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COVID-19 brought the best and worst out of TikTok

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New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) The popular and highly controversial short video-sharing platform TikTok has once again hogged the limelight even as India battles the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have read reports about how streetchildren used TikTok to beat the stress ever since the country went into a lockdown, then you could hardly miss findings about how misinformation aimed at discouraging Muslims from taking preventive measures against COVID-19 circulated on the platform.

The videos created on TikTok often find their ways to other social media platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook, reaching a wider audience.

And then came the hate messages targeting the Muslim community.Urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps to spread hate mongering on social media, the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (Apex Confederation of Muslim Organisations) chief Navaid Hamid alleged that 30,000 “fake clips are in circulation on TikTok to spread disinformation that Muslims are spreading COVID-19 in the country” and that “these clips are creating tensions between communities across India”.

The government took note of the developments and even wrote a letter to some of these platforms, including TikTok, to take down videos that spread misinformation about the disease.

TikTok says it is doing its bit to fight the challenges posed by the novel coronavirus – from improving moderation efforts to removing thousands of videos that violated its rules.

“In the present context in particular, invalidated or misleading content poses an acute concern and is an area of focus for social media platforms. At TikTok, we have heightened our moderation efforts, and have been monitoring and systematically removing content from our platform that violates our Community Guidelines,” said a TikTok spokesperson.

“In India, we have removed thousands of videos that have contradicted legitimate advice about COVID-19 from credible authorities, as well as content that could cause imminent harm to public health and safety,” the spokesperson added.

In fact, such has been the popularity of TikTok that several law enforcement agencies — including Bengaluru City Police, Delhi Police, Uttarakhand Police, Kerala Police, Punjab Police and Maharashtra Police — have used the platform to raise awareness about how to fight COVID-19.

“Over the last few weeks, our platform has prioritised informative content and supported several government and law enforcement agencies, as well as non-profit organisations across India in disseminating information regarding responsible practices in an entertaining and responsible manner,” the TikTok spokesperson said.

Several global organisations including the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNDP are now using TikTok to share useful content and shed light on how to stay safe.

The short-video sharing platform owned by Beijing-based ByteDance last week said it donated 400,000 hazmat medical protective suits and 200,000 masks worth Rs 100 crore in order to help doctors and other medical professionals tackle the spread of COVID-19 in India.

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Gauahar Khan, Zaid Darbar’s marriage is one month old, actress pens mushy note

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Actress-model Gauahar Khan on Monday posted an Instagram note celebrating one month of marriage with Zaid Darbar, thanking him for being her best friend and her partner in her life.

Gauahar, who tied the knot with choreographer Zaid Darbar on December 25, wrote: “1 month Anniversary, would probably not mean much to ppl , but for me it’s the celebration of finding my true Love , my bestest Friend , my partner in the super times and my backbone when things go wrong .

@zaid_darbar thank you for being just unbelievably AMAZING. Thank you for Loving me like I have never known love could be . I love you HUSBAND. #Gaza #25Dec2020 Happy one Month Jaanu.”

The actress also shared fresh pictures from their wedding festivities.

In the photographs, the couple are seen dancing. The first picture, from their wedding reception, has them performing a romantic duet, and the second is from the mehendi ceremony. The third picture has them make a style statement in yellow.

Gauahar was last seen in the web series, Tandav, which also features Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Kumud Mishra, Sunil Grover, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Kritika Kamra, Sarah Jane Dias, Dino Morea, Anuup Soni, Sandhya Mridul and Shonali Nagrani.

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Bollywood showers love on newlyweds Varun and Natasha

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Bollywood celebrities took to social media on Monday, to shower newly-weds Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal with love and best wishes for a new beginning. Varun and Natasha tied the knot on Sunday.

“Congratulations Varun Natasha, wishing you all the love and lifelong happiness,” Priyanka Chopra wrote on her Instagram story.

Kareena Kapoor wrote on Instagram: “Congratulations Varun and Natasha. Welcome to marital bliss. From Saif and K.”

Madhuri Dixit tweeted: “Congratulations @Varun_dvn & Natasha. Wishing you both a lifetime of love & happiness. All the best.”

“Congratulations Babdu and Nats,” Sharddha Kapoor shared on Instagram.

Ileana D’Cruz posted: “Congratulations Natasha and Varun. You is a lucky man Varun Dhawan.”

Kiara Advani, who stars with Varun in the upcoming film Jug Jugg Jeeyo, wrote: “Jug Jugg Jeeyo Natasha and Varun. Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness and love.”

Neetu Kapoor, who also stars inthe film, posted: “Congratulations Varun Natasha #Jugjuggjeeyo.”

Riteish Deshmukh tweeted: “Many congratulations dearest @Varun_dvn and #NatashaDalal — wishing you a life time of happiness and love. You guys are looking gorgeous together — happy married life — stay blessed.”

Preity Zinta wrote: “Congratulations and all the very best @Varun_dvn & #Natasha as you both start a new and exciting journey together. Wish you loads of love, happiness and togetherness always. Welcome to the Married Club #congratulations.”

Arjun Rampal posted: “Congratulations @Varun_dvn and Mrs Natasha Dhavan. God bless both with all the happiness always. You both looked beautiful. Congratulations to the whole family. Love.”

Bhumi Pednekar expressed: “Congratulations Varun Natasha. Wish you both a life full of love and happiness.

Parineeti Chopra wrote: “Congrats VD and Natasha. Now I will send laddoos and you have to eat them. Wishing you both the best life.”

Angad Bedi tweeted: “God bless the bride and the groom. Welcome to our side my brother VD!! You and natasha make a beautiful Jodi. @Varun_dvn #NatashaDalal waheguru mehr kare.”

Kriti Kharbanda shared on Instagram: “Congratulations you two. Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness, laughter and togetherness. Nazarnaalage.”

Vivek Oberoi expressed: “Many many congratulations on one of the most special events of your life Varun and Natasha. Wish you a happy and blissful married life! May you celebrate your love for each other always!”

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Salma Hayek looks fiery hot in monokini post

The film is about beings with superpowers called The Celestials, and their villainous adversaries, The Deviants, in a war set millions of years ago.

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Mumbai, Jan 25 : At 54, age is just a number for Salma Hayek. The Hollywood star continues to grab ’em by the eyeballs’ on social media, scorching in a fiery red monokini in her new Instagram post.

In the image, Salma relaxes in an over-water hammock flaunting her curves in swimsuit and accentuating the impact with designer shades.

“#sundayvibes,” Salma captioned the image.

Salma will next be seen in “The Eternals”, which also stars Angelina Jolie, Madden, Kit Harington, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Barry Keoghan and Don Lee.

The film is about beings with superpowers called The Celestials, and their villainous adversaries, The Deviants, in a war set millions of years ago.

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