Fake News Is Rampant on WhatsApp as Indian Elections Loom

That’s the headline on my newest story, out yesterday. It begins: NEW DELHI — In India, viral fake news is lighting up Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp messaging app as the world’s biggest democracy prepares for national elections in the coming weeks. Efforts by WhatsApp and the government to stop the spread of misinformation are having little […]

India’s Newest Internet Users Are Addicted to These Apps From China

That’s the headline on my latest story, out yesterday. It begins: NEW DELHI—Some of China’s quirkiest social-media firms are signing up hundreds of millions of consumers in India, tech’s biggest untapped market, looking to capture users who aren’t already locked into Facebook , Twitter or other American apps. Chinese content-sharing apps such as Bigo Inc.’s […]

India Wants Facebook to Curb Fake News Ahead of Elections

That’s the headline of my most recent story, which I wrote with my colleague Rajesh Roy. It begins: NEW DELHI—India is pushing Facebook Inc. to do more to combat fake news ahead of coming national elections, underscoring global scrutiny on the social-media titan. A closed Indian parliamentary panel on Wednesday asked Joel Kaplan, the company’s […]

My Latest Page One Story: U.S. Campaign Against Huawei Runs Aground

That’s the headline on a Page One story I wrote with my colleagues Rajesh Roy and Dustin Volz. It ran online Thursday and in Friday’s paper. It begins: Washington has hit an unlikely roadblock in its extraordinary global push to sideline China’s Huawei Technologies Co.: the world’s biggest democracy, India. Policy makers and telecommunications firms […]

Amazon, Facebook and Walmart Need to Watch Their Backs in India

That’s the headline on a story I wrote Tuesday with my colleague Rajesh Roy. It begins: Hoping to match China’s success at protecting and promoting homegrown tech titans, India has plans to continue tightening restrictions on Amazon.com Inc., Walmart Inc., Facebook Inc. and other foreign firms that have come to dominate the country’s budding internet […]

Foxconn Looks Beyond China to India for iPhone Assembly

That’s the headline on a story I wrote yesterday with my colleagues Yang Jie, Yoko Kubota, and Rajesh Roy. It begins: Apple Inc.’s largest iPhone assembler, Foxconn Technology Group, is considering producing the devices in India, people familiar with the matter said, a move that could reduce Apple’s dependence on China for manufacturing and potentially […]

India Wants Access to Encrypted WhatsApp Messages

That’s the headline on my most recent story, out Tuesday and in Wednesday’s print WSJ. It begins: NEW DELHI— Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp is facing pressure in India to let authorities trace and read the encrypted messages of its more than 200 million Indian users in a new attempt at constraining global tech giants. India’s telecommunications […]

Amazon, Walmart Foiled as India Tightens E-Commerce Rules

That’s the headline of a story I wrote Thursday with my colleague Corinne Abrams. It begins: India is tightening restrictions on foreign e-commerce companies operating in the country, in a new challenge to Amazon.com Inc. and Walmart Inc. as they bet billions on the nascent market. Current rules forbid non-Indian online sellers from holding their […]