Fake News alert: ‘Mahasen’ cyclone rumours; equinox hoax resurfaces in Nagaland

Fake News alert: ‘Mahasen’ cyclone rumours; equinox hoax resurfaces in Nagaland

(Image Courtesy: pixabay.com) Morung Express News Dimapur | May 16 Here are snippets of two ‘breaking news’ presently going viral on various social media platform in Nagaland and other places: “Tropical cyclone Mahasen is expected to hit northeast India in the next 72 hours with heavy rains and thunderstorms expected in the region. On May […]

Renamed fake accounts spreading political bias on Facebook

Renamed fake accounts spreading political bias on Facebook

Nishant Arora New Delhi, April 4 (IANS): Barely a week away from when the world’s largest democracy goes to the polls, the fake news factories on Facebook and its owned WhatsApp have become active like never before as the social media giant scrambles for solutions which are few and far between. The game on Facebook is […]

Did Facebook downplay BJP-linked fake accounts?

Did Facebook downplay BJP-linked fake accounts?

Facebook logo is reflected in glasses in this picture illustration taken April 1, 2019. (REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro/Illustration) Did Facebook went the extra mile to find the link associated with Congress, while it does not find it necessary to investigate further to find the BJP link in the case of Silver Touch, which ran the BJP-leaning Facebook […]

Trump made 8,158 false or misleading claims in two years

Trump made 8,158 false or misleading claims in two years

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses state, local, and community leaders as he hosts a “roundtable discussion on border security and safe communities” in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on January 11, 2019. (REUTERS/Leah Millis File Photo) Washington, January 22 (IANS):  Two years after taking the oath of office, US President Donald Trump has made […]

Fake news crackdown: Twitter users to see drop in followers

Fake news crackdown: Twitter users to see drop in followers

 People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter. (Reuters File Photo)   New Delhi, July 11 (IANS): In a bid to encourage healthy conversation and fight fake accounts on Twitter, the micro-blogging website on Wednesday announced to remove locked accounts – which are disabled owing to suspicious activity – from follower […]

‘Horrified’ at lynchings, will sanitise our platform: WhatsApp responds to Centre

‘Horrified’ at lynchings, will sanitise our platform: WhatsApp responds to Centre

A man poses with a smartphone in front of displayed Whatsapp logo in this illustration September 14, 2017. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo) Seeks help from Indian experts to fight misinformation    New Delhi, July 4 (IANS): Taking cognisance of the Indian government’s concerns over the misuse of its platform for repeated circulation of provocative content, Facebook-owned […]

Government warns WhatsApp against misuse of its platform

Government warns WhatsApp against misuse of its platform

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS): The government has asked WhatsApp to take immediate action to end the menace of spreading messages that impact the country’s law and order situation and ensure that the platform is not used for such malafide activities, an official statement said here on Tuesday. “Instances of lynching of innocent people have been […]

India drops plan to punish journalists for ‘fake news’ following outcry

India drops plan to punish journalists for ‘fake news’ following outcry

Ravish Kumar, journalist and senior executive editor at NDTV, addresses a group of journalists at the Press Club of India in New Delhi, India, April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Saumya Khandelwal   NEW DELHI, April 3 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday ordered the withdrawal of rules punishing journalists held responsible for distributing “fake news”, […]

India withdraws move to crack down on journalists publishing fake news

India withdraws move to crack down on journalists publishing fake news

Television journalists report from the premises of India’s Parliament in New Delhi, India, February 13, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/File Photo   NEW DELHI, April 3 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ordered the withdrawal of a move to crack down on journalists responsible for distributing fake news, a senior government official said on Tuesday.   […]

Fake news is still here, despite efforts by Google & Facebook

Associated Press Nearly a year after Facebook and Google launched offensives against fake news, they’re still inadvertently promoting it — often at the worst possible times.   Online services designed to engross users aren’t so easily retooled to promote greater accuracy, it turns out. Especially with online trolls, pranksters and more malicious types scheming to […]