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'Verify messages before forwarding them': PM Modi asks for fact checking to tackle fake news
India

'Verify messages before forwarding them': PM Modi asks for fact checking to tackle fake news

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that social media cannot be underestimated and that a small piece of fake news generated by it can create chaos

Be it gun-toting or pen-wielding, we have to defeat all forms of Naxalism: PM Modi
India

Be it gun-toting or pen-wielding, we have to defeat all forms of Naxalism: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasising on the internal security of the country, said India needs to defeat threats arising from Maoist

Centre blocks 45 videos from 10 YouTube channels for spreading fake news, inciting communal hatred
India

Centre blocks 45 videos from 10 YouTube channels for spreading fake news, inciting communal hatred

'Some of the videos blocked by the Ministry were being used to spread disinformation on issues related to Agnipath scheme, Indian Armed Forces, India's national security apparatus, Kashmir,' the official statement said

Explained: How fake news is being used to manipulate the vote in Brazil's election
World

Explained: How fake news is being used to manipulate the vote in Brazil's election

Disinformation during the elections has run wild in Brazil despite stricter rules and better policing introduced against fake news

J&K: Srinagar police issues advisory to journalists to not fall prey to sensationalism ahead of Indo-Pak cricket match
India

J&K: Srinagar police issues advisory to journalists to not fall prey to sensationalism ahead of Indo-Pak cricket match

The police requested that the media fraternity should not fall prey to sensationalism and should verify all sensitive news/videos/pictures, which have the potential of creating law and order situations

'Pre-bunking' shows promise in fight against misinformation and fake news, but what exactly is it?
News & Analysis

'Pre-bunking' shows promise in fight against misinformation and fake news, but what exactly is it?

Fact-checking isn’t enough to fight fake news and misinformation because the term itself has taken on political connotations. What would help is ‘pre-bunking,’ or teaching people to identify which news is fake, on their own.

Football 'super agent' Mino Raiola angered at media reports of his death
Sports

Football 'super agent' Mino Raiola angered at media reports of his death

When asked by AFP whether the reports were true, Raiola's agency said: "Mino is not dead, the stories are fake news". The agency would not reveal Raiola's whereabouts nor whether he was sick.

India blocks 22 YouTube news channels, including 4 Pakistan based, for spreading disinformation
India

India blocks 22 YouTube news channels, including 4 Pakistan based, for spreading disinformation

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting said the blocked YouTube channels had a cumulative viewership of more than 260 crore, and used logos of TV news channels and false thumbnails to mislead viewers

Beyond cute cat videos: How Russia is using TikTok to tell its story of the invasion
World

Beyond cute cat videos: How Russia is using TikTok to tell its story of the invasion

As Russian troops invade cities, armies of trolls are employed online to stir up anti-Ukraine sentiment. On TikTok, clever videos serve up Russian nationalism with a dash of humour

From Ghost of Kyiv to ‘crisis actors’: Debunking fake news from the Russia-Ukraine conflict
World

From Ghost of Kyiv to ‘crisis actors’: Debunking fake news from the Russia-Ukraine conflict

The two-week-long conflict has led to an overwhelming flow of information emanating from Russia and Ukraine; in several instances, the news has been misleading, with many sharing outlandish and bizarre claims on social media

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
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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.