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Facebook to remove misinformation that can lead to violence and physical harm

“Accused of helping to spur violence in countries like Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and India, Facebook has said it will begin removing misinformation that leads to violence and physical harm” reports firstpost.com. Currently, Facebook bans content that directly calls for violence but the new policy will cover fake news that has the potential to stir up physical harm, CNET reported late on 18 July. Source: firstpost.com Share This:

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WhatsApp’s label for forwarded messages won’t be enough to battle fake news

“Continuing its mission to help fight the spread of misinformation on its platform, WhatsApp is introducing a label to help identify forwarded messages” writes Abhimanyu Ghoshal for thenextweb.com. But if WhatsApp is keen on tackling the spread of fake news among 1.5 billion users, it’ll have to do better than a ‘forwarded’ label.WhatsApp came under fire after a string of lynchings took place across India owing to misleading messages spread through the service. Source: thenextweb.com Share This:

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YouTube aims to crack down on fake news, support journalism

“So YouTube aims to short-circuit the misinformation loop with text stories that can quickly provide more accurate information” writes Barbara Ortutay for seattletimes.com. YouTube also said it will commit $25 million over the next several years to improving news on YouTube and tackling “emerging challenges” such as misinformation. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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WhatsApp launches research funding of up to $50,000 to fight fake news menace

“The company states that no WhatsApp data will be provided to award recipients and all the data from the award research efforts will be owned by the researcher solely” reports firstpost.com. Over the last few years we have seen the repercussions of the spread of fake news on the platform.WhatsApp has taken 5 core areas that it wants to explore like election-related information, the spread of misinformation stemming from WhatsApp network and detection of problematic behaviour. Source: firstpost.com Share This:

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India must blame itself, not WhatsApp, for its devastating lynching spree

“At least 29 people across India have lost their lives since last May in lynchings by mobs who believed they were kidnappers, owing to messages spread through services like WhatsApp” writes Abhimanyu Ghoshal for thenextweb.com. India is WhatsApp’s largest user base, with more than 200 million people on the platform.To that end, it pointed to recently introduced group admin controls, a label for forwarded messages that’s currently in testing, and funding for research on the spread of misinformation in India. Source: thenextweb.com Share This:

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Sharp Increase in Misinformation Puts Cryptocurrency…

“Do you think that banks and other financial institutions are pushing misinformation on purpose or by accident?” writes Jp Buntinx for livebitcoinnews.com. Perhaps the biggest contributing factor to misinformation is the perceived bias by financial institutions.When it comes to cryptocurrency, it appears there is plenty of misinformation to be wary of.Conducting research into cryptocurrency requires finding the correct information pertaining to specific aspects.Without a consensus based on accurate data, cryptocurrency will remain at the mercy of fickle institutions that have no real understanding of the ecosystem. Source: livebitcoinnews.com Share This:

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Facebook expands its fact-checking tools but says its work ‘will never be finished’

“The company said it has expanded its fact-checking of traditional links posted on Facebook to photos and videos” writes Hamza Shaban Is for washingtonpost.com. Facebook on Thursday announced an expansion of several initiatives to combat the spread of misinformation on the social network used by more than 2 billion people.The automated tools will help the company find domains and links that are spreading the same claims that have already been proved false.Facebook has said it will use AI to limit misinformation, but the latest update applies to finding duplicates of false claims.The…

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Michael Hayden: Trump flinging misinformation with intent to ‘delegitimatize’ Mueller probe

“Russian interference in the election and possible collusion is the subject of investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller” writes Luis Alvarez Ap for washingtonexaminer.com. Hayden said that while Russian entities did attempt to affect the U.S. presidential election in 2016, the extent to which they had an effect on it will never be quantified. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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