The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Thakur, has warned of strict action against the YouTube channels that are found spreading what he describes as "misinformation." "Central government has blocked sixteen for spreading false, unverified information to create panic," he shared, adding that the administration would continue taking such measures. He justified the move by claiming that the government is taking such steps… read-more
While recently delivering a speech at Stanford University, former US President Barack Obama stated that social media is weakening democracy around the world. He warned of misinformation and deep-fake technology. He also flagged the threat that social media apparently poses to US elections. He also called for tighter regulations for social media. His comments come amid an ongoing debate about the dangers of online censorship.
Larry Sanger, the man behind the invention of "Wikipedia" claims that the online encyclopedia cannot be trusted and is definitely not a reliable source. In an interview, Sanger said, "So there’s a very big, nasty, complex game being played behind the scenes to make the article say what somebody wants them to say". He further mentioned that the contents are being edited in a certain way to control audiences' perception.
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Readers can soon access "Plandemic", a conspiracy book based on a documentary that revolves around Covid-19 on Amazon on August 31. Reportedly, the director of the documentary Mikki Willis described the book as the incredible true story about "the most banned documentary of all time". The video series was banned from social media in 2020 following accusations of misinformation and criticism for spreading dangerous conspiracy theories against… read-more
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Responding to US President Biden's accusation of "killing people" with misinformation about covid-19 vaccines, Facebook countered that it has introduced rules against false information on topics like Covid-19 or covid-19 vaccine as it prefers to give people reliable materials. It also said that the company is not responsible for the decline in vaccination of US citizens. Facebook has also stated that 85% of its users have gotten vaccinated.… read-more
The Uttar Pradesh Police on May 13 booked former IAS officer Surya Pratap Singh for allegedly spreading misinformation about the bodies floating in River Ganga. As per the police, Singh posted a seven-year-old picture and claimed that 67 dead bodies were buried recently in an undignified way using JCB in Unnao. "Due to this tweet, the atmosphere of the district became tense," said a senior police official.
Comedian and MMA commentator Joe Rogan continues to receive flak for allegedly spreading vaccine misinformation as Prince Harry lashed out against his previous statements. Harry, at the Armchair Expert podcast, warned Rogan to "stay out of it", asserting that the world is under "misinformation epidemic". Rogan stirred the controversy in April when he stated, "If you're a healthy person... I don't think you need to worry about this".
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The Supreme Court on February 12 asked the Centre and micro-blogging platform Twitter for a regulatory mechanism to tackle fake news and provocative contents. Giving the direction on BJP leader Vinit Goenka's petition, the court has clubbed the matter with other pleas demanding the like mechanism. The BJP leader, in his petition, had stated that social media is used by political parties to "tarnish the image of opponents" and for spreading "… read-more
A screen-shot of a tweet in which Kamala Harris criticized the Indian government for suppressing farmers' protest has been flagged as fake by Facebook, stating it has been manipulated. Reportedly, the actual tweet was posted by a Canadian MP Jack Harris on November 27. However, the viral tweet was falsely attributed to Kamla Harris. Harris's representatives also clarified the matter and said, "Yes, this [tweet] is fake".
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Activist-academician Madhu Kishwar was booked by the Kolkata Police's IT Unit on November 9 for "spreading misinformation" on Twitter. Reportedly, she shared a video of an "Islamic rally" that happened in Bangladesh but alleged it had happened in Kolkata. The police claimed that the video clearly shows Bangladeshi flags and the misattributed post might disrupt the "status quo" in the state. However, Madhu apologized immediately for her act… read-more
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