On the same day, two eye-popping lead editorials in ‘The Times of India’ and ‘The Economic Times’ tell a tale of conflict of interest

The Times of India group’s outer facade is of a free-market champion where more is merrier, and only the fittest survive.

But, deep down, the flame of swadeshi and protectionism burn brightly, especially in areas where the media house’s growing digital interests are at stake.

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The lead editorial in today’s ToI wants India to follow the US in data protection on TikTok.

The Chinese video sharing app has constantly been under the glare of The Times group, and Times Internet launched the imaginatively named TakaTak after it was banned by the government.

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And the lead editorial in The Economic Times today wants Google to play by Indian rules. ET fires from the shoulder of the Chinese-backed PayTM, which is a Times client in more ways than one.

TOI has led the media charge against Google and Facebook, demanding that the tech majors pay for content.

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