After data breach by Cambridge Analytica, India to have own Facebook-type social networking site

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Mahindra Group chief Anand Mahindra invites plans from Indian start-ups to develop a social media company which will be completely managed and controlled by Indians

The Hush Post: Ever since the revelations about data breach by the British data analyst company Cambridge Analytical, the users of social networking sites across the globe are apprehensive. A fear psychosis has also gripped the Indians as its two main political parties –the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress– are blaming each other for the alleged data leak.

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In the wake of the recent developments, the Mahindra Group led by its chief Anand Mahinder has started mulling over the idea to develop a social media networking site that is be completely managed and controlled by Indians.

Anand Mahindra has even invited plans from Indian start-ups to develop a social media company which will be completely managed and controlled by Indians. Mahindra, an active user of micro-social networking site Twitter has even offered to assist with a seed capital to fund a social media start-up that rivals Facebook, FE online reported on Tuesday.

Anand Mahindra later announced in the form of an upload on Twitter that he has received several responses, suggestions and proposals in reply to his invite. He even directed the interested parties to copy their tweets to his colleague Jaspreet Bindra who he said will work along with him on this exploration, the daily reported.

Britain-based data analyst company Cambridge Analytica has been accused of using Facebook data to influence the results of the 2016 US presidential election and the Brexit vote. In India also, two main rival parties – BJP and Congress – are constantly battling and accusing each other of having a common connection with the UK-based firm, the report said.

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