In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 28th July 2019

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WhatsApp traceability case: Details of data requests made by Tamil Nadu govt to social media companies

The Madras High Court released the daily order (available below) for the WhatsApp traceability case on July 5, the last hearing for which took place on June 27. The Deputy Secretary to Government, IT Department of Tamil Nadu filed a report on June 26 with details of data requests it made to social media companies — Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Google and YouTube. Read it here

Aditya Birla Payments Bank to shut down due to “unanticipated developments in business landscape”

Aditya Birla Payments Bank will wind up operations due to “unanticipated developments in business landscape” that made its economic model “unviable”. The company had begun operations only 17 months ago. Read it here

TikTok has removed over 60 lakh videos between July 2018 to April 2019

TikTok has removed over 60 lakh videos from its platform between July 2018 and April 2019 for violating community guidelines, a company spokesperson told MediaNama. “TikTok in no way endorses or promotes content that is in violation of our community guidelines,” said Sachin Sharma, Director (Sales and Partnerships), TikTok India. Read it here

Why they want TikTok banned in India

From being called “anti-national” for its “close relationship” with the Chinese government, to being referred to as a “hub” of anti-national content, the last two years have been rough for TikTok and Chinese parent ByteDance. Read it here

Big tech faces anti-trust probe from US Justice Department

The U.S. Justice Department said on July 23 that it was opening a broad investigation of “market-leading” online platforms to review if they engage in practices that reduce competition, stifle innovation or harm consumers. Read it here

Cryptocurrency ban bill: Finance Ministry wants to ban cryptocurrency, encourage blockchain

The Finance Ministry has proposed a legislation that bans the use of cryptocurrency in India, and makes violations punishable with a fine or with one to ten years of imprisonment. Called the “Banning of Cryptocurrency & Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2019” (see below), the bill states that “cryptocurrency shall not be used as legal tender or currency at any place in India”. Read it here

Should we restrain Google from uploading Indian maps, Delhi HC asks Centre

The Delhi High Court on July 24th asked the Centre to see whether Google should be restrained from uploading maps of India, including defence installations, on its web services – specifically on Google Earth, reports Bar & Bench. Read it here

Guruprasad Mohapatra appointed new DPIIT secretary, Anshu Prakash new Telecom secretary

Current chairman of the Airports Authority of India Guruprasad Mohapatra has been appointed the Secretary, Department of Industry and Internal Trade, in the Ministry of Commerce. Read it here

Big Tech release transparency report for the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism

On July 24, 2019, Facebook, YouTube, Microsoft and Twitter announced that they had introduced a new pillar to their the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT)— crisis response, released their first GIFCT Transparency Report, and added Pinterest and Dropbox as members. Read it here

Parliament’s Budget Session: DMK MP Dr. D Ravikumar to introduce private members’ Data Protection and Privacy Bill today

We’re tracking all the developments related to internet and technology in India during the Budget Session of the Parliament. This will include all proposed legislation, bills listed or pending, and questions (related to technology and internet ecosystem) asked in both houses each day of the Parliament. Read it here