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COVID-19: India tells social media firms to sanitise platforms

New Delhi: Witnessing a huge surge in fake news and misinformation related to new coronavirus (COVID-19) on social media platforms in India, the government has issued an advisory to them, saying it is pertinent on their part to control spread of misinformation on their platforms. The government wrote to top social media companies including Facebook, […]

Huge surge in fake corona news on Facebook, WhatsApp bleeds India

New Delhi: The massive surge in fake news, videos, GIFs and authentic-looking government notifications related to new coronavirus (COVID-19) in India has left millions of users, civil society members, journalists and authorities completely baffled and cornered, starting with panic buying across the country. Two top physicians in the country — Medanta Medicity’s Dr Naresh Trehan […]

Coronavirus: Fake news makes disease outbreaks worse

London: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has claimed over 1,300 lives in China and the rise of fake news could be making disease outbreaks worse, say researchers, adding that efforts to stop people sharing false news, misinformation and harmful advice on social media could save lives. Researchers from UK’s University of East Anglia (UEA) focused on […]

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WhatsApp traceability: Facebook offers alternative ways to help India

New Delhi: With India pressing for traceability of WhatsApp messages to check the spread of fake news, Nick Clegg, Facebook Vice President, Global Affairs and Communications, has offered alternative ways to help the country, without any reference towards tracing the origin of the WhatsApp messages. WhatsApp had categorically said in the past that the government’s demand […]

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Internet to remain suspended in Kashmir due to fake videos

New Delhi: With fake videos emanating from Pakistan purporting to show human rights violations and violence in Kashmir in an effort to fan popular discontent in the region, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that internet services in the state are unlikely to be restored anytime soon. In view of Pakistan’s “intensified and insidious efforts via […]

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How these J&K officers are fighting fake news on Kashmir – 3 min read

Srinagar:  With a full-fledged information war breaking out following the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution that gave Jammu and Kashmir special status, several officers of the state have put themselves on the front line of fighting fake news propaganda, mostly emanating from Pakistan. Among the officers of Jammu and Kashmir busting fake news, […]