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CRPF asks people not to share fake images that spread hate

Officials said many photographs of soldier with badly mutilated bodies were being circulated on various social media platforms.

Nazi propaganda isn’t dead, it now happens on WhatsApp

From BJP to Congress, political parties understand Nazi minister Joseph Goebbels' mantra that people will believe a lie if repeated often enough.

Facebook expands fact-checking network in India to spot fake news

Third party members India Today Group, Vishvas.news, Factly, Newsmobile and Fact Crescendo will add to Facebook's fact checking network.
Facebook Inc. headquarters, California | David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Facebook, you are like my BFF, but you are now losing your cool edge

We all knew that the day our uncles and aunts got on Facebook, it was a warning sign.
Screen shot of the meme that went viral

BJP’s image swap and #10YearChallenge fix for ‘Clean Ganga’

The Ganga isn't cleaner than before and the BJP doesn't seem closer to achieving its 2020 deadline. 
Representational image | Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

That rumour you read on WhatsApp can be deadly

Differential privacy is a potential solution to battle fake news. Apple uses it to extract insights from large sets of data without compromising any particular individual's privacy.
Representational image | Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Facebook’s WhatsApp limits message forwards to 5 recipients to rein in fake news

WhatsApp is implementing the new policy globally after testing it in India last summer. It also comes ahead of the Lok Sabha election due in a few months.
Cyber security

How fake news eclipsed social media impact of genuine news scoops

The sheer scale of the spread of misinformation is astonishing, write Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas in their book on election rigging. Read an excerpt here.
Voters in India | PTI

Ignorant voters and over-smart politicians: Why India votes the way it does

Half-truths are spread by way of manipulation and political points are scored right before elections.


Illustration by Soham Sen/ThePrint

Blood, bodies and scars: What I saw after the 1983 Nellie massacre in Assam

On the anniversary of the Nellie massacre in Assam, which claimed thousands of lives in a few hours, I recall the horrid sights.

As Pakistan’s leverage with US, China, Saudi Arabia grows, is it even possible to isolate it?

Pakistan signed deals worth $20 billion with Saudi Arabia, even as India vows to isolate the neighbour diplomatically after the Pulwama attack on a CRPF convoy.


A Rafale fighter aircraft seen during rehearsals for fly-past ahead of the 12th edition of AERO India 2019 at Yelahanka Air Base in Bengaluru

IAF deputy chief and other senior officers set to fly Rafale at Aero India

Even as political slug-fest continues over the deal, IAF is throwing its weight behind Rafale, the first of which is to be delivered in September 2019.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.