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WhatsApp's new feature will help you fact-check forwarded messages

04 Aug 2020

WhatsApp's new feature will help you fact-check forwarded messages

In a bid to curb the spread of misinformation, WhatsApp is rolling out a feature to check whether a text received on the messaging service is actually true or not.

Jack Ma summoned by Indian court over censorship allegations

26 Jul 2020

Jack Ma summoned by Indian court over censorship allegations

China's Alibaba and its billionaire founder Jack Ma have both been summoned by an Indian court over allegations of censoring content and spreading fake news.

Fake news alert: CBSE 2020 results not releasing this week

09 Jul 2020

Fake news alert: CBSE 2020 results not releasing this week

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday sought to clarify that it is yet to release the dates to announce examination results.

Now, Facebook will warn you about old news articles

26 Jun 2020

Now, Facebook will warn you about old news articles

Credibility and timeliness are the two most important aspects of online news consumption; they define what people perceive of different matters, events.

Twitter labels Trump's video attacking 'fake news' as fake

19 Jun 2020

Twitter labels Trump's video attacking 'fake news' as fake

Continuing its stringent content moderation practices, Twitter has fact-checked a video tweeted by US President Donald Trump and labeled the same as 'manipulated media'.

New WhatsApp chatbot busts COVID-19 misinformation in Hindi

11 Jun 2020

New WhatsApp chatbot busts COVID-19 misinformation in Hindi

In a bid to help Indians fight misinformation around COVID-19, the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) has launched the Hindi version of its fact-checking chatbot for WhatsApp.

In a first, Twitter flags Trump's tweets as 'potentially misleading'

27 May 2020

In a first, Twitter flags Trump's tweets as 'potentially misleading'

Twitter has been working aggressively towards flagging and removing misinformation around COVID-19 and the upcoming US Presidential elections.

Now, Twitter will flag COVID-19 rumors with warnings, labels

12 May 2020

Now, Twitter will flag COVID-19 rumors with warnings, labels

After launching a way to let users rethink and change their 'mean responses', Twitter is moving to combat the problem of fake news related to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Gujarat: Four arrested for spreading rumors about Amit Shah's health

09 May 2020

Gujarat: Four arrested for spreading rumors about Amit Shah's health

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday issued a clarification on rumors circulating about his health.

Do not fall for fake COVID-19 relief schemes, warns government

03 May 2020

Do not fall for fake COVID-19 relief schemes, warns government

The spread of COVID-19 - the worst public health crisis of our time - has triggered a wave of misinformation around the world.

Now, Facebook and Instagram will show account location information

23 Apr 2020

Now, Facebook and Instagram will show account location information

In a bid to ensure transparency for its users, Facebook is bringing the ability to show the location of 'high-reach' pages and accounts.

WhatsApp restricts number of messages you can forward: Details here

07 Apr 2020

WhatsApp restricts number of messages you can forward: Details here

In a bid to prevent the spread of potentially dangerous misinformation, including those baseless rumors around COVID-19, WhatsApp is imposing new restrictions on message forwarding.

Viral message about phased lockdown extension by WHO is fake

06 Apr 2020

Viral message about phased lockdown extension by WHO is fake

Misinformation about a phased extension of the lockdown in India has been doing the rounds on social media.

Reliance Jio offering free Rs. 498 recharge is fake news

30 Mar 2020

Reliance Jio offering free Rs. 498 recharge is fake news

A fake WhatsApp forward, in the name of Reliance Jio, is trying to scam customers by promising to offer a free recharge worth Rs. 498.

Now, WhatsApp is testing feature to verify fake news, rumors

23 Mar 2020

Now, WhatsApp is testing feature to verify fake news, rumors

As fake news continues to rise due to the outbreak of COVID-19, WhatsApp is doing everything possible to prevent people from being misled by baseless rumors/misinformation.

Now, Twitter is banning misleading posts about coronavirus

19 Mar 2020

Now, Twitter is banning misleading posts about coronavirus

After Facebook and WhatsApp, Twitter has come into action to combat the spread of misinformation related to the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

Twitter users almost certainly believed Daniel Radcliffe has coronavirus. How?

11 Mar 2020

Twitter users almost certainly believed Daniel Radcliffe has coronavirus. How?

Misinformation on coronavirus spreads like wildfire, and this time, it has roped in Daniel Radcliffe.

Coronavirus hoax viral on WhatsApp; claims garlic can cure disease

18 Feb 2020

Coronavirus hoax viral on WhatsApp; claims garlic can cure disease

Adding to the growing threat of a coronavirus outbreak, a false cure is being circulated on the messaging app WhatsApp.

Now, Instagram will automatically warn about fake posts: Here's how

17 Dec 2019

Now, Instagram will automatically warn about fake posts: Here's how

In a bid to combat fake news and misinformation, Facebook-owned Instagram is rolling out the ability to flag misleading posts.

Thousands worldwide, including ex-Saudi royal adviser, have Twitter accounts suspended

20 Sep 2019

Thousands worldwide, including ex-Saudi royal adviser, have Twitter accounts suspended

On Friday, the microblogging site Twitter said that it has closed down thousands of accounts on its platform for spreading fake news and pro-government propaganda.

