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Twitter to submit replies to House Panel’s unanswered questions in 10 days
Mon, Feb 25, 2019
This was informed by Anurag Thakur, chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, after a nearly three-and-a-half-hour meeting with Global Vice President of Public Policy for Twitter Colin Crowell and other officials of the micro-blogging platform.
Facebook to give bonus to employees fighting against spread of misinformation, hate speech on its platform
Wed, Feb 06, 2019
This particular change is designed to ensure that we are incentivising people to keep making progress on the major social issues facing the internet and our company," the company said in a statement.
Beware, fake news merchants! Twitter set to identify wrongdoers
Fri, Jan 25, 2019
Twitter confirmed to TechCrunch late Thursday that the "Original Tweeter" tag has been rolled out for testing to a small percentage of iOS and Android users across markets.
WhatsApp hits the road with skits to stamp out fake news in India
Fri, Oct 12, 2018
On a hot morning in India`s tourist mecca of Jaipur, an open truck painted in the signature lime-green colours of Facebook`s WhatsApp messaging service pulls into a dusty lane, where five men spill out and begin to perform a skit.
Facebook 'fake clone' message goes viral
Mon, Oct 08, 2018
Several Facebook users have reported their accounts were cloned after they received a duplicate friend request message asking them to forward the message to friends. The hoax message went viral on Sunday, saying the sender had received a duplicate friend request from the recipient.
Fake news nets $1.2 mn compensation for NRI businessman
Fri, Aug 24, 2018
Vancouver-based Altaf Nazerali had sued Patrick Byrne, CEO of online retailer Overstock.com, for a campaign of lies aimed to tarnish the reputation of the NRI businessman.
WhatsApp fake news issue: Students, others get big helping hand
Thu, Aug 16, 2018
The government also plans to leverage its network of Common Service Centres to promote such campaigns, especially in rural areas where there has been an explosion in data services with the availability of affordable smartphones and falling tariffs.
WhatsApp COO meets government, outlines steps taken to curb fake news
Wed, Jul 25, 2018
WhatsApp said the "challenge of misinformation requires action from government, civil society, and technology companies" and that the company would engage with various stakeholders to tackle these problems.
Big setback for WhatsApp; Centre shoots off another notice
Thu, Jul 19, 2018
The government had in the past too issued a stern warning to the company to clamp down on hoax messages designed to "provoke" and "instigate" people. "When rumours and fake news get propagated by mischief mongers, the medium used for such propagation cannot evade responsibility and accountability. If they remain mute spectators they are liable to be treated as abettors and thereafter face consequent legal action," the IT Ministry said in a statement today.
Facebook will not remove fake news, but demote it
Mon, Jul 16, 2018
The social network is currently running an advertising campaign in Britain that declares "fake news is not our friend". But it said publishers often had "very different points of view" and removing fabricated posts would be "contrary to the basic principles of free speech", the BBC reported on Friday.
Google-owned YouTube to invest $25mn in countering fake news
Tue, Jul 10, 2018
Google-owned video-sharing platform YouTube has announced it will invest $25 million to fight fake news -- especially for the urgent coverage of breaking news -- on its platform for over 1.8 billion monthly active users.
Government warns WhatsApp against misuse of its platform
Wed, Jul 04, 2018
"Deep disapproval of such developments has been conveyed to the senior management of the WhatsApp and they have been advised that necessary remedial measures should be taken to prevent proliferation of these fake and at times motivated/sensational messages," the statement said.
WhatsApp update: Awesome! How messenger app tackled this big problem
Fri, Jun 08, 2018
WhatsApp new feature is indeed useful because copying and pasting a message can only be sent to one contact at a time, while forwards can be sent to multiple contacts in one go. Therefore, mass-forwarded messages, which deliberately disseminate fake information can be easily identified.
Big shock for Facebook, now investors gang-up, sue social network
Wed, Mar 21, 2018
Facebook reportedly fell as much as 5.2 percent to $175.41 on Monday in New York, wiping out all of the year’s gains so far. It was the biggest intraday drop since January 12. The stock dropped another 2.6 percent on Tuesday to close at $168.15, after Bloomberg reported that the company is under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, citing a person familiar with the matter.
Facebook to prioritise 'trustworthy' news based on surveys
Sat, Jan 20, 2018
Facebook Inc will prioritise "trustworthy" news in its feed of social media posts, using member surveys to identify high-quality outlets and fight sensationalism and misinformation, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday.
Twitter, Facebook asked to disclose more information on fake news
Fri, Jan 12, 2018
Major social media giants in the Silicon Valley have been under fire due to the widespread abuse of their services, including incidents of spread of false news stories regarding the US presidential election and live streaming of the violent acts on the services.
Twitter users shared more fake news during 2016 US election
Sat, Sep 30, 2017
The findings led by researchers from Oxford University showed that users of Twitter shared more polarising political news and information than users elsewhere.
Beware! These pictures of fake Rs 1000 notes, coins are doing rounds on WhatsApp
Mon, Aug 14, 2017
Pictures of fake Indian currencies are doing rounds on social media. Beware.
Facebook asks for suggestions to tackle 'Hard Questions' on terrorism, content, censorship
Fri, Jun 16, 2017
Facebook will later today post its new initiative to tackle the problem of terrorists using social media to spread propaganda.
Mark Zuckerberg talks of using Facebook to build a better global community
Fri, Feb 17, 2017
Zuckerberg said that their greatest opportunities are now global and the greatest challenges across the globe also needs global responses