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    Facebook building war room ahead of Brazil, US elections to tackle fake news

    San Francisco: To tackle the spread of misinformation and fake news, Facebook is building a war room at its headquarters in California for both Brazil and the US midterm elections. It will have people from different teams — from engineering, threat intelligence, data science, policy, legal — and will serve as a command centre for Facebook to make real-time decisions, the social media giant said in a blog post on Wednesday.

  • Mark Zuckerberg seeks more time to fix Facebook

    San Francisco: As countries over the world including India face elections amid the spread of fake news and political interference on social media platforms, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has asked for some more time to fix his network that has over two billion users.

  • Facebook didn’t do enough to check fake news and prevent abuse, says Mark Zuckerberg

    Washington: “We didn’t do enough, we didn’t focus enough on preventing abuse and thinking through how people could use these tools to do harm as well. And that goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, hate speech, in addition to developers and data privacy,” Mark  Zuckerberg said.

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    WhatsApp to hold training sessions to curb fake news

    New Delhi: After being asked by the central government to take steps to stop the spread of disinformation on its platform, WhatsApp on Wednesday roped in New Delhi-based non-profit Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) to create awareness among its users about the need to verify information.

  • WhatsApp rejects India’s plea to trace origin of fake messages spreading rumours, cites privacy of users

    New Delhi: WhatsApp has rejected India’s demand for a solution to track the origin of messages on its platform, saying building traceability will undermine end-to-end encryption and affect privacy protection for users. Emphasising that people use its platform for all kinds of “sensitive conversations”, the Facebook-owned company said the focus is on educating people about misinformation.

  • Kerala Rains: Suresh Kochattil who said floods only affected the rich, a social media member of BJP IT cell

    Mumbai: At a time Kerala is grappling with a crisis of alarming proportions, certain right wing outfits have been churning out ‘fake news’ to undermine the huge relief effort that is underway. ‘Incidentally, one such ‘fake news’ was noticed on the official Facebook page of the RSS, wherein on August 11, an old image of Sewa Bharati workers was posted, showing them engaged in current flood relief work.

  • Team of engineer and lawyer to monitor news which are ‘biased and fake’

    Mumbai: An aeronautical engineer from Mumbai and a Delhi-based lawyer have come together to set up a group, which will monitor news reports and social media posts that are “biased and fake” and take necessary action. The organisation, “India Against Bias Media” (IABM), has been formed by Vipul Saxena, an aeronautical engineer, and Vibhor Anand, a Supreme Court lawyer.

  • Facebook to remove posts and misinformation that spur violence

    San Francisco: Accused of helping to spur violence in countries like Myanmar, Sri Lanka and India, Facebook has said it will begin removing misinformation that leads to violence and physical harm. Currently, Facebook bans content that directly calls for violence but the new policy will cover fake news that has the potential to stir up physical harm, CNET reported late on Wednesday.

  • WhatsApp Controversy: Social media app caught in lynching storm

    Social media is a very powerful tool and it can both work in positive and negative ways. Today, WhatsApp messenger application has become a necessary tool for everybody for communication, however, a negative aspect of this social media application has now come out, which has become a new controversy in our country.

  • Google teaches kids to spot fake news, stay safe online

    Gurugram: In a world with increasing cases of cyber bullying, fake news and other unsafe practices on the Internet, Google on Thursday concluded a summer educational programme that taught young children how to make use of the Internet in a productive way.

  • Google announces training programme for journalists

    New Delhi: Technology giant Google today announced the launch of a training programme for journalists, aimed at raising awareness against misinformation and providing new tools to the fourth estate against fake news.

  • Fake News: Facebook unveils three-pronged strategy to fight back

    San Francisco: To stop false news from spreading on its platform, Facebook has said it put in place a three-pronged strategy that constitutes removing accounts and content that violate its policies, reducing distribution of inauthentic content and informing people by giving them more context on the posts they see.

  • Social media should not be misused: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee  

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today cautioned people over the misuse of social media. The social media should not be used to spread negativity or fake news, Banerjee said on the occasion of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day today.

  • West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee urges people to exercise caution on fake news

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today asked the people to exercise caution on news items being circulated on the social media as in many cases they are fake. Speaking at a gathering of cable TV operators here, Banerjee asked them to stay vigilant and urged them not to beam news items involving communal violence that can fuel trouble and unrest elsewhere.

  • Facebook partners BOOM to spot false news; starts pilot in Karnataka

    New Delhi: Social networking giant Facebook is introducing a third-party fact-checking programme in India to combat the spread of “false news” on its platform, starting with a pilot in Karnataka, which goes to polls next month.

  • Why Narendra Modi government has a problem with media

    Last week, the Modi government had a Trumpian moment. In a debate reminiscent of the battle between President Donald Trump and the mainstream media in the US – Trump often blames the ‘crooked’ media for all his problems as president – the Smriti Irani-headed Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry announced a notification that the government would suspend the accreditation of journalists found producing fake news. The notification had also proposed amended guidelines