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Can governments control social media? Or can users?

There is a need for cooperative responsibility in the realisation of public values in societal sectors, centered on online platforms.

Digital News Publishers Association discusses fake news menace with I&B Minister Javadekar

Talking about the threat of fake news and the menace it causes in the society, Prakash Javadekar acknowledged that fake news was becoming a major issue and appreciated the steps initiated by DNPA members.

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How UP Police is using WhatsApp to bust fake news

Twelve police officers are part of the social media team based at the DGP headquarters in Lucknow. “They oversee the digital volunteers initiative, too. Two of the 12 officers, a DSP and a Sub-Inspector, are women,” Rahul Srivastava, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP).

Bengaluru Mayor files police complaint over fake news on Ganesh festival

According to the complaint handed over to City Police Commissioner Alok Kumar, the mayor alleged that fake news was being spread against her on a Facebook page titled 'Modi Bhakta' in Kannada.

Demand in Rajya Sabha to regulate fake news, indecent language

Congress Digvijay Singh demanded a comprehensive law to curb the spread of fake news and indecent language on Social media on Tuesday.

EU calls for more data from online platforms in fight against fake news

The online platforms must do more to combat disinformation, including sharing data on their efforts, said European Union after it tracked suspected Russian and domestic attempts to disrupt last month's European Parliament elections.

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Now journalist held for 'false' news over electricity supply in Chhattisgarh

Dilip Sharma, who runs an online news portal, was arrested based on a complaint lodged by Executive Engineer (EE) of electricity department, Mahasamund, S K Sahu, a police officer said.

Following Easter terror attacks, Sri Lanka proposes new law on fake news

A nine-day ban was imposed on social media networks including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Whatsapp following the attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels, killing 258 people and injuring over 500 others.

Two held for sharing morphed image of Kumaraswamy, BJP cries 'Emergency in Karnataka'

On April 24, the online news portal allegedly published morphed photos of the duo with a news report stating that they were at a resort in Udupi, where the Chief Minister is undergoing ayurvedic treatment.

Ethiopia: World Press Freedom Day events raise alarm on fake news

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Ethiopia currently has no journalists behind bars and new publications are flourishing on various platforms.  Since Abiy came to power the country has unblocked over 260 websites and journalists who had been banned returned home.

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Meet the KGB spies who invented fake news

The New York Times reveals how one of the biggest fake news stories ever concocted — the 1984 AIDS-is-a-biological-weapon hoax — went viral in the pre-Internet era. Meet the KGB cons who invented it, and the “truth squad” that quashed it. For a bit.

Ravi Shankar Prasad tells Parliament about the plan to control WhatsApp rumours

The Union Minister made an elaborate speech in the Rajya Sabha where he listed out the various incidents of violence - like lynching - which were reported because of rumour-mongering on WhatsApp and laid out the plan to tackle it.

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Stop planting fake news through papers: Ashutosh tells BS Bassi

New Delhi, Jan 19 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesperson Ashutosh on Tuesday alleged that Delhi police Commissioner BS Bassi has been planting fake news through papers in connection with the ink attack on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Ashutosh added that Bassi should disclose the name of the police personnel, who was asked to get off the stage. He further accused Delhi Commissioner for compromising the security of Delhi CM by disclosing minor details of security in public.

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