per year, reports the Indian Express. Read it here

WeChat may launch UPI-based WeChat Pay in India by May-June: report

WeChat is planning to launch a UPI app, likely called WeChat Pay, by the end of May-June. It is in the process of obtaining a payments license, reports Entrackr. The report adds that the Chinese parent of WeChat, Tencent, has partnered with Axis Bank, HDFC and ICICI, and would like to create its own UPI handle. Read it here

Ola’s Karnataka aggregator license cancelled for running bike taxis in Bangalore

The State Transport Department of Karnataka has cancelled Ola’s aggregator license for 6 months, for plying bike taxis under the same license, TheNewsMinute reported. Read it here