Sunday, 15 December 2019

Tag Archives: fake news

Facebook removes billions of fake accounts, child abuse posts

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook said it has taken down about 5.4 billion fake accounts this year,along with millions of posts depicting child abuse and suicide, in a sign of the persistent battle on social media against manipulation and misinformation. Between April and September, Facebook said it took down 3.2 billion fake accounts. ...

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Breakup isn’t the answer, Zuckerberg says

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg rejected the idea of breaking up the social media giant as off-target, saying it could hamper the fight against deceit and harmful online content. The Facebook co-founder’s defense of the leading social network came as it reported it recently disabled billions of bogus accounts ...

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Singapore passes fake news law amid freedom of speech fears

SINGAPORE’s parliament passed an anti-fake news bill that has been criticized by rights groups, journalists and tech firms over fears it could be used to clamp down on freedom of speech. The law will require online media platforms to carry corrections or remove content the government considers to be false, ...

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Facebook bans accounts tied to Indonesian fake news group

JAKARTA: Facebook has shut down hundreds of accounts and pages linked to an Indonesian group accused of spreading hate speech and fake news, the company said Friday. The world’s biggest social network said cyber group Saracen engaged in “coordinated abuse of the platform” by operating a network of hoax accounts ...

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UK lawmakers slam FB’s evasive answers

LONDON: The head of the UK Parliament’s media committee slammed Facebook on Friday for what it described as evasive behavior in answering questions on fake news. Committee chair Damian Collins said that Facebook’s claims that it was unable to distinguish between political and non-political advertising is “difficult to believe.” He ...

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Malaysia jails first person under fake news law

AFP KUALA LUMPUR: A Danish man was jailed for a week in Malaysia after pleading guilty to breaking a law against “fake news”, the first person to be punished under the controversial legislation. The law, passed in early April, makes the deliberate dissemination of false information punishable by up to ...

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Britain sets up unit to combat fake news

LONDON: Britain announced it was setting up a new national security unit to combat “disinformation”, just weeks after Prime Minister Theresa May accused Russia of using fake news to undermine Western institutions. “We are living in an era of fake news and competing narratives,” the prime minister’s spokesman said. “The ...

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David Cameron: Donald Trump’s fake news tweets are dangerous

David Cameron has launched a scathing attack on Donald Trump, accusing the US president of “undermining democracy” with his attacks on the media. In his first UK speech since leaving Downing St last year, the former prime minister said Mr Trump’s tactic of dismissing criticism as “fake news” was weakening ...

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May accuses Russia of launching a ‘fake news’ war against the West

LONDON: Theresa May has accused Russia of running a covertly propaganda war using fake news to “sow discord” in the west and “meddle in elections”. The prime minister said the West needed to tackle Putin’s regime which had become the biggest threat facing “open economies and free societies” across the ...

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