A protester adjusts an installation depicting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg surfing on a wave of cash outside UK parliament on Monday | AP sambalpur l tuesday l October 26, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION Internal papers show FACEBOOK torn between people & money Thousands of pages of internal documents provided to Congress by a former employee depict an internally conflicted company ‘Problems were flagged but ignored’ Apple threatened to ban facebook The crisis exposed by the documents shows how Facebook, despite its avowed good intentions, sidelined efforts to address harms such as hate speech, misinformation and calls to violence. The papers reveal numerous instances where researchers and rank-and-file workers uncovered deepseated problems that the firm then ignored due to commercial concerns ■ ■ Two years ago, Apple threatened to pull Facebook from its app store for allegedly facilitating selling of maids in West Asia Apple relented after FB promised to act but the social media giant acknowledged in internal papers it was “under-enforcing on confirmed abusive activity”, the Associated Press reported | P9 3.5 billion Facebook is sitting on personal data of billions of people worldwide CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI In setback to Odisha, sections of Kotia villagers seek AP control People from three GPs meet Vizianagaram Collector, SP and submit resolution for living under AP S r e e n u B a b u Pat i v a d a a n d B i d ya d h a r C h o u d h u r y @ Vizianagaram/Koraput In the midst of an intensifying dispute between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh over control of Kotia villages, scores of people from nearly 17 villages under three panchayats of the region on Monday met the Vizianagaram district officials and expressed their desire to live under the neighbouring state. A delegation of the people from the disputed villages went to the district headquarters and submitted a resolution to Vizianagaram Collector A Suryakumari while meeting the Superintendent of Police Deepika M Patil to seek protection from Odisha gover nment and also against the alleged harassment by local politicians. It is learnt that recently the tribals of these , villages held a special meeting and passed a resolution to live under AP . Collector Suryakumari gave a traditional welcome to the tribals and assured to put the issue in government’s notice and give protection as per the Supreme Court verdict. Later on, SP Deepika Patil assured the villagers on giving protection. She also distributed grocery kits to them. Speaking to TNIE, Deepika said, “We will stand in support of the tribals as per Supreme Court verdict. We have appointed a special circle inspector for Kotia region for protecting the tribals. We have sent the proposal to our higher officials on de- Since the representatives are elected by AP government it is obvious of them to talk in its favour. Koraput district administration is not at all bothered by such acts Abdaal Md Akhtar, Koraput Collector ploying armed forces in the disputed region. Though Odisha government have also deployed police force, we are maintaining restraint so as to not create war like situation there.’’ Chodapalli Bishu, a villager from Paguluchennuru in the disupted area, said, “We are Andhra people. We are happy with the welfare schemes and Navaratnalu of AP gover nment. Therefore, we have passed resolution to be with Andhra Pradesh.” He alleged that Odisha police were coercing villagers to stay with the State and registering falses cases against them. The move came at a time when Odisha administration has started removing the boards indicating the names of the disputed villages in Telugu put up by the AP government. Officials had prevented a team of medical and health officials and village secretariat staff from Andhra to enter a village in Kotia region to administer Covid vaccine to locals on Saturday. On Sunday, the Odisha police and revenue officials removed the name boards of the villages arranged by AP CONTINUED ON: P5 . Gosavi to give up; Vig heat on extortion racket Dawood Wankhede? S u d h i r S u r ya w a n s h i @ Mumbai A day after a witness in the cruise ship drugs case claimed that some NCB officials sought `25 crore from actor Shah Rukh Khan to let his son Aryan off the hook, the agency ordered a high-level vigilance probe into it. Prabhakar Sail, who is witness No 1 in the case, had said in his affidavit that NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede’s middle man Sam D’Souza and absconding witness K P Gosavi had demanded the money from the actor. Prabhakar, the personal bodyguard of Gosavi, also alleged that Wankhede got him to sign on 10 blank papers. NCB’s vigilance unit head Gyaneshwar Singh will lead the member team that will probe allegations of extortion. The team, also com- ULB polls Delimitation exercise to begin soon Express News Service @ Bhubaneswar Decks have been cleared for the urban local body (ULB) polls with the State government on Monday directing district collectors to complete delimitation and reservation exercise for all municipalities and notified area councils (NACs) by November 9. In a separate letter to Commissioners of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Berhampur municipal corporations, the government has asked them to complete the exercise by November 15 to pave the way for the elections, which are overdue for more than two years. Official sources maintained that as preparations for the rural body polls are in final stage, the urban body elections will be held after the panchayat elections in February next year. Preparations have started