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#ThrowbackToday: The horrific lynchings sparked by WhatsApp rumours just two years ago

In today's #TBT, we take a pause to remember that fake news is rampant and if the situation gets out of control, like it did on June 29, 2018, who will save us from technology?

Published on 29th June 2021
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SC issues notice to Centre seeking responses on framing regulatory laws against fake news, hate speech on social media

The SC was hearing a petition filed by advocate Vineet Jindal who has sought directions to the Centre to frame law for prosecuting those involved in spreading hate and fake news through social media

Published on 1st February 2021
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People more likely to believe in misinformation about COVID-19 if they rely on social media for news: Study

The study, published in the journal Telematics and Informatics, also found that levels of worry about COVID-19 increased the strength of people's belief in that misinformation

Published on 14th December 2020
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How Iyan Karthikeyan is using YouTube and hard research to take on India's fake news factories

Iyan Karthikeyan, who runs YouTurn, a YouTube channel through which he dispels fake news talks about the challenges this initiative throws at him

Published on 23rd September 2020
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WhatsApp sees 70% drop in frequently forwarded messages with new limit

In a bid to curb the flow of misinformation in COVID-19 times, Facebook-owned WhatsApp on April 7 announced to introduce a new limit on frequently forwarding messages

Published on 27th April 2020
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AICTE asks engineering colleges not to sack faculty, force fee payment until normalcy is restored

AICTE's notice to institutes specifically focused on curbing the menace of rampant fake news and misinformation being spread on social media amid the COVID-19 lockdown

Published on 16th April 2020
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Karnataka Education Minister clears the air on fake news, PUC-2 exam won't be held on April 22

The minister advised the parents and children not to believe such fake news and  the Education Department is yet to decide on the dates for SSLC, pending English exam and CET exams

Published on 9th April 2020
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Survey suggests that people feel 50-80% of COVID-19 news stories on social media are fake

The respondents said that they knew it was fake after they saw an official clarification or correction from a government source

Published on 5th April 2020
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SFI activists sent vital COVID-19 alerts to migrant labourers as WhatsApp messages in their native tongues

The organisation recently kickstarted a campaign called Mere pyaare changaayi, exclusively for the 'guest labourers' and is helping them avoid fake news and get government circulars out there

Published on 31st March 2020
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JNU professors offer students places to stay after admin orders shutdown before Janata Curfew

The JNUSU also accused the administration of propagating fake news. They pointed out the directive of the Delhi government does not talk about the suspension of hostel facilities

Published on 20th March 2020
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Sedition complaint filed against Shehla Rashid for spreading 'fake news' against Indian army

The complaint copy stated that Rashid is deliberately and intentionally spreading fake news with the intention to incite violence in Jammu and Kashmir

Published on 19th August 2019
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There should be discussions on fake news in the Parliament: Prakash Javadekar

Earlier, the Centre had mounted pressure on social media sites and messaging apps to regulate norms accordingly to handle the menace of rumours and fake news on its platform

Published on 21st June 2019
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Don't want to be added to a WhatsApp group without permission? Here's how

Under pressure to stop rumours and fake news, WhatsApp had last year restricted forwarding messages to five chats at once

Published on 3rd April 2019
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Students of Varkala college shocked as Malayalam news channel shows picture of them as 'terrorists' and 'IS Supporters'

Students explained that the channel has used a year-old video from the college's Arts Day celebration, where students were paying tribute to actor Salim Kumar

Published on 31st December 2018
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Facebook to counter fake news with its War Room to stop election interference

The social networking giant has rolled out several initiatives to fight fake news and bring more transparency and accountability in its advertising since then

Published on 19th October 2018

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