Friday, 28 January, 2022
TopicFake news

Topic: fake news

I&B ministry orders blocking of 35 YouTube channels, 2 websites over ‘anti-India propaganda’

The ministry said Indian intelligence agencies were closely monitoring the Pakistan-based platforms, that were also involved in spreading fake news 'in a coordinated manner'.

2021 was the year of fake news and misinformation on social media. It’s going to get worse

It was hard to imagine a worse year for social media, especially after Covid-19. See what three experts say about 2022.

Political WhatsApp groups increase knowledge, help people distinguish fake news: Study

People in groups where they can chat with each other are more aware than those who can only receive messages from admins, says a paper by a Harvard PhD student.

BJP leaders hail Yogi & PM for ‘Bundelkhand irrigation project’, with image of Srisailam dam 

Leaders who tweeted about Bhaoni project included Kaushambi MP Vinod Kumar Sonkar, Pindra MLA Avadesh Singh and Bhadohi MLA Ravindra Nath Tripathi.

Vir Das or ‘Vir Abdullah Das’? Edited name on comedian’s Wikipedia page is fake 

After Das's 'two Indias' monologue sparked outrage, the Wikipedia page was also edited to claim that he has Pakistani ancestry. The page has now been restored.

Make paid news electoral offence, create legal options to counter fake news: IT panel to govt

The standing committee on IT has unanimously adopted its report on Ethical Standards in Media. The report will be tabled in the winter session of the Parliament.

How Facebook led a new India user to gore, fake news in just 21 days

While whistleblower Frances Haugen's disclosures have painted a worrying picture of Facebook, the India experiment suggests that its influence globally could be even worse.

Indian teen finds fame as NASA panelist, but social media fact check claims ANI report is fake

ANI report says Diksha Shinde was selected by NASA as a panelist for its MSI Fellowships Virtual Panel, but people point out discrepancies on Twitter. ANI stands by report.

AAP MLA Atishi files police complaint against Delhi BJP chief for tweeting ‘fake news’

Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta tweeted a video of rainwater gushing into a bus and wrote that a DTC bus was floating in a 'world-class swimming pool' built by the AAP-led Delhi govt.

WhatsApp vs Modi govt: Privacy or politics? This is what they’re fighting over

At the heart of WhatsApp's petition against the Modi govt's new IT rules is the right to privacy, and this case could prove to be an important test of its application in India.

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Covid isn’t behind us, but the world’s next big health emergency is already here

Covid has led to 5.6 million deaths, but antimicrobial resistance is likely to log 10 million deaths annually by 2050. Its treatment has led to antibiotics' overuse, which has spiked drug resistance.
An Assicurazioni Generali SpA logo sits above an entrance to their offices in Rome | Bloomberg

Italian Generali buys 25% stake worth Rs 1,250 cr in insurance JV from embattled Future Group

The stake sale, which will give Generali majority control over the JV, comes as the Future Group is locked in a prolonged legal battle with partner Amazon.

Defence

The Indian Army's Akash missiles on display during the 73rd Republic Day Parade, at Rajpath, in New Delhi | ANI

Not just 1st R-Day, 26 Jan 1950 also significant as Indian Army, Navy shed ‘Royal’ prefix

Both the ‘Royal’ prefix for the Navy and Air Force in India, as well as the absence of such a label for the Army, have their roots in British military and political history.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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