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Centre seeks details of algorithm processes used by Facebook amid hate speech allegations
India

Centre seeks details of algorithm processes used by Facebook amid hate speech allegations

The move assumes significance as a series of reports recently citing internal documents showed "a struggle with misinformation, hate speech and celebrations of violence" in India - Facebook's biggest market with over 40 crore users

How heavy internet usage and poor digital literacy made India world’s top source of misinformation on COVID-19
India

How heavy internet usage and poor digital literacy made India world’s top source of misinformation on COVID-19

An international study showed that India (15.94 percent), the US (9.74 percent), Brazil (8.57 percent) and Spain (8.03 percent) are the four most misinformation-affected countries

Does COVID-19 related fake news actually alter people's behaviours? A new study has some answers
Lifestyle

Does COVID-19 related fake news actually alter people's behaviours? A new study has some answers

Reseachers found that fake stories did seem to change people’s behaviour, but not dramatically so.

EU to beef up disinformation code to prevent digital ad companies from profiting off of 'fake news'
News & Analysis

EU to beef up disinformation code to prevent digital ad companies from profiting off of 'fake news'

The EU calls for digital platforms and ad companies to share information on advertisements that any of them reject for promoting disinformation.

WhatsApp had a grievance officer in India even before new IT rules came into effect: How to register complaint
News & Analysis

WhatsApp had a grievance officer in India even before new IT rules came into effect: How to register complaint

Many foreign social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are yet to appoint a grievance officer based out of India for users to raise a complaint with them.

Congress writes to Twitter, seeks 'manipulated media' tag on 'toolkit' tweets of 11 Union ministers
India

Congress writes to Twitter, seeks 'manipulated media' tag on 'toolkit' tweets of 11 Union ministers

Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged that the "forged, fabricated material" and claims made under #CongressToolkitExposed by various Union ministers are identical to the material that has already been marked as 'manipulated media' by Twitter

Stand validated, says Congress as Twitter labels COVID toolkit tweets 'manipulative media'; Centre demands removal of tag
India

Stand validated, says Congress as Twitter labels COVID toolkit tweets 'manipulative media'; Centre demands removal of tag

The government, while asking Twitter to remove the tag, made it clear that the social media platform cannot pass judgment when the issue is under investigation.

Fake videos, misinformation on social media inflame Israeli-Palestinian conflict
World

Fake videos, misinformation on social media inflame Israeli-Palestinian conflict

A video shared by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesperson purportedly of Palestinian militants firing rockets at Israelis from civilian areas in Gaza Strip was taken down by Twitter, as it was a 2018 clip from Syria or Libya

Lemon juice doesn't prevent COVID-19, misinformation abounds on social media in India
India

Lemon juice doesn't prevent COVID-19, misinformation abounds on social media in India

Much of the misinformation travels on WhatsApp, which has more than 400 million users in India.

Australian PM urges Facebook to lift its blockage, warns that other countries would follow the govt's example
News & Analysis

Australian PM urges Facebook to lift its blockage, warns that other countries would follow the govt's example

Prime Minister Scott Morrison described Facebook’s move to prevent Australians accessing and sharing news as a threat.

M Venkaiah Naidu favours moderation while using social media to prevent abuse, calls for ending farmers' stir
Politics

M Venkaiah Naidu favours moderation while using social media to prevent abuse, calls for ending farmers' stir

Asserting that he was against controlling social media, the Vice President of India said such effective platforms should not be misused and abused, and social media should not be allowed to be converted into theatres of war

Centre, Twitter India get SC notice on plea seeking mechanism to regulate content spreading hate
India

Centre, Twitter India get SC notice on plea seeking mechanism to regulate content spreading hate

The plea has also sought directions to make a law as per which an action can be initiated against Twitter and their representatives in India for willfully abetting and promoting anti-India tweets and penalise them, as well as to conduct KYC for all social media handles in India

AFP fact check: Doctored photo of Rihanna with Pakistani flag goes viral after singer tweets supporting farmers' protest
India

AFP fact check: Doctored photo of Rihanna with Pakistani flag goes viral after singer tweets supporting farmers' protest

AFP reported that the original photo was published on the official Twitter account of ICC on 1 July, 2019, which shows Rihanna holding a flag with the official logo of the West Indies cricket team

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Organisers say Summer Games cancellation report fake news
Sports

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Organisers say Summer Games cancellation report fake news

The comments, less than 200 days before the postponed Games start in July, come with greater Tokyo under a state of emergency over a spike in coronavirus cases and with countries around the world battling outbreaks.

New York Times says its podcast ‘Caliphate’ didn’t meet standards, term it an 'institutional failing'
World

New York Times says its podcast ‘Caliphate’ didn’t meet standards, term it an 'institutional failing'

The series had won a Peabody Award, the first ever for a podcast produced by the newspaper, but within hours administrators said The New York Times would return the award

A year since the pandemic: Waves of fake news spread misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine
science

A year since the pandemic: Waves of fake news spread misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine

Some conspiracy theorists believe that the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax or part of an elite plan, masterminded by the likes of Bill Gates, to control the population.

At judiciary committee hearing, senators take sharper aim at Facebook and Twitter
World

At judiciary committee hearing, senators take sharper aim at Facebook and Twitter

Mark Zuckerberg fielded the majority of the inquiries with 71, and Jack Dorsey was asked 56 questions

Facebook's long and halting fight against misinformation: A timeline of six years
News & Analysis

Facebook's long and halting fight against misinformation: A timeline of six years

Here are some of the biggest steps and missteps Facebook has taken in the fight against misinformation since 2016

Two Rajasthan scribes booked for reporting Congress MLAs' 'phone tapping' during Pilot-Gehlot power tussle
Politics

Two Rajasthan scribes booked for reporting Congress MLAs' 'phone tapping' during Pilot-Gehlot power tussle

As per the FIR, Sharat Kumar of Rajasthan Tak and Lokendra Singh, who manages Sachin Pilot's press releases on social media, have been accused of fabricating the news report

Facebook is failing in global disinformation battle, claims former employee
World

Facebook is failing in global disinformation battle, claims former employee

Facebook was “largely motivated by PR,” wrote Sophie Zhang, who added that “the civic aspect was discounted because of its small volume, its disproportionate impact ignored.”