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Facebook appoints Natasha Jog as election integrity head for India

Facebook has appointed former journalist Natasha Jog as its election integrity head for India, along with two other public policy professionals for politics and government roles, reports the Economic Times. This three-member team will oversee Facebook’s election integrity efforts in India.... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, Elections, News, Internet, India, Social Media, Economic Times, Industry Moves, Fake News, Election Integrity, Natasha Jog


7 More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake

The internet is overflowing with fake images these days, making it hard to know what to believe. But Gizmodo is here to help. Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Politics, New York, Science, Photoshop, Social Media, The Wall, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Gizmodo, Donald Trump, Fake, Fakes, Kurt Russell, Blackface


Twitter reports $909M in revenues in Q4FY19, MAUs fall by 9M to 321M

Twitter’s monthly active user base decreased by 9 million to 321 million in Q4FY19. Of these, 66 million were US users, while 255 million users were from other countries. MAUs also fell 5% over the preceding quarter from 326 million users. Revenues increased by 24% year-on-year to $909... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Twitter, News, Internet, US, Social Media, Earnings, Fake News, Earnings Dec-18


Facebook: 5 new fact-checkers for India, Regulation in Germany, Canada and startup acquisition

Facebook adds five IFCN-certified fact-checkers in India, now in 6 languages  Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Facebook has added 5 new third-party fact-checkers in India – India Today Group, Vishvas.news, Factly, Newsmobile, Fact Crescendo, the company said in a statement. The checkers are... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, News, Instagram, Privacy, Internet, India, Social Media, Whatsapp, Regulation, Content, Fact Check, Germany Canada, Fake News, IFCN


Twitter explains its ‘impartiality’; Officials to not attend IT committee meeting

Twitter said that political ideology did not shape its policies, days after accusations of bias against right wing users in India. Right-wingers have accused Twitter of limiting the reach of their accounts, banning or suspending accounts which support the Indian government, manipulating the... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Twitter, News, Internet, Government, India, Social Media, Policy, Platform, Parliament, Intermediary Liability, Standing Committee, Fake News


Facebook’s external content review board: How it will be formed and what will it do

In November 2018, Facebook had announced that it would form a new external oversight board in 2019 to handle some of its content policy decisions. The board was meant to make decisions on how to handle misinformation, hate speech, harassment, and other problematic content circulating on Facebook.... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Internet, Social Media, Content, Misinformation, Content Moderation, Fake News


WhatsApp deletes 2M accounts per month to curb fake news; outlines how

WhatsApp is deleting 2 million accounts per month to arrest the spread of fake news and misinformation, the company revealed in a white paper titled ‘Stopping Abuse’ released in India earlier this week. WhatsApp is deleting these accounts for bulk or automated behaviour, over 75% of the... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, News, Internet, Government, Messaging, India, Social Media, Whatsapp, Policy, Intermediary Liability, Misinformation, Fake News


Facebook removes hundreds of accounts linked to fake news group in Indonesia

Facebook said today it has removed hundreds of Facebook and Instagram counts with links to an organization that peddled fake news. The world’s fourth largest country with a population of over 260 million, Indonesia is in election year alongside Southeast Asia neighbors Thailand and the Philippines. Facebook said this week it has set up an ‘election integrity’ team in Singapore, its APAC HQ, as it tries to prevent its social network being misused in the lead-up to voting . This Indonesia bust...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Asia, Instagram, Facebook Pages, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Social Media, Tech, Software, Thailand, United States, Philippines, Digital Media, United Nations


ShareChat removes 50,000 accounts with fake content

ShareChat has banned 50,000 profiles to keep pornographic, violent and fake content off of its platform, reports the Economic Times. A ShareChat spokesperson told MediaNama that the platform ran a campaign 6 months ago asking users to flag/report problematic content. However, the company refused to... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Social Media, Policy, Regulation, Content, Intermediary Liability, Economic Times, Content Regulation, Medianama, IT Act, Indic, Fake News, ShareChat, Online entertainment content


Facebook to launch a political ads library in India next month

Facebook will put all political ads on its platform in India in a searchable online library starting next month. This library will contain contact information of the ad buyers and their official regulatory certificates, which have to match their government-issued documents, reports Reuters.... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, Elections, News, Internet, Government, India, Social Media, Policy, Political Ads, Fake News, Election Integrity, Lok Sabha Elections 2019


Facebook suspends Philippines media company’s accounts for scamming

Facebook has banned Twinmark Media Enterprises, a Philippines digital marketing group, because it was using fake accounts, leading users to ad farms, and selling access to their Facebook pages to increase distribution. “This organization has repeatedly violated our misrepresentation and spam... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, Elections, News, Instagram, Internet, Social Media, Policy, Philippines, Misinformation, Fake News, Election Integrity, Twinmark Media Enterprises


