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Why Social Media Going Dark in Sri Lanka Isn't as Simple as You Think

Few countries on Earth have a relationship with Facebook that’s quite as complicated as Sri Lanka’s.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Earth, Snapchat, Whatsapp, Sri Lanka, Misinformation


Talk media and TED2019 key takeaways with TechCrunch’s Anthony Ha

Anthony just returned from Vancouver, where he was covering the TED2019 conference — a much-parodied gathering where VCs, executives and other bigwigs gather to exchange ideas. This year, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey got the biggest headlines, but the questions raised in his onstage interview kept popping up throughout the week: How has social media warped our democracy? How can the big online platforms fight back against abuse and misinformation? And what is the Internet good for, anyway? Wednesday ...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Twitter, Media, Developer, Entertainment, Advertising Tech, Events, Social Media, Tech, Ted, Vancouver, Jack Dorsey, Anthony, Anthony Ha


Sri Lanka blocks social media after Easter Sunday bombings, citing hate misinformation

Sri Lanka blocked multiple social media networks, including Facebook and WhatsApp, following terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday, to halt the spread of misinformation. YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger and Viber were also inaccesible, according to internet freedom tracker Netblocks.... ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Instagram, Youtube, Social Media, Snapchat, Viber, Whatsapp, Sri Lanka, Misinformation, Internet Freedom, Fake News, YouTube Instagram Snapchat Facebook Messenger


Sri Lanka blocks social media after Easter Sunday bombings, citing misinformation

Sri Lanka blocked multiple social media networks, including Facebook and WhatsApp, following terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday, to halt the spread of misinformation. YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger and Viber were also inaccesible, according to internet freedom tracker Netblocks.... ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Instagram, Youtube, Social Media, Snapchat, Viber, Whatsapp, Sri Lanka, Misinformation, Internet Freedom, Fake News, YouTube Instagram Snapchat Facebook Messenger


Facebook's Latest Changes Will Only Promote Well-Established Fake News

Facebook, in an attempt to clean up the mess it’s created, has announced yet another set of changes meant to help it be less awful.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Misinformation, Fake News, delete Facebook


Twitter slashes follows from a thousand to 400 per day; Why 400?

Twitter has now slashed the daily follows limit from 1000 follows to 400 follows, presumably to combat spam and bot accounts on the platform. Twitter’s head of site integrity Yoel Roth acknowledged that such a limit alone cannot stop spam, bots, or other types of manipulation, but they do... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Twitter, News, Internet, Social Media, Misinformation, Twitter Bots, Yoel Roth


WhatsApp testing beta features to label forward numbers and restrict forwards on groups

WhatsApp will soon label forwarded messages with the number of times they’ve been forwarded, and will allow groups to control if members can send ‘Frequently Forwarded’ messages, reports wabetainfo. WhatsApp is testing the feature only for Android, which is the dominant mobile OS... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Internet, Messaging, Whatsapp, Misinformation, Fake News


Australia passes law to hold social media companies responsible for “abhorrent violent material”

On Thursday, Australia lawmakers ushered through what is perhaps the toughest legal measures to hold social media companies accountable for the content they share. Only a few weeks after the massacre of 50 people at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Australia’s House of Representatives passed a law requiring social media platforms to “expeditiously” remove content that shows kidnapping, murders, rape, or terrorist attacks. If the platforms fail to get rid of the content in a timely fashion e...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Media, Australia, India, America, Social Media, Tech, Bloomberg, European Union, United States, Digital Media, New-York-Times, House Of Representatives, President, New Zealand


Facebook's Efforts 'Not Nearly Sufficient' in Genocide-Torn Myanmar, UN Investigator Says

It’s been nearly two years since the bloody peak of a social media-fueled genocide in Southeast Asia, but Facebook is still not doing enough to prevent the ongoing promotion of violence and hate in Myanmar on its social network, according to a member of the United Nations team that found the Silicon Valley company for…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Southeast Asia, United Nations, Un, Myanmar, Silicon Valley, Propaganda, Misinformation, Genocide, Information Operations


WhatsApp’s new tipline to verify rumours; too late?

