In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 12th May 2019

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Sri Lanka banned social media again overnight after ethnic tensions in Negombo; ban now lifted

The Sri Lankan government temporarily banned access to social media services again to control the spread of misinformation following ethnic tensions in Negombo, one of the cities targeted in the Easter Sunday bombings last month. Read it here

Ratan Tata invests in Ola Electric Mobility in his personal capacity

Ola Electric Mobility Pvt Ltd (Ola Electric) today announced that Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, has invested in the company in a personal capacity as part of its Series A round of funding. Read it here

Facebook takes down 97 pages from Russia for “inauthentic coordinated” behaviour

Facebook has taken down multiple pages, groups, and accounts on Facebook and Instagram for “coordinated inauthentic behavior”; the accounts were related to two operations originating in Russia. Read it here

$350 million of Mastercard’s $1 billion investment in India will be for local payments processing centre: report

About $350 million of the $1 billion that Mastercard plans to invest in India over the next five years will be used to set up a local payments processing centre to comply with the RBI’s data localisation directive, the Economic Times reported. Read it here

Google will now let users auto-delete location data and web activity

Google will now roll out auto-delete controls for Location History and Web & App Activity and let users to decide how long they want their activity data to be saved – 3 months or 18 months. Any data prior to that will be deleted. Read it here

IRCTC takes RailYatri and TravelKhana to court over ‘unauthorised’ meal services; Our take

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has approached two lower courts in Delhi, saying that the online food ordering services provided by RailYatri and TravelKhana are illegal, Business Standard reports, citing unnamed sources. Read it here

Tencent replaces PUBG mobile in China with patriotic ‘Game for Peace’

On Wednesday, Tencent Holdings Ltd dropped the hugely popular mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) in China after failing to secure a license from the government to collect revenues from the game, Reuters reported. Read it here

Technology, Fears of Cultural Submergence, and Video Regulation in India – Sidharth Chopra, Nandita Saikia

The practice of determining the legality of a publication based on its ownership and on the nature of its contents has existed for almost as long as recordable communication has existed. We are, of course, no longer confined to the basic forms of communication such as the written word, and content laws, once unabashedly censorship laws, now govern everything from books to videos and gifs. Read it here

Statutory licensing for content not applicable to the Internet, says Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court has granted an interim injunction in favor of Tips Industries against Airtel-owned music streaming service Wynk. Tips had sought a temporary order restraining Wynk from enabling downloads and streaming of Tips music. Read it here

Singapore’s fake news law passes; correction and content removal orders will be directed at tech companies, says law minister; Lowdown of the Fake News Act

After an intense two-day debate, Singapore’s parliament yesterday passed the anti-fake news bill despite concerns surrounding free speech and abuse of power, reports The Straits Times. The Protection of Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill gives Singapore’s government powers, without any approval from the judiciary, to demand companies like Facebook and Twitter to put fake news warnings next to posts or to take them down completely. Read it here