Updated: Facebook outlines how it will verify political advertisers before the Indian elections

Update on January 3, 2019: Facebook said it began the process to ‘bring in transparency of political ads and to defend against foreign interference in the country’s elections.’ How advertisers will be verified At least a single Facebook page admin and any advertiser who wants to create or edit... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, Elections, News, Internet, Social Media, Fake News, Lok Sabha Elections 2019


Mark Zuckerberg is ‘proud’ of how Facebook handled its scandals this year

After the year Mark Zuckerberg’s had, you’d think he’d struggle to appear so chipper. “I’m proud of the progress we’ve made,” he said in an end-of-year note posted on his Facebook page for everyone to see. Acknowledging that the social network played its part in the spread of hate speech, election interference and misinformation, Zuckerberg’s note seemed more upbeat about his response to the hurricane of hurt caused by the company’s laissez-faire attitude to world affairs and less concerned a...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Privacy, Government, Social Media, Tech, United Nations, Un, Myanmar, Silicon Valley, Social Network, World Wide Web, Zuckerberg, Alex Stamos, Cambridge Analytica


Facebook is not equipped to stop the spread of authoritarianism

After the driver of a speeding bus ran over and killed two college students in Dhaka in July, student protesters took to the streets. They forced the ordinarily disorganized local traffic to drive in strict lanes and stopped vehicles to inspect license and registration papers. They even halted the vehicle of the Chief of Bangladesh Police Bureau of Investigation and found that his license was expired. And they posted videos and information about the protests on Facebook. The fatal road accident ...
Tags: Google, Security, Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Asia, Saudi Arabia, Government, India, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Policy, Uganda, Egypt, Internet Access


Review of 2018, Part 4 (October–December): Nationalism, Deglobalization, plus the US exit from Syria

OCTOBER Where US–Canada relations were concerned, as well as Trump’s trade strategy, NAFTA was the leading event opening the month of October. The US–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) On Monday, October 1st, came the striking news that at the last minute the US and Canada signed a new agreement which, together with Mexico, would replace NAFTA. While […]
Tags: North Korea, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, China, Censorship, US, Social Media, G20, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Canada, Anthropology, 2018, Year In Review, Brexit


Facebook to verify political advertisers ahead of the 2019 Elections: report

Facebook will carry out an offline process to verify identities and locations of political advertisers in India ahead of the Lok Sabha elections next year, reports The Economic Times. The company has sent emails to advertisers and agencies asking them to provide scanned copies of address and... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, Elections, News, Internet, India, Social Media, Economic Times, Lok Sabha, Fake News, Lok Sabha Elections 2019


Facebook and Twitter remove 30 ‘state sponsored’ fake accounts from Bangladesh

Facebook and Twitter removed a combined of 30 accounts which were spreading misinformation in Bangladesh, 10 days before the country goes to polls. Both platforms found that the suspended accounts were linked to the ruling government in Bangladesh, the Awami League led by Prime Minister Sheikh... ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Twitter, Elections, News, Internet, Social Media, Bangladesh, Misinformation, Awami League, Fake News


Facebook’s got 99 problems but Trump’s latest “bias” tweet ain’t one

By any measure Facebook hasn’t had the best of years in 2018. But while toxic problems keep piling up and, well, raining acidly down on the social networking giant — from election interference, to fake accounts, faulty metrics, security flaws, ethics failures, privacy outrages and much more besides — the silver lining of having a core business now widely perceived as hostile to democratic processes and civilized sentiment, and the tool of choice for shitposters agitating for hate and societal...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Twitter, Congress, Social Media, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, President, Sundar Pichai, Trump, Facebook Twitter, Donald J Trump, Security flaws, Fake News


WhatsApp meets MeitY officials over message traceability: report

Officials from the Facebook owned WhatsApp met the officials from the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) over the traceability of messages, reports The Economic Times. The report mentions that the agenda was “technical issues on traceability” and that WhatsApp did not offer any kind... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, News, Internet, Government, Social Media, Whatsapp, Encryption, Policy, Data Protection, RBI, Economic Times, Fake News, MeitY, Ministry of Electronics


Europe dials up pressure on tech giants over election security

The European Union has announced a package of measures intended to step up efforts and pressure on tech giants to combat democracy-denting disinformation ahead of the EU parliament elections next May. The European Commission Action Plan, which was presented at a press briefing earlier today, has four areas of focus: 1) Improving detection of disinformation; 2) Greater co-ordination across EU Member States, including by sharing alerts about threats; 3) Increased pressure on online platforms, i...
Tags: Google, Security, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, UK, Social Networks, Government, Russia, US, Social Media, Tech, Eu, Spain, European Union, Unesco


