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Tarek Fatah gets it wrong again. Video of Muslims shouting ‘Islam Zindabad’ not from Kolkata

The 3-yr-old video tweeted by Tarek Fatah is from Bangladesh, where people were protesting against the military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar | Photo: ANI

Fake news more dangerous than paid, self-regulation needed, says I&B Minister Javadekar

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said the government has taken an initiative to curb fake news by setting up a fact check team that verifies information put online.
YouTube screengrab of viral video

‘CEO’ meeting his high school math teacher in viral video is not Sundar Pichai

A 2017 video is viral on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, claiming Sundar Pichai met his high school teacher Molly Abraham. But the man in the video is not him.
Screengrab from the video of a waterlogged bus | Twitter

Congress takes swipe at Delhi govt with posts of flooded house & bus, here are the facts

Two videos supposedly of flooding in Delhi were shared by several verified Twitter handles, including Delhi Congress Vice President Abhishek Dutt and ex-AAP member Alka Lamba.
Copies of various newspapers including Financial Times (left) and International New York Times (right). | Photographer: May Tse | South China Morning Post via Getty Images | Bloomberg

Newspapers went on a strike in New York in 1945. But journalists were not missed

In ‘Bad News’, Rob Brotherton writes about how the availability of news has impacted our capacity for it, over the last 200 years.

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.
Supreme Court of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

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.
Credit: West Bengal Police

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.

On Camera

Stigmatise and shame nations that keep nukes if treaties are futile in banning them

Stigma could, in time, turn domestic opinion in China, sway public attitudes in Russia, India & elsewhere, or even bring the U.S. back to the arms-control negotiating table.
File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.

Defence

Representational image | ANI

India, China working on Ladakh peace formula — alternate week patrolling, after disengagement

Patrolling in alternate weeks has been the established practice in the Northeast, and has worked well, barring the occasional face-off.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Modi is a true reformer, he’ll bury Vodafone ghost and campaign on reforms in Bihar

No politician sees economic reform as a vote-catcher; it’s the old, povertarian economy that gets votes. Can Modi bring farm and labour reforms centre-stage?