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Why bother with laws on fake news?

The alternative view by M. Shanmugam FAKE news spreads faster and reaches out to more people than real news. Fake news is not spread by robots on computer programmes but by people.

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Traditional media sites gain upper hand as ‘fake news’ spreads

PETALING JAYA: When news that a massacre of Malaysians had taken place in North Korea first appeared online recently, it went viral on social media and shocked the nation. However, it turned out later that the report was fake.

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Fake news, piracy and digital duopoly of Google and Facebook

“FAKE NEWS” has seemingly, suddenly, become fashionable. In reality, the fake has proliferated for a decade or more, but the faux, the flawed and the fraudulent are now pressing issues because the full scale of the changes wrought upon the integrity of news and advertising by the digital duopoly — Google and Facebook — has become far more obvious.


Facebook automates effort to flag ‘fake news’ for fact checking

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc is taking a more aggressive step to thwart the spread of fake news on its platform.

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EPF warns of false RM6,000 incentive, fake website

KUALA LUMPUR: The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has warned the public to beware of a viral message about a RM6,000 incentive and which links to a fake EPF website.


Row flares over global fight against fake medicine

LONDON: A group of experts calling for a global treaty to stop the lethal trade in fake medicines has been barred from a attending a World Health Organisation meeting, highlighting deep divisions that are blocking progress on the subject.

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Facebook shareholders propose reports on ‘fake news’, pay equality

BENGALURU: Shareholders have proposed that Facebook Inc prepare a report on the threat to democracy and free speech from so-called fake news spread on the social media forum, and the dangers it may pose to the company itself, according to a proxy filing made on Friday.


Facebook and Twitter's real sin goes beyond spreading fake news

SOCIAL media companies are taking heat for influencing the outcomes of the U.S. presidential election and Brexit referendum by allowing fake news, misinformation campaigns and hate speech to spread.


Indonesia threatens to ban Facebook over fake news

JAKARTA: An Indonesian cabinet member has threatened to shut down Facebook Inc if there is any evidence the personal data of citizens is being harvested or the social media giant fails to crack down on “fake news” during upcoming elections


US woman accused of selling fake Facebook stock

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A Wisconsin woman has been charged with theft over accusations she tried to profit from Facebook's much-anticipated plans to go public by selling fake stock in the social media giant.