“Today In” Facebook’s publishing dreams, find a local news section

Facebook has launched a local news aggregator called “Today In” that will provide alerts from relevant (it does not explain this) government pages and the local community. Right now, it is available in over 400 cities in the United States and has been launched for a test in its first... ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Publishing, News, Internet, Social Media, Policy, United States, President, Donald Trump, News Aggregators, Platforms, Us Elections, Fake News


“The problem is Facebook,” lawmakers from nine countries tell Zuckerberg’s accountability stand-in

A grand committee of international parliamentarians empty-chaired Mark Zuckerberg at a hearing earlier today, after the Facebook founder snubbed repeat invitations to face questions about malicious, abusive and improper uses of his social media platform — including the democracy-denting impacts of so-called ‘fake news’. The UK’s DCMS committee has been leading the charge to hold Facebook to account for data misuse scandals and election interference — now joined in the effort by international ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Pinterest, Instagram, Privacy, France, Singapore, Africa, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Canada, Ireland


Facebook's Physical War Room Is Already Empty, But It Says 'War Room Tactics' Will Continue

Facebook’s so-called “War Room,” the office it set up with some monitors and staff to supposedly fight propaganda and disinformation during elections or at least fight the perception it wasn’t doing that, has been shuttered—in that form, anyhow.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Elections, Science, Technology, Social Media, Cybersecurity, War Room, Fake News


UK parliament seizes cache of internal Facebook documents to further privacy probe

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may yet regret underestimating a UK parliamentary committee that’s been investigating the democracy-denting impact of online disinformation for the best part of this year — and whose repeat requests for facetime he’s just as repeatedly snubbed. In the latest high gear change, reported in yesterday’s Observer, the committee has used parliamentary powers to seize a cache of documents pertaining to a US lawsuit to further its attempt to hold Facebook to account f...
Tags: Security, Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Lawsuit, UK, London, Privacy, California, US, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, United Kingdom


Facebook policy VP, Richard Allan, to face the international ‘fake news’ grilling that Zuckerberg won’t

An unprecedented international grand committee comprised of 22 representatives from seven parliaments will meet in London next week to put questions to Facebook about the online fake news crisis and the social network’s own string of data misuse scandals. But Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg won’t be providing any answers. The company has repeatedly refused requests for him to answer parliamentarians’ questions. Instead it’s sending a veteran EMEA policy guy, Richard Allan, now its Lond...
Tags: Security, Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, London, Privacy, Australia, Social Media, Tech, Data Breach, Policy, Digital Media, New York Times, Committee


Google lays out narrow ‘EU election advertiser’ policy ahead of 2019 vote

Google has announced its plan for combating election interference in the European Union ahead of elections next May when up to 350 million voters across the region will vote to elect 705 members of the European Parliament. In a blog post laying out a narrow approach to democracy-denting disinformation, Google says it will introduce a verification system for “EU election advertisers to make sure they are who they say they are,” and require that any election ads disclose who is paying for th...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Europe, UK, Advertising Tech, Russia, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Policy, United States, United Kingdom, Kremlin, European Parliament


Google lays outs narrow “EU election advertiser” policy ahead of 2019 vote

Google has announced its plan for combating election interference in the European Union, ahead of elections next May when up to 350 million voters across the region will vote to elect 705 Members of the European Parliament. In a blog post laying out a narrow approach to democracy-denting disinformation, Google says it will introduce a verification system for “EU election advertisers to make sure they are who they say they are”, and require that any election ads disclose who is paying for t...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Europe, UK, Advertising Tech, Russia, US, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Policy, United States, United Kingdom, Kremlin


FB, WhatsApp, Twitter and Google questioned about grievance redressal officers in India

The home ministry inquired with Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and Google about the appointment of grievance redressal officers for India, reports the Economic Times. While the report does not mention the date of the meeting, it says that the government has started fortnightly meetings with the social... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Twitter, News, Internet, Government, India, Social Media, Whatsapp, Policy, Economic Times, Fake News, Facebook WhatsApp Twitter


Facebook data requests by the Indian Govt consistently on the rise

Facebook’s Transparency Report for the first half (H1) of 2018 reveals a steep rise in data requests by the Indian government, as compared to the number in the previous two years. Facebook received 16,580 data requests from the government in H1 of 2018, as compared to 12,171 data requests in... ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Internet, Government, Social Media, Policy, Indian Government, Facebook Transparency Report, Fake News


Zuckerberg rejects facetime call for answers from five parliaments

Facebook has declined once again to send its CEO to the UK parliament — this time turning down an invitation to face questions from a grand committee comprised of representatives from five international parliaments. MPs from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the UK have joined forces to try to pile pressure on the company’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, to answer questions related to his “platform’s malign use in world affairs and democratic process”. The UK’s Digital, Culture, Media a...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, London, Australia, Russia, Social Media, Tech, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, Argentina, Damian Collins, Collins, Zuckerberg



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