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TECH 02 Apr 2019 | 4:44 AM

Despite being exposed, fake news thrives on social media ahead of India polls

Two weeks after a suicide bombing in Kashmir in February killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, a Facebook user called Avi Dandiya posted a live video in which he played a recording of a call purportedly involving home minister, the president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and an unidentified woman.

TECH 02 Apr 2019 | 11:31 AM

WhatsApp targets fake messages ahead of India mega-election

WhatsApp launched a hotline April 2 allowing Indians to flag rumours circulating ahead of the upcoming election, a major concern in a country where fake news has fuelled violence.

TECH 08 Apr 2019 | 7:46 AM

Vaccine wars: Social media battle outbreak of bogus claims

Like health officials facing outbreaks of disease, Internet companies are trying to contain bad information about vaccines.

TECH 14 May 2019 | 6:30 AM

Report links vast online disinformation campaign to Iran

A new report from Canadian Internet watchdog Citizen Lab is linking Iran with a fake Twitter account unmasked by The Associated Press.

TECH 16 May 2019 | 12:08 PM

’Cyber warriors’ sway Indian election

India’s election watchdog says it has forced Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to take down hundreds of posts during the country’s election but experts say it is just a drop in an ocean of misinformation that has engulfed voters.

TECH 21 May 2019 | 6:11 AM

Alarming lessons from Facebook’s push to stop fake news in India

The world’s largest election has become something of a test case in how technology giants handle fake news after years of scandal. It’s not working out so well.

TECH 25 Jul 2019 | 9:17 AM

Fake news war divides, confuses in Hong Kong

Chinese tanks at the border? False. Photo of a protester biting off a policeman’s finger? Misleading. In polarised Hong Kong, a fake news fight for public opinion has become as crucial a battleground as the city streets.