Google purges 55M policy violating reviews from Maps in 2020

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February 19, 2021

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Washington, Feb 19: Google Maps has blocked or removed 55 million policy-violating reviews and nearly three million fake Business Profiles in 2020.

This is 20 million fewer reviews than it removed in 2019 as it saw a drop in the overall number of reviews due to fewer people being out and about during Covid-19.

"We took down more than 960,000 reviews and more than 300,000 Business Profiles that were reported to us by Google Maps users," Google said in a statement on Thursday.

The company said that it reviewed and removed more than 160 million photos and 3.5 million videos from Maps that either violated its policies or were of low quality.

"Our technologies and teams disabled more than 610,000 user accounts after detecting and investigating suspicious or policy-violating behaviour. We stopped more than 3 million attempts by bad actors to verify Business Profiles on Google that didn't belong to them," the tech giant informed.

Since Google started accepting contributed content in 2010, more than 970 million people have updated Maps in the form of reviews, photos, ratings and factual information like addresses and business hours.

"We also deploy thousands of trained operators and analysts who help with content evaluations that might be difficult for algorithms, such as understanding reviews with local slang," said Dan Pritchett, Principal Software Engineer, Google Maps.

Google said that as more people share their local knowledge on Maps, it will continue to invest in the policies, technologies and resources needed to make sure information is reliable.

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February 22,2021

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New Delhi, Feb 22: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday demanded an explanation from Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan for promoting Patanjali's Coronil Ayurvedic medicine.

"Being a Health Minister of the country, how justified is it to release such falsely fabricated unscientific product to people of the whole country and how ethical is it to promote the product in unethical, wrong and false ways," said Dr Jayalal, IMA national president.

"Let us not adulterate Ayurveda on the pretext of market gain to some monopoly corporate and create a disaster for humanity," IMA said.

IMA in the statement also said that it will write to National Medical Commission for seeking Suo moto explanation for the blatant disrespect to the code of conduct of the Medical Council of India.

As per the code of act of the Medical Council of India, it is unethical to promote any drug or to prescribe it without knowing its composition.

"It was claimed by Baba Ramdev along with Health Minister that the said Coronil Ayurvedic medicine has got WHO certification. This has been clearly denied by WHO in an official tweet. The said false and fabricated projection of an unscientific medicine by the Health Minister to the entire country and being rejected by WHO is a slap and insult to the people of the country," IMA statement reads.

The World Health Organization (WHO), however, clarified in a tweet that it has not reviewed or certified the efficacy of Patanjali's Covid-19. WHO's the regional office for South-East Asia posted on its official Twitter handle, "@WHO has not reviewed or certified the effectiveness of any traditional medicine for the treatment #Covidl9."

IMA also sought clarification on clinical trials from the health ministry.
"Being a Health Minister of the country and a modern medicine doctor, can you clarify the scientific results of the clinical trials, if any, for the so-called clinical trial of this said anti-corona product promoted by you?" it asked.

Founder of Patanjali Ayurved Limited Baba Ramdev launched Coronil, a medicine which he claims is the first evidence-based medicine for Covid-19.

Baba Ramdev also said this so-called Coronil to be used for prevention, treatment as well as post-Covid phase treatment. It was mentioned that the said medicine is the first evidence-based medicine.

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February 17,2021

Vijayapura, Feb 17: The BJP’s Karnataka unit chief Nalin Kumar Kateel said on Wednesday the Yediyurappa government might introduce a law against so called "love jihad" in the next assembly session.

"There is love jihad going on in the state. I am confident that in the next session our government will bring a law to control love jihad in the state," Kateel said after inaugurating the BJP state unit meet at the Kittur Rani Chennamma community building. 

In the recent past, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, both ruled by the BJP, have brought religious freedom laws to stop conversion through marriage or by any other fraudulent means.

 "Love Jihad" is a term used by right wing activists to refer to the alleged campaign of Muslims forcing Hindu girls to convert in the guise of love. Kateel said the state government has already fulfilled the long pending demand of ban on cow slaughter by bringing in a law in the previous legislature session.

Speaking about the administration of the BJP government in Karnataka, Kateel said Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has been striving hard to mop up more revenue.

The BJP government has made the state drug-free, he said and alleged that the previous Congress government ran on ''drug money''. 

"When the Congress government was ruling the state, they ran the administration using ''drug money'', whereas the Yediyurappa government made Karnataka drug-free," Kateel told the gathering.
 

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February 16,2021

Bengaluru, Feb 16: Former Governor of Bihar and Jharkhand M Rama Jois passes away on Tuesday at his residence in Bengaluru.

A former Rajya Sabha MP, the 88-year-old legal luminary who had also served as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, was suffering from age-related ailments, sources said.

Born on July 27, 1932, at Shivamogga, Mandagadde Rama Jois did his BA and Law degree.

He was associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh from the beginning.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa expressed grief over the demise. 

"Deeply saddened by the demise of Sri Rama Jois, a retired judge. He had also served as a governor and a Rajya Sabha MP. I pray to God to give his family strength to bear the loss. May his soul rest in peace. Om Shanti," he tweeted. 

Condoling the death, Karnataka Minister for Primary and Secondary Education S Suresh Kumar said in a tweet, "Justice M Rama Jois is no more. He passed away at 7.30 am today. May his soul rest in peace."

Udupi-Chikkamagaluru MP, Shobha Karandlaje too expressed her condolences.

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