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‘Public confidence in digital banking has to be maintained,’ says RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das

“We cannot put thousands or lakhs of customers who are using digital banking into any kind of difficulty for hours together, especially when we are ourselves giving so much emphasis on digital banking. The public confidence in digital banking has to be maintained,” Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das said on Friday. Responding […] ...

Streaming platforms to on-board legal luminaries to bolster self-regulation code: IAMAI

Streaming platforms will on-board legal luminaries to their in-house complaints committee in response to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting’s refusal to endorse the industry’s self-regulation code, an industry group representative said. Tarun Katial, the outgoing CEO of ZEE5 and the head of the Digital Entertainment Committee at the Internet...

Extreme Internet Exchange adds 7 new points of presence in Mumbai, to invest ₹15 crore in network expansion

Extreme IX, an Internet Exchange that connects Internet Service Providers (ISPs) with content providers, added 7 new points of presence (PoPs) in the Greater Mumbai and Navi Mumbai region, the company said in an announcement. It said that it has added the capacity to “meet the increased demand in internet usage and bandwidth capacity posed […] ...

Agenda and Reading List: Children and Privacy on the Internet; Dec 9 #Ad

We are getting ready for our discussion on Children and Privacy on the Internet next week. MediaNama is hosting this session online on Wednesday (Dec 9), with a curated and invite-only audience of policymakers, lawyers, businesses, technology, and researchers. Registration is still open, you can apply to attend here. The impending Personal Data Protection...

RBI to introduce ‘Digital Payment Security Controls’ guidelines

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will introduce new Digital Payment Security Controls for regulated entities, to enhance the adoption of digital payments platforms in a more safe and secure manner. The central bank will issue a draft guideline soon for public comments, it said in its Statement on Developmental and Regulatory Policies on December […]...

Facebook to remove debunked misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines

Facebook says it will start removing debunked misinformation about the upcoming COVID-19 vaccines in the coming weeks. The removals will be part of Facebook’s policy on coronavirus content that could lead to “imminent physical harm”, that includes false claims around safety, efficacy, ingredients or side effects of the vaccines. For instance, claims...

RBI enhances contactless card limit to ₹5,000 from ₹2,000

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has enhanced limits on contactless card transactions and electronic mandates on cards and the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) to ₹5,000 from ₹2,000. The new limits will apply from January 1, 2021 onward and operational instructions will be issued in the coming weeks. “In order to expand the adoption of […] ...

Starz launches Lionsgate Play as standalone streaming service in India

American premium cable provider Starz has launched ‘Lionsgate Play’ as a standalone service in India, after months of being available as an add-on in other streaming services. The service is priced at a modest ₹99 monthly or ₹699 yearly, reflecting the relatively small catalogue it currently has. “We will also be launching Indian originals in […] ...

In major shift, Warner Bros to release 2021 films online along with theatrical release

In a significant milestone for streaming platforms, Warner Bros will release its entire 2021 slate of films on the streaming service HBO Max in the US on the same day the films come out in theatres. WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar said that these films — which include releases in hugely popular franchises like Matrix, The […] ...

Facebook’s Oversight picks up an Indian case for review

Facebook’s Oversight Board, which started proceedings on its first batch of cases earlier this week, has picked up an additional case, this time from India. The Board is an independent body that can review Facebook’s content moderation decisions. None of the earlier six cases were concerned with India directly. The case the Board will consider […] ...

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