WhatsApp has launched ‘Checkpoint Tipline’ with media startup Proto to receive and verify suspicious information and rumours on WhatsApp during the elections, set to begin in a week. Users can send rumours to the number (+91-9643-000-888) which Proto will classify as true, false,... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Internet, Whatsapp, Misinformation, Proto, Fake News, Lok Sabha Elections 2019


Subverting election 2019: International actors and the inside job – Samir Saran & Bedavyasa Mohanty

by Samir Saran and Bedavyasa Mohanty, ORF As India heads into a month-and-a-half long divisive and polarised general election, has the country woken up to the threat that fake news, misinformation and influence operations, conducted from within and outside, pose to this most sacred of democratic... ...
Tags: Travel, Elections, News, India, Social Media, Views, Misinformation, Fake News, Samir Saran, Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Bedavyasa Mohanty


WhatsApp adds a tip-line for checking fakes in India ahead of elections

Facebook -owned messaging platform WhatsApp has launched a fact-checking tipline for users in India ahead of elections in the country. The fact-checking service consists of a phone number (+91-9643-000-888) where users can send dubious messages if they think they might not be true or otherwise want them verified. The messaging giant is working with a local media skilling startup, Proto, to run the fact-checking service — in conjunction with digital strategy consultancy Dig Deeper Media and San...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, India, San Francisco, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Instant Messaging, General Election, Brazil, Social Media Platforms, Reuters, Misinformation, Economic Times


Facebook's Misinformation Problem Is Only Getting More Complicated

In the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Facebook’s potential to be a subversive political tool has been all too clear. And several years later, the social network still struggles to crack down on the very real dangers its platform creates for political systems. As the social network cracks down on its…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Whatsapp, Misinformation


Facebook removed over 2,500 accounts for inauthentic behaviour, including some in India

Facebook removed 2,632 pages, groups and accounts on Facebook and Instagram that it said were involved in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” connected to Iran, Russia, Macedonia and Kosovo. Although the activities from different countries were not linked, they used similar methods of... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, News, Internet, Russia, India, Social Media, Iran, Kosovo, Misinformation, Content Moderation, Fake News, Iran Russia Macedonia


LIVE: Lok Sabha Elections 2019 – updates on social media, tech, fake news, and more

Resources to understand social media, the internet & mobile ecosystem, and technology in context of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Social media platforms Facebook, Google, Twitter, ShareChat, TikTok and IAMAI’s voluntary code of ethics for Elections 2019, read it here. See Facebook’s... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, Elections, News, Internet, Narendra Modi, Misinformation, Facebook Google, Fake News, Lok Sabha Elections 2019


68% people get news on smartphones, 52% worried about whether news is fake or real: Reuters survey

The Reuters Institute’s annual report on Digital News for 2019 found that Indians get their online news dominantly on mobiles. It noted the increasing popularity of WhatsApp and Facebook. The report can be downloaded here: Reuters Institute India Digital News Report 2019. Findings from the... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, Publishing, News, Internet, Whatsapp, Thomson Reuters, Platforms, Reuters, Misinformation, Digital News, Fake News, Reuters Institute, Online News, Reuters Institute India Digital News


Election Commission urges “voluntary restraint”; asks FB, Twitter, Google, ShareChat, TikTok and BigoTV to lay down code of ethics for elections

Social media platforms Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, Google, ShareChat, TikTok and BigoTV and the IAMAI will lay down a code of ethics for election-related operational details by today evening. In a meeting, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora “exhorted the Social Media Organizations, who... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, Facebook, Twitter, Elections, News, Internet, Government, India, Social Media, Regulation, Eci, Misinformation, Election Commission, Fake News


WhatsApp ties-up with Nasscom Foundation to hold workshops to fight fake news

WhatsApp has partnered with NASSCOM Foundation to run workshops to fight misinformation. The workshops will encourage people to “be mindful about forwarding rumors”, and will train people in tools which can be used to verify a forward, and how users can report problematic content to... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Elections, News, Internet, Whatsapp, Misinformation, NASSCOM, Nasscom Foundation, Fake News, Lok Sabha Elections 2019


Facebook will downrank anti-vax content on News Feed and hide it on Instagram

After indicating that it was exploring its options for fighting the potentially deadly rise of anti-vaccination content on its platform last month, Facebook is making a plan of attack. Facebook’s strategy in the effort is to both minimize the spread of vaccination misinformation and to point users away from inaccurate anti-vaccination propaganda and toward “authoritative information” i.e. info corroborated by the health and scientific establishment. To achieve a reduction in the spread of ant...
Tags: Health, TC, Facebook, Instagram, California, Youtube, Tech, Bloomberg, United States, Vaccination, Misinformation, Adam Schiff, Instagram Facebook, Clark County Washington, Online Disinformation


