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  • Budweiser employee pissing in beer tanks for 12 years? It's not true Jul 02, 2020 04:30 PM IST

    Budweiser employee pissing in beer tanks for 12 years? It's not true

    As soon as the story was up on the web, it spread its tentacles on social media, where people love to hover but don’t bother to read

  • Scrapping broadband and mobile internet services in Kashmir: MHA says tweet circulating in name of Amit Shah is fake Jun 30, 2020 08:11 PM IST

    Scrapping broadband and mobile internet services in Kashmir: MHA says tweet circulating in name of Amit Shah is fake

    The fake tweet that was being circulated on social media in the name of Amit Shah, read: “Fixed Line Broadband and Mobile Internet services to be snapped in the UTs Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh from tonight.”

  • Twitter removes China-linked accounts spreading false news Jun 12, 2020 07:35 PM IST

    Twitter removes China-linked accounts spreading false news

    The network was engaged “in a range of coordinated and manipulated activities" in predominantly Chinese languages, including praise for China's response to the coronavirus pandemic and “deceptive narratives” about Hong Kong pro-democracy protests, the company said.

  • NAM Summit | PM Narendra Modi stresses India’s positive role and calls for global co-operation May 08, 2020 02:10 PM IST

    NAM Summit | PM Narendra Modi stresses India’s positive role and calls for global co-operation

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has effectively used platforms available to India to make a case that instead of nations becoming more and more inward looking, global engagement should be the norm

  • Tourism Ministry quashes rumours of hotels, restaurants being shut till October 15 Apr 22, 2020 09:41 PM IST

    Tourism Ministry quashes rumours of hotels, restaurants being shut till October 15

    A fake message was being circulated across platforms claiming that the government has announced the closure of restaurants and hotels till October 15.

  • Highs and lows for the bureaucracy in the fight against COVID-19 in Maharashtra Apr 22, 2020 12:12 PM IST

    Highs and lows for the bureaucracy in the fight against COVID-19 in Maharashtra

    A crisis of this magnitude is a challenge for the best of administrators. That is why the success in this fight squarely lies on the administrative acumen of each state

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Vietnam introduces 'fake news' fines for COVID-19 misinformation Apr 15, 2020 10:48 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Vietnam introduces 'fake news' fines for COVID-19 misinformation

    The first COVID-19 cases were detected in Vietnam this January and the health ministry has reported 267 infections so far with no deaths.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | How a conspiracy theory fueled arson and harassment in Britain Apr 11, 2020 01:17 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | How a conspiracy theory fueled arson and harassment in Britain

    The false theory linking 5G to the coronavirus has been especially prominent, amplified by celebrities like John Cusack and Woody Harrelson on social media

  • Politics | In Maharashtra’s COVID-19 response, CM Uddhav Thackeray disproves his critics Apr 10, 2020 01:15 PM IST

    Politics | In Maharashtra’s COVID-19 response, CM Uddhav Thackeray disproves his critics

    Uddhav Thackeray has had a grip on the health crisis in the state right from the first week. Alongside he has also managed to paper over the cracks within his own government

  • COVID-19 Pandemic | Understanding regional disparity is a key to fight the virus Mar 27, 2020 10:09 AM IST

    COVID-19 Pandemic | Understanding regional disparity is a key to fight the virus

    There is a threat that the pandemic can reinforce the regional inequalities with possibilities of scarring society forever, if not handled in a just manner.

  • Coronavirus pandemic: Maneka Gandhi urges health dept to not spread panic about touching animals Mar 13, 2020 02:22 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic: Maneka Gandhi urges health dept to not spread panic about touching animals

    The BJP leader claimed that due to advisories urging people not to go near live animals, chicken and egg consumption in the country has gone down

  • Delhi HC seeks Centre's stand on plea for removal of fake news, hate speech circulated on social media Mar 11, 2020 11:25 AM IST

    Delhi HC seeks Centre's stand on plea for removal of fake news, hate speech circulated on social media

    A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar also issued notice to Facebook, Google and Twitter on the plea which has sought details about the designated officers of these platforms.