to hold elections to three municipal corporations and 105 municipalities and NACs in the State. Elections to Sambalpur and Rourkela municipal corporations will not be held because of court cases. Announcing the decision, Urban Development Minister Pratap Jena said the move of the government will enable the State Election Commission (SEC) to take steps for preparation of the electoral roll and holding of elections to municipal corporations, municipalities and CONTINUED ON: P5 NACs. NCP minister Nawab Malik on Monday alleged that Wankhede is Muslim by birth and that his father is Dawood K Wankhede and mother is Zabida Begum Bano prising two inspector-level officers, will record the statements of Wankhede and others. It will also analyse the evidence given by Sail and submit its report to the DG of NCB. “We will check the facts of the case before taking a decision over Sameer Wankhede’s suspensions,” said Gyaneshwar Singh. According to Sail’s affidavit, Gosavi and D’souza demanded `25 crore from SRK on the behest of Wankhede. He said they were ready to settle at `18 crore, out of which `8 crore was given to Wankhede and the rest would be distributed between them. Following the explosive charges, the Maharashtra government on Monday decided to give security to Sail. Meanwhile Gosavi, who had gone missing, surfaced on Monday to deny the allegation leveled by Sail. Gosavi said there is a threat to his life in Mumbai but he can’t trust the Mumbai police. Therefore, he said he will surrender in Uttar Pradesh. On his part, Wankhede had approached a session court with the plea that no action should be taken on Sail’s allegations. However, the court rejected his plea saying the matter is already in the high court. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that D’souza does money laundering for Wankhede. E x p r e s s r ea d Ex-players rally behind Shami after ‘abuse’ Chennai: India’s Mohd Shami was the victim of targetted abuse by a section of Indian fans after the team lost to Pakistan on Sunday. Other fans and former cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag offered their support to the pacer on social media | P11 Part of Gobinda’s confession admissible in court: DIG Bhubaneswar: Gobinda Sahu, the main accused in the Mamita Meher murder case, led police to certain key evidences from the crime scheme in Mahaling Stadium at Kalahandi which helped them build a strong case against him and his accomplice Radhe Tandi, investigators said on Monday | P4 Jab-o-meter Take your shot October 24 12,30,720 doses October 25 58,87,981 doses Total: 102,86,69,053 NATIONWIDE oct 24 oct 25 Fresh cases 15,906 14,306 Recoveries Deaths 16,479 18,762 561 443 tamil nadu oct 24 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 447 410 04 oct 25 425 360 03 billion dollar club CVC Capitals, RPSG spring a surprise; Adanis, United owners nudged out V e n k ata K r i s h n a B @ Chennai AFTER technical valuations, as the BCCI opened the bids to reveal the owners of the two new IPL owners, they were in for a huge surprise. According to sources involved, it got to a point where even the BCCI office-bearers’ jaws dropped when they opened the sealed envelopes. Each bid outweighed the other. In a bidding process where Adanis were expected to win comfortably and Glazers (Manchester United owners), All Cargo Logistics and Kotak group were involved, RPSG Ventures Ltd, a company headquartered in Kolkata, sprung the biggest surprise. Their bid for Lucknow was astonishingly high — `7,090 crores ($940 mn). RPSG Ventures are not new to IPL. They owned the now defunct Pune franchise. The CVC Capital Partners, headquatered in Luxembourg, was the other surprise. It outbid Adanis and will now own the Ahmedabad team. Their offer stood at `5,625 crores ($750 mn). To put the values in perspec- CVC capital partners According to its website, it’s a $125 bn (`1 lakh crore) private equity and credit firm that manages funds on behalf of 300 investors from North America, Europe, Asia and Middle East. Recently, it acquired roughly 11 per cent of La Liga’s TV rights (50 years) in exchange of €2.1bn. tive, when the IPL began in 2008, Mumbai Indians were the costliest franchise at $111.9 mn (`840 at current dollar rate). The huge sums that were tabled — the lowest being the `4,128 crore by Glazers — is also a reflection of the brand’s growing popularity in the country as well as abroad. From a commercial point of view, it sits along side Premier League, La Liga and National Football League (NFL), though in terms of money IPL has a lot of catching up to do. Though 22 entities had picked the documents, only nine bidders were shortlisted after technical clearance in a meeting held in Dubai. It is understood the BCCI was expecting around `8,000 crores from the sale. Like other major leagues across the globe, TV broadcast rights are the major contributor to the IPL’s coffers. Currently, the BCCI gets around `58 crores per match from broadcast rights. Taking this as an indicator, the broadcast rights that is up for renewal is expected fetch in some insane amount. “The level of interest among the interested parties prove that IPL is among the most sought-after sporting leagues in the world. We had bids from different parts of the world and from parties with diverse portfolios wanting to make a foray into the world of sports,” said IPL Governing Council chair man Brijesh Patel. Like an existing franchise puts it, “Despite the controversies, the league has only grown. And in another 10 years, this sum will not look big because there is going to be constant cash flow. They will take time to breakeven.” P11
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