In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 19th May 2019

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Sri Lanka bans social media services once again as tensions arise due to Facebook post

Sri Lanka has once again temporarily banned some social media and messaging services reportedly after mosques and Muslim owned businesses were attacked in wake of the Easter Sunday bombings by Islamist militants, per Reuters. Read it here

Google Pay will soon support card payments in India: Report

Google Pay will soon let users in India make payments with their credit and debit cards, the Economic Times reports. The app currents supports payments through the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) in India, for which users must link their banks accounts with it. Read it here

Vodafone Idea loses 53.2 million subscribers but gains 5.4 million 4G subscribers in Q4FY19

Vodafone Idea said it lost 53.2 million subscribers in Q4FY19 and now has 334.1 million subscribers in all. However, it added 5.4 million 4G subscribers in the quarter, taking its 4G subscriber case to 80.7 million from 75.3 million in the previous quarter. Read it here

All you need to know about Whatsapp’s spyware vulnerability; MediaNama’s take

WhatsApp has asked users to upgrade the app to the latest version, and ensure that their mobile operating system is up to date, to protect themselves against a recently discovered (and fixed) vulnerability which used the WhatsApp calling feature to compromise user devices. Read it here

Internet Freedom Foundation files RTI, approaches MEITY after website satirising dowry is blocked

After the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) blocked access to the satirical website www.dowrycalculator.com last week, the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) has now filed a Right to Information application (read a copy here) seeking to know why the website was blocked, says a report on its website. Read it here

Uber drivers are not employees since they own the cars, choose working hours, and can work for competitors: US labour agency

A federal US labour agency ruled in an ongoing case that Uber drivers are independent contractors and not employees. According to the agency, Uber drivers set their working hours, own their cars, and are free to work for Uber’s competitors, and hence cannot be considered employees under federal law. Read it here

Summary: RBI’s Vision 2019-2021 for Payments and Settlements in India

The Reserve Bank of India has defined a vision for digital payments from 2019 to 2021, to “empower every Indian with access to a bouquet of e-payment options that is safe, secure, convenient, quick and affordable. Read it here

Aadhaar-based check-in using facial recognition is coming to Bangalore Airport this year

Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport will introduce check-ins through facial recognition technology as part of the Civil Aviation Ministry’s Digi Yatra initiative, reports Indian Express. Read it here

MeitY asks WhatsApp for spyware hack details and how many Indian users were affected

MeitY has asked WhatsApp for details about the recent spyware hack that allowed attackers to compromise users’ devices via WhatsApp calls, and the steps it is taking to address the situation, the Economic Times reports. Read it here

Amazon faces backlash again, this time over toilet seat covers bearing images of Hindu gods

Amazon faced a social media backlash yesterday after toilet seat covers and other items featuring images of Hindu gods were spotted on its US website. Thousands of Twitter users called for a boycott of Amazon, making #BoycottAmazon trend. Read it here