  • COVID-19: Not just the virus, watch out for fake news and cyberattacks too Mar 09, 2020 08:44 PM IST

    COVID-19: Not just the virus, watch out for fake news and cyberattacks too

    According to a report by Check Point Threat Intelligence 2020, there are over 4000 coronavirus related domains registered globally with 3 percent of them malicious.

  • Social Media | It’s time to be accountable Feb 24, 2020 01:49 PM IST

    Social Media | It’s time to be accountable

    The new clause in India’s proposed amendment of the Information Technology Act puts the onus on social media companies for non-user generated content shared on their platforms, hoping to curb circulation of misinformation, abusive and objectionable content.

  • Concerned about abuse of platforms for fake news, porn; cos should be accountable: Ravi Shankar Prasad Feb 06, 2020 12:51 PM IST

    Concerned about abuse of platforms for fake news, porn; cos should be accountable: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Minister for Law and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said the issue of fake news is a worry, and added that there are "serious parliamentary concerns" about internet being abused for child pornography. He also asserted that identification of originator of messages was still a problem with regard to WhatsApp.

  • Politics | Taiwan shows how to check Chinese influence Jan 21, 2020 01:38 PM IST

    Politics | Taiwan shows how to check Chinese influence

    The push by Taiwan’s civil society and youth against China’s influence in its domestic affairs and national politics has lessons for India which has to get more wary of its eastern neighbour and its ways.

  • MHA asks States, UTs to check violence, circulation of fake news Dec 16, 2019 07:51 PM IST

    MHA asks States, UTs to check violence, circulation of fake news

    In an advisory issued by the ministry, it said that it was "imperative" that all measures are taken by the state and Union territories to ensure the safety of citizens.

  • Politics | The JNU protest illustrates the glaring socio-economic divide in India Nov 20, 2019 08:57 AM IST

    Politics | The JNU protest illustrates the glaring socio-economic divide in India

    Governments at the Centre have seldom been at ease with JNU because of its politically-active and socially-conscious student community.

  • Privacy | The Supreme Court stands between Indians and a surveillance state Oct 29, 2019 01:59 PM IST

    Privacy | The Supreme Court stands between Indians and a surveillance state

    The government argues that the surveillance it proposes is required to fight the use of social media for terrorism, anti-national activities, pornography, spreading of fake news and other negative tendencies. However, should this be at the cost of individual privacy of every Indian?

  • Policy | A solution to end the Internet privacy vs accountability impasse Sep 27, 2019 10:01 AM IST

    Policy | A solution to end the Internet privacy vs accountability impasse

    The government could transform the way WhatsApp is used by demanding smaller group sizes. This will constrain the spread of fake news and at the same time stick to Zuckerberg’s ‘privacy-focused’ vision of the platform being the ‘digital equivalent of the living room’.

  • Take down Pak-operated Twitter accounts that are triggering turmoil in Kashmir: Centre Aug 13, 2019 02:10 PM IST

    Take down Pak-operated Twitter accounts that are triggering turmoil in Kashmir: Centre

    On August 11, a “malicious” tweet was shared from the Twitter verified handle of Pakistani journalist Wajahat Saeed Khan

  • PM Modi’s promise of Rs 15 lakh for everyone: Rumours make people rush to open accounts Aug 01, 2019 03:07 PM IST

    PM Modi’s promise of Rs 15 lakh for everyone: Rumours make people rush to open accounts

    What apparently triggered the sudden rush and interest in opening accounts with the Indian post office was a falsified news report

  • PIB plans a fact-checking unit to counter fake news Jul 03, 2019 12:47 PM IST

    PIB plans a fact-checking unit to counter fake news

    Countering fake news has been high on the government’s agenda; in 2016; the MIB suggested expanding its analytics wing to monitor social media and set up an early warning system for possible flashpoints that the government may be unprepared for.

  • Instagram to soon let users appeal against post take-downs in its app May 10, 2019 01:36 PM IST

    Instagram to soon let users appeal against post take-downs in its app

    Instagram stated that, initially, the company would let users appeal against posts that contain nudity.

  • Reporter's Take | WhatsApp launches new feature to fight fake news Apr 03, 2019 02:57 PM IST

    Reporter's Take | WhatsApp launches new feature to fight fake news

    Stanford Masters gets in conversation with Moneycontrol's Vaibhavi Khanwalkar to find out more about the new feature.

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