Current Affairs - April, 2019

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India finishes Asian Wrestling Championships 2019 with 16 medals

India finished Asian Wrestling Championships tournament held in Xian, China with a total of 16 medals which included eight (one gold, three silver and four bronze) won by men’s freestyle wrestlers, four bronze by women and three silver and one bronze by Greco-Roman wrestlers.

Key Highlights

India bagged two silver medals in Asian Wrestling Championships in Xian, China in men’s Greco-Roman category.

Wrestler Gurpreet Singh finished with second spot and won India a silver medal in Greco-Roman 77kg category after facing a 0-8 defeat by Hyeonwoo Kim of Korea in the finale.

Sunil Kumar in men’s 87kg category, registered victory in semi finale bout against Azamat Kustubayev of Kazakhstan with 6-6 but defeated by Hossein Ahmad Nouri of Iran in final clash.

India’s Greco-Roman wrestlers performed better than last edition where they clinched only a couple of bronze medals by Rajender Kumar (55kg) and Harpreet Singh (82kg).

Harpreet Singh won silver in 82kg after defeating Iran’s Saeid Morad Abdvali. while Gyanender won bronze in 60kg after beating Jui Chi Huang of Taipeion final day.

Only Bajrang Punia won gold medal after defeating Kazakhstan’s Sayatbek Okassov by 12-7 in 65kg men’s free style.

Asian Wrestling Championships

It is Wrestling Asian Championship organized by Asian Associated Wrestling Committee (AAWC). In 1979 men’s tournament began and in 1996 women’s tournament was first staged, after that it is held every year.

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Facebook announces ban on Personality Quiz Apps on its platform

Facebook announced ban on personality quiz apps on its platform. The decision is taken after last years Cambridge Analytica Scandal, which helped researcher’s to access personal information of about 87 million facebooks users by using quiz app “thisisyourdigitallife”. Such move is part of broader crackdown by Facebook on dubious developers.

Key Highlights

  • Facebook is updating its platform policies to include provisions that apps with minimal utility, such as personality quizzes, may not be permitted on the platform.
  • The apps may not ask for data that doesn’t enrich the in-app, user experience on the social media platform.
  • It includes removing access to number of application programming interfaces (APIs), updating platform policies, regularly evaluating app’s access to user permissions. It will also lock down older (APIs) from accessing user data.
  • If user has previously approved permissions which app has not used or accessed in past 90 days may be considered expired and access to such expired permissions will be revoked. It will also periodically review, audit and remove permissions that older apps have not used.

Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Cambridge University (UK) researcher Aleksandr Kogan and his company Global Science Research created an app called “thisisyourdigitallife” in 2014. It paid its users to give psychological test and app collected data. It also collected data on person’s Facebook friends. A. Kogan further passed this data to British political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica, thus millions of Facebook profiles were mined for data. Later, Kogan with Cambridge Analytica created software solution to help influence choices in elections.

US 2016 Election Mendeling: Facebook data was also used to develop “psychographic” (means, qualitative methodology used to describe consumers on psychological attributes) profiles of people and deliver pro-Trump material to them online during 2016 US Presidential elections.

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