Reliance Jio GigaFiber activation email scam is stealing bank details

03 Sep 2019

Reliance Jio GigaFiber activation email scam is stealing bank details

There is a massive interest from users as Reliance prepares to commercially roll out Jio GigaFiber, its fiber-to-the-home broadband service, on September 5.

#ScamAlert: Reliance Jio's Rs. 399 recharge offer is a scam

26 Aug 2019

#ScamAlert: Reliance Jio's Rs. 399 recharge offer is a scam

Reliance Jio has been marred with sophisticated scams. Over the past several months we have reported on a Jio Mobile Tower Scam, Jio DTH connection fraud, and more recently on the fake activation requests for Jio GigaFiber.

How to trace fake WhatsApp forwards? IIT-M Professor explains

08 Aug 2019

How to trace fake WhatsApp forwards? IIT-M Professor explains

WhatsApp has become a hub for fake news, a place where ill-intended users spread scams, hoaxes, sometimes even life-threatening information.

Pakistan military spokesperson shares fake video to discredit Balakot strikes

28 Jul 2019

Pakistan military spokesperson shares fake video to discredit Balakot strikes

In February, the Indian Air Force eliminated Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camps located in Balakot, Pakistan, by conducting airstrikes.

Is that Indian Army #BottleCapChallenge video fake or real?

21 Jul 2019

Is that Indian Army #BottleCapChallenge video fake or real?

It has been weeks since the #BottleCapChallenge took the internet by storm, but apparently, the trend is not entirely dead yet.

Tracing WhatsApp messages possible without compromising end-to-end encryption: IIT professor

12 Jul 2019

Tracing WhatsApp messages possible without compromising end-to-end encryption: IIT professor

WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption feature has been a contentious issue between the government of India and the messaging platform over concerns related to traceability of messages. However, we might soon see an end to this tussle.

No, WhatsApp won't stop working after 11:30 pm

05 Jul 2019

No, WhatsApp won't stop working after 11:30 pm

On Wednesday night, popular messaging service WhatsApp suffered a major outage.

Anti-Modi website claiming EVM hacking shutdown; Owner offers erotic massages

28 Jun 2019

Anti-Modi website claiming EVM hacking shutdown; Owner offers erotic massages

Remember Tricolor News Network (TNN) World?

Google will help kids detect online misinformation: Here's how

25 Jun 2019

Google will help kids detect online misinformation: Here's how

Fake news is on the rise and tech giants are doing everything in their power to put an end to it.

Reliance Jio's Rs. 399 recharge IPL offer is fake news

16 May 2019

Reliance Jio's Rs. 399 recharge IPL offer is fake news

Reliance Jio has been marred with sophisticated scams. Earlier, we had reported how Jio Mobile Tower Scam and Jio DTH connection fraud cheated many people in India.

Now, AI can create fake humans. What's next?

05 May 2019

Now, AI can create fake humans. What's next?

With all the good things that AI brings on the table, there's also the risk of abuse.

WhatsApp Tip-line is a data collection project, not real helpline

08 Apr 2019

WhatsApp Tip-line is a data collection project, not real helpline

A few days back, we all lauded WhatsApp for launching 'Tip-line', a seemingly powerful helpline to combat the problem of fake news.

Now, block strangers from adding you into WhatsApp groups

04 Apr 2019

Now, block strangers from adding you into WhatsApp groups

Finally, WhatsApp is adding a privacy setting to let users control who can add them into groups.

NO, CBSE is not conducting Class-XII Physics, Economics papers again

03 Apr 2019

NO, CBSE is not conducting Class-XII Physics, Economics papers again

The rumors on social media platforms about the CBSE re-conducting Class XII Economics and Physics papers turned out to be fake.

Mark Zuckerberg's close aide Chris Cox is leaving Facebook

15 Mar 2019

Mark Zuckerberg's close aide Chris Cox is leaving Facebook

Chris Cox, one of the first 15 software engineers of Facebook, is quitting the tech giant after mulling over it for more than two years.

#NewsBytesExclusive: Former CEC SY Quraishi on elections, EVMs, and more

05 Mar 2019

#NewsBytesExclusive: Former CEC SY Quraishi on elections, EVMs, and more

This year, the world's largest democracy, India, goes to polls to elect the 17th Lok Sabha.

US: Teen sues Washington Post for Rs. 1,800cr

22 Feb 2019

US: Teen sues Washington Post for Rs. 1,800cr

In January, US-based The Washington Post reported about a teenager harassing an elderly at Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.

How not to fall for #FakeNews in wake of #PulwamaAttack

17 Feb 2019

How not to fall for #FakeNews in wake of #PulwamaAttack

Following the deadly Pulwama terror attack, which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel, several fake news posts are doing the rounds on social media.

#FakeNewsAlert: Don't let these WhatsApp hoaxes fool you

24 Jan 2019

#FakeNewsAlert: Don't let these WhatsApp hoaxes fool you

Just recently, WhatsApp started restricting message forwards to a maximum of 5 people.

WhatsApp Scam: Message claiming to offer free plane-tickets is fake!

15 Jan 2019

WhatsApp Scam: Message claiming to offer free plane-tickets is fake!

Recently, a fake message, in the form of a note from Singapore Airlines claiming to offer free plane tickets, started doing rounds on WhatsApp chats across the world.