Kupwara order asks ‘public’ WhatsApp groups to be registered, admins to delete fake info

Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district has passed an order (on 1 March) which mandates that group admins of all “public or community WhatsApp groups” register with the DC’s office. The order mentions Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, but only seems to focus on WhatsApp groups.... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Elections, News, Internet, Censorship, Social Media, Whatsapp, Telecom, Kashmir, Misinformation, Facebook Instagram, Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir, Kupwara, Fake News


YouTube demonetizes anti-vaccination videos

YouTube will demonetize channels that promote anti-vaccination views, after a report by BuzzFeed News found ads, including from health companies, running before anti-vax videos. The platform will also place a new information panel that links to the Wikipedia entry on “vaccine hesitancy” before anti-vax videos. Information panels (part of YouTube’s efforts to combat misinformation) about the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine had already appeared in front of anti-vaccination videos that...
Tags: Travel, Health, Google, TC, Facebook, Youtube, Wikipedia, United States, Conspiracy Theories, Nestle, Misinformation, BuzzFeed News, Matt Watson, Anto, Anti-vaccination, Vaxxed


Fighting fake news from a young age: Kerala’s anti-disinformation warriors – The News Minute

By Sreedevi Jayarajan, The News Minute A WhatsApp forward with a picture of Mr Bean, played by Rowan Atkinson, along with a message supposedly by ‘BBC News’ tells readers that he is dead. “RIP 1995 – 2016…BBC Breaking News: Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) died at 58 after doing suicide,” the... ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Internet, Bbc, BBC News, Content, Fact Check, Kerala, Misinformation, Rowan Atkinson, Fake News, Fact-checking, Fact-checkers, Sreedevi Jayarajan, Bean Rowan Atkinson


The Stupidest Measles Myths and Why They're Wrong

You, dear Lifehacker readers, are smart enough to know that measles is bad and that the measles vaccine is good. But there’s a lot of misinformation floating around, especially as the disease flares in Washington, Texas and New York.Read more...
Tags: Myths, Lifehacks, Vaccines, Misinformation, New York Read, Washington Texas, Measles Is Bad


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 and Twitter Purge Hundreds of Fake Accounts Linked to Russia, Iran, and Venezuela

Twitter and Facebook both announced on Thursday that they’ve recently removed hundreds of accounts tied to misinformation campaigns with apparent links to Russia, Venezuela, and Iran. Facebook’s Head of Cybersecurity Policy Nathaniel Gleicher said in a call with reporters that the companies were able to identify bad…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Instagram, Russia, Social Media, Iran, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Misinformation, Russia Iran, Russia Venezuela, Iran Facebook, Nathaniel Gleicher


Facebook just removed a new wave of suspicious activity linked to Iran

Facebook just announced its latest round of “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” this time out of Iran. The company took down 262 Pages, 356 accounts, three Facebook groups and 162 Instagram accounts that exhibited “malicious-looking indicators” and patterns that identify it as potentially state-sponsored or otherwise deceptive and coordinated activity. As Facebook Head of Cybersecurity Policy Nathaniel Gleicher noted in a press call, Facebook coordinated closely with Twitter to discover these...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Russia, US, Social Media, Tech, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Israel Palestine, Misinformation, Today Twitter, US Saudi Arabia, Nathaniel Gleicher


Facebook Announces New Policies Aimed at Axing Pages and Groups Peddling Fake News

Long after it became painfully clear that Facebook was being manipulated as a tool to undermine democracy and cause harm, the social media company still struggles to keep its platform free of the kind of garbage specially engineered to effectively warp reality—even as recently as this month. And previous systems it’s…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Misinformation, Fake News, Took Them Long Enough


WhatsApp Puts New Limit on Message-Forwarding in Effort to Curb Misinformation

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned chat service, has announced that it will cap the number of messages that can be forwarded at once at five, Reuters reported Monday. The move is WhatsApp’s latest effort to limit the spread of misinformation and fake news on its app.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, India, Whatsapp, Reuters, Misinformation, Fake News


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