Fake News

News:Recently,twenty countries including France, Britain and India has signed an agreement at the UN to stop the spread of fake news online. Facts: The agreement was initiated by the Reporters Without Borders(RSF), a press freedom watchdog. The signatory countries committed to promoting independently reported, diverse and reliable information. The agreement also underlined the responsibility of… Continue reading Fake News

Fighting fake news: can social media be kept on a leash?

Social media platform Facebook has said that the company is assessing risk across its platforms to help ensure that the Lok Sabha election was free from interference from both foreign and domestic. Facebook had focussed on key areas which includes (a)blocking and removing fake accounts (b)fighting the spread of misinformation (c)stopping abuse by domestic actors… Continue reading Fighting fake news: can social media be kept on a leash?

55% internet users scared of airing political views: report

According to the India Digital News Report, published by Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, 55% of sampled English Internet users in India are concerned that open political expression online could get them into trouble with the authorities. Respondents have low trust in news overall (36%), however; interestingly express higher levels of trust in… Continue reading 55% internet users scared of airing political views: report

Guard against misuse, social media platforms told

The parliamentary panel on information technology asked social media platforms such as Facebook,Instagram and WhatsApp to ensure that their platforms are not misused to (a)spread fake news (b)incite violence (c)pose a threat to India’s security or (d)to let foreign powers meddle in the upcoming general election. Fake news is the deliberate creation of factually incorrect… Continue reading Guard against misuse, social media platforms told