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Times Now, Republic fall for fake letter saying PM to hold press conference, delete reports

Letter had claimed that PM Modi was to address a press conference at Varanasi on 26 April.
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How Facebook is fighting fake news in the Lok Sabha elections

The scale of Facebook's response to fake news in India during the general elections doesn't seem enough given the scale of the problem.
Women in Mumbai look at a phone | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Future of democracy is literally in India’s hands — through smartphones

The smartphone is dramatically reconfiguring human character in India, and the long-term consequences for the country’s fragile democracy.
The fake image that went viral

Bombay Stock Exchange did not flash ‘Don’t vote for Modi’

A fake image of the Bombay Stock Exchange flashing ‘Don’t vote for Modi’ message is being widely circulated on social media.
The image that went viral

Modi govt’s ‘Char Dham’ project in Uttarakhand gets an African facelift, except it’s not real

An image of a swanky road has gone viral with claims that it’s from Uttarakhand. The actual picture is from Tangier in Morocco.
Representational image | Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Fake news: Sonia Gandhi in bikini, Rohingyas eating Hindus & Nehru calling Bose a criminal

The authors, who are the people behind Alt News website, bust fake news that did the rounds in India.
Muslim women show their ink stained finger after casting their vote | Sheeraz Rizvi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

This Lok Sabha election, Indians are taking on fake news the smartphone way

The Election Commission of India has offered mobile apps that help report poll violations like cash giveaways, voter intimidation and spread of fake news.
The fake news being circulated | Twitter

This image of religious harmony seems to be a favourite of political parties to misuse

Congress youth wing in Gujarat shared the photoshopped image on Twitter & Facebook on 9 April to bolster party’s secular image. Last year, the offender was SP.
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WhatsApp’s new privacy feature lets users control being added to group chats

WhatsApp is tightening its policies ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in its efforts to stop spread of misinformation and fake news.
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WhatsApp launches ‘Checkpoint Tipline’ to tackle fake news

WhatsApp is looking to create a database of rumours to study the spread of misinformation ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

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Udit Raj

BJP is denying ticket to vocal Dalit MPs like Udit Raj because they just won’t fall in line

Most sitting MPs whom BJP denied ticket to contest the 2019 elections were vocal about issues of caste and social justice in India.
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3 months of Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi in active politics: Has she lived up to the hype?

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed Congress’ general secretary of Uttar Pradesh (East) on 23 January 2019.

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Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.