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Fact-checking site in Congo releases sign language videos for people with hearing problems

Congo Check has launched these videos so that the deaf and hard of hearing also have access to real information, especially during the Covid pandemic.

India’s anti-Muslim fake news factories are following the anti-Semitic playbook

Take any crime, add a false Muslim angle to show Muslims as perpetrators. This is exactly what Christians did to Jews in Europe for centuries.
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Plea in Supreme Court seeks mechanism to check content spreading hatred on Twitter

The petition filed by BJP's Vinit Goenka sought a law that can initiate action against Twitter for willfully abetting and promoting anti-India tweets and penalize them
A woman checks the Facebook Inc. site on her smartphone | Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg

Twitter, Facebook profited a lot from India’s hate agenda. Time to pull the plug with a law

French parliament now has a law mandating social media and tech firms such as Twitter, Facebook and Google remove hateful content within 24 hours of being flagged.
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Kolkata police take down 1.3 lakh social media posts as ‘fake news’ takes communal turn

Police in Bengal filed 270 cases related to fake news between 18 March and 18 May. At least two dozen of these name BJP members.
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Why the Modi government gets away with lies, and how the opposition could change that

As with Putin’s Russia and Trump’s America, India faces a ‘fire-hosing of falsehood’. Mere fact-checking won’t defeat it.
The Facebook Inc. application is displayed for a photograph on an Apple Inc. iPhone in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Facebook is struggling to respond to growing demands from Washington to explain how the personal data of millions of its users could be exploited by a consulting firm that helped Donald Trump win the presidency. Photographer: Bloomberg/Bloomberg

Facebook removes 2.5 million posts selling masks and Covid kits

The social media giant has had to quickly train its AI to handle an increase in coronavirus content that violates company policies.
(Clockwise from top left) Kriti Sanon, Virat Kohli, Sara Ali Khan and Ayushmann Khurrana feature in TikTok's anti-fake news campaign video | Screengrab

TikTok launches #MatKarForward campaign with Virat Kohli and Kriti Sanon to fight fake news

Actors Ayushmann Khurana, Sara Ali Khan, Kriti Sanon and cricketer Virat Kohli have teamed up with the app to discourage people from forwarding unverified videos.
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Palghar lynching: Muslims, Christians usual suspects. No one blamed Facebook, WhatsApp

The blame game after Palghar lynching is a fresh reminder of how the politics of hate can ruthlessly hijack the much-needed development agenda.
The Aarogya Setu is a healthcare app launched by the Narendra Modi govt.

Aarogya Setu is ‘priority’ as Modi govt plans big publicity campaign for its Covid work

The publicity campaign, also featuring fake news busted by PIB fact check unit, will be carried out by the I&B ministry in at least 13 states.

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Imperative banks raise capital as pandemic could increase NPAs, says RBI’s Shaktikanta Das

The pandemic is the biggest test of the economic and financial system's resilience and robustness, Das said, adding that RBI has asked banks to conduct Covid stress tests.

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Representational image of an IAF MiG-29 | Photo: Wikipedia

IAF gets night-flying capability at Leh for MiG-29s, force sees it as a ‘game-changer’

The new capability will allow IAF to conduct full-spectrum operations at the LAC on short notice, given Leh’s proximity to it.
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Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.